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Here is something I've been wondering about ever since I came out of my "cave" last year and realized the potential negative impacts of Y2K.

It seems there are many posters on this board from the South, the West and Canada. But I've had few clues to lead me to believe that people who live in large MidWestern or Eastern cities (with the exception of Washington, Dee Cee--as Cory Hamasaki refers to it)?

Has anyone posted from Michigan for Example? Most folks in this state seem to be unaware.

Opinions about what region of the country is the most concerned? Second and third place? Just curious.

-- FM (vidprof@aol.com), February 18, 1999


"Has anyone posted from Michigan for Example? Most folks in this state seem to be unaware."

I'm in Ohio myself.

And if by "unaware" you mean "mute," we've already covered that. LOTS of folks who are very busy preparing have taken a vow of silence on the subject, in order to protect themselves & their preparations. They will even lie about it. So, if you ask them "What about Y2K?" and they respond with a blank look, "Uhhh, what's that...?" it doesn't mean squat. They may well have tons of food squirreled away, & ammo.

The strangeness is only beginning.

-- Y2K? Never (heard@of.it), February 18, 1999.

I'm in New York City. As far as I can see, I'm the only one around here who takes this thing seriously. Everyone else here appears to think it's a joke, or a scam. Or, they're sleeping...

-- pshannon (pshannon@inch.com), February 18, 1999.


I live in a Chicago Suburb. Someone on an earlier thread (sorry I forget who) visited here recently and said they felt like they were in another world, because no one gets it. That's exactly what it is like.

I don't want to bore you with all the details, however it does seem odd that certain items are selling quickly, and there are things stocked to the ceiling I've never seen during this season before, or things out of stock that shouldn't be in Feb. you know? Like somthing wierd is going on. Public life - private life?

I agree with Y2k? The strangeness is only beginning.

-- Deborah (wereallcrazy@chic.ago), February 19, 1999.

I'm from Michigan and most of my neighbors don't know what Y2K is!! It has not been in the news much. The one programmer I know is not talking about it(period). GM employees(production level) are being assured it's no big deal. How many pounds of rice do you think I'll need in this neighborhood?!!

Feeling Alone.

-- Condora (Alone@nanaland.com), February 19, 1999.

I'm in southwest Michigan. I've gotten my father and to some extent my mom aware. Still working on sisters and brother in laws. I get a kick when the one brother in law who is an MBA emails me something that he just saw "mainstream" that has been on the 'net for weeks.

I've done a TV interview (not aired yet), going to a community awareness next week, and moving to the country. Keeping a low profile over my own personal preparations.

-- Jon Williamson (pssomerville@sprintmail.com), February 19, 1999.


I'm in DuPage. E-mail me if you are interested in community action, or if you just want to commiserate. Others?

-- mabel (mabel_louise@yahoo.com), February 19, 1999.

Central North Carolina--We were at Sam's Club yesterday, middle of the day, middle of the month, usual time. It was the least crowded I've ever seen it and there was plenty of food on the shelves. I fully expected there to be more customers than usual, as well as some evidence of depleted stocks. Didn't see anyone who looked as if they were buying large quantities for stockpiling--and you know how we all check out other people's carts now! Big Lots last Saturday, same thing.

-- Old Git (anon@spamproblems.com), February 19, 1999.

There's a whole slew of Texans hanging around here. As you might expect most of them hold some pretty strong opinions.

And, yes, I know, most of the rest of the world would say that one of them is at least enough, if not too much.

--Greybear, Texas where hubris is a native crop

- Got Chili?

-- Greybear (greybear@home.com), February 19, 1999.

This is an interesting question, and I wonder if "getting it" and active participation invoke some cultural response that is stronger in some parts of the country than in others. I mean no disrespect to anyone in any state, but I think maybe the residents of southern and western states are more likely to "get it" and prepare for "it" because, in terms of years if nothing else, we are closer to the land and self-sufficiency than those states earlier created and populated. Like Greybear, I'm a Texan and think that maybe there are more of us around because of some of the things we endured. Then again, maybe not.

-- Vic (Roadrunner@compliant.com), February 19, 1999.

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