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Over the centuries, there have been countless tales of bravery, men and women willing to sacrifice life and limb for their cause, for their beliefs, for the people and things that they love. One such man, a personal hero of mine, is Michael Scott, Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin, Scranton.

Michael makes bacon a priority in his life. He considers it one of his cherished American freedoms to wake up to the smell of sizzling bacon. So much so that he rigged a timer on his George Foreman grill, allowing it to act as a sort of sensory alarm, beginning the grilling process just in time to wake him up with the cheerful demeanor he needs to be an effective boss (and friend). And what could be a better idea than bringing that delicious smell right to his bedroom? Waking up NEXT TO the smell of fresh bacon? Come on! It’s genius!

And so it was in pursuit of this noble dream that Michael badly burned his foot one morning, stepping on the George Foreman grill and nearly ending his short but heroic life. Fortunately, Michael did not succumb to the smell of singed flesh, and he powers forward to this day, selling paper and promoting bacon as a part of a full and satisfying life. He doesn’t resent bacon for the pain he’s been through, and even now he acts as bacon’s advocate, as seen here in his groundbreaking video, Lazy Scranton.

And so to you, Michael Scott, I say thank you. Thank you for your fortitude in the face of adversity. Thank you for championing the things that you love. Thank you for helping me be a better me.

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