Sorry I left you hanging on a sad note for a while there. Last week I was in Dallas for a few days for my grandmother’s memorial service, and then Phoenix for a Sonic shoot. The memorial was very nice and I saw family that I didn’t know I had. And others that I did know about, but hadn’t seen in years. To fulfill a request of my grandmother’s, I dusted off my flute and played “Amazing Grace” at the memorial, accompanied by my cousin Angie on violin. I hadn’t played in about 14 years, but it came back to me pretty easily. I don’t think I sounded that great, but come on, 14 years! I think the thing I was most excited about was that I could still read music. I’m not sure where that ability has been tucked away all these years, but I’m glad that I was able to retrieve it. And now, back to the closet with you, flute! See you in 2020.
14 years must be some sort of magic number for revisiting old pasttimes. Just the other day I was talking about how I went skiiing 3 years ago for the first time in 14 years, and again I was pleasantly surprised how easily it came back to me.
This month’s Sonic shoot was for “BLT & T,” a combo of a BLT sandwich and flavored iced tea. However, we were not allowed to say “BLT & T,” presumably because it might sound like we’re dealing in explosives. We were also not allowed to say “combo,” but I have no idea why. On the second day, we did iced and frozen lattes, which I must say were quite good. I only had the frozen one, but it was basically a coffee milkshake.
I can’t remember if I’ve talked about this before, but it’s always fun to find out what we can and can’t say about our Sonic products. The ones that are trickiest are any kind of frozen treat – shakes, blasts, smooties, etc. We can’t say they’re made with ice cream, and with the smoothies we could say “real fruit,” but we couldn’t say “fresh fruit.” And we couldn’t really say at all what the base of the smoothie is, unless anyone thought that “vitamin-enriched yogurt powder” would sound appealing. I mean, I think it does, but people are different.