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: "Listen, sweetheart, 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 days.
"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 we didn't have the "green thing" in our days.
"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 220volts. 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 young lady, you're right, we didn't have the
"green thing" back in our days.
"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 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
"When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up oldnewspapers 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 you're right again, we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
"We drank from a water 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 a razor instead of throwing away the whole thing 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 that you, the current generation, laments how wasteful we old folks are just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?"
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I'm currently testing Vanguard Brokerage to see if I want to switch all of my trading over to it from Scottrade. I've been with Scottrade for over 12 years and being someone that doesn't like change, I'm hesitant. However from a financial standpoint, it is a no-brainer!
Scottrade offers $6 trades to me (I had them reduced from their advertised $7 trades). Also Scottrade website is easy to navigate, and has a very nice charting program called Elite, if you have over 25k with them.
Vanguard offer $2 trades to me (plus I also get 25 free trades), and no commissions on trading Vanguard ETFs. But, Vanguard offers no charting service. I found a free real-time service which I'm now testing (http://www.freestockcharts.com/). There are some paid charting services, but I'm cheap and want to see if free will work for me!
Since I currently make at least 150 to 200 trades a year, switching to Vanguard would be a huge savings! Just take 150 trades which really equals 300 trades (both directions: buy and sell). Scottrade would cost me 300 x $6 = $1800, Vanguard would cost me 300 x $2 = $600. That is a saving of at least $1200/year!
So far I don't think Scottrade's better technical website navigation and charting is worth $1200 or more per year! Stay tuned to see if I switch over to Vanguard for everything (Investments and Trading).
Great article on something I support: https://smallivy.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/why-would-you-not-want-the-fair-tax/
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