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Dropping the Ball: Celebrating New Year's Eve, the Y2K Way...

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Originally published December 1, 1999

The pressure has never been greater to make it to midnight — if for no other reason that to count yourself among the millennial masses when the great odometer in the sky turns to 2-0-0-0. Like missing Woodstock, it will be hard to explain to future generations how — and why — you slept through Y2K eve. Or, depending on how things go, what you did to prepare for it.

Here’s what some notable Vermonters are doing … or not.

Judge F. Ray Keyser, Chelsea

retired Vermont Supreme Court judge

“I plan to stay up until 12 because, if I make it that far, I will have lived in three centuries. Not three generations — three centuries.”

Yolanda, Burlington

drag queen

“I am going to be running through the streets naked with a strap-on dildo in Montréal.”

Jessica Oski, Burlington

assistant city attorney

“A lot of people I know are going to Florida, but I’m supposed to be present at the Burlington Emergency Operation Center, located at the Burlington Police Station, in the event of any Y2K emergency."