Got Cash?

I recently read another blog post dealing with the idea that men should buy women drinks when ‘opening’ during their first meeting.  This reminded me of a tangentially related story of my own…

The main character is this very attractive man I dated on and off a few years back.  He was a part of the NYPD — and you know that special appeal men in uniform have.  Anyway, one night I invited Mr. NYPD to an amateur fight night in the city.  The tickets were $20 so I bought two and we were all set. 

We get there, and since I knew my way around I went straight to the concession stand and asked if he wanted a beer.   I had no problem buying since I had offered.  We finish the first round when someone conveniently walked by our seats selling beer.  I asked if he wanted another round and we were set for the next few matches. 

Right around the end of my second beer it’s time for me to break the seal (I swear I have a miniature bladder!).  He walks with me to the bathroom (I’m thinking wow, very gentleman-ly), but as we walk by the concession stand he stops me and asks:  “Do you have any cash for another beer?”  WHAT THE #$%&%^&$%*?!?!?!  Are you serious??  I mean I am all about modern gender roles, but it’s just common courtesy not to ask a girl for cash — right?  Particularly since I had been treating him to an entire night so far!   

I gave him the money for another round of beers 1) because I was caught so off-guard, and 2) because I seriously needed another beer to make it through the night without slapping him.  Is it just me or was that not ridiculous?  I have to ask, because I will admit upfront I lean toward traditional roles and prefer when a man doesn’t let his woman lift a finger (or dollar) for him.  Something about the question “Got Cash?” doesn’t connote sexy, romantic, or appealing.  Unfortunately for Mr. NYPD, the beer ATM (and any further dating consideration) ended after that round.

“Money is not the most important thing in the world. Love is. Fortunately, I love money.” ~Jackie Mason