Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Sophisticated Life of Owning a Trailer Park

I've lived in mobile homes off and on my entire life.  It is really not a good sign when your home has more miles on it than your car.  Ironically, at times, our house had wheels on it while the car sat on blocks with no wheels.

My already confusing life as a child was an enigma wrapped in aluminum,tires and the occasional vinyl siding.  I began to associate everything with wheels.

My goal always was to get ahead in life.  The only connecting factor going for me in life was mobile homes. My brain made that connection.
Living in a mobile home park had its upsides. Once, when we were cutting the grass, we found three cars.

My brain usually works for me, but sometimes it works against me.  I call it the big brain.  After living in mobile home after mobile home, I finally decided that if "you can't beat 'em join 'em."  I'm not really sure if that relates to what I did next as my thoughts are still going through the maze, but when I was 25, I decided to buy the mobile home park that I was living in; however, I lacked the glorious trait of sophistication that the rival mobile home park owners had.


My first step in that direction was to switch my choice of ketchup.  It seemed right at the time and I was desperate.
Staying non-fancy is the one part in life that I have mastered.  Everyday is simple and casual, like going to the Dollar Palace.


My tenants are my pride and joy.  For once in my life, I am in control.  They have to like me, unlike my friends, who don't.  Sadly, some of my closest friends treat me like a glass vase.  They initially put nice, beautiful flowers inside of me to make me like them.  Then, they break me, give up on me and go home.  I am then left broken and confused, relying on people who owe me money to pick me up and put me back together.

I have heard EVERY excuse in the book about late rent.



Sometimes I get this feeling that I am being pulled down in life, yet at other times it feels more like I am being pushed or more specifically, shoved.  It is a "dog eat dog world out there" and no matter what I own or who I am friends with, I am wearing milkbone cologne and the dogs are always out.  


Ironically, I have given free rent and cleaned my tenants homes free of charge when I see them struggling financially or physically.  I am not one of those "slum lords."  Life is too short for that.  My bills get paid.  At the end of the day, I get to live with myself.


I am trailer folk.  Mobile homes run through my veins.  I am not one of those people who is "trailerly challenged." I know the mobile home park life and I make the best of it as a professional trailer park owner.


Sometimes my male tenants think I want to date them.  My favorite pickup line ever was when some guy told me I had "nice teeth." 
Owning a trailer park is fun and full of great adventures.  I specifically encourage my tenants not to shoot at each other's pets or windows and to stay at least partially clothed when outside. There is only one rule that I stand by and enforce.




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181 comments:

  1. Any excuse involving Mardi Gras would be good enough for me.

    You have had a crazy life, Tracie!

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    1. It was so funny, because he always had partying money, but never rent money. I partied when he was gone, though.

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    2. tracie, I agree with youngman brown! and I soooo love that the sun even has wheels.

      great post!

      best,
      MOV

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    3. I was hoping someone noticed that the sun had wheels!

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  2. Can you get cops to give you notice? I always sort of thought they did whatever they wanted.

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    1. Most of my tenants are great, but a few people have slipped in that had questionable lives. I was part of a sting operation once...a small part.

      I sat there eating popcorn watching the whole thing go down...

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    2. lol... great participation!

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    3. I think this comment just made the whole post that much better.

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  3. You know, if you switched from ketchup to catsup you would have had a much easier time...

    I loved the 'found 3 cars when mowing the lawn' moment. I could see your eyes lighting up like when they announce "A NEW CAAAARRRR!" on The Price is Right.

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    1. haha yes, that was a good year for us!

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  4. My brother owns several houses and has some great late rent stories.

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  5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BbKIvfBYTU
    This is one of my favorite bands ever and here is your theme song for this post.."My House Has Wheels".

    Also, I live where that show Madhouse is/was filmed about the crazy little race track is/was filmed. Once, I saw a guy there wearing a shirt that said "Don't Mess With My Trailer Park". You should seriously come to my neck of the woods.

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    1. I was actually going to do a slogan on a shirt and completely forgot about it, but that is a good one!

