The End of the Millennium?
Y2K they call it now….
instead of “the year two thousand”.
Some guy thought that would save
the world several billion syllables.
Wish I had thought of it first
and charged a dollar for every syllable.
I would be as rich as Bill Gates
maybe more so perhaps.
The thing is this:
the numeric system in place today
is base 10, with 0 through 9
as digits which are used to figure
all sorts of things.
Like how old the universe can be
or how long a football field is.
So it should be a fairly easy thing
to figure when a century is over
let alone The end of the Millennium.
Base 10 it seems is so accurate at figuring
tangible objects such as a ruler,
or a mile
or even a light-year
It all starts with 0.
Heck even our lives started at nothing…
But not millenniums,
They skipped zero and went straight from 1 B.C.
To 1 A.D.
Base 10 doesn’t apply to intangible things…..
So now some learned people,
probably men…they think like this,
say that decades, centuries and Millenniums
all end with 0 and start with 1.
Making it mathematically
as well as politically correct
that the 3rd Millennium will begin
on January 1st, 2001.
This presents some possibilities and problems
as to New Years “Millennium” Eve parties this year.
Should a person explain to the host
that they just might be a tad premature
as to a “Millennium Party”?
I mean you could wait until one minute till midnight
then blow the whole bash…
or just shut up about it altogether.
The real problem I see is
all the extra time I will spend next year
scratching off the 19__ on my checks
and writing 2000 above it
Which will most certainly waste more time
than I will save by saying, “Y2K”.
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