Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ice Cream Truck from Hell

Although the Buffalo ice cream bicycle guy makes his way to our Elmwood Village neighborhood at times, our Buffalo street also gets regularly visited by two ice cream trucks during the summer.
We get to frequently see and hear the Mr. Softee truck and its ringing song, but we also get to see and hear a white, green and orange former short school bus come by, constantly playing "The Entertainer," the Scott Joplin song used basically as a theme from the movie "The Sting."
The never-ending loop of "The Entertainer," a song that got so popular and overplayed in the 1970s that it was virtually used as a courtroom defense for assaults on ice cream truck divers, has never been a favorite of mine, but this ice cream truck drives so slow while non-stop playing this song that it turns a normally quiet guy like me into one searching for a golf club to bash in the speaker and player.
I got trapped taking Walker Evans around the neighborhood yesterday; the truck first passed up on Norwood Avenue, and we came back around and still caught up to it as it stopped at Norwood and Anderson, then parked. AAARRRGGGHHH.
For some reason, the Mr. Softee song, although I have been hearing it for almost 40 years, has not annoyed me anywhere near as much as the cringe-inducing "The Entertainer."


Blogger Julia said...

Our ice cream truck in the area plays "It's A Small World" with weird horns/sound effects punctuating where "after all" would be if sung. My dogs hate it.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Kevin J. Hosey said...

I love how some people think that they are improving a standard by adding some meaningless or worse variety to it.

Of course, "It's a Small World After All" is pretty heinous in itself.

6:58 AM  
Blogger heather said...

Mr. Softy is a man who likes to sell ice cream.

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream, ice cream.

Mr. Softy is a man who likes to sell ice cream!

7:46 PM  

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