Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Give Me Liberty

It's unbelievable that over a year has passed since I have blogged. Being the great procrastinator that I am, I've finally decided to sit down at the keyboard and pound out some of my thoughts. Thanks to Heidi, Ande and Jacki (who all coaxed me) I'm back at it. They're either starved for entertainment or delusional--take your pick.

A few Saturdays ago Jan and I decided to go to the Sandusky Mall. As we were driving on Rt. 250 we noticed standing on the side of the road a young lady dressed as the Statue of Liberty. She was wearing a light blue toga, with a light blue tiara and holding a torch. Since there was about a foot of snow and the temperatures were hovering around zero, we both felt this was very strange. She was out drumming up business for Liberty Tax Service. The poor lady had to be freezing her booty off. As we drove past in our warm car, we waved to her as she waved back with a smile. More than likely her smile was frozen on her face. Now how many people would actually say to themselves, "Let's get our taxes prepared right now"? I know I've seen this scene before. Probably in Florida where the temperature was about 80 degrees, not in the frozen tundra of Sandusky Ohio on a frigid January morning. I'm sure this gig didn't pay well. Picture yourself wearing a bed sheet, waving at cars, freezing your ass off, on the busiest road in Sandusky. You couldn't pay me enough money, that's for sure.

A few nights after this episode, once again we were driving to the mall. Again, standing and waving on the side of the road was "Miss Liberty". This time it was completely dark, and it was a replacement "Miss Liberty". No doubt the first "Miss Liberty" told her boss to either shove it, or she was in the hospital suffering with pneumonia.

No doubt this is where the phrase "Givk thise Me Liberty or Give Me Death" originated.

PS: They actually have machines in Ann Arbor, MI. Check this out courtesy of my niece Jacki.


Heidi said...

this gig is nothing new, as we've seen them in years passed, but the weather has not been so cold. we've gone past a few times this year and seen the girl waving away. i couldn't believe it! i felt absolutely horrible. it is her choice to stand out there and do it, but i couldn't help but think, "she must really need the money. and if this is what she's got to do, then she's got to do it." i've been watching the newspaper for employment ads (for shits and giggles) and that's usually the only one listed (no joke!) i'm sure many people in sandusky were running to get the gig. sad.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you are back in business. This will get your frustrations out and you will be a HAPPIER CAMPER-----LOL
Now don't wait so long till the next one.

Anonymous said...

apparently Miss Lib works a gig in Norwalk too (or perhaps it's her twin). I waved at her on MLK day. Spoze it could be worse, she may have turned down a job impersonating a Taco or a Chicken or... Welcome back Mark we missed you. val

saroth said...

I am laughing out loud. Welcome back.We are all thinking these things but can't put the spin on it like you do. THANKS!!