Over the years I’ve collected a few online friends and acquaintances. One of these tends to come and go fairly sporadically, we catch up and then he disappears again for a bit. Usually many months will go by without any contact. Both of us are perfectly comfortable with this set up. He popped up again the other day and this was the conversation we had:

Him: Hi

Me: Hi

*2 hours go by during which I have lunch, read a fair bit and play some computer games*

Him: how are you doing today?

Me: that was a long pause in the conversation!

Him: ah yea, i had to go out and dig up some potatoes