John Bolaris thinks of himself as being a pretty down-to-earth, approachable guy.
You spot him in a bar or restaurant, and want to amble over to ask about the weather, maybe take a picture? Go ahead, he's game.
But the Fox 29 chief meteorologist isn't too pleased about an encounter he had last week with a boorish brute who left him bruised and bloodied in Avalon, N.J.
Bolaris, 52, said he headed to his favorite Shore town in the wee hours on Sept. 4, not long after he finished his shift at Fox.
He walked into the Circle Tavern at the Princeton, on Dune Drive near 21st Street, at 1:30 a.m.
"I was supposed to meet some buddies of mine, but they weren't there. I was in there for about 10 minutes, watching highlights of the Boise [State football] college game," Bolaris said.
He left the pub when his pals sent him a text-message, inviting him to their house for a few beers.
Outside, a girl approached and — you guessed it — asked about the weather.
"I told it her, 'It'll be nice.' Then this guy comes over and starts jumping around me in circles, kinda acting strange.
"I looked at him and said, 'You OK, buddy?' He kept moving in circles, then he yells ... and tackles me into the street."
During the ensuing tumble, the weatherman said, his head smacked against a curb, and his finger was cut to the bone.
"There was blood everywhere. The guy took off down an alley," he said, still sounding shocked by the whole thing.
An Avalon police sergeant yesterday confirmed that an ambulance was called to the scene that morning to treat Bolaris for a hand injury.
The weatherman, who thinks he might have suffered a concussion during the takedown, wants justice.
He recalled the incident yesterday morning on the "Preston and Steve Show" on 93.3 WMMR-FM, and later to the Daily News, hoping that someone will help police catch the lunkhead.
"I'm really aggravated that someone would do that and try to get away with it. My head could've cracked open," he said.
"I want to press charges. He needs to sit in a jail cell for a couple of days."
Bolaris described the attacker as a twentysomething white man, about 5-feet-8, 165 pounds, with a blondish buzz-cut.
Tipsters can contact Avalon police at 609-967-3411.