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.”

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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.

The Office, My Office #1: Cool Guy Paul

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

EPISODE 4.14: CHAIR MODEL
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.