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It’s Friday and Amelia Hamilton is here to answer your questions on co-workers, drinking, and mayonnaise… but not co-workers drinking mayonnaise.
I don’t drink alcohol or coffee. Most first dates I get asked out on are for “a drink” or “coffee,” and it is awkward when I just get water. Any ideas for an equally casual first date?
— Tired of Dating Dilemmas
Dear Dating Dilemma,
The first thing that came to mind is not to order water. There’s no reason you can’t enjoy an iced tea, lemonade, or club soda on a date; it will be much less awkward and you don’t want to be the woman who had nothing but water on a date. What about meeting for an appetizer or dessert? That isn’t as long as dinner if things don’t go well, but enough time to get to know each other a little (and you can always drink water with your treat).
Otherwise, I’d suggest an “experience” date — go for a hike or wander the farmers’ market. Check out a local museum or whatever else you’re both into. Experiencing a shared interest is a great way to start out and, if the guy is a dud, at least you did something you enjoy.
Who is the worse coworker: “same crap, different day” guy or “another day in paradise” guy?
They are both terrible. However, if forced to choose, I would prefer to work with “another day in paradise” guy, because I dig his spirit of gratitude. We are guaranteed nothing in this life, so being appreciative for what we have is of great importance. It doesn’t mean that person isn’t really annoying to work with, though.
A relative just posted a “Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake” recipe on Facebook. Should I disown her?
Yes. That’s unacceptable. I don’t think any more needs to be said on the matter except, “bye, Felicia.”
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