Get your grill on.

We are not grillers. Having a shiny, nice, non-rusty grill without hot spots is not important to me, which means that it should not be important to Lloyd, either.

We have a rusty propane tank attached to a rusty fire box that has rusty wires to hold food above flames. Simple as can be, eh? Lighting it is wonderfully dangerous, too, since the ignition thingie broke years ago. It’s a beautiful, complicated dangerous tango between match and flammable vapor.

I am the Head Griller, because I know the steps to the dance: Turn the tank on, crouch down, light the match, stick lit match under the burner, shield eyebrows, turn the burner on.


Lloyd turned the grill on all by himself for the first time since the thingie broke.

I will not show you the picture of his thumb, or the place where the hairs used to be.

Summer of grilling, straight ahead.

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8 Responses to “Get your grill on.”

  1. Amy Said on:

    why don’t you use a lighter? you can get longer ones at the dollar tree for goodness sake!


  2. Brad Said on:

    Alternately, you could light the grill with a hairspray torch… you know, when you spray a can of hairspray past a match? That might also be safer than what you’re doing.


    • Beth Said on:

      Or you could just send Lloyd to Burger King. They flame grill broil.


    • Curt Said on:

      When I was a camp counselor, there was a kid who thought it was fun to spray spray hair spray on his jeans and then light it with a lighter. I told him not to but he did it anyway before I could get the lighter from him. Idiot. Luckily he didn’t get burned. (you know, I really wanted to open up that fire extinguisher on him though. That would have been fun. I should have just for the heck of it)


  3. Lauren Said on:

    Brad -- I like the way you think.

    Amy -- We did have a lighter, until last summer’s Tragic Death of the Lighter, which is traditionally followed by the Year of Laziness Mourning. Maybe that will be a weekend purchase.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    FWHOOOOMP! That is exactly how it sounds! HA! I have to light my grill manually too because the starter is broke or some such nonsense…so I turn the gas on, wait about 3 seconds & put my hand in some little hole & lean way back & turn my head. Once I hear the FWHOOOMP…I know I’m good to go!


  5. Curt Said on:

    Why do I have a tendency to lean my head over the grill when I light a grill. I have lost a lot of hair in my day. Down at Heit’s Point years ago, Jeff Eisman and I were grilling. I think we were using cut wood and gasoline to start the fire. I didn’t know Jeff had already poured gas on the wood so I gave it a good dousing. Wow, that was stupid.



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