Watertown NY Wakes Up?????

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Sunday's newspaper finally had the first LOCAL article on Y2K... They've run a few editorials, but this time local administrators were interviewed.

They have everything under control. They even have contingency plans in place. One fellow was quoted "We have lots of pencils and paper on hand..." And another (paraphrase) "We're going to fill up all the gas tanks in our vehicles on December 31, 1999, just in case..."

County 911 is all set, but no mention of what they'll do if there's no telecommunications. Neither was there any mention of how they will handle water & sewer in a power outage...

I feel SO much better!!!

-- Arewyn (nordic@northnet.net), September 29, 1998


Can you provide a URL for this article? I live 'sorta' near Watertown (about 150 miles LOL). Thanks.

-- Bobbi (volfnat@northweb.com), September 29, 1998.

I grew up in Watertown. We were just there last weekend and a few weeks ago in Canton. We tried to spread the word but people just did'nt seem to be concerned. Ice storm got the best of them. They recover pretty quickly and I think it gives a false sense of confidence.

-- Patti Mead (MinkMead@Compuserve.com), September 29, 1998.

I live very close to Canton. This area is totally in the dark (pun intended) about Y2k. I have given up even mentioning it. Really. It blows my mind how people around here look at me like I have two heads when I even mention it! Most don't have a vague clue what I am talking about. Not even a glimmering of a spark. My husband and I have now decided that we will not discuss this anymore with our neighbors and friends locally. We got the family aware and preparing; that's all we can do. I am, however, very surprised what with all the colleges in this area at how totally clueless people around here are. I would have thought at least some of these people would be aware. Oh well.....

-- Bobbi (volfnat@northweb.com), September 30, 1998.

When our local newspapers finally woke up to Y2K...about a year ago, there were articles several times a week about Y2K. For the past two months or so, there has been nothing. Maybe we need Drudge to jump on this one. :)

-- Dave (dave22@concentric.net), September 30, 1998.

I'm afraid that most of New York State is in a fog! I live in Western New York and I too have given up on trying to talk to folks about Y2K. The main problem I have is that I'm a solar and wind energy dealer...I work hard at not stirring things up and giving the impression that I'm trying to make sales with fear tactics. That's definitely NOT how I want to make sales!!! At this point I don't even discuss Y2K unless someone else brings it up first! Here's an interesting note...cross the line into Pennsylvania and the Y2K awareness meter jumps into the red! Lots of folks in PA taking this very seriously. I have not been able to figure out why the major differences from region to region...any ideas, folks? I'm stumped. Roy @ Four Winds

-- Roy Butler (4windpwr@infoblvd.net), September 30, 1998.

PA is further South. It's that Gettysburg-induced memory of invasion that haunts the residences.....8<)

That or the oil reminds them of TX.

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (cook.r@csaatl.com), September 30, 1998.

Ref the cluelessness of teh North Country:

"All of the Colleges" well.. . . . first, you're talking about Clagstone Technocratic U. (AKA Clarkson College University where they are being taught that there are enough techies er techers (both Capital and small "T" < inside joke, sorry > that the problem will be solved in the last real......

then you've got Yuppie U. er. . . St Lawrence

then you've got the tree huggers at Paul Smith's

then the Farmers at ATC who I'm REALLY surprised are not aware

Let's see, have I missed insulting anybody?? Though I would have thought the folks with the Tenth at Drum would have been aware, too. . . unless they can't talk about it (HUSH HUSH)

Just another 6 year plan Techer who took his B*** S*** degree, came back and got More B(s) Applied.


And anybody chooses to take offence, It's been a while since I was there, (so I'm date challenged and out of touch) as a matter of fact the loop in Madstop was still one way and the "R" was still 3 going bars, and the ERC and HIll Athletic Center weren't even a gleam in Bob Plane's eye.


-- Chuck a Night Driver (rienzoo@en.com), October 01, 1998.

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