Over the past few weeks, I’ve received a lot of support and love from friends that I met via online sailing forums and through blogging.
While many of these friendships started out on the Internet, I have been lucky to meet quite a few of them in real life as well. They range across a wide cross-section of race, socio-economic and political boundaries.
These people are no less friends than the ones I see everyday, though the way I met them is virtual, our friendships are not.
Some, like my friend Patrick, who I met via the Sailnet.com sailing forums, I see on a fairly regular basis. Others, like my friend Alex, I see whenever his work brings him to my part of the world.
Some, like Carol Anne, Fuu, and Pia–all fellow bloggers, I have never actually met so far in real life, but hope to do so one day.
The one thing they have in common, is that over the course of time, they have become part of the family I have chosen for myself.
There is no holiday set aside to honor friends, especially virtual friends, so I thought I would write this post to tell all of you how much you all have come to mean to me and that I value the love, support and advice you have given me over the years. Thank you for being there.
Back to our regularly scheduled programming….