Thursday, May 19, 2011

The GREEN THING...

The Good Old Days  (I did not write this but liked it enough to post it..)
 
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

That’s right, they didn’t 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 didn’t have the green thing back her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.
But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – 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 didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they 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 pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t 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 styro foam or plastic bubble wrap.
But, she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, they didn’t 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 didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right, they didn’t 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 didn’t 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 didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad that they didn't have the green thing back then?  

:-)

32 comments:

Karen Howes said...

Wow, great post, Z! I never thought of this.

The "green thing" makes me perversely want to throw styrofoam out a car window.

BTW: if a cashier ever said that to me, I would not be apologizing-- I'd probably tell her to screw.

Always On Watch said...

Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind.

Let's remember that a lot of planned communities, promoted by liberals, have effected a ban on clothes dryers. After all, clothes hanging out on a line outdoors make for an eye sore -- at least that's what the planners of the planned communities said.

Of course, when I did hang clothes outside on the clothesline, sometimes I had to rewash the clothes if birds "stopped by."

Just sayin'.

Bd said...

"planned communities, promoted by liberals,have effected a ban on clothes dryers." AOW? Riiight.

Ducky's here said...

Didn't take long to blame the liberals.

This one's been bringing his own bags to the grocery for years, drives about 6000 miles a year, one TV and an electric bill that he's whittled down to $25 a month.

Haven't used syrofoam in years. I get nosebleed in a Starbuck's.

Jen said...

This reminds me of my mamaw.

Jen said...

...and I've tried to emulate her.
Supper out of my own garden, making rags from old clothes, not using paper towels (so easy), and other simple ways to cut back on consumption. It's just common sense.

Jen said...

Ducky, I once told the guy at Starbucks that I wanted mine in a mug...in house...I had to explain to him the concept of "the mug".

FairWitness said...

Good morning Z,

"Going Green" isn't about the conservation or ecological preservation. It's about wealth-redistribution by radicals who wish to fundamentally transform this country into an economically & militarily diminished nation. It's about power and the attempts to reduce America's standing in the world.

Al Gore doesn't give a damn about the environment. If he did, he wouldn't be flying around in private jets and buying multimillion dollar mansions.

The Environmentalist Movement is a total and complete crock!

Z said...

Jen, I don't find it so easy to not use paper towels, though I do have dusting rags from old sheets, etc...

FW, it's ridiculous, isn't it? There are so many environmental scientists who do not echo Gore's idiocies; even Gore's old partner's changed his mind on GLOBAL WARMING (Oops, CLIMATE CHANGE...it didn't stay warm so they had to regroup on the name)
Video after video of information but it's not LEFTIST INFORMATION so the left ignores learning......
ANd, of course, if we mock this GREEN idiocy, we're told we hate the earth, we're Christians who are looking forward to Armageddon so what do we care that the planet lasts (!), we're for dirty air AND dirty oceans. THIS is a perfect example of how the left works and they apparently just can't see the truth!

Ducky's here said...

I have a little joint nearby that serves good coffee in a mug, Jen.

I can get a jumbo cup and a muffin for less than a Starbucks latte (Full disclosure: I hate Starbucks). The muffins are fresh, too.

Z said...

I don't like Starbucks coffee at all, I have to admit...very acidy to me.
And they do have mugs at ours, Jen...do most of your Starbucks' people take it to go?
Once you've had coffee in France, it's hard to drink it here....

FairWitness said...

I refuse to spend $5 or $6 at Starbucks for a cup of coffee when I can make a whole pot of coffee (freshly ground) for a fraction of that. What a rip-off!

Not to mention patronizing a company that discriminates against its Christian customers by posting radical gibberish on its cups. To hell with them, they won't get a dime of my money!

beamish said...

Back in the days when governments around the world were openly testing nuclear weapons in the atmosphere and cigaretttes were advertised on TV.

beamish said...

Starbucks will do in a pinch, but I only drink coffee socially. I prefer my caffeine cold and carbonated.

Scotty said...

and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

What's wrong with THAT??!! I've done that with a LOT more horsepower than that! :-)

Scotty said...

Once you've had coffee in France, it's hard to drink it here....

One my favorite kitchen gadgets we have here is my Keurig coffee machine, if you can't find a flavor you like with that thing, it doesn't exsist.

Z said...

I just got a Keurig, too....they're still more acidy than French cafe coffee.
They serve in France with a very thin tall glass of cold water and the combination of a sip of hot, deep, thickish French coffee with a sip of cold water makes my mouth water ....

Keurig is pretty good, I have to admit!

christian soldier said...

don't' forget-when we returned those bottles we got cash up front!!!
there is nothing better than $$$ incentives (not gvt $$$) please)even if it just in house savings---

Joe said...

Ducky: "I get nosebleed in a Starbuck's."

How do you know that?

Mustang said...

