I have a friend who lives five minutes walk away from me, known me thirty years, and yet am closer in some ways to people on EP, most of whom live hundreds if not thousands of miles away and "know me" only through what I have been writing on here for months, or at most a small number of years. With friends in real life one can "be there" with them, meaning physically, and that means a lot. With my EP friends I can't. (Or stubbornly won't for anonymity reasons.) But I still feel my spirit is with them at times of highs and lows, and theirs with me. Means a lot. And the distance in this forum is irrelevant. Except one can feel more tempted to go visit someone nearer-by, and blow one's anonymity, though I've never done it yet, and as I said yesterday, can't see myself doing so any time soon.