I have friends, but since I live in Texas most don’t travel* or read. On the other hand, maybe “friends” is itself a metaphor for people you hang out with because the people you prefer live in Portland. I did see Spalding Gray’s “Swimming to Cambodia” and learned a lot about Thailand and what exotic dancers do with coke bottles and ping pong balls. Does that count as reading?
*Unless you count the mall or going to Dallas to see the Cowboys