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  6. “I don’t have to get all dressed up like I’m going to Walmart or something…” Bahahaha! I remember seeing that somewhere a few months ago and it absolutely cracked me up! Have you ever seen those “People of Walmart” photos? :-o Downright scary.

    However, I think my favorite part of your post was the truly heartfelt compliment about your nice teeth. The guy sounds like a real keeper, Tracie. My advice is to grab him and hold tight! ;-)

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    1. I love the "People of Walmart" site. I could look at it all day.

      As for as the guy, I'm not that desperate...yet.

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    2. Mary - Just dress according to the occasion...:)

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  7. Ha! Nice rent excuses. My dog ate mine...bad Fido! Bad!

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    1. Oh, some of the things they say just make no sense at all. I just stand there nodding like I'm believing it.

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  8. I'm more of an apartment dweller - the kind that lets you have 3 50 lb. dogs, but I can appreciate the similarities! At first I didn't believe some of the stories my manager told me. Then he showed me some "examples" after tenants left (mysteriously in the middle of the night). I'm now a believer.

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    1. I actually have way too many spies living in my park for people to slip out, but they still try. I know about it the whole time they are moving. The crazy thing is, some of them still could have gotten their deposit back. Meantime, they are "sneaking" in the dark. Some people are their own worst enemies.

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  9. You constantly impress me. I love my new blogging world. It's filled with some of the best, most interesting people on the planet, in my opinion.

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    1. Thanks Chris! I have to admit, I am impressed with the people I am meeting on here and some of their posts blow me away!

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  10. When my wife and I got married, our first home was a trailer. Except it was in the woods and not in a park. Because we were sophisticated as well, ours was a manufactured home, not a trailer? Same difference really.

    Also, i feel i should be defending Canada here.......but then i look out the window and see the 4 inches of snow that fell last night. I'll let you have that one.

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    1. Oh, you are from Canada? Well, I have quite a few friends in Canada and they assure me they don't live in igloos or chase polar bears.

      I actually saved a lot of money living in mobile homes!

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  11. So interesting! Your life has been so cool.

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  12. Oh man I would never want to do that....so much endless weird socializing and confrontation. I LOVE that quote about walmart..was that something that circled around the internet for awhile? I always come late to the party on those things
    Good post!

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    1. The quote about Walmart has been circling the internet a while, but not sure how long. Actually, I am usually the last one to the party...long after everyone else has left!

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  13. Wow quite the interesting life indeed
    Fun with a little strife at your feed
    See you need to do away with the dogs
    And just get the cats on your rental logs
    Then all will be fine
    As cats never ever cross the line...haha

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    1. I seem to remember a certain cat,
      Who belongs to a certain person named Pat,
      He got himself wrapped in TP
      And caused a mess for all to see.

      You seem to have all of the fun at your bay
      Watching the cat, minus the dog, all day
      So I think that cats do cross the line
      Maybe not always, but some of the time.

      --Ms. Dr. S.

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  14. Develop your life into a pilot. Do it quickly.

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  15. That sounds like it could make you really cynical. Glad to see it hasn't. For some reason my landlord won't accept the rent equivalent in beer and massages. I mean, I'm really good.
    Unfortunately people who need to give you a 10 day notice are usually ill-prepared to provide such a notice.

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    1. This is true. Fortunately, I haven't had too many problems and only got to see the one take down.

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  16. I love how interesting you life is and that you share some of it with us :). I don't live in a trailer park but I do live in a double wide trailer...or as my husband Mr. Fancy Pants calls it a modular home LOL.

    I agree with Stephen, you should make a TV show about your life...I would watch it :D.

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    1. Thank you for calling my life interesting!

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  17. I think I would actually want to be a slum lord though.

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    1. Mark, I hate to say this, but I believe you. In the end though, you would totally rock!

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  18. That news clipping about Walmart requiring dressing up is the funniest shit I've seen today -- thank you!

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    1. I totally agree with you! Walmart. So upscale!

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  19. I owned an ant farm once when I was a kid.

    No. that's not true. But I did own a jar with sea monkeys. They were kinda my tenants. But then they never really did grow kingdoms like the Archie comic book promised. So I let my jar get dried up. I'd be such a bad landlord.

