Something I found, but very true…

Paying at the supermarket recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own bags because plastic carrier bags weren’t good for the environment. I apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was right about one thing — our generation didn’t have the green thing in “Our” day. So what did we have back then…? After some reflection and soul-searching on “Our” day here’s what I remembered we did have…. Back then, we returned milk bottles, drinks bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every shop and office building. We walked to the supermarket and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go half a mile. 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 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 Isle of Wight. 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 post, 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 bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums 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 shop.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 recycle this on your Facebook profile so another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smarty-pants young person can add to this.

16 Days to go… So much to do

Well I have started working out exactly what books I am taking with me, put all my climbing gear up for sale. And made a long list of DVD’s that I am selling. I also need to buy more contacts for the next year, in fact I have decided that I am going see if I can’t get them donated if I can remember where my prescription is…. Actually its going be interesting out there with the different healthcare system so going have to work out opticians etc. Luckily there is a group of us that need our Tick Borne Encephalitis and prophylactic rabies (still not sure on the Rabies as Slovakia is rabies free but kinda standard for vets…).

I also featured on the front page of the Pet Gazette website today with a lovely article here: I am truly grateful for the support I am being shown!

In other news today has been productive, I’ve potentially gained a part-time job for whilst I am studying, heading up to Liverpool next Wednesday to talk to them and see if its a fit! Really excited! Also had a good response to my Memorials page as I believe I should have somewhere to recognise those that donate in memory of their pets and loved ones. Still gotta make a list of the books I have, hopefully I have found somewhere in town that may take some of me! This week is going be crazy!

Still trying to work out banking! Seems nowhere does Postgraduate accounts anymore, and instead just extend your student account. I have caused loads of confusion as no one understands it properly as its kinda a unique situation. I am planning to open an account out there as I am going be there for 4 years. When I get there I have to register for residency with the local police which takes 5-6weeks but then gives me a ID Card. With this I can open a bank account etc which may be easier as some of the UK Cards do not work there as they are too advanced. I’ve also got a Caxton card on the way which I can use in the meantime fee free.

I am getting nervous that I am not going have time to do everything, hopefully going try and move as much as possible as fast as possible! The more money I can raise the better!