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As one primate to another - thanks for the kind words! Lots of great info here in these forums, I'm looking forward to contributing in the future.

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As a tail-end boomer, I remember the world the OP described. Sure, my generation - and the previous one - dropped the ball at times simply because we didn't know any better. But when new facts emerged, we adapted to the changes (albeit sometimes begrudgingly). You can't stop progress, and it took advanced age for me to understand why. But take heart - that young clerk will someday lament over her bygone past. How scary is that - the notion that 2015 will be part of the "good old days"?

 

I'm no technophobe or rabid anti-progessive, but I wonder if a lifestyle based soley upon marketing and consumerism is real progress. That seems to be the modern template in the developed world, for better or worse. How much better or worse depends upon all of us, and the decisions we make over time - regardless of age. The days of 25-cent gas are way behind us, but even that sad fact has some positive ramifications. If we have anything to teach the young, it's to learn how to maintain balance in their lives. Radical change rarely works out, nor does blind devotion to the status quo. It's all about balance.


@TappDoubt  -  Looks like this is your first post here at AARP site, so welcome & we hope to see more of you.  I like your post - good observations/commentary!  Smiley Happy   gatorgorilla/Pam

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As a tail-end boomer, I remember the world the OP described. Sure, my generation - and the previous one - dropped the ball at times simply because we didn't know any better. But when new facts emerged, we adapted to the changes (albeit sometimes begrudgingly). You can't stop progress, and it took advanced age for me to understand why. But take heart - that young clerk will someday lament over her bygone past. How scary is that - the notion that 2015 will be part of the "good old days"?

 

I'm no technophobe or rabid anti-progessive, but I wonder if a lifestyle based soley upon marketing and consumerism is real progress. That seems to be the modern template in the developed world, for better or worse. How much better or worse depends upon all of us, and the decisions we make over time - regardless of age. The days of 25-cent gas are way behind us, but even that sad fact has some positive ramifications. If we have anything to teach the young, it's to learn how to maintain balance in their lives. Radical change rarely works out, nor does blind devotion to the status quo. It's all about balance.

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In Response to The Green Thing by margaret23509

A couple other things were paper napkins or towels. We had cloth ones and they got washed over and over. In fact, they got washed in a wringer washing machine that you washed the whites first, then the light colored clothes and finally the dark ones all in the same water and then rinsed them all the same way, but nope, we didn't have the 'green' thing!

Linda 

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On the flip side we did some very negative things when it came to trying to have the Greenest Yard in town.  The weed killers, insecticides and chemicals we poured on our lawn have done major damage to our streams, rivers and lakes.

Than there was the DDT we used to get rid of those damn ants that bugged us!

Painted everything we could with paint that had lead in it including the babies crib.  True we did not know better for decades. But the damage was still done.

The list of our sins is fairly long.

 
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Margaret, if people like us could live and thrive like we did, then we must have been green long before it became the latest craze.  I remember walking everywhere or riding the bus as my parents didn't have a car.  My dad got  to his job in a car pool where he paid so much a week to make up for not driving.  My mom walked to the corner market and had a cart with wheels on that she would bring home the groceries in.  Everything got used and recycled because we didn't have the money to throw socks away, my mom darned them.  If I grew an inch, she would let the hem down in my dresses or skirts.  We didn't worry about keeping up with the joneses, it just wasn't important.  Now all the kids have to have the latest electronic equipment or they feel so deprived.  For years we didn't even have a phone in our house of any kind, but we survived just fine.  It seems like the latest generations don't know the difference between wanting and needing.


 


 


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I remember these things like the milk bottles and soda bottles.

I used to ride around town on my bike with a large basket on the way home from middle school and picked up discarded soda bottles and took them to a store and cash them in.  Than I would use the money to buy my baseball cards.  Sure wish I had the cards now.  They got pitched when my folks moved to their new house in 1962.

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In the line at the  store, the cashier told the older woman that she should
bring her own grocery  bag because plastic bags weren't good for the
environment. 

The woman apologized to him and explained, 
"We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

 
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.  
The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

 
He was right; that generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. 

Back then, they  returned their 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 they didn't have the "green thing" back in that customer's 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 was 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 handkerchief, 
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 a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, 
not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

 
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 their writing 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 or a bus 
and kids rode their bikes to school or walked 
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 the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks
were just because they didn't have the "green thing" back then?

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

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In the line at the  store, the cashier told the older woman that she should
bring her own grocery  bag because plastic bags weren't good for the
environment. 

The woman apologized to him and explained, 
"We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

 
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.  
The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

 
He was right; that generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. 

Back then, they  returned their 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 they didn't have the "green thing" back in that customer's 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 was 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 handkerchief, 
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 a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, 
not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

 
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 their writing 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 or a bus 
and kids rode their bikes to school or walked 
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 the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks
were just because they didn't have the "green thing" back then?

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

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