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Topic Title: Reflections on a summer evening
Created on August 20, 2016 at 10:56 PM


A moment of reflection. I have spent part of today cleaning and refurbishing my old Holland grill that I bought second hand probably 6 or 8 years ago. At that time I cleaned it and repaired some minor components, so it was time to check it out again. To check it out for sure I just grilled a couple of sirloin steaks, baked potatoes and grilled onions. Everything was awesome as usual and I got to thinking about the posts that I have seen where people have had such bad experiences with their Holland grills and wondering why; is it that their tastes are different from mine, did they get a defective grill or was there some slip up in the preparation or execution of the process? What ever the reason I am just sorry that the folks didn't have the wonderful experience that I had this evening. And as for charring and such things, that is all well and fine but good is good and I cannot imagine a better tasting steak than I had tonight. Usually I have rib eyes as I used to manage a rib eye steak restaurant and even raised Angus beef cattle, but this evening they were sirloin.
The next phase. While quietly dining alone I got to reflecting on how lucky I am. My wonderful wife is with her sister visiting my awesome daughter in Nashville for a girls night out. My wife’s sister is battling cancer and wanted a night out before starting her next round of chemo and my wife and daughter were there for her, as she has always been there for them. I am not a rich man but live my life as I pretty much want and enjoy what I do. How lucky am I to have such family and life? So a good steak dinner sometimes can become more than just a meal, it may become a time to reflect on the good things in life and how thankful I should be; I only wish everyone could have such feelings. I will admit that the fine Kentucky Bourbon did not hinder my reflective mood and later this evening the excellent hand made cigars that I order from a friend in Miami may very well be the end to a most wonderful day. The bottom line is, sometimes the most simple of things can produce the most thought provoking, clarifying, moments in our lives.