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Forum topic by juniorjock posted 12-12-2011 09:29 PM 1213 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2011 09:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: green environment young old

Most of you guys have already seen this, but its worth reading again…. and again….

This Green Thing

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman,
that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t
good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back
in my earlier days.”

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not
care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was right—our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

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
really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

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 she 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. 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 used 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 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 blades 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.
We had one electrical outlet in a 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 2,000 miles out in space in order
to find the nearest pizza joint.

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

Remember: Don’t make old People mad. We don’t like being old in the first
place, so it doesn’t take much to pi—us off.

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 11:27 PM

and when did all this natural recycling ended … not by the old foks ….. they did care much more
than people under 6o will believe today… eneded the day the flowerpower generation
entered the scene with there long hair and purple diper around the head
and now they sit on the chairs where the power is and rule
they throw this green thing in as a new trend BLAAAAAA

don´t missunderstand … I´m all in for recycling and reusing things as many times as we can
including to decrease the demand for power used in my own house

so fare I´m down to half of the demand of what it was on the highest ….. with out loosing anything
of the benefits of what we had before ….... just by adding more isolation change the old windows
to new with trible glass W/film (if the glass is of different thickness you sound isolate too)
changed lightbulbs nearly all over to new low watts except where we read/Silke do schoolhomework)
and I still have two high watts bulbs in the shop .. do to eyesight is lousy :-(

the freeze , fridge , owen , washer,dryer , dishwasher etc , etc is all change to new AAA+ low energie units

just have to change the way old oilburner down stairs and we will cut down another ½ of the total power
we use today

all this cost money … yes alot of money but it all have payd for it self just after 4½ years
compared to what we used before

have we changed how we use the house …............not much other than remembering to shot down
for the energieconsummers if we don´t use a room the next several ours

the biggest change we still have to fight hart with is not to buy tooo much food
so something have to be trown out becourse its get toooo old ….. but that is another blog worthy on
another site …. :-)

the best part of it ….... I got more money to buy tools for … he he he

your woodworking can benefit from thinking green the old way … :-)

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 02:12 AM

Indeed a lot has changed. People as a rule use, misuse, and abuse anything they can in the name of comfort and/or money, and it has caught up to us. All those olden day things, they were replaced just as the newer things that replaced them will be replaced for our current reasons. Ever look at the changes made in the medical field in the last 50 years? Wow. There’s a million miles of opinion on this one. One thing I can say is once an older gentleman was watching me change his tires on our tire machine, and of course he had to start up with the “we had to do ‘em by hand” routine… I told him it couldn’t have been all that bad. He looked at me oddly, nobody had ever responded that way I guess. He asked why, so I told him that back then he couldn’t have had to listen to some old guy complaining about how they had to do it by hand… All for laughs, loved your article!

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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