The Office, My Office #10: Mrs. Albert Hannaday

EPISODE 5.16/5.17: STRESS RELIEF (PARTS 1 AND 2)
Jim, Pam, and Andy watch a pirated movie, Mrs. Albert Hannaday, starring Jack Black, Jessica Alba, and Cloris Leachman.

This is my office. Every day at lunch, I sit in our office break room and watch shows on Netflix with two of my coworkers. We just finished watching Arrested Development, and now we’re catching up on The Office. (Last year, I brought in my DVDs of The Office, seasons 1-4, so we are picking up again with season 5.)

In today’s episode, Jim and Pam join Andy in their office break room and watch Mrs. Albert Hannaday, a movie that Andy illegally downloaded. When this scene started, my coworkers and I laughed at the striking similarity to ourselves in that very moment. My coworkers and I were sitting around a laptop in the break room watching Jim, Pam, and Andy sitting around a laptop in their break room watching Cloris Leachman seduce Jack Black. How meta. We were even sitting in the same order: the one woman sitting on the far right and the two men sitting on the left. A few moments into the scene as Andy poured out a bowl of popcorn [kernels] and took his seat, I laughed and said, “It’s us!”

In the photo below, I captured the moment of Office inception. Offception.

Mrs. Albert Hannaday

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The Office, My Office #3: The Standing Desk

EPISODE 8.09: MRS. CALIFORNIA
Dwight sets up a standing desk, touting the health benefits and cool factor of standing. Time proves, however, that the allure of sitting is irresistible – even for Dwight.

My office has a Dwight. We’ll pretend that the standing desk is the only similarity (and we won’t mention Battlestar Galactica). After reading several articles and infographics about standing – and about how sitting is slowly killing you – he set up his own standing desk and quickly convinced another coworker to do the same. This was several months before “Mrs. California” aired, which made Dwight’s experience THAT much more amusing.

At only 5′ 3″, I had to stand on a stack of phone books when using their computers.

Over a year later, one coworker is now sitting, and “Dwight” alternates every half hour between standing and sitting. They did give a valiant effort, though. In spite of the constant back and knee pain, they stood their ground.

Click here to watch “This Will Not Stand” from the episode “Mrs. California.”

The Office, My Office #2: Snowball Fights and Rubberband Wars

EPISODE 7.11/7.12: CLASSY CHRISTMAS
Dwight and Jim engage in an all-out snowball war, utilizing elaborate planning, strategy, and the most powerful weapon of all: fear.

My office uses rubberbands (and the occasional water gun), precision, and no mercy. Survival requires thick clothes and thick skin. We may flinch at every slight movement now, but that doesn’t mean we’re afraid of pain.

Like Jim, we’ve taken a few shots to the face. And like Dwight, we don’t really know when enough is enough.

Click here to watch a compilation of clips from Dwight and Jim’s snowball fight.