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Fred Robel
Works at Au Gres-Sims School District
Attended Lansing Community College School of Aviation
Lives in Au Gres, MI USA
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Eminem is one of my guilty pleasures.  This is a talented American Sign Language interpreter performing Eminem's "Lose Yourself"  

I quite could not take my eyes off of it.  Which is good, because it is sign language.
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+Eric Williams Good question. I don't know ASL either but I read the article The Huffington made and the comments are worth reading.


Quote from Cookie Roang "It could never be signed word-for-word because ASL and English are two separate languages. If you translated English into Spanish, it wouldn't be word-for-word either."

@2015
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Not today 
Will the Man beat me down
Instead of hammer hell bent
The other way around

Not today
For there is a presence in the garden 
Striding through the yellow slinky seed strands
Gifts from the trees
Twining together in an almost erotic way
Blowing with the spring breezes
Bringing on the heartiest of sneezes
Stirred by those ever growing closer feet

Not today
As the maniac stands in the door
Angrily ajar light streaming inside
Early midges swarm past in golden rays
Eager to transition to that promised land not outside
Only to cling to whitewashed walls and die
With tiny appendage hooks hanging them in place

"Not today!"
I cry as paper presses purposefully into my palm
Black ink oozing to form freakish imagery upon the floor
Devoid of any meaning to me in the moment
And seeing my confusion the madman mutters
"You have until Friday to cut your grass
Or the association will fine you fifty dollars"
Sending me to my knees wallowing with inky coolness

Not today
I think to myself as the last of the twilight fades to black
Not aloud
For the zoning man left hours back
But to myself not because of any lingering lack of reality luster
Only due to one simple situational reality:

The lawnmower is busted
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I hate my lawn.  And my wife put down more grass seed last week.  She is the devil.
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Scrapyard worker Walter Soplata began a one-man mission in the late 1940s to save the fighter planes of World War II from being dismantled and hid them in his backyard in Newbury, Ohio. Over the years, Soplata bought up about 50 engines and 30 aircraft until his death in 2010. Family members have kept the location secret, fearing scrappers would destroy the planes, but urban explorer and photographer Johnny Joo recently stumbled upon the site. A family member gave him Joo the history and allowed him to take these incredible photos. For more great pics of long-abandoned places, check out Johnny Joo Photography on Facebook.

Several other photos at the jump: http://www.rsvlts.com/2014/06/30/abandoned-wwii-planes/

#aviation   #aircraft   #vintage   #ww2   #wwii  
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Those are some great pics.  Looks like a lot of work, and a lot of fun.  
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This just made me choke on my cereal.

Cheers to simple humor surprises.
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Aren't we lucky to see the machines as babies! It'll be so exciting to watch them grow up.
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Inspecting the #1 engine pylon structure on a B727-200F this morning.

#aviation   #aircraft   #airplane   #boeing  
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I thought this was a picture of a fish at first...
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I approve of this NSA satire song!

"We watch americans masturbate all day
Turn on your cameras and watch you jerk away!"
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Too funny!
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This is Johnny Joo's blog primarily about abondoned places.

I love looking at, and reading about, places like this.  (I occasionally trespass with a camera in such places myself)

#abandoned   #vintage   #history  
The Photographs & Writing of Johnny Joo
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Love this stuff 
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Food Republic just ruined me with this Ultimate Hot Dog Style Guide chart.

I must have ALL the hot dogs now!!!!!

#food   #eating   #hotdogs   #garbage   #lipsandassholes  
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Those monsters! Although this does make me want to open a hot dog stand here, just so there are hot dogs for me all the time. A clever plan, recursive yet pleasing.
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Aft entry stairs on our B727-200F, where you can see the "DB Cooper Vane" installed along the edge of the door cutout.

A mandatory installation for B727's after DB Coopers famous hijacking & parachute escape; the vane is an "Aerodynamic Wedge" which rotates when the aircraft achieves forward airspeed, and mechanically blocks the door from opening while in flight.  

Cannot be bypassed (unless you had a cutoff device inside, and you chopped off the hinge bolt from the inside).  

