When I first meet William, downtown was shuttered by a snowstorm. Despite having slept outside in the cold the night before, William is in a good mood.
“Today is a good day,” he says. “Sympathy day.” For William, it seems bad weather makes for better sales; everyone’s temporary discomfort, as they go to and from home and Starbucks and work, sheds a small light on the hardships William faces every day.
“I’ll sell in the rain, snow, windy weather,” he says. “Because it beats doing nothing.”