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October 15, 2012

Dating game is fodder for gossip

:Dear Abby: I work in a professional office where nearly all my co-workers are married and live rather uneventful lifestyles. I was divorced a few years ago and have not remarried.

I have dated a lot of women, and it has become an issue with my co-workers. They insist on hearing about the dates I go on and ask for the details of what took place, and I usually oblige them.

Lately, there has been more and more gossip about my so-called “wild lifestyle,” and I have become the talk of the office. Some co-workers have called me names like “skank” because I refuse to settle down with one girl. I’m looking for the right one, and it may take many wrong ones to get there.

I think my co-workers are jealous. I’m living my life to the fullest and having fun and because they can’t do what I do, they resort to gossip and name-calling. It really frustrates me. How can I make this stop without causing unnecessary tensions in my workplace?

Man In Motion In Indiana

Dear Man In Motion: You are not a “skank.” You are a bachelor. I hope you realize that you started this by regaling your co-workers with the intimate details of your “adventures.” None of it was appropriate workplace conversation. If you want this to stop, you’ll have to draw an iron curtain between your work life and your social life. Start today.

Dear Abby: I am engaged and have been for a while. From the beginning I knew my fiance and I would have to pay for our own wedding. During a recent discussion with my father (who is divorced from my mother), he offered to chip in a reasonable amount and asked me to see if my mother would match it. My mother thought it was a great idea and agreed. A week or so later she wrote me a check for the amount and I deposited it into my savings account.

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