No, not the ones on Facebook, or your e-mail lists, or even in your Blackberry® or iPhone®.
I’m talking about real friends. Friends who go out with you, to dinner, to a movie. Friends who would be there to help you in any situation with just a call from you. Friends like Ethel was to Lucy. The people who are willing to try dumb things, get in trouble with you, and be there to bail you out.
Not that many? Well, your problem has been solved.
There is a new service available, for a fee.
In many cities, worldwide, you can now go to the internet, connect to the Rent A Friend website, and for about $10 an hour per friend per hour, you can have all the friends you can afford.
When I first read about this, my immediate thought was sure, in New York or Los Angeles, or even Las Vegas, but never in my little town here in the South. The South is traditional. In the South we have real friends. There are songs about the kind of friendships we have in the South. Friendships here are real, heartfelt, and true. Friends are not rented.
I was wrong.
I went to the Rent A Friend website, typed in my zip code and was met by the smiling face of just one of the 16 friends in my area available for rental. Sixteen! There were already 16 people listed in my area, in the South, who could be my friend for a fee. They were male. They were female. They were young. They were my age. They were willing to hang out with me doing what I like to do. They would give me business advice, heal me psychically, run errands for me, attend family functions (bless their hearts), and even walk the dog I don’t have. All for about $10 per hour, more or less.
Each of the friends on the Rent A Friend website list different interests and events they are willing to do – for a fee. Some will even waive the fee depending on the activity.
Rent A Friend is not a dating site. Rent A Friend states that their friendships are for “Platonic” friendships only. These people are available, via rental, to be your friend and do friend type things with you. If a real friendship develops, and it might, the contract is cancelled, and voila, you now have a friend to hang out with you that you don’t have to pay for. You can have a different friend for each activity. Or multiple friends
You can join Rent A Friend for $24.95 and then search for your perfect friend. You can list yourself as a friend for rent free of charge.
If social media has rendered you a recluse, or if all your current friends are imaginary, worry no more. Rent A Friend is here to solve your friendship problems.
From the life and mind of: Wanda M. Argersinger © 2010 All Rights Reserved