An Indicator of Y2K Awareness: firewood salesgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
Just had my 3d cord of hardwood delivered tonight. Marshall looked sort of beat. "Working hard?" "Doc, you can't believe how busy I've been. I've started turning people away -- told 'em to find someone else to deliver their wood." "Oh? Business picking up?" "Well, you wouldn't believe -- in a normal season (September to March) I sell a total of 100 cord of wood -- but here it is only Thanksgiving and I've already delivered more than 100."
"Oh? Who's buying all that stuff?" "Why it's the Y2K, people, Doc -- didn't you know?"
And this in a county where the Community leaders in a July 17th meeting said, "None of us are preparing in the way of anything -- why should you?!"
Word must be getting around in the good ole boy network.
-- William J. Schenker, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 24, 1999
What part of the country are you in?
-- Kitty in Chesapeake VA (email@example.com), November 24, 1999.
I finally got 3 more cords delivered today. My guy said he had 2 1/2 cords left to deliver Friday, then off to Costa Rica. Seems he has sold 7,000 cords this season in Central/Northern CA and Nevada - usually sells 1,000. Somebody is quietly stocking up on firewood.
-- (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 24, 1999.
Here in Chico, CA (90 miles north of Sacramento) the firewood price is same as last year, about 150 a cord, while Nevada City area it has risen to over $200 I believe and hard to get.
Lucky me. NOBODY is preparing in my town.
-- johno (email@example.com), November 25, 1999.
My firewood dealer sold out very early--about a month ago--and attributed it to Y2K. I gave him a $10 tip on each of two deliveries to make sure he remembers me if I need more and he knows where to find some, green or not. Incidentally, we have had an extremely mild fall here in central NC, highs of 60s-70s for the most part, only two brief, light freezes--not the kind of weather to cause a run on firewood.
-- Old Git (firstname.lastname@example.org), November 25, 1999.
Hi, Doc! Yes, the wood guy and the wood stove guy here both reported demand 2-3x normal this year. Both credit y2k awareness as the impetus. I asked both what they thought about the problem, and both (Joe sixer's, if I ever saw one) replied the same; "Ya never know. It could happen."
TNX FOR QSO OM E
-- Pinkrock (email@example.com), November 25, 1999.