Brinkmann ProSeries 2200

23 March 2004

Yesterday, you were all (with the exception of Courtney) too concerned with belittling my ant-eradication abilities to give me recommendations for outdoor grills, so I had to take matters into my own hands.

Today, I descended into that mind-numbing purgatory known as the Woodburn WAL*MART Superstore — just a rung above the Canby Fred Meyer on my moral ladder — and made do with my own judgment as a super-shopper.

(The last time I was at the Woodburn WAL*MART — or any WAL*MART — was in March of 1999, at which time Kris and I bought some Phantom Menace action figures for Paul Jolstead’s birthday gift — a belated happy birthday, Paul, by the way.)

I walked away with a $177 Brinkmann ProSeries 2200 heavy-duty gas grill featuring:

  • porcelain-coated hood and body!
  • one-touch electronic igniter!
  • BBQ tool/accessory rack on both ends!
  • porcelain-coated, cast-iron grates!
  • three cast-iron burners!
  • no tools required!
  • feeds up to ten people!
  • one year warranty!
  • propane tank not included�

I was sorely tempted by the $283 Brinkmann model, which weighed 192 pounds instead of 140, and included:

  • stainless steel construction!
  • bonus side burner!
  • under-grill storage compartments!
  • four cast-iron burners!

but it seemed silly to spend an extra $106 on those features. (Jeff, my assistant super-shopper declared side burners “worthless”.)

I’ve made do with a sub-$100 grill for a decade, so the Brinkmann ProSeries 2200 is going to be a quantum leap in grilling technology for the Roth-Gates household; I didn’t want to overdo it.


Work has begun on the foldedspace redesign. You can see the current progress here. The site is not yet fully operational. In fact, none of the links work at all, the search doesn’t work, and you cannot leave comments. All you can do is admire my handiwork.

The site features:

  • fully standards compliant table-less design!
  • a rotating pool of twelve rotating backgrounds!
  • a rotating pool of ten quotes and images!
  • quicker load times!
  • unimplemented hidden easter eggs!

I’d be pleased to take your comments and recommendations into consideration. The basic structure is fixed. I also like the border color and the background color for the text. Everything else is in constant flux (and even these two exceptions are open to change).

Is anything about the new site broken when you view it? Let me know. Is one background better than the others? Are they all terrible? Let me know. Do you agree with one reader’s comments:

I like the new banner at the top as well as the rotating pictures although more nudity would be ok with me!!!!

I’ll make a promise: I’ll give you all more nudity, but it’s going to be of the feline variety.

Comments


On 23 March 2004 (01:24 PM),
Tammy said:

I have one huge question. What happens to us peons?



On 23 March 2004 (01:28 PM),
J.D. said:

You eat off the old grill?

I don’t understand your question, Tammy.



On 23 March 2004 (01:51 PM),
Tammy said:

I am laughiing hysterically. Eating off the old grill?

You see, Jd, when I read this I scarecly read about our precious grill. I had eyes only for your remarks on your site redo. So my question was directed toward your last several paragraphs; What happens to us peons when you redesign? Do we keep the old templates or how is that effected?



On 23 March 2004 (01:51 PM),
Tammy said:

I am laughiing hysterically. Eating off the old grill?

You see, Jd, when I read this I scarecly read about your precious grill. I had eyes only for your remarks on your site redo. So my question was directed toward your last several paragraphs; What happens to us peons when you redesign? Do we keep the old templates or how is that effected?



On 23 March 2004 (01:54 PM),
Joel said:

Well, I had certainly assumed that the new grill was only for Special Occasions, like when the Pope comes over and stuff like that.
When I look at the redesign, there are thin dark lines running vertically and horizontally through the side columns (where the Flotch is kept), almost as if they were acting as a table in a word processing document. The text, however, overflows the boundary marked by the small lines.
Jesus, I feel like Maturin trying to describe a ship’s rigging.



On 23 March 2004 (02:39 PM),
tammy said:

Are you not carrying over your greatest hits column?



On 23 March 2004 (02:41 PM),
J.D. said:

I’ll incorporate the greatest hits into the archives and the “about this site” page. I think it’s helpful for new readers to have access to a selection of better/more popular entries, but there’s no real need to have them on the front page.



On 23 March 2004 (02:46 PM),
Drew said:

Every time I scroll up, I’m booted back to the bottom of the page. Bah!



On 23 March 2004 (03:09 PM),
Dana said:

Those of you having issues should post your browser flavor and version number at the same time. Mozilla Firefox displays it perfectly on both Windows (0.8) and Linux (whatever is in debian unstable).



