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Forum topic by Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor posted 01-28-2014 10:20 PM 1083 views 0 times favorited 39 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

5180 posts in 1997 days


01-28-2014 10:20 PM

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

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

The young cashier 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, lemonade bottles and beer
bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised 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.

Grocery shops bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we re-used for numerous things,
most memorable besides household bags for rubbish, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks.
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 personalise 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 a lift in every
supermarket, shop and office building. We walked to the local shop and didn’t climb into a 300 horsepower machineevery time we had to go half a mile.

But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s Terry Towel nappies because we didn’t have the throwaway kind.
We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 3 kilowatts wind and solar power
really did dry our clothes back in our early days.
Kids had 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 radio or TV in the house – not a TV in every room and the TV had a small screen the size of a big handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Scotland 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 gas just to cut the lawn. We pushed the 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 tap or 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 bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their Mums
into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $80,000 People Carrier which cost the same as a whole house
did before the “green thing.”
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 computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest Pub!

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 forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off…especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass whocan’t work out the change without the cash register telling them how much it is!

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.


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majeagle1

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 10:43 PM

OOOOOOOOOH so very true ! Good one Greg !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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TheWoodenOyster

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 10:43 PM

Greg,

I am 25 years old and I can say that I am in total agreement with you. If I had heard that young person treat an elderly woman like that in a grocery store it might have gotten ugly. There are strengths and weaknesses in all generations. The strength of the so called “older generation” which probably includes you as well as people like my parents, was that you just did whatever you had to do. You didn’t have 2 cars, so you walked to school while dad might have taken the car to work. You didn’t require everything to be perfect, if this hand-me down pair of pants had a little mustard stain on the rear, oh well, they were pants… at least you had pants. And to bring it into woodworking, if you needed a shelf or a little cart or a cutting block or a step stool or a wooden spoon, you just freaking made it. I like to think that my mental state and attitude lines up more with your generation. I hate texting, don’t like checking emails, and I check the weather by walking outside. There are new fads and “cool” things that come and go and many of them are downright disrespectful, such as answering your phone at dinner. Seriously… at dinner??? You cannot focus on one other human for an hour, you need to know what all of the other humans are doing? I wish many of my contemporaries would quit trying to “live life to the fullest” through technology and actually live life to the fullest. Play with some bottle rockets, dig a hole, whittle a spear out of a stick in the yard, bonk your head on the transmission every once in a while. It is sad to say but my generation is a one-task generation. We are all really good at one thing (usually what we went to college for) but can’t do anything else. I really try to break that mold and learn how to do things and fix things and be a renaissance man like men used to be.

I want you to know that there are still young people who don’t have the attitude that this young person you encountered had. I am one of them. That is what brought me to this site and it is something I think about a lot. I want to have pride in what I can do with a piece of wood or metal. I don’t want to just buy everything I need and never know anything other than my desk job and my cell phone.

That is probably enough of that, but hopefully I bolstered your faith in the younger generation a bit. Now I need to go build a candle holder for my wife’s birthday dinner tonight. It would have cost me $60 at the store, and I have about 50 cents worth of ash just begging to become a candlestick. See, Greg, have a little faith in us. :)

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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lew

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#3 posted 01-29-2014 12:25 AM

Wonderful!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 12:35 AM

Loved it, and spot on.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Betsy

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#5 posted 01-29-2014 12:59 AM

I know of few of these “green” freaks that I need to send this one too!

I think of myself as a goid recycler, but thinking back….despite recycling ever tin/aluminum can, plastic bottle, plastic bag, etc., etc. I really think I recycled more as a kid. It wasn’t called recycling then, it was called being frugal and being a good citizen.

Thanks for posting this!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 01-29-2014 01:26 AM

Yup, you are 100% correct. I was born in Germany just as WWII was coming to an end, have lived here since 1952, and became a citizen in 1985 so I remember how it was too!

I remember that the milkman would bring milk in glass bottles, put them in our cool box attached to the side of the house, and take the empties that were sitting below the cool box back with him. I dare you to find a glass milk bottle today or any place that can clean and/or reuse them.

I like your perspective and I do believe that we were ”Greener” than today’s generation!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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SuperCubber

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#7 posted 01-29-2014 01:38 AM

I love it, and I’m only 30.

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mporter

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#8 posted 01-29-2014 01:45 AM

You also drained your oil onto the ground, sprayed DDT on your weeds, vented R-12 into the atmosphere, poured countless chemicals down the drain, and more things than I care to mention. So if you think sending your milk bottles back to get them washed and reused makes up for all that then you are delusional.

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Texcaster

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#9 posted 01-29-2014 01:56 AM

I try and keep a straight face when I give the kid $10.50 to pay for my $8.50 purchase.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 01-29-2014 02:13 AM

Greg, Great post! Thanks

Wooden Oyster, Good for you! Most young folks can’t even talk to you cause they have their damn “Smart Phone” in front of their face 24/7.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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wseand

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#11 posted 01-29-2014 02:29 AM

I would have talked to her manager and made sure that doesn’t happen again.

She probably jumped in her Hoopty and drove off with smoke spewing out her pipes, smoking a cigarette, while talking on her cell phone..

I think all generations want to blame the ones that came before them.

I blame the Yippies.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 01-29-2014 03:09 AM

This is really great, made my day. But let us not forget we all learn the hard way.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Betsy

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#13 posted 01-29-2014 03:16 AM

Every generation thinks their generation is better or worse than another. But taken in the spirit of the post – it was hilarious. Let’s not get our tales in a wad and turn this political, its funny.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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oldnovice

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#14 posted 01-29-2014 04:45 AM

mporter, in almost three years on this site, NO identity, NO location, NO projects, NO blogs, NO reviews, NO buddies, NO lack of insults, NO interest in what you say!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 01-29-2014 05:28 AM

mporter You also drained your oil onto the ground, sprayed DDT on your weeds, vented R-12 into the atmosphere, poured countless chemicals down the drain, and more things than I care to mention. So if you think sending your milk bottles back to get them washed and reused makes up for all that then you are delusional.

You of course have a license to practice medicine and all the training and degrees needed to make such an assessment?

ROFLMAO

+oldnovice got a good laugh out of your post. It is rather odd, perhaps he is a quiet reserved type that recently decided to step out??

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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