Nowadays, it's so hard to find someone who's hardworking, smart, funny, cool, clever and cultured. Perks and shortcomings are part and parcel of being with anyone, whether he or she is a writer, a lawyer or a science nerd.
But there are nine things that are both annoying and amazing about dating a finance guy:
1. If your guy has a big PowerPoint presentation or an important interview coming up, you're forced to be the clueless bystander.
No one said giving mock interviews was fun. They're probably even less fun for the interviewee, who just wants the actual ordeal to be over with already. But when you're instructed to walk your loved one through his resume, you're already half asleep because you know his entire life already.
Nonetheless, you brace yourself, look down at the ratty sheet of paper he's provided you and ask about shareholders .
2. You're never going to get to pick what's on TV in the morning.
He's never going to let you watch "Gossip Girl" because he needs to check the stocks and watch finance reports on CNN.
3. It's a privilege to see him dressed down.
He's usually always donning a suit and tie. If not, he's in business casual attire.
It's almost a relief when you finally get to see him in sweatpants and a Hanes shirt.
4. Gift giving has never been easier.
Being with a guy who's into crunching numbers has made gift giving effortless.
Get him a cool, new, updated Texas Instrument financial calculator. Get him a new dress shirt to add to his collection.
Get him a solid gold pen to sign checks with. Get him monogrammed cuff links.
5. Don't expect him to read your messages immediately.
Relax. He's probably just burying his face in a copy of the Wall Street Journal, trying to get his money's worth in subscription fees. If it's not that, he's probably reading Neil O'Hara's "The Fundamentals Of Municipal Bonds."
If he's on his phone, he's probably mobile browsing some article on Business Insider, Forbes or Fast Company. He's not ignoring you. Promise.
6. It's never about you. It's always about Microsoft Excel.
In his spare time, he's probably working on Excel spreadsheets. Don't worry. You'll never understand it.
In fact, I just got lectured by my boyfriend for telling him he should get a Macbook. Apparently, since he's a "finance-ier," he needs Excel.
Excel works masterfully on Windows. But on Macs, "it kills time." But really, if you ask me what he's doing, he's probably on the verge of jabbing his eyes out – Oedipus-Rex style – after staring at those Excel spreadsheets for too long.
7. Don't worry about going out with friends.
He will always be the one to manage the check. This is great because it's the task nobody wants to take on after finishing a meal while out with friends.
But he's all for it.
8. He's fiscally responsible.
Let's not deny the appeal of dating someone with a lot of disposable income. But honestly, fiscal responsibility is most important.
When you're with a finance nerd, you get a guy who is aware of both.
9. When he parties, he parties hard.
It's not because he's irresponsible. It's because he's always so swamped with work that when he finally gets the chance to let loose, he goes harder than you did on your first Las Vegas trip with your girlfriends. Depending on the kind of day you're having, it could be exhausting to keep up with him as he tries to release the tension of his heavy work week in a single weekend.
But if you're down to party, why not?
I promise you he really does love you, even if it seems he's always distracted by his work. There are just some things you can't control, and your schedule may be one of them.
So, if you make dinner plans or something, get used to hearing, "Sorry babe, but we might have to reschedule for another night because my managing director wants me to do a thing."
But it's cool. You wouldn't trade the tumult and grueling hours for a relationship with anybody else.