That's What She Said: Farewell to The Office

That's What She Said

Farewell to The Office

Last night we said goodbye to The Office.

And I feel like I said goodbye to my 20's. Even though that happened two years ago.

I worked in office life for the greater part of my working history. Scratch that. I can't remember a job I've had that was not in an office setting in some way, shape, or form.

So when I caught my first glimpse of The Office back in 2004, I was immediately smitten. It had everything. The secret crush. The weird cat lady who hates everyone. The person who loves his crappy job a little too much. The inappropriate boss who strives to be "down with the people." I could go on.

I've known all these people. I swear, I've known every single one of them.

The thing is that in the real world, office life plays out a lot like the show. There is a ton of wasted time, joking around, gossiping, pranking, chatting, web surfing. My theory is that with technology advancements and work forces now knowing how to do things faster, there is more idle time. I don't think corporate culture has caught on to that. Otherwise there wouldn't be so much paperwork and long, unnecessary meetings to discuss more paperwork.

Listen to me. I talk like I still work outside of the home.

Not sure if any of you remember the movie, Office Space, but that was actually sampled and given as a lesson in a communications course in college.  Not kidding. Work Life Communication.

Back to the show...

I had a job once where I worked in an office (surprise) and a co-worker was promoted to our supervisor. Before supervisorhood, we would always catch up on the antics of Michael Scott. When he was in the supervisor position, no joke, this dude became Michael Scott - always striving to be the cool boss while simultaneously coming off as a big douche. He also expressed his wish that everyone go back to the "old days" where people over dressed for work and drank scotch and smoked cigars in their office at lunch. So I guess he wanted every day to be an episode of Mad Men.

I even got him a Michael Scott "World's Best Boss" coffee mug as a joke. He thought he was in on the joke. He wasn't.

Michael Scott

Long story short, he was fired because he had no idea what he was doing. He went down in a blaze of glory. And after the dust settled they found video games in his desk when he left. 

Anyway, I think we can all agree that the Pam and Jim love story was the best ever. My favorite Office episode of all time was when Pam and Jim finally got married. Easily.

I think what The Office did was shine a light on just how life changing, hysterical, and pointless office culture can be. 

It was the last line that got me: “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that kind of the point?”

What a great show. 

It's going to be hard to let it go.

[All together now!]



  1. It was an amazing finale last night. Tears, laughter and warm fuzzies about it all.

  2. I didn't get to watch the finale, but I will on the internet later. That show is hilarious. I don't think it ever won any awards (probably because 30 Rock was too busy hogging them...) But it SHOULD have.

  3. Kim! I got your comment and accidentally deleted it! Sorry! And sorry about your horrible boss! And sorry about my fat fingers deleting your comment instead of approving it!

  4. I never really watched the show. Just caught episode here episode there. But when I did catch it, it was down right hilarious!
    Stopping by from Aloha Friday Hop
    Chelle @ Oh, just stop already


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