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March 27, 2006


Andrea Weckerle

Eric: I didn't give Strumpy any link love. Glad to see you didn't either.

John Wagner


Nicely put, as always. I'm not as down on the Strumpette as you, but I do see your point of view.

But what's this you're saying about Penthouse Forum letters being fake? All this time I thought I had made a mistake by not attending a small, Midwestern college where I would be alone in the laundromat at midnight ... well, you know what happens next.

Eric Eggertson

Andrea and John:

Thanks for stopping by.

And John, I never said for sure that all those letters were fake.

Just the ones that said having sex was fun under the following circumstances: in the sand; on bare wood floors; hanging out windows; on a moving motorcycle; in the back of a Social Studies class; with the entire sports team; with her best (female) friend in the shower in full view of the neighbour's window; with a brutish handyman/landlord/uncle; with a 13-year-old boy; in the snow; while driving; on skis; under a moving train... well, you get the idea. Sorry to spoil a long-held belief in the integrity of American journalism.

John Wagner

Next you'll try and tell me that professional wrestling isn't real.

Oh, wait. I already knew that!

Anyway, this whole episode has been very interesting. I've enjoyed reading the POV of both sides.

Allan Jenkins

It's a fair cop, Eric, and I have been kicking myself for week.

What I should have done was track them and Löic down, have a word, and blogged the result.

Repenting. Still not humble, but repenting.


You know, this thing did kick off just before April Fools Day...

Eric Eggertson


I know where you're coming from.

I find I usually have time in a blogging session to either write up a piece or do some research, but not both. Add to that the subtle but unending pressure to post something new and interesting, and you have the ingredients for the occasional shoot-first-ask-questions-later scenario.

Part of the problem is that when you contact your prospective subject (or target, as the case may be), you also give them the opportunity to scoop you by posting something on their own blog about your inquiries.

Plus, calm and measured blog posts don't get a lot of attention.

The end result: a lot of factors push you to write quickly and pump up the conflict a bit.

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