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    Going Green (No, not tractors)

    Checking out at the grocery store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

    The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my day."

    The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

    The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. She went on to explain:

    Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they were REALLY recycled. But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

    Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

    We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

    But the cashier was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

    Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. And, kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

    But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.

    Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

    Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.

    We exercised by WORKING so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

    But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

    We drank from a drinking fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

    But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost more than a house did before the "green thing."

    We had one electrical outlet in each room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

    But isn't it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

    Please share this with another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smarty pants young person.

    We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tick us off! Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smarty who can't make change without the cash register telling her how much.
    It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmich View Post
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    I turned 64 yesterday and boy can I relate to that manifesto! Well done, a standing ovulation from the old timers here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pappa View Post
    Sperfdil,
    I turned 64 yesterday and boy can I relate to that manifesto! Well done, a standing ovulation from the old timers here.


    verb (used without object), ovulated, ovulating. Biology. 1. to produce and discharge eggs from an ovary or ovarian follicle.

    But then again, I am pretty sure I would have to stand if I started ovulating.
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    nice catch Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post


    verb (used without object), ovulated, ovulating. Biology. 1. to produce and discharge eggs from an ovary or ovarian follicle.

    But then again, I am pretty sure I would have to stand if I started ovulating.
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    nice catch Randy
    Pappa throws them out there and every now and then someone makes a catch!
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