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Annual Maine Lobster Boil NEW DATE-9/8/07

SINSULL 14 Aug 07 - 07:56 PM
DebC 14 Aug 07 - 08:03 PM
SINSULL 14 Aug 07 - 08:13 PM
Jeri 14 Aug 07 - 08:13 PM
Jeri 14 Aug 07 - 08:14 PM
jacqui.c 14 Aug 07 - 08:34 PM
SINSULL 14 Aug 07 - 08:42 PM
Marc Bernier 14 Aug 07 - 08:43 PM
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GUEST,clockwatcher 15 Aug 07 - 08:04 AM
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Bat Goddess 15 Aug 07 - 09:37 AM
MMario 15 Aug 07 - 09:44 AM
ranger1 15 Aug 07 - 10:06 AM
Jeri 15 Aug 07 - 10:29 AM
curmudgeon 15 Aug 07 - 12:01 PM
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kendall 15 Aug 07 - 01:11 PM
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Subject: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 07:56 PM

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 ***NEW DATE***

at SINSULL's
         4PM start
$10 per lobster + buffet and beverages. You must of course sing for your supper.
None crustacean eaters can make do with whatever comes off the bar-b-que.

I will need a firm and fast head count for this one. Who's in? Who needs a bed?


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: DebC
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 08:03 PM

Er...Mary? Sunday Aug 2 is a crossed-out date on the calendar. :-)

If the date fits, I would love to come to that.

Deb
www.DebraCowan.com

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 08:13 PM

So that's me. Deb and a lobster so far.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Jeri
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 08:13 PM

Yo! Pick another month, eh?
Deb, "Sunday, Aug 2" was a Thursday. September 2 is a Sunday though.

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Jeri
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 08:14 PM

If you meant Augtember, I'm in.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: jacqui.c
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 08:34 PM

We will be there - Kendall won't miss out on lobster!


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 08:42 PM

SEPTEMBER! Sorry folks. I am so distracted by the wonders of Jacqui's birthday presents that I just lost track of time.

Sunday September 2 at 4PM

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Marc Bernier
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 08:43 PM

Where is this? I might be up for a drive to Maine to sing some songs and eat some lobsters.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 09:08 PM

South Portland, ME, Exit 47 off 95. PM me for more information.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: DebC
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 09:37 PM

Ahhhh. SEPTEMBER 2. I/We will try to be there. Not sure about my husband...he doesn't eat lobster.

Deb

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 11:30 PM

I don't either, Deb. I usually have some steaks on hand as well as hamburgers and hot dogs. Kendall and Curmudgeon do the boiling - I can't even abide the smells never mind the screams of pain as they plunge the poor babies into boiling water.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: GUEST,clockwatcher
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 08:04 AM

That was probably a wind up, but in case not ...

Screams of pain, I don't think so. Where did the vocal cords suddenly come from? In boiling water, you die of shock instantly.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: curmudgeon
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 08:53 AM

It is with heavy heart that I must convey our regrets. This date coincides with another event, renamed Boylestock by Jeri, to which we have commited.

Also, there is no way in Hell that I would attempt to leave Maine on Labor Day. The sheer thought of being engulfed in the tidal wave of tourist traffic headed south on the Maine Turnpike, is almost more than I can even contemplate.

Still looking forward to seeing many of you at the Shanty Session and/or the Dave and Pamela concert -- Tom

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 ***NEW DATE***


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 09:37 AM

I'll bring the lobster buckets to the Dave and Pamela concert, but I agree with Tom. Even if we weren't already committed to Boyle Fest, there's no way I'd consider heading south out of Maine on Labor Day. I don't like living in my car for hours and hours.

(I have fond memories of my days in Kennebunkport, sitting on the bridge in a lawnchair on Labor Day, toasting the departing tourists with the martinis in our Thermos.)

Really sorry to have to miss the Lobster Boil this year, though. Been looking forward to it since last year's.

Linn

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: MMario
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 09:44 AM

Damn - I'm actually going to be within a reasonable driving distance - but have comitted to something else.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: ranger1
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 10:06 AM

Jason and I can both attend. I might be a bit late, but such is the life of a park ranger...

Jason would like a lobster. I will be happy with roasted cow flesh.

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 10:29 AM

I didn't realize it was Labor Day weekend, but I can brave the traffic. I also didn't know it was the same Sunday as Boylestock, but as I haven't been invited, Mary wins.