    I live on a boat now. And that's totally like living in a motor home. Only my grass is seaweed. And if I mowed it and found cars I think I'd have a heart attack.

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    1. That is so cool that you live on a boat!

      I had a friend once who went off of the road into a bayou here and while they were fishing his car out of the water they pulled up another car, and a few dozen appliances and a ton of other stuff...

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  20. Quite the life. Just loved the police raid participation which you mention in feedback... watching with popcorn lol... nice!

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    1. Yes, I think the comments are better than the post!

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  21. So, just to ask, when you look at cars (with tires), do you see them as homes?

    -Barb the French Bean

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  22. What a riot! I feel left out that not one guy ever tried to pick me up with a "nice teeth" line. I think owning a trailer park would be awesome. I am thinking I would go for the slum lord position as it would open up more possiblities for drama but have yet to find a slum that needs me to be their lord.

    I was a 911 dispatcher for a few years and never once got to sit and watch (with popcorn yet!) I don't believe I ever dispatched cops to a trailer park.

    Still loving your cartoons. Tooooo funny!!!

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    1. Thanks! Glad you like it. I actually don't like drama, but I guess the stories come with the business!

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  23. That's why I go to dollar tree too. I'm sick and tired of having to get all decked out every time I want to go to Walmart!!!

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    1. I do just slip on my crocs to go to the dollar store. I probably should wear shoes.

      ...nah.

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  24. You had me at Dukes of Hazzard!

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    1. That was my favorite part! I wanted to draw the whole car, but got lazy.

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  25. I am actually really intrigued by your experiences and stories as a trailer park owner. It seems like it would be such a colorful job! Keep tabs on your tenants so you can tell us all good stories :) Just change their names in your posts so they don't shoot at YOUR animals.

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    1. I wish I had kept a journal, but there are few who really stand out and I won't have any trouble remembering!

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  26. hahah, that is quite ironic. but to someone who has spent their life in a very stable two storey house, a house with wheels is very appealing!

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    1. It was fun, especially during hurricanes!

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  27. hey, hey, nice teeth is good. may sound weird at first but it's a good compliment :)
    love your igloo car !

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    1. I've had worse compliments so probably should have grabbed him while he was changing the oil in his car on the street.

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  28. I have lived in trailer parks a few times myself. I LOVE it. Ok, mostly. My park owner was kinda a ass and kept charging me for cutting my grass without actually cutting my grass. But, whatever. I loved the community though. You cannot live so close together with ppl and not get to know them. Plus, no property taxes, you own the home once it's paid off (even if you still rent the lot), there is usually a park or playground on-site and, if you need to, you can take your house with you if you ever want to move. Although depending on how far you're going, you may not want to move it. I would totally live in a mobile home again. I'm too hillbilly not to. (Yep, I'm THAT renter. LOL)

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    1. I love the ability to move when you want to. Only we have hurricanes here, so they tend to fly away every few years. They should have wings instead of wheels.

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  29. I remember in 1972 a girl and I lived in a small trailer. I had to walk about a half block to a communal shower and bathroom. It was not fun in the winter. I wonder why she left me. Oh, I remember she was in and out of other trailers all the time and never came back one day,just like the cat. That was one of the nicer places I lived about during that period.

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  30. This is great, the boy wants to buy a mobile home for when we do a trip in America and after living in your wonderful country for a few years I wasn't so keen for this... but I am edging closer to agree with him... and your post might have swayed a point for his side... I want to find prizes in the grass!!

    Love Elle xo

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  31. I loved this one! Nice teeth indeed! I ed you have tons of good stories for blog fodder!

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    1. I suppose I do have nice teeth! I probably should have kept him!

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  32. This is AWESOME! When I was growing up we had a trailer in a trailer park, but it was the second house on the lake, and the real house was in "that" neighborhood. Sadly because my mom was a designer, she gutted and redecorated the whole trailer inside, so people still thought we were "those" people.

    However there were some great adventures involving, the dog, the 4-wheelers, cow tipping, and the lake!

    www.sweetydarlin.blogspot.com

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    1. I never tipped a cow, but tipped a 4-wheeler once. I was on it, though, so not as much fun when you are on it.

