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statueofliberty.jpg So it is like freezing here. Apparently everywhere cause nearly every blog I read from sea to shining sea is about the weather. When it is snowing in Texas, you know there is some weird weather going on. Anyway, I think it was in the teens today. Cold enough that I had to pull extra hard on my car door which was trying to freeze shut.

So imagine my surprise when I am driving home from running errands and I see this poor person dressed up like the statue of liberty standing outside a local tax place. She looked like the normal Lady Liberty, except with a ski mask (I only wish I was kidding). Now, they always have a person standing out there dressed up as a statue of liberty, but you would think they could give them a day off when it is frostbite cold. I guess they fear the repercussions. I am sure the fact that a person is consistently posted outside their building waving her little torch is the cause for all their business. Can you imagine if someone was going to get their taxes done there, but simply couldn’t find the building because of the lack of statue of libertyness.

In all honesty, the fact they probably pay some person minimum wage to stand and freeze their patooty (correct anatomical terminology) off makes me less likely to give them my business. Personally, I really don’t want my money in their hands, if they think this is a good use of their wages. I am also confused by the man in the chicken suit outside of Great Clips. I cannot for the life of me figure out what chickens have to do with well cut hair. I suspect it is the cheapest costume to rent at “Lame Costumes to Rent R US.”

On a hilarious side note, I was engaged in a conversation about “weird costumed people trying to get people to shop in stores” this weekend and someone told me their friend once did that for a job. I can’t remember what her costume was, but when working on a really windy day, she got blown over and couldn’t get back up. The mental image of that can get you through any rotten afternoon. It also reminds me a little of this. Oh, the laughs…

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  1. So we have the same Statue of Liberty people standing outside here too. The other day two of them were working the corner (ha-ha) but were supposed to be getting business from traffic coming from two different ways. Anyway, they were both standing next to each other dancing. Well, I don’t know if I would call it dancing or just trying to get warm. One was wearing the outfit with the hat and the other was in full costume. It looked like a really bad high school mascot. Big eyes, blonde hair and these huge lips. It was quite funny.

    You need to look up the clip of Justin Timberlake when he was on Saturday Night Live. He did a skit where he was dressed up like a cup of soup advertising a store. He sang to popular songs like “Soup there it is, Soup there it is”. Funny stuff!

  2. Heather says:

    I agree with M – that JT skit is pretty funny. I also love that clip from Friends. Ross just kills me…

  3. That Friends episode is one of my favorites – hilarious! Also, I agree with you……I make it my practice not to patronize businesses with mascots.

  4. Administrator says:

    How funny you posted about this today – on my way to picking up my daughter from school what should I see at the corner but a Statue of Liberty lady. I feel so bad for the people that have to do this to make a living – except of course for the local Halloween costume shop’s “spidey” – he would stand at the corner with his sign and wave, make his “spidey” moves and crack me up every time I drove by…

  5. Every year we always laugh and feel sorry for these people at the same time. Do you ever notice how in January they dance and try to get drivers reactions, and by April they reluctly wave their torch? ALso, did you know that in the advertising world there is actually a term for this – Human Directionals!

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