This year, someone ought to count how many lobsters Kendall eats. He might set a record or something

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: curmudgeon
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 12:01 PM

Jeri, to know about Boyle Fest is the same as an invitation - Tom


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Micca
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 12:15 PM

It is worth attending just to see Kendall hypnotise the Lobster!! even though I couldn't take the smell and promptly retired to TJ Hookers and ate Reuben sandwiches and drank French Vanilla coffee(My Favourite) while the savages indulged themselves, I rejoined after the smell had dispersed. I realise that it was only a Mini-boil and not the full monty so to speak, I think there was only 6-8 lobsters eaten on the occassion,but the pile of debris was impressive, even so.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: kendall
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 01:11 PM

Smell? You eat cheese, don't you?

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Becca72
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 01:39 PM

It is a Maine (or at least Morse) tradition to

1. Scare the dog with the live lobster
2. Put it to sleep before sending it to its death
3. Eat until your pants no longer fit

Micca, if there were only 6-8 lobsters eaten and my father was there, what did everyone else have for dinner?


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: gnu
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 01:44 PM

#3... That is what belts are for. Or, the more modern "sweat pants".

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Micca
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 01:50 PM

becca, maybe he wasnt feeling well?


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Becca72
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 02:05 PM

Maybe he didn't want to seem shellfish by eating them all...


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Greg B
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 02:25 PM

Ten bucks per--- what a bargain! I'll be mighty pleased if we can find
anything like that in the Orono / Bangor area next week.

I was thinking of taking out a line of credit for supper, with what
I've heard about the the lobster 'shortage' situation.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 ***NEW DATE***


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: gnu
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 02:36 PM

$10.... say now... what we talking? Markets, selects??? I saw a few nice one's at Sobeys last week that I would have paid $10 for... about 15#... one was about 30#. But, some say that the larger or older ones are tough as the nobs. I say it depends on how you do them. Gotta get them cooking slowly and do them just right so they come out nice an soft and juicy.

Kendall... do you have any experience to share in this area?


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Greg B
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 02:45 PM

That myth about the big ol' boys being tough is what
puts the per-pound price of the giants down. Hereabouts,
they're the best bargains. You do have to have the shop
steam them for you, because they're really too large to
fit properly in any sort of household boiling pot. Still,
that's just as well; you go off and do the rest of your
grocery shopping then come back for the lobster.

My experience has been that the big ones done up in a
steamer are quite tender, and in fact the huge claws
are particularly nice. It does take a bit of practice to
crack 'em.

We feed several people off of one of these giants, and
have enough left over for lobster roll next day...


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 03:45 PM

GregB has never seen Kendall eat lobster. Feed several people off one and have left overs? it would have to be a 200# lobster.

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: kendall
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 04:18 PM

Large lobsters are illegal in Maine. If it measures over 5 inches from the eye socket to the end of the carapace it is considered a jumbo, and must be thrown back so the trawlers from Massachusettes can take them to Gloucester or Boston.
This law was passed in 1939 because the dealers didn't want to handle them, so they called it a "conservation measure".
They have never explained how anything gets more verile with age.

When I lived in Mass, for 9 months, a neighbor gave me a lobster that was as big as my arm. I tried to get into its claw and had to smash it with a hammer. The meat was tougher than Japanese algebra.
It brought to mind, biting into a catcher's mitt.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 04:31 PM

Kendall......Your lobster sounds like a groundhog I once shot. He was as old as Methusaleh and my friend's Mom boiled him a loooog time before baking him.....and the damn thing was still as tough as shoe leather.

The combo of the two would make a surf and turf from hell wouldn't they?

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: MMario
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 04:34 PM

roughly 1 offspring survives to weigh 1 lb for every eight 1 lb female lobsters that breed.

On the other hand - an average of 2 lobsters will survive to the 1 lb weight from the annual spawning of a single 9 lb lobster. So it definately makes sense to limit the size that is legal.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 04:40 PM

Survival of the fittest. The older they are the smarter they are at avoiding traps or getting out of them or not getting eaten. Let the smart ones breed.

As for getting "more virile with age". Have you never heard the story of the old bull and the young bull?


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: kendall
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 07:50 PM

Yes. I have told it to many a young snot.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Greg B
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 08:10 PM

Kendall---

I'd be honored to see you eat lobster.

I used to smash the 7-8# claws with a hammer. Until I learnt
the precise spot to nail them with a cleaver to get them to
open up. Granted, it's a good idea to do this outside, because
it splatters a bit.

I think a lot of people over-cook a monster lobster, mistakenly
thinking it needs a radically longer cooking time. Thus the tough
meat. Any lobster gets rubbery if over-cooked.

Maybe it's the fact that we get them steamed that keeps them
tender. Steam works its wonders quickly and deeply.

