It is a cliche to say this, but the web has made the world a smaller and cozier place. Today I sent an email to a professor in Australia about obtaining some books from University of Hawaii press. I had a (brief) chat with a former student in Germany and exchanged emails with an Albanian friend. Also, I responded to an email from a Malaysian friend (who I had never met but hope to communicate by webcam sometime). Then I sent an email to a project manager in Canada about the status of my work project, checked a newsletter from a man in Hong Kong and read a short story by a young American writer in Thailand. All these virtual acquaintances, and still I cannot find a date on Fridays.