Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Story of Stuff

This videos is worth a view. I wish I still had some of the 50s, 60s and 70s cars I used to drive. They didn't cost me that much and never broke and if they did I could fix them and they really did not get that bad of fuel mileage and contrary to public belief if they were tuned up well they didn't pollute. Many of mine went through those smog check stations and they couldn't believe how clean the report was. Crushing the old cars was just another way to get us to buy more.

And what about the old furniture that was made with real wood and stuffed with natural fibers, it lasted a long time too and was comfortable. Pressed wood is heavy and filled with chemicals and glues to keep it together. Oh, well I could go on about all the processed and genetically modified foods, but time is short. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Hello Linda:
    Yes, we really do agree with all that you say here, not least about old cars of which we too during our lives have had much experience.

    At the kitchen table we still have, and are used by Tímea on a daily basis, a pair of 'Utility' kitchen chairs manufactured either during the war or immediately afterwards.

    The video we have sampled and will return to later when we are less pressed for time.

  2. I remember back in the '90's borrowing a friends pickup to move and he warned me about the transmission slipping. So, when it did one time, I just went under the hood, adjusted it and away I went again. Those simple engines and parts were all we needed. They say all cars after 1983 have computers and to ensure having one that will start should all systems go down, we should own one, which I'm actually thinking of doing, buying a beater for just that possibility.

  3. We do tend to fix what isn't broke all to make the public buy the "new". I still prefer Windows XP.

  4. I love this I have shared it many times but I am always happy to be reminded of it ! Thanks for sharing

  5. now i feel guilty after the shopping/lunch date with my daughter yesterday! i will say in my defense that i bought a handbag to replace the one i had with me that is about 10 years old. i am not going to ditch the old one though... it is still in good shape and makes a good summer bag.
    i have spent the last few years trying to be mindful of purchases and if i don't really need it i don't buy it.

  6. I had never seen this and thank you for sharing. Amazing...

  7. Reposted the vid on FB -packing and getting ready to move has had me thinking way too much about all our STUFF which we have way to much of! arrrggh!

  8. I really miss my old car. Every time I see one like it on the road, I feel a pang of regret. The gas mileage on my newer car may be a little better, but not enough to notice in the long run.

  9. Just wanted to let you know that I reposted this on FB.

  10. Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, don't you just know that those items were made to last unlike the items nowadays.

    Hi Patti, thanks, this computer has windows xp and it's doing fine so far, but is a bit slow.

    Hi Lori, thanks, it really is an eye opener isn't it.

    Hi Michele, thanks, well there are some things we do need to replace and many we have to replace just because of this scenario so what can we do, a little at a time I guess.

    Hi Turquoisemoon, thanks, it was very well put together I thought and brings a lot to light.

    Hi Cindy, thanks, I know all too well how much stuff one can collect having moved so many times and still have too much. I think artists need more stuff though, most of mine I get at the thrift store and if I don't need it, then it goes back to the thrift store. Ha.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, I miss a lot of my old cars and wish I had them back 56 Plymouth, 54 De Soto, 65 olds, 64 Buick, 72 Buick, 64 Chevy, 66 Dodge, and many more.

    Hi Turquoisemoon, thanks, that's where I originally found this video was on fb.

  11. Hi Teresa, thanks, we have been thinking along those lines of getting an old beater for quite some time, and the term old beater says a lot I think, something you can beat up and it still keeps running.

  12. Hi Linda-
    Yup, this video is so true. Sad, but true. I did have to chuckle during the part where govt was shining the shoes of the big corporation. I wish more people thought about these things, but honestly, I don't think they do. We live in such a consumer community! I tend to wear things til they wear out, & all my furniture is used, so I'm doing my tiny part. I will say what irritates me is that things I do buy often break quickly, whereas they used to last...

  13. Hi Becky, thanks, I think a few folks are thinking of this, those in Occupy Wall Street are thinking of it and those who are unemployed as they know what it's like but not enough folks for sure. It irritates me too that things break so easily. At our last home we bought a brand new refrigerator and it broke twice in the first year and finally we had to buy another one and the first one wasn't cheap either.


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