I've been on a few dates with guys who work in "finance" — as in, they can't explain to me in 10 words or less what it is exactly that they do with all those numbers and dollar signs all day long (and hey, as a creative girl who writes for a living, I'm not about to ask them to elaborate). I'm always initially attracted to them because of the way they can rock a suit, a la Barney Stinson, and how they exude so much confidence and purpose in what they do. But as soon as that tie is loosened and that second Jack-and-Coke is dry, their horns come out.
There was one guy, who worked at Barclay's, who told me he was depressed, and then proceeded to punch out a ceiling light and cackle as he was thrown out of the bar.
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There was another date who started work at 5:30 every morning, and was so obsessed with his alma mater that blue and gold were the only colors he could see or wear outside of the office. Naturally, he'd also party as if he was back in college, getting so drunk that he'd unleash his pent-up wrath on the nearest server, barback or cab driver he could find.
I'd like to say I'm the only person who's witnessed such nightmares, but sadly, the reverse is true. There's evidence popping up all over the Web that men like this are a dime a dozen in the money biz, which has given me three more reasons why I'll be wary of dating more finance guys:
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1. Money comes first. As HowAboutWe points out, the great part about dating someone in finance is that they probably have a large disposable income that they can spend on romantic dinners, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and, well, you. However, their job will always come first, how much they make will almost always come up on the first date (ugh), and most likely, any emotional problems you have will have to be explained in dollars and cents for them to understand and/or sympathize.
2. They don't let you off the hook. Have you seen this creepy letter on The Stir? It was written by an investment banker who simply could not take unreturned texts and calls as an answer that a first date didn't want to see him again. So, he Googled her and proceeded to pen this 1,600-word email asking why she wasn't into him. Uh, talk about a high opinion of yourself?