To look through photographs of the Maintenance Department
at worklike this one, saved by a former employeeit's clear
that there's always something to do. And doing it in all kinds of weatherwith
onrushing trafficcan make it risky. Sam Bardach recalls that in
the early years, "you worked with just cones in front of you . .
. and prayed to God you didn't get hit."
Of course, Maintenance also has its surprises. Joseph
Chase tells the story of the day he was on litter patrol, picked up a
bag that was in the roadway—he thought it was garbage—and
was shocked to see it was filled with bundles of money that had fallen
off of a Brink’s truck. He returned it to the truck's guards, but
set off something of a frenzy: “Next thing you know,” he says,
“everybody's looking around for money and nobody's finding it, because
there's more trash on the roadway than there’s goodies, let's say.”