Leaving the Trash Cans in Front of My House All Week Long

11.17.10


It’s Wednesday, trash day. This means that there are three empty trash bins on the street in front of my house.

When I finished at the gym this morning I drove right past the bins, parked in the driveway and came into the house to start my day.

Yes, I am aware that I’m a fully functioning adult woman who should be able to take her own trash cans from the street to the side yard. Yes, I recognize that it’s tacky as hell to leave the bins on the street. No, I don’t want to be like my neighbors.

The problem is that trash can hauling is not my job, and I’ve been married too long to start learning his jobs. Mr. G won’t be cooking us dinner any time soon, and I don’t close the gate, shower the kids, bring in the trash, or the “bacon”.

The bigger problem is that Mr. G is out of town until Friday.

I’ve got a choice. I can leave the trash cans out on the street like the white trashiest family in town, or I can suck it up and just be Mr. G until Friday.

I’m embarrassed to tell you which choice I know I’ll make.

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5 responses to “Leaving the Trash Cans in Front of My House All Week Long”

  1. And this is where kids come in handy. One of the very few jobs my 9 year old son has around the house is to drag the cans into the garage after he gets home from school. Some day, his wife will thank me.

  2. Same here – he’s got trash can duty and for some reason I have “replace the bar of soap when it’s finished” duty around our house. It’s pretty clear cut.

  3. Hatton says:

    Agreed – play dumb like you can’t do the task and you’ll never be responsible for handling the task. Leave it outside. In an unrelated trashcan story- our crazy neighbors have posted a sign on their trashcan that states “This is not {underlined/bold} a community trash can. Our trash only!”

  4. wave9x says:

    Glad my city has an ordinance preventing people like you from turning my neighborhood into a dumpster village.

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