There's a CPA that works in my department, who is one of the smartest men I've ever met. I think that he actually drains some of my brain cells, whenever I stand next to him....and here I was hoping that some of his smarts would rub off on me.
As intelligent as he is, he's quite awkward in social settings. He doesn't really know how to interact with others during business lunches...instead of socialising, he becomes a wallflower...quietly observing us all.
It's odd, but he makes me want to behave & not act a fool whenever he's around...am I subconsciously looking for his approval?...am I terrified that he's a ticking time bomb, carefully analyzing us all, quietly deeming who is worth sparing on that one day he loses his marbles and goes postal on his coworkers?
I noticed in an old photo, that sits on my supervisor's desk, that he used to be really fat...obese really. He stopped by my cubicle this afternoon to drain some more brain cells thank me for helping him with a report. I told him that I noticed the pic & congratulated him on his weight loss. He said that it took him a long time to lose the weight and he did it by basically changing his poor eating habits & walking around his neighborhood nightly.
Now the odd thing about this man is that he still wears his "fat clothes". The pants are so big that he actually has to pull the excess fabric to his back, make a fold, and then cinch the pants with a belt. The belt is the same one(s) he used to wear when he was much larger....it's obvious when you see how far back it wraps around his torso.
Today he answered the question that I've been wanting to ask for months now: why is he still wearing those clothes? why doesn't he buy a new wardrobe that actually fits (he can afford it)? He told me that he continues to wear the old clothes as a daily reminder of his past gluttony...[huh?]
I was thinking: "screw that...wouldn't giving yourself a daily flogging also work? I mean they're both ridiculous & extreme punishments"....but instead I just said "hmm...well anyway, congrats on the weight loss, you should really be proud of yourself". He just smiled, turned & walked away...I think it's high time I transfer the hell out of my department....I just can't handle these freaks!