What are you New Years Eve Plans?greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Thought this might be fun...
We'll be at home, oil lamps ready, watching the ball crash...
-- Roland (email@example.com), March 22, 1999
-- Watchful (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
I'll be in a black helicopter looking for Paul Milne.
-- Czar (JK@whitehouse.guv), March 22, 1999.
Home, sleeping. I told my 2 teenagers they can wake me up if anything exciting happens.
-- Jon Johnson (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
At home, with oil lamps burning, listening to shortwave on the radio, powered by our own "off-grid" 'lectricity, probably having baked ham cooked in our propane stove, warming toes by the fire. :-)
-- Bobbi (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
Does anyone really believe that life will be even remotely normal come late December...? Remember this is AFTER 270 million people, optimists & pessimists alike, decide to pull their money out of the bank and to lay in a month's worth of food, fuel & ammo, "just to be on the safe side."
I suspect things will be extremely not normal by that time.
-- no (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
Very good point, "no". I guess I just fell back into the habit of thinking that not much will happen 'till after 1/1/00. Possible - but your "assumption" is more plausible.
-- Jon Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
Breaking out of the internment camp (ha ha)......
-- anita (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
I'll be playing monopoly with real 1/10 oz gold coins.
-- Midas (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
New Year's Eve has never been a big party night for me, so I'll be home.
-- Melinda Gierisch (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
I have been told that my services will be required at work for the actual roll-over. Now what the heck am I gonna do about a power outage (if there is one)? I cannot just blink and make the power come back on.
But I'm more to the thinking that they should let us stay at home that night, and report early the next morning. I have tested my computers at work, and know the OS will work. The applications..... that isn't up to me, but then again it will be a weekend.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
My family and I will be home with the main power switch to the house shut off. I am concerned that there may be brown outs or surges that may harm the electronics I have, and as Ed pointed out there are lots and lots of "Ghost loads" or things that are pluged in all the time that we forget that they are using a couple of watts all of the time. We will be on batteries, if the power is not a problem, then I will switch back to the grid in the morning (if its on). It should prove to be an interesting evening whether the grid stays up or not.
-- helium (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
I'll be on the lookout for amateur fireworks accidents... hope they can keep a grip on the bottle rockets this year (illegal in Texas)...
-- Lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
I'll create a Millenium Event for close friends within walking distance or "gliding downhill" (in case their vehicles don't respond to the year change!) distance from my home.
We'll check in here and to Yardeni's countdown. We'll celebrate all that was and is good in life as we have known it...
and pray for all that is to come to be in the form of blessings, not travails.
-- Sara Nealy (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
My first reaction was, home, watching to see if the ball goes dark when it drops, but a couple answers here got me to thinking (like usual. . . )
You're right, the last couple of weeks of December will be so wild and woolly that 1/1/00 will NOT be normal!! And another excellent point was raised, getting off the grid in advance of a blowout is another action item strongly to consider.
I'll revise my answer to either a) sleeping through the whole thing, like usual, or b) sitting off the grid with oil lamps and battery powered radio waiting to see if the broadcast goes off the air at 00:00 1/1/00.
-- Cowardly Lion (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
I'll be out partying.
I mean it. I plan to be somewhere near the Harbour Bridge, with friends, partying. Watching the fireworks.
Firstly, I am not going to touch a drop of alcohol after 8pm, and will limit myself to one drink every two hours before that.
Secondly, I am going to have a pistol on me. I have friends who live around the Milson's Point area, and by 12/99 I doubt they'd mind if I left a rifle at their house.
Thirdly, I am going to have memorised at least ten routes home, making sure I can run them inside an hour. (This currently requires me to run at about 10kph, which I can do for half an hour on end but not 1 hr.)
Fourthly, I am going to be carrying a torch and a battery-powered radio scanner.
Fifthly, I am going to keep a VERY careful eye out regarding crowds and police. As soon as the lights begin to go out, I am going to be on my way home, moving with rapid purpose through the confusion. Most of the other people there will be surprised, scared, unknowing. Probably a large number will be drunk, and most of the rest will have at least one drunk person with them (who they will have to think for). I am going to be with a group of friends who by then GI, and we are going to know exactly what to do: Get the hell out, by moving in a certain direction. (I'm thinking of arranging to have a motorboat somewhere, to get there by sea. Might cost something, but it'd guarantee safe passage).
-- Leo (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
I'm going to this concert- http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Music/9903/18/y2k.concert.lat/
-- bm (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
No one is going to be going anywhere, so just plan to be at home with your pot of beans cooking, and your 12 gauge loaded and ready. Got bullets?
-- seeitcoming (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
1) Probably won't be any fireworks (of the pyrotechnic kind)
2) If there are, I don't think you'd be able to afford the cost of a boat standing by on the harbor, kinda likely to attract a premium rate.
3) If the cops see you running along the road and decide to check you out, if you've got a pistol in your pocket you'll see in the New Year in a cell (bad place to be).
Best stay home I think, (have you priced those several thousand rounds of rifle ammo yet, if you're going center-fire I hope you've got deep pockets)
-- Nemo (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 22, 1999.
Just to be in one piece after the bank runs, food panic, general chaos that we'll to very similar with by the time the witching hour strikes. After a bank run, how do you pay for party stuff? Trade'ya a 1/10th ounce gold coin for some whiskey?
I wouldn't want to be around a politician though...
-- Bill&Hillbasher (bunker@northwood.MI), March 22, 1999.
To hell with Y2K, I'm going to bingo!
-- EYE ON Y2K (email@example.com), March 22, 1999.
I suspect that New Years Evil will be pretty much like always in the Wilds of rural Geauga County. (Yup. It's a little bit of an in joke. In Geauga County now, a true traffic jam consists of four buggies, a couple cars, a truck and an ambulance. LOL!)
Oh yeah, the buggies tend to have the best sound systems around, if teh boys are under 21!!
-- Chuck, a night driver (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 23, 1999.
If all goes well, we'll be celebrating the birth of our second baby.
-- Tickle yer fancy, Sir? (email@example.com), March 23, 1999.
Since our illustrious Governor has already declared that he is going to call out the National Guard in preparation for the big day (to protect us, of course!), I think that I'll stay on the Island and watch Seattle burn for the LAST time.
-- Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 23, 1999.