Y2K: What could have been

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I'm just cleaning out some old files here at work and came across this Y2K Prep file that somebody started. There's a small book from Wells Fargo ("Countdown to 2000"!) on what to do financially, and some newpaper clippings warning doom and gloom for the small business owner that doesn't heed the call.

"No small business can afford to ignore Y2K," says the clipping.

I completely ignored it when it happened, and went out and got wasted. I didn't even get extra money out of the ATM. But remember there were people buying property in Montana, and building basement shelters and shit? Visions of Mad Max abounded...

This is the Y2K rememberance thread. Tell us how you survived the greatest civil disaster that never happened.

andy --, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 15:56 (fifteen years ago) link

I went to Vegas and shot speedballs and crashed out far too early.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

alex you are the gonzo-est!

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I was the soberest one of my friends ACTUALLY (meaning I was sober until we got to Vegas--they were actually shooting up in the car as I drove us all there.)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:02 (fifteen years ago) link

I drank wine with my girlfriend and watched some of 2001 on tv.

Jordan (Jordan), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:04 (fifteen years ago) link

jordan you are the gonzo-est!

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:04 (fifteen years ago) link

I think Ned, sometimes-poster Stripey, and I got together at our place and made some dishes, ate, had some drink, and just hung out... the anti-celebration/anti-panic if you will.

donut debonair (donut), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:06 (fifteen years ago) link

I got puked on and saw some guys firing guns at the sky from out their car windows, celebrating all Afghani style.

I hope Zebra, Alpha GO sees this thread and posts his Y2K New Year's story.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:08 (fifteen years ago) link

I still have a canned ham that my grandmother gave me for Christmas in prepartation for "PTY" (her words).

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:08 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.airsoftatlanta.com/images/madmax_jpg.jpg

Hey they made a toy Mad Max sawed-off shotgun. Fun.

andy --, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:08 (fifteen years ago) link

shot speedballs?!?!? like coke and h speedballs?!?!?!

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:14 (fifteen years ago) link

I had to open at work at 10am on New Year's Day. I was so mad that our computers worked!

tokyo rosemary (rosemary), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:16 (fifteen years ago) link

i was staggeringly drunk in new orleans, wandering through a part of town just east of the quarter, going into random parties. before the countdown, i was convinced that a gigantic fireball would consume all of us, but it didn't happen. later, i went to some nightclub to dance to techno at 5 am.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:17 (fifteen years ago) link

"shot speedballs?!?!? like coke and h speedballs?!?!?!"

Yeah, why?

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:17 (fifteen years ago) link

SWORD OFF SHOT GUN!

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:18 (fifteen years ago) link

just wondering if we were speaking the same language, alex!

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:18 (fifteen years ago) link

Why not shoot speedballs? The world was GONNA END!

I ended up dirty-dancing in a kitchen with a super hottie from Visalia. We were an oddly matched pair that evening, she being a b-girl with pierced fingernails.. I think the sense of desperation and impending doom helped my cause.

But I woke up the next morning and some smart-ass programmer had put ISHTAR on TV! That was the first thing we saw in the new millenium.

andy --, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:24 (fifteen years ago) link

i kissed this one girl, drunkenly, at a party that i stumbled into. i don't remember much of what else happened after that, tho.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm sure the programmer figured that folx it'd be too fucked up to notice what was on TV.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:26 (fifteen years ago) link

ishtar isn't that bad!

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:27 (fifteen years ago) link

As the lead C.H.U.D. hunter in my sector I spent 2000 cowering in fear as my energy rifle seized up at midnight.

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:27 (fifteen years ago) link

My sister cancelled a trip because of the impending rioting and mayhem. But she also cancelled her trip to Pride Weekend after Sept 11, convinced that Al Qaida was hell-bent of the destroying the Castro and all the merrymakers... For a butch she's kind of a sissy.

andy --, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Al Qaida is convinced that the Castro is destroying WESTERN CIVILIZATION! They want it to CONTINUE!

