Hire a Drinking Buddy--at Least in the Ukraine

Orange County is a hotbed of innovation and new ideas, but I think people here would never try, or admit, to want to hire someone to drink alongside them. Who's desperate enough for company to try and do that?

The Ukraine, of course!

Der Spiegelhas the story on the service

, which calls itself Kind Fair and charges $18 per night of conversation, camaraderie, and holding back your head as you make an appointment with the porcelain throne. ""Virtually all of our people are talented," the founder said. "They can play guitar, sing or recite poetry. Today you may want to talk about art and tomorrow to read Faust."

Faust? Hell, I'd settle for a pal that could talk Gunkist memories...

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