Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I kissed a coworker and I liked it

Alright, so I didn’t kiss a coworker. But I had you guys excited, didn’t I? Actually, I have a strict policy on dating coworkers. And that policy would be…I don’t date them. I have this policy for a couple reasons. Number one, I don’t like awkward situations. I’m assuming dating a coworker could get pretty awkward. Number two, half of my family works in the same industry as me. I don’t need anymore obstacles at work. Number three, there is no one I would even consider dating at work. So there you have it…OK Chick’s 3 policy rule for no dating at the office. Does that last statement even make sense? You get what I’m saying.

Yesterday at lunch, my lunch partners had a discussion on dating at the office. Of course, this conversation was directed towards me since I’m the only single person at lunch. I’m pretty sure they have given up all hope of me finding someone on my own. I guess they have resorted to pushing coworkers off on me. I let them finish their spill on how great some of our coworkers are before I broke my 3 policy rule to them. They were upset….

Coworker #1- I think you are being silly. You have way too many rules. I don’t know how you expect to meet someone outside of work.

Coworker #2- Well I think Mr. Intern is very good looking, and he always talking to you. I think you should break your policy for him. It’s dumb. You better hope Mr. Right just knocks on your front door; because that’s the only way you will meet him.

Coworker #3- You don’t want Mr. Intern. (Pause as she thinks) I think you should go for Mr. Manager.

Ok. I didn’t even know where to begin with these comments. In the past I have found that it’s better to just smile and nod, then argue. Sister #1 taught me that about ten years ago. So that’s what I did. I smiled and nod. But in my head I was thinking….

Coworker #1- Well I think you are being silly. You haven’t been single in about 38 years. You wouldn’t last one second in singlehood. Not. One. Second.

Coworker #2-Shut up! Mr. Intern is about 7 years younger than me. Is he even 21? Can he buy me beer? I don’t drink beer, but if I wanted a beer could he buy it? Oh and also he talks to me because I give him work not because he’s interested! AND, AND…I think you’re dumb! Go ahead and imagine me sticking out my tongue. Oh and one more thing, my Schawn’s man is very good looking…so Mr. Right just might knock on my door. And…cue sticking out my tongue one more time.

Coworker #3-Thank-you! Someone that’s not completely stupid. Oh, you should have stopped with the first sentence. Isn’t Mr. Manager married with three kids? Oh my mistake, its four kids.

My lunch partners are married and always offer dating advice. Sometimes the advice comes at the most random times. Seriously, we could be talking about the cost of yogurt and one of them will spout off some dating advice to me. I think they are trying to give me advice thinking I won’t notice its advice. But then that makes me sound like I’m a moron. Who knows with these people? However, for now I’ll go with the smile and nod method. It’s gotten Sister #1 far in life.


Suzanne said...

That's funny!!

I may take you up on the training thing! Have a good day!

TC said...

I was soooooooooooooooooo excited for you at the title! And then you had to burst my bubble!


Sadly... I agree with your rules. They are good rules. And I think you should stick to them.

And, should you ever decide to stick your tongue out at your coworkers, please videotape this for everyone's enjoyment.

MrT said...

I agree, you have too many rules. If Mr. Schwann is that great looking...then why aren't your purposefully ordering more than you need?

monamachel1 said...

I totally know what you are talking about. We have talked about this. People in relationships think people that are single can just go outside and prince charming is right there. We are just being picky. And, they think a single girl and a single boy should be together. Who cares if single girl is an independent smart non-dumb girl and single boy is a young lives with parents partier. They should just be together because they are single!!!

Renee said...

I don't understand this sticking your nose into everyone else's business thing either.
I have a strictly hands and mouth off policy in these matters...unless of course someone right out asks me for my opinion.
I've only once tried to "fix up" someone I knew...but it was just so my friend would have a date for my wedding. We knew it wouldn't be along term thing cuz he lived in CO and she lived in OH. It turned out the only thing they had in common was that they were both tall. LOL!

I'm sorry your coworkers feel the need to butt into your life. You've explained your policy to them, if they can't deal with it you'll just have to ignore them.

oh and YES if you do happen to stick your tongue out at your coworkes, PLEASE record it for us to see. hee hee

Anonymous said...

What can I say I give great advise "Nod & Smile"!!!
Sister #1

monamachel1 said...

So blogger world I need to post a follow-up on my comment. After I posted the comment the doorbell rang and it was prince charming!!!! A young, handsome guy in a suit showed up on my doorstep!! However, I need to revise my wishes to the dating gods up there. NO JEHOVAH WITNESSES PLEASE!!!! I like presents!!

Matt & Lori said...

I agree with your coworkers would get awkward! By the way, I enjoy reading your's always a good break during work!

Scotty said...

'Smile and nod', works well, and usually leads to less awkward situations :)

Anonymous said...

Sometime work relationships can be a little exciting.....especially when your the boss. If the intern is interested go for it. Just tell him you have some work for him in the stock room.

OK Chick said...

TC & Renee- I will do my best to film the "tongue sticking out"...if it ever happens.

Mona- Your story cracks me up!!!!

Mr. T- I don't want the guy to think I'm a pig!

Lori-Thank you. I like your blog as well.

Scotty- AMEN! I'm glad we are on the same page.

Anonymous- I'll remember that if I ever go back to retail. It could be fun.

Normal Friend said...

I then agree with the majority of your responses....stick with your should NOT settle for less. However, 'never say never' because I was not looking for my co-worker husband and BAM he was standing right there beyond my just remember your rules and be open minded! Follow your hear...

Bone said...

I'm cracking up at monamachel1's second comment. "I like presents!" ROFL

Wow, I never noticed how much a lower case L looks like a 1 until just now.

Oh, about your post. I like your rules. You should start having lunch with the guys in your office, if there are any. They won't try to set you up. They might try and hit on you, but otherwise, they'll just talk about football and stuff.

Kara said...

LOL. So with you. I have an entire Management team (all men in their 40s/50s) who quiz me at every meeting about the (appalling) state of my love life.

If I didn't love them all so much I'd want to kill them!

thisgirlsjourney said...

I hear a huge amount of people meet their partners through work... so maybe be open to it. As for me, I've either worked with geeks or women so I haven't had too much luck... oh other than married male work contacts hitting on me. Oh how I love that!