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Older people recycling...

Arctos

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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment,.

The woman apologized to the young girl 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."

The older lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on toexplain: 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 school books. 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 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 Queensland.

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 blade 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 tram or a 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 $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 smartass young person.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to **** us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.
 

Lord Chance

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This brings back good memories Arctos. Remember when you could get fresh milk and butter brought to your door? You didn't have banks of refrigerated coolers for the occasional cold drink or beer. You pulled your drink out of a box, tub or barrel of ice. So much better. We didn't drive miles to buy food stuff. The Mom and Pop store was down the block and usually had everything you need. Produce and meats came from local farms. I do miss those times. :)

Was watching that little Swedish girl on the news. She is crying about climate change and how "We" are destroying "Her dreams". I would like to see her carbon footprint while she is flying and riding in dirty cars to get to each speech. What she needs to be doing is going to school and getting an education in a field that will offer solutions to problems. Emotional speeches never solve anything. In a short time no one will even remember who she is.:caution:
 

Arctos

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Lord Chance

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She went to the US in a sailing boat, don't know about dirty cars though.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...berg-is-sailing-america-amid-storm-criticism/
Still not impressed Mate. Pretty speeches and tears do not accomplish much. As I said, she will just be a footnote in a few weeks. I would like to see things change because we are supposed to be the custodian of this world. Am I critical of the young lady? Yes, but no more than I would if she were one of my young employees who went about a task in an unproductive way. Her heart is in the proper place but we have enough talk about many problems but few solutions. Lets quit taking the easy way and get to work solving problems. :)