Three Bankers: Allen

December 14th, 2011 at 12:00 am | 12 Comments |

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Read Part 1 in the ‘Three Bankers’ miniseries here.

Banker 2: Allen

Allen eventually made his way onto Wall Street, working for a midsize firm but pulling in a massive, six-figure salary. I always remembered Allen being a very sweet, if awkward and neurotic guy, prone to throwing money around. The most egregious display came when he took me to Vegas along with a group of other students, paid for drinks and bottle service (we went through three bottles of Grey Goose), and then spent the entire night sweet-talking the sister of a rising tech star. Not as a Sex Trophy. For business. I’m serious.

Oddly enough, despite his TriBeCa apartment and the fact that he paid for all my drinks on his company card whenever we went out (and never hit on me! Never ever!), I didn’t feel as if he rubbed his wealth in my face and considered him a good friend. At the same time, he had a certain naivete when it came to money, probably because he came from it.

“So Allen had brunch with the mother of a girl he was seeing,” a friend relayed to me over drinks one night. “And you know how he is. It was at Eleven Madison Park—”

“Obviously—”

“And he’s paying.”

Double obvious.”

“And the mother asks him how he’s managing all of this, and Allen goes, ‘Whatever, I can afford it.’ She asks, how much of it are you saving? And he says, ‘Me? Save? I don’t save.’”

And why would Allen save his money? After all, he had plenty of it to go around. There was no such thing as a rainy day for Allen—having money was to him as natural as breathing, and sure, his parents could provide for him if things got bad, but he could always make more. He would pull in a million dollar salary as easily as he broke an egg yolk with the tip of a silver-plated knife.

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12 Comments so far ↓

  • hisgirlfriday

    So in this installment of Galatea and the Three Bears… errrr Bankers, Banker #2′s wallet is too full after Banker #1′s wallet was too empty.

    Will be very disappointed if Banker #3′s wallet is not JUST. RIGHT.

    • Frumplestiltskin

      that was funny.
      yeah, I don’t get this series either. If Allen is in his mid 20′s his behavior is par for the course.
      She also said he made 6 figures, but which 6 figures. A salary in the 100′s is 6 figures but for NYC is not very much, mid 6 figures is nice, high 6 figures is doing very well, but we don’t know.

      “So Allen had brunch with the mother of a girl he was seeing,” a friend relayed to me over drinks one night. “And you know how he is. It was at Eleven Madison Park—”
      This is terrible writing, how could a person be friends with someone so gossipy and ditzy at the same time? And double obvious? Is she 12 years old?

  • Houndentenor

    Is Ms. Libertarian mocking the trust fund baby? He seems fairly well adjusted for that type, at least from my experience. I hope you’re going somewhere with this. It all seems very obvious, at least to anyone who has ever worked in or near a financial center.

  • sbh

    Galatea,

    Stop trying to write on this forum anymore. Just stop. There’s a job waiting for you at Jiffy Lube. Don’t you realize the context within which you have stubbed your toe for the last several years? It’s not truly tough out there. If you are of above average intelligence but have backbone and determination you can probably rule the world. Surprise yourself: do something.

  • Nanotek

    respectfully, Galatea, for what its worth, old advice from Nebraska Sandhillers…

    “I’m surprised you would take the time from improving yourself to criticize someone else.”

  • CautiousProgressive

    Unlike the posters above, I appreciate this article series.

    It gives insight into the human perspective of people who I (as a rural born, middle-class, scientist) have never interacted with, and am not privileged enough to meet.

  • TJ Parker

    He would pull in a million dollar salary as easily as he broke an egg yolk with the tip of a silver-plated knife.

    And yet he’s only pulling in 6-figures. Which is smaller than a million. Methinks you were too caught up in the turn of phrase to worry about meaning.

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