Please say the following years out loud (that's it, shout it right out so they hear you in the next cubicle):
I'm curious, what did you say? "Nineteen ninety-nine." "Two thousand." "Two-thousand six." Then what? Did you say "two thousand ten"? Or did you finally jump into the future and say "twenty ten"?
Wouldn't you feel much more futuristic if you were living in the year twenty oh-six, instead of boring old two thousand six? How did this happen? I suppose it's just a carryover from the millennium, when we called it "year two thousand" because we certainly weren't going to call it the "year twenty hundred". We just added on the following year, because what can come after two thousand but two thousand one? Then we just kept adding, and we've made it all the way to two thousand six so far. But we're going to have to make the switch sometime. Did anyone say "two thousand ninety-seven" or "two thousand one hundred thirty" for the last two? We can't have the flying cars or personal jetpacks, but we can at least live in a real century -- the one promised to us so long by scientists and writers of speculative fiction -- instead of in a number.
I predict that the transition will be inevitable by the year twenty ten, and I don't want to hear any "two thousand ten" nonsense out of anybody before then. Let's all just pick that date and start talking about future years in the appropriate terms, okay? Bonus points if you want to change over now and start talking about twenty oh-six and your plans for twenty oh-seven.