New Things #10

Don’t you just love getting new things? Most of the time I do, but sometimes a new thing is a hassle. Like getting a new computer. It’s lovely and it will do all sorts of things your old one didn’t do, but you have to learn how to use it. Nothing seems to be in the same place. It took me forever to figure out how to get the back history to show on my tool bar. But I did figure it out and we are all compatible now. I’ve had this computer for about two years. I don’t want to change, I have no need to change, and that’s not what this post is really about. It was simply an example.

I got a new barbecue grill last weekend. The old one was rusting out around the gas vents and I’d already replaced that once before so I was ready to get a new one. I read somewhere that this is the time of year to buy a grill. I don’t know why, because they are not on sale. My husband headed to his trusty Consumer Reports magazine to find out which one is the best. In case you are wondering, it is Weber. Off we go to Home Depot to purchase  a new lawn mower and a grill. Both items are bought quickly because he has done his homework.

The grill sat huddled against the back wall all week because we had several inches of snow on the ground. We had to wait to bring it around to the patio. Once on the patio I needed to install the propane tank under the grill. I had looked at the diagram and knew what I had to do. I was rather excited because it said there was a gauge that would let you know when you were low on gas. I usually run out in the middle of preparing dinner.

I find the box under the grill, but don’t see the gauge. Darn, I think, this model doesn’t come with the gauge. However, as I am studying this box, it appears that the hook for the gas tank is not right. The closer I examine, the more I am convinced this box has been installed upside down.

I have my husband look to confirm my thinking. We get the box turned around and what do you suppose I discover? Yes, that’s right there’s the gauge.

Woo hoo! The gauge will tell me when my gas is low.

Woo hoo! The gauge will tell me when my gas is low.

Tonight I grilled veggies and burgers. There’s a learning curve and the next time I will know a little more about how this grill works. Sometimes I hate getting new things (even when they are needed).