If Michael Scott was Carl Torbush, who would be Jim Halpert? Or Stanley? Obviously Dan Orner would be Creed. (No real reason for that statement, it just felt right.)
The Story Behind the Object
You can't think of a bobble head without thinking of the Dwight Schrute bobble head from The Office. And you can't think about The Office without thinking about the office I currently work in. Or the one I worked in before that. Or the first one I worked in. Actually, I'm a pretty firm believer that almost every office out there has similarities to the television version of The Office. That's why the show was such a hit. It resonated with everyone in corporate America.
When I was in college, I interned at a local public accounting firm that ultimately wound up being my first full time job after getting my Masters. Let me make one thing clear: during the 70 hour weeks in March and April, there isn't a lot of fun stuff happening in an office full of CPAs. There are clients around, everyone is testy and sleep-deprived, and all in all it's probably not the best time to put a whoopee cushion under the boss's chair. But during the less busy months, I distinctly remember several The Office-like events.
One summer, instead of paying me $9 per hour to feed permanent files through a scanner for eight hours straight (while I simultaneously browsed the message boards on Inside Carolina and adjusted my fantasy baseball lineup), one of the partners decided it would be funny to pay me $9 per hour to spend at least half of those eight hours using a portable air blower to blow up balloons and fill the office of another partner who was on vacation. It was no small feat. Her office was probably 300 square feet, and by the time I was finished it was filled with balloons up to about waist height.
Another time a partner went out of town and when he returned he found that everything in his office had been wrapped in aluminum foil. A Duke fan partner returned from vacation to find an entire Tar Heel themed mural painted on his wall (quite an elaborate mural). That one was pretty epic.
Meanwhile, we've had our fair share of humorous events at my current job, as well. One year one of my co-workers received Nerf guns from his in-laws for Christmas. Those things got a ton of use. You never knew when someone was going to pick one up and shoot everyone in the office over the next 30 seconds. One day two of us caught one of our newer employees out in the open with nowhere to duck and pelted her until both guns ran out of ammo. "This isn't fun for me!!!!" she shouted as she sprinted toward her office.
We also convinced an employee in her first year that everyone in the office always dressed up on Halloween. We started laying the foundation for that one in August. Right down to an elaborate backstory that one of our longer tenured employees had once dressed as a baseball player and brought his son (also dressed as a baseball player) to work with him. "The best part was, the costume shop only had two left, and both of them were the same size...so it was really tight on me and really loose on my son." Eventually, she bought it. Halloween morning she came rolling in dressed as Antoine Dodson ("hide ya kids, hide ya wife"), complete with facial stubble drawn on in permanent marker. Truly amazing.
Millions of people across America all have The Office-esque stories just like these. In fact, The Office probably provided inspiration for some of those stories. I know I personally borrowed the idea of hiding someone's cell phone in their own office and then calling them and watching while they searched for it.
I don't have a Dwight Schrute bobble head, which is what started this entire post. But I do have a Carolina football player bobble head, which is likely why you are reading, so I should probably tell you a little bit about it.
Carolina Collectibles Description
Standing at a massive 8" tall with a circular base that measures 3" in diameter, this Carolina football player bobble head sports an interlocking NC on the helmet and a #01 Tar Heels jersey. The base has "North Carolina" printed on it (with a registered trademark symbol, which I don't think is necessary - especially since the Tar Heels doesn't have that). This little guy was mass produced by Gemmy Industries Corp. and was made in China. He has a button between his feet which at one point would have caused the alma mater or fight song (can't remember which) to play, but despite receiving three brand new AAA batteries over the weekend, that is no longer the case - see the "made in China" portion of the description earlier. Also, he has kind of freaky eyes.
Carolina Collectibles Comparison: Joe Dailey
When you rattle off names of all of the Carolina football players to ever wear the uniform, you'd probably be about 300 people deep before you got to Joe Dailey. That's because he didn't start for that long, and when he did, he tended to throw a lot of interceptions. And I mean a lot of interceptions. But, for whatever reason, despite all the picks, he's not remembered with vitriol. Maybe it's because he was a nice guy. Joe is a lot like this bobble head. If you asked me to write down every piece of Carolina Crap I own, this Tar Heel football bobble head would probably be the last thing I remembered. Yet still, I don't hate it. I just don't love it.
Carolina Collectibles Rating: 2 Stars
It's a bobble head. It's not the worst collectible item one can own, but it is certainly not the best. It's not really even in the middle. It's between the worst and the middle. And on a five star rating system, that's the very definition of two stars.