by Mitz
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Sheer Agony - "I Have A Dream" [out Oct 30th on Couple Skate Records]

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t's been 16 years. It was 1999. I was in Grade 11 and I was daydreaming about a Guided By Voices cover band, Guided By Vocoders. Maybe not. Anyway, there is a print shop called Copie 2000 in Montreal. I always wondered about the name. Maybe the owner thought 2000 sounded futuristic when he opened in 1984 (I just googled their website). Maybe he was really pessimistic person and thought the Y2K bug would actually happen and world would end and didn't care beyond.
If the later was the case, I continued to daydream that in 1999, the owner of Copie 2000 was really self-destructive He would yell, "What do you want!?" with whiskey in his hand, to customers.
"Why do you want business cards printed!? Huh? We are all just gonna die anyways!"
"Whatever, I will print them. But just so you know that your business will fail next year. Because WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE SOON!!! GAHAHAHAHAHA." as he takes a sip from his whiskey bottle.
If this was the case his wife would be really worried about him. Worried that he was coming home at 3am every night, spending all his money on the Video slot machine at Primetime across the street. About the time he ordered a foot long Cheese Steak sandwich with extra cheese at Subway and said to the high school kid employee "You aren't sandwich artist! Give me that South-West Sauce!" then mocked him as he was put the sauce on "Look at me! I'm the Jackson Polluck of Sandwichs! GAHAHAHAHA!" He was out of control. It was opposite of what he used to be. He always made his own sandwiches with homemade bread, tuna and no mayonnaise just sea salt with plenty of organic vegetables from his community garden. He didn't really drink much. In fact, he'd rather go running on the mountain every other day, early in the morning.

All this because of the Y2K scare.

But then, judgement day came, the 31st of December 1999.
"5! 4! 3! 2! 1!" his relatives, his friends, his wife, his kids around him counted down. He sat on his chair very intoxicated, closed his eyes and sighed quickly. He thought, at least, he is surrounded by loved ones.
"Happy New Year!!!!" everyone screamed!
"see! nothing happened! I told you so!" His wife came to hug him.
"what....? I'm...alive? I'm alive!!!!!"
He jumped and hugged everyone at the party.
"I have a dream!" he yelled. "I'm gonna make Copie 2000 to the best copy station in Montreal...no....in Canada! oh maybe in Montreal!! oh whatever!!!!! GAHAHAHAH"
Anyways, 16 years ago today, Sega Dreamcast was released.
The end.

Posted by Mitz at September 9, 2015 10:44 PM

"Why do you want business cards printed!? Huh? We are all just gonna die anyways!"

This is just as true in 2015 as in 1999, but in any case I enjoy reading these tales from your various lives.

Posted by RPS at September 29, 2015 3:43 PM

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