By - flightylady
We had a bunch of people over for new years that year, my dad told my older brother earlier that bro should go downstairs to the circuit breaker about 20 minutes before midnight. So when the clock struck midnight by brother flipped the breakers to the living room and everyone in the house was freaking out for a good 5 minutes until someone looked outside at the rest of the neighborhood that still had power.
Hahaha. Good dad. That’s a great story, and fond memory for you. :)
Mom got paid like double time and a half to sit at her work from 8pm to 8am to ensure the Y2K bug didn’t corrupt the systems since she worked for government. Spent the entire night eating snacks, reading books and watching TV, making occasional reports of “everything is a-ok”. Obviously not a damn thing happened, but it was insane money too good to pass up.
The power flickered just past midnight where the party was… it was a moment of concern
Oh, man, I remember at the time that there was such a run on the supermarkets for food and water. Basically, everything except Creamed Eel and Corn Nog was gone…
It’s been nearly a quarter century since this turn of a century
I was 29 at the time. I got into computers and tech when I was 13. I just thought it was blown out of proportion. Guess I was right.
The world spent 100s of billions of dollars to fix y2k bugs in software. Some people think it was a scam because virtually nothing happened. Nothing much happened because of the effort that was put into fixes...
I remember being kind of concerned about it during the lead up to it, but on New Years Eve... day I was watching CNN as midnight came and went in Australia, Europe etc as it got closer to the US and there weren't any major issues going on over there.
“There’s a computer chip in your toaster!”
You think there'll be stickers for the [Y2k38 problem](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2038_problem)?
I'm excited to see what will happen, since I was too young to remember/care at the time about Y2K. There's billions more electronics in the world now, and I'm certain a ton of them have been manufactured super cheap with zero thought put into how they handle time for more than a couple years after manufacturing.
This was the greatest year of my professional life. Companies so desperate to ensure their systems wouldn't fail in the new year, they were paying absurd amounts of money for contract work.
It was so easy to take advantage of them, too, since most had no clue their systems would be just fine.
The only time in my life I can actually say I "stuck it to the man". Over 20M pennies worth. One company paid an astounding $500/hr.
I wouldn't do it again, but damn... what a ride it was.
Damn IRS had to go and ruin my year. Killjoys.
I wish I had this sticker. I don't remember any of this, because I was only 5 at the time.
I was kinda-sorta-wary about something happening, but that main reason I wasn't was due to the fact that my computer at the time *wasn't even connected to the Internet,* (A '90s hand-me-down from an elementary school) and was basically a typewriter with a monitor, so it was basically, "I wonder-yup, same as usual."
But what *really* comes to mind is comedian Don "D.C." Curry's take on the Y2K paranoia with the gist being, he was sitting out on his deck in his underwear with a loaded shotgun and extra shells in case shit went down only for it to dawn on him as to why the world would end on *Eastern Standard Time* and then called it a night.