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Happy Shopper #17: Ice Cream Man

Ice Cream Man travels from coast to coast giving away ice cream. It isn't easy being loved...

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by LamontPaul, for outsideleft.com
originally published: September, 2007
I'm going to dinner with my dad tonight for a belated birthday dinner and we're eating at Captain Jacks in Sunset Beach

Ice Cream Man (above at Bonnaroo - with people who are obviously thrilled to see him) travels to wherever crowds gather and gives away Ice Cream. A simple idea with impossibly complex logistics. After all, most of us can't even get our ices across a strip mall parking lot without at least a few drips. Thus far, Ice Cream Man has traversed the length and breadth of the United States - could next summer see him tackle the even more intensive UK festival tour? Let's hope... Those kids need the Ice Cream Man to distract them from the rain.

1) What was the last electrical appliance you bought?
Wow.... we're definitely gonna use the left side of my brain here. Hmmm... It's been quite a while since I've bought an electrical appliance. I was on the road for four months giving away ice cream... ohh... does a fan count? Technically "I" didn't buy it but a buddy of mine bought a nice fan which we used while slinging cream backstage at Lollapalooza to keep us cool - lifesaver.

2) How many shoes do you own?
Quite a few. I've been getting free shoes while on tour and I also used to do quite a bit of hiking so I've got some of those types around too. Plus, you need slippers, sandals, and beat up shoes to skate in. And.. who knows what's in my storage unit in Ashland, Oregon. A safe bet is at least a dozen sets.

3) Thinking about only what you are wearing now and including your watch, jewellery and glasses if you wear them, how much would it cost me to get dressed up just like you? And where would I have to go to get the look?
Ha Ha. My friend Molly wanted to dress up as me (Ice Cream Man garb) for Halloween last year. I'm sure it can be done for cheap. Everything I'm wearing now (t-shirt, levi's sta-prest pants, boxers, two sox, and some shoes) cost me less than $25. O' the joy of getting free stuff. Even my Ice Cream Man outfits I wear while slinging cream wouldn't cost too much. Levi's sponsors us, and makes it possible for us to get around and give away free ice cream, so a lot of the time I'm rocking their stuff.

4) What are you going to be eating for dinner tonight?
I'm so happy I'm answering these questions now cuz I'm going to dinner with my dad tonight for a belated birthday dinner and we're eating at Captain Jacks in Sunset Beach. I'll be smiling while eating a pound of the best crab legs around.

5) What is the most amount you have ever spent on a bottle of wine or other alcoholic beverage and when and where was it?
I'd prolly say $40-$50. Prolly when I was younger and dating a girl who was 6 years older than me. She worked at a nice restaurant and knew her wines so I had to do some homework to bring in the good stuff.

6) What and where is your favourite shop?
Shop? Like place I'd go to "shop"? That's really tough to say. I like old time stores a lot. Historically, I've prolly had the best luck for clothes going to Aardvarks on Melrose.

7) How do you get around town?
If, by town you mean "Los Angeles", my main mode of transportation is either Bessie, my ice cream truck, or Bessita, her offspring - a Toyota Yaris ice cream "truck". I live in Long Beach when I'm not on the road (which is about half the year) and I usually skate, walk, or bike around town.

8) Where is your favourite place to holiday?
I like the mountains a lot. I started Ice Cream Man in Ashland, Oregon and I always love returning to there. I really like Missoula, Montana a lot and just about anywhere else where there's not too many people, the air is clean/clear/crisp, and lots of mountains. I like snow. That being said, I haven't really been outside of North America much so all that could change in the next year or too.

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LamontPaul

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