How much is too much?greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Some people question how much preperation is too much. Some try to figure out a dollar limit to spend on their Y2K insurance. Me, I'm a skinflint. I pinch pennys so hard they scream. So how did Mr. Cheap justify spending on preps' for an unpredictable event? I slanted all preps towards items that I cold use anyway. This wasn't very hard for me because I needed new camping gear, am interested in an enviromentally friendly home, and I like to cook from scratch. I always planned to have a pantry, always believed a citizen should learn how to use a rifle and administer first aid. And I have been underwhelmed with the competence of government and the product of dumbed down schools. After taking all that in to account, there wasn't much that I wouldn't have purchased anyway. The timing is all that changed. And think about this, if nothing happens but we all choose to maintain a level of readyness, our society becomes that much more resilent. And it makes for a pretty good civil defence program. If we all augument our homes with solor power cells and batteries, we not only cut down on our bills and air pollution, but strengthen the power grid as well by adding available wattage. If we all grow some food in a garden, we get a healthier diet and fresher vegetables. Down side? There may be a glut of what ever goods and services that we cut down on. Should have some economic effects.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 16, 1999
I'm 63 and ready to retire. When I read Yourdon's prediction of one year of disruptions and ten years of DEPRESSION, I made the decission to stock up for ten years. I'm finished and feel real comfortable, because I know now that for me and my wife, Y2K will be a "bump in the road", no matter how bad it will get. If Y2K is not too bad, I still will be in good shape for my retirement! For me Y2K is a win win situation, because I'm prepared!
-- smitty (email@example.com), April 16, 1999.