Remember last Thursday? Mostly beautiful, mostly blue and bright? It was as if autumn, unable to let go, was picking through the leftovers of summer and squeezing tightly into a pair of Bermuda shorts. Michael Steinberg, too, was picking through the leftovers of summer, only he was pulling out an iced pop.
His selections were slim. Reaching a hand into a 20-below freezer, he could get you a Choco Taco. Maybe a few ice cream sandwiches. But no more SpongeBob SquarePants, the fruit punch- and cotton candy-flavored ice with gumball eyes.
Steinberg, who drives the Mr. Ding-a-Ling ice cream truck out of his hometown of Great Barrington — on a looped route through Lee, Stockbridge and Housatonic — was making his last rounds of the season on Thursday.