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The Green Thing

Discussion in 'Recording' started by audiokid, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    This was sent to me this morning.



    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?

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

    Remember: Don't make old People mad.

    We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.
  2. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Quote: "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."
    One question: what's a "newspaper" ????
  3. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    When our lighter ran out of fuel we got the can out and refilled it. It will probably still be working when that cashier has died of old age if flints and wicks can be found.

    "Rode" a bike. LOL
  4. niclaus

    niclaus Active Member

    WWooowwww, you are pissed!!!!!
  5. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Nope, I'm not pissed, I just posted something that someone else sent me, that i thought was a fun read. It refreshed my memory. We are supporting China so much now. Things have indeed changed and a lot of the changes aren't better. That's about all I have to say.
  6. niclaus

    niclaus Active Member

    Oh, sorry!
    It's just that when i was done reading this, i forgot about the beggining of the post!!!

    Memory loss is probably something that YOU OLD PEOPLE should understand, Right??
  7. traz

    traz Active Member

    third post!!! I remember when I got a butane lighter that was refillable. now that was cool. still got my records...... but now my back aches from all the fliers that come to my door that I cannot stop and I can't open anything shrouded in plastic not even cd's.... cough cough ........traz

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