The letter 'Y' presents a challenge when it comes to the
|"Hmm, that might be why |
it's called a 'challenge.'"
Last year I wrote a 'Yellow Snow' haiku starring our favorite numbskull, Joe Biden. In 2013 (I took 2014 off), I penned a more "educational" (well, for this place, anyway) post when I described how the practice of all those ribbon magnets on cars originated in Yellow Ribbon. You can click on the link, if you wish (once again, who really does that?).
If you don't click on it, here's a hint. It has to do with....
|As funny as that would be|
Cue nostalgic waterfall effects....
Let's return to a time when Bill Clinton was still president, mad
|"Not everybody. Sheesh."|
A time when people began to worry that civilization as we knew it would end as we staggered into the new millennium (which, as anyone who watched Seinfeld knew, wouldn't start until the year 2001).
Yes, the year 2000 (nobody ever just referred to it as just "2000") threatened to bring the world's computer systems to its knees. Because, when computers were first designed (sometime after World War II. Or later. Or earlier. I could find out, but screw it. Let's just say before most of us were born), the whiz kids who gave us these boons of modern living failed to realize that, eventually, years would begin with "20" instead of "19."
|"Meh. Don't sweat it. |
We'll probably be dead by then, anyway."
Well, wouldn't you know it, they were wrong (yeah, I'm as
|"You should see what I can do on this thing."|
Computers, instead of being obsolete, had an even greater stranglehold on society.
If something wasn't done about what came to be known as the
|"As if that would be a problem. Pussy English."|
Essentially, we'd return to a 1900 lifestyle.
A global effort began to solve this potential disaster.
"Is everyone's computer Y2K complaint?"
"You're shittin' us, right?"
Legions of nerds and millions of dollars were marshalled to thwart Armageddon. As I was in the Navy at the time and used computers for a substantial part of my job (to say nothing of cutlasses, grog, and parrots), I needed to ensure my systems were "Y2K Compliant."
|Seriously, people sit down |
and think about this stuff?
Apparently, 2000 was a Leap Year, after all. To normal people, this probably is obvious. But, it seems that there is a rule: "If a year is divisible by 100 it is NOT a Leap Year. But, if a year is divisible by 400, it is a Leap Year."
Okay, this may be in poor taste
Anyway, as I watched Dick Clark count down to 2000, I nervously watched the sky.
Happily, all the effort expended to save us was worth it. Planes did not fall from the sky, nothing exploded, and the zombie apocalypse did not happen.
But, that damn dog next door didn't shut up. And George Bush became president.
Still, we don't seem to have suffered any lasting ill effects from "Y2K." No catastrophic event seemed to have slipped through.