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One Love

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December 26th, 2012 by Jess (New Bedford, MA)

My first real job I was sent down to Florida for training with another new hire. I sort of knew him, but not well. I had never been in a relationship before and I was always apprehensive about opening up to a man.That week we became great friends, we had complimentary senses of humor, our conversations were so easy, and he was really cute. On one of our last nights in Florida we were drinking and ended up making out and he spent the night. The next morning wasn’t awkward at all and we spent the rest of our nights in Florida together. When we got back up to Massachusetts we continued to see each other until we started our new job and he stopped returning my calls. Also in the employee room he would talk very openly about his most recent conquests in front of me. I can take a hint so I stopped trying to contact him. About a week later he called to make plans with me for that Saturday night. I waited at home all night for him to call me. He stood me up. I found out the next day that he had been telling everyone that we had slept together and that I had a boyfriend at the time (both not true).

The Time When The Fire Died

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September 13th, 2012 by Tommy Gunn (Los Angeles)

It was a cold winter night and she was really itching to get back to my apartment. I was very excited to say the least. She was a 10 out of 10, no doubt. When we got back she asked for some wine. I was thinking to myself that the whole thing was going perfectly. We lit a fire in my living room fireplace. The mood was perfect. And then the doorbell rang. It was my boss. I answered the door, stunned. My boss saw what was going on and, to my horror, I found out that the girl I was courting was my boss’s daughter. Yeah….needless to say it was a slight mood killer.

My Eggs Are Drying Up

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December 18th, 2011 by Roger (Cleveland, Ohio)

A friend of mine arranged for me to go on a date with her coworker. She said we were super compatible and that it would be a great time. I’d been single for a while and thought ‘what the heck’. So I arranged to meet her at a particular table in one of my favorite restaurants. Upon her arrival, I thought all was well, nothing in her appearance struck me as odd and she seemed very pleasant. No sooner had we ordered however, did it all go awry. I expected questions about work hobbies and such; I had prepared to ask the very same questions myself. Her first question however was, “Do you want kids?”. I’ve never wanted kids personally, so I explained this to her and she immediately closed down and said something to the effect of ‘I’m wasting my time then’. This is literally moments after we’ve ordered dinner, we have a long way to go on this date and its shut down. I tried to make small talk but to no avail, she clammed up. I asked if I could be excused to use the restroom in order to regroup myself. I returned to the table a few minutes later to find her chair vacant but her jacket still there, I had presumed she went to use the restroom. When our food arrived and she hadn’t returned I became suspicious. A brief examination of the bar area confirmed this suspicion, as she was there chatting up another man. I politely interrupted and told her the food had arrived and received a cold, “I’m done with you. My eggs are drying up.” as a response. I’ll never forget that line.

The Only Guy

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August 13th, 2011 by Paul (Brookline, MA)

I work in a small office with all women, and we were recently at a staff picnic for our company. The topic of conversation turned to office romance, and some of my coworkers started counting off all of the times in the past when people from the company had dated. After listing about half-a-dozen couples, at which point I was no longer in the conversation (but still obviously within earshot), one of them said “no wonder that never happens anymore; the office is all women, and HE’s the only guy [gesturing to me].” Thanks.

The Allegory

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January 5th, 2011 by will121 (providence, ri)

I used to work with a really cute girl, and I finally got a chance to ask her out. She met me out at a bar for drinks, and I proceeded to flirt with her. She got really awkward and started telling me about this guy she went out with a week ago. She said that she just wanted to be friends with him, and that it sucked that he kept flirting with her. She told me that it was really awkward that he could not figure out that she did not like him. She didn’t even tell me directly that she was not interested (or that she had a long-term boyfriend, as I later learned), instead she used an allegory.