A hilarious and real story that could only happen to one of my dearest friend. So without further ado and in her own words…I give you, Arboria-
I was in Atlanta this week for work. I stayed at my usual hotel near the office. Generally I don’t see very many people around, but it was pretty hoping with a group of gentlemen that liked to hang out in the bed of their pickup trucks or out in front of the hotel this week. Seemed wierd, but whatever. On Monday I arrived and for ease of travel (and Pokémon hunting) I was wearing capre yoga pants and a tight-ish tank top that showed off my figure. I was walking around the hotel parking lot looking for Pokémon that evening and I noticed one of the guys sitting on the curb in the parking lot starring at his phone. I did a walk by to see if he was playing Pokemon. He wasn’t so I kept waking. NBD, but when I was back upstairs later that night walking the hall (ok, hunting more Pokémon) he showed up and sparked up a conversation. He told me he was watching welding videos and we had a quick exchange before he went into his room (right across the hall from me).
I thought that was the ends of it, but when I got back to the hotel the next night he was there and we chatted a little more. I was getting a weird vibe so I cut the small talk sort and headed into my room.
Next night, I get back to the hotel and he’s out front in a group of his buddies chatting with them. I gave him a smile and said hi and went to the elevators. He must have jogged to catch up with me and when we got in the elevator he said. “Are you single, I was gonna ask if you wanted to get a drink?” Ah, wierd vibe ID’d; he was just really bad at flirting. I told him I was married but I’d chat with him later if he wanted to hang out. Asked if he wanted to hang out in the hotel lobby the next night (safe place with staff on duty at all times just in case! Also meant I knew where to go for help if things got weird). He said he had plans for that night and he was flying home the following day, as was I. Anyway, I went back to my room, he went to his, but about an hour later I get a knock on my door. It was him asking what I was up to, and if I wanted to go downstairs then. I must have looked flustered or out of it. I said I was working on something, but I’d finish up. He changed his mind and said let’s do it tomorrow (he must have changed his plans, yikes, getting creepy!) We both go back to our rooms. I’m wondering if his posse from downstairs was egging him on eventhough I told him I was married.
Next day I decided this was all too weird for me so I stayed at the office until after he’s usually no longer around the hotel. Got back about 10p. I stopped at the front desk and told the guy there that the gentleman across the hall had asked me out the previous day and I was a little weirded out since he knew what room I was in. I asked him to send someone up in a few minutes of I didn’t call down. Thankfully no encounter, guy across the hall was asleep as I guessed (i could hear him snoring!) I called down and gave the all clear, but I was feeling kinda bad for the guy because he really could have been just a nice guy and I didn’t want to make him feel bad about getting “stood up” so I left a little note in his door that said the boss took us all out for dinner and I didn’t get back until late, and that I hoped I hadn’t ruined his plans for the evening. I figured, we’ll that’s the end of it, I never see him in the morning, so I’d be safe and hopefully I hadn’t hurt his feelings. He really did seem like a nice guy. He never even told me his name and I didn’t tell him mine.
I got up, had breakfast at the hotel and left and didn’t see him again. Did all my normal leaving Atlanta stuff, returned the car, took the train to the terminal, hunted some Pokémon (i have a problem!), grabbed a sandwich for on the plane, went to my gate, got ready to board the plane, turned to ask the random stranger next to me what group they had just called because I wasnt paying attention, and…………………….. ladies! It was the guy from the hotel! I shit you not, the freakin guy staying across from me in the hotel, the one that asked me out. In all of the thousands of people in the Atlanta airport, I asked THAT guy what group was called for my flight, the flight he was boarding…..my brain: holy shit, is he a stalker, how the fuck did he find out what plane I was on. I never gave him my name, did he have cameras in my room, did he hack my phone or my computer, is he buddy, buddy with hotel staff since he’s staying there for an extended period of time, did they give him my name. OMG, who do I call, WTF am I going to do (logical brain me slaps paranoid brain me across the face and takes control of the situation) see that look on his face, he didn’t recognize you at first, really, truly, didn’t have any idea who you were. Shut up paranoid brain, you’re an idiot!…so I talk to him for a little while because it would be obviously very rude not to and there are tons of people around, and truthfully he’s probably just a really nice guy and I’m being a paranoid idiot. He said he got my note and said he was going to ask if I wanted to go for a walk cause he knew I was playing that game (Pokémon) , I had it on so I showed him a few things, but he didn’t seem interested at all, so I stopped…(seriously if he is really that sweet and thoughtful I hope he finds a great girl). We chatted about our seating assignment…I’m in row 13….he’s in row 12! (Dear universe, what the hell are you trying to tell me, I’m not getting it!) We sit and have a bit more small talk. He’s going to Philly, but he has a long layover, he’s from Westfield, PA, someones going to pick him up. I tell him I’m going to my parents to get my daughter, give him a town close by (not the actual town, because paranoid brain still gets some say in this interaction and he’s probably the first person I didn’t try to show pictures of Kitten to…don’t want him to know what my kid looks like if he’s a stalker!) Funny thing about the town I picked, that’s where the company he works for is headquartered (Really universe, REALLY! Am I supposed to run away with this random stranger or something?)
The lady in row 12 sits down and he starts talking to her. While he’s distracted I snap a quick picture and sent it to a friend who knows what’s going on in case he tries to grab me from the airport or something (paranoid brain never shuts up!) I start eating my lunch, he turns around to ask how I’m doing, sees I’m eating and goes back to talking to row 12 lady. Once we’re at cruising altitude I grab my laptop to do some work I’ve been neglecting all trip in favor of Pokémon hunting. I see him look back a few times, but I really do need to work, so I pretend not to notice.