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Footsteps of Dawn

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    Which countries/states have you been to?

    Just curious which states and countries you guys have visited! I guess we already have a vacation thread, but this kinda gives us a chance to sum up. I've been to: California (because I live here) Alaska Arizona New Mexico Nevada Utah Colorado Wyoming Nebraska South Dakota Tennessee North Carolina Virginia Mexico (Baja California - Tijuana and Ensenada) England (London, Canterbury, Dover, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Bath) I don't remember much about New Mexico; I was 2 years old when we took a trip to AZ and NM. I've been back to AZ since then, but not NM. I suppose technically I've been to New York City, Chicago, and Seattle, too, but just the inside of the airports on the way to somewhere else. My top places to go next would be New York City, New Orleans, Seattle, and Texas. And I'd LOVE to go to France someday.
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    The NHL Thread

    Yep, we beat the Blues - in OT. We held 'em at 3-0 for a long time, but we got lazy and they tied it up at 3. Today we lost big time to the $*#% Hawks...1-4. Funny, our one goal was by Emmerton, a kid who got called up from the Griffs to replace Filppula, who was out with the flu today. He wouldn't have even got that one if Crawford hadn't pulled a Halak and basically put it in his own net. I don't know how we've held on to 2nd place this long. Glad you guys having been winning more...I'd much rather see the Sabres in the playoffs than Florida, Carolina, or Atlanta. What is it with the Islanders, though? We haven't been having too much luck with them, either. There's one out of many games I'd like to have back. Ha, and now we're in the middle of Nabby-gate with them...I am going to be PISSED if they suspend him instead of putting him back on waivers. I know there's pretty much no way we're going to get him back, but it's ridiculous for a team to pick a guy up and just make him sit the whole season so nobody else can have him. That's not going to make you too popular with future FAs, either.
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    The NHL Thread

    Well, that was a bust against the Pens last night. I don't know how to feel...I definitely feel less cranky than I usually do after losing to the Pens, knowing that it wasn't so much the Red Wings playing them as the Grand Rapids Griffins, but on the other hand, our usual guys weren't exactly fired up, either, so that tilts it back in the direction of being peeved. Plus, Miller TOTALLY should've gotten a penalty shot - even the Pittsburgh announcers thought so! Argh, whatever. On to the next one. And at least we didn't get any MORE injuries last night. Between Cooke, Rupp, Orpik and Engelland (did I forget anybody?), I think we got lucky. Now, how long until Datsyuk and Cleary are back? Please let it be soon. Speaking of the Wings and Pens, 2 more months until I see both of them play at the Joe!
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    Which countries/states have you been to?

    Whoa, I started a thread? Funny, it seems like I never start threads, even when I used to post more often. Well, I'd add some new ones into the original post, but it's not letting me edit it (too old, I guess), so here goes. British Columbia (I forgot I went there...I went through Vancouver on the way to Alaska a long time ago. I don't really remember much about it; I'd love to go back.) Kentucky (Went to Louisville, Lexington, Berea, and points along I-65 on the way back to TN. Visited my great-aunt, who lives in Lexington.) Michigan (Haven't actually gone yet, but I'm going to go in March.)
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    Robert De Niro

    It is hard to pick just one, but yeah, I'd probably go with De Niro, too. What does it for me is The Godfather II. He just has this indescribable, intangible charm in it that blows me away. I wish I could be more specific, but there's just something fascinating to watch about him in that role, and I really can't pinpoint what it is.
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    At what age should men lose the long hair !

    For guys, if you've got a receding hairline, it's definitely time to whip out the scissors. On the whole, though, I am beginning to like long hair less and less on guys of all ages. I mean, I still like it on people like the Zeps back in the '70s, and they would look weird to me with short hair, but when I just see it on retro-grunge or retro-'70s guys (or whatever they're trying to be) in their 20s/30s now, it's not working for me. Of course, that's not HALF as bad as the Bieber look, but I digress. Anyway, far be it from me to tell guys how they should wear their hair, but personally, it's not my favorite look anymore. Gals: depends on their face shape, not on their age, in my opinion. If it's making your face look too long, go with a shorter cut. If it works for ya, go with it, à la Emmylou Harris. This does apply to men, too; there are definitely guys who can pull it off WAY better than others. Maybe that's what's putting me off longer hair...I've just seen too many guys recently who would do better with short hair. I don't know.
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    What are you watching on TV now?

