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Random SPN encounters

Here's a bit of nothingness for your Saturday night.

A couple of weeks back, my PC died a rather spectacular death. I was able to save most of the hard drive (whew) but had to purchase a new machine. It had been four years, after all. In the process of getting my machine back up and running the way I need it to be to write and whatnot, I had to update some software, prompting me to have to call customer service on one piece of software because I couldn't figure out how to launch it on my own. I hate having limitations, don't you?

Anyway, the Customer Service Rep was quite friendly and walked me through several prompts trying to help me get access to my software. As with just about anything that has a password, this software had a series of security questions to help prove that I am me. The only problem was...I'd set all this up back in 2009. Who knows what I said back then?!

The first question was a no brainer -- birthday. The second, though, was a trip.

"Who is your favorite fictional hero?"

At first I replied Atticus Finch, because he's been my go-to favorite since I was about ten. That was a no-go. So, taking a breath and a chance, I told the CS person, "Dean Winchester." Not only did it work as the correct security answer, but the CS person deviated from script and said, "You're a Deangirl, huh?"

Hesitantly, I replied, "I am, yes."

She laughed a little and said, "Giiiiirl, me too! That man is dayum sexy. And is it wrong that I love how tortured he is?"

"I sure hope not," I replied, "because I fall for it every episode, every year."

We proceeded to talk about Supernatural for another 10 minutes -- this random, spin the dial, get the Customer Service Rep, and me -- breaking down past and current seasons in half-sentences and quoted lines. Eventually we got back on track and I was able to finally access my software, but the whole encounter left me grinning for the rest of the day.

Supernatural. Bringing the world together one random moment at a time.

Comments

( 23 Tall Tales — Tell Me A Story )
chemm80
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:18 am (UTC)
Haha, that's priceless. ♥
freya922
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:30 am (UTC)
That is just awesome. Talk about synchronicity! It's so funny that she didn't even say, "Oh, you watch Supernatural?" but "You're a Deangirl." *snort*

I highly recommend Carbonite.com, by the way. They back up my whole computer every night and it has saved me through four different computer-deaths at this point. (Among other things, ALL my family photos are on the hard drive.)

I only tell you this for selfish reasons. 'Cause, you know, if your hard drive really dies I might not get my dose of FIC.
gaelicspirit
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
There were three things I totally, full-on panicked about when the computer died: pics of Mo Chuisle, my music, and my fic. LOL! I had someone else recommend carbonite.com, too. Told the hubs I'd be investing in a back-up system this go-round for sure! :)
qultng1
Feb. 16th, 2014 12:31 pm (UTC)
I have an external hard drive that holds my whole regular hard drive and backs it up automatically. I love having that security!!
freya922
Feb. 16th, 2014 04:29 pm (UTC)
One other thing Carbonite does, by the way... Since it creates a copy of your folders and files, you can log in from anywhere to access something you need. That's saved my life a couple of times I needed something for work and realized it had never made it off my home computer...
jennygeee
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)
What a great story!! I love it when that happens....actually it never has with me, apart from at the hairdresser once, she said to me quite out of the blue 'do you watch Supernatural?' LOL
supernutjapan
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)
That is an awesome story.
Watching this show, you can't help but want to share aye? There are not as many fans here in Japan but it's nice to have friends on line to share with.
kalliel
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
I love little stories like that so much. :'D Thank you for sharing. <333333333
borgmama1of5
Feb. 16th, 2014 03:43 am (UTC)
That is epic :)
pandi19
Feb. 16th, 2014 04:01 am (UTC)
That's fantastic! I had moment with the cashier back in the fall when I bought season 8. She was a Samgirl. Fandom makes the world a little smaller.
heavenli24
Feb. 16th, 2014 04:25 am (UTC)
Lol - that's great. Such a small world!

I had a cool SPN discovery recently too - I'm currently working abroad on a remote island in a team of 4 girls from my company. On my second day here back in December, we were in the bar on the US Air Force Base; partway through the evening, I went to the bathroom and when I came back, one of the girls had her phone out and was saying: 'Let me just find a picture of Jensen Ackles'. So I casually said, 'Oh, I've met him.' and madness ensued :P. It turns out both she and our boss are big SPN fans - we bonded over our love for Jensen and how we'd gotten into classic rock because of the show :).

We haven't talked a whole lot about SPN since then, but on Friday we were in the car after going hiking and she suddenly turned up the radio and said: 'Ooh, this is one of Dean's two favourite songs' (it was Zeppelin's Ramble On) :).
may7fic
Feb. 16th, 2014 04:29 am (UTC)
That would've kept me grinning all day too. Heee :D
spike247uk
Feb. 16th, 2014 09:43 am (UTC)
That is so cool!!
amberdreams
Feb. 16th, 2014 11:43 am (UTC)
That's so annoying, why does that never happen to me? I want random fan-encounters with customer service reps.... Bwhahah!
qultng1
Feb. 16th, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
Wow! I love it when that happens!
nerthus
Feb. 16th, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
That's like the day at the deli counter when I was wearing a Supernatural t-shirt; I'd never really spoken to the counter girl before beyond thanks and have a nice day, but when she saw my shirt she gave a little squeal and leaned over the top of the counter and asked in a low voice, "Oh, where did you get that shirt?!" I said, "Oh, do you watch the show?" and we stood there squeeing over Sam and Dean for five minutes till her supervisor started giving her warning looks, ha. That was back during season 5, I think, and the whole rest of the time that she worked there, she would insist on waiting on me instead of the other deli workers and we'd discuss the latest episodes.
a_phoenixdragon
Feb. 16th, 2014 04:08 pm (UTC)
I love moments like these!! And it only gets better when (for a small moment) you forget what you were calling FOR, because you have made a fan!girl friend that quick. And you both walk away with a smile on your face and a happy memory to share with others...

*HUGS*
harrigan
Feb. 16th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
LOL! Thanks for sharing!

(Did I ever tell you how I found out my MD was a Quantum Leap? So embarrassing...)
iontas
Feb. 16th, 2014 06:31 pm (UTC)
Freaking awesome!
tabaqui
Feb. 16th, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
Wheeeee!
That is so awesome. :)
metallidean_grl
Feb. 16th, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
That is most awesome. I love it when I randomly run into another fan. It reaffirms my love for the Show and for Dean all over again. Very cool that this happened to you.

On another note - someone above mentioned Carbonite as a backup service. I would also recommend CrashPlan. I searched through many services, and I ended up with CrashPlan, mostly because I have an external hard drive and I want to ensure that that drive is backed up as well as my computer because all my lovely SPN gifs, pics, vids etc are on that external hard drive. While the cost for Carbonite and CrashPlan are the same, Carbonite does not include the external HD in their basic program, while Crash Plan does. For Carbonite you have to go one level up to their Plus program to get the feature for the external HD backup. That may not be a necessity for you, but it is for me. Good luck, and thank goodness that you were able to recover most of your stuff.
pandorajazz
Feb. 18th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
I continue to be surprised with how many fans I find who love the show.
I have a jean jacket with two "Supernatural" patches on it and love when I get asked by clerks if I watch the show.
In regards to your phone call, I have had that happen when I've called my bank.
What surprises me the most is how many new fans are out there now. They discovered the show on TNT or Netflix and now have caught up to season nine.
deangirl1
Feb. 18th, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
No doubt stupid to post this here, but that is ALWAYS my answer to that question. What trips me up is whether I just said Dean of Dean Winchester... LOL!
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