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  33. Have you seen any of the old Canadian television show, Trailer Park Boys"? If not, I sure do think you would like it.

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    1. No, I've never seen it, but I will see if it is on youtube and check it out!

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  34. HOLY BALLS! You own a trailer park. Who says that? Not a lot of people.

    That is so cool. You must have some incredible stories about your tenants...

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    1. I do have some incredible stories. I suppose they would make some decent posts. There were a few I celebrated when they left.

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  35. This is awesome. I'm going to have to start going to the Dollar Store, because I don't really like getting all fancied up for Walmart either.

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    1. I do tend to "dress down" when I go to the "Dollar Store," or as my son used to call it, the "Dolla Sto."

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  36. I lived in a "Manufactured Home Community" all through middle and high school. It was, by far, the classiest trailer park in town. I mean, I lived on Beverly Hills Drive for cripe's sake. That's high class. But people still insisted on chasing you with 2x4's for reasons only known to them. I'd hate to see what people were getting chased with in the crappier parks.

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    1. I was in Beverly Hills a few years ago. I probably waved to you! Yeah, there is some crazy stuff that goes on, sometimes.

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  37. My EX-husband used to quit jobs on the drop of a dime. He'd hide the car so it couldn't be repo'd and we left an apartment once in the middle of the night. He had to hand the baby through the window as the TV was on my lap. I swore that would NEVER happen again.

    Happily, that life is over.

    I DID once share a hospital room with the Trailer Park Queen and several of her drippy-nosed kids, though. One of them was actually named Bubba. Bubba nearly fell out the window several times (7 story drop). I'll never forget her shrieks for Bubba to "Git back in here, you little dirtbag!" and her stories of life in the Park.

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    1. Those are some funny stories! I don't think I could balance a baby and a TV, though.

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  38. I think you might be my new favorite blog. :) I'm following you now. (You know, via Google, not like in a car...)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier! Appreciate it!

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    1. Thanks for following...via Google! Your blog is awesome!

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  39. I grew up in SOUTH Georgia. I know all about trailer parks.

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    1. Georgia! Yes, they have lots of trailer parks. I live in South Louisiana and they are making them harder to develop because of hurricanes...at least, that's what they say.

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  40. Ha! I actually live in a mobile home, but on my own land. We are planning and working on building our own house though, becasue seriously they suck. That half inch of insulation and no roof overhang to speak of really helps in terrible weather. And who doesn't love particle board? Okay, I'll admit it, I'm bitter. Very bitter.

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    1. I always make sure the mobile homes I buy have plywood floors because one little leak and it's all over...

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  41. wow what a crazy life... great post as always, you always make me laugh

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    1. Thanks! It is a little too crazy sometimes, but always good!

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  42. First time follower and great to meet you! And any joke with WalMart in it is funny!

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    1. I tend to pick on Walmart too much, though! Nice to meet you too, glad you like the blog!

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  43. You make me want to live in a trailer park. How exciting! What wonderful material for a writer.

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    1. I think I could milk my trailer park stories for a while!

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  44. In my early teens, I saw this film that made me want to live in a trailer park. I forgot the name of it, but Fairuza Balk starred in it. I thought she was so cool, and if I lived in a trailer park, that would make me instantly cool.

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  45. I don't usually laugh until the tear fall this early in the morning. But I clicked open your blog to see who was nice enough to follow me and, wow, what a terrific blog you've got. Your sense of humor is a treasure (that's also laced with much wisdom). Thanks for finding me. I'm delighted to follow you back. When time opens up, I want to scroll back and read some of your previous blogs.

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    1. So glad you like my blog...thanks for following!

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  46. a hahahahahaaaa. Love this. Not dressing up like as if one was heading to walmart... oh my goodness!

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    1. I can't believe someone actually said that! When I saw it, I knew I would use it!

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  47. Hahaha! The trailer parks downunder in Australia have SO much to learn!! But I think I've picked up a few tips for next time we wheel our home to another location!!!

