Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Office


"world's best boss"

Does anyone else love this show? I love "The Office"! This is the only TV show that I definitely make sure to set aside TV time for each week to tune in to. Anyone who has ever worked in an office environment (or almost any work environment for that matter) will immediately recognize many of the scenarios which play out at the Dunder-Mifflin Paper Co. (what a name!). My favorite character used to be Michael, the out of touch, clueless boss, the perfect combination of complete ignorance and supreme confidence all in one package. Recently, he burned his foot at home on his George Foreman grill (because of the necessity of having freshly cooked bacon grilling by his bedside immediately upon waking in the morning), which turned into an episode on disability and how he know knew what it was like to be a disabled American, which of course he tried to then educate the office about, complete with pictures of Franklin Roosevelt and Helen Keller hanging on the conference room wall during the said eduational session. I think though, that now my favorite character is Dwight K. Schrute, office sycophant/crazed fanatic. He reminds me of someone I once worked with, albeit only with a slight tinge of "Dwightness". Last week, he pepper-sprayed the warehouse worker/boyfriend of receptionist Pam, as the warehouse guy charged into the office to beat up Jim, another love interest of Pam's. It seems that Dwight had under his desk not only pepper spray, but Chinese throwing stars, numbchucks, and a variety of other potential lethal weapons, which as (self-appointed) office security monitor, he felt necessary to have in his possession. I believe that at one time Dwight held the title of "Admin. Assistant", however when Michael was not around, he would proclaim himself to be the Assistant Administrator, the difference being, I would guess, at least in the realm of around 20 to 30,000 dollars. Dwight was recently fired by Michael for a series of perceived disloyalties which turned out not to be true, and a new sycophant took his place who seemed to drive Michael just crazy. Michael eventually hunted down Dwight at his new environs, Staples (complete with his red Staples pullover shirt) and asked him to return back to the office. It seems, as Michael turns to the camera to explain in this mockumentary style televison show, that he preferred to have someone sucking up to him that really did love him, rather than just your run-of -the mill ladder climber, as his office suck-up. It was one of the few touching moments in a show chock-full of laughs.

They haven't revealed Dwight's political leanings, as of yet, but for some reason I am absolutely 100%positive, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Dwight voted for George W. in the last election, and probably has a GWB sticker on the bumper of his restored 1987 Trans Am. It would just make perfect sense, given the combination of fanaticism, conservatism, and just plain'ol crazy-ism, that he embodies. Dwight, you are the man, but of course, you already knew that!


Blogger willowtree said...

Ive never seen this show, but just the other day a friend mentioned how funny it was and how much it really followed what working in a real office was like, Ive heard what that office is like. Extremely crazy there.
I worked in an office once.
I hated it.
Maybe because i didnt own the place? Maybe it was just that office. Im not sure.
Ahhh, give me the freedom and restraint of a classroom anyday.

7:38 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

You should watch it sometime, Willowtree. It's on tonight (Thurs.) and most Thursdays. I grew to hate working in offices too. I think that's part of what they capture in "The Office", how bizarre it can be at times!

1:21 PM  

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