Paso Robles, California
Over the last few days I've stumbled verbally in discussing friends who are virtual friends. Just yesterday I was mentioning my 'friend,' Monte Stevens and had to explain how he was someone I knew over the Internet (as opposed to real life). Katherine just nodded knowingly as most of my photographer friends are invisible to all but me. I know I'm not alone in this, just as I know I'm an invisible friend to some of you.
Quick aside: There's an old New Yorker comic where two dogs are sitting at a computer and the one at the keyboard looks at the other and says, "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."
I'm thankful for my Internet friends, especially those who have sprung free from their keyboards to become 3-Dimensional persons with voices and color and shaggy hair. Others still wait to be discovered and there is anticipation for that. There's the old adage that you shouldn't meet your heroes as it leads to disappointment but staying invisible isn't the answer either. Those Internet folks I have met have enriched my life and will remain lasting friends.
BTW: I am not a dog. I can forward affidavits from at least 3 people and 1 yellow Lab verifying I'm a human.