Another installment of "America's Still Out There"
20 JUNE 2008 - Somewhere in Central Missouri... Bismarck, MO
missed the pic a bit. Wait, a buggy in the front yard caught my eye... then a sign... "Hand Dipped Ice Cream" I jam on the brakes. Circle around and park in the side yard I discover the classic old farmhouse has a addition. Turns out the old boy has bought the old soda fountain from when the drugstore went out of business (Yes, there is a WalMart nearby)
Now I like Ice Cream but not a lot at a time. I ask for just one scoop. I get three scoops in a milkshake glass. Buck and a half. This would be $4.50 in California. I head outside into the shade to the patio table. The owner follows me out. Is it the classic glass I have? I don't think so.... he lights up a cigar... nice... downwind... nicer. We talk (imagine that) I ask him what he did before he got into the tourist business. He was a barber for 40 years. I say, I usually get a close haircut before I ride on these trips. I'd give $10 for a haircut. I get no change in expression. I manage to choke down all the ice cream. I stand up and start getting ready to leave when he asks if I want a haircut or not. Cool. I'm not sure if he's really set up for it when he pushes the shrubbery aside to reveal a tiny barbershop on the very back of the building. Can you see the barber pole?
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