I find ice-cream men to be rather demented. Not in an overly bad way, but I pull this conclusion from a current scenario. Outside, it is raining. It is getting late, and it is not particularly warm. It is not ice-cream weather. Yet, a transit van, shoddily decorated in stickers and vibrant yellows and blues has just pulled up playing its rather annoying warble. Now, this seems like a ridiculous thing to be happening. And, I add, this is not the only time this has occured. I have noticed them before, sometimes in the middle of the night, trying to flog their frozen dairy treats - probably with little success. It is quite odd. I remember when I was doing my driving lessons, in winter, driving through some housing estate, and there was one then. Pitch black and cold as Alaska. Yet there was a night ice-cream van man making his rounds. In a way it is annoying. The jingle hurts the ears, and draws my attention because it seems very peculiar. Is he there to just annoy everybody or is he just a shining example of a very optimistic kind of guy. I couldn't tell you. To be honest, I don't know if it's annoying or just baffling. But it's there. Maybe it's because I've seen films in which horrific deeds are perpetrated from the confines of an ice-cream van - John Carpenter's 'Assault on Precinct 13' being the main production to stand out. Maybe I'm over curious, or maybe I just think too much. But I suppose some sort of question or discussion should come out of this. So it is this: Are there any unusual, seemingly routinous, characters in your neighbourhood that you find a little unusual. I'm not trying to be morbid, or raise some sort of 'horror scenario' in you. I'm just asking from a very general and inqusitive point of view. Are there oddballs in your neighbourhood? And is their behaviour odd or erratic enough to justify your opinion/judgement? Please be honest. Thanks.