The annoying servant

#1
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.
 

Hiei

The Hierophant
#2
Your ice cream men remind me of the ice cream men in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. I bet they're slinging more than just some ice cream if they're wandering around in the middle of the night. Peddling to the hookers in the area that need their smack.

I live in sunny old Phoenix, Arizona. It's ALWAYS ice cream weather here. Even in the middle of the night.
 

Wade8813

Registered Member
#3
I've noticed some slightly odd times for ice cream men, but never too weird. I think some of it might be if there's some hot weather, then it cools off - they have all that unsold ice cream, and need to try to get rid of it.

That wouldn't explain them doing it in the winter though
 

idisrsly

I'm serious
V.I.P.
#4
John Carpenter's 'Assault on Precinct 13' being the main production to stand out.
You've not seen "The Ice-Cream Man" then?
Ice Cream Man (1995)
A wonderful piece of cinematography for any parent wanting to put their children off ice cream forever.

We have "nomad vendors" that sells mealies (corn - on the cob, might I add, freshly stolen off the farms). Their call is equally if not more annoying than the jingle of the ice cream truck. "Meeehaleeeeeeeeeeeees". Ugh. If I did ever stop them to buy a mealie I would only do it so as to hit them in the head with it.
 
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You've not seen "The Ice-Cream Man" then?
Ice Cream Man (1995)
A wonderful piece of cinematography for any parent wanting to put their children off ice cream forever.

We have "nomad vendors" that sells mealies (corn - on the cob, might I add, freshly stolen off the farms). Their call is equally if not more annoying than the jingle of the ice cream truck. "Meeehaleeeeeeeeeeeees". Ugh. If I did ever stop them to buy a mealie I would only do it so as to hit them in the head with it.
That actually seems funny to me. I might start calling ice-cream men that from now one. The Mealies. Dinner with the mealies. At home with the mealies. The mealies go bowling... lmao.

Anyway, I haven't seen that film, but I can guess the content already. I'm sure I saw some other film with a psychotic ice-cream man in it, but I can't remember it. I think I was young, and it probably freaked the hell out of me. Kudos for your story, if I wasn't such a new member I would probably rep you for that - 1) Because it made me laugh. 2) Because I learnt something. 3) Because you answered the thread straightly and 4) Because I have a film to search for, which from the title I will probably hate, but sounds like the sort of shit that is so bad it's good.

So thanks.