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Oct 11th 2006

Garbagethrower,

Thats very kind of you! I am going to nickname this the "Office Therapy Support Group".

Oct 11th 2006

Whatevs: college prof. what a great job. I always think that some day i'll go back and do that. I think it would be oh so satisfying to do that.

Oct 13th 2006

It's been said before, but I'll say it again: I feel God in this thread.

Haha! Thanks for making me laugh, Brian.

Well, I am an "associate project manager" for a company that does systems integration (which really means we design and build broadcasting facilities). So, I work in TV, which is ironic, because I don't have TV and have to watch The Office via iTunes. :o)

I am also a mom of a 4 yr old and 2 yr old and have a baby on the way. My husband is the stay-at-home parent (bless him!). I was a SAHM until almost 2 years ago when I came back to work and my husband and I "switched." We plan on switching again as soon as possible (he is working on becoming a police officer). So cross your fingers for us! I really want to come back home, even though I do work with a great group of people. I introduced my office to The Office and we have "The Office Lunch" once a week where we hook up someone's iPod and watch a few episodes during lunch. It's the highlight of my work week.

To Plaid, LT, and others: Thanks for your support of teachers and stay-at-home parents. It really is encouraging to see that there is so much support out there for people doing what I consider to be the hardest jobs out there. So often there is a SAHM vs. Working Mom tension, and I'm so glad that it's not present in this little community of Office Fanatics. :o)

Oct 13th 2006 edited

FrenchOnion,

I commend you for supporting your husband in becoming a policeman. I love stories about people making sacrifices to do what they REALLY want to do in life. Case in point:

My best friend from high school and her husband worked as computer experts for a major corporation (met on the job, actually) and they hated it. But, they made gobs of money, so were very financially secure. He decided to become a firefighter, at 40! So, she supported that and he was able to make his lifelong dream come true.

He got his dream job, so she went to school nights to obtain her degree qualifying her as a holistic health specialist. She now has her own business, and they both were able to leave their hideous corporate jobs.

So, in addition to all of you lovely people that support stay-at-home moms and teachers, let's also support the police and firefighters. And those that have the courage to pursue their dreams in mid-life, and the people who support them.

Oct 13th 2006

Hear hear!

FrenchOnion, I'm with you -- I'm a producer's assistant at an advertising company, and I spend all day working on TV ads. But I don't have a TV myself. I like my job for the most part, but deep down I know I don't have a TV so they can't get to me at home.

Oct 13th 2006

So, in addition to all of you lovely people that support stay-at-home moms and teachers, let's also support the police and firefighters. And those that have the courage to pursue their dreams in mid-life, and the people who support them.

Yes! I agree, whatevs. Thanks for sharing the story about your friends... it should make my husband feel better. He feels he should have figured out what he wanted to do a long time ago (despite what I tell him), and he's only 28!

And Pan, you made me laugh. I know exactly what you mean by "they can't get to me at home." Ha! It must be worse for you since you have to deal with ads all day long. I just have to deal with broadcasting engineers... (no offense to you engineers out there...) :o)

Oct 13th 2006

I'm glad to read the posts of people here who've managed to make a home life that's satisfying and a priority over work.

I'm working with a bunch of workaholics (it's the industry, I guess) and sometimes I wonder if they ever see their wives/kids. And now that I'm on that track, I wonder -- do I want that?

Sometimes you've got to leave work at work.

(Takes work cell phone out of pocket for the weekend.)

Oct 13th 2006

I'm a historian/historic preservation specialist, and I teach at a university. This is actually what I went to college for and I can't imagine doing anything else!

Many of my coworkers watch the Office, so we can exchange knowing glances during otherwise uncomfortable moments around the conference room table.

Oct 15th 2006

I'm a 16-year-old courtesy clerk at a local grocery/department store.

It sucks. But it's a job.

Oct 15th 2006

Is a courtesy clerk a greeter or a customer service department person? I'm guessing greeter if it sucks.

Oct 15th 2006

I've never been greeted at a grocery store, though I have been flipped off. But this is New York, so it might be the same thing.

Oct 15th 2006

ha! I'm similarly greeted on the 101 here in So CA, Brian.

Oct 18th 2006 edited

Hi everyone,

I'm a teacher of an Education Alternative Program. I teach students in Gr.7-9 who've dropped out of regular school and are trying to get back in.

I'm a huge Office Fan, and all this fall I've been checking out all the Office related Forums... I think I like this one the best.

You'll notice I also didn't pick an Office related name. I did that on purpose. All the good ones are taken, anyway.

Oct 18th 2006

Brian, I see that your son is due January 10th! That's when my daughter was born in 2005. Although, that wasn't SUPPOSED to be her due date. She was born three months early. So we kind of celebrate two birthdays...because when trying to figure out when she should be walking or talking, you have to go by how old she really is, not by when she emerged from her mother's vaginal canal. (I hope people get that line, or I sound like an idiot!)

She was less than 2 pounds when born but is doing perfectly fine now. No problems at all.

Oct 18th 2006

I can't even imagine what hte last year has been like for you. I'm scared of what it'll be like even if everything goes according to plan. So on that note, I hope our offspring share a birthday. And yeah, I think everyone got the reference, though I understand your fear. That wouldn't come off as well at a cocktail party as it does here.

