Happy In Bag

Friday, May 09, 2008

Safety Clown Says

Ice cream trucks are subversive. One moment a seven-year-old is passively shooting hoops in a driveway. Then a distant distinctive din is registered. It's getting closer! The frenzy commences. "Money! Where's money? Need money!" Momentary bliss or temporary heartbreak ensues. It's one of my earliest memories. And nothing's changed.


  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger leslie said…

    When our son was 2, the ice cream truck would go by and we'd say "There's that crazy ambulance again!" We couldn't believe we got away with that for three more summers. He always thought there was a clown in peril when the Crazy Ambulance went by. Fortunately, when he figured it out, at age 6, he thought it was pretty funny. (And for the record, he's a pretty bright kid for the most part.) And now he's old enough to know that $3 is insane for a bomb pop.

  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    Which kind of truck is more enticing? The one with the cheesy music or the one with the ring-a-ding bell?

  • At 12:36 PM, Blogger Xavier Onassis said…

    I used to drive an ice cream truck for Circus Delight, right here in KC.

    My truck was equipped with a bell. The rope with the wooden handle was connected through a hole in the roof whick leaked like all over the cab on rainy days.

    I always rang my bell with a funky, syncopated beat.

  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    What a great trick, Leslie!

    I'll go with the XO-style, UL.


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