B.J. Novak in Palo Alto

The Office

Yes, B.J. Novak, actor, writer, and producer of ‘The Office’ was in OfficeTally’s hometown of Palo Alto, CA, yesterday. And I found out completely by accident!

He had emailed me and mentioned that he had been at the Peet’s Coffee in the Town and Country Center earlier in the day.

As this was B.J.’s first time writing me from an email address, I demanded that he verify his identity.

Here’s part of our conversation:

tanster: I need to make sure this is really you, so I have to ask you a “security question.” At The Office Convention in Scranton, do you remember taking a photo with me? Where or when was that? Second, you were here in Palo Alto!? I live like walking distance from that Peet’s Coffee. Wish I had known, I would have loved to have stopped by to say hello!

B.J.: Right after Writers Block by the auditorium door at the VIP after-thing, right? Yes, I am in Palo Alto! Visiting a friend who works at Facebook. Wish I had known. Peets is like Starbucks, but burned-er.

tanster: Congratulations, you passed! You are B.J.! Yes, I’m usually a Starbucks-aholic. I’ll drink Peets occasionally but it always feels like it’s burning a hole in my stomach lining or something. Are you still here tonight?

B.J.: I am off to the Facebook Christmas party tonight. I am supposed to leave tomorrow am. If I get up early (which would be a shame considering the party will go late), I’ll let you know and if you’re free maybe we can hit the ‘Bucks, which I also prefer.

Heehee. Love that he calls it “the ‘Bucks”!

(Quick, Tallyheads, which episode is that in reference to?)

B.J., you hereby owe me a grande nonfat latte. No foam.


  1. That’s so cool, Tanster! I think I would have a heart attack if I saw an email from B.J. Novak waiting for me in my inbox (: !

  2. Bah. Should have known I wasn’t going to be first. Tallyheads are a quick bunch.

    [from tanster: that they are, dan. that they are.]

  3. I’m guessing that Peet’s Coffee will adopt this slogan: “Like Starbucks, but burned-er.”

    [from tanster: lol!]

  4. Tanster,

    You totally need to get the Chi Latte Frap. It tastes like Christmas. If Christmas could fit in a grande cup and be slurped into your mouth, that’s what it would taste like. Chi Latte Frap from the ‘Bucks. Yeah.

  5. You are officially the coolest. I want your life!

    [from tanster: i can assure you, this doesn’t happen every day.]

  6. That’s awesome, tanster! Why are all of the writers and people associated with this show so amazing? Who else would reach out to the fans like that? It’s been said before and I’ll say it again, The Office was able to come up with the most likeable, smartest, warm, and friendly team and it is just magical that they were able to do that.

  7. Wow… and I thought having B.J. in Chicago visiting Northwestern was cool. Hearing that he was like in walking distance to your home makes a girl jealous. You are offically the hot girl, tanster!

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