"The Office" Vs. "Parks And Rec"

"The Office" Vs. "Parks And Rec"

They are similar, but not the same and that's OK
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I have fallen in love with the inhabitants of both Pawnee and Scranton. I witnessed the mishaps and triumphs of both the Parks Department and Dunder Mifflin. I have recommended both shows to friends and, at times, have been surprised when they didn't love Leslie and Ann or Dwight and Jim as much as I do. "Parks and Recreation" and "The Office" are very similar shows, yet they are just different enough. If you are an "Office" fan trying out Leslie and her crew or vice versa, here are a few similarities and differences I have noted.

1. The style.

Similarities: Both "Parks and Rec" and "The Office" are filmed in a mockumentary style. The characters all have their chance to shine in their individual interviews. Because of this style, both shows are highly satirical toward the American workplace and its workers.

Differences: I used to say that if you liked "The Office," you would like" Parks and Rec," but if you liked "Parks and Rec," you may not like "The Office." However, I now think this is only mostly true, and the reason is the different kinds of humor in the two shows. The humor from "The Office" comes from how familiar the characters and situations feel. While many of the situations are taken to extremes, I can't tell you the amount of times I have heard someone say, "She's exactly what my coworker was like!" or "I know so many people just like him."

On the other hand, the characters of "Parks and Rec" are funny because they are over the top. They are closer to caricatures, so I have heard people make remarks along the lines of, "Leslie is like a toned-down version of my sister" or "Ron's an extreme version of my uncle." This isn't to say one style is better than another, but the shows do have distinct tones, and the adjustment between the two can be hard if you're not expecting it or willing to accept it.

2. The creation.

Similarities: The two shows share several creators, including Greg Daniels, Howard Klein and Michael Schur, who not only wrote for both shows but also played Mose, the cousin of Dwight Schrute.

Differences: "The Office" was an American remake of the British series with the same name. "Parks and Rec" was an original idea dreamed up by Daniels and Schur after they had started working on "The Office." I don't really have concrete evidence or examples of how this difference affected the two shows, but I thought it was interesting to note.

3. The setting.

Similarities: Both stories unfold in the American office. Even when the camera ventures out of the office space, it captures familiar sights for the average viewer: homes, stores and of course, parks, rather than the flashy mansions or gray bunkers of more dramatic TV shows.


Differences
: Leslie and her gang operate out of the City Hall Parks Department while the Scranton folk sell paper for Dunder Mifflin in a small office building. In addition, the clothing, makeup and lighting of "The Office," particularly the earlier seasons, are more drab, colorless and, again, realistic, than the brighter sets and costumes of "Parks and Rec."

4. The bosses.

Similarities: Both Michael Scott and Leslie Knope are extremely passionate about their work and overly eager for their employees to share their passion. Both try their hardest to make their employees have fun at their jobs, and consequently, both fail on many occasions.

Differences: The similarities stop there. Leslie is the stereotypical type A personality, with her binders, political savvy, energy, and ability to run on very little sleep. She is ambitious, competitive and loves to be busy. Michael loves to procrastinate and is the epitome of political incorrectness. His enthusiasm stems from his desire to be adored by his employees rather than for mere love of his work. He has unrealistic ambitions and does little to accomplish them.

5. The relationships.

Similarities: Both shows are full of friendships and couples. The couples are sometimes meant to be and sometimes unexpected or dysfunctional. The friendships are sometimes sought after and sometimes accidentally discovered. One thing is for sure, the characters in both shows share many touching, hilarious and relatable moments.

Differences: "The Office" doesn't have two gals like Leslie and Ann, and no one can recreate the absolute perfection that is Jim and Pam.

6. The response.

OK, this one doesn't actually have many differences. Both shows were soon greeted with wide popularity and received several nominations and awards. Even though both shows have ended they are still popular and still hold special places in our hearts. Whether you're a tried-and-true fan of both ,or trying to get your feet wet in either show, I hope this list has helped you appreciate them despite or -- better yet -- because of their differences.

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Remember To Be Kind To Theme Park Cast Members This Holiday Season

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For those of you who have traveled to a theme park during the holidays, you know what you are in for.

