Fire drill? Line up and file out!
Nuclear war drill? Duck and cover!
Sexual harassment drill? Huh?
That’s right. What happens next? I don’t know. So I looked it up.
I was sitting by Alice, a charming young woman. Bob sat on the other side, a large older married man. She was scheduling a meeting with Bob at a local pub after work. It was certainly innocent enough until he started making jokes about making sure they didn’t drink too much on a weekday. Then he made a “joke” about her sitting in his lap. And finally there was the “joke” about not staying out too late.
Nothing is clear cut in the real world. First off, Bob was making bad jokes throughout the meeting. Alice had been encouraging those jokes by laughing, or at least chuckling. Trust me, the jokes weren’t that good. Bob has no work authority over Alice, but as an older man she may have some respect for him.
Here’s my problem, and I’m asking you for help.
What is with Bob? Why is he effectively hitting on Alice? Hasn’t he heard of the #MeToo movement? Hasn’t he ever been introduced to good taste? At the very least, can’t he learn to tell better jokes?
Alice has a boyfriend, I heard her telling Bob that at least once. But I can’t be sure she was offended by his “moves.”
I would have liked to confront Bob and ask him if he’d like me to sit in his lap for a change. (I’m a big enough guy, by the way, I wouldn’t care.) I have to be careful, he might say yes.
Or maybe I should act all coy and ask him to help me with a hypothetical situation, and then describe him in detail. With my luck he probably wouldn’t get it.
Maybe I should just file a police report. Ha. Good luck with that. They’re busy enough chasing overdoses and crooked politicians. Well, overdoses.
Perhaps the best place to start is to ask Alice what she thinks. I don’t mind telling her how I felt (UNcomfortable!) but if it’s some kind of game she plays with Bob, then who am I to judge?
Why can’t people make it simple? Perhaps everyone really wishes we lived back in tribal times, where those with the biggest sticks got their way. Everyone else simply got out of their way.
Oh well. If you have any advice I’d love to hear it. The only other suggestion I can think of is that we change society so that we are all far more respectful of each other.
Talk about dreaming!