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Author: lalcorn Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 308225  
Subject: Re: Things are looking up! Date: 9/2/1999 11:33 AM
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As far as Y2K goes, I am not too worried. I will have a bit of cash on hand, but just my rent and a
few bill payemts worth.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if a snafu caused the cc companies to lose our balances??? We can
always dream!
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I agree, Smitty! I get a lot of questions from folks about Y2K (I'm a librarian who deals with a lot of technology issues). I tell them the most moderate (and reasonable) advice I've read is to make the same arrangements they'd make if there was a hurricane coming (for instance). Have some cash on hand and, if you're worried, a little canned food, some bottled water (but don't stockpile), and make sure your records are in a safe place, so you can prove to the banks who you are, and how much you really owe. Anything more is just overkill. You can't plan for a hurricane more than that, so why do you think you can plan for Y2K? I live in Tornado-land, and you *can't* plan for those, so we've learned to just survive and *help* each other pick up the pieces.

Those who are Foolish already know to keep good copies of their records and correspondence, so I refuse to panic. My biggest concern, as I tell folks, is what my neighbors are going to do when *nothing* goes wrong. They won't be able to handle it, as they've gotten themselves into such a frenzy over it all.

And, yes, I'd love it if my CC companies "lost" me in their system :-) But amusingly enough, I read something in a trade publication that said the CC companies (esp. the big ones like Citibank) were in some cases the *most* prepared. You may not have water, but you'll get your MC bill on time! Bleh.

-lalcorn
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