I am acquaintance-friendly to people who work in my office building, including and especially the security guy downstairs. You don’t wanna mess with the guy who can make it really hard for you to get in the building to go to your job.
I smile and say hi or bye to him. If it’s a holiday weekend I ask him about his plans with family if it’s before the holiday or ask him how it went if it’s after. I only don’t talk to him if he’s busy when I’m coming in or leaving.
So I was really surprised when he started giving me the icy dagger stare/”fuck off and die” look last week.
I spent all weekend silently wondering why he was suddenly acting so pissy at me lately. Not just once or twice, but every single time I saw him. I even tried to say “happy weekend” to him on Friday but he glared at me then looked down.
All weekend I was waffling back and forth between confronting him vs. Just letting it go.
On the way to work this morning I decided to stop caring and assume one of the guys at work had slipped him $20 for an extended April Fool’s Day prank. Or he had been wronged by someone else and misremembered it as me having done it to him. Or I had inadvertantly done something to him I wasn’t aware of. Or he saw me talking to someone who treats him like shit and got mad at me for associating with such garbage… Or he just needed someone to hate on for absolutely no better reason than he learned the term “frenemy” that day and didn’t quite have the concept down.
When I got to work the security guy was pleasant as pie to me. No glare, just a smile and a glowing account of Sunday’s gorgeous weather. “Have a nice day” pleasantries were exchanged, and that was that.
I’m sticking with the April Fool’s Day conspiracy theory.
What a waste of worry.