We Didn't Have The 'Green Thing' Back In My Day

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    In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

    He 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 the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old 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 a wadded up old newspaper 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?
     
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    I got asked at the store "paper or plastic?". I said I would prefer a low-density polyethelyne containment device.

    Speed and convenience. Petroleum is dandy stuff but it doesn't go away, it just moves from one place to the other.
     
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    I bring my own backpack to the store because it is easier to carry stuff that way, and I don't have that much shopping to do on any given day anyway.

    But that sales clerk was a total jerk ass. And I doubt any clerk would be that stupid in this day of 9% unemployment. There are lots of people who can be civil and work a checkstand looking for an opportunity.
     
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    o honey hush....it is funny....i remember walking to school...a good ways.....over 6 blocks....we walked a lot of places or begged rides from our parents....but that changed a lot with racial riots...and all...then i got a car!!! couldnt be riding the bus with blacks and all that.....but we all car pooled...gas for the week was like 4 bucks...my milk, tea etc is all in 1/2 gal jars...i still like glass....

    yea my house is 30 years old and has maybe 2 outlets to a room.....or whatever was code at the time....we keep a garden and raise bees...we eat local foods and try to grow our own...we are actively engaged in a grand barter system...today we will trade labor for food...but it goes on and on...

    now i am gonna say this...grass feed beef sucks....so i am just gonna quit eating meat and go pretty much for seafood across the board...except for bacon...(lets just not talk crazy here, i love my flipping bacon)
     
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    Don't think you mentioned the marketing of flour bags that were made of "dress quality" material..

    Millions of pieces of homemade clothing made from the sacks.. That was b4 my time of course, but I've marveled at the genius of doing that "green" thing..

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    Gee -- all that makes a Prius look like a carbon-belching bulldozer...
     
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