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The Green Thing
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:53 PM »
Checking out at the supermarket, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologised and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young cashier responded, "That's our problem today - your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing' in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised 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 shops bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we re- used for numerous things, most memorable besides household bags for rubbish, 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 personalise 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 a lift in every supermarket, shop and office building. We walked to the local shop and didn't climb into a 300 horsepower machine every time we had to go half a mile.

But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's Terry Towel nappies because we didn't have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy- gobbling machine burning up 3 kilowatts – wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids had 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 radio or TV in the house - not a TV in every room and the TV had a small screen the size of a big handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of Scotland 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 petrol just to cut the lawn. We pushed the 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 tap or 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 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 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 £50,000 ‘People Carrier’ which cost the same as 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 computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest Pub!

But isn't it sad that 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 smart arse young person...

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off, (sorry, 'really upset us'), especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart bugger who can't work out the change without the cash register telling them how much it is !.

Here endeth the bloody lesson !!  ;)
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KENNETHO

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Re: The Green Thing
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2015, 05:28 AM »
that's a real  gem kiwi.. cheers kennetho

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Re: The Green Thing
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2015, 06:19 AM »
Thanks Kiwi, yes you are quite right. We didn't need this 'green thing' because we had nothing to feed the 'green thing' with. Even the cat ate what we didn't finish, not some 'gourmet' meal out of a tin. We  saved up to buy the things we needed, we didn't go into debt to have the things we wanted now. It's a funny world all right when you come to think of it. Here endeth the second lesson. Stay well, Ayess

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Re: The Green Thing
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2015, 03:39 PM »
Couldn't agree more, Kiwi and Ayess.   You're not "preaching" Ayess - it's all so true, and I'm glad I've lived through the years I have, even if there was a War,  instead of having to grow up in this crazy world now.  Heaven only knows what it will be like in another few years.   Too much technology for my liking and too much hurry....except I'm really glad there's such a thing as Ashton on the internet!   Take care everyone, and good luck and good health.     Joyce

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Re: The Green Thing
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2015, 11:00 AM »
These comments remind me of the expandable toasting fork my parents used to make toast in front of a coal fire instead of an electric one. Nothing like a bit of soot to add flavour to your bread. Eeee - they don't know there're born today!

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Re: The Green Thing
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2015, 06:16 AM »
it was fri 13 and freds wife just left him so he decided to treat himself to a brand new  b.m.w. takes it out for a spin and decided to let her rip belting along way over the speed limit he saw the blue lights flashing behind him so he put his clog down further blue lights still there so he thought what in hell am I doing so he pulled over.. the policeman asked him for his licence and ownership then said look its fri 13 and its been one hell of a day ime at the end of my shift and I don't want to do all the paperwork so if you can give me any good reason for driving like an idiot that I never heard before I could let you off.. fred said well my nagging wife just left me and took off with a cop and I thought you were returning her..have a nice day said the cop

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Re: The Green Thing
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2015, 12:08 PM »
Keep the jokes coming they brighten my day. Also the Green thing toast as never tasted as good as when we did it on the fire. Also we use to take our pop bottles and jam jars back to the shop we got some money back on them and they went to be reused. In the main back there was a pig bin that was emptyed twice a week what you put your waste food in. Ashes from the fire was used in winter to put down on the snow so really recycling went on all the time Fudge