The reason we should NEVER forget January 1, 2000!

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The reason we should NEVER forget January 1, 2000!At some point in the early 1990s, some prognosticators began promulgating an impending cataclysm of epic proportions.

This new “End of the World” scenario did not involve nuclear holocaust or uncontrolled pandemic. Rather, it was based on a simple notion that our dependency on technology, if suddenly interrupted, would plunge us into anarchy, chaos and economic doom.

People actually believed that airplanes would fall out of the sky and the entire electric grid would be extinguished.

As a result, the momentous occasion was saddled with trepidation instead of celebration.

As we all know, when the clocks rolled over across the globe on Y2K, nothing happened.

It was much ado about nothing.

We allowed fear to consume us.

There are those now that are once again predicting an imminent catastrophe.

If history has taught us anything, it is to NOT borrow trouble.

And while our lives may be affected to some degree, it is NOT a matter of life or death.

We will survive! So just relax.

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Cheryl Eskridge
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We will survive and with that new show coming about the lights going out it will I am certain instill more fear. To bad Hollywood can;t do a positive show about what we are doing.

September 18, 2012 05:22 AM
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Richard Weisser
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Cheryl...

I think that a lot of people have those promo on the brain! Thanks so much.

September 18, 2012 05:24 AM
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Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
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Words of wisdom...don't borrow trouble.  We have enough natural calamities that we do not need to make up a few more.

September 18, 2012 05:27 AM
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Dianne Goode
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Hi Richard.  In the summer of 2000, I went on a listing appointment to small home on several acres of land.  I took note of  the greenhouse, the generator, and the stockpile of water and canned goods, and I said, "You took Y2K pretty seriously, didn't you?"  I guess they were disappointed that the world didn't end after all.

September 18, 2012 05:35 AM
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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning Richard,

Wonderful blog, life can not be controlled - manage what you can, and leave time to enjoy what you have!

September 18, 2012 05:48 AM
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee Home Inspector
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We lived across the street from a couple that filled their garage with gasoline, water and 6 months of dehydrated food. Their back sun room had firewood from floor to ceiling. They divorced 1 year later. I heard she was sick of the food. 

September 18, 2012 05:59 AM
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Kathy Streib
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Richard- This reminds me of years and years ago when people would build fall-out shelters. 

September 18, 2012 06:02 AM
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Mark Loewenberg
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yes the next day arrived and all was well not a blip on the radar!  it was a great day indeed!

September 18, 2012 06:03 AM
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Good morning Richard -

I don't like to borrow trouble and I don't see the glass as half full.  I try to be prepared for the worse and look forward to the best.  Good job my friend.

John

September 18, 2012 06:11 AM
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Richard Iarossi
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Richard,

I'm reminded of the old quote that says, good news doesn't sell newspapers. A lot of people like to read about the sensational. By the way, I work for a company that made an awful lot of money capitalizing on the year 2000.

Rich

September 18, 2012 06:15 AM
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Richard, I spent a good part of 1999 working on production floor software system Y2K updates to make sure we didn't have problems.  By the way, on the total chaos and blackout thing, did you happen to catch the new NBC show Revolution last night?

September 18, 2012 06:15 AM
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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The same is happening right now. .

A nut makes a video. .and uses freedom of speech to broadcast it.. 

but somehow they think it comes directly from our Government. 

. .while  good people are dying for it

September 18, 2012 07:02 AM
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Vern Eaton
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Some people made a lot of money on books and talks warning people of the impending disaster.  Of course that happens with all of these.

September 18, 2012 07:06 AM
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Pam Miller
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Richard - There will always be someone predicting doom and gloom.  I'm not buying it.

September 18, 2012 08:58 AM
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Suzanne Strickler
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There are businesses making money on this forecasting of doom. Guaranteed!
In 1999 I owned a computer networking business. Our insurance company almost doubled our Error & Omissions Policy Premium because they said they were preparing for the flurry of Y2K claims against all their computer clients.
We had NO claims, but the insurance company had already collected our inflated premium payment.

September 18, 2012 11:05 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Had it not been for folks like my husband in the world of technolog that fevorishly wrote code correcting programatic clocks that had no idea how to,roll ove to 2000 and beyond there definitely could have been some banking issues.  Just goes to show how the folks tht wrote that original code weren't thinking very far ahead.

September 18, 2012 11:53 AM
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William Feela
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Many of the worries , actully all the worries were man made to excite and panick people into buying things they did not need.  The books for one.

September 18, 2012 02:32 PM
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Andrea Swiedler
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Richard, uh oh... I have been too busy, is there one thing in particular I should be worrying about?

September 18, 2012 03:24 PM
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Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent
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Ah, yes...dooms day in October, right? Here is what I believe: whenever anyone says the world will come to an end on a specific day I am fairly confident that it won't happen as, and this is MY belief, only God has that knowledge ;)

September 19, 2012 04:58 AM
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