On 23 March 2004 (03:10 PM),
mart said:

JD: my main gripe is with the typeface. the georgia used now is so much more readable. the new sans-serif is more trying on the eyes, especially over the course of the long-winded-type passages we’ll likely encounter here.

hate the blue bkgd too, like the orange one.



On 23 March 2004 (03:18 PM),
J.D. Roth said:

Mart said: my main gripe is with the typeface. the georgia used now is so much more readable. the new sans-serif is more trying on the eyes, especially over the course of the long-winded-type passages we’ll likely encounter here.

I agree. The sans-serif typeface is just temporary. I haven’t started working on the fonts yet. I don’t know if I’ll keep the Georgia, but I’ll have something serifed so that when we get full of hot air, it’s easier to keep track. I’ll probably keep the default font for the sidebars, etc.

I’ll try to get a new font up shortly.



On 23 March 2004 (05:01 PM),
Paul said:

Wal*Mart does not allow its employees to unionize, but at least Fred Meyers employees are unionized. Whether you support a union of your own or not shouldn’t affect your support of the right for others to collectively bargain. Walmart Sucks!!! Please reconsider your actions in regards to supporting that company.



On 23 March 2004 (05:06 PM),
Joel said:

I’m not sure that two purchases in five years totaling perhaps $200 can be properly described as “support.”



On 23 March 2004 (06:44 PM),
Tammy said:

I shop Wal*Mart all the time. I understand all the reasons for not shopping there but frankly I don’t have enough money to shop just anywhere. A quilt I bought for my son was 19.99 at their store. The same quilt was 59.99 at Fred Meyer. With that kind of savings, whether or not they’re unionized means little. I’m just trying to keep a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, quilts on our beds and food in our mouths. If Wal*mart is the only way I can do that then Wal*mart is where I will shop!



On 24 March 2004 (07:25 AM),
Nikchick said:

Walmart’s sins are far worse than merely not allowing their workers to unionize. Walmart’s low prices come at a cost far more offensive to my moral foundation: employing the worst kinds of foreign sweatshops, applying their massive purchasing power to force suppliers into unprofitable agreements, using their massive purchasing power to act as censors on books, music, movies and games, using contract workers, illegal immigrants and other powerless and desperate people in order to get away with paying outrageously low wages and no benefits.

Shopping at Walmart is not affordable, if you look past the price sticker and see what it’s costing you in the policies of foreign manufacturing, low benefits, high deductables, low wages, and all the other policies that Walmart has honed to a razor’s edge (and which other companies are desperate to adopt in the name of “fair competition”).



On 24 March 2004 (07:33 AM),
Jeff said:

Amen Nikchick!

I will go to a big box store (Walmart, Home Depot, etc) only if I can’t find something at my local hardware store (with the friendly old duffers who know everything about everything).

I don’t mind paying a little extra for something to support the local stores (and I get a little bit of customer service in the process).



On 24 March 2004 (11:01 PM),
Tammy said:

The newest addition to misc. flotch is really bad. I’m going to pretend it’s not there.



On 25 March 2004 (07:49 PM),
Lisa said:

The redesign is very cool. Love the background pattern, the color scheme of creme and red, the logo, and the nice thick dividers between sections. Not so fond of the blue text for the links.

Also, what has Fred Meyer done to rank it below WALL*MART? That’s a dubious accomplishment that I didn’t believe was possible.



On 25 March 2004 (08:03 PM),
J.D. said:

The Canby Fred Meyer. Only the Canby Fred Meyer, which destroyed perfectly good farmland and expanded this town in a way that was not necessary (and further hastened its descent into homogenous suburbia) and for which the city government bent over backwards to accommodate, and then to screw. I have a long history of hating the Canby Fred Meyer.

In general, Fred Meyer is no more or less evil than other similar regional conglomerates. At least they’re local to Portland; that assuages my guilt to some extent, you know?

WAL*MART is most definitely evil, and I avoid them when possible, as evidenced by my two visits in five years. I think that Tammy needs to ask herself “What would Jesus do?” I can guarantee he would not shop at WAL*MART.

In other news: I used the grill for the first time tonight. The chicken looked great. Then, when I cut it open, it was undercooked.

Hmmm.

I need to work on my technique.



On 26 March 2004 (08:45 AM),
Jeff said:

JD said: In other news: I used the grill for the first time tonight. The chicken looked great. Then, when I cut it open, it was undercooked.

You need to crank that puppy up to high, man! Actually, if it was done outside and undercooked inside, you probably need to turn the heat down a little (or just give it a little more time with the lid closed).



On 29 April 2004 (11:29 PM),
tim said:

how do you like the brinkmann 2200 gas grill..i am looking at the same one.
thanks

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