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The Green Thing

December 17, 2014

Checking out at the store, 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 apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain:

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 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 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 blade in arazor 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 in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” 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 ass young person.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to really piss us off… especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart-ass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.


Jessep Was Right

December 11, 2014

How many ‘impartial witnesses’ have been rescued by the men on the walls?  How many of the men on the walls gave their lives to save the ‘useful idiots’ who put them in harm’s way?  People who believe our military should be ‘held to a higher standard’ should pick up a weapon and stand a post.



Jessep: You can’t handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago’s death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives…You don’t want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use ’em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I’d rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to!

Make ’em Squeal Joni!

November 10, 2014

Keeping Us Warm

November 8, 2014

With winter on the horizon and temps getting lower by the day, I would like to share a couple tips for homeowners.  One of the links in the right margin of this blog is to  Take a look at this web site.  Local heating oil merchants post their prices there so you can get the best possible deal everyday.

My ‘oil man’ is Victory Fuel.  Leo has had the best prices for most of the last twenty years.  They are very responsive when I lose track of things and offer great prices and generous terms for pre-buy contracts.

My ‘boiler guy’ and plumber is Audette Mechanical.  Great prices, terrific products, and excellent service go a long way in my home.  Mike Audette did a service call at my mother’s home.  He did not charge her for parts he salvaged from my boiler replacement.  Think about that.  I had a problem with my boiler this weekend.  They have to order parts to complete the repair and offered to leave electric heaters at my home to keep us warm.

A couple years ago we chose Rite Window to replace our windows.  We like the windows.  They look and operate just fine.  We had a seal fail on one window this summer.  No problem — Rite replaced the window pane without any fuss at all.

If you need a little help keeping warm, these neighbors will not let you down.

Funny Because It’s True

November 2, 2014

See Something, Say Something

November 1, 2014


The state of New Hampshire will be operating an election fraud hotline Tuesday November 4th during the hours that polls are open.  603-230-2503 will be monitored by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Zuckerman while polls are open Tuesday.   If you believe you have witnessed election fraud, call this number to report your suspicion.

My Favorite Ad of This Election Season

October 29, 2014
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