Oct 18th 2006 edited

I guess I'm late to this thread. Hi, everyone -- I'm trying to make a living as a writer. It's unbelievably hard to get good work, but there's never been anything else that I've wanted to do. It sounds a little tacky, but I'd be lying if I said The Office isn't one of the things that inspires me every day to get out there and chase my dream.

Oct 18th 2006

Don't worry, Scranton on Speed. That's true for me, too.

Oct 18th 2006

So Pan and Scranton on Speed, I have question for you two, writer to writers (maybe better for the question thread, the non-Office chatter thread or the would you rather thread). Would you rather write for a living even if it wasn't necessarily the kind of writing that feeds your soul but does feed your family, or not get to write for a living at all? I'm pretty much in the former category.

Oct 18th 2006

Brian--

I'm cruising onto the path of the former and deciding I'm more inclinded toward the latter.

I took my current job in hopes of becoming a copy writer, figuring that that would be the next best thing to writing for a living. But I've been working on a "Number of Words" theory in life. The theory is that we all have a set number of words that we can write/speak/hear per day, and if you waste your words on some other categories you can find yourself sorely lacking in the "Writing for Me" category.

Before I took this job, I was a journalist. Same damn problem. I suffered "literary fatigue" -- reading/writing too many things to want to read or write more.

So! I want a job that bores me into writing but pays the bills. At least until the writing does it by itself. :)

(You might want to look into "The Artist's Way," a book I recommended on the book thread. It addresses a lot of issues like this.)

Oct 18th 2006

Funny you should say that. I finished that book. Today. No s#@t. And I like your theory. I'm going to ponder that some.

Oct 18th 2006

(Brian, yes! I actually remember you mentioning it somewhere around here, now, and that you got it after Jenna wrote that blog about acting? Me, too. I tried it last year but life intervened within the first week. Now I've relocated, new job, new city, etc., and her mentioning it made me realize that that was exactly what I needed to do. I'm on Week 7 and the changes in my life are....profound? In a good way. Woohoo!)

Oct 18th 2006 edited

I know what you mean. In my case, I made it to chapter 10 before life got really hectic with a new assignment at work and our pregnancy. I kept up the morning pages, though, and finally got back to the book this month. But I sent Jenna a myspace message (back when that was still possible before she had a gillion friends) and told her I'd taken her suggestion. She sent me a reply I'll never delete. And it's your lucky day because I'm sharing it with you.

Date: Jun 6 2006 5:45 PM
Subject: RE: The Artist's Way
Body: Keep up the morning pages. They are worth it! Don't give up and don't think you have to do the book perfectly. Just do it. Good luck!
Jenna

Oct 18th 2006

Brian, very cool!

Oct 19th 2006

That's unbelieveably sweet of her, Brian! I appreciated so much her willingness to share specifics about her path in the arts, but that is very definitely above and beyond the call of duty.

How lovely!!! And thanks for sharing. I feel all warm inside... :D

Oct 19th 2006

I have a job that bores me to tears -- tech support. It's mind-numbingly dull and the same problems over and over and over and over and over again, but it pays the bills.

I've always wanted to be a writer, but got a nasty case of post-college and real life problems writers block. I have several novelist books that I haven't read but I went ahead and got this The Artist's Way, too. It looked pretty solid and since it's interactive it should hold my attention better.

Jenna's my myspace friend, too, but I don't fool myself into thinking I'd ever get any sort of reply from her and never bother to post/comment on anything so it's really awesome that you actually did.

Oct 19th 2006 edited

Brian and Pan and Scranton on Speed, I also write for a living, although not creatively. I have been a technical writer for about five years, first for a large telcom, and now for a mortgage company. I kind of fell into writing as a career when I started doing proposal responses and some promotional material for a small managed health care company. Currently, I would rather be doing the marketing and creative writing, and I've tried to get back on that career path but haven't been able to. In my research I have noticed that on average technical writing pays better than marketing and journalism, so maybe that's something to consider. But it is pretty boring a lot of the time. And I'm with you Brian in that work is just work and it's something I need to do to make money for the things I really want to do.

I don't know that's there much of a point to all this, just felt like sharing.

Oct 19th 2006

Writers, writers everywhere! Of course I'm not surprised that you all are paid for your words on a page (because of your splendidly coherent/funny posts) but I am a little surprised you have all landed here. Jennie at OT's a tech writer as well. Of course the stellar writing on the show makes fans of a lot in the profession, and this is the best forum around to discuss the show, and writers do enjoy, well, writing, so...nevermind.

Nov 17th 2006

Okay, as you can probably tell from the fact that I'm posting at 1.30 in the morning, I set my own schedule. My vocation is writing: I've published poetry and fiction, and am currently in negotiations with an agent for the sale of my first novel.

For money? Since college I've been a journalist, an (inept) political aide, a high school teacher, and what you might call a "consultant" to a newspaper.

But in truth: I'm a userer. Look it up.

Feb 6th 2007

Bumped for the new guys. Because occupations are interesting.

Feb 6th 2007

Okay, I'm a new guy. I'm in my last semester of law school and am going to be clerking for a state court judge after I graduate and take the bar.

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