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I just got off the phone with my parents, who live several thousand miles away. The topic of Y2K came up, and to my delight, my dad started telling me about his (extensive) preps, which he has been quietly amassing since I first mentioned Y2K to him this summer.
This is the first indication that my folks have been taking Y2K seriously, and to say that it made my day would be an understatement.
Anyone else had any recent successes among family and friends? At this point, we can probably use all of the good news that we can get.
-- Midas (email@example.com), December 02, 1999
Well, I had given up on my brother. He is a DWGI to the nth degree. Lately I have been sending him all this contrails stuff because he is a complete airplane buff and I wanted his opinion. Anyway, tonight he wrote me back and said that my Y2K worries are well founded but this contrails stuff is a bunch of crap. So this was incredible to me that he actually even mentioned y2k, the taboo subject.
-- a mom (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 02, 1999.
I'm batting .500 with the immediate family. Sent mom a "Y2K wake up kit" over a year ago including Yourdon's "Time Bomb 2000", Hyatt's book, as well as some stuff I videotaped, and she immediately got it. She invested in some non-perishable food, but couldn't do much else as she was going through some rough personal times and in the process of moving. Over thanksgiving I brought her a propane camp stove and we spent a day gathering plastic garbage cans for water, batteries etc. She doesn't have much money to spend, so I am helping her as much as I can.
My youngest brother also got it over a year ago on his own, and has done his own preps, but has become less worried with all the spin of the last few months.
Middle brother and Dad are a complete loss. Brother just isn't interested, and Dad is a devoted Clintonite and happily retired federal worker, who believes Government will solve all our problems; "why should this be any different?". Sent him the same package as mom over a year ago, he sent them back unread, unwatched. He lives in the Sierra Nevadas, it gets pretty cold, but he has much firewood. Hope he has sense enough to get a little food before rollover.
you can lead a horse to water.....
-- (email@example.com), December 02, 1999.
It's nice to hear about prepped relatives, and sad to hear about those who won't even make minimal preps.
The one thing you might be able to convince them of is that there will be a pre-rollover food rush this year, and they'll be better off buying early. Try phrasing it that even though they're not dumb enough to buy this "Y2K garbage", lots of other Joes will be, so they should buy early.
-- Colin MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 03, 1999.
My Mom convinced my step-father to purchase twice his usual order of bottled water this month. I figure that this gives them a week or perhaps two weeks of water. Unfortunately, anything longer than that and they are toast due to meds and special food needs.
I tried anyway.
-- nothere nothere (email@example.com), December 03, 1999.
Well the subject came up with four close friends last night...they are what I would call borderline DGI...they don't WANT to get it, but they have this friend (moi) who keeps lobbing these volleys at them they can't answer for. It's funny how different statements cause pause in different people. For Chris, who is a programmer who believes that there isn't even a problem ("Oracle has been compliant for 20 years!") the statement was about if there isn't a problem, why are so many companies spending so much money to fix it? For Vikki, who said that if the water isn't running she'll just drive 50 miles to the lake and boil some water out of the lake, it was when I asked her, "If it is bad enough for you to drive 50 miles to dredge up some disgusting water to drink out of a LAKE, can you imagine the social chaos that would be going on? Do you think you would even GET to the lake?" I really didn't even want to DISCUSS Y2K with them, but they kept insisting, them arguing w/me!!!!! I saw the sheer power of human denial first hand last night. Vikki ended up in tears. Carlos, her fiance, ended up angry at me b/c "I" got her upset. Chris was pissed off at first, then very quiet. Only Jen was truly interested. I told her I had done about 1800 hours of research on this in the last two years. She kept wanting to know more and more, insisted on me e-mailing some good links to her. Any ideas, ya'll?
-- preparing (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 03, 1999.
From: Y2K, ` la Carte by Dancr (pic), near Monterey, California
Preparing: Here are the ones that I personally find most convincing.
-- Dancr (email@example.com), December 04, 1999.
More good news.
My wife just spoke to her parents (also several thousand miles away) who have not only bought everything on the list that I sent them, but have also picked up a generator.
I'm beginning to wonder if there are more people prepping than we might realise.
Best to all
-- midas (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 04, 1999.