While other people were laughing and drinking, this man would just walk until he reached the exact same spot, where he'd sit, with his back to all those people. And while he did everything to signal to the world that he wanted to be left alone more than anything, he hoped that someone passing would understand that what he really wanted was the exact opposite. And that this someone would sit next to him strike up a conversation.
I was that man.
You were that someone.