Anyways, I went to my old save that I finished years ago to show him the ending. After some trials of guessing where to go and what to do once I got to Ganon, since I had forgotten so much over the last 7-8 years, the end credits started to role.
Without thinking, I agreed to the second quest. The problem is that I already had the second quest in slot 2 from the first time I beat the game. I figured this would just be overwritten. Instead, it erased my original save and appeared in slot 1 rather than slot 2 or the unused slot 3...
Kind of sad, although I'm not quite certain why since it's not like I lost anything of value. Still, I always keep my first play through of a Zelda game intact and hate to have unintentionally have broken that pattern. There's some sentimentality there, I suppose. I don't blow through these games in a week like many do. I savor them and play in relatively small burst of an hour or two here and there until completion. So a 20-40 hour Zelda adventure starts to really feel like an adventure in my mind since it's such a substantial undertaking that is usually spread out over several years.
ARGH!! Too many painful repressed memories!
One such example was Super Mario Land 2 on Game Boy. I had a near perfect save slot when my brother saw that you could turn into a bomb at the 'save' pipe and thought it was a special hard mode. To my horror, I saw that it deleted my save slot! You should have seen my face that day.
I also saved over my near Megalopolis in Sim City (SNES). I had about 20-25 hours invested in my work of art and it was gone in an instant with my 'built-to-be-destroyed' town saved over it.
Finally, it wasn't always someone's fault: I'm a Super Mario World (SNES) God and had a perfect save slot that got corrupted. This happened many more times as time went on. The first time it happened it took a few weeks before I could pick that game up again. Ironically enough though my second oldest SNES game (with a 5 year battery life) still works after almost 20 years.