The final countdown

Tuesday, August 14th, 2001 - 12:34 pm PDT

Excitement levels reached near hysteria today as crowds everywhere gathered to ready themselves for the final countdown. Unruliness was the order of the day as people pushed and pulled, some climbing atop one another, desperate for a better view. And finally when the designated hour finally approached, a deafening voice was heard above all the chaos: “Ten… nine… eight… seven… six… five… four… three… two… one!” The crowds then quietly dispersed.