Sunday, June 10, 2012


I just watched this clip from Bananas in Pyjamas.

Some teddy bears don't like Tuesday because the bananas chase them on Tuesday. They decide to fix things by getting rid of Tuesday on the calender.

I thought it was funny because lately we've been LOVING Tuesday.


It's the day the Mr. Softee man comes to our neighborhood. 

Two Tuesdays ago, Jack and I were inside the house and heard eerie loud music.  We ran to the window and saw the truck. Unfortunately we weren't dressed (because we're lazy sometimes).  We rushed to put clothes and shoes on; then ran outside.  We ran and ran and ran, but were unable to catch up with the truck.

We caught up with some people who had more luck and they told us the Mr. Softee Man will be driving by every Tuesday.

So the next Tuesday the three of us got dressed and put money by the door so we'd be ready.  We were unsure of the time he'd be coming because we didn't pay enough attention the last time. So we had a lot of waiting, and Jack was ready to give up. But Mr. Softee did come and we enjoyed our ice-cream.  

I was wondering about ice-cream trucks in Australia.   I vaguely remember one coming by when we were at a holiday park.  But maybe I just dreamed that.

Anyway, I found a website for a Mr. Whippy Van.   He has ice-cream plus other stuff. You can get fairy floss and jam donuts.   Fun!

In an Aussie book I read recently, a bunch of children die by getting ice-cream from a vendor.   Then there's been other horror stories involving ice-cream trucks.  Charmed had one.  Maybe Medium did as well? 

So although I was excited, I was also a little paranoid.  I came up with a code for Jack. I said if the truck doesn't look safe to me, I'm going to suggest he get a pre-wrapped treat. 

I worried that perhaps it wasn't a Mr. Softee (which I think you can usually probably trust) and instead some random person who might be a demon or serial killer.  

But it ended up looking okay, and we survived our ice-cream experience.

In two more days, it's Tuesday again!

Does an ice-cream truck come to your neighborhood?   Do you ever buy anything?

Do you have any happy ice-cream truck childhood memories?   


FruitCake said...

In the summer an ice cream truck drives round our neighbourhood, playing what sounds like a very stretched cassette tape of "greensleeves".
I guess if there were young kids visiting it would be worth chasing, but generally if there's ice-cream in the freezer and there are cones in the cupboard I can't see the point. All of which is a hint that I don't associate ice cream trucks with any outstanding childhood memory, which might have something to do with money [or lack thereof].

One of my many cousins [MHRIP] drove a Mr Whippy van for a while. His commission was based on a stocktake of cones, so his 8 younger siblings would rush out of their house with cups when he came past. They loved talking about it.

Ice cream is not something I rave about... but hot jam donuts? Would they be as good as the ones from the van at the Queen Vic Market?

FruitCake said...

PS I've never watched bananas in pyjamas before. What a horrible pair of bullies. Should definitely be rated PG.

Andrew said...

We would hear the Mr Whippy van when we stayed with our grandparents, but the road was too busy for us to rush out and stop the van. Does yours play Green-sleeves?

Red Nomad OZ said...

Despite having the memories of which Fruitcake so eloquently speaks, I now prefer the adult version of ice-cream - gelato!!

Does that make me un-Australian?!?!

Dina said...

Fruitcake: Yes. I'm wondering about these bananas. When I heard about them; I assumed they were nice. But maybe they're least not to Teddy Bears. They must be pretty awful at the bullying thing. I mean really. Things have to get really bad for someone to want to get rid of an actual day of the week.

That's cool about your cousin!!

On an intellectual level; I can see your point about eating ice-cream from the freezer rather than running after a truck. But I'm not working on an intellectual level here. I'm working on a very childish level.

I really want to try these hot jam donuts one day. Are they better than Krispy Kreme?

Andrew: Yep. Safety is important.

This website has the Mr. Softee song. I'm not sure if that's Greensleeves or not. I'll have to go listen to Greensleeves. I've probably heard it before; but don't remember.

Wait. I think I have it in my head now. If it's what I think it is; then it's NOT the Mr. Softee song.

Red Nomad Oz: No, it's not UN-Australian.

It's probably as Australian as ice-cream. No more and no less.

It IS much less Australian than Vegemite though. And probably less Australian than Thai food.

Andrew said...

Definitely not. Mr Softee's tune is light and sweet and great for kids.

Dina said...


Really? I think it's spooky; and that's even with me associating it with something positive.