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:40 (fifteen years ago) link

no, that's the christian right. al qaeda knows the castro is just like kandahar.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:41 (fifteen years ago) link

I was in New Orleans, too - drunk off my face and wandering around the French Quarter randomly kissing strangers 'because y'know, the world is gonna end tonight...'

luna (luna.c), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:42 (fifteen years ago) link

omg luna pls don't tell me that.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:44 (fifteen years ago) link

fate kept us apart. : (

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:45 (fifteen years ago) link

which is too bad because i was at my friend's party that had 3 cases of champagne cooling in the bathtub.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I was in a friends' basement getting high.

jill schoelen is the queen of my dreams! (Homosexual II), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I went to meet some friends, but I couldn't find them - as everywhere was so packed . I walked around a bit. I went home. I think I was on a train when y2k started.

jel -- (jel), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I was too drunk anyway, Stence - I'd have made out with you and never remembered it.

luna (luna.c), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:47 (fifteen years ago) link

oh, you'd remember it.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:49 (fifteen years ago) link

I think Ned, sometimes-poster Stripey, and I got together at our place and made some dishes, ate, had some drink, and just hung out... the anti-celebration/anti-panic if you will.

Yup, pretty much. Watched MST3K's Hamlet as well.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I wore a nice coat.

happy fun ball (kenan), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Thinking about 20 years ago - clover 'neath bare feet, ponies, the twinkling eyes of the towheaded child = endearing

Remembering five years ago = depressing

And seeing old newscasts from the 90's (when they talk about the Oakland fires, for instance) and the lame hairstyles and clothes is really depressing. The 90's sucked.

andy ---, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 16:59 (fifteen years ago) link

The 90s were fine. So was five years ago.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:00 (fifteen years ago) link

after staying up all night the night before while driving to s. carolina (well, riding there. didn't wanna snooze cause too afraid drive would follow suit), took ecstasy, sat on beach with bunch of other people and watched fireworks. didn't kiss anyone, cause kissing is like totally icky.

()ops (()()ps), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I ate a gourmet dinner (caviar included) prepared by a chef-in-training friend of mine, followed by a massive blunt and many, many drinks. I ended up falling asleep in my housemate's chair after failing at my attempts to:
a.)Seduce a girl I knew who had crashed the party
b.)Drag a couch off the porch to burn in the vacant lot across the street.

Dan M. (OutDatWay), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:09 (fifteen years ago) link

i wz at the worst party of my LIFE! it wz funny

(more at 11 as i have a block meetin in 10 mins)

mark s (mark s), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:14 (fifteen years ago) link

It wasn't the worse of my life, but the New Years party I went to was excruciatingly lame. The guy who put the party together was for some reason convinced that Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" was *the* millenium party song, and played it three times. I didn't know whether to sigh and be sad for him, or throttle him.

happy fun ball (kenan), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Ate crab, drank champagne... just like every New Year's. Also wondered why the millenium was starting a year early.

Kenan, I trust you went for the throttling...as a purely humane gesture of course.

M. White (Miguelito), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:23 (fifteen years ago) link

i was sober as always and watched fireworks from alamo square park and played with some dogs. BORING like all new years of mine since I cleaned myself up.

kyle (akmonday), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:24 (fifteen years ago) link

xpost Yes. I killed a man that night.

happy fun ball (kenan), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I was doing guard duty in the barracks with my partner, I forgot his name, watching over 50+ trainees who were sound asleep. Shifts were two hours long, 4 shifts a night, I made sure I got signed up for the midnight one. A few guys told me to make sure and wake them up for it, even though there was no ball dropping, no TV, no lights but our flashlights, and no sound but whispers, just two guys in uniform and a few others in briefs and brown t-shirts, chilly, watching a clock manufactured by the blind tick past midnight, wondering if shit was going to go down or if anybody would bother to tell us if it did.

The next morning we were all up at 0530 per usual, as I recall.

