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So far, so good.
Although some diehard Y2K fans are doggedly predicting Y2K related problems when businesses boot up their computers this morning, we believe we are well on our way in Y2K.
The doomsayers can finally crawl out of their bunkers and rejoin the world at large as we carry on as usual in the 21st Century.
There have been few problems that can be directly traced to the Y2K bug as we enter the third day of the New Millenium, and those glitches were mostly of the comical variety -- i.e., public records showing 1900 instead of 2000.
And despite predictions that there could be Y2K glitches as businesses opened today, Asian businesses opened without a hitch this morning. Heck, our '88 Honda even started right up Saturday morning.
We weren't expecting many Y2K problems, anyway, so we spent New Year's Eve watching fireworks in Bethany Beach early in the evening and roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a bonfire in Dewey Beach as we entered the 2000s.
Even on the beach, all of the technology that promises to make this century the greatest in the history of mankind enabled us to keep tabs on the Y2K Countdown via cell phone as relatives watched the ball drop and counted down for us in Times Square.
We're sure we'll run into some Y2K glitches of our own making -- namely, forgetting to put "00" on our checks instead of "99".
But mother has given us a home remedy for that problem -- fill out a bunch of checks with the Year 2000 in advance and by the time you run out of them, you'll be in synch with the new year.
We can hardly wait to see what the rest of this century brings.
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