There are certain types of people who when they talk to you they feel they need to touch you. Some are non threatening touches, some are. I myself am a toucher. I touch a shoulder or a back. I rub backs some time. Some don’t mind, some are uncomfortable by this. When they are, I mentally note it and never do it again. Then I feel like an asshole even though I didn’t do anything wrong (Not my fault your father touched you like that and you revert to a frightened child everytime anyone else does – but I understand where you’re coming from).
You may have been following the ongoing saga that is my relationship with the old man downstairs. He is a grabber. An arm grabber. He has grabbed my forearm a few times while talking to me. But he’s not really talking TO me, more talking AT me in broken English as he says those 3 magic words that set my heart a flutter…”Too much noise.”
Really? Me? OH, Mr DeVereau you are a cad.
“Too much noise.”
Well I just can’t believe you, I’ve been hurt too many times in the past, I don’t know if I can trust you.
“Too Much Noise.”
WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME? GET SOME EARPLUGS!
No, he can’t get earplugs. How else would he be able to hear his heart stop beating? (That’s mean, Baron). Well, sorry.
The other day I ran into him in the hallway entrance of my building. He saw me coming and said his catchphrase (The audience was rolling) and I just repeated it at him like I didn’t understnad what he said and walked up the stairs to my place. I looked back and he was at the bottom of the stairs and I think he said something along the lines of “I see you. I will pray for you!” WHAT? What are you talking about? I don’t think the almighty cares if I knock something over every now and then. Maybe he’s making it happen to get rid of you. (That’s mean, Baron) Well, SORRY.
15 minutes later I see him on the street and he yells something at me like “Be nice.” I said, “What? I’m nice,” and I saluted him with a bow of the head and walked away.
Then he said “Okay.” But not nice Okay. There was an accent on the KAY. As if to see “fuck YOU.” Well, fuck you, man!
Its not good to want to learn about another culture just so you can cuss someone out in their native tongue.