Sunday, July 18, 2010

Memories of a Grill

When I mentioned cooking supper on the grill, I was reminded of a story about a grill.

In 1979 I went to work for the state of Rhode Island. I was a CNA at what was then known as The Medical Center - General Hospital. Now, it's called Eleanor Slater Hospital. Every summer the union put on a summer cookout for the members. There were also raffle tickets sold with some very nice prizes. The summer of 1980 was my first one working there. I bought a ticket, never thinking to win anything. Well, I won the second place prize - a grill.

This grill was cooked on every summer until 1988 when my boyfriend at the time decided to buy me a new "fancier" model. The still working grill was passed on to someone who passed it on to her boyfriend when she decided to re-locate out of state.

Many years go by and in 1999 I met the man I would eventually marry. One night we had to stop by his house. He called me into the back yard to show me something. It was a complete shock to me to see my old grill still in use. He was the former boyfriend of the person I had given it to 11 years earlier.

Well, the end of the tale is this: The grill is now 30 years old and I've been cooking on it again since 2000.

Here's the latest food I cooked on it tonight. Italian Sausage Shish Kabobs. The left picture is as they were put on the grill and the right is off the skewer on my dinner plate. The juice is from the veggies and the dab of margarine I put on my potato.

While I was cooking supper, Tipper the cat was cooling his belly in the hall.


snemeskay said...

Life works in mysterious ways! Now all you have to do is convince hubby that a 30 year old grill needs replacing...LOL

calicokitty6 said...

I'm working on it but he says as long as it works it stays

mad angel said...

THAT is a neat story! What an amazing coincidence. :-)

Kristen said...

That is a real Rhode Island story. I believe we have a max of 3 degrees of separation here, not 6.

Donna said...

Gotta love those items made in the 80s. They lasted forever! Our original grill from the late 80's lasted for years. When it finally gave out, We bought a new one, and keep having to replace them every couple of years when they fall apart.

What a cool story!