On This Day Pre-Y2K

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April 4, 1999 Permalink

I have found the only place to find out what is really going on, is via books and the internet. I have seen a little bit in newspapers, television and radio, and of course they say the same old thing . . . stock up for a few days just in case, but basically all is okey.

I personally have been told by owners of ammo store that their stock is way down and they are already having a hard time getting some things. They also expect prices to rise on ammo. Additionally I have been told by a plastic container company owner about surrounding cities and churches who are are stockpiling.

I feel that the internet is the best source of information on Y2K and have given up on the ‘plastic’ media sources for information.

However, I do think that some of the internet sites are a bit ‘’out there’‘, but you can still get tidbits of what others in the US are thinking and also some good ideas on all sorts of subjects including, food storage, bartering and just ‘’where’’ others stand on the Y2K subject. There are a lot more persons who are worried than the media is letting on. I know they are just trying to keep things under wraps like they usually do. After all, we are just the ‘’public’’ to them and they want to make sure that they are all stocked up before they give us a clue of the real status of things. I will continue to use the internet as my source of information. Thanks for letting me sound off. I do like this site and Time Bomb 2000 is a great book for waking people up. I am currently passing it around my family.

—WoodstoK`2k, Time Bomb 2000 Forums (LUSENET), 04/04/99

I am personally simplifying my life as much as possible over the next few months. The credit cards are all gone (except for one simple VISA debit card), the 911 is sold, the bicycles have been bought, the job has been left to get my sticky mitts on my 401K and get it the hell out of the stock market (yes I will have to swallow the penalties), I’m claiming 9 dependents on my tax this year as I don’t expect to get my usual refund in April 2000, a new job has been found paying more than the old comfortable one so there is a silver lining, a property has been rented in the burbs, backing on to a golf course (may come in handy for my victory garden), weapons will be bought, alliances have been made (my mate knows how to plant things in this neck of the woods), water is being stockpiled, ditto food, luxuries are being sold in the classifieds, the Rolex is going, it will buy me 20 gold eagles now at $290 an ounce, warm clothes are being bought at Ross Dress For Less (great Timberland boots for $30 now), cycling to work, the money saved on petrol and insurance and lube jobs etc. is buying barter items, books are being read and stored, Guinness is being religiously stockpiled in a secret cache - the list goes on and on.

I’ve changed my mind, a coupla months ago I was going to go walkabout at rollover. Now I will be working at a large Data Centre at midnight 2000. As a computer pro of 21+ years I just don’t want to miss this. I want to be at the sharp end and see what the hell happens first hand. Normally I work the weekend night shift with 15 other souls making sure that this entity works worldwide. On the big night there will be 200 other suckers on duty with me - where they are going to go I don’t know, the building is only so big. The vast majority will have no clue what is going to happen. We will see.

—Andy, Time Bomb 2000 Forums (LUSENET), 04/04/99

I anticipate some very graphic problems to occur at roll over, but also anticipate them to be fixed in short time. ie, grid, telecommunications, etc. However, due to our global economy/dependence and the number of small and medium size companies that have done little or nothing, I anticipate our supply lines grinding down very seriously by March. By that time there will be a number of things that are totally unavailable except perhaps on the black market. Just think of WalMart. I bet 90% of what is in that store (non food) is imported. I think WalMart is probably compliant, but what about those from whom they import? What about diesel shortages for ships, ships and ports being non compliant, trucks not on the tight schedules that they run today. I do expect the trucks to run come hell or high water. This country runs on trucks and every truck with tires will be needed to transport goods. This will be even more critical if planes and trains are not running. My number one concern is spelled “supply lines” and as it will take some time for the dominoes to quit falling, it will take time to set them up again. If EVERYONE in this nation were tested and certified compliant, there are still so many unknown, unthought of things, that are going to rear their ugly heads and kick us in the butt. At the very LEAST the next 3 to 5 years are going to be a pain in the butt and a real lesson in patience as we have to sort through screwed up billings,hospital and medical records, etc. For that reason, I am now dealing with cash and have turned in credit cards and gotten a letter from them stating I owe no money and account is closed!! I just don’t want to have to deal with all that crap. I am much more capable of dealing with where the next meal is coming from, or patching some one up who has been in an accident, etc., than I am dealing with the .bureaucracy ......even when its working.

—Taz, Time Bomb 2000 Forums (LUSENET), 04/04/99

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