There's this guy at work, I don't even know his name, but I know I don't like him. Years ago, I was in a teamwork training class. I was there because I was a new employee; presumably he was too. But at one point in the class, when asked to do something — asked directly by the instructor to participate in a specific way — he Just Said No. He flat-out refused to take part in the class exercise, and in so many words, told the instructor this was all a load of crap, and he just wanted to get the whole thing over with and get back to work. The rest of us were understandably rather surprised; less at his attitude, probably, than his lack of restraint. The instructor did probably the most reasonable thing, which was to ignore him for the rest of the class.
So this place where I work has a few thousand employees. Small enough that you recognize most people that you see, but large enough to allow for little ecosystems of acquaintaince, so you can go for quite a while without seeing somebody. This guy I didn't see again for a few years, until I was moved to a new floor, and I started passing him in the halls occasionally. And after a gap of a few years, it was quite obvious that this guy had put on a considerable amount of weight, maybe 50-60 pounds.
Now every time I see him, I have the urge to say to him "I'm glad you got fat." Of course I would never actually say it (not being a Mongolian myself).
There's another guy at work. I do know his name (although it is irrelevant to you), I worked closely with him for probably a year. I like him well enough. He was recently out of a 20-year career in the Marines, and he was in great shape.
Recently I saw him, and thought "something's different; he looks older, more run-down". All from just his face. And then I noticed a visible pot-belly developing. Another look at his face, and I could tell that it was fat that had transformed his features; from a chiseled look of military vigor, to a slightly flabby and careworn look of tiredness. And I thought "what a shame; he's let himself go."
And now I've reached that point in the blog where I've said what's in my head, and I'm left dangling for a conclusion. Usually I can fake one up, but this time you're on your own!
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