All you are doing is playing with fire, and your use of the term “fantasy” should tell you something. And just for your edification, the words “lust” and “platonic” cancel each other out. Before you get into real trouble, I hope you get a grip and tell what’s-his-name the flirt is over. — Margo, firmly
Way off base at the office
DEAR MARGO: My officemate and I are revolted by our co-worker’s constant need to adjust himself. This will occur while meeting with customers and during internal meetings. These adjustments are embarrassingly obvious and frankly disgusting. I have spoken with my manager about my feelings, but it seems the issue persists. Margo, how can we get him to stop manhandling himself at the office? — Revolted
DEAR REV: If I understand the phrase “adjust himself” as I think you mean it, this would require a male in your office to open the discussion. If the manager won’t do it, recruit someone else. Your “representative” should tell him that his, um, adjustments make people uncomfortable — particularly women people. He might also suggest that this chap try a different kind of underwear, a kind that lessens the need for ... adjustments. Custom tailors always ask a gentleman, “Which side do you dress?” Even without custom tailoring, most men have a way of dealing with this. So far as I know, the only people who can get away with what your co-worker frequently does are major league pitchers and Roseanne Barr. Good luck. — Margo, pragmatically
Dear Margo is written by Margo Howard, Ann Landers’ daughter.