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Mark/Ks    Posted 01-07-2005 at 12:24:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around the fall of 1998,I started preparing for the possibilities of Y2K related systems failures.I live out on the prairie of central Kansas,and have always been aware of the vulnerabilities we face from all kinds of disruptions. We prepare for tornados,ice,wind,snow,heat,flood,drought,economic,governmental,famine,medical,energy....why wouldn't I prepare my family against a possible,though unlikly,event or anomally such as the Y2K bug? Yeah,I got a little too caught up in the what ifs,but We were(are)prepared.
Friends,family and others eyeballed me like I was a kook.The "never gonna happen"crowd went on with their life as though nothing was ever going to change their lifestyle.I stayed busy,discreetly stocking up on long term food reserves,buying preparedness items like inverters,a generator with spare parts,a transfer switch installed in the house,lots of firewood,shopbuilt an oven to go on top of my woodstove and learned to cook in it,bought ahead on gasoline,kerosene and diesel. I spent,and still spend, alot of time reading and studying books,magazines,internet and other media learning what to do to weather any storm with as little disruption to my family as possible.
We all know that Y2K came and went 5 years ago without so much as a burned out light bulb.I sure looked silly,spending all that money to be all prepared for the apocolypse.Told you so... nothing happened.Until this past Monday night..
One helluvan icestorm,followed with snow and wind took down power lines in our part of the country(as evidenced by Jerry/Ks's posted pictures the other day). I have been busy sharing my preparedness items with friends and family.The power company is saying maybe another week until everyone is back on.I guess I feel pretty good right about now,helping out,keeping freezers freezing and fridges fridging.I have not rubbed it in one time,nor have I heard how smart preparedness is.But,maybe it's my imagination,family and friends seem to have a little more sincerity lately when they say...."Thanks for helping us out." Mark,the Y2K nut.


Was because of ...    Posted 01-07-2005 at 13:00:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
... a lot of work by a lot of people. At that time I was managing a software development staff at work. We literally spent hundreds and hundreds of hours pouring through code to fix and verify all of our programs would work. This was no small feat. I estimate our small company (600 employees total) spent about half a million dollars to make sure everything would work when midnight rolled around. I had to manage that whole Y2K project.

I spent my New Year's Eve at work with a cooler full of beer, feet proped on my desk, and computer running a mile a minute. All went perfect for us. But had worked hard to get it there.

- Peanut


George in TX    Posted 01-07-2005 at 16:17:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I spent some time working on the Y2K project at a natural gas refinery where I worked. The techno geeks from the Houston office dictated that everything, and I mean everything, electronic had to be checked out and verified to be Y2K compliant.

I drove to Houston to attend (one) meeting with these geeks. When they asked for questions about what was and what was not to be considered I said, "We have several air conditioner / heating units that have printed circuit boards with lots of electronic stuff. Do these need to be verified?"

They said, "Of course! You wouldn't want to be left without heating or air conditioning at the start of the new year would you?"

I squirmed in my seat trying not to laugh and said, "What about electronic calculators that most everyone has on their desk?"

Their response was, "Of course! Those calculators are valuable office equipment and they must be Y2K compliant."

I got up, walked out, and drove five hours to get home.

I wonder if that's why I was laid off a short time later ... two years short of retirement.

Sometimes you just have to make a statement, even if you do it silently.


Yo George    Posted 01-07-2005 at 16:53:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are probably getting a feel for my type responses as you see this site and the newbiews site. I don't post much on the Ford N board simply because I am learning from the experts on that board.

I am one of those geeks but I grew up in a completely different environment. Graduated High School and three days later shipped off for USMC boot camp. Six years later honorably discharged I got into computers. I actually helped the Marine Corps develop computer aided graphic and drafting software. That was my speciality - I was a Combat Engineer. I decided I could do better in civilian life and earn some more money.

I ended up working for a graphic arts company in Baton Rouge, LA that was ran by two A-holes. I ran them through the ringer when the expected me to work 90+ hours a week to meet the deadlines the idiot sales people promised. Got "laid off". Hmmm - Fired.

Moved to Missouri from there. Louisiana is a great place to visit (sorry to the LA folks - don't mean to offend). You have the rest of the story from the newbie board.

Speak you mind as you need to. I will be happy to lose a job to make sure I can sleep at night. I know I can provide for my family just fine. Never be tied to specific employment because there is no loyalty on their side of the fence. Times have changed.

- Peanut


Red Dave    Posted 01-07-2005 at 12:40:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well Y2K came and went without so much as a wimper. Sure made a lot of folks worry a lot about nothing.
I didn't get too worked up about Y2K, but I believe that there is real value in being generally prepared for emergencies. Too many people seem to think the power can never go out. And a lot of them have no idea how to survive without electricity. They sure do panic when it happens though.
I think it pays to always have a back-up plan.


Randy    Posted 01-07-2005 at 12:36:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kind of like insurance. Hope you don't need it but glad you have it.
Wish I was more organized like that.
Lived in Kansas for a year, Clearwater, just outside Wichita. Liked it there, people were very nice.


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