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You Know You’re Modern Day Trailer Trash When…

April 7, 2014

Back in the day, being trailer trash literally meant living in a recreational vehicle of some sort. Just ask Stacey Roberts, the author of the recently released book, TRAILER TRASH, WITH A GIRL’S NAME. I was lucky enough to edit his manuscript, and upon doing so, I discovered that for much of his life, he traveled the country with his family…and his home. TTWGN blog1

Along the way, he learned a few things. Like how much he hated his mother’s cooking.

One summer he wrote letters to all of the TV chefs he could think of:

Dear Julia Childs,

Will you please come to my house and teach my mother how to cook? Last night she made us turkey necks and pinto beans. It tasted like the socks of a Roman legionnaire on campaign in Syria. There must be a better way. For the next few weeks, you can find me in California. After that, New Mexico. Then possibly Nevada. Check your brakes BEFORE you go down the hill overlooking Hoover Dam.



Stacey Roberts (by the way, I’m a BOY, a BOY who needs decent food so I can grow up and change my name)

A few years and multiple reality checks later, Stacey became something of a math whiz. By the time he was twelve, he could look at a building with an actual foundation and tell you how many RV’s could fit in it:

1.The White House – seventeen                                 TTWGN blog

2.Madison Square Garden – eleven

3.My house – four and a half if we cut off one RV bathroom. It’s an extravagant extra that’s always clogged anyway.

By the time he was in high school, according to his book, Stacey had been electrocuted, run over, ignored, and given a girl’s name. After editing his hysterical set of anecdotes and learning a little about what it means to be trapped on the road with a mom who can’t cook or remember anyone’s name, I got to thinking about how times have changed, and  how we use the term “Trailer Trash” now.

With the introduction of technology, poverty has a new face. For example, if you’re a family of four with only one laptop and one cell phone that you all share, you just might be trailer trash. Laws are being changed, and we have seen a few states allowing the legalization of pot. If you are still lighting up a few times a day and wondering what all the fuss is about, you just might be trailer trash.

Things have snuck up on us quickly, and we have had to adapt without really thinking about it. But if you just stop for a moment and look around, you might be surprised to learn that you too are living the life:

1. Your wife says, “Hon, the Millers are coming over. Let’s put out the good stuff.” You immediately head straight for the beloved set of Disney plates you found at a yard sale.  TTWGN blog4

2. Tight leopard print, Snooki clothing is as much a staple as the little black dress…actually, if you’ve got leopard, you don’t need anything else, including underwear

3. When a huge storm is coming, you rush to the store for milk, beer, and wine

 4. You TSK and pull over when you see bulk items left for trash on the side of the road – they were perfectly fine and now sit proudly in your living room, dining room, and bedroom  

5. You see an RV for sale and think, why wait ten years till the kids graduate?

6. On Linked In, you list your current occupation as Collector of Lightly Used Items instead of Hoarder  

7. Your kids grow up knowing how to read, write, and mix an excellent kamikaze

8. You’d rather watch COPS than the Discovery channel…just so you can say you know a bunch of the stars

9. Your Facebook profile picture has most of your teeth photoshopped in TTWGN blog3

10. When you’re stressed out, you don’t reach for the phone to call your therapist, you reach for another bottle of wine…and your computer so you can post about it

11. Your family’s idea of Sunday dinner together includes Big Macs, Chicken McNuggets, and Fries…in front of the TV so you don’t have to DVR WWE

12. Your uncle can’t decide if the perfect getaway is Rikers Island or Leavenworth

13. Your Twitter handle includes the words: Trailer Trash, Redneck, or Selfie

14. You’re not allowed to use the beer empties to set off your bottle rockets…because then we can’t cash it in for the five cent deposit

15. You get a ride to school in your house, which doubles as the family car after 8am

16. Your Tumblr blog includes a picture of a bumper sticker that reads, I’d rather be reading TRAILER TRASH, WITH A GIRL’S NAME because after this hilarious book goes public, not only will you want to buy a copy, but you’ll pass around the meme

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When the author was born, his mother did the unthinkable. She gave him a girl’s name—Stacey. But Stacey’s name was just the first hurdle he’d face in his uphill climb from birth to manhood. He also had to deal with an entitled older brother, the hodgepodge of different men his mother was involved with, and the nomadic lifestyle he was forced to endure for five years. And to top it all off, his mother couldn’t cook a decent meal to save her life. Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name is Stacey Roberts’ lighthearted, often hilarious account of growing up in an unstable household during the 1980s. Full of humor, history, and hope, it follows Stacey from the hospital room where he was born to the Winnebago that carried him across the country, filling in the gaps with a wit and humor that anyone with a dysfunctional family can appreciate.

