Larry Bock

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Hello,I'm a 50 year old plumber that currently lives in CT. I have lived in ME for about 7 years and AK for a bit. I have been prefabbing a 20x24 camp here in CT the last 9 months. This in turn will be shipped a couple hours west of Bangor,ME. I have had this warped dream about living off grid in the woods and perhaps working a few days a week for the things that require money,but would like to be self sufficient for the most part. I've run the "numbers" and it seems doable. A lot of folks have asked "why not build the cabin there"  well, because Im in the construction trade and CT is a dispoable type of place,I have been able to pick up a lot of materials for free. I have spent very little actual cash for this project. I almost seems like I'm getting help from someone else  well thats it in a nut shell
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Roberto, I understand what your getting at. I enjoy most older music because the lyrics seem to be better written. My work partner listens to a different type of music. There are times on the road I turn to him and say. " really?, those are the only lyrics these guys could come up with"?    On the other hand, if something he's listening to makes sense, I'll mention that it was well written. Lol.  I like the word "imagery", very import word.  
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Hello, probably should have posted a new thread but this seems like a good place. It's an observation/question. I really love music, perhaps because it's basically poetry with back ground.  I listen intently to lyrics. If I'm not really sure of the words, I look up the song and make sure that I understood the wording.   This, has almost become an every day occurance. I basically tone out the instrumentals and dive deeper into the words behind them. I enjoy doing this because many people love a song, but don't really know the lyrics. A few mistaken in a stanza can change the meaning of the entire song. Does anyone else here dissect ( horrible way of putting things) music?    Ps, as I do this, I realize that there is vast improvement still to be done with my writing skill.   How can a mere mortal compete with Jim Morrison.  Lol
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I can certainly see why sharing would drive someone to craziness. There are times I'd like to share something with someone, only one person.  I write with intent, not an abstract. If it was your birthday, we went out to dinner or danced the night away. I wrote it for you. I'd like you to hear it.  This is where it gets stickie. The " hey, remember last month thing?" " I wrote this last night". I know that came out wrong. But there are some times when timing does matter.  Lol.
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I reread this thread this morning. I feels good to know that I'm not the only one out there. I wish I could explian the looks I get when I'm  on a consruction  site and I mention that I write poetry. There is always a composition book and a pen in my lunch box. I have been know to climb down a ten foot ladder and jot  down an idea or observation for later. Then climb back up and go back to work. One problem I have is I share very little of my work. Evertime I revisit a poem? I make a change in the wording, perhaps move a stanza, eliminate one, add one. It can be frustrating at times....Paul Valery got it right when he mentions "'a poem is never finished, just abandoned".      
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Chris Kott wrote:Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.

-CK


Yes, love the album. Poetry is words put to music.music,is poetry.    Just like slow dancing is a vertiical expression of a horizontal desire. ( my woman's words, not mine) Keep in mind? This is coming from a construction worker.  Lol.  Read Jim Morrisons  biography. "no one here gets out alive". Turn to the end of the book. There are many poems there.  Some you will recogognize.  Some not,   He, was a poet
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I love to read poetry, writing is a tough endever. If you keep it to yourself?  It's easier.  A Paul Valey quote " a poem is never finished, just abandoned" Every time I revisit a poem that no one has seen? I change a word or two, add a quatraine or delete something. Anyone else have this problem?
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I can't believe the crowd grew silent.   Poetry and writing has to be a basic, for those who call themselves " off gridder's".  Those who chose not to stare into a TV screen.  For some, a blank sheet of paper and a pen? Is a frightening endever. Option #2 ? Pay a doctor that makes a " tent" out of his finger tips, nods, and the charges your insurance company $ 160 an hour. Option A? Pad $2, add a good pen $2. Write what lives in you. Even if no one ever reads it.   You are free
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Hello, I frequent a site called Friendfamilypoetry. I stumbled onto it by mistake and joined it. The have a wide selection of poety. The site also has an area where the different types of poetry are explained. I read through it and learned quite a bit. You are also able to submit your work if you would like to share it. All of he poems are well organized.    Just a suggestion.    Larry
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Good morning to all.  I have about 10 New Years resolutions for the next year.  One of them is to try to find a friendly writing/poetry/ short story forum to join. If anyone has a suggestion, I'd appreciate it . Another is to semi organize the the pile of composition books filled with my feeble attempts. I'm talking the pen and ink angle. I do leave pages in between writing because every time I " visit " one? I change something or make a note to change something. Its safe to say that my black bag is a disaster lol. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Happy New Year to all.       Larry
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Stacy Witscher wrote:Larry - I've never heard of doing small batches for caramelizing onions. I've always found very large batches worked best, like 10-20 pounds of onions. The caramelization is more even in a large batch. But a slightly burnt onion also brings some much needed bitterness to what can be cloyingly sweet onions, which is otherwise added via coffee or beer. I also love to use french onion soup and cream in a braise for pot roast, amazing.


Stacy,
I have tried to carmalized the onions in larger batches and they ended up " steaming" instead of getting nice and tan/ brown. Perhaps it was the pan I was using or the wrong temp.  I usually do this outside on the grill on a flat griddle because the onion smell stays in the house for days. Next time I make this dish, I'll give it one more try.  I've never thought about braising a pot roast in the soup.  I bet beef shanks with whole carrots  would be another good candidate. More bones. Lol.
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