I'm looking forward to the new year. In fact, I think it's going to be wonderful. Mostly because I will never have to read or hear this sentence ever again: The Y2K problem arises from the fear that older computers programmed to read just the last two digits of a year will misread "00'' as "1900'' rather than "2000.'' They've said it over and over. And over. We are not a nation of idiots. We *know* what the problem is. We've known for a long time. I'm not sure why they need to add this into every single story. Maybe the person writing the story just heard about the whole y2k hubub? Maybe they feel it's their duty to inform the poor reader about this problem? This has been wearing on my nerves all year long. And as we've gotten closer to the day and the frequency of y2k stories has increased, this sentence has been like a hammer in my skull. Soon I will be free from the torture! blessed freedom!