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lightandshade

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  1. Thanks, reswati! I'm American, but I've lived/worked in Germany for almost two years. Hoping to become more fluent in German, and build on the limited Spanish I had learned in school. One of my biggest regrets is that I didn't start learning other languages at an earlier age - definitely think there should be a bigger push for this in the American school system. It's not uncommon here in Germany for younger students to already be fluent in three languages - I'm guessing that it's similar in the Netherlands, as well. You have a great list, too - really hope you do get to visit Scotland someday! It's one of my favorite countries - friendly people, an awesome cultural/historical legacy, natural beauty... and yes, lots of swords and delicious haggis. Thanks, Virginia! I wished I loved running enough to do a half-marathon... unfortunately, I put that likelihood at about a -20. But best of luck, that would be a great accomplishment. I'm not over 40, but I second your request for the rock festival - I'd probably have more in common music-wise with the over 40 crowd, anyways!
  2. ^ Haggis is actually quite delicious, in my opinion! Great idea for a thread! My list, along with likelihood rankings: *Find a pen pal that lives somewhere else in the world, and keep in touch for the rest of my life (5) *Visit at least five more countries while I'm living in Europe (7) *Learn electric guitar, and be comfortable and confident enough to play in a rock band (6) *See Jimmy Page in concert (going to be optimistic here, and say 7) *Get a tattoo (I know I'll chicken out at the last moment - 0) *Give a gift that makes someone cry of joy/happiness (hopefully, 10) *Be at a sporting match/game to witness one of my favorite teams win a major championship (knowing my luck and the luck of my teams, 2) *Become fluent in at least two other languages (3) *Live in the UK for at least a year (7) *Be a classic rock radio DJ, even just for a day (4)
  3. Thanks for sharing, PlanetPage! I've always loved that scarf, and the Elvis ribbon and sweet face serve as perfect compliments. Here here - thanks, aen! To quote April, I believe that "PHWOAR" would be a most appropriate reaction to this picture.
  4. You're on! Great to hear about your employers, and good luck with the surgeon. Congratulations on the new job, planted! Wonderful to read about your passion and enthusiasm.
  5. :thumbsup: Along those lines, I love Jimmy's enthusiasm and admiration for other artists' work. I've been introduced to many new favorites through him - the man has fantastic taste! His excitement is infectious. Example A:
  6. Was going to post here and say that I'm happy to be home recovering/walking around... but damn, wheelchair racing sounds fun! I think we still should. Seriously though, ally, sending good thoughts your way. I can't imagine being in that kind of pain, with the added stress of cancelled operations. Wishing you the safest and most comfortable of recoveries. Thanks, slave to zep. Hope that your wrist is feeling better, and that your employer is being nicer to you! Thanks also to Scarlet, Cecil and Fool in the Rain for the good wishes. Congratulations, Walter, and happy belated birthday, april_lynn!
  7. Cheers to all of the recent great news. Just found out that I need to check in for emergency spinal surgery tomorrow. I choose to remain positive/happy about this because: 1) It provides an answer/solution to the pain I was living with. 2) It forces me to relax and catch up on some good books/movies.
  8. Welcome, I've really enjoyed the threads you've started so far. Hope you enjoy your time here!
  9. That's an adorable photo, with an equally sweet story to go along with it. Thanks for sharing, Mark!
  10. What a great thread, thank you to everyone who has shared their stories. Like Melcórë, it's hard for me to pinpoint one specific meaningful experience. I've mentioned on the board before about how Zeppelin expanded my musical horizons as both a listener and a performer, particularly in my appreciation of the blues and improvisation. I'd like to think that this philosophy carried over into my life, as well. When I first discovered Zeppelin, I was in my last couple years of high school and thought I had my whole life planned out for me after graduation. But at heart, I was still quite self-conscious and unsure of what my place would be in the world. Discovering Zep at that time echoed and nurtured a rebellious spirit, one that sought out spontaneous adventure. Just like Zeppelin took risks and blended drastically different elements to create something beautiful, I had to trust that every experience would just add to the exciting "improvisation" of my life. I needed to savor and appreciate every moment, and have the courage to seek out and take advantage of new chances. I am somewhere totally different than what I would have imagined ten years ago, and I'm loving this adventure I'm on. Cheesy and cliché as it might sound, Zeppelin's soundtrack was there to help give me the confidence to live a truly fulfilled life. I think this forum itself has been a very meaningful and personal Zeppelin experience! Especially as a younger fan, this has been a great place for me to come and soak up everything it has to offer - stories, photos, videos, articles, and enthusiastic conversation about shared passions. Who can ask for anything more?
  11. Been a while since I've read that one from Auden, it's lovely. "Art" by Herman Melville In placid hours well-pleased we dream Of many a brave unbodied scheme. But form to lend, pulsed life create, What unlike things must meet and mate: A flame to melt—a wind to freeze; Sad patience—joyous energies; Humility—yet pride and scorn; Instinct and study; love and hate; Audacity—reverence. These must mate, And fuse with Jacob’s mystic heart, To wrestle with the angel—Art.
  12. ^ Indeed a gorgeous photo and fun article, thanks for sharing! I didn't know about the connection with Shane MacGowan - interesting. It was hilarious trying to follow his train of thought in this article. Gotta admire his brutal honesty re: the "stupid cloaks with runes" and Jimmy "not getting fat or anything".
  13. I also love this idea! I really enjoy her cover of "Whole Lotta Love"; Jimmy would obviously take it to a whole other level. Would love to see the energy those two would bring together onstage. I've always been curious as to what a further developed Page/DeShannon collaboration might have sounded like (beyond their initial songwriting partnership and performances on each other's records)... especially post-Zeppelin. I've always loved Jackie's voice - silky smooth, but with a subtle bluesy edge.
  14. I agree that it wasn't the most informative/hardest hitting of interviews, but it's always nice to witness more of his infectious wit/sparkle (i.e. Percys_Plant's hilarious signature) . I really liked his comments re: participating in a movement vs. achieving fame. Thanks to everyone who's been posting links!
  15. I can't wait to see that movie. This one probably goes without saying... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQMnwSeJig
  16. Those are some cool photos, you must get some great views on the job. ...I could not have looked down from that height to take a photo for the life of me.
  17. Roger, This is great news, thank you for all of your hard work in putting your museum together. I will be in Berlin in a couple of months, and would love to see your collection if possible. I will send you a message soon. Thank you again, what a great treat for Zeppelin fans!
  18. That's really cool. Love Julian Lennon - "Day After Day" is also my favorite song of his. Another song of his that's always intrigued me is "Cole's Song", which he co-wrote and recorded for "Mr. Holland's Opus" (one of my favorite movies). Within the context of the film, it's a song from a father, dedicated to a son who he's reconnecting with after an estrangement. Always makes me wonder how much of it was a reflection of Julian's own complex relationship with his father - knowledge only the two of them would be truly privy to, of course. Beautiful song. A great artist, and you're right - his voice is musical comfort food! Always calms me down after a stressful day.
  19. ^ Swan Song is beautiful, but I'm partial to White Summer/Black Mountain Side - it's what introduced me to Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin.
  20. "If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh Happy Valentine's Day everyone, enjoy your time with your loved ones!
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