My co-worker Dan has a tendency to idolize some of our co-workers, usually the really industrious ones who like to work and don't fool around too much. After the seventh time he says how great one of these co-workers are I always say "Oh, you so idolize him/her!"
To which he always says "I do not!" Followed by "It's just that..." and then a five minute speech about how incredibly great and perfect the person is.
As far as I can tell he likes the no nonsense, approaches-the-work-with-steady-sincerity type of co-worker. Hard workers. I always bristle a little at this favoritism. He certainly isn't this type of co-worker. He's more the shoot-the-breeze-for-an-hour-then-work-madly-for-fifteen-minutes kind of co-worker. After which you might not be able to find him for a bit since he definitely needs a break after all that. But I'm not the kind of co-worker he idolizes either. I'm more the wander-the-library-doing-peculiar-things-for-hours-and-hours-then-save-the-day-with-some-clerking-so-fancy-you-didn't-think-it-was-humanly-possible kind of co-worker. At least that's how I like to think of it. But apparently Dan doesn't think much of it.
Or so I thought.
I was telling another co-worker about how Dan idolizes certain co-workers and that co-worker said "Like you. Dan idolizes you."