CF Winn

CF Winn is the award-winning author of The COFFEE BREAK SERIES, a quirky group of short stories meant to be read while on break or in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. Her first novella, SUKI, has been grabbing hearts and hugging souls all over the United States. You can now order SUKI in paperback at or at BOOK REVUE, one of the nation’s largest independent bookstores, by email at Learn more about SUKI at BOOK REVUE CF Winn is the founder of Winning! Publications, a firm specializing in editing and promotion services for authors. Her latest project is the just released Trailer Trash, With a Girl’s Name, a hilarious and heartwarming story of a boy saddled with a girl’s name and forced into a nomadic existence. Order it now:

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24 Responses to You Know You’re Modern Day Trailer Trash When…

  1. April 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I can’t read this book enough! LOL Great post Chris!

    • April 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      High praise from the queen of Humor! Thank you Donna! I appreciate it! Even though I have read the book at least 500 times myself, I’m still not sick of it!

      • April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        Reminds me of something my mom said on my last birthday. “43 years old and I’m still not sick of you. But you know, SSSSStace, I eat a lot of veggies. And I take my vitamins. I don’t get sick too much.”

  2. April 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    You just got to read Stacey’s descriptions of his mother’s cooking! I, as well, was a very bad cook until my recent alien abduction. It’s amazing how effective those anal probes are.

    • April 7, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      Can I get one of those? My mac and cheese is missing something…

      • April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

        Red onions.

        • April 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

          You know I lobbed that one right over to you, right Stace? 😉

          • April 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

            Don’t forget the mandatory dollop of despair!!

  3. April 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Good stuff.

    • April 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks for reading Paul!

  4. April 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Your tales are great. The cooking reminded me of how my mom used to cook a pork chop until every last drop of moisture was gone. ha!

    • April 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks for reading Thomas. I’m sure Stacey’s mom will appreciate that when she reads your comment…lol…just kidding, she won’t read anything unless Stacey’s older brother, Layne the Favorite wrote it.

  5. Sean
    April 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Classic, I love reading something and laughing OUT LOUD!!! Now to remember to NOT drink while reading, and I should be fine! Thanks for the laughs! Looking forward to the BOOK!!!!

    • April 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Sean, you are such a positive person, that something tells me it doesn’t take much to make you laugh out loud. I’m sorry for any damage that reading about Stacey’s unfortunate life while drinking may have caused…

  6. April 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I cannot wait to read this book! I can relate in a lot of ways. I was given the name of a mexican man, that’s why I don’t use it. And I was a girl who should have been a boy. My dad would drop us off at school in our motor home. That was embarrassing, but I didn’t have to live in it! I love this!

    • April 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Journey – I’m glad you can relate. We should form a club of some sort, then apply to the U.N. for refugee status…

    • April 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

      I need to know more about you and here’s why:

      1.Even if you don’t use that Mexican name, you can still cook me up a delicious enchilada, right?
      2.Times are tough, and if your dad still has that motor home…
      3.Girls who should’ve been boys make for really funny blog subjects, because that’s never been done before, right?? 😉

  7. April 7, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I LOVE this. I went to HS with STACE. I had no idea what was going on. I come from a long line of trash. We could have been BFFs.

    • April 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Lisa – you may have thought I was a girl… 🙂

    • April 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Lisa, first of all thanks for reading and loving the post. My ego is grateful. My question for you is, could you relate to any of the list? Could you still be Modern Day Trailer Trash?? Here’s a special bonus tidbit…that Pooh plate in the pic is Stacey’s. He STILL owns it.

      • April 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm

        You got pork chops???? Lucky devil.

  8. April 7, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Awesome, CF. Loved Stacey’s plea to Julia Childs.

    • April 7, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      You think I made that up Greg? He gave me his childhood diaries for research…

      • April 7, 2014 at 7:17 pm

        All the guys with girl’s names kept diaries. It’s why the ladies love us. Wait. That’s not it…

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