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November 26, 2004

The Bird Was the Word

Yesterday around 11 am, as the children were watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the adults were considering when to start cooking our turkey, the power went out.

This is not a huge problem because we have a generator. However the parade announcer had just proclaimed the imminent arrival of the new Spongebob Squarepants balloon, so the kids were panicking that they would miss it. So I had to hustle out and crank up the generator ASAP (and the Spongebob viewing was saved).

The second problem was how to cook our turkey, because the oven is not on the generator. We considered microwaving it, but eventually decided to grill it on our backyard grill.

Everything went fine, and we enjoyed living "off the grid" for a bit (the TV signal was coming in off the air to our HD antenna, and the grill is powered by a liquid propane tank). Except the generator is powered by the natural gas line, so we were only off the electrical grid. The power eventually came back on around 2:30.

The grilled turkey turned out great and may become our standard cooking method. My wife had bought me a Grill Alert remote thermometer. This thing has a probe connected via a cable to a wireless transmitter. So you can check the temperature remotely, and more importantly do so without having to lift the cover of the grill. It's a great idea, except it didn't work, despite my pressing various reset buttons and changing batteries. I always seem to have trouble with these kinds of devices -- our outside remote thermometer is flaky also. Must be my magnetic personality.

It didn't help that I couldn't find the manual. If you look at the Amazon.com listing for the Grill Alert, you will see there is a way for manufacturers to submit the URL of the product manual. In fact it says that "Manufacturers, merchants, and enthusiasts" can submit a manual (heh heh). Unfortunately nobody had done so yet.

This year, as with every year, I have so much to be thankful for that it would be pointless to try to list it all. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Posted by AdamBa at November 26, 2004 09:56 AM

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