The Office, My Office #8: Chair Model

Deborah Shoshlefski, chair model

Michael Scott, feeling lonely after his breakup with Jan Levinson, falls in love with a chair model from the office supply catalog.

My office has its own chair model – sort of. On the home page of a client’s website, one of our salespeople found a picture of a beautiful woman. He is now convinced that the woman in the photo is the same woman who answers the phone when he calls their office. She has a look that apparently matches the slight accent he heard on the phone. He calls her stunningly beautiful and admits to having a harmless crush on her. The rest of the office is hoping to burst his bubble by finding the original stock photo or some other piece of evidence to prove she is not our client’s receptionist.

So far we have yet to disprove his model/receptionist theory… Hopefully our investigation won’t turn up what Dwight discovered about Deborah Shoshlefski AKA Chair Model Lady – she’s dead.

FUN FACT: “Chair Model” is the episode that also features Cool Guy Paul.

The Office, My Office #1: Cool Guy Paul

Paul Faust AKA “Cool Guy Paul” used to be my friend on Facebook.

In the world of Dunder Mifflin, Paul Faust is manager of Disaster Kits Limited and is one of the Five Families of the Scranton Business Park. In the real world, Paul Faust really is manager of Disaster Kits Limited and is also the cousin of Paul Lieberstein AKA Toby Flenderson.

Paul Faust owns a few companies in addition to Disaster Kits Limited, and he brought one of those businesses to a pet grooming industry trade show that my office produces. His booth wasn’t far from the registration desk, so I had the opportunity to chat with him over the course of the weekend. We became Facebook friends after the trade show, though the friendship was brief. He probably hoped our Facebook friendship would yield business leads; I hoped to gain a direct line to John Krasinski.

Even though Cool Guy Paul hasn’t physically been to our office building, I am going to assume (until proven otherwise) that he is actually a mole hired by the writers of The Office to steal crazy stories from my coworkers and me. It’s the only logical explanation for how eerily identical Dunder Mifflin is to my office.