We should all scream for this: Sept. 25

We can all probably think of some question or issue where if we ask 10 people about it, we’d get 11 different opinions.

But I have stumbled across something that I think everyone, regardless of their stances on any other issue, can agree on.

Everyone should get an ice cream truck for their birthday.

Not ice cream with their cake, not a trip to the local ice cream shop — although I’m pro-both of those under normal circumstances — but an actual ice cream truck, repetitive and sometimes-creepy-sounding music and all.

Through a series of weird and not-altogether-connected events, Betsy from Motherhood and Martial Arts actually had an ice cream truck for her birthday, and I think it’s something everyone should have.

First of all, it’s ice cream. Whatever the question, ice cream is almost always a correct answer. It may not be a correct answer to that particular question, but it’s an answer that will make seeking the actual answer more enjoyable.

Also, it’s a chance to have your own birthday party. Out of nowhere, an ice cream truck rolls up to your house. Everyone comes to check it out.

“Gee, why is this here?”

“It’s my birthday.” (Or, if you’re the modest type, someone else says it’s your birthday.)

“Really? That’s awesome! Happy Birthday!”

I know … I know … how exactly can this happen? I have no idea, but I’m sure there are people smarter than me who can figure out the whole acquiring trucks/acquiring drivers/acquiring ice cream/scheduling everyone’s birthdays part.

Well then … what about people with winter birthdays?

First of all, I’m a believer in ice cream all year — although, unfortunately, I’m a minority of one in my two-person house, meaning the nightly after-dinner small cones will soon come to an end —this is as much about them as anybody else.

Think about it. You live in an inhospitable climate, and your birthday’s a random day in February, a time of year when there’s not a ton to look forward to.

But you know that not only are you going to celebrate a birthday soon, it’s going to come with its own ice cream truck. (It’ll have snow tires if needed.)

Wouldn’t that make you feel better?

Because even though ice cream is cold, eating it is still a warm fuzzy.

Photo by Florencia Viadana on Unsplash

What I wrote

I tried to answer a question that has been bumping around in my head for more than a year.

There’s a whole world that I’ll never see because I’m sleeping through it.

Either the pot was going to win, or I was. I won. (This post by Ally inspired it.)

One of the trees in my neighborhood is growing fruit of some sort, and our neighbor offered us baklava.

After years of disrespect, our glorious moment has arrived.

All of a sudden, I realized I hadn’t left the house all day.

Stuff I read

Graham was excited about his team’s game. It did not go well.

Five years for Savannah and Chad.

Renata’s tooth tale ends in what was probably the only way it was ever going to end.

Aaron started a new job. It doesn’t seem like he got as freaked out as I did about not knowing everything right away.

Pepper’s trying to teach her daughter before her first dance.

Pea Green can’t believe they’ve been back from France for a month.

Austin shares Aaron’s and Holly’s chat about, among other things, standing in line to meet someone, and then having no idea what to say when you get there. I have no idea what he could be talking about.

Christina’s son tried. He didn’t exactly succeed, but he tried.

It looks like Becky had a fun summer.

Helena on old photos and what they represent.

My idea of fashion is “Does it fit?” and “Does it match?” but this one from Heather Havrilesky is so good.

Pamela has some interesting thoughts about what’s actually “awkward.”

The MidLife Cat Lady is not a fan of candidates knocking on her door.

It turns out I really don’t need life to always be a 10. A nice, solid six would be nice. Tonight I’d even go with a four. We’d be very happy to rest here, at four.

Tweets I liked

That’s … not how I expected it to end.

As long as the other stuff is better than OK, I’m good.


Other than “Where’s my car?” or the months my exercise class was in a parking lot? No. (And I still miss the hell out of that class.)

That was my first thought when I heard of this. NyQuil is great for colds, but it tastes disgusting, so why would you want to cook with it?

Suzi jokes all the time that he’s going to show up at a pickleball game somewhere. If he winds up where I play, I’d be honored for him to beat me like a drum once he learns the rules.

Someone actually owns this place … and is selling it.

Or between cities in Oregon.


11 thoughts on “We should all scream for this: Sept. 25

  1. This made me smile. Ice cream trucks are rare where we live. One night last summer, we kept hearing “Turkey in the straw” over and over…and over. We all thought we were hearing things until my daughter commented on it. Later that night, we went for a walk and the ice cream truck drove by. The owner must live in our neighborhood because we do hear the music from time to time.

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    1. My comment was about to be: “Whatever the question, ice cream is almost always a correct answer.”–Yes! Favorite line! 😛 Thanks, Bill. This was fun. It reminded me that, back when I had the band set up to play, I had done a Twitter survey about whether or not I should have an ice cream truck come to the brewery. (Pretty sure you voted, didn’t you, AB?) The response was something like 98% yes.

      Fortunately for me, I live in a warm area of the country. There can and should be ice cream trucks all year round. Maybe there are, but I just haven’t been paying attention. I mean, those other months aren’t MY birthday month, so… 😉
      And I always love your Twitter finds. Ok Produce! Ha!

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  2. I grew up in the country and thought that ice cream trucks were a myth until I was at a sleepover at a friend’s house. We were playing outside with some neighborhood kids and I kept hearing something odd. I asked my friend, “What is that annoying sound?”

    “You mean the ice cream truck?”


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  3. As a former professional ice cream scooper, I believe in ice cream round (however, the shop was closed over the winter, and I don’t think I’d want to work in December haha). There’s always time for ice cream, and there’s never a bad time for it.

    And yes, I did have a really fun summer and I’m sad it came to an end.

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