Writing “two thousand seven”

Until this post, four days into the new year, I have not had to write 2007 yet. This is an interesting phenomenon to me because ten years ago, I would have been paying the rent on January 1, 1997, and it would have been the first time I had to write 2007 on a check. But I don’t write checks anymore; my bill pay service handles it for me. I have not had to sign and date anything yet this year either. It used to be that for the first few weeks of the year, whenever I had to write the date, I would always write down the previous year, or as we say in the programming world: year–. But with so much more of what we do happening in the electronic world, I find myself having to write the date less and less. It certainly limits the opportunity for mistakes, but on the other hand, because I don’t write the year as much, I tend to forget what year I am in when I do have to write the year. (Remember back in school when just about every we were writing the date in the upper-right corner of our notes. You never forgot what year you were in back then!)

Even though I see the year on calendars, and on the date stamps on these blog entries, it doesn’t feel like 2007 until I start writing it. I guess I have some catching up to do: 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2007…