Daawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.....I funking love this: " free from the scrutiny of feminists, that invites women to join if your monthly Bergdorfs allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/nyregion/28daba.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 The economic crisis came home to 27-year-old Megan Petrus early last year when her boyfriend of eight months, a derivatives trader for a major bank, proved to be more concerned about helping a laid-off colleague than comforting Ms. Petrus after her father had a heart attack. For Christine Cameron, the recession became real when the financial analyst she had been dating for about a year would get drunk and disappear while they were out together, then accuse her the next day of being the one who had absconded. Dawn Spinner Davis, 26, a beauty writer, said the downward-trending graphs began to make sense when the man she married on Nov. 1, a 28-year-old private wealth manager, stopped playing golf, once his passion. One of his best friends told me that my job is now to keep him calm and keep him from dying at the age of 35, Ms. Davis said. Its not what I signed up for. They shared their sad stories the other night at an informal gathering of Dating a Banker Anonymous, a support group founded in November to help women cope with the inevitable relationship fallout from, say, the collapse of Lehman Brothers or the Dows shedding 777 points in a single day, as it did on Sept. 29. In addition to meeting once or twice weekly for brunch or drinks at a bar or restaurant, the group has a blog, billed as free from the scrutiny of feminists, that invites women to join if your monthly Bergdorfs allowance has been halved and bottle service has all but disappeared from your life. Theirs is not the typical 12-step prog ram. Step 1: Slip into a dress and heels. Step 2: Sip a cocktail and wait your turn to talk. Step 3: Pour your heart out. Repeat as needed. About 30 women, generally in their mid- to late-20s, regularly post to the Web site or attend meetings. We do make light of everything on the blog and its very tongue in cheek, said Laney Crowell, 27, who parted ways with a corporate real estate investor last month after a tumultuous relationship. But it all stems out of really serious and heartfelt situations. When she introduces other Wall Street widows to the group, Ms. Crowell added, They call their friends and say, Youre not going to believe what I just read. Its going to make you feel so much better. Once it was seen as a blessing in certain circles to have a wealthy, powerful partner who would leave you alone with the credit card while he was busy brokering deals. Now, many Wall Street wives, girlfriends and, increasingly, exes, are living the curse of cutbacks in nanny hours and reservations at Masa or Megu. And that credit card? Canceled. Raoul Felder, the Manhattan divorce lawyer, said that cases involving financiers always stack up as the economy starts to slip, because layoffs and shrinking bonuses place stress on relationships and, he said, because there arent funds or time for mistresses any more. (One such mistress wrote on the blog that when she pouted about not having been taken on a trip lately, her married man explained that with money so tight, his wife had taken to checking up on his accounts.) Harriet Pappenheim, a psychotherapist at Park Avenue Relationship Consultants who wrote For Richer or Poorer, a 2006 book on money in marriage, said that the repercussions could be acute for Wall Street wunderkinds who define their identities through their job titles and the size of their bonuses. Its a big blow to their egos and to their self-esteem, she said of the endless stream of economic bad news, and they may take it out on their partners and children. Ms. Petrus, a lawyer, and Ms. Crowell, who works for a fashion Web site, started the support group when they realized that they were facing similar problems in their relationships with bankers last fall. We put two and two together and figured out that it was the economy, not us, Ms. Petrus recalled at a recent meeting in the lobby bar of the Bowery Hotel. When guys in banking are going through this, they cant handle a relationship.(She and her boyfriend split up last year; he declined to discuss it.) Many of the women said that as the economic crisis struck last fall, they began tracking the markets during the day to predict the moods that the men they loved might be in later. On big news days, like when the first proposed government bailout failed in Congress, or when Lehman went belly-up, they knew that plans to see their partners would be put off.