Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Good grief

Yes, yes, the I realize that the renewed dedication I referenced has started off rather shaky. My bad and deal with it. Tomorrow you can expect my full thoughts on such Oscar-nominated movie which I find to be simply OK..not WOW, not Hooray, but just Ehh. Stay tuned for that. (I also have my best movies of 2008 post typed and ready to go, but I'm leading you to wait until Friday!)

Some long overdue Office love:

January 13 - "Ryan took some of the branch managers and Toby into the woods, for a kind of 'get-to-know-you' weekend. Michael wasn't invited. Apparently, they already knew everything they needed to know about him." (Pam)

January 16 - "As a farmer, I know that when an animal is sick, sometimes the right thing to do is put it out of its misery. With the electricity we're using to keep Meredith alive, we could power a small fan for two days. You tell me what's unethical." (Dwight)

January 19 - "I've always wanted to be in the witness protection program. Fresh start--no debts, no baggage. I've already got my name picked out. Lord Rupert Everton. I'm a shipping merchant who raises fancy dogs. That's the life." (Michael)

January 20 - "I love my employees even though I hit one of you with my car. For which I take full responsibility. Look, I'm just trying to take everybody's mind off this unavoidable tragedy and on to more positive things. So, I thought we should plant a tree." (Michael)

January 21 - "This is Sprinkles. She was my best friend. I kept her going through countless ailments. I asked Dwight Schrute to feed her once and she is now deceased." (Angela)

January 22 - "One day Michael came in complaining of a speed bump on the highway...I wonder who he ran over then?" (Jim)

January 24/25 - "Check to see if she's faking. If a car hit me, it wouldn't crack my pelvis. You know what? I bet she cracked it at home and jumped in front of the car to get some workers comp." (Dwight)

January 26 - "The bar uses an applause meter. That's why it's so important that you all come and applaud only for my band--Scrantonicity Two, not Scrantonicity, which I am no longer a part of." (Kevin)

January 27 - "I just love sales. I love it to death, it's as simple as that. And I don't get to do enough of it as a manager, so I took this second job, kind of as a hobby. Some people have golf, or relaxing." (Michael)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


So, I realize that I've been away from the computer for a few extra days than my initial focus of multiple posts in a week. My apologies. Today is a fantastic day, coming off the heels of a celebration and remembrance of a phenomenal leader who I believe would be crying and smiling ear to ear with Obama's inauguration earlier today. I won't expound on the varying emotions and things I'm feeling currently...I'll just let each of us cherish, reject, or embrace the past 48 hours for everything they are.

I will leave you with some neat thoughts that came from an e-mail that one of our Bammel elders sent me. It's simple and profound, and I pray that it just encourages you a little bit.


1...God won't ask what kind of car you drove, He'll ask how many people you drove who didn't have transportation.
2...God won't ask the square footage of your house, He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
3...God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.
4...God won't ask what your highest salary was, He'll ask if you compromised your character to obtain it.
5...God won't ask what your job title was, He'll ask if you performed your job to the best of your ability.
6...God won't ask how many friends you had, He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.
7...God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.
8...God won't ask about the color of your skin, He'll ask about the content of your character.

Coming Soon (I promise): My top 10 movies of 2008, and my most anticipated movies of 2009.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bartee's Back!

Well friends, there's just no excusing it. I have slacked and failed many of you that still take just a few moments in your week to check this site for my ramblings. So, while I won't make empty promises and say that I'll be 100% faithful to a daily update, what I can assure you is this: I plan on making smaller, more random and fun posts more frequently...don't misunderstand, I plan on having the somewhat theological commentary-esque posts about all things spiritual more often than not, but let's have some laughter, too, shall we?

So here of my Christmas gifts I received this year was a daily calender from The Office. Each day has a quote that just takes me back to the show and makes me laugh, some days more violently than others. I compiled just a sampling from the first 2 weeks of the year, and I'd invite you to compare this collection versus any application Facebook can create. I'll provide a few of these a week for your enjoyment...just remember to not become the silent killer.

January 1 - "So Ryan got promoted to corporate, where he's a little fish in a big pond. Whereas back here in Scranton I'm still top dog in a fairly large pond. So who is the real boss, the dog or a fish?" (Michael)

January 3/4 - "Almost marrying Roy Anderson was as close to Pamela Anderson as I ever want to be." (Pam)

January 5 - "Ever since I was a kid, people have been telling me that I can't do things. You can't be on the team, you can't move on to second grade. Well, now they're telling me that I can't win back clients using old-fashioned business methods. We'll see about that. And FYI, I eventually aced second grade, and I was the biggest kid in class." (Michael)

January 8 - "Ladies and gentlemen, I have some bad news. Meredith was hit by a car...It happened this morning in the parking lot. I took her to the hospital. The doctors tried to save her life, they did the best that they could...and she is going to be okay." (Michael)

January 9 - "You're over forty. That's the cut-off. Are you listening to what he's saying? Retraining, new system, youth. I'm telling you, this kid is the grim reaper. You deal with this, or you, me, Sammy, Phyllis, the chick you hit with the car--we're goners." (Creed, to Michael)

January 10/11 - "Yes, money has been a little bit tight lately. But, at the end of my life, when I'm sitting on my yacht, am I going to be thinking about how much money I have? No. I'm going to be thinking about how many friends that I have. And my children. And my comedy albums. I mean, I have a yacht so I obviously did pretty well money-wise." (Michael)

January 12 - "I signed up for Second Life about a year ago. Back then, my life was so great that I literally wanted a second one. In my Second Life, I was also a paper salesman and I was also named Dwight. Absolutely everything was the same, except I could fly." (Dwight)

Coming later this week: My top 10 movies of 2008 & top 10 movies I'm pumped about in 2009.