[Name removed by request] has a memorable, if predictably depressing, account of his trip to a brothel in Virginia City, Nevada: Bunnyranch [delinked by request]. This is the kind of thing I love about the Web, and have loved about it from the beginning. No, not stories about sex. I mean the way the Web lets you connect up with other human beings you wouldn’t otherwise have known, share their stories, vicariously experience a piece of their lives, if only for a moment.
One other thing I have to say: The next time I’m buying a car, I want [Name removed by request] with me. Dude can seriously negotiate.
Update: Just got the following in the mail:
Dear Mr. Callender,
I fished this email out of the Whois for lies.com — I hope it’s the correct one. If this email would be better served by sending to a different recip, would you kindly forward it? Thanks.
My names is [name deleted], and on November 6th, 2003, my web-essay on the Bunnyranch brothel was linked to by lies.com. This was great — I got something like 10,000 hits in one day.
However, it doesn’t look all that wonderful when “[name deleted]” is googled, and the lies.com link to that article comes up in the top 10 google hits.
I took the article down, so your link in lies.com is now dead. I would ask that my name be removed from that page of your site, or that that archived entry be taken down entirely (perhaps this would be appropriate, since your link no longer works — there is no longer a Bunnyranch article on my website).
Thanks so much for understanding — I’ve been applying for “real” jobs lately, and I understand that employers sometimes google employees’ names.
To which I replied:
Hey, I even praised your negotiation skills — an unsolicited testimonial sure to influence a discerning potential employer. Maybe you’re just applying for the wrong kinds of jobs? :-)
Just kidding. I’ve modified the page to remove all specific references to your name and web site. Sorry to have created problems.
Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to help. Likewise, if you’d be willing to let me host a sanitized version of the essay (which I really enjoyed, and still remember), please consider emailing me a copy, which I’ll add to the lies.com page in question.
So we’ll see where that goes.