Where am I? Please be specific
I see things differently, Tim. The information is valuable to you or you would not have “tried vitrually driving the road between Pisa and Florence” to find the place and you would have forgotten that picture taken 15 years ago. Yet it has puzzled you for 15 years.
The 3 other pictures were a game, as the place was reasonably easy to find (tourist places) and you new the info and could have given clues or the solution should nobody would have found. This is different and I feel it was disingenuous on your part to present it as a game. Moreover, the initial presentation as a game made the search unnecessarily more complex.
This is you who wants some piece of information and hopes we would do the work of finding it for free. At least this is how I see it.
Now, this discussion could have taken a different turn. You could have acknowledged the facts, maybe apologise and I would have asked for something small, maybe a print for our host Asher. I know he collects pictures and Christmas is in 3 weeks. We would all have had a good laugh and stayed good friends.
Things turned out differently and there is a parable here for us photographers. It so happens that, from time to time, there are people who expect that I work for them for free. Fix their computer, repair stuff or, of course, take some pictures for them. I am sure you know the drill: “can you take a portrait, do my wedding, some pictures of that house I sell”. I usually point out that a professional photographer would require a fee for that job.
Some people immediately understand. Some don’t and start shouting, write in bold red letters, come with the most bizarre stories about a different subject and insist that what they asked for was of no value to them and that they can do without if I am so mean. Basically, they make it my fault. As a general rule, I advise against doing business with the second sort of people.
This is just fine, Tim. You owe me nothing and I owe you nothing. You could not know that I would choose to participate, whatever. I may be wrong, it happened to me before. Please note that I did not ask for money and that I am making this text a bit larger for it to be easier to read.