In Uncategorized on September 7, 2006 at 2:10 pm

mid-morning time waster: as strange as fiction

this morning i toyed with the idea of posting some thoughts and reflections about spirituality in the workplace. it seems to me that very little has been written about how Christian discipleship can be pursued in the workplace and i think that is lamentable. i would like to write about the importance of spiritual accompaniment, effective encouragement and perhaps even the possibility of well-placed, incarnational exhortation in the workplace.

but since i completely suck at the latter practices, i decided to be superficial instead.

today’s question is: which character in the office do you identify with and why?*

as much as i hate to admit it, i have to say that i most readily identify with ryan, the cynical, under-employed intern. much like ryan, i could probably get a more interesting job that is more suited to my qualifications, but for insecurities or some other strange reason i continue to spin the hamster wheel at the SS much like he slogs away his days at dunder-mifflin. further, just like ryan, i am the unwilling object of my bosses’ affection. ryan gets ridiculously stupid prank voicemails from michael and has to fend off awkward inquiries about his social life, while i regularly get called into my boss’ office to help him decide which pathetically stupid harley-davidson bandana is “cooler” or have to pretend like i’m interested in his assertions that middle-age men who drive the new dodge chargers are not as cool as they think because the new chargers have four doors instead of two. apparently the latter feature of dodge’s hemi-endowed sedan is “dorky.” finally, in real life ryan is played by b.j. novak, a talented harvard graduate and gifted young writer who has actually wrote a number of last years episodes. although i am not a harvard graduate and would only characterize myself as an adequate young writer, i am planning on writing a number of chuck smith, c.s.s. episodes about my adventure at the SS…if i ever vanquish my inadequacies to the point that i can pursue an occupation that i enjoy and find a way out of this malignant environment. i would also like to tell you a few stories about our office’s jan, oscar and angela, but i have to pretend like i’m working.

now you.

* if you do not watch the office please realize that you are a complete (insert your own, preferably non-sexual, put-down here: ). but i suppose we will allow you to remain in our conversation by identifying another TV character that you identify with.


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