The Invisibles

April 25, 2021  •  8 Comments

Paso Robles, California
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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. 

 


Comments

Todd Henson(non-registered)
I'd always been told it's ok to have invisible friends as long as they don't start talking to you. I guess I'm a lost cause then. :-) I have no comment about whether I might or might not be a dog, or even a frog.
Carlos Salgado(non-registered)
I love you photography and I will see you soon to style your hair.
Monte Stevens(non-registered)
I'm not a dog either. I have and am both. I enjoy them both. Over the past year I have met many new faces over the internet through blogs and Zoom meetings. I also have met up with some of these virtual friends and hope I can meet more. Love the image!
T.M. Schultze(non-registered)
I am a former In-Person Friend who became an Virtual/Invisible Friend, oh....about March of last year...
Linda Grashoff(non-registered)
I'm glad to see you speak up for invisible friends. Yes, the internet has allowed some awful things to occur, but it has also brought us close to people we never would have known otherwise. I treasure my invisible friends and hope to make them visible, too.
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