October 14, 2003





Do you have any foreign penpals or email buddies who you have never met?

Is Chicago considered foreign? In the late 1990s, I met a guy through Yahoo Personals. We started a relationship where we would call each other at work. Well, that flamed out, but in the
process I started writing to a fellow he worked with. A nice guy, married with kids. We have maintained this relationship for more than five years. We exchange birthday and Christmas presents and write a little almost every day. I have never met him. I hope to do so someday.

Cindy, 41


Cathie, 53
Novi, MI USA

I have had a few email buddies from America, Australia and Finland in the past, but I haven't been in contact with any of them for a while now.

Aly, 17
Cardiff UK

No. But at work, I have worked for years with people in offices in other states that I have never met. We do jobs through the office email.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA

Yes, a few. But there are also a couple I did have the opportunity to meet in person. Great fun!

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

I correspond with a woman in Rotterdam and a man in Australia.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

No. Lots of friends in other countries who keep in touch via e-mail, though.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

Not really. I have people I argue with on a regular basis on the same message boards now and then but never any direct email correspondence.

Alias Irrelevante

Can't say that I do.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

I used to. I've kind of lost touch with them all. I still wonder how they're doing from time to time,

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

I met one foreign pen pal -- a girl from Germany. We lost touch after her mother died when we were in college. I corresponded with a girl from Japan for a little while, but that didn't last much more than a year. She sent me some beautiful printed paper that I still have.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

Yes - I have friends all over the world who I talk to everyday - from as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia, to as close as a Korean pal of mine in Toronto, Canada.

Jared, 20
Crestline, CA USA

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