A manly artifact

2a0d554e-c0e0-11e1-8179-00144feabdc0Thousands of years from now, archaeologists will be digging up outdoor grills and wondering what strange implement it is and what is it used for.  They will find thousands of different types of this cultural artifact from homemade to mass manufactured.  What future archaeologists won’t know is that for many, life centered around this grilling pit and for many it was the past time and hobby they enjoy most.

What does this grill represent?  This outdoor cooking implement means fun times; Family gatherings, tailgate parties, campouts, barbecue competitions and gatherings of all sorts.  According to Miles Johnson in an article titled, When real men go in for the grill on The Financial Times LTD website, “Although we applaud domesticated house-husbands and corporate career mothers, the practice of charring raw steaks and burgers over charcoal stubbornly remains the natural arena of the “manly man”.” This manly status symbol according to Johnson is shown off en mass on July 4th when millions of Americans “showcase their superior outdoor apparatus to families, friends – and rivals.”

Manufacturers and retailers well aware of this manly iconic cultural artifact have created a huge array of barbecue grills.  They can range in cost of around twenty dollars at your local discount retailer to thousands of dollars for custom made barbeque grills.

A survey by grill maker company Weber conducted in 2011 reported on their website at http://weber.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=154 while outdoor grills are owned by 71 percent of all Americans 21and older, “Men are still the primary griller in most U.S. households (61 percent) with 20 percent of households reporting that it’s a shared responsibility among men and women.”

So what does it mean to men that men must grill?  I is the age old tradition that the men do the work outside.  Is it the hunter in the man that brings pride of the kill and completing the game with the cooking of the wild beast?  Well, I don’t know, but I did find a website called funny2.com. that seemed to have a good understanding of why the men love their grills:  Read the following from funny2 and see if you don’t agree!

“When a man volunteers to do the barbecuing, the following chain of events is put into motion:

1. The woman buys the food.

2. The woman makes a salad, prepares vegetables, and makes dessert.

3. The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill – beer in hand.

4. THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.

5. The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery (add to that the condiments, napkins, ice, paper cups and all side dishes as mentioned above)

6. The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

7. THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.

8. The woman runs around to prepare the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.

9. After eating, the woman clears the table, carries everything back inside and does the dishes.

10. Everyone PRAISES THE MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

11. The man asks the woman how she enjoyed her night off and, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing her.”

Sounds right to me!!

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