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 young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or 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 truely 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
February 17 at 16:42 EST .
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Eagles Dominion 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 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 smartarse young person.
February 17 at 16:43 EST .
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Phooey ED, I believe your pet peeve is there are uneducated, ignorant/stupid, unbridled minds full of mush with unwarranted self esteem.
February 18 at 14:23 EST .
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Eagles Dominion posted on Photography No idea if this has been enhanced or not... just thought it was a cool picture! By Chelina at Clearwater Beach, FL. 02/03/14
February 11 at 16:35 EST .
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Gerty OK, does anyone else out there find this picture scary?
Spahrkl No wonder these liars are so good. They have been practicing for years saying the same thing over and over again.
Well, with so many losing their jobs, watching prices increase, America losing it's respect around the world, the citizens of this nation will pay attention to the men and women who play games with our health, wealth, morals, direction, spending, ethics. Ya' think?
Ole buzzard You just reminded me of an incident Yotty and I dealt with a couple of years ago.
We had been out for the evening, and we were expecting a cold snap. She had several plants on the back patio that would not withstand the cold, so we brought them in and put them in the bathroom. The next morning, we had five wrens flitting about the house. Seems they had roosted in the plants the night before and we brought them in with the plants. We managed to get them all out of the house, unharmed but confused to be sure.
Just thought I'd pass along some advice my broker gave me today...
I called him this morning and asked him what I should be investing in as I feel interest rates are going to be rising as they did during the late 70's early 80's. So I told him I thought we ought to be looking to get out of bonds and finding a safe haven in which to invest. I asked him, "Should we move to precious metals, foreign currency or what?"
He responded, "If the current President is in office much longer, canned goods, water and ammunition are probably your best bet."
January 21 at 10:54 EST .
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Eagles Dominion posted on Sports Tonight a seattlepi.com photographer saw this #12thMan cruising around downtown Seattle. Be safe out there.