My next door neighbor moved from Texas to Portland five years ago. I swear he was salivating over the spilt sauce that covered the grill of my Char-Broil grill set out on the driveway for our yard sale. You see, I grill maybe three times a week from May to October. I’ve even been known to grill during snow storms. And I will share a little secret I make my neighbors salivate on those days my BBQ is fired up.
A couple minutes after igniting the grill, when it’s just getting warm, I throw in a small handful of whatever seasoning, marinade, or rub over the grill just to let anyone within aroma distance know exactly what’s for dinner at the Pope’s.
So my neighbor offered me two dollars for the grill. I know Texas is another country but C’mon man, two dollars? This guy should know the value of a dollar. He handed over the two dollars and I pushed the BBQ from my side of the driveway to his. SOLD!~$2
I explained that I had just filled the tank, there were a couple BBQ tools, and a cover. All this for two dollars!! He told me he had a high end Weber that rusted after a couple years up here. I asked if he kept it covered. He didn’t! “Dude, I know you like your BBQ in Texas but this is Oregon. That cover will double the life of that grill.” I don’t think he cared less, he got my old backyard grill for just for two dollars.
“Woody, what were you thinking?” Hali screamed. I told her that we’d never get that darn BBQ in the box and he gave me two dollars.
Just so happens these two dollars are 1881 & 1882 Morgan silver dollars. “These small silver pieces will fit nicely in that storage box.“, I told Hali. I sold my entire coin collection a while back and these little coins today are more valuable, to me, than a BBQ you can get on sale this Memorial Day already assembled for $159.*
I felt I little bad for my Texan neighbor with his old rusty Weber. After pushing my grill into his backyard, I told him to put the old one on the curb for scrap. Then I divulged my seasoning secret and told him the neighbors will continue to salivate long after I’m gone. Especially the Pavlov’s next door.
* DIY BBQ assembly is part of the grilling experience. Just keep a fire extinguisher close by.