You know "soul mates"? Now before you get all squicky, think about it. Soul mates don't have to be romantic, they are just people who come into your life and click. They can be a best friend, family member, mentor. You ever meet someone who feels like an old friend right off the bat? A soul mate, if you want to get all New Agey, is someone whose energy resonates in harmony with yours. You feel comfortable; you trust each other; you can fight and make up without any damage done; you can not talk or see each other for days, weeks, months, years and pick right up where you left off. That's a soul mate.
I "met" Wirecutter three years (damn, really?) ago when I clicked on his link in Michelle Obama's Mirror's bloglist. (Really good blog, you should check it out if you haven't already.) I spent three days reading through the archives and thinking about my personal philosophy and political leanings. I laughed, I cringed, I scrolled quickly past the babe pictures (not good for a shaky self-esteem), and I decided to write an email complementing him and thanking him for sharing his unapologetic manliness in an age where being manly is considered politically incorrect. And then he wrote back.
We discovered we shared a lot of common experiences and yet were completely different. We became e-penpals of sorts. I introduced myself to his lovely wife, Miss Lisa, so she'd know there wasn't anything hinky going on between her husband and me, and we became friends. Miss Lisa is absolutely delightful and a perfect mate for Wirecutter. I eventually met his mom on Facebook, sadly after his Pops passed away and she was in mourning, but we also became friends. She's been a wonderful source of baby pictures.
Basically, without a hard and fast definition, Wirecutter is family, tribe. He and Miss Lisa know they can call on me for anything, and I know the same about them. And we've never met in person. This is all on the internet. So I hope that clears things up.
Wirecutter, got anything to add?