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I work for a small company (about 40 employees, mostly under the age of 30). We had our annual holiday luncheon on Friday. It followed the usual routine: big lunch, open bar, then the younger workers from the company go out to a bar to continue drinking. Usually I skip the last part because I'm not a huge fan of the local bar scene and I don't really socialize with my co-workers. But I went out anyways this year, had too much to drink, danced like an idiot (fun) and ended up making out with one of my co-workers at the bar (also fun). She was drunk as well, she came onto me (from what I can remember), and she seemed to enjoy the experience. I think that I can say both of those things with confidence because A: I'm not one to make out with people when I'm drunk (I've been drunk enough times to know this) and B: She had me pressed up against a wall, so if she wanted to stop she could have. While this was going on I sobered up enough to know that anything more then sloppy drunken makeouts would be a bad idea (sleeping with drunk girls is definitely not my style), so I told her that I had to catch a train (which was the truth) and made my exit.
So whatever, I'm moderately embarrassed by the whole situation because *sloppy makeouts in a crowded bar*, but I'm not too concerned about it. This co-worker and I are friendly enough around the office. I wouldn't call her a friend, but we share music and youtube links. You know, general office acquaintance stuff. I assumed that there would be some office gossip on Monday, I'd see her around the office, we'd share one of those knowing embarrassed grins, and life would go on. Monday comes around, I get into the office and go about my day. I see her in the hallway around noon time and hitch on one my usual big smiles, she sees me... and immediately does a 180 and goes in the opposite direction. Obvious avoidance. Great.
I know the right thing to do is to give her space. She's probably embarrassed, and hopefully not disgusted with herself (I like to think that I'm a decent looking fellow). So I'm playing it cool. The problem is that this isn't some college cafeteria. It's a place of business. Sooner or later we're going to have to communicate about business things. I really don't want this awkwardness to affect either of our jobs.
I don't even know what kind of help or advice I'm asking for here. It's just that none of my friends have ever really been in a situation like this. When I told my guy friends they basically just said the equivalent of "Niiiiice" and when I told my girl friends they just wanted to know who the girl was and if we were going to date. Neither response was very helpful in letting me know whether or not I'm acting like a jerk.