Various things I’ve been thinking about or doing:

  • There comes a time in each married man’s life when he must step forward and proclaim his rightful place as ... the Grillmaster. That time has come for me. Soon, I will purchase a new grill, a family man’s grill, and upon it much meat will be cooked and feasted upon by my family. And it will be this grill, the Weber Performer Charcoal Grill.

    There are two kinds of grill: propane and charcoal, and with apologies to Hank Hill, I have decided that I will be a charcoal man. Propane is quick starting but it is difficult to control for zone cooking and because propane is a liquid and releases a tiny bit of moisture when combusted, it isn’t good for dry heat cooking.

    With the use of a charcoal chimney, it can be quick lighting, and with hardwood charcoal, it will be darn tootin’ good eats.

  • So I used to be the proud owner of a Palm Tungsten E2. I say, “Used to,” because not five months after buying it, I cracked the screen. Oh I had it in a nice leather case, but that doesn’t do you any good if you have it in your coat pocket and you lean against the corner of a table.

    Of course, you know what I had to do: Upgrade! Having spent five months with the E2, I was aware of its limitations and decided that instead of replacing it I would get the next model up the product scale: a Palm TX. It has a huge screen that allows the handwriting area to slide away, the screen can be rotated to landscape mode, it has built-in WiFi in addition to Bluetooth.

    Don’t let it be said that I don’t learn from my mistakes. I also bought a hard metal case to protect it, which came in handy today when I dropped it on the floor. D’oh!

    Incidentally, anyone want to buy a slightly used Palm Tungsten E2?

  • My cell phone is a Motorola V551. It’s a nice little phone with Bluetooth, a camera, web connectivity and so on. The only problem is that in combination with my service provider Cingular it does a terrible job in my house. Outside the house, I’ve never had a problem anywhere, but at home I have to stand near the window in the back bedroom or on the front porch in order to have a conversation.

    Well, I used to have to do that, until I got the new extendable antenna from Now I can get excellent connections right from my desk and when I leave the house I can just retract the antenna and no problems. Sweet.

  • I know the old saying is that if you don’t like the weather in New England just wait 15 minutes, but this is ridiculous. Last Friday it was mid-70s, warm enough for even my Texan wife to walk outside without a coat (albeit she is pregnant with a portable space heater). But today it was snowing!

    Are we going to pay for our mild winter with a wooly spring? I hope not.

Okay, now that I’ve cleared out the my mental garage, back to my usual carping on the news, including something about Massachusetts’ new universal health coverage. Now we can have health care as good as they have in Britain and Canada! Yay!

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli