Several months ago, in a moment I can only describe as severe geekdom, I decided it would be very good idea if I downloaded a new ring tone for my mobile phone.
Okay, not too geeky so far but bear with with me...
the sound the phones make in the CTU offices of '"24".
Anyway, that ringtone has caused me (and those close to me) much embarrassment over the last few months. Whenever it rings people will invariably look round and sometimes, like when I was standing in a queue outside the Ryan Adams gig, people will start making comments like "It's Jack Bauer for you" (told you it was embarrassing).
I have been meaning and meaning to change my ringtone but I just keep forgetting.
Yesterday a very nice middle-aged man from a certain well-known DIY store came round to talk to me about my new kitchen and how my flat was teeny tiny and how they would have to take over my bedroom to store all the stuff as they worked and how one of their powertools might wipe my laptop if I left it on (run for the hills with the laptop for it doth contain "the novel"). As he was talking to me about all this I suddenly heard a familiar sound - the plaintiff peel of a CTU phone. I immediately reached for my mobile only to discover that no one was calling me. It was kitchen man's phone. He looked at me, grinned and answered his phone.
When he finished his conversation I admitted that I too had the 24 ringtone. I expected him to say "What? Is that what I've got on my phone?" but, oh no he'd downloaded it too but not only had he downloaded it he was a member of the 24 fan club - he even (literally) had the T-shirt. He had trawled through the official website (which I had never visited) and had spent many weeks of his life completing some kind of online mini-Jack-Bauer-type-mission in order to try and win a spot in the 24 film (there's going to be a film? I had no idea).
I may be a bit of a geek but kitchen man is an ubergeek and, in many ways, it makes me feel a bit better. There but the grace of God..and all that.
Talking of which. I'm going to remove that blimmin ring tone right now!
p.s. I should mention that good can come from geek talk - kitchen man suggested a way I can cut the cost of my kitchen by getting an electrician to do some of the worth thereby lobbing off hundred of pounds of DIY store mark-up. Nice!