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Dark Angel
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0 posted 03-14-2005 05:19 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel


well i am sure we all have them and what I'd like to know is....

do you consider them "real" friends or "imaginary" friends...either way...how and why do you come to that  
conclusion?

curious me

mxx


and i knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
~Buckingham/Nicks
Susan Caldwell
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1 posted 03-14-2005 06:06 PM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

Real Friends without a doubt.

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

PhaerieChild
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2 posted 03-14-2005 06:42 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Definitely real friends.
I didn't realize that til I got to know White Dove (Becky). She was my first real friend and I have made countless others since.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we might as well dance.

Midnitesun
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3 posted 03-14-2005 06:56 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

Well, personally, even the UNREAL acting characters are always real.
REAL, and even if I never get to meet you in 3D reality? You are all real to me, and I act as if we'd be real-time visiting friends if we lived in the same state or country. I've only met five Pipsters in person, but can safely say each IS very real. I stay in touch with each one, even if only via email or the board.
Then again, there are a couple of internet people whom I've decided might just be....poetry-generated anime characters. LOL
(Raphie??? )
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4 posted 03-14-2005 08:24 PM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

More real than most of the people I see every day. It's a different kind of relationship, that's sure....but there's no less of friendship in it, and in some ways there is more.

~~(¸¸¸¸ºº>   ~~(¸¸¸¸ºº>  ~~(¸¸ ¸¸ºº>    ~~~(¸¸ER¸¸ºº>
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Christopher
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5 posted 03-14-2005 09:01 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

friends?

egowhores.com - really love yourself.

Nan
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6 posted 03-14-2005 09:36 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

There's nothing imaginary about this group.. Nope - Real for sure...
Alicat
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7 posted 03-14-2005 10:07 PM       View Profile for Alicat   Email Alicat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alicat

I'll go with both: some real, some not, just like in Real Life.  Some become great friends, some don't, again, like RL.

Of course, that's how I met my sweety, through MS Comic Chat back in 97 (friends) and then met up with her in 2000 (friends) and am still with her (significant other, aka burrito blanky baby).
Aenimal
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8 posted 03-14-2005 10:10 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

er..thanks(?) and pbllllllt kacy lol
i always thought i was more berkeley breathed inspired than anime
http://www.berkeleybreathed.com/Images/fav_strip9_full.jpg

but for a few rare slips, i'm notoriously guarded and incredibly self conscious so personally, i only consider a handful internet friendships 'real.' there are others that i'm slowly working on, and others i've abandoned for better or worse.

it seems distance, and the comfort of being behind a wall(screen), allows some people to open up more than they normally would, or could. which is both the beauty and danger of the internet friendships.

provided you get past the obvious dangers of trusting anyone on the net, these are what i've found to the basic elements of internet friendships:

the beauty of the comforts i mentioned, are that they allow some of us to be ourselves, rather than the caricatures we consciously or unconsciously create in the 'real' world(or on poetry boards ). because of this, you can get to the core or essence of a person much quicker

the danger is, once things go bad or things get shaky, those comforts i spoke of become a means of retreat or withdrawal from responsibilities that come with relationships

but determining a great friend from a bad one is not much different from the real world really, it just happens faster


serenity blaze
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9 posted 03-14-2005 10:16 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Sometimes I think I'm a figment of my own imagination.

Michelle_loves_Mike
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10 posted 03-14-2005 11:17 PM       View Profile for Michelle_loves_Mike   Email Michelle_loves_Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michelle_loves_Mike

Gotta agree with Alicat 100%, and, I also met my mike online, (we will be together 2 years in May)

No one really cares,,why should I?