    Fresh Prince of Bel Air re-runs. I forgot how much I liked this show! I know they've been re-running it for years, but it's never struck my fancy until now...and now I'm watching the crap out of them. I still love Jazz, hehe.
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    What song is stuck in your head?

    Sugar Hill Gang - Jump on It Specifically this rendition of it...
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    Cover songs you like more than the originals

    Hurt - Johnny Cash (orig. Nine Inch Nails) Call Me the Breeze - Lynyrd Skynyrd (orig. JJ Cale) Cocaine - Eric Clapton (orig. JJ Cale) Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye (orig. Smokey Robinson...hehe, had to give my man Marvin a shout-out...I like the Gladys Knight version, and CCR's too, but this one's still my fave) Backdoor Man - The Doors (orig. Howlin' Wolf) Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (orig. Bob Dylan) The Man Who Sold the World - Nirvana (orig. David Bowie) You know which one I can never decide on? I Shot the Sheriff. Bob Marley's singing is way better, but I really like the kinda sexier beat that Clapton's version has. Oh, and if anyone says Aerosmith's version of Come Together is better, I will cream them. Usually I would never say something like that because I respect people's opinions, but gah, whenever this song comes on the radio I have to punch the button with ninja-like speed so I don't fly into a rage and crash the car. I h-h-h-ate it.
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    I've Been Going to the...MOOOOvies

    Watched Training Day a couple of nights ago. I love that movie. I saw it in theaters, actually - with my parents, haha! My parents are so rad. I don't know how they decided which movies to let me see...usually they weren't big on letting me watch R-rated movies, but I guess somehow they weren't expecting this one to be that intense. Whatever, works for me; I still think it's great. And forget Russell Crowe and all that stuff about the Oscar being a make-up for Denzel Washington not getting one for Malcolm X - I would've picked Denzel over him a thousand more times if given the opportunity. The thing I think makes his performance really unique is the fact that so much of the movie takes place in his car. There's no interesting scenery to back him up - it's just Denzel, the camera, and the dialogue, and I'll be danged if those aren't some of the most hypnotizing scenes in the movie...just him and Ethan Hawke sitting in that Monte Carlo playing mind games. Love it.
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    What's the Last Concert You Attended?

    Well, they're from Newfoundland, so they have kind of a Celtic twist, but they draw more from traditional Newfie music than straight-out Irish music like the Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly do. Also, they're not a punk band, so it's not quite as RAWR! as DKM, either. Their older albums have more traditional songs, and their newer ones have more original ones and are a little poppier. ...Yeah, I'd definitely say they've done a lot better than a cover of "End of the World." Also, sorry for posting this in the Last Concert You Attended thread...I kind of forgot about the Next Concert one.
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    What song is stuck in your head?

    Red Wings represent, wut wut! I've got Hotel California stuck. God, what IS it with that song? You hear it once on the radio and it stays with you for the rest of the WEEK!
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    Random Thoughts v.3

    Gooood. I'm putting off doing this French project for my conversational French class. This is a community college class, and it's harder than anything I had to do at university! And it's a conversation class! If I didn't need this class in order to work (long story), I would drop it. Plus, it's a group project, so I can't really wing it or else I'll bring everybody else's grade down. If it was just me, it wouldn't matter if I passed or failed, but I don't want to mess everybody else up. GOD, what a big mistake this was. Also, it's just a general pain because it lasts for THREE HOURS on Friday...major frickin' drag.
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    Beautiful Men.

    Oh my god, Colin is 50?! Wow! 50 really is the new 40, I swear. I mean, Johnny Depp is 47, so he's getting there, and I don't know who else, but there are tons of guys who are around 50 and are still way sexy. I lurve Colin...the happiest of (belated) birthdays to you, m'dear. Colin, because now I'm thinking about him, and because...what a picture! Jimmy Howard, Red Wings goalie (and he is the nicest guy ever, too...I met him in July! I'm such a fangirl...) Marvin Gaye, who I am pretty much obsessed with right now. I just LOVE this guy! Let's Get It On...best love song ever. Muh man Adam Baldwin, of Chuck and Firefly/Serenity.
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    Your Favorite Three '60s Albums

