This time of the year everyone is enjoying the warm weather and particularly the option of using their barbeque. I’ve been using a gas barbeque for the past 15 years and in that period of time I have had three rust out before their time. I spent $350 on a gas barbecue and the plates that cover the burners and the entire bottom is rusted out after only 3 years. I know you may be thinking it wasn’t covered, however I have a high quality cover that is always on it. The bottom line is that the humidity and large amount of rain we receive in the Puget Sound area causes cheaply made products to rust quickly when exposed to the elements. This summer I decided it was time for a change. I took my rusted out barbecue and had it recycled for scrap metal and purchased a good old fashioned kettle type Weber barbecue. They are guaranteed not to rust for 10 years. It is not fueled by gas, but instead it is back to old fashioned charcoal. On my first use I discovered the huge difference in the taste of food cooked on charcoal as opposed to gas. There is a very distinct difference that charcoal provides a much better flavor. Also, there are no hot spots unlike a gas barbecue where there can be hot spots between burners. The only negative is that it does take a little more time for the coals to get to the ready to cook stage than a quick heat up of the ‘ole gas barbecue, but in the end I find the overall experience to be worth the extra time. The food stays more juicy during the cooking process and my family has noticed the flavor increase. All in all, after 15 years of gas barbecuing, I’m permanently moving to charcoal. I’m saving money on expensive barbecues, getting better flavor and wasting less by purchasing new every three years.
Hi, my name is David Belz and I am the Member Solutions Manager for Verity Credit Union. I have been with Verity for 2 years now and I am still new to the credit union industry, but not to collections. I was previously the Credit and Collection Manager for a large local utility company for 10 years. I recently completed my AA degree from Edmonds Community College and will be transferring this fall to Central Washington University. The credit union industry is a new challenge for me and I have much to learn still. I enjoy meeting members needs and helping them out in any way I can. My wife and I have 6 kids, of which the last one graduated this year. I also enjoy any outdoor activities including camping, hiking, golfing and barbecuing.