A little late to the party, I know...
I have a tendency to get into trends a bit later in the game than most. Part of this is because I hate jumping on things that are overnight sensations just because everyone else in my immediate circle appears to. It's the reason I didn't really start using Facebook until way after I had graduated from college, and it's also the reason I didn't really start watching Gilmore Girls or 30 Rock until seasons (four and two, respectively) into their "phenomena." It is also the reason I just now have decided I find The Office not only funny but also something to which I have to tune in every week.
A co-worker of mine at The Corporation used to find endless "That's what she said" jokes in everything from our daily department meetings to our epic weekly Friday lunches. More times than not, I was the one setting them up for him, as apparently I don't pay attention to the things that come out of my mouth (and if he's reading this, then I'm sure he just stifled one back right there). I always knew where it came from-- and he even sent me a YouTube mash-up of the best ones to confirm-- but I never found it particularly amusing. More often than not, I'd just roll my eyes and try to steer the conversation somewhere else.
In the last two weeks since leaving The Corporation, though, I have not only watched the entire British Office series (and isn't it interesting how that one is the original, and yet we never address it as such? We always treat it just as the "other" one, as if it is somehow less funny and clever because its actors speak with accents and it only lasted for six episodes, even though without it, we probably would not have six years of awkward humor, adorable office flirting, and basically a career for Steve Carrell...), but I have also watched the entire American Office series to date! I started with the Pam/Jim wedding two-parter simply to see what all the hype was about, and I was so touched and intrigued that I went back through the magic of Netflix and Hulu to start from season one (also only six episodes) to work my way back to the present.
And I am not ashamed to admit that I fell hard and fast. It is so. Much. More! than just "That's what she said" jokes! I'm sure you all already know that, so I'm not going to get into a diatribue about the crazy characters and shenanigans that go on that have had me literally laughing out loud to the point where I awoke my dog from a nap. I'm not going to jump into super fangirl mode and say it's the funniest show on television (I think I'm giving that honor to Modern Family right now), but it's pretty damn funny. It's also pretty unique-- both of which are things that are hard to say about office jobs, let alone a show that films people pretending to work in an office job!
Let's just say that if the Corporation had had a Jim Halpert, I would have stuck around a little bit longer!
...okay, that's not necessarily true, but I definitely would have had more fun while I was there!
...and I may or may not have scoured the internet trying to find a Lackawanna County Volunteer Deputy Sheriff tee shirt...or bought myself the Hallmark Keepsake talking Michael Scott Ornament for 2009...