— From 1995 to 1999, Snyder undertakes "A Hound Named Blue," a country ballad he hoped would encapsulate his feelings about the May 1, 1995, election of Jacques Chirac to the French presidency. However, on a Denny’s comment card, Snyder finally laments "[The ballad] is too raw, too American, in terms Theodore Roosevelt would understand, to commit to the page, the voice, all that. Give me a railroad!"
On December 22, 1999, Snyder wakes from a dream that anticipates the Year 2000 computer problem, and resolves to learn COBOL to "see what I could do to help." [Cont’d.]