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I Want to Eat Dinner & Party. No, Not a Dinner Party

If you work in an office, then leave said office, but then hang out with people from that office, have you actually left the office?

Here’s a visual study guide of sorts to help you answer this question.

And here’s the uninvited, yet always entertaining supplemental material that serves as an assisting resource to the study guide.

If you work in the right office, then the office will never leave you.

And that can be a thoroughly entertaining reality.

Laughter is the Best Surround Sound

If you work in any kind of office, you’ll understand.

The second day of the workweek can feel exhaustive if the workload pile looks like an infinitely high skyscraper of papers on your desk or a digital inbox that never stops adding emails. Worst case (not really, but go with it), the week may already feel repetitive. If either of these feelings describe you, perhaps you should buy a small TV and mount it on your living room wall and host an awkward dinner party. For some, just looking at this technological “invention” is enough to throw all your cares away in exchange for uncontrollable laughter.

I’ve always imagined this blooper from The Office was a pretty close reenactment of an actual sales pitch and demonstration by an employee trying to sell this ridiculous TV to consumers as he or she was desperately trying not to laugh.

And now, the same scene that finally made it on NBC.

Hopefully, you’ll watch and laugh at these clips repetitively.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Throwback Thursday is a great weekly tradition because it puts people in a good mood right before Friday and the weekend with a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

And on that note, have you ever wondered what some shows that aired in the 2000s would have looked and sounded like if they had debuted during the 1990s?

“You are in luck! There’s a town about 3 miles that way, I’m sure you’ll find a couple of guys there” (bonus points if you can guess that ’90s reference!).

Actually, it’s more like visiting Dwight at his beet farm lucky.

‘That’s what the ’90s said!’

On Paper, A Great Show

March 24, 2005- May 16, 2013.

It’s safe to say the documentary crew should have no shortage of b-roll.

Nine seasons and four Emmy’s is a tremendous achievement for a sitcom. Personally, I had the same experience with “The Office” as I did with “Seinfeld” at first glance. I didn’t quite get it. I wasn’t sure when I was supposed to laugh? However, what I and what most everyone was unaware of at the time was the back story and slow evolution of these comedic characters within the context of being shot in a typical American office setting. It didn’t take long before I was laughing hysterically at both.

The show was not like Jan’s Porsche, but more like Andy’s Prius: it did not peel out fast with lots of bells and whistles, but instead gained and maintained a steady momentum and trust without making much noise.

As with other successful sitcoms, each character had his and her own unique quirks that represented at least one or several people we, the fans, know in our daily lives. The only exception might be Dwight K. Shrute. He is one in a billion. Meeting somebody even remotely close to him is without a doubt on my bucket list. The directions for a Pennsylvania Beet Farm are being printed as we speak…

The fantastic characters ranged from the overly full of himself hipster Ryan to the crossword puzzle doing Stanley to the uptight, cat loving Angela to the secretive and rebuttal-obsessed Oscar to the drunk and publicly improper Meredith to the gossip queen and popular culture expert Kelly to the giant teddy bear Kevin to the caring and reserved Phyliss to the musically talented warehouse worker Darryl to the monotone HR superstar Toby (who was a juror on the Scranton Strangler trial btw) to the A capella singing, Cornell attended Andy to the energetic but gullible Erin to the most famous Beet farmer and expert on Battlestar Galactica and bear attacks Dwight to the sweet, artistic and, yes, assertive Pam to the ambitious and prank happy Jim to the wildly inappropriate and over-doing it boss Michael to the incomparable Creed (how many chairs does he have now…?)

Since the departure of Steve Carell, the show had faltered and was disappointingly directionless for some time, to be blunt. Hopes were high for James Spader to step in as the new boss, but the chemistry between him and “The Office” rarely had any spark. The only exception was the party at Robert California’s mansion…that was a funny episode!

However, the addition of Andy and Erin were two excellent steps in the right direction. Their individual comedic talents and goofiness revived some level of what was missing from the departure of Michael Scott. It also generated a fresh love story the fans could cheer for from home. The casting decision of bringing in Clark Duke, who portrayed, who else, Clark, became a vintage-Office character. It is sad to not be able to see him develop and grow more within “The Office.”

What does “The Office” mean after nine seasons?

It’s impossible to recap all the funniest scenes, bloopers, Christmas-themed pranks and heart warming moments in this post. That’s what the special two-hour series finale is for tonight at 8:00 p.m. on NBC, which will also be its 200th show! Instead, what I will do is list a few of the very special memories I have from this television show:

-I was on a plane going somewhere internationally several years ago and reruns of “The Office” were on and I could not stop laughing! The people around me were wondering what was so funny and why this one guy was laughing and making noise on the plane? The show has always given me a reason to laugh.

-Watching Jim woo Pam in the space between his desk and her receptionist compound, despite the fact she was dating and eventually engaged to troublemaker Roy for some time, was heart warming and gut wrenching at the same time. In the end, it gave me and millions of others reassurance that if something is truly meant to be, with a little persistence, it can happen.

-Laughing at how Michael Scott would constantly try to make his employees laugh and loosen up was refreshing. It didn’t always work, but it was hysterical to see what shenanigans he concocted with his Assistant to the Regional Manager, Dwight. He was a big reason why watching a documentary about working in a paper company was so entertaining. He was also the master of being an idiot and making things incredibly awkward while being the most efficient Regional Manager David Wallace had ever known, even if Wallace never knew exactly why this was…

-For Christmas, I was given a Dwight K. Shrute ornament and a box of paper from Dunder Mifflin! On the outside of the paper box, it reads, “Get Your Scrant On!” Yes and yes!

This show was an entertaining view into the mundane, crazy, frustrating, random, funny, heart-breaking, heart-warming moments of working in a typical American office.

Tonight, it all ends. The last episode was a throwback to what made this show such an outstanding success. The final episode will likely tie up every loose end and ultimately be a tribute to the past nine seasons. It’s been a great run and it will be a treat to continue watching the reruns over and over and over again.

Yesterday, the post was dedicated to “The Office” wedding dance for Jim and Pam. Today, here are a few short videos that encapsulate so much of what made this series such a massive success, of how it grew to become so huge. That’s what she said!

Now, you’ll have to excuse me, I’m on the phone and the guy just answered.

“Schrute Farms, Guten Tag! How can I help you?”