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1 We didn't have the green thing back then on Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:27 am


Master Bullshitter
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In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she
should bring her own grocery bag 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. The former generation
did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right, that generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, they returned their 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 they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an
escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the
grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time
they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the
throw-away kind. They 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, they didn’t have the green thing back in
her day.

Back then, they 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, not a
screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended
and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do
everything for you.
When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a
wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble

Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut
the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They
exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run
on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a
cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They
refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and
they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the
whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they 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 rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into a
24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not
an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they 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 the old

folks were just because they didn't have the green thing back then?

Inside of every old person is a young person wondering what in the hell happened.
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2 Re: We didn't have the green thing back then on Sat Apr 09, 2011 2:02 pm


Master Bullshitter
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That was written magnificently and DH and I were just talking last night about how much simpler life was back when we were young and first starting out together. When we moved from our first apt to our next we carried a couple boxes down the street to the new apt. We had no car and rode our bike (bicycle).......yes we had one bike and I rode on the back. Now the world is full of all the gadgets that we think we all can't live w/o. I think we actually idolize some of these things when we should be putting our praise towards God and letting him take care of all our needs. But then look at me..............I have all those gadgets. I think I would choose tho to be able to go back to the days of old when we had only the basic necessities although my memory banks would have to be cleansed of ever remembering some of those gadgets that I now have ex[nod]

"Live and let live and let nature be your teacher,
respect the lives of your fellow creatures"

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