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I'm going to be in Missoula, Montana next week. Other than Big Sky, which other breweries should I try not to miss? If anyone has an opinion on the micro-distilleries, I'd appreciate that, too. I'm not likely to get out there again, at least for a long time, and I can't get most of their local stuff on the East Coast. Thanks, everyone.
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Thanks, guys. Hope I have time to visit them all. 
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I have nothing to give but sympathy and prayers for our French brothers. #jesuicharlie
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I understand your point of view, though I obviously disagree. But this isn't the time for a religious argument. This is a time for compassion.
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I know this is a repeat but, in an attempt to make sure Yahoo is hearing it ... Lollipop and Listening Spaces. I love Aviate and that was one of my favorite features. Thanks, Yahoo.
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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 earlier days." The young 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 in its day.
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 truly 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 schoolbooks.  This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling's. 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 throwaway 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 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.

#gogreen   #STFU  
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FWIW in California they have effectively banned plastic bags. The net result is, I have to pay $1+ for reusable bags, or a minimum of ten cents for each paper bag.  That's not the real problem though.

Now, I have to go out and buy plastic bags on top of that - the same sort of bags I used to bring groceries home in.  Bags for the bathroom tin.  Bags to take out the cat litter. (if I still had a dog) bags to pick up dog turds on walks.  Bags to give lemons to my neighbors.  All the myriad of things I used to freecycle my grocery bags with, I have to buy new ones so they can end up in the landfill just like the old ones.

Gotta hand it to the grocery industry though.  It was a master stroke.
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I just supported #MAYDAYUS, a crowdfunded, kickstarted campaign to reclaim our democracy. You can check it out here: http://mayday.us
Help us reduce the influence of money in politics and pledge today!
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Used my new culinary toy for the first time. Smoked beer-can chicken on the grill. What a great tool. #thermoworks 
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+Matthew Birck yeah I'm predicting some modifications in the near future 
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Weird Al in the Superbowl halftime show? I don't know if the idea has actually gained any traction, but CBS Sports is asking about it, which is an improvement.
 
GOOD IDEA or BAD IDEA for Super Bowl halftime entertainment?
If you like your music goofy and awesome, you can sign a petition nominating Weird Al Yankovic to play the Super Bowl in 2015.
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For the adventurous cooks out there, this blog looks fabulous. +Olav Folland, I think you may find this entertaining and/or yummy.
 
Definitely one of a kind: a cooking blog, RareCooking.com, where early modern (1600-1800) recipes are updated for today and tried out.

Have you seen it yet, +Chef Dennis Littley?
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Cool +Matthew Birck!  Bookmarking so I can check it out this evening :)
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