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Working In The Cold

By: Abbie Schrader Email
By: Abbie Schrader Email

Despite the record setting cold closing many schools and businesses, some still have to work outside in the freezing conditions.

At Liberty Tax Service on Grand Central in Vienna, Michael Blackwell is what's known as a waver. He spends lots of time outside waving and smiling to passing cars to promote the business during tax season.

It's a job that Michael certainly enjoys doing and during these days of extreme cold he still keeps a big smile on his face.

Wearing at least three to four layers, Michael says he stays warm by constantly moving. He spends anywhere from three to four hours at a time outside before he comes in to warm up.

He says positive feedback from drivers plays a major role in maintaining his attitude.

"It's a good feeling when you're out there waving and it's a simple job but it's a good feeling when you're waving at somebody and they wave back and you get that little pep up. Keep on moving. That's about it. You stop moving, you get cold."

Michael says the wind can certainly make things more difficult. Although he's wearing a mask he keeps eye contact with each passing car and shows his positive attitude through his movements.


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