I have and had some great friends in the Montaignian sense, even in the UFO community, believe it or not.
I’ve also lost a few along the way: Leon Davidson, Lucius Farish, Richard Hall (who helped me, greatly, during a stressful time with some UFO Updaters), and Bruce Duensing (may he rest in peace).
Today, I count as friends: Nick Redfern (a real pal), Kevin Randle (a true buddy), Jose Antonio Caravaca (Spain, a colleague), Gilles Fernandez (France, an erudite skeptic), the Anomalist founder Patrick Huyghe (luv that guy) and his listing staffer(s) William Murphy (who notes my postings and makes correctives when needed, which if often) and sometimes Chris Savia (who’s a little hesitant to note my ramblings here), Martin Kottmeyer (who often provides substantive materials that elucidate), Christopher Allan (CDA, when he’s operative), Zoam Chomsky (The Iron Skeptic, Aaron Sakulich, even though he’s a little nuts) and that’s about it.
Friends are a must, for living, as Montaigne’s eloquent essay On Friendship tells us.
And in the UFO world where “trolls” and haters (as the internet cites them) abound, one needs the support and encouragement of real friends to keep plugging away at a thankless enterprise.
Fortunately, I have some support, which keeps me going here.
I hope you have something similar.