The importance of friends and being loved – Link
“We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”
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 to explain:
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 220volts. 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 “greenthing” 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 blade in arazor 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?
Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Bolero – Flash Mob
One of my favorite compositions – Ravel’s Bolero. Brings back lots of memories of listening to it when I was younger.
Stairway to Heaven by Ann & Nancy Wilson (Heart)
Les Mis – One Man Medley – Nick Pitera
The late Israel Kamakawiwo’ole sings Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The War on Boys
Self-Reliant, Graduating College Senior
Satellite Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami
Amazing pictures from NY Times of Japan.
2010 in review
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,300 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.
In 2010, there were 56 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 211 posts. There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was January 5th with 173 views. The most popular post that day was Humor: Golfer and the Caddy.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were cougarboard.com, facebook.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.yahoo.com, and mail.live.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for obama political cartoons, political cartoons obama, redneck, history of home values, and a history of home values.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Humor: Golfer and the Caddy June 2009
Obama toons August 2009
What Young Women Look for in a Future Husband June 2010
Thursday’s Heroes – BYU Football’s Weekly Service to the Disadvantaged September 2009
Our Tax System Explained: Bar Stool Economics February 2009