I reset the alarm for 7:00 AM. I have a nine o'clock dentist appointment that I made BEFORE I learned I could work a full week's worth of hours. But, since I have two cavities, I figured I should get these fixed.
So, I got scrubbed and shaved and headed out at 8:50 (the dentist is only about two miles from here).
To his credit, he did ask me if I wanted any anesthesia. I said "No," realizing half the damn company is thinking I am too old, much less me sitting there at my desk, drooling. At 10:10 AM, I was at work, with two cavities filled and my mouth feeling strange.
Now, I can realize why "water-boarding" worked. I was upside down in the chair (when did dentists think that was okay?), he was using the water-soaked drill and the assistant was ineffectually trying to suck out the water. I couldn't breathe, couldn't talk, couldn't swallow and couldn't catch my breath!
All in all, it was not a positive experience.
It was nice at lunch and beautiful after work (sunny and 67 degrees F.). I had an errand to run after work so I didn't get home until 5:45 PM, but the first thing I did (after treating the cats and changing my shoes) was to drag out the grille. Man, what a mess. Surface rust had collected on all the cast iron grates. But, I fired up the charcoal lighter can and went inside.
I checked the phone and found a great message from my grandson, Carl V. He thanked me for the card and the book I'd sent him for his birthday. It's not until Sunday, but I fear the Post Office and sent it early. He had mentioned that both he and his father liked Iron Chef America, but liked the original Iron Chef (from Japan) better. I said, "Hey, me too!" So, I sent him a book about that show (bios, background, etc.) I think he will like it!
I got out the bratwurst I'd thawed and 1 1/2 pounds of ground chuck. I formed the ground chuck into four big patties, put the little depression in the middle (so they don't "puff" up) and hit both sides with the house seasoning. I let that come to room temp while I checked on the charcoal.
I put the charcoal on the lower rack, sprayed the grates with cooking oil and shut the lid. After a good 15 minutes, I went back out and wire-brushed the grates. When I had them cleaned to my satisfaction, I applied more cooking oil, shut the lid and went and got the food.
BTW, it seemed like most of my neighbors were out, too. They were raking their lawns, biking, etc. My two favorite street urchins across the road were trying to fly a kite (there was a good breeze coming from the West that kinda canceled the warmth, but I was on the East side, in front of the garage). Ah, Spring!!!
I first seared the brats on all four sides and then moved them to the cool side of the grill. Then I did the burgers. When they looked good, I put everything on a clean platter and went inside, closing the garage door for the night.
By now it was late, so I just ate two brats with Dijon mustard. The rest of the meat I let cool and then popped into the fridge. And so, the first BBQ of 2010 ended successfully!
I watched a little TV, but went to sleep early.