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Sunday, November 05, 2006

The definition of triflin' vs. prioritizing

Sometimes it is true that a picture - in the following case, a scene - is worth a thousand words.

One of my next door neighbors has enough junk in her backyard to compete with Fred Sanford and enough tall grass to host a season of Survivor.

She doesn't own any lawn care gear. Her yard is maintained only occasionally by a service. Services do cost money.

But I went outside earlier today to clean up a little in my own yard, and who comes running out the next door neighbor's back door? Her pet Chihuahua...wearing a brand new Miami Heat jersey.

You can afford to buy your dog clothes, but you can't pay to get your grass cut?

That, my friends, is triflin'.


  • There's something just inherently wrong about dressing a chihuahua anyway...
    But, don't tell anyone I bought another pair of shoes and still need a new shower curtain upstairs.

    By Anonymous Froth, at 4:58 PM  

  • Maybe the jersey was a gift from "Grandma." Besides, it's the HEAT, man!

    By Blogger The Sarcasticynic, at 8:02 PM  

  • froth and I share a common problem - the need for a new shower curtain and evidence in the recycling bin of the box from another pair of shoes...

    James, perhaps you should check out the FREE section on craigslist for a mower. And then just have one mysteriously crop up on her front porch one morning. (I got mine from craigslist in Miami! Of my own volition, though.)

    By Blogger Melissa, at 8:45 PM  

  • Now that's class.

    A good portion of my family are of a similar mind. I have one cousin who recently bought herself a new set of boobs. She lives in subsidized housing, uses food stamps and receives cash aid every month. She doesn't have the cash to get off the dole, but still managed to pony up the funds for cosmetic surgery...

    (I can't believe I just admitted I am related to her.)

    By Blogger QofD, at 1:01 PM  

  • It's amazing how some people will dress to the nines but their home looks like a warzone.

    By Blogger Manola Blablablanik, at 3:58 PM  

  • JB,

    That widdle poochie snookums wuz cold. You can't let the baby go widout her widdle jersey. That grass'll grow back so fast you'll never notice it was cut, but shookums will still be chillin' (but not cold) in her hot-to-death Heat jersey.

    I just can't believe the Heat made a chihuahua sixed jersey--that's triflin'!

    By Anonymous Big Daddy, at 11:45 AM  

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