How can you tell who your true friends are?? When you are in a dark alley, out of the shadows comes 15 thugs with guns, knives and baseball bats, you turn around to take a look; whomever is still standing behind you, those are your true friends.
This is exactly where PDT has been since he said I DO. He has been in a dark alley with some very nasty, vindictive fools trying got cut his throat. He has weathered the storm and still has a few very select friends that stood beside and behind him.
It is very easy to be friends when times are good. The test of true friendship is; who is standing with you when times are bad. These are the people that will reap the benefits when all scores are settled.
Some foolish people fall in love instantly with everyone they meet. In under five minutes they spill their guts and the person knows their life history. Those relationships usually last about 30 minutes. I would rather have 5 good friends, than 1,000 acquaintances
Any person can feel very lucky to have 5 good friends in their life. Acquaintances are a dime a dozen, true friends are invaluable.
Where I met some of the people I would consider a great friends and trust with my life, was in the USMC. The biggest brotherhood in the world.
Semper Fi to all the nasty sons-a-bitches (they would take it as a compliment) . Not many of them can be still on this side of the grass.