We should be a good caretaker of our earth, but the problem with the Green Movement is that it is predicated on false science and snake oil marketing. The best thing that ever happened to Al Gore, beyond his sex poodle moment, was losing the election to George Bush. Since then, Gore has made hundreds of millions of dollars selling his false science to people who do not even realize that electric cars require generating plants powered by water, coal, or nuclear energy. This certainly goes a long way to validate The Beamish Doctrine, which holds that leftists aren’t rational.

Ducky's here said...

How do I know, Joe? Like most of the population I have had a coffee at Starbucks. More than once.

I don't recommend the expense or the fake high quality. I encourage moderation in all things but once in a while I have a coffee at Starbucks. The nosebleed part is hyperbole but you know all about hyperbole.

Sometimes you just want to fly to Oz and sit and drink long blacks all day. That's not entirely hyperbole.

Joe said...

Ducky: Just wondered. Don't get in such a snit!

As for green, the only green I've ever wished for is a green thumb and some green-backs.

Z said...

Ducky, you get that ticket to OZ and I'll pack for you :-)

I don't get the nosebleed line, by the way...that's used when your dad bought last minute tickets to SAME TIME NEXT YEAR 30 years ago cuz your cousin from NYC surprised us by flying in and when we walked out of the corridor into the theater, we were afraid to move an inch because it was so unbelievably STEEP...we all stepped forward to find our seats and then saw how STEEP it was and lunged BACK! It was really funny.....He bought "in the nosebleed section!"

Fredd said...

Those commie pinko environmentalists have hijacked the word 'green' in much the same way that the homosexual community has hijacked the word 'gay.'

Remember when gay meant something else? As in the theme song for 'The Flintstones:' the last stanza of the song went: 'When you're with the Flinstones
Have a yabba dabba doo time
A dabba doo time
You'll have a gay old time'

But I seem to have digressed here...

Jen said...

I can get a jumbo cup and a muffin for less than a Starbucks latte (Full disclosure: I hate Starbucks). The muffins are fresh, too.
-----
Nice.
I go to Saxby's. Cheaper, MUCH better, and they have the best blueberry and bran muffins.
(and the young hipsters are too cool to hang out there, so it's just us uncool people...)

Jen said...

Z, I stock up on microfiber rags (the large ones) and keep them in my kitchen.

They're SO good for cleaning....everything. I rarely need chemicals anymore.

At dinner we use a wet rag for the kids...it's a leftover habit from their toddler days.

I just hate buying napkins. Rags work just fine.

beamish said...

Gore has made hundreds of millions of dollars selling his false science to people who do not even realize that electric cars require generating plants powered by water, coal, or nuclear energy. This certainly goes a long way to validate The Beamish Doctrine, which holds that leftists aren’t rational.

I'm sure the left actually does believe the Chinese mine already-shaped plastic goods out of hillsides.

Z said...

Jen, I have those, too, and LOVE them. They get things off that I never thought would come off...amazing, ecologically sound, and you save money on the toxic cleansers...good point!
Germans hate wasting paper and most don't use paper napkins; They use napkin rings (identifying ea member of the family...like different colors, or whatever) and they stuff the cloth napkin back into the ring after a meal...they use the same one for some days and then wash. It's not a bad idea!

Beamish. too true!

Pris said...

If a cashier said that to me, I'd tell her "I'm here to pay for groceries, not a lecture".

The "green thing" is a scam, a vehicle through which government control becomes rampant, like it is now, and they're just getting started.

Mustang, and FW are exactly right.

However, the people are being trained to say "how high", when the government says, "JUMP"!

That, is sad.

MK said...

Never really thought about it like that. Mind you, i'm glad we're out of the bad old days, mind you this is what the greenies want to take us back to, no tv, no car, just bicycles and such while they have the lear jets and corporate junkets.

On a side note, in the old days we didn't have the green movement, but we had a commie movement. What's that they say about green water melons, green on the outside....

Always On Watch said...

BD,
You smart ass. I meant to type in "a ban on clothes lines." I think that the rest of my comment made clear that I should have proofread more carefully.

Whatever. I'm sure that you have never made a mistake. [heavy sarcasm]

But I tell you this: my "Al Gore" air conditioner doesn't work worth a hoot. It's an "extra energy efficient" model and will not keep the room any cooler than 80 degrees. And planned communities do dictate a lot of what a homeowner can and cannot do.

Z said...

AOW....thanks.

As for the dryer....what else is new, right?
We have one new awful shower head dictated by the state and Mr Z used to say "You need to run from drop to drop to get wet"...with my thick hair, it would take me 3 times as long in the shower to rinse after washing it. THREE TIMES more water.

The toilets have to be reflushed at the homes of friends who had to get the new toilets...thankfully, I haven't had to yet.
MORE WATER.

Thanks, Greenies....doing GREAT (sarc)