I appreciate the advice, thanks.
Why a few feet at a time?
1. this is my first tile job on a wall
2. I'm a perfectionist, i measure, measure, measure
3. I'm a engineer by day and mostly just punch at a computer, so i have about 2 hours per day to work on the job, that has to include cleanup
4. Uh, I'm slow, I guess
Here is the system taht is working for me now, but it does suck because it's 20 degrees out now and the wind is howling. I'm filing a bucket of clean water in my slop sink. I then clean my tools and smaller bucket as best I can in that, take outside and dump it. I repeat this 2-3 times to get everything clean. Did I mention I'm a perfectionist?