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Ginger Fawcett
Historic/Modern Homes Connoisseur • Social Savvy Realtor • Neighborhood Expert - St. Louis, MO
Historic/Modern Homes Connoisseur • Social Savvy Realtor • Neighborhood Expert - St. Louis, MO


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Glendale Jazzfest

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This was posted by a friend on FB (but was not sourced or I'd source it here) and I loved it!  It was called "Being Green" but I'm going to rename it "Being Old and Being Green" as probably only the over 40 crowd will get it!

Being Old and Being Green

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 truely 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 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 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 smartass young person.

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Check out the story on my clients Justin and +Sarah Guldalian for great tips on preparing your home for market.  They did an amazing job!

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May have to get some of these printed after my trip to the mall today! (sans the cuss words but they do get the point across:)

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My dream kitchen!
Featured Kitchen of the Week - Love this one for so many reasons and for the fact that rarely would someone think that "avocado" would work in their kitchen but it's fabulous.  Their use of unique storage solutions utilizes every square inch.  But what really stands out is the custom millwork.  The trim makes this kitchen from the bead board ceilings to the arched trim openings.  Every details is simply perfect.  Lesson...think outside the box and really make a statement as this is a kitchen buyers would adore!
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From our main business page...a reminder that it's not all about the party!
Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day St. Louis!!!

It seems the talk of the town is the cancellation of many of our annual fireworks displays due to the drought.  I was one of those lamenting the fact that it just wouldn't seem the same without them.  But 4th of July represents so much more...

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted by the Continental Congress and I wanted to offer a reminder of its meaningful preamble: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

236 years ago the United States separated from Great Britain so that the people could choose their own government instead of living under the rule of a king.  It's an important reminder for all of us as we head into an election years.

This premise behind this message has made our country what it is today.  So although I will miss the fireworks lighting up the sky and the sound of firecrackers outside my window, I am grateful for the country where we live and want to simply say...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!  And please, let's not screw it up!

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Well it looks like both Webster and Kirkwood have cancelled the fireworks as of today.  Please please please start raining!!!  Can't imagine the 4th without them as from my house I see them from four different locations in the distance.  
Here are some alternative venues for fireworks this week.  We will try to update other cancellations as they occur or pray for rain!  The good news is that Fair St. Louis is along the river so hopefully the fire hazard is minimized by the water and that it will proceed as planned!

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Webster Groves and Kirkwood area residents...what do you think about whether or not the fireworks should be cancelled due to draught?  I heard they have been cancelled since this article was published.  I can't imagine the Webster Community Days without them but is it too much risk?

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If you're a real estate agent, broker, or are in a real estate related service field I am hoping you'll join +Real Estate Agents of Google+  I've been trying to help grow the group for a while now as the more agents who participate the better the info.  If you haven't tried it circle it now and give it a whirl!!!

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Can you see color?
Having trouble picking out paint colors?  There may be a good reason!  I took the test and scored 3 out of 100 (zero is best) which helps explain why I am often asked for paint color advice from friends and customers and 99/100 times I get it right.  I have to admit I also used to be in the ad and printing field so color was a huge part of my job but...this may help explain why I had that job in the first place.

Take the test and post your score!
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