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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.

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The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

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The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.*

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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.

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But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

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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.

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But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

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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 r azor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

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But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.*

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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.

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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?

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



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I remember my first cordless home phone. It had caller ID, but just showed the number. I had a list of names and numbers memorized for friends and family. The phone didn't have features like my cell phone, but then the monthly bill was only 15 bucks.

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First mobile phone I used was bigger than a kids lunch box.

Don't know what it cost, but I had to sign it out every time I used it and keep a written log of the numbers called with time of day and duration.
 

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I remember when your house had a 30 amp "FUSE" box that the fuses screwed into like a light bulb. Now, with the "Green Thing" your house most likely has a 200 amp breaker box. Yeah, mine still is stuck in the 1970's at 100 amp.


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I remember when your house had a 30 amp "FUSE" box that the fuses screwed into like a light bulb. Now, with the "Green Thing" your house most likely has a 200 amp breaker box. Yeah, mine still is stuck in the 1970's at 100 amp.


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You must be younger than I, because I remember fuses that had a copper sleeve on each side with glass in the middle and a thin wire inside. My first cell was a bag phone and I had to stop to put the bag on top of the car for reception.

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First time I had in home air conditioning was in 1992.
 

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The first time I had solid food was 1956.
The first time I had a beer, drove a car, rode a motorcycle and got a gun was 1970. Also my first year of high school. That was a big year. :)
The first time I got laid was 1974. That was a bigger year. :laugh:
 

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The first time I had solid food was 1956.
The first time I had a beer, drove a car, rode a motorcycle and got a gun was 1970. Also my first year of high school. That was a big year. :)
The first time I got laid was 1974. That was a bigger year. :laugh:
First time I got laid, we was almost busted. But this chic had the bed made and her paints back on before I had my zipper back up. So to this day I use that chic as a warning sign to my son and nephews. Watch out for a girl that can do that, is not a healthy relationship or trust worthy, move on!:laugh:
 

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The first time was with my sister....... just kidding I don't have a sister, but I did have a mighty fine 2nd cousin.

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It was for me. I went with a work buddy to 69th and Columbus in NYC. A couple fireman's wives were running a 2 woman ho house. It was $12 for a s and a f and I gave a 3 buck tip. I worked in a parking garage on 52nd St and all cars gave a dollar. It didn't take long that I had 15 bucks for lunch time. This was 1973.

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not sure about the person powered lawn mower we had one but we also had a engine powered lawn mower with no teeth in the front so watch your feet. rode my first bike in 1956 it was a scooter and belonged to my grand uncle. he drove.
 

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My first solid food 1951 purchased my first & new motorcycle a 1966 Harley Davidson. Got laid my first time in 1964. Got my first car the same year, 1953 oldsmobile. Got our first color TV in 1963. Sounds like I'm older than most? Don't feel a day over 70 or so!
 

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Yeah, but you ever see a B52 take off? They were serious coal rollers compared to modern jets....

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