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Pissy old people on "being green"

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by fredball, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. fredball

    fredball Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Being Green


    �Checking out at the store, the 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 apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."


    �The young 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.


    �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 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 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 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 throwaway 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 in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what 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 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 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 smartars 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 smartars who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.
     
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  2. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    But it was your generation that raised our generation.

    Were all in bed together, and every generation screws up. Yours wasn't any better than ours, ours isn't any better than yours.

    Stop drawing distinctions to suit your own guilt (everyone).
     
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  3. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Ben went in the ignore bucket, bye bye
     
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  4. 44mag2ndamend

    44mag2ndamend Round the ole tree stump, Down by the crick Well-Known Member

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    In World War 2 we had the biggest recycling drives the world has ever seen. Ask anybody who lived in that era. Youth always needs a reason to hate somebody or something.
     
  5. JackD

    JackD Elmira, OR Active Member

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    We live in a throw away age now.

    Back in the day, we didn't have running water, or flush toilets. That outhouse was cold in Winter. The back door worked at night. Ice cream was a made in the kitchen with snow. No refrigerators or freezers. Just ice boxes.....and they didn't plug-in. We made our own toys, too. I've fired many a wooden pistol or "Tommy gun". Sometimes it was a "finger gun". Bread came from the wood fired oven, not the grocery store. Grandma baked for food and heat for the house. We played board games when not listening to Fibber McGee & Molly or Abbot and Costello.

    During WWII and for a few years after, Dad kept us fed on venison killed with a .22LR. Food was rationed then.

    I'm there now. I can say "back in the day" and mean it.
     
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  6. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's a great idea. Then maybe we won't have to suffer any more of these "back in my day" threads.

    I have great respect for wise old people. I call you "sir" and "ma'am," and act deferential. But once you start dogging on MY generation, I can't help but start thinking of all the bubblegumed up bullbubblegum the last two generations are leaving us, and benefit of the doubt is no longer given.
     
  7. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    I think you spelled coddled wrong.
     
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  8. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Lolz.. All I'd done at that point was point out who made us. Can't handle the reminder, eh?
     
  9. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If that makes you feel better, somehow.
     
  10. FatherHolyHoly

    FatherHolyHoly MN Active Member

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    ... and what did YOU say to that young lady when it was your turn to check out? or is this some crappy forward.
     
  11. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    And if it doesn't? just shut your hole
     
  12. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Then don't?
    No.
     
  13. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Well, there's your sign. :cool:

    I like fixing things rather than throwing them out for a new one; repair has become a rather lost art anymore. The endless lust for consumption and the "new-new" thing is a road leading to unhappiness and a house full of crap.
     
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