Okay, ya’ll. This is not funny, or at least it wasn’t funny to Kevin from Con-way Freight when he pulled up to 5117 in his semi to stare up the alarmingly steep driveway and then looked at his bill of lading and saw the Char-Broil grill and smoker he was delivering weighed 202 pounds. I’ll bet he didn’t even crack a smile. I’m guessing the words “Oh, sh-t” came to mind.
I, of course, immediately thought: Highly blog-worthy moment. How inappropriate. Preying on the misfortune of others. Bad Mommy.
But let me digress for a moment. Every year, the nice folks at Char-Broil send their All-Star Bloggers new grilling equipment. This year, I am highly stoked to be getting a TRU Infrared Grill and an electric smoker (don’t hate on me, my Competition BBQ friends – I freely admit that I am a weenie for not wanting to maintain a fire for 12 hours straight).
So here is Kevin. In the rain. Propelling through sheer force of will, a 202-pound piece of high-dollar grilling equipment up our driveway. Slowly. He finally decided to jump the driveway curb and use the grass for traction. At one point, he paused and looked up at me with only one question. “Is it okay if I go over part of the flower bed?” Yes, Kevin, it is surely okay. You can do anything you need to do to get this thing up the hill. I briefly thought about asking Kevin if he could bring the box up the stairs to the front door, but I feared it would require some kind of medical intervention.
Fortunately, Kevin has a superior sense of humor because I must admit I started to giggle uncontrollably at the whole situation. So unacceptable, but I couldn’t help it. If I were Kevin, I would have unloaded the box and aimed the dolly directly at my head. But he just smiled and said, “No problem.” So, Con-way Freight executives, please give this man a raise or a bonus. At the very least, buy him a beer. And to my friends at Char-Broil, thank you for my beautiful new grill and smoker. Every single time I use both of them I will think of the super human strength it took to get them to my house. And next year I may request a grill brush or a smoker cover. Just in case Kevin has to deliver them again.