In 2013, a little show called The Office came to an end. To celebrate the success of the show, they hosted “The Office Wrap Up Party” in the city that was home to the show throughout it’s time on the air (Scranton, PA). The Wrap Up Party was a weekend long event that drew thousands of people to Scranton for the different events. The company I was working for at the time sold the tickets to all of these events. We were asked to volunteer and help scan the tickets at the different events, and of course I immediately jumped at the opportunity to be involved with the entire weekend.
I was thrilled to be helping out at such a large and exciting event. About half way through the day on Saturday, to thank us for all of our help with the chaos of the tickets and floods of people, we were invited to the small, private after party at the hotel the cast was staying at in Scranton. Needless to say, I was beyond excited. I was going to be in the same room as Michael Scott, Jim and Pam, Dwight, and the rest of the cast. I couldn’t believe I was getting such an opportunity!
Fast forward a few hours, and I’m sitting in a small banquet hall at a table directly next to Steve Carell. We were given strict instructions not to take any pictures or ask for any with the cast, which was probably the hardest part of the night (I constantly wanted to take over the shoulder selfies with them in the background), but I was just excited to be there. I got in line for food, and was right behind Oscar Nuñez; we exchanged some awkward eye contact as I leaned over to see what there was to eat, and naturally I froze and missed my opportunity to compliment the show. Walking away with my food, I passed Rainn Wilson and Kevin Malone having a private conversation – more awkward eye contact ensued. I had never been more enthusiastic about that many awkward encounters.
I was the most excited to be in the same room as John Krasisnki. Along with so many other females, I, of course, think he’s very attractive. This was the moment every average girl waits for – her chance of meeting a handsome celebrity where the two just naturally click, and he instantly falls in love with her. It’s the stuff you see in movies, and c’mon, his life is a movie so it could totally happen, right? Oh, he’s married to that beautiful actress Emily Blunt? No problem, he just hasn’t met me yet.
After what seemed like far too short of a time at the hotel, they were ushering the cast out for a night out at one of Scranton’s bars. I hadn’t gotten a chance to stage my “accidental” bump into John Krasisnki yet, and was suddenly realizing my time was coming to an end. We then were invited to go to the bar with the cast and all of the other people that helped orchestrate the event. I was all for it, ready to get another shot, until I suddenly remembered the one unfortunate fact that would keep me from my fate. I was 20 years old at the time… about a month shy of my 21st birthday. I was faced with the decision to either try to deceive everyone, and see if I could be let in, or I could tell the truth and maybe they’d make an exception. I knew immediately I wasn’t going to put my boss or myself into that type of legal situation. So, I told the truth and reminded everyone that I was not of age. As expected, no exceptions would be made, and not even the promise to not consume any alcoholic drinks would help my case. And that is where my almost-date with destiny ends.
And as I watched the cast head to their next destination, out walked my chance to live happily ever after with John Krasinski (I know, you definitely didn’t see that coming, right?).