Battlefield Work

I work with this guy who's very off putting. He's just creepy. And it's not just me. A lot of people seem to think so.

Over time I've developed this festering hatred for him that I find hard to contain. Impossible to contain really. I have to work with him directly sometimes and that rarely turns out well.

It's really puzzling if you actually know me. Because I'm normally one of the quietest, most easy to get along with people you'll ever meet. In an 8 hour work day I probably average a total of 10 words to co-workers. I'm totally an introvert. I just let other people talk. I'm not into doing much of the talking myself. And I'm very easy to get along with. Extremely agreeable. Prefer to mind my own business and do my job.

But a very specific certain type of personality just unleashes this beast in me. Controlling people who don't know how to listen to other people waken this rage deep down. There is nothing so frustrating to me as trying to communicate with someone who just doesn't listen. You know the kind. They just talk. They never stop to hear.

He actually told me I shouldn't have any opinions. That I should just shut up and do what he tells me. WTF! Needless to say, I did not respond well to that.

Whenever we get into arguments he's always all like, I was in the military so... What the heck does that even mean. I totally respect the people who choose to serve and defend their country. But I don't respect people who try to use it as some sort of excuse to disrespect others or some reason they should get special treatment once they're in a regular job.

Truth be told I think serving, if he actually did, which I'm not 100% sold on. But if it's true, I think it messed him up. He's not right. Not right at all.

You can't talk to me like I'm some soldier under your command. I am your equal. So I'd thank you sir, to treat me as such.

It'd be so much easier to not care and just mindlessly do whatever he asks. But my loyalty to my boss and his business prohibit that.

But I'm tired of fighting. I don't want to do it anymore.