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Okay, so NOBODY here saved up some lentils and gatorade and bandaids and shit? I'm sure there was at least on bock-bock-chicken that was storing mormon goods, securing the perimeter, and monitoring CNN. CONFESS.

andy --, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I didn't do shit. But remember the Nike ad they ran on, like, January 1, with the guy running along happily while planes fell out of the sky and missiles launched? That was an awesome ad.

happy fun ball (kenan), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:46 (fifteen years ago) link

My dad was camping, listening for signs of doom on his transistor radio, probably expecting to be referring to the overhang he was holed up in as "home" for the forseeable future.

I vaguely remember thinking how funny it would be if the 80,000+ people at that big Phish show in Florida were about to become the last vestiges of the human race.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 17:55 (fifteen years ago) link

"... listening for signs of doom on his transistor radio..."

Now that's what I'm talking about. "Earth Abides" sort of shit, one last survivor forging a new world from the ashes of the old, boldy establishing a new order like THE POSTMAN.

andy --, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:01 (fifteen years ago) link

I think he was a little disappointed in/worried for me, you know, not acknowledging the impending end times. I think he was kinda looking forward to the guerilla Appalachian post-apocalyptic Swiss Family Robinson future where we raised the younguns as hunters and fisherman and lived in houses we built in the trees and created our own new tribal society.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:08 (fifteen years ago) link

is that charlton heston on the cover?

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Kelsey and I were at my parents' house. We just watched TV. I flipped through the Rolling Stone issue with Christina Ricci on the cover. One of the boringest New Years I've had in the last ten years, to be honest. We went to the White Hen in the morning so that Kelsey could buy a newspaper for her mom, as a collector's item.

Actually, a small part of me wanted there to be a catastrophe if it meant that I didn't have to finish my senior thesis, which I was in the grueling middle of.

jaymc (jaymc), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:15 (fifteen years ago) link

I lost a lot of good men that night.

laurence kansas (lawrence kansas), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:16 (fifteen years ago) link

http://www.gazette.uwo.ca/1998/January/13/photos/postman.gif

Nick - like your father I look forward to the earnest world of the post-apocalypse as well - bartering, making mocassins, growing corn for fuel, etc. Maybe if we attack North Korea we'll get our wish.

Neither sleet nor hail will prevent Kevin Costner from getting out the mail. Has anyone seen both Waterworld and The Postman? (I've seen neither)Please compare/contrast. He was on a real post-apocalyptic mission there for awhile.

andy --, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:21 (fifteen years ago) link

I also remember really liking the Simpsons' take on the whole thing, what with Dick Clark being a robot and disintegrating and such.

About the only preparation done besides stocking up on booze was my dad informing me which guns were in the best working order in our house. The fucker even laid claim to the 9mm.

Dan M. (OutDatWay), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

i went to sleep

i like to stay in on new year.

charltonlido (gareth), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link

ok: the party had the WORST DRINK (vinegar in red wine bottles), the WORST FOOD (it wz an all-nighter so they served breakfast but it TASTED HORRIBLE!!), the rooms were ALL COLD and the MUSIC OF RUBBISH!!

i didn't know anyone there except the person who brought me - a friend but not a date - she wanted to dance, which is her right, so i tried to find somewhwre to sit out of the draftiness

after breakfast turned out to be so awful i decided to make it home (abt 5 in morning): so i MISSED THE ONLY "GOOD" THING = g/f of guy who had thrown party turning up... he had not told her it has throwing a millennium party! possibly bcz when she DID arrive he wz doin coke and hott sex w.someone else in the bathroom!

mark s (mark s), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 20:06 (fifteen years ago) link

as part of my 'local celebrity' duties, I was emceeing my town's First Night festivities. We had fireworks, the world didn't end, it was nice.

teeny (teeny), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 20:16 (fifteen years ago) link

get out more, tombot.

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 20:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I had a big party at my house, and because all my friends had faffed around so much, no one had plans, so they all came over. We dragged mattresses out to the back courtyard and lay around by candlelight, all trashed off our noggins, some people inside watching (and yelling abuse at) the Matrix on dvd, my ex bf turned up, tripping his balls off, and fell face-first into my lap passed out.