    Thanx for the laughs!!!

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    1. Somehow, I can't picture the Outback with mobile homes, but I guess they are everywhere.

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  48. What a great post! Love your humor and yes, I have lived in a trailer park before.

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    1. Thanks and trailer parks make us stronger!

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  49. This made me laugh so hard I was crying!

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    1. I like to make people cry! Glad you liked it!

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  50. This is the best post I have read in such a long time... I am laughing and nodding my head in agreement with you...
    AND you gave me a great idea for a novel.... never set on in a trailer park.

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    1. Thanks, I hope people like what I write, but trailer parks are just a win-win!

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  51. Best post about mobile homes ever! You have full of heart. :)

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  52. Oh, I would switch the ketchup too! Heinz or bust ;) hahaha

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    1. I never could figure out why there are 50 kinds of mustard and ketchup is just fancy.

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  53. Should I be worried that I am English and your story made me feel like I wanted to go and buy a trailer park? In all honestly thank you for the smiles and the wheels.

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  54. thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  55. I've never lived in a trailer but in a way I've always envied people that was so mobile and free like modern day gypsies. Thanks for the many laughs!
    dreamweaver

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    1. Really, a house is just for all of our stuff. Most people are all over the place. Glad you liked it!

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  56. That is absolutely hilarious. Love the pick-up line. And about shooting the animals - too funny!

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  57. The trailer park life is very...unique. But I love it, thanks!

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  58. LOL! Your blog is hilarious. I am from Canada, and yes, we'd probably live in an igloo on wheels! haha

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  59. LOL your blog is so funny! I'm a Canadian and yes, we probably would live in an igloo on wheels! Haha. Very nice content. Anytime I need a good laugh, I come here :).

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  60. Thanks! Hopefully nobody steals my idea of igloos on wheels before I can make my fortune selling them!

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  61. I lived in a KOA campground in Montana during Middle School in a smallish trailer that was pulled from Oregon behind a cherry red restored Lincoln from the 60's with awesome way-sticking out mirrors that had to rest at the top of every high crest as we crossed the Rockies in mid-Summer. The KOA was in the middle of a very old hot springs resort with strange algae and a lot of robust Russian ladies who visited the pool in see through swimwear and fuzzy portly men in speedos. Managed by staunch 7th Day Adventists who would give us the stink-eye on Saturday when we ran around yelling in the afternoon. The park was a strange mix of tourists, campers, and hunters who cheerfully would string their catch of the day upside down from the nearest tree to their camp and drain/gut it. Normal was seeing dead game strapped to any available space of whatever vehicle they were driving. It had a wood roller rink (original) and a very hot/very cold pool system that we would bounce in and out of much to the irritation of the elderly who somehow had found their way to the small Montana town just for that purpose. And the cherry car? My dad managed to unload that and procure a lime green Ford with a Cowboy hat graphic and the words "DUDE" written next to it. My glory days in Middle School---where everyone was someone else's cousins grandma's auntie. I love your blog.

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    1. Great story! I was in Montana over the summer.

      Glad you like my blog...thanks!

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    2. Montana is gorgeous, I used to hang out around the Museum of the Rockies when we ditched the trailer for an apartment. That is my dinosaur Jurassic Park connection. I enjoyed your post so much because I totally get the house on wheels thing, and I my gram used to manage a mobile home park. It had a pool with fish in it that I liked to look at when I was very little. Good memories!

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  62. This is one of the best posts I've read in ages. I totally cracked up about the fancy ketchup, and the pick-up line. The whole thing was hilarious, but also had such heart. So glad to have discovered your blog, I'm looking forward to reading more. :)

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  63. it was truely funny and very memorable, you had a good time i suppose

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  64. it was truely funny and was really memorable, i suppose you had a good time

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  65. Its very interesting! Your life has been is quite cool and funny.
    Very detailed and funny documentation. I really like it.

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  66. this is a cool post :) nice pick up lines!

    --Shelley

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  67. Very nice blog. you have great creative and sense of humor. looking forward for man articles like that.

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  68. I guess you are the right person to consult when it comes to trailer living. If I decide to own one some day, I will definitely seek your advice. In deed, you are a professional trailer owner. I am loving your blog!

