Putting "2000" behind something used to reflect being future-oriented, but now it's something else entirely. 2000 is twenty years ago today; another world. The bombing of the USS Cole happened twenty years ago. Al Qaeda was just getting ready. France won the UEFA Euro 2000, here in the Netherlands. Pete Sampras and Venus Williams won Wimbledon, the Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia. People in the US were getting ready to vote either Bush or Gore. Aaliyah was alive and on the radio. The internet was in its primal phase. Message boards were a thing. I registered 20 years ago. Back then, every Friday a new image about the production of Episode II would be posted on the Star Wars website, under the "George Lucas Select" banner. The image in my avatar was what triggered me to finally sign up and say my bit, for whatever reason. I must have signed up at work. I worked at McAfee at the time as their box art and interface designer. It was before the internet bubble burst, and times were good. For their premium product, they flew me over to San Francisco and drove me around like this: I designed this: Packaging with a gold foil. There were not many printing companies in Europe that could do that, so once again they flew me out somewhere - this time it was Ballsbridge, a fancy neighbourhood in Dublin, Ireland. They propped me up in a hotel in Temple Bar district, so I was guaranteed a great night out. The day after I arrived I went to the printing company with a hangover, but that didn't matter, because all the guys at the printing company had hangovers as well. It was a beautiful sunny day. We were on the first floor of the building, the doors to the balcony were open, there were about four or five people working there on various printing machines. As I was being shown the printing procedures, voices came from outside - from the garden next door. Vince, the print operator, told me that was The Corrs. Does anybody remember The Corrs? A band with three girls, they had had a hit with 'Listen To The Radio' a year previously. These three girls had a house in Ballsbridge next to my printer. "The weather's great", we heard one Corr say. "Yes", said another Corr, "Are you going to take your top off as well?" And I swear: all those guys rushed to the balcony. I was alone with the print machines. I waited a bit, and eventually they came back, shoulders drooped. Vince said: "Aah, they were only talking about their cars". So that's my 2000 story. What's yours? Best 2000 story gets colours for a month. Gold.