So, how many people at your place of business couldn't make it in this morning, on this Froze-Over MLK Day-Off? I know at least one guy who doesn't wanna hear it: Sasha Ardalic, a 19-year-old I see every single day on my way to work, this morning being no exception. There he was, as always: standing on Marsh Lane near the Walnut Hill Lane intersection, holding a sign advertising one of the myriad Liberty Tax Service franchises in the area. And, as always, he was dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
Beneath his pale aqua-blue gown and crown, Ardalic wears only a heavy black jacket and a white T-shirt. He's been out there since 9 this morning and will remain there till 3 this afternoon, taking only short breaks inside to warm up. "It's a little cold, I ain't gonna lie to you," he says in a slight accent, his face red and frozen from staring into the wind. Ardalic, dolled up as a parking-lot Lady Liberty beneath a larger inflatable statue, explains he's from Serbia and has been here eight years. He graduated from North Dallas High School, he says, and found this particular gig on Craigslist.
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"I wish I could find me a better job," he says. "But this one's good for now." He would have talked to Unfair Park longer, but he was headed across the parking lot for a warm-up break. So, what's your excuse? --Robert Wilonsky