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Being a New Yorker is...

Learning to HATE the "Mister Softee Jingle" played at +50db all summer long from their trucks from dawn to dusk. Here's the original song, as sung by a Mister Softee himself:

... however, from an apartment, it sounds like this:

Yes. It's louder then your television or than a jet plane landing at La Guardia airport a few blocks away from the poor guy who recorded this video.

Welcome to New York! Won't someone please give ''Mister Softee'' a Viagra? What other uniquely New York City annoyances can you think of?



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Mar. 19th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
I used to absolutely hate those damned trucks going through the neighbourhood. You knew that the snow was about to melt when the first truck came through, and you knew when Christmas was only a few days away when you stopped hearing them.

The truck in my neighbourhood here in London plays something else; I forget what it was. But two days ago I heard it for the first time this year. "Sh*t," said I, "spring is right around the corner."
Mar. 19th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I have a hunting Sling Shot and some very rotten eggs if you want some target practice. hehehehehehe

Or actually, get a set of 250 watt per channel speakers and play the Mister Softee music back at him and 10 times the volume; he can't hear the customers..........snicker.

Mar. 19th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Call 311. Last year (or the year before) they set a decible level and when they can play the tune. Try to note the time he comes by and the street intersection, since they are creatures of habit.
Mar. 19th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea!

There are about FOUR schools close to me, so of course, the neighbourhood is littered with Mister Softee trucks at 3 o'clock sharp until about 9PM! When I wrote my recent blog entry last night, I could hear a Mister Softee truck playing it's haunting tune outside!

I will call 311 next time they crank it up! Fuck, I live on a very high floor and it's still LOUD -- imagine what people on the 1st-4th floor hear?!?

Thanks for the 311 suggestion.

- Chaz
Mar. 19th, 2010 04:32 pm (UTC)

They refer to them as Claxons
Mar. 19th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)

Hmmmmm.... in SUBCHAPTER 4 (PROHIBITED NOISE UNREASONABLE NOISE STANDARD), section 24-221, subsection "e" it states:

"No person shall operate or use or cause to be operated or used any sound signal device attached to a motor vehicle, wagon or manually propelled cart from which food or any other items are sold, which emits a sound signal more frequently than once every ten minutes in any one city block and with a duration of more than ten seconds for any single emission."

I wonder if this is enforceable...
Mar. 19th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
LOL!!! It reminded me of two things. This song making the kids chase the truck like the way that little baby swimming after a dollar in a pool on the Nirvana "Nevermind" album cover or that famous Eddie Murphy routine from the classic "Delirious"

Mar. 19th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)

That's a great comedy routine!!!!

Mar. 19th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Mr Softee
~Wow~ I grew up with Mr. Softee in Western New York - don't think I've ever heard the lyrics to the tune before!
Mar. 19th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Mr Softee

I didn't know there were lyrics either -- just the jingle. It was interesting to discover them on YouTube!

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