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Monday, February 26, 2007

Only in Miami

What's wrong with this picture? No prank. I snapped it Saturday morning, while running around with my bros-in-law.



  • Well, it's obvious the sign was put up after the fact. I assume the small print underneath doesn't say the same thing in other languages.

    By Anonymous The Sarcasticynic, at 5:06 PM  

  • Maybe they didn't see the NO part, having been distracted by the big arrows pointing to it.

    By Blogger Lee, at 5:26 PM  

  • Is there a raccoon taking a dump in the garbage can, or a cat? I can't tell?

    And I liked your entry for the contest, but we've already reached 100 comments.

    I know all the songs to GREASE too, but that's OK cuz I'm a girl (but your comment about it struck me because in the novel I wrote, which is being shopped at publishers right now has a male character who knows all the GREASE songs too!)

    Anyway, thanks for stopping in at Manic Mom's!

    By Blogger Manic Mom, at 5:34 PM  

  • OK, now I just clicked on the photo and the thing I thought might be an animal actually looks like a brown paper bag.

    By Blogger Manic Mom, at 5:35 PM  

  • Sarc, that would have been nice if the sign was after the fact. But the sign was actually really old. The trash was newer. Sorry that's not reflected. I took the pic w/my cell phone.

    Lee, that's wishful thinking. They saw the "no." They just didn't give a crap.

    M&M, no worries. I saw you were at 103 when I posted my comment. I wasn't trying to enter the contest. Just looked like a fun post. Let us know if you publish that novel. I'd like to read it.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 5:37 PM  

  • You just need one homeless guy to swing by and actually take a dump there and it's perfect.

    At all times, I try to keep my nasal passages clear.

    By Blogger Matt, at 5:55 PM  

  • People are a trip.

    I've got a question about your profile: What's a "pocket square?"


    By Blogger West, at 6:14 PM  

  • That sign is codependent has boundary issues. It needs to be more assertive and put its foot down.

    By Anonymous Dr. Annie Steelclit, at 6:17 PM  

  • I wish stuff like that only happened in one city, but that looks like it could've been taken in a few places in my town...

    I took a similar picture once when I visited Boston. The sign said "no dogs" and there were literally about 20 piles of poop underneath it in the yard. Great.

    By Blogger bc, at 6:31 PM  

  • People are just slobs in general. So many people don't have any respect for their towns or anything like that. There's alwasy trash piled up around our city park too. It pisses me off.

    By Blogger Jay, at 6:38 PM  

  • That's the great thing about San Diego... It's got to be one of the cleanest cities I've ever been in.

    By Blogger Erica AP, at 7:13 PM  

  • At the risk of being crass, perhaps the person who put up the sign was referring to a different kind of du--

    Uh. Never mind. I can't do it.

    By Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy, at 7:54 PM  

  • Matt, for that kind of dump I think I'd want my nasal passages blocked up.

    What's goin' on, West? You know pocket squares. They're those breast pocket handkerchiefs you wear with sport coats or suits. Sometimes they match the necktie.

    Dr. Annie, I agree the sign is a wuss.

    BC, I feel ya. It's common. That dog poop under the no dogs sign is crazy too. Those piles had to be on purpose.

    Jay, I want to be trash patrol. I want the city to let me ride around with a badge and a paintball gun and when I see someone intentionally litter they get a blast.

    Erica, I've heard that about San Diego, that it's really clean. It's a big city though. How are you guys able to keep it so pristine?

    ThirdWorst, you and Matt think alike. That's one pile I'm glad I didn't see at the dump site.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 8:16 PM  

  • People like that piss me off. Can't the sign, get some damn glasses, or better yet go back and get your GED so you can READ the sign!

    By Blogger Bardouble29, at 8:53 PM  

  • When I was a kid, my parents thought it was really funny to take pictures of me standing on the grass next to Keep Off The Grass Signs.

    I'm pretty sure my mom and dad are behind this.

    By Blogger mist1, at 9:41 PM  

  • BarDouble, I feel ya. I wanna grab the litterers (is that even a word?) and ring some necks.

    And Mist1, I knew it! Your parents must also be behind the numbnuts who park in front of the no-parking sign in front of my house.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 11:30 PM  

  • I wonder if humping is allowed, though?

    By Blogger 123Valerie, at 1:33 AM  

  • thats just sick. humans are disgusting.

    By Blogger Yasamin, at 8:40 AM  

  • 123Valerie, this is Miami. Of course, it's allowed.

    And Yas, I'm no tree hugger, but as the "wisest" creatures on the planet sometimes we do shirk our caretaker duties, I think.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 11:24 AM  

  • I don't know... Garbage cans everywhere and there are city workers just sweeping and cleaning the sidewalks. It's pretty amazing.

    By Blogger Erica AP, at 1:09 PM  

  • Maybe I'm not getting what the problem is, but there is a garbage can there, no? A little contradictory is what I call the picture. The sign and the can don't go together. By placing the can there, the invitation is to dump, regardless of what the sign says (this, of course, presumes that the can and garbage weren't dumped together, but this is Miami and while someone will steal an unattended grabage can, these cheap-ass comemierdas here won't throw anything away).

    Besides, I don't see a Spanish or Creole translation, so it is very possible that some of our English-language challenged neighbors interpreted the sign to say "Dump right here and nowhere else, you effing slob".

    I mean, most people did hit the can, fer chrissakes. No one emptied it is all. Is that the fault of the dumper or should MDC Solid Waste get a little federal investigation of their very own? I know the Housung Authority, School Board, and County Commission would love some company.

    Moral of the Strory:

    If you don't want people to dump, don't put such a natural refuse attractant as a garbage can or Dumpster in the vicinity OR only let people put their shit exactly where you want them to get rid of it.

    By Anonymous Big Daddy, at 2:53 PM  

  • BD, as always your logic is impecable....Psych! C'mon. People saw the sign, and they didn't care. And if the can was overflowing they should've kept their crap in their cars till they found another nearby trashcan that wasn't full.

    By Blogger James Burnett, at 3:39 PM  

  • hahahaah!! Classic!

    By Blogger Claudia, at 11:04 PM  

  • Maybe if the sign were in English, Spanish and Creole it would have been taken more seriously.

    By Blogger Dayngr, at 5:41 AM  

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