June 1998 to November 1999

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Subject: Saw You Today
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Hi Cyn! Saw you today. Nice place. The next few weeks should be interesting.


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Subject: Beware when school starts!
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We know where someone goes to school.


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Subject: Hey, Hey, Hey!

Saw your fat ass over near Ponce de Leon not too long ago. Followed your fat ass home. Expect some visitors, soon, "fat ass." We're coming over to do cross stitch.

See ya!


I received 16 copies of the following as soon as a local TV station started running promos about a story I did with them. Dick Coward learned a new little trick - he went to Excite's news site, found an annoying news story, and used their little "send this story to a friend" link. He entered one of my email addresses in the to and from fields, then sent it - over and over and over again. I've yet to hear anything substantive from Excite about getting information from their web user logs.

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News Article: Nude Dancing Takes Center Stage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nude dancing took center stage as the U.S. Supreme Court had a new look at whether the Constitution's protection of free speech covers erotic expressive entertainment performed without any clothes.

An establishment called Kandyland is challenging an Erie, Pennsylvania, law that made it a crime to appear nude in "taverns, restaurants, clubs, theaters, dance halls, banquet halls or halls limited to specific members."

Kandyland lawyer John Weston told the justices that "In 1999, nude entertainment has become a significant staple of the American scene."

A decision is expected by the end of June.


Then I received 20 copies of this one:

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News Article: Women Flock to Silicon Valley in Search of Men

By Andrea Orr

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The world capital of technology and innovation became the site of a more social gathering during weekend as hundreds of women from as far away as Britain came looking for single men.

With California's Silicon Valley now surpassing Anchorage, Alaska for the biggest percentage of unattached men, American Singles held its national convention here, promising women they could find not just any man, but a stable man with a steady job, and perhaps even an Internet millionaire.

What many found instead was more women. Attendance at the event was disproportionately female and many women left early or took to the dance floor with each other.

Some local women cynically confided to the out-of-towners that the statistics lied and said that if there was truly a surplus of men, most preferred a late night in front of a computer screen to a romantic dinner.

"I met some girls who drove down from Portland, Oregon," said one 37-year-old woman from Oakland, Calif. "They looked incredibly good for having driven for 14 hours but they were not thrilled when they got here."

By the end of the evening, the women from Portland were nowhere to be found.

Those women who did stick it out saw the odds improve slightly as the night went on. Several men on their way home from work dropped in on the party, saying they were willing to try just about anything to meet someone of the opposite sex. "It's absolutely true that there's a shortage of women," said Greg Friedland, a 25-year-old software developer at Oracle Corp. He came to the American Singles event with a group of friends who confessed to being desperate.

"There's so many men here that the women don't have to do anything. They just sit there looking pretty and the guys swarm around," said Friedland.

Another young software engineer employed at Hewlett-Packard Co said he came to the convention after striking out in several other venues including a flower arranging class. "There's a very poor population of single women in the area," he said. "And I think the women who are here get hit on so often that they don't come out much."

The area's lopsided male-female ratios made national headlines this year after a local newspaper analyzed census data and concluded that Santa Clara County, Calif. had the largest concentration of unattached men of any metropolitan region in the country.

American Singles founder Richard Gosse seized on the data, offering women from around the country their registration fee back if they did not meet one good man. Later he clarified that he never promised the women would be able to have that one good man all to themselves, and that a couple of women might end up meeting the same good man. Gosse, author of books such as "You Can Hurry Love" and "Looking for Love in All the Right Places," does not have the best track record with his singles conventions. He scheduled last year's event in Anchorage on the first day of hunting season and got three women attendees for every man.

So where were all the men this year?

Gosse once again picked a bad weekend. Sunday marked the start of the Comdex convention in Las Vegas, the computer industry's biggest trade show, where hundreds of thousands of high-tech types convene to get a look at new gadgets and hear luminaries like Microsoft CEO Bill Gates speak.


My partner received this email - I suppose Dick Coward is getting annoyed by the fact that we have the rest of our addresses blocked from the remailers. Sam's address is now blocked, as well.

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Saw Cyn on the news last night. What a pig. Are you feeding her 8 meals a day or what? That woman is gargantuan. Whatever you do, don't let her get on top, she'll crush you.

If you have to settle on someone like that, then you are a real loser. Do you not have any pride? Any self-esteem? Thinking about you with her makes me throw up.

 

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