Hello, I’m Leslie Knope

So, I’ve been watching Parks and Recreation. It’s baller. Yeah, baller. Mostly due to the fact that Leslie Knope, portrayed by Amy Poehler, speaks to me. She IS me. And this may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m going for it: I’m like Amy Poehler more than Tina Fey.

While I let that sink in, I’d love to share a few reasons why Ms. Knope, Pawnee superstar, represents all that I hold dear.

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Knope and I sure do know how to pick ’em.

We’re freakishly obsessed with Joe Biden. Smiles knows what’s up. He’s a bro to the highest degree. He fist pumps, does push-ups with kids and totally wing-man’s it for the Prez. Did I mention his awesome eye-crinkles?

We love puns. I’m one of the few people I’ve ever stumbled across, who actually laughs out loud at puns. They’re clever. I can’t help it that I love me a clever joke. And no one else can truly appreciate a pun like Leslie Knope, when she’s suggesting headlines to local reporter Shauna Malwae-Tweep.

We’ve both coined slang terms for the restroom. Leslie chose “wiz palace” while I’ve been a fan of “pee station” since I was old enough to read the dirty writing on the inside of stall doors. Leslie also says that she’s “going to see a man about some porcelain.” Class. She has it. I have it.

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St. Elmo’s Fire was the shiz. “Classic! And depressing.” – Chris Traeger

I’d love to spend all day with Rob Lowe. Leslie actually does. This doesn’t really need an explanation. Who wouldn’t want to spend as much time as possible in an office with this glorious being?

We both have beautiful best friends, who are slightly more normal than us. My lovely friend, Helen, is as quirky and gorgeous as Ann Perkins, with that added twinge of abnormality that I hold so dear. She, like Ann, supports my inane schemes, though she may not always love ’em, simply because she loves me. Queue awwwwwwws

I could go on.

Note: I also have 40 out of the 50 traits on the Thought Catalog article, “50 Signs You are Leslie Knope.”

Mischief Managed. Literally.

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