Both were committed to their jobs, so they kept things secret for nearly a year, sitting apart at meetings and commuting to work separately — even after they had moved in together!
Ultimately, Suzanne and Joe decided to get married, obviating the whole "workplace awkwardness" issue. When my daughter's friend lost her mother, I invited the widowed father to brunch.
Reading to a very young child in a hospital room may be satisfying, for example, but it's also an activity that tends to isolate the volunteer.
And every year, more than 280,000 marry someone they met that way. One survey found that Americans are spending nearly a billion dollars for online dating services.
Finally, it's not just for the young and tech savvy.
Research shows it may be just as popular with older adults.
Online dating requires some courage and thoughtful planning.
You may have to stretch your normal behavior — that is, you may have to reach out, assert yourself, be creative, act strategically and think outside the box.
But if you're willing to do all that, frequenting these six sites can boost your odds of a productive encounter: 1. Caution and discretion are required to sustain a relationship at the office — or in any other day-to-day workplace, for that matter. It can be difficult — even hellish — to face each other (just ask Bridget Jones).
At another, I struck up a conversation with the handsome, funny bartender, who happened to be an actor. We smiled, sat down on a bench and started talking. Next he tried Italian cooking, with better results: The class involved preparing dishes with a partner, so Larry picked the entrée course — and a single-woman partner.
We got to enjoy one dinner together before he was called to L. They made eggplant parmigiana and vegetarian lasagna, among other things, then enrolled together for a second cooking course (on soups). These days they're in each other's kitchen almost every night, cooking up a storm.
" Another, an avid cyclist, met her husband-to-be on a bike trip in France.