Howe'r it is, the claws are just dead tender, and the tail is
firm, but not chewy. The crusher claw is insane--- it comes up
about the size of a cornish game hen or a small meat-loaf.

I do, however, feel some remorse in the realization that the age
of one of those big beasts means that they'd have known me father
as a boy.

That goes away in ten, fifteen seconds.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Charley Noble
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 10:14 PM

Sigh! Labor Day Weekend Roll & Go is performing at a Downeast Pirate Festival in Rockland, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. It's a benefit for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and evidently pirate groups are coming in from all over the country, and Rockland is going to be bombarded by cannon fire.

Arghh!
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Barry Finn
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 11:44 PM

Ill be at the Boyle fest too.

I never met a lobster that was to tough to eat. Steam 'em for about 7-8 minutes & you should be fine a little extra if the huge or you're doing a bunch but the bigger the better IMHO, you get more meat & the legs are worth sucking clean too. Less is wasted with the biggie's more meat per pound.

Actually they should up the size of the leagle limit so the breaders can't be taken before they even have a shot at reproducing. How'd ya like being shot ta death before you've ever been laid, not worth the living if ya can't make it that far.

Barry

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 12:59 AM

I've had them Maine lobsters at Sinsull's house and they are pretty scrumpcious. I've even had Kendall teach me how to put the little crusty's to sleep before scalding them to death. But the Red King Crab from the Aleutian Islands beats 'em all to smithereens. Tawmmie and I plan to attend Lobsterfest one of these years and look forward to being there to share some of our crab with you all when we do. So eat hearty and think of us as you pick at your claws.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Barry Finn
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 01:03 AM

No crab beats a Maine lobster, sorry Mike.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 01:59 AM

Barry - you are revolting!!!!! The concept of sucking the legs clean is yucky!!!!! Stick to the tail and the claws is what I say.

Not sure about me/us - Mary - will let you know.....


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Charley Noble
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 08:52 AM

Back when I was growing up on our hard scrabble farm on the coast of Maine my father would sometimes exchange beef for lobster with the fishermen. We would always consider that a great treat and wonder why fishermen would be interested in beef.

And, yes, sometimes we would get one of them huge lobsters in trade, big enough to fill the turkey platter, big enough so even the legs were something you had to break open to get at the meat, unless you had the suction power of a shop vac (or a Barry Finn). And, yes, the meat was every bit as tender as the smaller lobsters. Now I'm all for banning the capture of the "big ones," as we currently do in Maine, but I still sometimes hunger for those days gone by.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Jeri
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 09:50 AM

The only thing I recall hearing about Boylestock was that there would be one this year. If it's always on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, in the years they have it, I didn't know that. I've only been to one.

As I've already told Mary I'd be at the lobster boil, I guess I'll miss this one. I was looking forward to it, but I was looking forward to the lobster boil too. Tom, please say Hi to folks for me.

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 12:02 PM

Would Saturday, September 8 work better for most people? Let me know and I can re-schedule. Meantime, I have not heard from a number of "regulars" about Dave Ruch and Pamela Goddard's concert. Biggest concern is beds. Let me know.
SINS


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: Jeri
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 12:04 PM

It would work a lot better for me!

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: curmudgeon
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 12:37 PM

That date would be much better for Linn and I. We're playing for the Strafford County Democratic picnic on that Sunday, but not till the afternoon.

Another possibility would be saturday, the 22nd. The shanty session is the week before that and the Maritime fest, the weekend after. And by that time of year we should be getting hard shelled lobsters.

See you saturday - Tom & Linn

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: kendall
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 12:43 PM

Not the 22nd, we are going to a memorial for my recently passed friend, Brian Mason.


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: jacqui.c
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 12:58 PM

The 8th sounds good. The 22nd is no good for me - I'll be laid up following a hernia repair.

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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: kendall
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 01:28 PM

Dragging me down the cellar stairs will give ANYONE a hernia


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: curmudgeon
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 04:19 PM

Also, Mary, running two major events a week apart might well be too much, even for a tough young bird like yourself. You may be the Pearl Mesta of folkdom, but even you need some R & R time in between things - Tom


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Subject: RE: Annual Maine Lobster Boil
From: SINSULL
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 04:26 PM

To tell the truth Tom, the Lobster Boil wouldn't be much fun without you and Linn. Your apron is a staple of the feaAnd I was counting on Linn showing up in her pilgrim outfit.st. Let's go with Sept. 8. I will ask Jeri to change the title and warn people.

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Subject: RE: AnnualMaineLobsterBoil NEW DATE-9/8/07
From: catspaw49
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 05:01 PM

Gee, I see you changed the date..............Can I get one shipped FedEx?

Spaw

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