Tulsa, OK, USA
####Received this from my nephew and thought you all might find it amusing...!!!######
Subject: The 31st of December 1999
> 'Twas the night before 2000 and all through the tower,
> applications were failing, more by the hour........
> The programs were running on the mainframe with care,
> in hope that the millennium bug was not there.
> The programmers were seated in front of their PC's,
> while visions of blank paychecks danced in their heads.
> With Amy in her office and I at my desk,
> we had just settled down for a night with no rest.
> When up on my screen there arose such a ding,
> I sprang from my chair screaming. "I didn't touch a thing!"
> Away from my computer I ran real quick,
> tore open the drawer and picked up a stick.
> I glared at the PC, evil and mean, then realized ...
> it's just a machine.
> What to my wondering eyes should I see,
> but a miniature window, and a message for me.
> With tired eyes, I gave a glance,
> only hours left...... we don't have a chance!
> More rapid than eagles the languages fell,
> and we whistled, and shouted, and called with a yell;
> "Now COBOL! Now, NATURAL, Batch and On-line!
> Oh, FORTRAN! Oh SAS! Now CHORE went flat-line!
> From the front of my face, to the face of the wall,
> now bash away! Bash away! Bash away all!
> As the team gathered together for one last try,
> the word from management came... "Fix it or die!"
> So they sat in their chairs, in the upright position,
> with a desk full of work, and a nasty disposition!
> And then, in a dinging, I heard the speaker mention,
> "Attention, the building, Attention."
> As he tried to speak the next word,
> the crashing of the mainframe is all we heard.
> The programs were a mess, from start to end.
> My screen was tarnished with an ugly abend.
> The team assembled, into one huge pack,
> we looked like hungry wolves, ready to attack.
> Our eyes -- how they twinkled!
> Our fingers typed with a clank.
> Fix Payroll we said,
> because our paychecks are blank!
> The sweat on my face was falling like rain,
> while the coding of COBOL drove me insane!
> The stump of a pencil I held tight in my hand,
> I chewed nervously, hoping I would not get canned!
> I coded some Windows and a Bridge too,
> that took a program from version one to two.
> I was tired, weak, and in a delusion state,
> and I laughed when I saw it, in spite of fate.
> A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
> soon let me know that bug was not dead!
> It spoke not a word, but went straight to work,
> crashing the remaining programs, then turned with a jerk.
> I placed the cursor next to the bug,
> pressed the delete key to remove the little thug.
> But I heard it exclaim, as I erased the line.....
> "Happy Millennium for now, 'cause I'll return in 9999!"
Knowlege tempered by wisdom...Wisdom tamed by youth.