Why I hate news rumour mongering

On April 20th, 1999 I ran the local goth website for Pittsburgh (I still own the domain, though it is dead: pghgoth.com). On that particular day, I was hanging out in my living room with a bunch of other goths trying to figure out where we were going for dinner that night when I got a phone call that went roughly like this (15 year old memory here):

caller: Hello, I’m a reporter with [some local news channel], is this Gwendolyn R. Schmidt?

me: Yes?

reporter: Do you run pghgoth.com?

me: Yes….

reporter: Are you a self-described “Goth”?

me: Yes…………….

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