The lessons I learned there have stayed with me all these years. I worked at the restaurant until I was 16 years old. During that time I was also a news paper delivery boy.
When I was 13 and 14 I took a break on my summer vacations and worked at my uncle’s welding shop. During these years, I also worked as my father’s apprentice doing plumbing and shortly after moved to Riverside for the prospect of working as a new construction residential plumber.
Approaching this goal, I first took a year course at Associated Tech College in San Bernardino to learn plumbing codes, repairs, and sizing systems. From there I went to work for Inland Plumbing as an apprentice. Within a year I was offered a foreman position. I was installing gas systems, drainage, venting water services and had three employees under my direction.