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Fred Robel
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A straight on shot of the PW901A APU ready to run in the test cell facility, from yesterday.

Passed all its checks.

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A Case For Poetry

If there is one thing I hope I can do with this profile, it's to stir some sort of excitement for poetry.


Like that.

You ought to consider reading it. Everyone should.

So this is the argument, that if you write, whether it be fiction or non-fiction, or what have you, or use language in any capacity at all, you can benefit from a daily intake of poetry, the reading of which is an active exercise for the imagining, communicating brain.

Hence, everyone ought to read poetry.

Even business leaders. Especially business leaders, according to the Harvard Business Review [] enterprise folks should be looking for a collection to keep on the nightstand. Because:

"For one, poetry teaches us to wrestle with and simplify complexity. Harman Industries founder Sidney Harman once told The New York Times, 'I used to tell my senior staff to get me poets as managers. Poets are our original systems thinkers. They look at our most complex environments and they reduce the complexity to something they begin to understand.'” -- from the Harvard Business Review article linked above.

Eat outrageous language. Eat compressed thought, infectious rhythm and searing image, play and music -- poetry, antidote to capitalism. I'm betting. That's why there's hardly any money in it. I love you.

Take that Harvard Business Review.

"If my poetry aims to achieve anything, its to deliver people from the limited ways in which they think and feel," says Jim Morrison, quoted by this wonderfully sober Refine the Mind article arguing poetry and its oughtness to be daily practice: []

Poetry is literally thinking outside the box. It is a bending of perception []. Poetry is hallucinogen.

Everyone ought to read poetry. 

Everyone. The whole world. Poïesis: to make. This word, the root of our modern "poetry", was first a verb, an action that transforms and continues the world. via +Teodora Petkova​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ in her excellent post about poetry and the social: []

Poetry continues THE WORLD.

“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars." -- Jack Kerouac

On the Road is fiction, but the difference between that quote and poetry is slim to none.

Poetry doesn't matter.

Just kidding read "How He Loved Them" [] or "The Gallery" [] or "Under the Maud Moon" []

Lose your mind?

Come to. Those are staggeringly good, whole pieces of art, read in five minutes! They will invade your heart like some awful parasitic worm, except instead of weakening you, they make you real strong. It's gross, but it's true.  

Hey, you can read poetry. Sure you can. Treat it as a guided mode of deep contemplation. When something resonates, stop, and hold it in your hand. Ask, why does this resonate? What is the language doing? And what the language is doing is really what the deep imaginative song of yourself is doing. The old ghost inside you is dancing its way into the future. Trying legitimately to express this is hard and will leave you refreshed. Like any meditation. Like any exercise.

Everyone ought to exercise. Everyone ought to read poetry.

If you are a creative writer, some short form creative mode, whether it be poetry or flash fiction, is the hands down best content to lead with on social media. Covers and blurbs don't cut it. Chapters are too long! Social networks want poetry.

When asked why he works with Tarantino, the famed Christopher Waltz replied, "Quentin writes poetry, and and I like poetry." []

Christopher Waltz reads poetry. Quentin Tarantino writes poetry. Come on, everyone ought to read poetry. It's all connected.

Fiction, movies, music, there's a poetic thread through it all. Practice creativity and write poetry, where the only limit is your imagination and how much fun you like to have with words. No budget required! Total freedom.

And in that way, and in other ways, poetry is the future.


Some of you might recognize this post from earlier this year, but I thought I'd repost with some spit n polish for all the new followers of Language and Line (thanks Google!) Hope you enjoy :)

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A  JT9D-7R4D jet engine, from a Boeing 767, being lifted by the crane.

Taking it off the red stand, and putting it in the green pedestals.

Easier access for better maintenance.

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Lockheed L1011-200 freighter cockpit.

Took this back in the mid-1990's.  (Scanned from film)

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A couple of ex-British Airways L1011-50's we had out on the field for spare parts back in the mid-1990's.  This must have been right after they arrived, since they look pretty complete.

Oscoda, MI.

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APU hooked up and ready to run in the test cell.

PW901A apu.

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Honestly having been blasted by these damn things on the ramp I have never seen one except the hot exhaust in my face.  Thanks for sharing.  That is really cool.  Gonna pin it to Aviation and Outerspace.
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Cleaning up a Pratt JT8D engine case to send to NDT.

CSD and starter sitting on the table.

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I was a 34 year acct. Structure Mech Contractor & worked my share of nasty TR's and Pratt & Roll's engine's not my favorite metals to drill & grind. 
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Classic Mac Tools creeper action.

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Rotating a Pratt JT9D engine back to horizontal to continue our build today.

Oscoda MI

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An American International Airways B747-100F sitting out in the snow in Oscoda, MI.  Back in 1995-ish.

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Nice 80's groove to have on doing work.  :D  It's long, and there are like, three more of them.  
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  • 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!
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Eric Robel, Frederick Robel, Frederick D Robel II
Writer, Aircraft Inspector, Father, Husband
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!
Full time Aircraft Inspector, part time School Board Member, poet, writer, and publisher
  • 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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Au Gres, MI USA
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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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 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 - 4 years ago
reviewed 4 years ago
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