How Well Do You Know Your Former Self?

July 7, 2011 at 7:32 am | Posted in Life and Living | 1 Comment
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When I was 13, I got my first email account.  As a teen, my screen name was very symbolic and teen angst — Pyro 143, because I loved fire and I love you (that’s what 143 stood for on a beeper — I love you).  I had this screen name for 8 years, but when I was 21 and starting out my career I decided to go with something more professional.  I set up a new account and transitioned slowly.

So over the weekend, my account got hacked and emailed every contact I had ever emailed — friends, every job I ever applied to, and even a former county legislator (sorry to anyone who received an email from me telling you about products that make you skinny and/or erect).  Totally worried that my privacy was being invaded, I went to change my password.

Truth be told. I had not changed the password on this account since I created it, but no worries. This is the first issue I ever had.  So I’ll just change my password and move on.

Until the security question stumped me.  There are only 2 or 3 questions I usually pick for this, but for some reason, I had gone off the normal path and posed this question: What is your favorite restaurant?

My favorite restaurant? From 7 years ago?  Believe it or not, I actually knew the answer. There was only one possible answer — my favorite hang out, where I made so many friends and memories — so I typed it in.  DENIED.

I was completely stumped.  I know exactly the frame of mind I was in, the stage of life I was at when I was 21… or did I?

So I sat back and thought about it for a while.  What else could it be?  Was I trying to stump somebody and ended up fooling myself?  Maybe it was a different restaurant? No, it couldn’t be.

And then it dawned on me.  I had a nickname for that restaurant. That has to be it!  And so it was.

And all was well.

Good try 21 year old, Dana.  Good try.

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  1. My screen name is movieteam7 I had this since 1996. I hope I wont have to change it one day, as these two words and number have kind of been apart of me for too long for me to give up.


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