From my rural outpost, have managed to personally meet four AP members. All seem like decent (relatively level headed ) people. Think some would be potential friends without the tyranny of distance.
I think I have many friends on AP. Though this week I got my first notice from someone asking to be my AP friend.
And the point is! Apart from forum community, which happens through our interaction in various threads, is there any reason to ask to make yourself someone else's friend?