This much is true: We did speak to a technical support person with an Indian accent who said his name was Maverick.
Do Not Attempt to Snapshot the Locals,
People ask where I get my ideas for stories. I lead a writing workshop once a month. We begin with a twenty minute writing exercise. I hand out a page of lines from poems to serve as prompts. Back in July of 2008, the line, "Do not endeavor to snapshot the locals" from a poem by Michael Dumanis was on the list. It was the inspiration this story.