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More than 10 years have past since the feared 2000 disaster

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By Jeffry Gardner

 I remember it like it was yesterday: 9 p.m., Dec. 31, 1999. The world, according to people who knew, would soon end. All of civilization was run by computers, and when 1999 rolled over and became 2000 we would be launched back into the Stone Age.  
Or at least the Eisenhower years.
I checked our stockpiled food and water, gathered the family together, built a fire, brought out our most cherished family game, and waited. Ever vigilant.  
Finally, I dozed off. My son poked my ribs, “Wake up.”
Was it morning? Had we survived? No, it was 9:17 p.m. and it was my turn to spin in “Hungry, Hungry Hippos.”
These thoughts were on my mind New Year’s Day as I finished the last morsel of 1999 Spam and began to reflect on the last decade.  
Entering the decade, a Republican was governor – Gary Johnson. Now we’re entering the new decade with another Republican at the helm, the history-making Hispanic female, Susanna Martinez.
But in between was the biggest story of the last 10 years, Bill Richardson. In fact, here in the Land of Enchantment, Richardson was The Story.       


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