Man, you know what’s the roughest part about Thanksgiving? It’s not the actual day, that’s just fine, that passes pretty easy with enough football and beer. It’s that week right before, when you hear everyone at work talking about leaving town and what they plan to do with their families.
The anticipation, you know? Makes me realize how much I took for granted, just two years ago. People would ask me what my plans were, and all I had to say was, “Oh, you know, Karen’s folks’ll come over and…” And then I’d trail off. Because things were easy. Simple.
Almost as simple as taking footage that you’ve already shot and compiling it into an actual trailer for your television show. And yet, AMC just doesn’t seem to get that. Goddamn AMC, releasing yet another bit of video for “Better Call Saul” that doesn’t tell us anything.
All we get with this latest teaser is the knowledge that the show I’m hoping will fill the empty places in my life takes place in a universe where motel room beds have those magic finger devices. And I gotta say, I don’t really think they exist outside of that “X-Files” episode with the vampires. Stayed in a lot of cheap motels, right after Karen found out about Linda, and I didn’t see a single one.
Anywho. At least now we know the exact day that “Better Call Saul” starts. February 8. We’re even gonna get a second episode the next day, on Monday, which is nice. And I like the new logo, too. Looks just like something you’d see on an office door in the year 2002.
So, really, no reason to mope. I mean, this won’t be my worst Thanksgiving. That first one, in Kuwait, huddling around our MREs and waiting for our turn with the sat-phone to try and get a message home, that was the roughest. Though Tomas was there, cracking his jokes, rubbing my shoulders. Making me feel a little less alone.
Goddamn Tomas. Goddamn fuel tank explosion. Goddamn AMC.
You know, I’m sure that if I asked, Karen wouldn’t mind me coming around the house for a little while next weekend. And that’d give me something to say to the other folks at the office. I mean, at Pop’s Lock N’ Store, I’m the boss, and no one really bothers me that much, but it’d be nice to have a story to tell the Monday after Thanksgiving. Talk about seeing my kids.
Because that’s right, AMC, I don’t get off on holding back. If I think people want to know about something, I tell them. I know how to treat people with a little dignity. Unlike you.
Rob T. Jenkins lives in Richmond, Virginia and is definitely a real person. “Better Call Saul” premieres February 8, 2015 on AMC.
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