Trade Secrets: Denim Prospector

The Trade Old West miners typically didn’t have the time or resources to launder their work clothes. They’d just get new pants and jackets, and...

She’s a Professional Size 6

Like a warm-blooded mannequin, she has the perfect frame for trying on 100 sample outfits a day at Wet Seal’s headquarters in Foothill Ranch.

Watch a Snake Wrangler at Work

Watch snake wrangler Jason Magee and catch a live Orange County rattler in action.

We Helped Create a Wedding!

File it under "This is why we love our jobs": In our February issue, we profiled wedding officiant Christina Aguilar (click here for the story). She recently wrote to us, saying:

So You’re a Legsmith: Richard Myers

The Trade: The Irvine company Myers founded four years ago outfits about 200 amputees a year with lower-extremity, hard-to-fit prostheses. He welcomes the challenge every patient brings, from their first fitting to their last, a process that can take two weeks to three months.

Trade Secrets: Milkman

For more than half a century, Alta Dena products have been delivered to Orange County homes, and for 34 years Camera has been behind the wheel. He’s one of 15 independent dairy drivers who make nightly rounds.

Trade Secrets: Aerial Adman

Fifty-five-year-old Dobry, owner of Aerial Promotions Inc., says his company’s 12 planes tow 80 percent of the aerial billboards you see in Orange County’s skies.

Trade Secrets: Wedding Officiate

Forget the title “justice of the peace.” Thirty-eight-year-old Aguilar is a deputy commissioner of marriage, one of 20 who regularly conducts civil ceremonies at Santa Ana’s Old County Courthouse—and at satellite venues in Fullerton and Laguna Hills.

Trade Secrets: Airplane Wrangler

Next time you’re waiting at the carousel, be patient: Only one person is unloading the luggage from your flight. John Wayne Airport’s 75 gate agents, who also direct planes to and from the gates, are employed by the airlines. In addition to other tasks, they also handle about 2.6 million bags a year.

Romance Novelist

The Trade
The prerequisites for a romance novel are a central love story and a happy ending. It’s a hot-selling formula for the genre’s predominately female readers, who are estimated to have helped ring up more than $1.3 billion in U.S. sales last year, according to the Business of Consumer Book Publishing.