Production Blog 10/24/2007

$2,891.34??.that’s how much new transmission costs these days.

Hello all, Jeff the PA here. The most important part of being a Production Assistant on South Park is having a reliable, well running car. You need one of these motor carriages to perform important trips (we at the Park call them “runs”) that keep the office and, sometimes the show, running nice and smooth. Early last week, my trusty steed had a serious mechanical problem. A blown transmission!!! Now in the old days, if it were a horse, I would just take out my six-shooter and put the poor animal out of its misery. Alas, it is not a horse and I was subjected to the ultimate bummer?..AAMCO.

When the car gave out, I really didn’t know what to do. A PA’s car is crucial. I didn’t have time to shop around and find a credible, independent, transmission specialist. So, I did the first thing that I could think of. I went to the place that I hear the commercials for everyday on talk radio, AA beep beep MCO. Now, I don’t know the first thing about cars, but like to pretend I do. Saying things like “I reckon it’s a blown manifold” and “That’s problee a bent carburetor shaft”, but that’s just to look big in front of the other PA’s and my wife. So when these guys start telling me that the engine is burning parts that are escaping into the transmission fluid, and the metal mount is showing signs of heat stress, blah blah blah, I just say ” fix it”. Then comes the price?My God the price! They quote me at $2,356, and that’s only an estimate! I will also be without my car for about a week. Needless to say I was beside myself. Not only am I spending my hard earned money, but I will also be useless as a PA without my ride. I have another car, but my wife needs it to go to school so she can graduate, get a high paying job, and I can fulfill my life long dream to be a robe wearing man of leisure. What am I to do? My wife ultimately had to miss school so I could take our other gas-guzzling car to work. This is where my PA brothers came to the rescue.

They suggested that I work the front desk until I find a more mileage friendly car, and if I couldn’t, they would take the longer runs so I wouldn’t spend a ton of gas money that I had already given AAMCO (after all is said and done $2,891.34) Which brings me to the point of this slightly boring story. The boys always have my back. Always. Its great to work at a place where you actually give a crap about the people you work with. If one of us falters or falls, one of us is always there to pick up the flag and run with it to exotic places like Ralph’s at 4 am, or a Taco Bell run at 9. We all need that kind of support. And I hope all of you out there will give your support to the boys in South Park who are facing a very dark time as there imagination is running wild. For if it is a blown transmission, or things behind the wall in Imaginationland, we must always remember the immortal words of Winston Churchill ” We will never give up, we will never surrender”. F You AAMCO.