HOW TO SLEEP ON A SHOVEL Posted in: Columns My first job was helping Mexican laborers clean out ditches for automatic sprinkler systems. I was 14, and the company owner let me work as a favor to my Dad (his pastor). I did that job for two summers and learned what manual labor really meant (and that I needed ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!