Planes, Trains & Automobiles starts with Steve Martin as this high-strung guy who is trying to get home to be with his family for Thanksgiving.
It was about 5:00 pm or so when I popped this tape in the VCR. The Blockbuster Video store was pretty much empty. Since I was the newest manager at the time, I got stuck with working on Thanksgiving night in 1993, the 2:00 pm to close shift.
Most everybody else was at home enjoying the Cowboys/Dolphins game and eating turkey, and I was watching movies with a handful of cashiers that would rather work than be with their families.
And so, there I was, the Blockbuster in my hometown on Thanksgiving. Not that it mattered, really, because everybody in my family had gone out of town to visit and celebrate.
I guess these were the trappings of drinking all though senior year of college, instead of finding a good internship or job. At about 8:00 pm or so, one of the cashiers, who had the closing shift, brought me a plate of turkey and all the fixings from her house.
I was super hungry, but it made the food a little hard to stomach when I thought about how she propositioned me the Saturday before. She had a husband and a couple of kids at home. And now she was in my office looking like she was the hungry one.
I smiled and ate her grub. Then I got back to walking in circles until we closed.
After finishing up the books after midnight, I headed home to my real feast… a six pack of Private Stock malt liquor and some cold KFC.
It was probably one of the loneliest days of my life, but it was also a Thanksgiving I will never forget. Plus, I think I got all of the Rebus puzzles solved from the Private Stock bottle caps that night.
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