What can you do??? Really??? What you can do is do what you should have done way back in 1997: HIRE A LAWYER!! Because you didn't want to pay attorneys' fees back then, you are now having to face that judgment. There is a possible way out for you, however, through bankruptcy. If you're otherwise qualified, you can probably blow this judgment out of the water by having it discharged in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. I and others in Pinellas County can help you do that.
I often take cases other attorneys won't, so call me for a free consultation. My number is 727-712-3333, or you can view my website at www.TampaConsumerLawyer.com