Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:46 am

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the

older man, that he should bring his own grocery bags because

plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The man apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green

thing back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded,

"That's the 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, 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 truly 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 scribbling's. 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 d

idn'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 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 smart- young person.
Last edited by Barnyard on Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:33 am, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Removed political comment.

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:28 am

Pretty catchy... But remember that it's the "older generation" that instituted the technological and societal changes that caused everything to be the way it is today, not the young folks. So to me, the young lady at the cash register is exactly right.

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:10 pm

Which goes to prove the old adage. There are two sides to every story
Bernard,
Donegal Cub.

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:31 pm

ya and that green thing back then we did not have was MONEY :D

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:26 pm

Boss Hog wrote:ya and that green thing back then we did not have was MONEY :D

I had some green. I got a $1 a day to work on the farm after school till dark and after. On the weekend I made $2 a day for all day and I thought I was rich.

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:17 pm

Right on!!! I LOVE that!

I'm only 43, but I'll tell you what I think about this green talk. I think its a joke!

In today's world, everything is disposable, and nothing is made to last! That's why I love Cub's. They last forever! And, that's how it should be. I've never had a lawn mower last me more than 10 years without falling all to pieces. And, automobiles have gotten the same way. I could go on and on...

I remember collecting pop bottles and turning them in for a deposit.

How about having ONE channel on the TV??? And, it was snowy and hard to hear. Oh, and it wasn't even in color!!! Or, listening to Nascar on the radio because nobody showed car races on TV.

I miss those days.

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:26 pm

Raymond, If you're blaming me for the smart phone you carry, we'll have a serious chat at Roy's. :lol:

Bob

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:18 pm

Its not your fault Bob... It's Roy's!! :lol:

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:29 pm

RaymondDurban wrote:Its not your fault Bob... It's Roy's!! :lol:



Serious talk scheduled, with Raymond and Bob! You just gotta quit blaming me, Bob, BR, and Buckethead for all your shortcomings. :mrgreen:

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:38 am

HMMMM. The DSCF sounds like it is going to be very interesting!

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:14 am

Reminds me of an old man (about my age) was talking to a kid about being on cell phone all the time, never having anytime for anything else, etc. He told the old timer, "you just don't understand us, your generation didn't have cell phones, computers, tablets, the internet, etc." The geezer replied, "yeah your right, we didn't have any of that, so we invented it, what is your generation going to do you little sh** head".

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:33 am

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Reminds me of an old man (about my age) was talking to a kid about being on cell phone all the time, never having anytime for anything else, etc. He told the old timer, "you just don't understand us, your generation didn't have cell phones, computers, tablets, the internet, etc." The geezer replied, "yeah your right, we didn't have any of that, so we invented it, what is your generation going to do you little sh** head".

:D Yep! We had prefix ours was ORCHARD ( OR) and 3 short rings. So if one of your neighbors was using the phone. You had to wait till they got done. We listened to the big Zenith radio till we got TV when I was 10 :D

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:37 am

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:Reminds me of an old man (about my age) was talking to a kid about being on cell phone all the time, never having anytime for anything else, etc. He told the old timer, "you just don't understand us, your generation didn't have cell phones, computers, tablets, the internet, etc." The geezer replied, "yeah your right, we didn't have any of that, so we invented it, what is your generation going to do you little sh** head".

Exactly!!! Let's see... what other dastardly deeds did we perform? The space program, the interstate highway system, polio vaccine, cancer research, AIDS research. And what have to 30/40 somethings given us? Let's see... Facebook, Twitter, YouTube. Gee, I can't think of any more. :D

Let's face it. Every generation has contributed both positively and negatively to our culture. Let's move on.

Re: Older Generation didn't care

Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:16 pm

randallc wrote:HMMMM. The DSCF sounds like it is going to be very interesting!



Hey Randall, come on down and join in the fun. :{_}: :{_}: :lol: