Who gets to yell STAMPEEEEEEDE!!! ?

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I guess Ed reserves that privelege, being his forum, but if he defers, should it be Richard? Robert? Uncle?

Although the honor probably belongs to our trusty reporter Diane.

Try it: run thru your house yelling STAMPEDE!! into every room (don't worry, you're already crazy, remember?) It feels great, finally knowing that all of our worst fears won't happen, now that it looks like America will wake up in time to get ready for this.

They were talking about Y2K stockers on our local news this morning.

-- Lisa (not@here.com), December 09, 1998



My babysitter told me that, earlier that day, she heard the local morning D.J. talking about Y2K, asking people to call in to give any information they had. Now, this was on a brainless morning radio show with a very superficial, yuk-yuk-type D.J.

BTW, won't the stampede begin, geographically-speaking, in the East? That will put our limerick king in the position of creating a stampede sonnet, or something like that, won't it?

-- Sara Nealy (saran@ptd.net), December 09, 1998.

I'll let Unk and Robert fight it out. I'll take care of this side of the pond.

Give me a warning first so I can get out of the way, hopefully riding off into the sunset miles away.

-- Richard Dale (rdale@figroup.co.uk), December 09, 1998.

Oh, didn't see the bit about the sonnet, ok whats left of the brainbox will be working on it.

-- Richard Dale (rdale@figroup.co.uk), December 09, 1998.

Sara, I was just about to ask Lisa where she is geographicaly. Because, I'm on the east coast. And as everyone knows, the west coast is where all the loonies live. Here in the east, and the closer we are to Philadelphia, we've got our feet firmly planted on the ground. And, as everyone also knows, California sets the trend. It's been estimated that it takes about 5 years for whatever disease or crazy thought has struck California to reach the east coast (add a year longer for Philadelphia.)

So Lisa, where exactly are you geographicaly? Because as of yet, I haven't heard a peep about y2k on my local radio, let alone about stockpiling loonies. Depending on where you are I can judge how much longer I can indulge in my secret stockpiling vice.

-- Chris (catsy@pond.com), December 09, 1998.

30 minutes outside Austin, Texas, but I work in Austin. We have an impressive technological economy here - also have the University of Texas - and we're more educated than most cities, according to the dem studies. Still, no noticeable 2000 dissemination.

I'm starting to believe that new GI are keeping quiet as they stock, not wanting to look like idiots in the manner that Yourdon posters don't mind.

We also have George Dubbya living here..... who certainly must GI? How could he not?

Listen, you Canadians really need to spend the rollover in Texas. We have plenty of room, and it doesn't get cold here. Man, I worry about cold-climate people.

-- Lisa (here@work.com), December 09, 1998.

I don't really like the cold weather up here. On the bright side though, George W. Bush can't execute us while we're here!

-- Craig (craig@ccinet.ab.ca), December 09, 1998.

Thanks for the invitation Lisa :) But I've purposely chosen Quebec even though its temperature is about 15 degrees lower on average in winter than Philadelphia for the reason Craig mentioned above. Besides, if one can live for 20 years in Philadelphia where the humidity and cold penetrates to the bone, one can live anywhere. Quebec is dryer and thus feels warmer. Plus, there's no nukes aimed there, and only 26 million loonies who'll stampeed. Also, canadians have dispersed their cities strategically far appart so the Americans can't invade us so easily. But Texans have a special place in my heart, they have a lot in common with us Quebecers; they have a rebelious streak and think they live in their own country ;)

-- Chris (catsy@pond.com), December 09, 1998.

Plus we're bi-lingual, too (Spanish). Although not officially the second language, all our government publications/ballots/brochures are English on one side, Spanish on the other.

Which leads me to wonder: what will happen along the US/Mexican border? Will Texans and Californians be booking to Mexico, or vice versa?

I think I'm going to look for a bean run instead of a bank run as the stampede indicator. I check out agricultural futures, and the prices aren't moving up, and sales volume isn't changing much. Think I'll make friends with our local grocery store manager(s) so I can get sales data out of them. I really expect awareness to hit within a month, I can actually kinda feel it happening somehow.

-- Lisa (here@work.com), December 09, 1998.

Who gets to yell stampede? The CEO's and then the stock market!

-- Kevin (mixesmusic@worldnet.att.net), December 09, 1998.

California just yelled ... Y2K AWARENESS RIPPLE ... throughout the global pond. If we keep doing that, the rest of the world may learn to swim, not sink.


-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), December 09, 1998.

Just how many life-preservers and/or lifeboats are available? Not enough? Just enough? More than enough? (We know the crew is not trained in emergency procedures.)

To put it another way: "Are producers willing to ramp up production facilities?" These are capital expenses, possibly not recoverable.

-- Tom Carey (tomcarey@mindspring.com), December 09, 1998.

Hey, I'm further east than any of you!

-- Leo (leo_champion@hotmail.com), December 09, 1998.


As the fount of many of the great sheeple, er, cattle drives of yesteryear, I would nominate Texas as the place where the stampede should start.

Everyone in Texas who is counting on Medicare checks, waiting in line this Christmas at Toys "R" Us(r) for a shot at Furby(tm), or is either a looter or moocher, should start running north at our signal for OK or AK.

BTW, to second Lisa's comments about Austin. For a high tech town that is home to Dell, Tivoli and other technology concerns, the local paper is a huge DGI (They haven't figured out yet that if Japan or Korea hiccups, Intel goes down, and if Intel goes down, Dell goes down - it's that global interconnectedness thang). Their last two contributions to the Y2K discussion (and this over the last 6 months) were picking up a wire article about a mechanic stockpiling auto transmissions (presumably to repair or refurbish them in his spare time after the cars stopped running due to lack of gasoline) and another hard hitting investigative report about how the McDonald observatory way out in West Texas had to replace a cash register because of Y2K. Now that's progress for the cause! We'll be safe to purchase our glow in the dark solar maps with gold OR cash (assuming any Austinites actually make the 400 mile trek to the McDonald observatory after the New Year's.)

(Secret comment to Lisa - Check out W****sville Co-op - Manager has bulk food list - good prices, good availability, sez people are stocking up, been getting more Y2k orders lately, might be just the ticket for your bean index. Don't tell anyone, OK!)

Leo, East is relative thing. West is best. Take it from a native Texan (and fellow A.R. fan).



-- N.A. (texas_prepper@yahoo.com), December 10, 1998.

Lisa: it's not cold in Texas???? I spent 4 years in texas- wichita falls, then austin for 3 1/2. The first winter in wichita falls, hit -30 with wind chill. not quite so cold in austin, but routinely had freezing rain, sleet, and other assorted nasties (i haven't even gotten around talking about the godawful summers. Springs nice- but think it must be god's way of apologizing for the rest of the year). Worst weather i've ever lived through... 'course, i'm from California, where the weather is generally thoroughly civilized! that was the first time i'd ever been in below zero, and don't soon want to repeat it.

-- Damian Solorzano (oggy1@webtv.net), December 10, 1998.

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