10 years ago this week, a large majority of the world was stockpiling water, toilet paper, and other items. We even got a 500 gallon propane gas tank filled to the brim with gas, crackers, rice, beans stored in canning jars in the pantry and under the beds in boxes, ready to keep us alive, hiding money, piling up blankets, extra security on the home and waiting for the bug.. the Y2K bug. At midnight, the banks were going to fail, all the information on everyone in the world disappear, computers completely shut down, never to work again , banks shut down without a way to get to your money, electricity cease to exist, phones not ring, cars would not crank and your neighbor would appear on your doorstep with 666 on their foreheads!
For months we listened all night long to Coast to Coast with Art Bell. He had us terrified. His sponsors were selling food rations in sealed packages for the time following midnight December 31, 1999. Art and Ramona, his wife at that time was giving us ways to survive during this tribulation period. Whatever you do…don’t take the mark!! We stayed glued to the radio as if it were H.G. Wells telling us about the arrival of the aliens in Wars of the Worlds. We were sure anarchy was going to break out in the streets. We were waiting, rifles, shotguns, pistols and enough shells to hold off the masses!
This was the first New Years Eve we decided not to work at the our jobs at the Post Office. Yep we were then Postal Workers night shift. From 10 pm to 6:30 am your mind can wonder out into the darkness with only the voices of the night on the radio! We were terrified. How could this happen to the world? Could someone not stop it? We anxiously sat up to ring in the new year, not with toast of glasses full of champagne,laughter, love , hugs and kisses and dreams of the year 2000, but with fear of not knowing what the unknown was going to bring. I was still trying to figure out if I had gotten enough paper goods that filled boxes under each bed but I hope we would have enough. After all surely someone would have restored order before we went through 2000 rolls of toilet paper and ate up 3000 jars of pinto’s and drank 4000 cases of water while listening to our wind up radio from CCrane Company and used up all the power from our solar power flashlights! Thank goodness I had canned an extra lot of food this summer. I could help feed the neighbors and possibly find someone to loan me a horse to go to another town to get Aunt Jan to bring her here to safety. We could travel during the night out of sight of the people pilfering and robbing and doing their dirty deeds! Hide in the ditches and woods making our way back to keep out of harm. Surely someone would come through for us and help us. All this had gone through our minds for months. Planning and wondering what we were going to do and could do.
Here is was December 31, 1999. Gary and I sat on the couch holding hands , hearts beating loudly with fear, staring at the clock ticking off the time and hoping that when exactly 12 midnight came and the ball was going to drop at Time Square in New York that it would not be the end for us in the world as we had known for a long time and learned to love. THE END. Scary! 10, 9 , 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Kisses and hugs possibly goodbye, HAPPY NEW YEAR and not even a flicker of the lights! We made it.We still had our credit, we were warm, our computers worked,we had gas for our vehicles, money in our banks, did not lose out identity and I did not have to ride a horse to Anniston nor did I have to fire off one single round! HAPPY NEW YEAR Y 2 K is 10 years old this week! I am still using items I stashed back from the “bug”. Were we all not silly for worrying???? Sometimes now I wish my computer did not work and my phone would not ring! Well maybe just the phone! I could not do with out my computer!