Dating a banker anonymos
Perhaps most especially on “Wall Street,” status, perceptions and stereotypes prevail so it’s a good microcosm from which to examine our blocks to love, on either front.
And as Mother Teresa once said, ‘If you judge people, you have no time to love them.’ So let’s start there.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to go all Carrie Bradshaw on you, so if you’re worried this will turn into a paean to past paramours, fear not. Which admittedly adds a little frisson to the whole affair, but let’s not run away with ourselves. And even the most high-flying, cash-raking multi-squillionaire banker can’t quite shake off the profession’s prosaic connotations. But the truth is, the IB and his ilk were paid a stomach-curdling fortune to while away the best years of their lives at the beck and call of Mammon.
See, the way things have gone for bankers of late, I feel a bit like I stepped out with Satan. Don’t get me started on the hair conditioner.) The point is, if money is the root of all evil, bankers were its boom-time shoots. In my defence, I did so before the bottom fell out of the banking system and bankers the world over were suddenly out of favour, and long before the services of Dating A Banker Anonymous, a purported support group recently set up online for girlfriends of bankers coping with the downsizing of their bling-ed lives post-economic crash, were required.
The club is putting on a month of consultations in the Square Mile and further afield in a bid to save the city’s love life.
Conversely, some women don’t date bankers because they find them self-absorbed, too busy and overly work-focused.
Some single women who love bankers retract their love when ‘status’ falls away.
It wasn’t the addiction to sleeping pills or the series of failed relationships that set the alarm bells ringing.
Turns out what really made him wise up was the fact that his firm had a suicide task force, to identify anyone deemed to be on the brink and pluck him or her off important projects before disaster struck.