"I am looking for a female who can screen, write, respond to and set up telephone calls with potential dates from online dating websites," wrote a "busy Wall Street professional" in a Craigslist post titled "Online Dating Writer/Manager." Why? "Don't have time to do this myself."
I think I'm in love.
Who can blame a guy for being busy? One needs more than 24 hours a day to lose billions in a derivatives trade or to crunch code for an high-frequency trading algorithm or to be a quantitative analyst consumed with shorting the Fed. Who has time to find Ms. Right?
Perhaps we are beginning to understand why someone hasn't dated much. (Read More:
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I do, however, foresee challenges in landing the heart of a lady this way.
Imagine you are a single woman looking for love in Manhattan. Welcome to a very big club. Maybe you sign up to MillionaireMatch.com to find the London Whale of your dreams.
You land on the profile of a modern day Sherman McCoy and think, "That's the Master of the Universe for me." You screw up your courage and send out a feeler. You get a response! Suddenly the phone rings! However, instead of hearing the voice of some financial Capt. James T. Kirk managing an epic economic Enterprise, it's only Uhura. Oh.
Set phasers on stun.
If this Craigslist post is legitimate, at least the guy is TRYING. Well, with your help, of course. Applicants need to be "a good writer and have a passion for social media." Pay is "negotiable" (WARNING: RED ALERT). I've emailed the person who listed the posting, and I'll let you know if I hear anything. (Read More: Update: Wall Street Pro Seeking Dating Help Is 'Great Guy': Colleague.)
If it all sounds a little crazy, this is Wall Street, people. I first heard this story from The Huffington Post, which also said another guy on Wall Street "reportedly used a spreadsheet to organize his Match.com dates. A freakin' spreadsheet."
Here's a thought. Maybe the post itself is a form of online dating. Females only need apply, right? Plus, posting a job on Craigslist is only about $25, much less than joining a dating site. GENIUS! (Read More: 12 Unique Dating Sites.)
This is exactly the kind of efficient, profitable tactic I'd expect from someone busy making a killing working on a deal to buy Hostess out of bankruptcy with proceeds from shorting Facebook at the IPO.
—By CNBC's Jane Wells; Follow her on Twitter: @janewells