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  69. Wow! what an interesting life story. The trailer house is something I really look forward to live with someday LOL!
    clavel

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  70. once i was in montana, my memories are very good being part of the city

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  71. i was once in montana. my memories were soo good. thanks for the post.

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  72. Thsi is Kara Its a fantastic blog to see i got a lot of knowledge from this blog

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  73. Awesome Article, Enjoyed reading it.. Would be very useful for peoples like me having a trailer park.. thanks for sharing CYW ;)

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  74. Nice posts , thanks very much for these posts

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  75. hahaha... Funny and interesting. Keep up the good work. I like your writing. Would like to see more posts like this.

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  76. hahaha. Lol.... Funny and interesting. Keep up the good work. I like your writing. Would love to see more posts like this.

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  77. This is so hilarious. I'm now thinking of renting a mobile house with wheels. My kids will say it's the best thing I have done done for them.
    Thanks for stopping by. Following you.

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  78. I definitely want one. It would be cool for sure. This article is an eye opener...

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  79. I surely want one. I think it would be cool. Nice article. It sure is an eye opener.

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  80. best humorous post i read ever
    keep it up

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  81. Thats really a Hard Life there.. Never thought it was so hard .. and the thing you said about "closest friends" it happens to the best of us ... take care have a happy life ahead :)

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  82. Never knew living in Trailer was such a hard Life. you have see a lot i say.
    what you said about "closest friends" happens to the best of us.
    Take care and live a happy life ahead

    (igloo on wheels would be really funny)

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  83. When my wife and I got married, our first home was a trailer. Except it was in the woods and not in a park. Because we were sophisticated as well, ours was a manufactured home, not a trailer? Same difference really.

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  84. You know, if you switched from ketchup to catsup you would have had a much easier time...

    I loved the 'found 3 cars when mowing the lawn' moment. I could see your eyes lighting up like when they announce "A NEW CAAAARRRR!" on The Price is Right.

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  85. i like the fancy ketchup..Also can get a lesson from your blog

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  86. I love the fancy ketchup..And also there's a lesson on it..

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  87. It's official. You've won the award. I can't tell you which award, because that would be a bit spammy since it would be awarded through an online shop (at no cost to you, of course, but others will have to pay dearly).

    Anyway, thanks to you, my coffee is cold. Not my cup of coffee, it's gone. The pot of coffee. The 2 hour timer expired quite some time ago while you held me hostage with your blog. And, just so you know, it is because of you that trees will fall, to the point of planetary deforestation, for all the paper I will now use in my effort to study your creative visuals and hone my skills in visual media creation (Practice purposes only. All copies will be destroyed before any other human could set eyes on them. No attorneys required here).

    Yep, you guessed it. I have crayons and I'm not afraid to use them.

    If I knew how to post a picture on a comment, I'd prove it. But, until my blog commenting skills reach that level, you'll just have to take my word for it.

    I must make haste if I am to complete, by the end of the day, the tasks of returning all those self-help books and setting fire to all that I have accumulated through years of studying psychology, philosophy, theology and the human condition in general. I resolve now to live my life the "Crack You Whip" way.

    Thank you for true enlightenment (picture me bowing with great respect and new found peace in my heart).

    I must go now. I shall return soon with excitement and eagerness to learn (and my crayons. I love my crayons).

    Pizza be with you.

    G.R. Bliss

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  88. That's why I go to dollar tree too. I'm sick and tired of having to get all decked out every time I want to go to Walmart!!!

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  89. You make me want to live in a trailer park. How exciting! What wonderful material for a writer

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  90. That is hilarious. Love the pick-up line. And about shooting the animals - very funny!

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  91. I've never lived in a trailer but in a way I've always envied people that was so mobile and free like modern day gypsies. It is absolutely hilarious. Love the pick-up line. And about shooting the animals - very funny!

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  92. Hilarious! You make me want to own a trailer park, so I can hang out with all these fine people.

