As most of you know, I have friends who cross all bounds. Tonight I invited a friend of mine to a party held by some extremely wealthy friends of mine. They are very dear to me because of things that have nothing to do with their money as I knew them before they had it. Now, over the years I have just gotten used to them having tons of cash. We have never treated each other differently or anything. It's never been weird. But tonight I take a banker friend of mine there and he kind of freaks out. "OMG! I need to buy a place like this! This what my life needs to be!" I just said, "Hey-these are my friends, can you tone it down?" "Dude, this is where I need to go." "OK fine, but they don't give a crap". I calmed him down, but it made me realize some things. I view my friends as ends, not means. I think my friend views people as means to an end. I feel like I exposed my wealthy friends to a leech. Did I? He went on and on about how he needs to become friends with these guys and it made me angry. They are my friends and I don't want to see them taken advantage of.