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March 11, 2005

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 said.

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."

Source: Los Angeles Times

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