jeudi 21 mai 2009

Left to my own devices, I probably would

So, Debbie has left me.  

She's gone off on her holidays to some far flung island with her fancy foreign lover - who, worryingly, also works for me, but not in Paris.

Of course, the fact that they work together and don't want to encourage gossip means that it's all top secret.  Cloak and dagger.  Ridiculous.  Trouble is, they're not fooling anyone.  Pretty much everyone in the company knows of their 'affair'.  It's the most exciting thing to happen since the factory employees stood round in a circle one lunchtime to watch one of the boys off the line get blown by his girlfriend.  Truly, this happened.

Anyway, I'm not getting drawn into it.  Anyone asks me where she's gone, I don't know.  They ask me who with, I don't know.  I may be keeping schtum on the outside, but inside I'm dying.  Pretty much like Chandler when he's not allowed to make jokes.  I so want to gossip about this, but it's just not fair.

I guess I'm lucky that I'm the only gay in the village at work.  There's no chance of me ending up in some career-defying clinch with a colleague, unless of course, there's an 'adventurous' 'married' man amongst their ranks (trust me, there usually is). 

The old adage of 'don't get your honey where you get your money' still applies, I suppose.  Even in these enlightened times, it's hard to date / sleep with / get caught doing something inappropriate with a colleague and not have it affect your reputation.  I guess it could also enhance your reputation.  Depends.

That said, I've had my moments.  There was once a Scottish guy who worked with me a long time ago - in the UK, at a different company.  He was cute, horny, a rocket in the sack.  Turns out he was sleeping with both me and my (female, married) secretary.  Eee-uw.  That was embarrassing.    

And then the Scandinavian customer who threatened to take his business elsewhere.  But let's not go there.

Debbie is doing herself a mix of good and bad with this whole thing.  The management of the company are pleased that the pair of them are refusing to comment - seeing this as a professional act on their behalf, keeping work and private lives separate.  However, in terms of who the company is gossiping about - well it's Debbie.  Poor girl.

I'm doing as much damage control as I can, but I know that she'll sort them out when she gets back.

When I said to her that people will talk about the situation, she replied,

"In France it is fine to have many lovers before you marry.  I am young.  I like sex.  If this offends people, then it is their problem."

I fear it may be her problem too.  But hey, I'm not one to judge.

After all, it's not like Sweden has remained a secret.

26 commentaires:

cb a dit…

Only gay on the village, eh? Well, you know what they say: it takes a village to rear a gay.

Or something

Valleys Mam a dit…

are you a tad jelous darling man

Laura Jane Williams a dit…

I love that you said, "Don't get your honey where you make your money". So much more sophisticated than, "Don't shit where you eat"!

12ontheinside a dit…

It's pretty crap that when there's a man and a woman involved, it often seems to be the woman seen as 'loose' and the man is seen as a stud.

The Mutant a dit…

Pet Shop Boys lyrics? I mean, really... Of course don't get your honey where you get your money is gold, I'll have to start using that.

I've bever had an office fling. I'd like to though. There are some lovely lads in the workshop who are all greasy and dirty and rough. It was like that in the workshop before and the one before that too.

Hetero-dominant industries aren't good for me, but I promise I will have an affair with a co-worker at some stage before I die. Where I work right now though they wouldn't dare gossip - I strike fear into the hearts of men. Debbie needs to do the same!

travelling, but not in love a dit…

CB - it takes a village to rear a gay, then it takes the gay to make them all fabulous. or something.

VM - no. Really, I'm not. She's not my type. ha ha.

Laura Jane, yeah - or "don't shit on your doorstep". Classy expressions, eh?

12oti - it has always been thus, no? But in this instance, it seems that Debbie is seen as a 'Girl about town' and the boy is seen as her 'latest conquest'. Thus she's considered a stud, I'd say.....

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Mutant - I used to work for a chain of workshops and the boys in the overalls used to get me hot beneath my little white collar. he he. There's something about a man wielding a big heavy tool, isn't there? ;-)

travelling, but not in love a dit…

oh, and Mutant - PSB rock!

Anthony a dit…

You're just jelous cos someone else gets a holiday and you have to work - be it even a short week .....

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Anthony, as my week ends in one hour's time, I'm not too stressed....he he

conortje a dit…

I bet it's only the UK colleagues that are interested. You obliged to have an affair if you are French! I know this - I've watched all the Allo Allo episodes!

Daryl a dit…

Ah well she is right its none of their business unless the company has some sort of non fucking your co-worker even if they dont work in the same local office rule .. then she is in deep ca ca

aims a dit…

People stood around to watch? Really?

Sounds more like a stag than a lunchtime thing. (didn't you know I'd focus on this instead of Debbie!)

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Big C, it is a bit reminiscent of Allo Allo - except that the beau is german...eek!

Daryl, there's no such rule...we're pretty liberal, he he. But I agree - it's nobody's business. Alas, life's not like that tho...

Aims, you're the only one who picked up on it! I knew you would though...and yes, they all stood round watching...we have it on CCTV footage...

Victor a dit…

Extracurricular clandestine sex is one of the things I miss now that I am retired. Not that I conducted such affairs but it was always fun when co-workers did. For example, a supervisor of mine who was caught inside the act, so to speak, with an employee, on her desk, after hours, by an office cleaner.

Sadly such fun has not been evident amongst my fellow geriatric volunteers in my retired career.

david mcmahon a dit…

I hope it all works out okay!

Brett a dit…

Catching up as always and just read the last 3 posts, great work and more of Debbie

Moannie a dit…

Of course if it was not interdit, there would be no fuss.

POTD congrats.

Henry North London a dit…

Youve won an award with this post

http://david-mcmahon.blogspot.com/2009/05/post-of-day_27.html

Sniffles and Smiles a dit…

Congratulations on your Post of the Day at Authorblog! This is a very authentic and transparent post! I admire you for it! ~Janine

Daryl a dit…

How very cool... this post was named THE POTD .. congrats! I think you owe Debbie a drinkie

katherine. a dit…

I have come via david...congrats on your POTD.

I'm fairly certain your lunchtime entertainment would be cause for termination in my part of the world...

I like the honey/money saying...we typically say, "don't dip your pen in company ink"

smile.

Kay a dit…

That is the true mentality of so many women these days, the trick is...just be safe! Congrats on the BOTD...I didn't even know what it was, had to do some research. Look forward to reading you, Thanks David, for the introduction.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Victor, I'l sure it's there - you just have to ask the right people, he he...

David - I'm sure it will. and thanks for the POTD!

Brett, she's a star. But not as big a star as me. obviously.

Moannie - exactly. And nor would it be so exciting either...

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Victor, I'l sure it's there - you just have to ask the right people, he he...

David - I'm sure it will. and thanks for the POTD!

Brett, she's a star. But not as big a star as me. obviously.

Moannie - exactly. And nor would it be so exciting either...

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Henry - I know! too cool, eh?

Hi Janine, thanks for the complements! keep coming back...

Daryl, I owe her more than a drink, me thinks....maybe a written warning, ha ha

Katherine - dipping your pen in company ink - I love that!!

Hey Kay - being safe is the main thing for everyone me thinks....nice to see you here!