Directly beneath the tower, was my friend's mine. While my mining techniques are more organic and spontaneous, his was completely structured and deliberate. First, there is a water-based elevator that goes from the bottom of the water tower straight down to the bottom of the world; that unbreakable, metallic area I've mentioned in early entries. At consistent intervals along the path to the bottom, the way, there are tall wide tunnels jutting out from the elevator. In essence, there's a level 1 mine, a level 2 mine, and so on. There's something to be said for this method as it dramatically cuts down on surprises and danger.
I, however, embrace a certain amount of danger, so I decided to start branching out from one of his tunnels. At first he was a bit worried that I'd ruin his system, but since I put a door between my mine expansion and his tunnel, he was ok with it.
I like this world better. I like knowing that there are people around. People to appreciate my work, people whose work I can appreciate, and people who can help share the burden of reshaping a world. I started my new home right next to my friend's water tower. We'll see how things develop.