On The Beat 1/12/16

Y2K kid turns sweet 16

By Jim Bucher
Time.

For some it goes too quickly during vacation. For others it crawls along at a snails pace while in school or at the job. For me I wish to travel back to the ’90s … that’s the 1990s for you jokesters out there.

Those were the days when my friend, late Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman, and I would team up on stories. He, of course, would write for the paper while I would do my regularly scheduled “Bucher’s Beat” segment on Channel 2. We collaborated on many subjects. His class of 2000, the old Palace Theatre and the missing sock. That one is for another time.

But the one that continues to this day is our Y2K-Kid project.

It was all Dale’s idea—to document the life of the first baby born in the new millennium. And even though Dale is no longer with us I’ve decided to carry on, given the green light from my friend Paul Noah and the gang here at Dayton City Paper.

So now, here we are, 16 years later and our new century baby just turned 16.

Josie Pett was just a few days old when we showed up on live television around New Year to wake her up, record her christening and document the first haircut.

Today, Josie is driving, which I can’t believe (and neither can her mom, Ahndrea Pett).

“Josie just got her temps and needless to say the first time behind the wheel she gave her mother whiplash. She has gotten much better now, but still has not driven on the highway yet,” Mom says.

That’s good for all of us, but the entire family has some cherished memories of their “adopted” uncles.

“It’s funny, the most memorable time is when you came over and were jumping on her bed and did not realize the camera was still rolling. Dale was always reserved and you were always the psycho one,” Ahndrea says.

I resent that remark.

During our reminiscing, Ahndrea recalls meeting Dale for the first time.

“It’s when he came to the hospital. He asked if he could hold Josie and for some reason felt he needed to wear rubber gloves,” she remembers. “Dale would always joke that he would not let you drink caffeine because you were already wired enough and he didn’t need you to be even more. Josie was very emotional about Dale’s passing even though she did not see him much throughout the year. He always had a very special place in her heart.”

Even though temperatures here were mild, the Pett family spent Christmas somewhere much warmer.

“We traveled to Jacksonville, Florida. It was awesome being at the beach in December. They even wrote “Merry Christmas” in the sand so we could email our friends and family ‘Happy Holiday,’” Pett says.

Well, after all, life is a “beach” at times.

So, what has Miss Josie been doing this past year?

“I’m still swimming, which I love and on the team at Fairmont as well,” Josie says. “It is challenging to balance swimming and school, but I’m doing it. Also, I’m in a creative writing club and enjoy it a great deal. I’m exploring writing skills and writing many stories.”

Wow, she’s following in her uncle’s footsteps.

The new year and birthday were obviously celebrated together.

“Mom and dad threw a party for me,” she says. “Just a get together at my house with some old and very close friends as well as some new ones I’ve made at Fairmont. We played pool and had a bonfire. My mom played cards with my sister, Lexi. Then they sang happy birthday to me at midnight and I sang the same song to my dog BoBo who shares my birthday.”

Mom adds, “They were so loud that one of the neighbors said ‘do I need to call the police?’ which was way too funny.”

It’s never too early to think about college and Josie has a few ideas.

“I would like to be an entomologist and maybe publish some books,” she says. “Haven’t really thought much about where I want to go, but I think it’s really scary and very expensive. Would you like to adopt me and pay for school?”

I’ll pay for college as soon as Uncle Jim hits the Power Ball.

In the meantime, wishing Josie and the Pett family much health and happiness through 2016 and beyond. Now it’s time to pick my numbers and if I hit, check’s in the mail.

Cheers!

Buch

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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