A trip to the nearby Home Depot to buy some energy-efficient lightbulbs for the back porch ceiling fans earlier this week led to a parking lot discovery that proved some more that summer, she’s a coming.
Orange-coned off in the outskirts of the big box parking lot was a lonely tractor-trailer that was drawing a whole lot of attention. Over walked I with my iPhone 6 at the ready.
I needed that closer look. The Private Event sign disappointed me greatly because my mind already was racing with thoughts of that big, juicy burger pictured on the side of the truck.
Up the stairs walked people wearing the official employee apron of Home Depot.
When the door opened, my leering and picture-taking was noticed by one of the hosts. He waved me up the stairs, too.
Alas, the invitation came with a caveat.
“Take a quick look and one shot,” said the man who, my brain figured out as I was taking that quick look and the shot, worked for the folks who make the Weber charcoal grill.
I had walked in on a traveling classroom set up by Weber, a place where they apparently show the sales force of America how best to convince folks like us to buy their brand.
No cooking was being done, said my eyes and my nose. Maybe that would come later. I waved my thanks and walked back down the stairs.
I went inside Home Depot and found the perfect four-pack of energy-efficient bulbs, those loopy-looking kind that are one-step short of the really expensive new LED bulbs but, oh, four times the cost of the traditional bulbs we’ve been monkeying with as they burn out too frequently all our lives.
The in-store signage told me that these would give me 9.4 years of light, with 13.3 watts of usage providing 100 watts of brightness. I’m estimating the decimals, but you get the idea of the big sell. Anyway, I’ve been buying these bulbs and putting them in every time an old-style bulb burns out.
Meanwhile, I’ve yet to ignite the propane gas grill in the backyard of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. Coming to its third season, I hope it does not need replacing. When that time comes, I don’t think I’ll be going back in time to the charcoal grill.
By coincidence, the freelance story I’m working on for the July edition of Central New York the Good Life Magazine will take a look at a few great grillers.
What would your reaction be if you saw this tractor-trailer in your big box parking lot? Do you prefer charcoal or propane for backyard grilling, and why? What kind of light bulbs do you use in your house, and why?