Originally intended to document my experience of DeLorean ownership, focus is often radical and strange, boring and obtuse.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

It's BBQ Season

I am building it. Will anybody come?Three years ago, in 2003, Ron Lancaster was going through some changes in his life. As he became the General Manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, he celebrated - possibly by getting a new BBQ.

The 1998 CFL Coach of the Year threw his old Fiesta to the curb, where it was snatched up by my close friends who live directly across the street from him. It made a temporary home in their garage, until, a few weeks later, they acquired a bigger, better used BBQ.

With the installation of a new burner for a meager $30, Ron's BBQ was passed to me and Suz. I treasured that Fiesta and the tasty food it provided. What stories did this BBQ hold? How many juicy steaks or beefy burgers were charbroiled, with the Ti-cats stomachs as their destination?

Just like the Ti-Cats, it had seen better days and I needed to bring it back to its former glory.

Sandpaper smoothed out the weathered wooden side shelves. New stain brightened them. A fresh coat of black paint made the tired frame shine, and a simple screw fixed the broken handle.

For 3 seasons Ron's BBQ served us well. But in 2005 both us and Mr. Lancaster went through some more changes. As he became the Senior Director of Football Operations, we prepared to move.

The $30 burner gave up the ghost, allowing the propane to burn unrestricted. That tank wheezed the last of its contents in July, two weeks before our move date.

We followed in Ron's footsteps and sent the BBQ packing. It called the curb home for approximately 6 hours. Then it was gone.

With the purchase of our new Centro BBQ this weekend, my stainless steel collection has expanded. This newest addition is in great company. And if the warm weather keeps up, the DeLorean might be making its 2006 debut earlier than anticipated.

The Ti-Cats won't be. Their first scheduled preseason game is Friday, June 2, no matter what the weather is like.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get that baby fired up! I want a full out tailgate party when the regular season starts! Although it does worry me that the team chants Eat 'Em Raw... ?


11:58:00 AM

Blogger Rainypete said...

Raw or grilled, steak is steak! Nothing is better than a new grill unless you include assembling said grill. After a few beers and many hurled expletives (and a few tools) there is nothing better than a new grill.

(Should I be worried that my word verification was "furlsd"???

3:11:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, marty, I had totally forgotten that's where we scooped up the little fiesta--cool! We're sad though, the Lancaster's went and moved and left us!


3:13:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Don't worry Lorbo, maybe some new sports hero's will move in and leave their stuff for you.

6:18:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

will you be sending any invitations to MONTANA for your BBQ? with you and SUZY Q? If you don't, I might have to say BOO HOO!

could this be true? all because of a BBQ with you and Suz Q? say true! say true! (out of the blue) "Tis true! all because of a dang BBQ!

(well done,please, and i like the fat to be all trimmed off.

11:29:00 PM

Blogger ms. creek said...

hey! you didn't answer me!

12:00:00 AM

Blogger Martini said...

Sorry Ellie,
The invitations are in the mail. I don't want you crying all over the place, so if you don't get an invitation, um, it's because.... uh..... Jodster stole it!

1:14:00 PM


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