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Old 04-10-2011
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Default We didn't have the "Green" thing back in the day.....

Got this in an e-mail and being as I'm probably the same age as the old lady in this story and recall everything mentioned quite well, I thought it worth sharing with some of you young whippersnappers.....




This is an interesting perspective on todayís ďNewĒ concern for the environment....

In the line at the store , the cashier told the older woman
that plastic bags werenít good for the environment. The
woman apologized to her and explained , ďWe didnít have
the green thing back in my day.Ē

Thatís right , they didnít have the green thing in her day. Back then ,
they returned their milk bottles , Coke bottles and beer bottles to
the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and
sterilized and refilled , using the same bottles over and over. So
they really were recycled.

But they didnít have the green thing back in her day.

In her day , they walked up stairs , because they didnít have an
escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the
grocery store and didnít climb into a 300-horsepower machine every
time they had to go two blocks.

But sheís right. They didnít have the green thing in her day.


Back then , they washed the babyís diapers because they didnít have
the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line , not in an energy
gobbling machine burning up 220 volts Ė 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 didnít have the
green thing back in her day.


Back then , they had one TV , or radio , in the house Ė not a TV in
every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish ,
not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen , they
blended and stirred by hand because they didnít have electric
machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item
to send in the mail , they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it , not
styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then , they didnít 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 didnít need to go to a health club to
run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But sheís right , they didnít 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 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 didnít have the green thing back then.


Back then , people took the streetcar 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
didnít need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from
satellites 200,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest
pizza joint.

Itís a crying shame that we didnít have ďthe green thingĒ back then!
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