The weeks right before and after Christmas are some of the busiest times of the year to visit, making the parks extremely crowded and wait times higher than usual. Yet, this time is so popular since it is fun to experience the magic of the season with your family during the special Christmastime celebrations at the parks that bring something extra to your holidays.

One of the most important things to remember during this time of year is to be nice to the cast members!

Families that come to the parks during this time have so much to remember and so much to do; unfortunately, something that is often forgotten during a vacation is to be thankful for those who have to work during this time of year.

The cast members and team members who work during the holidays are doing so at the expense of spending time with their own families. They are sacrificing their Christmas celebrations at home to be at work making your vacation magical.

Some of these workers are hundreds if not thousands of miles away from their families and may not have seen them for weeks or even months. Yet, they are here in Orlando working in a job that they are passionate about because they love making happiness for their guests

Making magic and spreading happiness is something that is important to us and why we love what we do. However, it is still really hard to be away from our families at Christmas.

Think it is hard to be a guest when the parks are crowded?

It's even more difficult for the cast members who are working as hard as they can, for 8-15 hour shifts, when things happen that are out of our control. We too dislike long waits, telling your child that he is too short to ride or the fact that a ride is temporarily closed. These things make our jobs difficult too, just as they may be a huge setback in your vacation plans.

So focus on the positive things and appreciate the time you can spend with your families and friends rather than dwelling on the things that may be small setbacks during an overall wonderful holiday vacation. Please be patient this holiday season. Give the cast members a smile and a pleasant "thank you" or "Merry Christmas". We are here for you and we want you to have a wonderful vacation, but it still makes an incredible difference to know that our work is appreciated.

At this time of year, it is important to spread Christmas cheer and we are excited to celebrate with you and your families!

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The Breath of Solitude

A Poem With A Prologue // Polar Viewpoints.

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Prologue:


She smacks your parted lips,

sucking the dry,

open cracks to a seal.

Pumping energy into your chest

and sending a continuous shiver

from lung to navel.


You can't help but cough,

as your lungs tighten and twist.

Ringing the frosty sensation out –

slipping through your parted lips.


The same parted lips that

allowed her deliberate fingers

to crawl inside

where she can escape her own dimension

of solitude.




The Breath of Solitude


All I know

is solitude.


We chat

every day

in conversations that circulate

behind the backs

of the present.


Solitude grinds my coffee beans,

as we sit

with our legs crossed,

waiting for dawn

to explode over our opaque landscape.


Solitude runs my bath,

bubbling

as the Sun crashes

against the diminishing horizon.


But none of this is reality.

I am above

the dimension of reality.

Not theoretically,

but physically.

I am only a tool

to be used in the dimension

of your reality.

Drifting in and out,

twirling through your negative space.

My only purpose

is found through your breath;

but what do I do

when you stop breathing?


I wait for your fingers,

less deliberate than mine,

but filled with that

that I lack.


I cannot see the blood

that sloshes through the veins

in your innocent hands.

The blood that energizes

those fingers

upon which I wait.


But I know

the blood is there.

It isn't

what you do.

It isn't

the way you move.

Simply put,

it is

the way

that you exist.


The sheer fact

that you have a bursting burgundy waterfall

streaming,

not only through your fingers,

but engulfing all of you

in its rich,

rooted,

energy.


The only waterfall

that I encompass

is the waterfall

that you imagine.

I have no blood;

I have no way to exist.


And so I

wait for your fingers,

less deliberate than mine,

but filled with that

that I lack.


I wait for your fingers

to filter the heat

to a state of regulation,

a state of production,

a state in which I can exist.

The peach fuzz

that sleeps on the bridge of your nose

begins to rise

when your fingers initiate the flame.

The temperature reacts,

as would my heartbeat,

if I had a bursting burgundy waterfall,

or some type of life source

inhabiting my chest cavity.


As the heat

starts to melt

my metaphorical skin,

I become reality.

I don't have a face to smile,

or eyes to produce tears.

But I have thoughts.

I have words to say,

I have feelings to express.


I still can only drift,

in and out,

twirling through your negative space,

but now spiraling

into your positive space,

as well.


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