Gentle Spirit
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11 posted 03-15-2005 08:15 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

I used to ask myself the very same question Maree, and I think that there are definately real friends on line and then there are those who only act out who they want to be. The sad thing is when we actually get to meet someone to find out they were putting on a front the entire time....but as to if there are real friends on line..
yeppers, some better than the ones we have in our real lives....
I dunno, I'm sure that didnt help any, but for me, there are those who are on line and there when needed just as much as those who are right within touching distance...

and there is no distance hon when it comes to the heart.  

ok...Im done rambling now....
Sunshine
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12 posted 03-15-2005 10:11 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

If you are all still putting up with me after five plus years, then I guess "friends" is what I would call it...sometimes it even slips, and feels like "family"...
Sudhir Iyer
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13 posted 03-15-2005 11:18 AM       View Profile for Sudhir Iyer   Email Sudhir Iyer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sudhir Iyer

Sometimes and on some other times, I am my own imagination
littlewing
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14 posted 03-15-2005 02:55 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

definitely real . . . sometimes it hurt more in here than out.
Sometimes I laughed more in here than out.  Sometimes I found more comfort in here than out.
and sometimes I have been so mad in here that I would have gladly taken a hammer to the screen.



I have been lucky enough to find people that understand me, moreso than most people I see everyday understand me and I do believe it does have to do with being unguarded.

Even though the people that are right in front of us see us everyday, they do not always see what is inside of us.  It is that rare glimpse you offer, letting someone in, that makes it so very and most definitely real.

It is almost as if you lose one of your senses in here, yet gain another allowing you to show yourself. Which is dangerous, but I have not regretted one thing. I have learned so much from all of you and have helped me to become a better person.  I could only hope for the same.
Dark Angel
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15 posted 03-15-2005 03:05 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

I'll go with both, some real, some not so real  (although they're real heh)just like in everyday 3D living. Though some are more real than my everyday peeps. One day, hopefully I'll get to meet them.

Donna?

"and there is no distance hon when it comes to the heart."

I do believe that...sometimes? there is.  

You guys are great....yes..even YOU Christopher

now where's that group hug smilie?

ahh well...

mxx

and i knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
~Buckingham/Nicks

Dark Angel
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16 posted 03-15-2005 03:07 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

And Sue? yup, xactly what you said  

and i knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
~Buckingham/Nicks

Gentle Spirit
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17 posted 03-15-2005 03:08 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

Maree, I know hon, sometimes it feels like the distance is so far that it hurts like hell, but yet in the heart, we hold them as close as we want too.  You know what I mean...(I think...   )

Your a sweetie,   gal.
littlewing
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18 posted 03-15-2005 03:09 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

sometimes the distance and the holding in the heart, is the hardest thing . . .

*smile*  I am glad you agree, Maree.
Gentle Spirit
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19 posted 03-15-2005 03:10 PM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

sometimes Suzie says...

all the times.....the distance is the one that doesnt let go.....

sigh....yep...

now, where is that group hug?  
littlewing
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20 posted 03-15-2005 03:11 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

yes, Donna, all the time . . . *smile*

you guys are tryin ta make me cry . . .

*laughing*

     

Dark Angel
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21 posted 03-15-2005 03:24 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Donna, yup, I knows what ya mean  

Sue? I'm glad that you agree that I agree

to you both


and i knew in the crystalline knowledge of you
~Buckingham/Nicks
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22 posted 03-15-2005 03:26 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

I have got to go with the "depends on who we're talking about" response. I have met some on here- and other online sources- that I would consider friends. There are others that I would consider to be aquaintances. It all depends on who they are.
Everyone should know where they stand.

In the wooden chair
Beside my window
I wear a face born in the falling rain

littlewing
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23 posted 03-15-2005 03:54 PM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

I agree with Brad about the "depends on who we are talking about" part (pointing directly up)

ahahaha OMG, that is the first time I laughed all day, sorry Brad.

You know I am joking . . .
Ringo
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24 posted 03-15-2005 11:12 PM       View Profile for Ringo   Email Ringo   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ringo

(Crying)

Nobody loves me... everybody hates me... I'm going out to eat...

(Bonus points for whomever can finish the sentance.)

In the wooden chair
Beside my window
I wear a face born in the falling rain

 
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