The Alpha/Beta Decoder
He says tomato; she owns Heinz. Herewith, your cheat sheet for spotting this millennium's oddest bedfellows.
Photo Credit: Chris Buck
Alpha: Begins every sentence with, "I'm crazy-busy right now..."
Beta: Begins every sentence with, "Let me check with my better half..."
Alpha: On a first-name basis with the maître d'.
Beta: On a first-name basis with the food-delivery guy.
Alpha: Dines with BlackBerry Pearl to the left of her water glass.
Beta: Dines with hoodie slung over the back of his chair.
Alpha: Sends back the wine.
Beta: Lets her taste the wine.
Alpha: Checks the stock ticker between courses.
Beta: Checks the game score between courses.
Alpha: Multitasking moment: Browses Barneys.com and reads op-ed page while waiting for her salad.
Beta: Multitasking moment: Pockets matches and toothpicks en route to the bathroom.
Alpha: Dictates notes to her assistant during dessert.
Beta: Doodles on his napkin during dessert.
Alpha: Orders the filet mignon rare.
Beta: Orders whichever dessert she wants "a bite" of.
Alpha: Has a support staff of six.
Beta: Has an entourage of six the dogs he walks for extra scratch.
Alpha: Card-carrying member of the Junior League.
Beta: Card-carrying member of the Sierra Club.
Alpha: Has a Town Car outside.
Beta: Has a 10-speed outside.
Alpha: Has Ron Burkle on speed-dial.
Beta: Has her dry cleaner on speed-dial.
Alpha: Donates to charity.
Beta: Is a charity.
Alpha: Picks the vacation.
Beta: Makes the reservations.
Alpha: Chose her own engagement ring.
Beta: Was told there'd be a prenup.