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Life in the Office.

This Post is dedicated to the NBC show The Office. Joanna and I have started watching the show again, and it has reminded us why we started watching it in the first place. What makes shows like this so loveable is how we can relate to the characters. We are all forced to work with or live near characters that we would otherwise never want to include in our lives. This show is dedicated to these people, and I want to show some of the characters that are prevalent in my life.

First there is Jim. Jim is you. He is an easy going guy who works his 9 to 5 just to get by. He likes sports, is a people person, lives to for the weekend, and tries to have fun during the work hours. Even if this doesn’t describe much of you, he is personable and fun, so it is natural that you like him.

Then there is Dwight. Dwight does not quite live in the same world that we do. He has no sense o style, a freaky affinity for ancient weapons, a thorough  working knowledge of all Lord of the Rings books, and owns every episode of Battlestar Gallactica. He has trouble discerning his fantasy worlds with this one, and has no time for jokes or shenanigans. Dwight knows of a hundred different ways to kill a man, but he is most likely harmless. This guy genuinely thinks in black and white, and sees him self a champion for the good of mankind.

There is also Andy. Andy sings incessantly, and likes to remind you where he went to college. He thinks that he is the coolest thing on the planet cause he used to be in an A Capella group, but this is a soft, thin shell that can cause you to see what an insecure boy is underneath. He loves jokes, but if the joke is ever on him, then he is prone to freak.

Then there is Angela. She is the most judgmental person in the world. Her religious beliefs seem to be important to her, but to be honest, shes just looking to condemn others. She is a caricature of herself; always acting like she is too good for other people, because she prefers the company of her cats. She never lets down her guard and never lets you get away with anything. The little Tattletale thinks that jokes and fun are for the lazy and unproductive.

Sound familiar? Theres so many more, just check out the show, starting from Season 1.

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Pet Peeves #4

This is a multiple part pet peeve. Since they fall under the same general subject, I think that its a good idea to make some pet peeve parallels.

So we all have become a culture dependent on our cell phones, right? Just ten years ago, when I liked a girl, I had to call her house phone and hope that her dad didn’t answer! Now they just text all day without even having to hear each other’s voices. I’m not saying that having your phone on you all the time is a bad thing, necessarily. Its great for emergencies, and for people who travel for their profession; I mean its a pretty fantastic invention when you really think about it.

But we become addicted to things. Its what we do. If we like coffee, we drink it till we have the jitters, if we enjoy a meal, we eat until we can’t move. Its not like we are alcoholics, but we just get dependent on anything from asprin to pepsi to the internet.

So I have some caricatures of cell phone addicts for you that really get under my skin.

This first one is for anyone who has had to work at a register. A man walks in on his phone, going on and on. You watch him as he talks and talks, thinking “I sure hope whoever is listening is getting paid to listen to this man”. He approaches the register.

“Yeah, and so I told him I can’t sell it for anything less than fifty thousand! I’lltakeanumberonenopickleswithcheeseandadietcoke – I know, I mean I have a business to run, and we need synergy if we want to….”

Did he just order? I could have sworn that he said something about pickles… “I’m sorry, what was that?”

“Thats why I hired Terry Tate, he has been a huge boost to productivity- numberonenopickelswithcheeseandadietcoke Yeah, he has really brought us closer to the tipping point!”

It is now clear that you don’t deserve his attention for even a fraction of a second. Hes sending you the message I am more important than you. These people sincerely believe that they are so busy, that they cannot set their phone down for about 30 seconds just to give you the dignity and order. I have seen a sign hanging in a few independent cafes and shops that simply says “we will gladly help you with your order when you are done with your cell phone conversation”. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, its about like saying “we will gladly give you desert after you eat all of your vegetables”, but some people really just have no manners at all.

Then theres the guy who talks so loud, you wonder if the person listening is hard of hearing or working on the runway at the airport. You will find this guy is very important; he goes on and on about everything he can do for his friend, and how he is going to help. Do you care? No, but he will sit in the chair next to you and talk so that you can hear how benevolent he is with his advice. Is there anyone on the other line? Probably not, but you would be smart to leave before he puts his phone down and starts trying to help you!

Next is the guy girl (lets make it a girl this time) who is in your circle of friends. She wants to be entertained. She can’t wait to see you and hang out with you! You make plans to hang out a week ahead of time, and she knows just how to show you how much she missed you; minimal eye contact, and texting on her phone. It doesn’t matter if there is a movie going on, a birthday party, if its the 4th of July, or if its her own dad being pulled out of a Chilean mine, she is texting on her phone.

Sure she thinks shes being social, but later she will wonder why no one calls her to hang out anymore. Its cause shes sending out the message whoever I am texting is more important than you are. Now granted, maybe she has Katy Perry’s number, and they are secret friends- or Shaq is asking her out on a date. Maybe its Steven Spielberg, who wants her to star in his next film, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Heres the honest truth: we are too dependent on our phones these days. If someone doesn’t return your calls, you don’t think that their battery died, you assume they are in an awful, fiery car wreck on the interstate! I think that the cure isn’t to end your contract with AT&T and toss your iPhone in the trash, but to realize the message you’re sending when you are on your phone, cause I have news for you; if you don’t know anyone that fits one of my caricatures, it might just be you!

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