The Luv Doc: Should I?

If we have learned anything from the last 4,000 years of recorded civilization it’s that deception and conspiracies are always a good idea

The Luv Doc: Should I?

Dear Luv Doc,

I started seeing someone I met at a friend's party. A few years ago, they dated another of the host's friends. I work pretty closely, but not regularly, with their ex. I really like the person I'm seeing and my co-worker. I'm not planning on ending my involvement or changing jobs anytime soon. Neither my friend nor the person I'm seeing has told my co-worker. Should I?

– Awkward

Absolutely not, Awkward. If we have learned anything from the last 4,000 years of recorded civilization it's that deception and conspiracies are always a good idea. Sure, Shakespeare had his doubts, but he was always a bit of a worrywart, wasn't he? Always prattling on about some form of deceit or treachery. Oh what a tangled web you wove, charming Billy! Or should I call you Marlowe?

Of course, if I am throwing stones at British literature, a crack in one noggin is as good as another. In fact, imagine if Romeo and Juliet hadn't lied to their parents ... or if Master Blifil hadn't sucked up to Squire Allworthy in Tom Jones ... or if Jaggers had spilled the beans about Magwitch at the very beginning of Great Expectations. Lies, lies, lies! Seriously, the only book left on your British literature shelf would be Trainspotting, which is exempted because Irvine Welsh is technically Scottish and ... well ... that bit about "The Worst Toilet in Scotland" is goddamned literary genius.

But I digress. Where was I? Oh yeah. Grow a fucking spine and tell your co-worker you're banging his/her ex. You might want to throw in a shamefully honest admission that your romantic ambitions don't extend much beyond one degree of separation. That might ease the blow. Admit you've never even tried Tinder or Grindr or STDmatch or any other of the bazillion options that don't include dating your co-worker's ex. That might help. She/he might see you as a Gump-like simpleton worthy of compassion rather than hatred. The heart wants what the heart wants, right? Well, until it doesn't anymore.

In truth, telling the truth might make the whole thing go tits-up, but you're going to sleep better at night – at least after the six months to a year it's probably going to take to get over the breakup/find a new job. If that sounds like a really sad ending, remember this: Life isn't Hollywood. It's way more bizarre.

Imagine what the statistical probability is that you would fall for your co-worker's ex ... I mean eliminating obvious factors like proximity and being of the same species. They have to be pretty astronomical. I think it's even safe to say you're on a romantic lucky streak, so go ahead and roll the dice. If the truth doesn't work out, there's probably another ex out there for you.

Need some advice from the Luv Doc? Send your questions to the Luv Doc, or check out the Luv Doc Archive.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More The Luv Doc
Luv Doc: Not Mellow at All
Luv Doc: Not Mellow at All
There is an unwritten social contract to indoor plumbing

The Luv Doc, April 19, 2019

The Luv Doc: Doing the Legwork for Love
The Luv Doc: Doing the Legwork for Love
The mighty oak begins with a tiny acorn

The Luv Doc, April 12, 2019


Dan Hardick

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle