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  • mistermuse 10:50 am on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , chldren, chocolate, Dairy Queen, Good Humor Man, , , , July, National Ice Cream Month, Ralph Waldo Emerson, sugar cones, vanilla   


    July in America = ice cream….especially the 3rd Sunday in July. Why? Well, besides offering relief from the sweltering heat, ice cream has official status in July. The following revised article, which I first posted three years ago on “another network,” will explain:

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    We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Former President Ronald Reagan may not have had Ralph Waldo Emerson’s wit, but in 1984 he did Emerson one better by proclaiming July NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH and the 3rd Sunday in July NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY. It is thus our patriotic duty this month (and doubly so on this day) to set calory-counting and weight-watching aside, yield to weak-ness, and celebrate like it’s 1984. Go ahead. Indulge. Now that you’re thinking about it, how can you resist that tempting pleaser in the freezer?

    Vanilla? Chocolate? Mint? Peach? Chocolate chip? Whatever — as you savor the flavor of your favorite cold one (not counting beer) tickling your tonsils as it melts down your throat, here come some ice cream trivia to enlighten you as you add to your waistline:

    Ice cream was introduced in the U.S. by Quaker colonists.
    The ice cream cone was invented at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when a concessionaire ran out of ice cream dishes, and pastries were hand-rolled to resemble a dish.
    Children under 12 and adults over 45 consume the most ice cream per person.
    Americans eat more ice cream than any other country in the world.
    More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.
    Enjoy plain vanilla? You’re hardly alone — it’s still, by far, America’s most popular flavor.

    Ice cream nostalgia time: I remember old-fashioned ice cream parlors with their marble countertops, small wrought iron round tables and armless wire chairs with round seats. I remember soda fountains in drug stores and 5 & 10 cent stores manned by ‘soda jerks’ in white. I remember Howard Johnson restaurants (with their 28 flavors) at service plazas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the 1940s; I remember Dairy Queens becoming popular in the 1950s; I remember sugar cones and root beer floats and The Good Humor Man and ice cream trucks plying neighborhood streets playing “Turkey In The Straw” or “The Entertainer,” drawing children like mystical Pied Pipers.

    Some of the above still exist. In fact, I think I hear one of those Pied Pipers passing by the house right now. Excuse me while I run out and scream WAIT! WAIT FOR ME! Oh, no — he doesn’t hear me! Do something before he’s gone….

    • Michaeline Montezinos 11:10 am on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “I scream, You scream, we all scream for ice cream. ” could have been one of those chants that girls jump rope to. Not me however. I was too clumsy. I do recall hearing the Good Humor truck with its musical tones that would draw all the neighborhood kids to it like a moth to a burning match, Enjoyed some of the best ice dream that summer. Later my girls would ask for change to satisfy their appetites, Although we had some ice cream in the freezer, those magical notes drew us all to have a wonderful treat. You have posted some interesting facts, mistermuse. I think I remember one soda fountain that specialized in sundaes and deserts. I am sad they are now almost impossible to find nowadays.


    • arekhill1 12:10 pm on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. You didn’t ask, but I thought I’d tell you anyway.

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      • mistermuse 12:20 pm on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Ricardo, I’ll bet that goes good with beer. Come to think of it, I wonder if there’s such a thing as beer ice cream.


    • mistermuse 12:13 pm on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Michaeline, our good friend Don Frankel was a soda jerk in his youth – hopefully he will favor us with a memory or two from his soda fountain days.


    • Espirational 1:43 pm on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      When I think of ice cream I remember family gatherings with everyone taking turns on the crank of the old fashioned ice cream freezer.


    • mistermuse 6:03 pm on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like you come from a cranky family! 🙂


    • Marie Lough 7:19 pm on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I had cookie dough ice cream today – just doing my part for National Ice Cream Day!


    • mistermuse 10:15 pm on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I had my favorite, Homemade brand Natural Vanilla Bean, for National Ice Cream Day — not that I needed an excuse. I had some yesterday, and I’ll have some more tomorrow.


    • Don Frankel 5:21 am on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia or just plain old Breyer’s Vanilla.

      I knew why President Reagan made this holiday on a Sunday because without Ice Cream you can’t make a Sundae. Oh that was bad but what can you expect from an old soda jerk.


    • mistermuse 8:06 am on July 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I propose making it a rule to never admit making a bad pun….if for no other reason than it would benefit me a lot more than it would you.


  • mistermuse 11:57 am on March 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Coco Chanel, Erich Fromm, General George Patton, , , , , , Panic Day, quotations on courage, Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer's block   


    According to holidayinsights.com, March 9th is PANIC DAY! I’m not quite sure why we’re supposed to panic tomorrow — for many poor souls, it would be nothing more than business as usual — and for the rest of us, isn’t such a day just looking for trouble? Or should we view it as an opportunity to squeeze all our panic into one day so we can live the rest of the year as carefree as a carbuncle (which may not live carefree, but it sounds funny).

    Frankly, I’m not buying it — I think a DON’T PANIC DAY would not only be more productive, but would encourage more courage in the face of discourage(ment).  Allow me to demonstrate: I refuse to panic at the thought of writer’s block or over-working my brain, by bravely turning the rest of this post over to the thoughts of others on such matters.

    The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.  –Coco Chanel

    It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.  –Mark Twain

    Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.  –Erich Fromm

    History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.  —Maya Angelou

    I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.
    –Maya Angelou

    We’ve begun to raise our daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.  —Gloria Steinem

    A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Everyone admires the courage of the lion tamer in a cage with half-a-dozen lions — everyone but a school bus driver.  –Evan Esar

    I never thought much of the courage of the lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.  –George Bernard Shaw

    Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
    General George Patton

    • Don Frankel 7:17 am on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I refuse to panic. Am I brave? Not really I’m just too old and too tired. Panic like youth or uthe is wasted on the young.


    • mistermuse 7:44 am on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with you, Don (my carbuncle ain’t sayin’, but who cares – it’s a pain in the butt).


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