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Oh, man. I’ve been hooked on watching “The Convict” from The Office’s third season, simply because of the scene at the very end where Ed Helms as Andy Benard sings while playing the banjo to Jenna Fischer’s Pam Beesly over the ending credits. The look she gives the camera as she turns to eye the back of Jim’s head is priceless, and my wife pointed out that it looked like the both of them were about to break character just before they called cut. I wonder how many times it took for them to get through that scene, because Ed Helms’ high falsetto is hilarious!

Yes, I am a freak for The Office. I’ve seen a few episodes of the UK version, but I have to say that the US version exceeds the humor of the original. Most likely because I’m a product of my environment and I appreciate the humor in the American version, but I’m a fan of UK television as well (AbFab, Life on Mars, Doctor Who, French and Saunders, Hex, Are You Being Served?, etc.) so I feel like maybe my opinion cannot be so easily dismissed when it comes to drawing a comparison. I have no idea where I was going with this thought.

In other news: Looks like I won’t be leaving so soon. Turns out my contract is structured not quite as rigidly as I had been led to beleive and is open-ended. I just need to sit down with my manager and my agency at some point to discuss the future of my employment here for the long-term, because so far as I know, they want me to stay for as long as possible. Good news, there… my holiday will not be marred with the stress of locating employment. I just hope that my rumblings lately to my boss did not permanently impact my plans to remain with them. It’s a good gig; NOC work is a cakewalk compared to other types of jobs. The better part of this job is the fact that there are a lot more plusses than minuses compared to previous NOC jobs I’ve worked. The hours are good and the fact that I only sit a shift 7 out of 10 days every pay period is especially awesome. My manager’s a good guy and tries to do right by his team, and even when he seems like he’s disciplining you, it’s more like counseling than discipline which comes across as his geniune concern for us to do well.

I can’t beleive this job was right across the street the whole time I was at I look back at some of the posts I wrote about that job and I realize what I got here. I don’t necessarily need greener pastures and every job has its drawbacks, but then that’s why people get paid to work. πŸ™‚

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    • mencc1701 on December 7, 2006 at 10:06

    Personally, I prefer the UK version of The Office, mainly due to the tight, overarching story that runs through it. David Brent’s especially, I find, is very well done. Just my opinion, of course.

    • jetblack on December 7, 2006 at 11:31

    I like the UK version for what it tries to do, but I think the US version’s come into its own and well.. there’s more story to the US version than what the UK had to offer.

    • mencc1701 on December 7, 2006 at 11:47


    Fair enough. I haven’t been able to get into the US version as well, so I can’t really comment… it just doesn’t come off as being quite as “real” as the UK version, so it’s never drawn me in the same way.

    • saebel on December 7, 2006 at 11:58

    I’m glad about the job working out.

    Btw, I’m still undecided about Sunday – not because I don’t want to go, but my brother gave me a cold (bronchitis?) at Thanksgiving, and I’ve only been getting better in small increments since then… I’m going to the doctor’s today to see what it is and if I’m still contageous. Don’t want to get you all sick πŸ˜› πŸ™

    • jetblack on December 7, 2006 at 12:13

    Heh, actually.. having worked in offices for most of my career, it’s pretty damned close to being real. Awkwardness and all πŸ˜‰

    • jetblack on December 7, 2006 at 12:14


    Yeah, I don’t want to get sick.

    • mencc1701 on December 7, 2006 at 12:35


    To each their own, I guess. Having worked in offices myself, the UK version seems closer to real life, but your mileage may vary, I guess. πŸ™‚

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