It was the approach of Y2K and people were getting a little crazy. Remember that? Planes were going to fall out of the sky, and the computers that manage our money, oil, food, and government were going to stop working at the stroke of midnight.
The sky was falling!
Some people were making shelters with razor-wire fences, stockpiling food, and buying guns and ammunition to fend off the desperate people who would try to steal from them in the coming apocalypse.
It’s almost funny to think about it now, but for many people it was a real fear. I like to think of it as an example of how things are hardly ever as bad as you think they will be.
What were you doing 10 years ago? Were you scared of Y2K, indifferent, or fully prepared?
I guess I was mostly indifferent. At the time I was telecommuting (with a dial-up modem!) and did back up my computer before finishing work that day and transferred important files to one of those 3.5″ disks – remember those? But I didn’t really do anything else. My husband at the time was a police officer and worked that night, and I went to bed around 10 p.m.
At 11 I got a slightly drunken call from one of my friends in Texas reassuring me that the world had not come to an end, at least in her timezone, and I was able to drift back to sleep. It makes me smile to think of that memory, and even though we are still far apart I sent her an email today reminding her of that night.
So, what were you doing on the eve of Y2K? Were you worried?