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Office Romance

Chances are that at least one of you will end up romantically involved with one of your trenchmates. This is an illustrious tradition of excavations everywhere, alongside such traditions as Dude who Works in the Most Yellowed and Tattered Undershirt You’ve Ever Seen in Your Life.

Here’s the thing:

We all know you have a crush on him/her. We all know what you two are doing. THERE ARE NO SECRETS ON A DIG.

At least, there are very few secrets. Because people talk. Because, as I’ve stated before, there’s not a lot to do besides work, slack off, talk while working, or talk while slacking off. We would like you to do the first and third, but not the second OR the fourth. Included in the first and third options is the fifth heretofore unlisted option of enjoying your break times, which definitely exist.

Due to this fact that everyone knows everyone else’s business (at least, the business about which you are indiscreet–hint!), you can have your Office Romance but it would behoove you not to be obnoxious about it. It would be in everyone’s best interest for you to keep Romance time confined to break time and also to be respectful of your flatmates. You otherwise risk becoming fodder for the shameless gossip mill that an excavation can be. *

So go AHEAD! Fall in LOVE (or lust?) in ROME! Just be respectful of our professional work environment if you don’t want to deal with disgruntled coworkers and remember that if things go south…you are going to see this person all day at work, AND you’ll probably have to see them while commuting to and from Ostia. Awkward. Or maybe they’ll be in a different trench from you, rendering things slightly less awkward, but still.

Anyone who’s dug before want to chime in? Anyone have any hilarious or cringeworthy office romance stories?

* Last year’s field school was relatively gossip-free; a dig is not automatically a drama-fest, in case you were worried.

2 responses

  1. Anna van Nostrand

    I totally agree about the no secrets on a dig! there really isn’t much else to do except gossip or talk about food.

    there wasn’t as much dig romance as there could have been during the dig I did last summer what with there being about 10 guys to the 30 girls. Of these most were either gay or taken. But those who were single quickly pared off!

    and of the second years on the dig there were 4 couples who had met there and continued the relationship post-excavation (perhaps not all dig romances are only lust)

    when bierra moretti is involved things do happen.
    we developed the slang “scavi decisions” to describe romantic encounters which never would have happened had we been home. also known as ‘poor life choices’

    my scavi decisions were nothing too scandalous, though I can’t say I’m too inclined to share on the internet. perhaps when in Rome and we’ve all gotten to know each other a little too well

    April 15, 2011 at 3:15 am

  2. “Scavi decisions”, hilarious! We also have a couple that’s still going strong four years after their field school. It’s a bit hard to believe, but yeah, not all pairing-offs can be chalked up to boredom! Last year was relatively Office Romance-free for us too due to the very skewed gender ratio. Something tells me this year may be a bit different, though…

    April 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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