My deepest, darkest confession is that I read The New York Times wedding section. (The darkest one you're going to hear here, anyway.) My only excuse for reading it is that it's so gratifying to see certain patterns repeated over and over.
One of the patterns is that a bride's looks correlate highly with the amount of money the groom makes. It's not a perfect correlation, but it's pretty close. The really pretty brides almost always get married to a guy who works at a private equity firm, or a hedge fund, or at an investment bank, or maybe a lawyer at a high-powered firm, or maybe a doctor.
After a while, you realize, the pretty ones are essentially just selling themselves to the highest bidder. Yes, the guy's looks enter into the equation, but they don't count for nearly as much as his job.
These good-looking brides usually work at pretty-girl-jobs, which they will undoubtedly quit after their weddings. For instance, they might work for Sotheby's, or as a buyer for Macy's, or as an account executive at an advertising firm, or as a fund-raiser of some sort.
I could reproduce their pictures and wedding articles here, but if I did there wouldn't be room for anyone else. And I don't think the fact that pretty girls tend to marry rich guys exactly qualifies as a huge newsflash.
Another pattern that I see repeated fairly frequently is that gay guys who get married often marry guys to whom they bear a notable resemblance. One such couple, Andrew Hermann and Timothy Poulin, were featured in today's Times:
No one would mistake them for identical twins; but they could easily be fraternal ones.
You'd think that having sex with someone who looks like you would pall quicker than normal, but this is evidently not the case in certain sectors of the gay community.
(I was going to say something about how this way at least we won't have to wonder about whom the children will take after, but commenter "Gardner" recently implied I was snarky, so I'm going to refrain.)
Another pattern it's hard not to notice is how often the gay guys have gay jobs. Andrew Hermann, on the left, "is a digital producer in New York for the website of Bravo, the cable television network. He graduated from Swarthmore College."
That sorta makes him a walking, talking gay stereotype. (Bravo has a lot of gay-themed shows, and Swarthmore is, well, Swarthmore.) Poulin, on the right, has avoided that stereotype: he works for a mutual fund, Lord Abbett.
Both Andrew and Timothy look like nice guys, the kind who would be quite pleasant to be around.
I wish them both happiness. And I hope they never get bored looking in the mirror.