Robert Caudillo, 48, has been filling potholes for the city of Los Angeles
for 25 years. And he loves it.
At age 16, he saw a pothole crew working in his neighborhood and realized he
had found his calling. "I saw those guys and I thought, 'That seems like
a pretty good job,'" Caudillo told the Los Angeles Times.
It's lucky for Caudillo that he loves his work, because lately there's no getting
away from it. Heavy rain storms have been deluging Los Angles since January,
resulting in seven-day workweeks for him and his colleagues. Since the holiday
season, the city's 48 two-person crews have filled 22,212 potholes caused by
precipitation and overuse, and the stepped-up schedule could continue for weeks.
"All potholes. All the time. All day long on my shift," Caudillo
Caudillo said his job takes him all over Los Angeles, including into downtown
and the city's poorest neighborhoods, where he is reminded of how lucky he is
to have a good job.
"When I go downtown, I look at all the homeless people down there and
I say to myself, 'Look how blessed we are,' " said Caudillo, who dropped
out of high school to get married. "We are really blessed to have a job
and put food on the table for my kids, send them to school."