Yeah it was pretty good. I narrowly avoided pulling a graveyard shift at the ISP I worked for. We had people on shift assuming everyone's pooters/routers/networks would fall over. And of course nothing happened. So I'm glad I didnt bother with that.

Trayce (trayce), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 21:27 (fifteen years ago) link

but h., I have to write 7000 words about elliptic curve cryptosystems by tomorrow afternoon.

TOMBOT, Wednesday, 6 April 2005 21:29 (fifteen years ago) link

seven years pass...

I found this "all about me" book that my friend gave me that (of course) i never filled out because i knew it would be hilarious some day and also because who answers questions like this
13 years later, here is a sample

it's like proto ok cupid or something? overly personal questions and baseless future predictions.

http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m34ey4TE9a1rtmp17o1_1280.jpg

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:13 (eight years ago) link

what kinds of choices will you make in the new millennium?

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:14 (eight years ago) link

Wait, you can't have cigarettes AND oral sex?

emil.y, Thursday, 3 May 2012 21:41 (eight years ago) link

i know! you also have to choose between drugs and personal confrontation, fashion and soul.?! wtf kind of post millennial hell is this?!

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Thursday, 3 May 2012 21:48 (eight years ago) link

frisbee or UFO

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Thursday, 3 May 2012 21:48 (eight years ago) link

Frisbee or GTFO

emil.y, Thursday, 3 May 2012 21:57 (eight years ago) link

Does the end of the Millennium signify the start of something new? Y N
If Y, what? _________ <--- teeny tiny little line on which you make predictions about the next thousand years

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Thursday, 3 May 2012 22:01 (eight years ago) link

glad i don't smoke

heated debate over derpy hooves (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 3 May 2012 22:02 (eight years ago) link

sorry about the blurry edges, i am too lazy to scan twice

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 14 May 2012 14:27 (eight years ago) link

who on earth would answer these questions in a book? i am truly wondering about what kind of person would write all of this stuff down? it seems like finding one that had been filled out would be a diamond mine of blackmail material?!

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 14 May 2012 14:32 (eight years ago) link

omg

crüt, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:33 (eight years ago) link

i know

its like an invitation to oversharing to the nth degree

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 14 May 2012 14:36 (eight years ago) link

this is but a mere sampling of this book's wares

former personal denim advisor to the mayor, (La Lechera), Monday, 14 May 2012 14:36 (eight years ago) link

God and the apocalypse

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3ta821OX11rtmp17o1_1280.jpg

game of crones (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:20 (eight years ago) link

To be honest, it would be quite interesting to look back on your attitudes to these weird arbitrary things, I think.

emil.y, Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:25 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, I've gone back and forth about it. I just know that there is no way I would have filled this out sincerely because that is just WAY too much info about my personal thoughts to share with anyone. But to read the thoughts of someone who was less guarded/self-conscious about sharing the answers? I'm going to keep my eye out for these in thrift stores from now on.

game of crones (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:29 (eight years ago) link

The book is 92 pages long!

game of crones (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:30 (eight years ago) link

Bloody hell!

emil.y, Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:32 (eight years ago) link

hold on...i'm scanning the toc...

game of crones (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:39 (eight years ago) link

'Cat and Mouse'?

emil.y, Thursday, 17 May 2012 15:26 (eight years ago) link

Romantic (and a little bit of platonic) relationships, with dual focus on fantasy (traits of your ideal mate - woman, etc) and history (what's the furthest you have traveled to see a love interest?)
Also, pursuit/being pursued.

game of crones (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 May 2012 15:30 (eight years ago) link

sorry, farthest

for example:

when you are attracted to someone:

you like to be the cat
you like to be the mouse

game of crones (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 May 2012 15:31 (eight years ago) link

I'm just gonna keep posting these because why not

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3trm5oO531rtmp17o1_1280.jpg

game of crones (La Lechera), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 01:43 (eight years ago) link

eight years pass...

https://i.imgur.com/50gU873.jpg

the burrito that defined a generation, Saturday, 17 October 2020 23:46 (one week ago) link


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