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  93. You cram such a lot into your post,where do you find the time.I laughed a lot. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  94. OMG Hilarious thanks for the laugh today and am definately a fan of your writings. :)

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  95. a fun post! and thank you for your example of kindness to others too...we all need a little help sometimes!

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  96. I do think your one and only enforced rule is understandable. I mean... you need the time to get your hair done and get all prettified for the cameras. :) As usual, you've made me smile today with your blog. Thanks for that.

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  97. You are so brilliant and have I love how you slip little messages in them!

    My whole family loves you and don't worry about the "friends" thing. There are people who are out to use and destroy and yet pretend to be angels. You know the type.

    You are loved!

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  98. Sorry, but I had to laugh. Your in-laws probably were talking about you. Some years after we left the farm and moved to a nearby town, a young couple from New Orleans moved into town, a rare event, as NO may as well have been on the moon. Nothing about Frances hinted that she knew Cajun French, so the bridge group she joined proceeded to trash her while they played bridge. Frances kept a poker face. Six weeks into this, she said, in perfect Cajun French, "Do you have any more sugar for the coffee?" Jaws dropped. The whole town hooted. Frances was one of a handful of outsiders who gained acceptance.

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    1. haha that is a hilarious story! I always wanted to be able to do that and make their jaws drop, but never could. Thanks for sharing!

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  99. Well I am waaay down on your comment list but I love your site and decided to join. Pictures...words...humor, even from a tornado magnet (aka trailer park) is alright with me. The Cops thing was hilarious! PS, I spent soome time living in a TP (trailer park not Indian house) when I was younger.

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  100. This was wonderful. I used to live in a mobile home. I got scared every time the wind blew. :) Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  101. Wow. The Walmart thing. Oh god. If that is dressed up then what... oh god.

    You are so funnnnnnnnnnnnny. My dad once lived in a special kind of trailer park - like an artsy hippyish trailer park. They took some old classic 50s trailers, regular trailers, old buses, rvs, everything, and let it all be redesigned, parts moved here and there, balconies added, trees running through things, plants everywhere, until it became this retreat they called "The Grove."

    Think I'll write about that. Thanks for inspiring me!

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  102. Thanks for the visit to my blog. Your post is hilarious! After taking forever to get the baby to sleep, being just exhausted, and realizing I have to get up for work in a few hours...I needed a good laugh to keep everything in perspective. :) Thank you for making my night.

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  103. Thanks for joining us at the hop,have a great day :)

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  104. I so love your blog. It cracks me up. I love your drawings, they are simple, but have so much personality. Awesome!
    I awarded you with the Versatile Blogger award on my site, jenmarie80.blogspot.com ,hope you check it out.

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  105. I came across your blog because you started following me on twitter (thanks, btw!), and it is... hilarious. Keep up the good work! I can always use a laugh.

    Kim @ http://angstvsmice.blogspot.com/

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  106. You are HILARIOUS and sooo absolutely witty. Thank goodness I read this post today. I needed a good laugh :0)

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  107. You are a deeply strange individual. Also, you have very nice teeth.

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  108. You are awesome! What a great post :)

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  109. I like the idea of a mobile igloo... venture too far south, and you'd just have a puddle of water

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  110. You definitely got that thought process nailed lol

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  111. You are delightfully, deliciously, creatively funny. I also love your illustrations. I lived in a trailer for over ten years--everything you wrote was spot on (yet happy and heartwarming instead of degrading). You made this post about something so specific into something so much bigger and universal. Thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is for sure my new favorite now. I need this brand of honesty and humor in my life. You are brilliant.

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  112. I inherited a 29 unit trailer park when my mother died. For some reason, the tenants figured if the owner dies, miraculously they don't have to pay their rent anymore. DUR....

    I picked you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I hope you don't mind, but this is hilarious.

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  113. Ah - it all sounds so romantic. Until the tornadoes come....

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  114. I want to own a trailer park! I'd deck it out with cameras and put live feeds on the interwebs. The sponsors would make the whole shebang rent free! Way better than the springer show, for sure. Love the drawings, as always.

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  115. "Living in a mobile home park had its upsides. Once, when we were cutting the grass, we found three cars."

    Smile :-)

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