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Greetings, my fellow port swillers!

Ol’ Robbo spent that part of his afternoon not devoted to hauling gels hither and thither putting together his birthday present from Mrs. Robbo, namely his brand new Weber Performance Grill.  And ain’t she a beauty:

The grill, I mean.  Of course, Mrs. R happens to be a beauty, too.  And the fact that she remembered overhearing me praising one of these babies at my brother’s house last Thanksgiving and filed it away as a birthday present idea means that I’m simply not worthy.

What I like about this grill, aside from the fact that it’s a Weber, is that somebody was really paying attention when they designed it: solid construction; a big, wide prep surface; convenient storage bin underneath; an excellent ash catching thingy.  The only downsides I can see are a) rayther more plastic parts than I could wish, and b) some kind of Rube Goldberg propane ignition system that I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole.  I ask you – if one can’t douse one’s briquets in kerosene, toss in a couple matches and then stand back and watch the fireball boil into the sky, what on earth is the point?

Alas, we’re already booked up with dinner plans the next few nights, but I’m already champing at the bit to give her a whirl next weekend.  (I mean the grill again.  Whirling Mrs. R is a different matter beyond the scope of this blog.)

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