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Sophisticate seeks sameDear Box 194:You describe yourself in your ad as an attractive, sensitive and sophisticated professional who loves living life to the fullest.You also say you enjoy backgammon, bungee jumping and fast red cars. A beguiling combination of interests.Let me...

Sophisticate seeks same

Dear Box 194:

You describe yourself in your ad as an attractive, sensitive and sophisticated professional who loves living life to the fullest.

You also say you enjoy backgammon, bungee jumping and fast red cars. A beguiling combination of interests.

Let me tell you something of myself and what I am looking for. Are you my complement?

Qualities

I am ambitious, confident, inquisitive, entertaining, sexy and lacking in false modesty. I also love a good story.

Now, some mistakenly assume they can read me like a book. Don’t believe it. Picture me instead as a thoughtful and provocative magazine. One whose secrets are revealed with each turning page. One that begs to be discovered. Explored. Appreciated. An easy pick-up.

This turns you on. Adventurous and secure in your own abilities, you delight in expecting the unexpected from your bold companion – be it in bed, on the breakfast table, or during an intercontinental flight.

The stories I could tell.

Rub shoulders

In my line of business (let’s just say ‘publishing’), I rub shoulders with some of Canada’s most charismatic and provocative individuals.

Visions of nba basketball at Biagio’s with David Peterson. Visions of diamonds over chowder in Chuck’s kitchen up in the diamond fields of the Northwest Territories.

In other words, characters you know. Or thought you knew. And up-and-coming players you had not heard of till I introduced them.

These are successful people you can identify with: risk-takers, iconoclasts, visionaries, inventors, wunderkinder from all walks who are shaping our future.

Colorful Canadians

These are the colorful and dynamic Canadians you would love to assemble in one place to hear their tales of fortune and adventure. And you can – at my place.

You are also a seeker of fortune. You possess the spirit of adventure. I divine from your few well-chosen words we share the same kind of wanderlust. You enjoy living on the cutting edge, preferably with clean sheets and hot and cold running water.

Cities

Every month I visit at least one major city in Canada and such international centres as Paris, Dublin, Tokyo or Mexico City. I scout only for the best value in restaurants, bars and hotels.

The world is our oyster; together let’s discover the sights, sounds, and smells that civilize our otherwise grinding itineraries. Let’s synchronize appointment diaries and just run away. To a backgammon convention somewhere.

Just kidding. Hope you have a sense of humor because that is important to me. Of course, you have a serious side. You want today’s creature comforts, but you also want financial security for you and your loved ones. Which brings me to the M-word.

Money

As one with extensive experience in money matters (there, I said it), I believe any honest relationship starts with a thorough understanding of each other’s life goals and attendant financial strategies.

For that special someone I bring a wealth of helpful advice on maintaining a realistic budget, strategic portfolio management, and, yes, sound retirement planning.

Meeting of minds

I would never suggest I replace your current financial advisor. I am controversial, colorful, and a little crazy -but not that crazy. This, after all, is a meeting of minds, not a proposed merger.

But with your obvious attributes, and my list of professional contacts in the personal finance industry, we could build quite a handsome nest egg.

Yours expectantly,

‘FPM’

OXOXX$$OX

Brian Thomson is senior copywriter in the promotion department at The Financial Post Company, publisher of The Financial Post Magazine.