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Worst Job in California? Try Handling Septic Service in Death Valley

Inside the life of the guy who keeps the bathrooms running in 120-plus temperatures.

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The next time you feel like complaining about your job, think of Mike Darby, who handles septic service around Death Valley National Park. This week, he gave the Los Angeles Times a peek into his day-to-day, including his secrets to surviving daytime temperatures that can exceed 120 degrees.