Working at the DMV as a Licensing Registration Examiner (which is a fancy way of saying ‘drive test examiner’) had been quite the experience for me all those years ago. From 1988 to 1998, I was the guy behind the clipboard, facing several distressed drivers a day. I have failed, passed, restricted, and revoked my share of drivers during those years and was never surprised by the reactions to those going through such a strenuous procedure.
According to the every-now-and-then reminder notice from Facebook (also known as Memories), it's been six years since I took Alex to a celebratory lunch after we attended his graduation ceremony for promoting from Tevis Junior High School to Stockdale High School. I was so proud of him, and it was some rare quality time he and I would share that became less and less common as he got older, and I moved farther away.
My son asked me what I liked most from being a kid—as in, what I had then in comparison to what kids have now. I thought about it for a little bit and said this:
Many of us have had a grilled cheese sandwich in one way or another. It’s one of those staples in our American culture—and it’s supposed to be something that we can make quickly and easily without creating a huge mess. And face it, you’d have to be crazy to not like grilled cheese, right? I mean, we all enjoy the smell of bread toasting in the pan, with the scent of your favorite cheese melting perfectly onto the tasty bread… Oh boy, I can almost taste it now!
I saw Once Upon a Time in Hollywood last night at the Arclight in Hollywood. The new film by Quentin Tarantino was what I will go out on a limb here and say, was one of his best films he's done since Pulp Fiction. And here's why.
For my first Vocal post, I want to honor my son, Alex René Sanchez-Robinson, who passed away January 12, 2018, at the very young age of 20 years.