Monday, January 04, 2010

It’s Monday Again & Y2K Thoughts

We have to keep reminding ourselves what day it is, especially with the Holidays and traveling back and forth to SoCal.  So today is Monday.  That means it’s a busy day for Linda.

She started the day with her walk with Maggie at 8:00am.  The second day is easier than the first.  Then at 1:00pm she went to the beading club here at Happy Trails.  I made a major shopping trip to Trader Joe’s and Albertson to restock the pantry. 

We had apple almond stuffed pork chops and 4 cheese au gratin potatoes, one of the best home cooked meals we’ve had in a while.

It came to my mind today that it’s been 10 years since Y2K.  For those of our age, it was a very stressful time.  With the decade changing from the 1900s to the 2000s, millions of computers and systems were in danger of quitting.  Many thought that the banking industry would collapse (that didn’t happen for another 8 years), that the power grid would go dark, and anarchy would prevail.  In fact many people took their money out of the banks, hoarded food & water, and some moved to remote areas and dug in.

But the government & industry saw this coming way in advance and rewrote all of the critical programs, updated all of the computers, and not much happened.  But it took millions of hours of meetings, planning, and working to make it a non event.  For those of us in the middle of it, it was a time of long hours and double checking all of the fixes.  Then we stayed up all night on New Years Eve and waited, watching the TV reports from around the world.  And the day dawned normally, and the world was stable and lights worked.  And we let out a big sigh of relief.

1 comment:

Dkalla said...

It is so great to hear that you two are getting involved so much every where you go....:-) And yes, I want the receipe of the apple almond stuffed pork chops, please. And what a great recap of the Y2K....:-)