Short moral of the story: Don't expect a silly device like this to keep an aircraft mechanic from parachuting out the back of your B727 in flight, if he damn well pleases.
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Love that photo. It feels sort of watercolour or pencil crayon or something. Beautiful air dinosaurs!
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B737-400F shrouded in mystery.  (What will it look like?)

Kalitta Charters II, in Oscoda, MI.

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+Fred Robel Ok thanks Fred. I know about polyurethane paints and such. Painting is the same outside of the lifts used.
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Education
  • Lansing Community College School of Aviation
    Aviation Maintenance Technology, 1989 - 1992
    After a slow start, because I didn't know what I wanted out of life. I settled into the two year aviation maintenance program at LCC. I did very well, and haven't second guessed my choice.
  • East Lansing High School
    High School Diploma, 1985 - 1989
    Four years of slacking in my case. I could write a book all about not living up to one's potential. And, nachos. Eating nachos.
  • St Thomas Aquinas School
    1977 - 1985
    Catholic Gradeschool; church every single morning. Yee-haw!
Basic Information
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Other names
Eric Robel, Frederick Robel, Frederick D Robel II
Story
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Writer, Aircraft Inspector, Father, Husband
Introduction
Hello, my name is Fred. 

I believe everyone is a person worth noting in life.  Everyone has something to contribute, and should.  Sharing ourselves and our experiences publicly is a way to give back to humanity, and share the important things in life.  Lessons learned, loves lost, happiness found, things created.

Nice to meet you!

I have many interests that I share, and like to have shared with me.  These include aviation, automobiles, motorcycles, poetry, short stories, serials, and most manner of creative writing; which I write most every day.  

Photography:  I often share images from my life in aviation, pics of my books (book porn), mechanicals, transportation, and other things.  

I am a building block, helping to build humanity to new heights.
Bragging rights
Published my first book in 2012!
Work
Occupation
Full time Aircraft Inspector, part time School Board Member, poet, writer, and publisher
Employment
  • Au Gres-Sims School District
    School Board Member, 2015 - present
  • Kalitta Air
    Inspector, 2008 - present
  • Pratt & Whitney Plattsburgh Flight Test
    Lead Inspector, 2000 - 2008
  • Kitty Hawk International
    AOG Mechanic, 1999 - 2000
  • American International Airways
    Aircraft Mechanic, 1993 - 1999
  • Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith (Law Firm)
    Office Services Clerk, 1991 - 1993
  • Meijer
    Housewares Associate, 1990 - 1991
  • Michigan State University Housing
    Summer Janitor Guy, 1990 - 1990
  • McDonald's - David Rudd Enterprises
    Grill Cook, 1989 - 1990
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Currently
Au Gres, MI USA
Previously
Haslett, MI USA - Beekmantown, NY USA - Plattsburgh, NY USA - Greenbush, MI USA - East Lansing, MI USA
This place is local to me, and my family goes there often. As far as pizza goes, they have some of the best in the area (try the BLT pizza!), with decent turn around time. They don't deliver, as far as I know though. The dough recipe for their crusts and bread sticks is awesome. I love the taste, and always eat my crusts. Might have something to do with them having a wonderful bakery as well. With doughnuts and pastries of all kinds, fresh breads, cookies, pies, the whole nine yards. Local wine available there as well. If you go there for breakfast, make sure you try the cinnamon bread toast, or even the cinnamon bread french toast. It is made from the same cinnamon bread you can buy up front to take home, and it is something else! Service is usually very good, unless they are packed, then the wait time goes up a little. But that's to be expected. The staff is friendly, and know all their product. Gift shop up front too, with local items for sale (books, wine, clothing, knick-knacks), good selection. This is the best family restaurant in Au Gres, hands down. At least to me.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This is a wonderful place to go eat. It's off the beaten path to be sure, just follow the signs up Mapes Rd, and you'll find it. A huge ranch house, with rooms up above, with what looks like paddocks out back. Apparently there is an airfield back there somewhere too. This place was recommended to me for the steaks, and the steaks are simply amazing. First, they bring out a small loaf of homemade bread, and honey butter. Then the beautiful steak came out. The best I've had in a very long time. The wait staff was very good, the place was clean and friendly. Prices were very reasonable too. Our family of five ate very well for under 60 dollars. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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