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Too bad we didn't do the green thing back then.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my day".

The clerk responded, "That's our 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.

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.

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. 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 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. 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 didn'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 2,000 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?

You can send this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from smartass young people.

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tick us off.

  
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SCOOTDOG 12/2/2012 10:16PM

    SO TRUE

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NAYPOOIE 12/2/2012 3:08PM

    Great

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DALID414 12/2/2012 1:48PM

    I'm considered young (depending on who you ask), but even I miss the 'good old days', when I could go to the movie theatre and not have to worry about EVERYONES cell phone going off during the movie!!

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81MSMITH1 12/2/2012 7:56AM

    This is a great blog. The planet would probably be a much happier place if we went back to the way things were. That clerk was increadibly rude and unaware.

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DOVESEYES 12/2/2012 5:43AM

    I remember those days. In NZ (New Zealand)we went to the dairy (corner shop) and got 1/2 lb butter that was cut from a big piece and put in brown paper and also got our sugar weighed out and bagged.

Oh I forgot my brothers used to take the old newspapers to the fish and chip shop and they weighed it and paid about 2 cents a lb and wrapped the fish in white paper then the newspaper around it . Nothing beats fish and chips in the paper.

good times

Ah the young they'll be old one day and what will their young think of them?

Comment edited on: 12/2/2012 5:45:43 AM

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/2/2012 3:00AM

    i really loved this and so true brought back memories.i still dry my clothes on a washing line,we have 1 tv and 1 computer that is working and apart from my older kid who has a school bus the other kids walk ,go by bike or roller or like now i will pull them with the sleigh.even though i occasionally buy a plastic bag i will reuse it.you forgot one .we had compost heaps and our food wasn´t sprayed with all the chemicals and hormones etc in foods today.genetics was to do with your family genes and nothing to do with food brought from the store.i know which time i perferr.i also wash the dishes by hand.lol.thanks for sharing.here´s hoping it becomes a popular blog award so everyone can read it.

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GDY2SHUZ 12/2/2012 2:32AM

    Love it ......Love it.

I lived in that era or (through) it and agree it was so much better then. The best was reusing bottles of all sorts. Sometimes you might get a few cents back; you could buy candy and treats with that.

Items in glass containers get and stay colder than tin cans. emoticon emoticon

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Top Ten Signs You're Not One Of The Smartest People In The World

Saturday, December 01, 2012

10. You keep wondering when they'll come out with a new flavor of Windex
9. Invested all of your money in wrestling magazines
8. Exonerated of double murder charges but convicted of stealing your sports memorabilia
7. You believe Mitt Romney actually shops at Costco
6. 8PM - swallowed a golf ball, 9PM - emergency room, 10PM - swallowed golf ball
5. As a child, your first word was, 'Huh?'
4. You've lost six cars forgetting where you parked
3. You think the government can cut taxes for the rich and balance the budget
2. You risk job at Credit Suisse to attend lame talk show
1. You're not even the smartest Kardashian

David Letterman

  
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SKEPCHICK 12/2/2012 1:49PM

  Heh heh

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DALID414 12/1/2012 10:40PM

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CAT-IN-CJ 12/1/2012 9:36PM

    needed that laugh

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DOVESEYES 12/1/2012 8:36PM

    Nice one emoticon

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You Know You're Over The Hill When...

Friday, November 30, 2012

1. You find yourself beginning to like accordion music.

2. You're sitting on a park bench and a Boy Scout comes up and helps you cross your legs.

3. Lawn care has become a big highlight of your life.

4. You tune into the easy listening station...on purpose.

5. You discover that your measurements are now small, medium and large...In that order.

6. You light the candles on your birthday cake and a group of campers form a circle and start singing Kumbaya..

7. You keep repeating yourself.

8. You start video taping daytime game shows.

9. At the airport, they ask to check your bags...and you're not carrying any luggage.

10. You wonder why you waited so long to take up macrame.

11. Your Insurance Company has started sending you their free calendar...a month at a time.

12. At cafeterias, you complain that the gelatin is too tough.

13. Your new easy chair has more options than your car.

14. When you do the "Hokey Pokey" you put your left hip out...and it stays out.

15. One of the throw pillows on your bed is a hot water bottle.

16. Conversations with people your own age often turn into "dueling ailments."

17. You keep repeating yourself.

18. It takes a couple of tries to get over a speed bump.

19. You discover the words, "whippersnapper," "scalawag" and "by-cracky" creeping into your vocabulary.

20. You're on a TV game show and you decide to risk it all and go for the rocker.

21. You begin every other sentence with, "Nowadays..."

22. You run out of breath walking DOWN a flight of stairs.

23. You look both ways before crossing a room.

24. Your social security number only has three digits.

25. You keep repeating yourself.

26. You come to the conclusion that your worst enemy is gravity.

27. You go to a Garden Party and you're mainly interested in the garden.

28. You find your mouth making promises your body can't keep.

29. The waiter asks how you'd like your steak...and you say "pureed."

30. At parties you attend, "regularity" is considered the topic of choice.

  
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ILOVETOCRUISE 12/2/2012 10:35AM

    17. You keep repeating yourself. I do that.
Cute!! emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 12/1/2012 12:20PM

    I'm getting there

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BALLOUZOO 11/30/2012 10:18PM

    Love this!

