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Understanding that money is a leading cause of divorce, Greg and I have read personal finance books together and have reviewed each other's credit reports and financials.

When I drove into that garage, I chose to prioritize compatible characteristics over social status — and found a new entryway into dating. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 33 percent more women graduated from American colleges than men in 2012. Jon Birger, author of "Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game," believes this disparity heightens the competition among women for college-educated men.

In his book, he recommends "dating and marrying across socioeconomic lines — 'mixed-collar marriages' — as an approach for college educated women to find love."I used to not have to worry about such things — I was married and living in Portland, Maine, where my husband was stationed in the Navy.

Three weeks later, he asked me to date him exclusively.

Two months later he met my parents and my daughter.

We've now been dating for six months, and the same lightheartedness and ease transcends all aspects of our relationship, while previous ones at times seemed more competitive than compassionate.

It wasn't just the pickup that was atypical — this security guy was also not my typical love interest.

The area also provided more professional opportunities in public relations, which I studied at the University of Florida.