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Thursday, January 13, 2011

In Defense of Trailer Trash (a repeat)

One of my favorite bloggers Facing 50 With Humor is giving me a shout out today, so I hope you'll pay her a visit when you leave here!

This is a repost of one I wrote in August of 2009.  One of my blogger friends made a comment about behaving "trailer-trashy,'  and I remembered I'd written this, so I thought it might be fun to post it again!

I am here today to speak in defense of Trailer Park residents a.k.a. "trailer trash." I live in a trailer park, and I think we are getting a bad rap. Our mobile home--a bit of a misnomer, as it's 75 feet long and 16 feet wide, and thus not actually very mobile unless you drive an 18-wheeler--is very comfortable and roomy for my husband and me. Also, as we are both retired, it's a very economical choice.

While I admit there may be trailer park residents out there who could be considered "trashy," there are as many apartment dwellers and free-standing home owners who could fit that description as well. There are many beautiful, well-maintained "trailers" out there which serve as homes for people who choose that life-style because it affords them the opportunity to live within their means and enjoy vacations and restaurant visits they would have to pass up otherwise.
During the 12 years I worked in banking, I processed home equity loans for people who'd been living a life they couldn't afford courtesy of the credit card, and were now having to refinance their homes to cover that debt--sometimes as much as $70,000 credit card debt!

If living in a mobile home pretty much debt free and having the means to enjoy life without having to rely on Mastercard and Visa means I'm trailer trash, then I'll wear the label proudly!
(What brought on this tirade, you're asking yourself? I was reading a blog last night where mobile home residents were being stereo-typed as toothless wife-beaters who drove dented BMW's because they couldn't afford the deductible on their car insurance to get them repaired. Granted, it was around 1:00 a.m. and maybe it was satirical and I missed it.)

I just felt the need to let people know that I live in a trailer, and I still have my own teeth--okay maybe I'm missing one or two; my husband doesn't beat me--except for an occasional spanking, if I'm in the mood------ and neither of us drives a beat up car--well, I did crack a tail light when I backed into a tree last summer.

Oh, crap! I think I qualify as trailer trash!!  Never mind!

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32 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Haha, this made me giggle! I am still judging.

tsonodablog said...

Geez, I wish I could even afford a trailer that size! I'm jealous. My apartment is nice, but they won't let me BBQ on the patio. I'm from the south and we loves our BBQ ribs!


Terri

Lazarus said...

Eva, you're treasure, not trash! I loved the beating/spanking line...

Langdowns said...

LOL! Very funny. That's fantastic. Nothing trashy about it ...

SherilinR said...

oh eva, it's okay to be trailer trash. i might not live in one myself, but i can sure act like i do when a situation calls for it.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...as long as you are comfortable with your label...we all good...

Facing50Blog.com said...

As always you brought a large smile to my face. That photograph got me too - I didn't realise the woman was sticking her tongue out at me at first!
I've put a link up on my page today. Hope more people come and find out how entertaining you are. I'm off to Tweet and Facebook about your blog now.

EmptyNester said...

Found you via Carol at Facing 50 with Humour!

You're so right about white trash living anywhere---we have two right next door! LOL

Wait. I drive a 1987 Mercedes...but no dents. Whew. I might be safe, for now. LOL

glnroz said...

second time around, just as informative. I think you are on the right track,,er road. oh well,, thnx,,

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Apologies from a low-life trollop!

Laura said...

I lived in a trailer for many years, but I am in a house now. Living in that trailer for $156.00 a month sure beats the $500.00+ a month I'm having to pay now. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Thanks for the visit. Stopping by from SITS!

Debbie said...

I was just thinking about that saying last week and how horrible it is. Although I have said it. But I promise I didn't mean it:)

Pat said...

I'm trashier than you! My trailer is only 40 feet long and has wheels! Ha ha!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

It's just an easy cliche to use about trailer trash and trailer parks and I've seen some trashy ones, but hell I've seen some trashy houses too so you know? What's the difference?

In Florida I visited a friend of a friend who lived in a trailer and the place was amazing. Immaculate park, flowers everywhere, clean white trailers and well kept little streets. Also a really great community spirit. I was amazed because my image of trailer parks as a foreigner, had been of trashy hillbilly type places and this was a really lovely little hamlet of homes and totally changed my view. I mean I get that of course there are nasty trailer parks too, but like I said, there's two sides to everything.

So....spanking you say?

Revenge Of The Flipper Kids said...

Trailer parks are like anywhere else, you get out of them what you put in and if you have nice neighbors and invest a little in making the place look nice, it's as pretty as any other neighborhood with nice people and clean streets. Plus you're right, they're economically sound, perfectly great homes and very comfortable to boot. They're really not any different to a "real" house at all!

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

Once again I'm laughing! For the record, I know people that live in mansions that behave the same way, so there you go!!!

Eva Gallant said...

Terri: That's too bad. We have a large deck on the back where we keep our BBQ grill. Of course our grilling season is only half the year!

Laz: You devil you! lol

Langdowns: Most of the time! lol

Glenn: Just trying to dazzle you with my brilliance!

Veg: My lips are sealed!

She Writes said...

OMG! You make me laugh. I am apartment debris, I guess.

Smokey said...

Eva, I realize now how very much I have missed your blogs. I am a former trailer park trash person. My beautiful little park was sold. Now I guess I am apartment trash. We trash have to stick together to ensue the intergity of the group.

Joanie said...

I'd Love to downsize to a place like yours! Unfortunately I owe more than my house is worth these days.

tattytiara said...

There's nothing trashier than making fun of people because of their income bracket as far as this former decade long trailer park resident is concerned!

Sandra said...

haha! Love it! Laughing! Smiling!...and I'm pretty sure I'd qualify as trailer trash without the trailer...ok, so maybe I'm just trash.

Pastor Sharon said...

Well, if you are considered trailer trash, I would never dare even think of throwing you away!

I have found you to be a treasure. I love that you have posted this!

Eva, you are just a jewel for anyone who finds you!

About that spanking part. . . you made me spray my iced tea all over the keyboard! Thanks a bunch, hon!

xoxo

Tam said...

Love it! Here's to frugal living that allows you to travel and enjoy the world...so that you may share it all with us!!

Annie said...

Very funny! Thank you for the laugh! I found you from the "Facing 50 with Humour" blog! I will be back!

Annie

Eva Gallant said...

Smokey: We definitely need to stick together!

Tam: Well, I don't travel the world, but a year ago I did spend four weeks on a road trip across the country, and hope next year to take a road trip from Maine to Key West, Florida.

Tropical Mum said...

I found you through Best Posts of the Week.

This made me chuckle: "my husband doesn't beat me--except for an occasional spanking,"

I look forward to reading more!

Have a lovely weekend.

Annie said...

Hi Eva. Found you through Best Post of . . . Hurray for trailer parks. My folks lived in one and were very comfortable and happy. I would cheerfully downsize to a doublewide but alas, the hubs is not so agreeable. Nice to meet you. Enjoyed the read.

injaynesworld said...

I'd love to be "trailer trash" and debt free. Good for you, my very classy friend.

Melissa said...

Love this post! I currently live in a Mobile home park..and love it here!
I have lived in Mobile Home parks in the past, and they were great!
No regrets.
I found you thru Facing 50 with Humor!
I look forward to reading more of your posts..
Melissa

Eva Gallant said...

TropicalMum: Thanks for visiting! Come back soon!

Jayne: Thank you.

Kipp said...

Eva you need (if it is not already there) a little sign by the front door - "If the trailer is a rockn', don't come a knockn'". ;)