I pinched this idea from Mersipan and Hangingfire. This is my mutual friends list. Here's why you mean so much to me.
castallia</a>, I am so fortunate to know you in real life. Your art never ceases to drop my jaw. I mean it when I say I would pay to see it, if it were in a museum. There is a reason your friends framed your handpainted wrapping paper. Beyond all that, your wisdom, strength, and kindness inspire me. And nobody does better links.
city_of_walls</a> You're a great guy, and I have learned a lot from your LJ. Keep translating stories from the Japanese, please!
coalproximity</a> Always philosophical, and straight-talking, you were one of the first people to welcome me into the LJ community. I'm glad you're back. I adore your "pretty pictures."
douglain</a> I wish I'd connected with you earlier. I'm completely addicted to your journal now. Your sense of humor, intelligence and wit are impressive. The way you use Google for evil ends is always amusing.
hangingfire</a> You're shamelessly outspoken and you like Chow Yun Fat. What can I say? It's a great combo. Oh yes, your journal is both literate and fun. Great links, too.
infanttyrone</a> All around sweetie. You've been so sympathetic to me during this rough time. You may not be aware how talented you are at writing. Your Humbuggy journal entry could have been printed in the SF Chronicle, easily. I always feel like I'm there in the room with you when you describe an event. You're one of those rare people who is entirely "for real." No mask.
jeremyrichards</a> The word Renaissance Man comes to mind when I think of you. You have one of the most blissfully multidisciplinary journals I have seen. Politics to poems, all with panache. I love you even more for sending me Drowsy Samurai even after I told you I would buy it. :) Everyone, buy Drowsy Samurai. It's hip.
jlassen</a> I don't know you well yet, but am hoping that will change soon. I'm so glad you friended me, because on my first trip to your journal, I picked up two useful links I'd never heard of, and was vastly amused by your post on U2/Negativeland/Apple.
malo23</a> Of all the people I've met on LJ, you've become the closest to me. I cherish your wisdom, admire your writing and photography talent, and can't even say how much I value your friendship and moral support. You always have a different angle on everything. I've learned a lot from you. About Japan. About writing. About life. The phrase that comes to mind when I think of you is "have computer, will travel." You're an explorer, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I'm not, and I envy you that flexible mind of yours.
mersipan</a> Another new friend I wish I'd known much longer. Gosh, your journal is fun! Such awesome linkage. It's nice to find yet another person with similar interests, especially one who likes Japan, science fiction, Shostakovich, and beatnik poetry.
palantir</a> You're a one-man omdb (obscure movie database). You have singlehandedly made Netflix worth my time again. Awesome movie reviews. You've watched things probably previously rented by exactly 4 people, ever.
xqjonah</a> You know why I love you already. Good friend online and onphone for several years. I will never forget when I first met you in a game and quickly realized net friendships can be as real as offline ones. There are very few people I know I can could call at 2 AM if something happened to my cat. There were very few people who kept trying to contact me when I vanished into depression and illness. Your journal is pretty nifty, too. *hugs* Thank you for giving me the LJ invite that caused me to start blogging.
wombat_eiko</a> Another new friend I look forward to knowing better. Of all the tributes posted for John Lennon, your choice of Yoko Ono's song was the most moving. Your blog is a marvellous source of weird trivia and news. The word I think of when I think of you is "eclectic."
zoomardav</a> You write the most hilarious two blogs in the entire world. Seriously, your humor never falls flat. Your photos are impossibly cool. I will never forget a couple of them. If someone crossed Ernie Kovacks and Rod Serling in a lab, they'd get you. mountawesome</a> is hysterical.