A column by Fran Crawford
Published in The Territorial Dispatch
January 2, 2000
Happy New Year!
I'm back! Remember me? The columnist formerly know as
Franecdotes? While Publisher Charlie was experimenting with
his new (and unusual) Dispatch formats I was busy with a
from a business and a 26 year residence to a home in a 32'
fifth wheel has been a genuine experience. Thus began our
excellent adventure, and it's finally a reality:
is where we park our house!
is ready to make the Territorial Dispatch an overnight
success (after 16 years?), and, as always, I'm ready to do
my thing, but under a different name.
now appears in a bimonthly magazine, RV Companion, out of
Loveland, Colorado. If you like to travel, or own an RV you
would probably enjoy reading it. I'll leave a few
complimentary copies with Charlie. Stop by the office and
pick one up.
'anecdotes according to Fran' will now come to you as Home
Is Where We Park Our House ... and that could be just about
anywhere in the western part of the country.
Well, if you
are reading this, we made it through the end of '99 into the
start of '00. I'll repeat: Happy New Year to you and
I'd like to
say Happy New Millennium but I'm one of those that thinks it
won't begin until 2001 ...the first official year of the
next 1000 years.
Oh sure, if
we want to talk Y2K problems (or the lack of them) it's 2000
that is under discussion, but if we plan to count the years
in the next millennium we need to start with 2001.
2001 will begin the third millennium as well as the 21st
century. After all, the first millennium ran from 1 through
1000; the second one from 1001 through 2000. We count by
tens from 1 to 10, not from 0 to 9. So the first year of the
third century begins with a 1 ... 2001 to be exact.
confusion starts when people think about age. Birth to one
is the first year, the beginning. You aren't one until you
have lived one year. Before that you simply weren't!
By now we
all know that Y2K problems are computer oriented and have to
do with the fact that, to save space on early models only
two numbers were used for the four digit year part of the
date. After 99 the year would roll over to 00 and computers
the world over would be confused and no one could predict
for sure what they might do.
worked feverishly to make sure computers in banks, power
companies, public utilities, fire departments and the
government would all behave themselves as the year 1999
turned into 2000 at midnight the last day of December.
All this is
certainly perplexing. Perhaps we should all just take this
year off. Forget the year 2000 ... 2-zero... 2-zip ...
2-nada ... 2 nothing. Spend the year in limbo ...waiting for
the next century to start and this one to end. This could
have some advantages like no New Year's resolutions for one.
And no more stories to panic everyone about Y2K because at
this point whatever will be will be.
could spend time reorganizing -- regrouping for the coming
century. We could forego paying taxes, skip dental
appointments and haircuts. Trains and buses wouldn't have to
run on schedule, because no one would care when they got to
wherever it is they might be going.
actually the last chance we will have to make this the
greatest year of the 20th century... one that will make the
entire century stand out from all the others! So get out
there and do something fun! Do something you always wanted
to do for YOU!
really super GREAT 2ZeroZipNada Year. One that you won't
forget for another whole century!
Crawford © 1999