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Friend for Hire: $150/hr

Posted By Jim On 09/27/2005 @ 9:36 am In Personal Finance | 6 Comments

For $150 an hour, you can hire Mr. Michael Biondo to come be your friend, just ask Jessica Seid of CNN/Money who got a test run of Biondo’s lifestyle consulting services [3]. Biondo is a lifestyle consultant, “the latest offshoot of the booming market of upscale personal services,” and is like every one of the “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” guys rolled into one. The most startling part of this article is when Robert Thompson [4], a professor of pop culture at Syracuse (technically, Professor Television Radio Film), states that these consultants fill a “void left by the dissolution of close familial relationships and neighborhoods.”

If you could afford it, would you hire someone to be your professional friend? What if none of your deadbeat actual friends found out?


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[3] test run of Biondo’s lifestyle consulting services: http://money.cnn.com/2005/09/26/pf/lifestyle_consultants/index.htm

[4] Robert Thompson: http://newhouse.syr.edu/bio.cfm?Email=rthompso

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