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Ice-Cream Man – Pleasing to the Ear or Pain in the Ass [POLL/VIDEO NSFW]

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Remember when the ice cream man used to come around?

Eddie Murphy remembered only too well in the classic bit he did in the video “Raw”.

Which it is…so please excuse the raw language.

Fact is, there aren’t too many places that like the ice cream man.

We have a guy that comes around usually at the same time each day with a truck barking out a woman saying, “…hello!”; and then playing “Music Box Dancer” by Frank Mills!

It’s enough to drive you crazy!

But I’m not a cranky old man.

Life wouldn’t be the same without it. There’s nothing like the sound of the approaching ice cream truck; kids going nuts, etc.

All a part of the soundtrack of summer.

Not so much according to this…from the lovely state of Arizona.

An ordinance that would allow ice-cream trucks in Scottsdale neighborhoods was met with mostly criticism during an open house this week.

About 15 residents who attended Tuesday’s session said they opposed the proposal to lift a decades-old ban on street vendors in Scottsdale.

The proposed change in city law, as currently written, would allow mobile vendors along residential streets, as long as they serve prepared food that doesn’t require heat.

The law would apply mainly to ice-cream trucks, which are allowed in majority of municipalities in the state, city officials said.

Residents also were concerned for children’s safety, said Sonnie Kirtley, a longtime resident who chairs the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale. The advocacy group focuses on land-use policies and quality of life in Scottsdale.

The ordinance, if passed, could open the door for other types of food trucks in neighborhoods, residents said.

God forbid that happens!

I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have street vendors coming around to ply their wares.

When I grew up in Brooklyn, we used to have the Good Humor man (first Bob Magillicuddy, then Phil); the Bungalow Bar guy (who nobody ever went to because “Bungalow Bar tastes like tar…the more you eat the sicker you are!”…Freezer Fresh that o’ bonannimo (trans: “good soul” or the departed) Sally Tuturro used to drive; and of course, Mr. Softee.

Not to mention a pizza guy.

And in the Jewish neighborhoods, there used to be a guy coming around that sold the Chow Chow cup. (A cone filled with Chicken Chow Mein! Gods honest truth!)

In fact, my old boss, Figgy, who grew up Down Neck said there used to be a guy come around that sold clams on the half shell!

I could see the “little Fig” “schiaffin” (Trans: eating like he’s going to the electric chair!) a few of those.

But anyway, Posse poll time:

Do you feel the ice cream man and other street vendors should be prohibited?


And please share your memories of the ice cream man…or whatever else you used to buy street side in the space below.

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