Danielle DuMortier, Lawrence, works to trim the hair of a standard poodle named Hale, Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at at Christal K-9 . "I love animals," said DuMortier. "It's really satisfying to groom a dog."
Part-time lunch lady Linda Gamble makes friendly chit-chat with students as they grab their food during the lunch hour on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 at Pinckney School. Gamble and Linda Meyers, the kitchen manager and cashier, agree that what keeps them happiest about their job is working around children. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Joe Hanvy, Ottawa, head upholsterer at Murphy Furniture Service for 6 years, 409 E. 7th, fastens new upholstery to a couch Wednesday, August 28, 2013. "It's not repetitious," says Hanvy. "There's something different every day."
Maxi Mendoza flips a clean sheet over a bed while cleaning a room on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 740 Iowa. Mendoza, who has been working as a housekeeper for one-and-a-half years, says her job to her is simply a means for supporting her family including her three children. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Sam Kearns, Lawrence, apprentice at Aneita's Alterations & Sew Forth, 925 Iowa St., sews 'Kansas' letters on a sweatshirt Wednesday, August 28, 2013. "l learn something everyday," says Kearns.
Solid waste workers Kimbo Jackson, left, and Halee Barnes, Lawrence, ride on the back of their trash truck en route to their next stop on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. "Kids love us," said Jackson. "It's fun as a woman to see little girls get excited to see us on the truck." Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Sue Hopkins, right, counter manager for Clinique, at Weaver's Dept. Store, 901 Massachusetts St., does a wedding makeover for bride-to-be Liz Hyler, Thursday, August 29, 2013. "It's just a fun job," said Hopkins. "It's something new each day with great people."
Stocking the shelves Alex Williams 22, unwraps boxes at Checkers on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Williams says he enjoys his job because "they seem to recognize you for your hard work." Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo
Kiesha Mumford is a car-hop at Sonic Drive In, 3201 W. 6th St. "There's never a dull moment," says Mumford, as she delivers food and drinks for customers during Sonic's afternoon Happy Hour. "It's all about the customers," says Mumford. Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo
Mike Yoder/Journal-World Photo.Pat Williams, Lawrence, works to repair the motor on a Royal vacuum at Lawrence Vacuum and Sewing Center Wednesday, August 28, 2013. "I like working with my hands," said Williams about his work.
Brandon Lauber, 32, is a mechanic at Kaw Valley Industrial, 1105 E. 23rd Street. "It's a family business," said Lauber. "I'm blessed to have a nice job like this." Richard Gwin/Journal World Photo
Press supervisor and 23-year Journal-World employee, Keith White, looks over a paper on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. "We take pride in what we print and I've got a great crew behind me," said White. Nick Krug/Journal-World Photo