Last week on Thursday I began a new job at a grocery store as a courtesy clerk (which is a essentially a bagger+cart returning guy), though I applied for cashier they decided to have me as a courtesy clerk until after Christmas was over. Though I've had plenty of retail experience before, I didn't mind since it'd help them transition me easier regardless. Though not totally important, that's how this started. Last weekend on my third day or so, a 'Non-Food Manager' (in other words someone who manages the misc items/sections of the store) who I will call E was asking me if I knew our customer service routine, told my front end manager that he was going to borrow me for a bit while were slow, and had me follow him and answer questions while he stocked and moved items in the store and back of the store. I was able to answer all of them perfectly as most of the routine is nearly identical to most retail stores (and I've had plenty of experience, as previously stated). Now to remind you, E's a manager in a different department of the store, so I don't see him very often. However, being a courtesy clerk (for now) I go all around the store, in and out of the store, all over the place all the time. Since this is the week of Christmas (by the way, Merry Christmas to all!) we've needed extra help at the front getting customer assistance, extra cashiers, extra help in the parking lot, etc. -- so I've seen him more than I normally would. I had noticed him on my first few days but he never seemed to notice me until after he talked through our customer service program; ever since then he's known my name, and every time he meets eyes with me and/or passes by me, he nods and gives a huge smile toward me. Not a grin, or a smirk, but a huge smile. And E and I have barely talked at all since he pulled me aside last weekend. He doesn't really know me, I don't really know him, and we don't see each other very often. In most places, because he's in a different section of the store, we'd probably never even know each other at all. Yet for some reason I feel we have this unspoken connection. When I was on my lunch break today (thank god; it was complete madness... several inches of snow in DFW area of Texas, which is *VERY VERY RARE*, and on Christmas Eve of all days!) I was sitting in the Starbucks Café in our store checking things on the internet through my phone, and noticed he walked up to talk to one of the starbucks clerks. Though I was about 25ft away, he saw me and nodded and gave his big smile that he gives me everytime he sees me. I did the same and he raised a cheek in his smile, then went back to talking to the clerk, and left to continue working. And later on in the day when I passed by him in the front end, he said hi to me (and of course smiled) then added a wink. That disoriented and surprised me as I was coming back in from outside in the cold, but I definitely knew he winked at me. Not sure why, either. His nametag says he's been working there since 1991, but he has the looks of a late 20's/early 30's guy, so I'm assuming his age to be around 35-40 (which is the age of a guy I'm usually interested in). Not only that (though this doesn't necessarily set anything in stone), he doesn't have any rings on so he isn't married, and I seem to be the only guy he pays attention to. Then again, my interest in him may bias/cloud some of these observations and it could just be a typical crush that never leads anywhere. I'm in no rush for anything to connect between us, but he seems like a great guy that I'd like to get to know at least as a friend; I've only been there a week so who knows. Other coworkers/managers in past jobs that I was attracted to I've been able to confirm as straight or even married, but E is a masculine guy that's not the macho type, has a youthful yet handsome looking face while completely self-driven and mature (which is exactly the type of guy I like). Having said all of that.. I'm just looking for opinions or discussion about E. Yes, he's a manager and I'm a new employee, but he manages a different section of the store and has no authority over me, so there wouldn't be conflict of interest if anything were to arise in the future (not that I'm expecting anything). Second, I'm not sure if he's potentially flirting with me, or is just a genuinely incredibly nice guy, though he tends to be somewhat distant from most of the coworkers and constantly keeps himself busy (like I do; and so far I've shown my drive well at work amongst my supervisors, managers, and the store manager in the week I've been there). Third, he's not married (though I have no idea if he's in a relationship at all; like I said, we haven't talked too much). I don't want to bomb him with odd questions that would be out of context or otherwise inappropriate, especially since we don't know each other. And it's not entirely important, even if my infatuation has a desire to learn more about him *right now*. I'd rather see about becoming friends and see what the potential situation and person that he is, rather than imagine/hope it. Though honestly, the wink today still throws me off, especially considering the hard-working, serious self-driven, and somewhat anti-social demeanor he has. Sorry about the long post, but if you read all of it, thanks for your time! And of course, any (serious) suggestions would be great.