Well, what did we expect? Maybe more, certainly not less. But one thing’s for sure, the year 2000, eagerly anticipated for decades, was nothing like we thought it’d be.
No rocket cars. No space station condos. No shiny silver bodysuits, damn it, which is possibly the biggest disappointment of the year.
Instead, we got “Survivor” and Elian, BushGore and the election that didn’t need Viagra to keep going forever.
We’d expected at least a few bad things to happen, considering all those Y2K predictions of doom, gloom and a thousand plagues. But even the high-profile disasters, such as the Concorde crash, the Russian sub sinking and the USS Cole getting bombed were hardly of the global magnitude the doomsayers would’ve liked. Hell, Florida didn’t even get a major hurricane, which might explain a lot.
Oh, we got drama and excitement, all right, but it came from “Big Brother” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”
At least we had fun, as 2000 was the year of Pokémon and Dragonball Z. We got lots of new toys, such as cellular telephones, Palm Pilots, PlayStation 2 and the wireless Web, not to mention PT Cruisers and Poo-Chis. And don’t forget, for many, 2000 was the year of the scooter (and 2001, of course, will be the year of the garage-sale scooter).
So, we’re left trying to make sense of it all. Here at the MT, it seemed that if we just got through the year (or was that the election?), we’d be prepared for anything. We would be survivors, in the truest sense of the word.
In fact, it’s ironic that “Survivor” was one of the hottest shows this year, because we think survival is going to be the real keyword to describe 2000. After all, we survived Y2K. After that, we can survive anything.Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org