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SKEPCHICK 11/30/2012 7:57PM

  Heh heh

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DOVESEYES 11/30/2012 6:21PM

    Uh oh I can say yes to more than a few of these.

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AANGEL3 11/30/2012 2:45PM

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NAYPOOIE 11/30/2012 1:59PM

    by cracky?

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DALID414 11/30/2012 1:03PM

    You keep repeating yourself emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 11/30/2012 8:34AM

    Funny but in some cases, true! emoticon

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RECMAJOR 11/30/2012 7:24AM

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BARCLE 11/30/2012 4:54AM

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LAURIE160IN2013 11/30/2012 2:10AM

    Dueling ailments--or as my grandmother used to say, organ recitals!
Laurie

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Political Quotes

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I wonder at the IQs of these politicos...

"I resent your insinuendoes."

"If we don't make some changes, the status quo will remain the same."

"We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world."

"I support efforts to limit the terms of members of Congress, especially members of the House and members of the Senate." -- Dan Quayle

"If Lincoln were alive today, he'd roll over in his grave."

"We do not have censorship. What we have is a limitation on what newspapers can report."

"Candidly, I cannot answer that. The question is too suppository."

"Outside of the killings in Washington DC, we have one of the lowest crime rates in the nation." -- Marion Berry

"Let's jump off that bridge when we come to it."

"To be demeanered like that is an exercise in fertility."

"I deny the allegations, and I defy the allegators."

"If somebody's gonna stab me in the back, I want to be there."

"When you're talking to me, keep your mouth shut."

"Let's do this in one foul swoop."

"I want to thank each and every one of you for having extinguished yourselves in this session."

"We'll run it up the flagpole and see who salutes that booger."

"I would like to take this time to reirritate my remarks."

"The average age of a 7 year old in this state is 13."

"I hate to confuse myself with the facts."

"We have a permanent plan for the time being."

"Family planning has many misconceptions."

"The people in my district do not want this highway bypass, no matter if it goes through or around the city."

"My knowledge is no match for his ignorance."

"As long as I am in the Senate, there will not be a nuclear suppository in our state."

"These numbers are not my own; they are from someone who knows what he's talking about."

"People planning on getting into serious accidents should have their seat belts on."

"In 1994, Americans stand on the horns of an enema."

  
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NAYPOOIE 11/29/2012 12:08PM

    Thank you. Those were priceless.

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RUSSELL_40 11/29/2012 11:20AM

    When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first started out in the 70's they lost their first 26 games. Their coach was asked " What do you think about the execution of your offense? " He responded " I think that would be a good idea! "

I think we could put " the government " into that quote, and most would agree. Either there aren't enough bridges in Washington, or they are aren't coming to them. Can you imagine if we had some qualified people in charge?



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WOUBBIE 11/29/2012 11:05AM

    These are great!

May I add this "poem" created by Richard Thompson out of Dubya's malaprop comments?

"I think we all agree, the past is over.
This is still a dangerous world.
It's a world of madmen and uncertainty and potential mental losses.
Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?
Will the highways of the Internet become more few?
How many hands have I shaked?
They misunderestimate me.
I am a pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity.
I know that the human being and the fish can coexist.
Families is where our nation finds hope, where our wings take dream.
Put food on your family!
Knock down the tollbooth!
Vulcanize society!
Make the pie higher! Make the pie higher!
Major league."

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DOVESEYES 11/29/2012 2:06AM

    Hilarious and sad at the same time

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DALID414 11/29/2012 1:11AM

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AHTRAP 11/29/2012 1:10AM

    Would love to see who said the rest of 'em...might have to steal the "run it up the flagpole" line!

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At the Theater...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  
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MISSDAISY23 11/29/2012 1:41PM

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NAYPOOIE 11/28/2012 1:12PM

    I love it!

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ALICERIEGER 11/28/2012 12:17PM

    LOL

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DEERLADY45 11/28/2012 8:53AM

    THATS an IDEA! Thank you for that info! If i was talkin and i heard some one behind me sneeze then the spray .....Yuck! Id shut up for sure! Blessings and Hugs, BONNIE

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JOYFUL78 11/28/2012 5:07AM

    veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy creative LOL

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DALID414 11/28/2012 1:34AM

    First reaction EWWW. Second reaction emoticon

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/28/2012 1:22AM

    Loved it! emoticon

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AMALIA8 11/28/2012 1:02AM

    LOL! Nice! I have never had that happen, but I'll be on the lookout for water bottles from now on. I only talk when I have someone there and I try to talk quietly if I do comment on something in the movie. Keep up the great work!

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LATTELEE 11/28/2012 12:49AM

  Yes!

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LIBBYL1 11/28/2012 12:03AM

  thanks for making me laugh out loud!

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