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I found this post of five years ago while researching other posts today. 

I thought it worth another run in 2020

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2015

This just turned up on my face book feed.  Had to post it.

I suspect it may have originated in America…wording of last line,

so it may have been around awhile.

But I do love it!

We didn’t have the

‘Green Thing

Yesterday after shopping in our local supermarket, I was in the queue at the Check Out, and heard when 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 apologised to the young girl & then sighed,  “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.  You folk didn’t do enough to save our environment for future generations.”

The older lady said “Ahh yes you’re right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day.”

She sighed then continued:

Back then, we returned milk bottles, lemonade bottles & beer bottles to the shops. The shops then sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized & refilled, so those same bottles were used over & over, thus REALLY were recycled.

But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

Grocery stores put our groceries into brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things.  Most memorable 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) were not defaced by our scribblings.  Then we were able to personalise our books on their brown paper bag/covers.

But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.

I remember how we walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store or office building; walked to the grocery store & didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go 200 yards.

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

Back then we washed the baby’s nappies 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 & solar power really did dry our clothes back in our 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 radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And if anyone did own a TV, it had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of a football pitch.  When cooking we blended & stirred by hand coz we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send by post, we used layers of 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 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, & we replaced the razor blade 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 & kids rode bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s expensive car or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing”..

Oh and 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 leisure park.


. . . . But it so sad this current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

. . . I think you should forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from some smart ass young person……

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.

 

 

SUNDAY-STILLS-PC-Fire

 

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An assortment of fire images…

Getting rid of the rubbish.

A fire dancer in the

United Arab Emirates.

 

 

Finally…

Ready, Aim…

The FIrst Shot, World War 1, 100 year, Commemoration, Point Nepean National Park, Portsea, 5th August 2014.

Fire!!

 

The 100 year reenactment of firing

the First Shot of World War I at Point Nepean

My Grandfather was part of the original Gun Crew.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Fire 

LIGHT WORDS: Night-Fire

Hugh’s Views & News: Night-Photos

FOWChallenge-Umbrage

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umbrage

offence or annoyance.

“she took umbrage at his remarks”

Maggie quite readily took umbrage…
at any strangers silly enough to wander

through our backyard.

  

Taji, also noisily tells all intruders where to go.

 However, she doesn’t mind wandering

into our neighbour’s yard

but makes a lot of noise if

one of their dogs comes into our yard. 

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Umbrage

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Cycles

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Bicycles and Motorcycles

We first noticed the high usage of bicycles in Brugge.    

While in Amsterdam the bicycle flat

provides free parking for 2,500 bicycles.

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The Cadel Evans January Road Race in Geelong’s suburbs.

The Peloton.

Motorcycles and shouldered television cameras

beaming the action to the world.

Riders look relaxed but are travelling

at a phenomenal speed.

 

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Wordless Wednesday18_1219-Peace

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A few weeks ago, in the wee hours of the morning

we were awoken by the sound of barking dogs

and powerful lights torch flashing in our window.

This was followed by red and blue flashing lights

circling our block every five minutes or so.

Still not one hundred percent sure what was going on

except that someone was where they shouldn’t have been

at that hour of the day.

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Hope you enjoyed.

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