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Just finished watching the UK version of The Office

03 November 2007

I finished watching the entirety of the UK version of The Office this week. The first thing I want to say is, even though I know comparisons are going to happen, I really dislike comparisons between the US and UK versions. Other than the first episode of each the US version has had original scripts and is really it’s own show. This is good, because the humor of the UK version I’m sure would be both lost on American audiences, and would never make it past the censors in the US. The show can be downright raunchy at times. I really enjoyed it though. Much of the humor was very subtle, but very funny.The main characters all seemed like very real people to me. I found myself rooting for Tim and Dawn. I also just grimaced at some if the things David Brent said. How could someone be so socially retarded? The way they ended the series was also great. You could call it sappy by giving pretty much everyone a happy ending, but it was nice to see. So often television and movies end with some overly dramatic question or open ended finale. It was nice to have a decent ending in The Office.I definitely recommend the UK version of The Office. If you are a fan of the US version its interesting to see where things started. I’m usually a fan of British TV shows too, and this is no exception.

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I am the Real Bear Grylls

02 October 2007

So apparently there is some talk that Man vs Wild is a bit Fake. Bear Grylls supposedly gets help from the crew and even stays in hotels from time to time. Story here. Well I’m here to say that I am the real deal. I don’t use a freakin’ camera crew. Sure, leave me alone in the woods on a pleasant summer night with plenty to eat and drink, and a fire with enough wood to last for days and I’d probably die. But I am a master survivalist in many other ways. Here is my story. We have some rabbits living under our deck. A week or so ago I was letting the dog out for the night around 10:30 PM. One of the rabbit was near the deck stairs and took off to the other end of the yard. The dog, being a wild beast, just stood there staring. So here we have a rabbit sitting at one end of the yard thinking it is hidden (it wasn’t), and a dog that won’t just go to the bathroom. I decided to grab a rock and toss it towards the rabbit to scare it off. I grabbed a rock about the size of a table tennis ball and lobbed it towards the rabbit. The next thing I hear is a loud “clunk!” as the rock strikes the rabbit square in the head. It dropped and after a few seconds of twitching it was done. I was pretty shocked. I wasn’t expecting to actually hit the thing to be honest. I wonder if my aim would be that good if I ever really needed it to be? So anyway, the dog went to the bathroom and all is right in the world. Eat your heart out Bear Grylls. I didn’t even have a camera crew.

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