In the summer of 2005 I registered with the D.C. Department of Rehabilitation Services in the hopes of getting a job. People have been asking me, they've been coming up to me on the street inquiring, beseeching me, wanting to know: "Mr. Freedman, were you sincere when you registered with the D.C. Department of Rehabilitation Services? Were you genuinely interesting in getting a job? What made you want to get a job all of a sudden after not having worked for so many years?"
In response to all the questions: Yes, I sincerely wanted a job. I ached for work. I wanted to get back in the job market. But why, you may ask? The reason is a little strange.
In March 2005, just a few months before, the TV sit-com "The Office" aired on NBC. I loved that show so much. The first 6 episodes that were broadcast that spring were super fantastic. I wanted to be in an environment like that depicted on the show. I wanted to work in an office like Dunder-Mifflin, the fictional paper company located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I wanted to work with cool guys like B.J. Novak who portrayed the temp, Ryan Howard. I wanted to work with John Krasinksi, who portrayed the character Jim Halpert. I even created a fan page on Myspace dedicated to Jim Halpert.
Incidentally, B.J. Novak is a Harvard graduate who majored in Spanish Literature. John Krasinski is an honors graduate from Brown University.
I wanted to work with cool guys. I wanted to make friends with cool guys. Yes, I ached to get a job through the D.C. Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Incidentally, John Krasinski is an avid basketball player. I love basketball players, but I hate basketball. I hate baseball players, but I love baseball. Funny, isn't it?