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MCS……a short story

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  • holehogg
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 2532
    • Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    MCS……a short story

    FACT :-
    MCS is real

    Hurrying home he was glad the sh**ty day that had gotten progressively worse was nearly at an end. He was looking forward to a chilled beer and a sneaky look at all his cookers on the deck before the family got home. The radio advert announced special deals on all BBQ equipment and he was no longer listening to the radio with half an ear.
    The day’s disasters were overshadowed by the thought of adding something to his collection of equipment.

    Within seconds of the family arriving home it became obvious to them that he was going to try and justify something.
    “I’ve just heard on the radio about fantastic deals at the All Goods Store”
    The family was fine with the fact that he gets excited at hearing about BBQ related equipment and they totally got it, they understood his reasons.
    A true family is one that knows everything about you, and still loves you, but question your sanity at times. We need family to keep checks and balances on us, to help keep our MCS in perspective and rein in our desire to own everything BBQ.
    At times he would think they were wrong, he was just a victim. All of us in the Pit, all of us are victims of MCS. Our love of BBQ defines us in ways that are not always obvious. On occasions when you read something on AR or a Pit Post you have a light bulb moment. When suddenly it all makes sense and you can justify everything.

    “Do you really need more stuff?”
    He reminded them how much they enjoyed stuffing their faces with the labour of his love.
    “Can you tell us what it is you really need?”
    A long silence as he rummaged in his mental notes for something.
    “I don’t think I can decide until I’ve seen exactly what’s on offer” he said and mumbled to himself along the lines of nobody understands.
    “So what happened today that you feel you need to buy more equipment?”
    “I just feel there’s a good deal to be had” the days hardships forgotten.

    He was approaching the store and a warm feeling rose in his belly.
    The store was bright. He could smell the equipment from the entrance door.
    His heart quickened as he neared the Outdoor Department. You’re going to be Ok he reassured himself.
    The $30 price tag on one of the items he sensed was a good deal. Moving further down Isle One he made out another good deal and then another. When he got to the end of the isle he stopped and just stood.
    “May I be of any assistance Sir?” the friendly bearded face asked. “Sir” awaiting a response and then urged the customer “Follow me”.
    Some of the finest BBQ specimens were displayed in Isle 2.
    There’s just not enough room on my deck he thought to himself.
    “Would you leave me to look around for a while” he asked the bearded man “I’ll give you a shout”
    He looked up and he saw it on the far side of the Isle.
    His pulse quickened and his face broke into a big smile as he realised his MCS would be satisfied, for now.



  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 13321
    • Near Richmond VA
    • Weber Performer Deluxe
      SNS
      Pizza insert
      Rotisserie
      Smokenator 1000
      Cookshack Smokette Elite
      2 Thermapens
      Chefalarm
      Dot
      lots of probes.
      CyberQ

    #2
    Well written and a fun read.

    Comment

    • CaptainMike
      Club Member
      • Nov 2015
      • 2595
      • The Great State of Jefferson
      • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
        Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
        2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
        20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
        20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
        Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
        36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
        Fireboard
        Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

      #3
      The Hemingway of BBQ, well and truly.

      Comment

      • NapMaster
        Club Member
        • Jan 2019
        • 589
        • Denham Springs, LA
        • WebberSummitGold6burnerLP, ShotGunSmoker

          Avid Armor Vacuum Sealer

        #4
        Loved your story!

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        • Anton32828
          Club Member
          • Jun 2018
          • 137
          • Weber 22 inch kettle grill
            Slow-N-Sear
            Maverick ET-732 thermometer

          #5
          I read this after browsing Lowes website for an Akorn I don't really need, but want. The MCS is real!

          Comment


          • holehogg
            holehogg commented
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            Real it is.
        • Mr. Bones
          Charter Member
          • Sep 2016
          • 9848
          • Kansas Territory
          • Grills / Smokers
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            Kingsford 24" grill (Free) 'Billy'
            Brinkmann Smoke n Grill
            Oklahoma Joe Highland, gaskets, LavaLock baffle / tuning plate. 'Big Joe'
            Weber 18" Kettle ($30 CL) 'Lil' Feller'
            Weber Smokey Joe ($25 CL) 'Lil' Brother'
            Weber 22.5 Master Touch '93 P Code Blue($85) from fellow WKC member Bmitch 'Elwood'
            Weber 22.5 Bar-B-Q Kettle '69-'70 "Patent Pending" Red ($80) from fellow WKC member dwnthehatch 'Maureen'
            Weber 22.5 OTS DD Code Black ($40 CL) 'DeeDee'
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            Weber 22.5 OTS E Code Black ($20 CL
            Weber 22.5 OTS EE Code Black ($20 CL

            Weber "C" Code 18.5" WSM '81 ($50 CL) 8-0!!!
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            Weber " " Code 18.5" WSM

            Weber 26.75, $199 NFM clearance !!!
            Weber SJS AH 'Lil' Brother'
            Weber SJS AT 'Lil' Sister'
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            Horizon 20" Classic, w/baffle/tuning plate (FREE)
            Good One Open Range, (FREE), Monthly Prize from AR giveaway!!!!



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            Ol' Skool Bi-metal probe pocket thermo, that has checked / served ~ 1,000,000 meals in my possession, easily...
            Maverick ET-732, (Black)
            Thermopops, (Red, Yellow, Green)
            ThermaPen Mk4 (Black), THANKS!!! to jgjeske1
            Blue ThermaPen Mk4
            Orange Thermapen Mk4
            Pink Thermapen Mk4
            ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S
            ThermoWorks Smoke
            ThermoWorks Open Box Smoke
            4 Pro Series cable extensions
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            Bear Paws
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            BBQ Dragon/Chimley of Insanity, Dragon Wing Shelves (x2 ea.)



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            G'Ma's Piqua skillet, :-)( They went out of business in 1934~)
            '60's Revere Ware (Mom's), + others found elsewhere
            60's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (Mom's) Daily driver
            50's CorningWare 10-cup percolator (G'Ma's), for a backup! ;-)
            Carpy Wally World stock pots, in approx 2 gal/3gal sizes, blue speckledty-porcelain enameled
            Tramontina 6.5 qt Dutch Oven

            Cutlery, etc.:
            Shi*-ton of kitchen/chef knives, most sharper than my straight-razors are. (Better steel!) Chicago Cutlery, Old Hickory, various, including some nice German stuff ;-)
            Dexter 12" slicing knife, 6" Sani-Safe boning knife
            Smith's Tri-Hone Natural Arkansas Knife Sharpening System
            Multiple steels, from all over the planet
            Crock sticks
            Diamond stones, various
            Lansky Sharpening System

            Tableware
            Daily driver:Washington Forge Mardi Gras, Navy / Cobalt Blue
            Dinner: Guests: Washington Forge, Town and Country
            Fancy / Formal: Family silverware

          #6
          Great story, well written, an a very enjoyable read!

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          • holehogg
            holehogg commented
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            Glad you enjoyed.

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