<<<<<<<<<< Rant Warning!!! >>>>>>>>>> Dear Abbey, There's a new guy at work. He's someone I knew and respected many years ago and I was happy to initially see him as I wasn't even sure if he was still alive. I thanked him and told him how he had influenced me in my younger days, and in some ways was a mentor. He's got about 15 yrs. on me. I used to have a lot of respect for him. Now either drugs had the best of me back then, or they took their toll on him over the years - but this guy now annoys me to no end and I'm not sure how to deal with it. Every time he sees me he corners me and starts telling me super long ass ultra detailed stories about things that I have zero interest in. Doesn't matter who's sitting with me, who I'm talking to, what I'm talking about, where I am - he just gets right into things like..."This weekend I went to an electronics festival and so and so was there. so and so was the 1st person in history to ever blah blah blah blah blah blah, I knew him when was living in chicago, we used to blahblahblahblahbl...., so he tells me blah blah...." arrrrrrgggghh!!!!!!! Doesn't give me a chance to get a word in, turn the conversation around, doesn't respond to anything I say. Just runs his mouth. I've showed my disinterest by saying "I have no idea what your talking about". Don't matter. People have gotten up and walked away in the middle of his tirades... doesn't faze him. I'm usually his direct target. I excuse myself the first chance it seems I get, and then he seems annoyed. I wouldn't care actually but I have to see this guy every day, and right now we have the same free time together. I'm avoiding him (unsuccesfully), but I want to find the right way to tell him, "I haven't the slightest interest in anything you talk to me about, your name dropping crap gets me sick, you're self centered, rude, full of yourself, and you annoy the living hell out of me. Try conversing WITH someone sometime as opposed to conversing AT them and leave me alone"! Any suggestions on doing that nicely?