    I think you're right, plus for me, having been born in the '80s, and therefore paying attention to the music before my time or else I wouldn't be here, I think the '60s saw the beginning of the evolution of the album, and the '70s really perfected it. It was hard for me to think of that many albums from the '60s that were good all the way through, and I think that's because bands didn't start fully taking advantage of the LP format until the late '60s. I mean, I could think of a lot more than 3 good ones, but compared to the absolute plethora you have to choose from in the '70s, it just wasn't in full swing yet then. For the 3rd pick, I was trying to go for something outside rock music, like maybe country or soul, but that got REALLY hard since rock was kind of the pioneer of the LP, and it seems like other genres were still more radio-based and single-reliant at that point. I can think of a lot of songs I like from that era, but it's hard to name a classic album. (I did almost put Merle Haggard's Swinging Doors, but I had to admit I liked Disraeli Gears better.)
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    What's the Last Concert You Attended?

    I haven't been to a concert in quite a while, so I'm a bit fuzzy on what the last one I went to was, but the next show I really want to go to is Great Big Sea at HoB!
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    Your Favorite Three '70s Albums

    These are basically my 3 favorites besides Zep...I thought I'd give some other bands a nod since we all already know we're Zep-crazy here. 1. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd 2. Second Helping - Lynyrd Skynyrd 3. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye I'm still not sure if I should have put Second Helping or Pronounced. I'm having doubts at this very second. Ok, I'm just going to post this before I change my mind again. Also, I would've liked to have gotten Sabbath's Paranoid on there...couldn't you at least have given us 5 picks? [grammar edit]
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    Your Favorite Three '60s Albums

    Not counting I and II: 1. Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience 2. Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones 3. Disraeli Gears - Cream Had trouble with the 3rd one...there's just so many I could have put! I feel bad for not putting any Beatles albums on there, but it did say to put your favorites, not what you think is the most influential or culturally significant or anything like that, and I happen to like those three more than any Beatles album, so that's what I put.
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    Best Wah Songs

    Anything on the Superfly soundtrack.
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    War Stories

    - My great uncle (my dad's dad's brother) was a waist gunner on a B-17 during WWII. My one halfway interesting story about him is that he met Cary Grant while he was stationed in England - how's that for off-the-wall? His plane was shot down over France...we just recently found out that he's buried in Amiens. I got to go inside a B-17 a few months ago at the Palm Springs Air Museum - it was really cool. I can't imagine sitting in that metal tube while it's up in the air and someone's firing at you. I come from a line of flying-inclined people, but let me tell you, that's not for me. - My grandpa (my mom's dad) was in the Army during the Battle of the Bulge. I don't know much about that...he wasn't exactly big on talking about it. All I know is that my mom asked him once if he'd ever like to go back to Europe, and he replied, "I think I've seen quite enough." He also helped liberate one of the concentration camps, but I can't remember which one. Something I will never forget is seeing the photos he took there. It's sickening enough to see images of them on TV or something, but seeing actual photos...indescribable feeling. - My grandma (my dad's mom) used to work on/be a test pilot for PB2Y Coronados at Consolidated Aircraft during WWII. She wanted to be one of the women who made cross-country runs to deliver them, but my grandpa wouldn't let her. He was a Merchant Marine and a Seabee.
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    I've Been Going to the...MOOOOvies

    I saw Red last night...I thought it was good! My newspaper didn't like it because there was too much humor in it...say whaaat? I guess the graphic novel must be more serious, but I enjoyed the humor; frankly, the plot wasn't all that intricate, so the characters and their shenanigans were what made it interesting to me.
  22. Dude, 2 of my friends are the music Nazis. If more than 10 people know about the band, it's no good. If the people in the band aren't as big or bigger snobs than they are, it's no good. They are hipsters. They do like Zep, though, so they're not a total lost cause. My best friend...you just never know what she's going to like. You can't pigeonhole her, that's for sure. Heck, I don't even know what to say...I think she'd listen to any kind of music as long as it met whatever criteria it is that she uses to decide if it's good or not - I just don't know what that is. My dad, however, is very particular. Despite being a Baby Boomer, he hates The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan. The Beatles are too poppy and not good enough musicians for him; The Stones are just shock rock, and Dylan is overrated and can't sing. He listens to country...rock's never really been his thing. He does sort of like Hendrix because he's a good musician, and I think he likes Janis Joplin (he saw her live back in the day). He doesn't mind Zeppelin, but I doubt he would just sit down and start listening to them for the heck of it. But about country: he likes old-school country, but not most of the stuff they play on the radio now. We both hate Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. We both kind of like Sugarland, though...I think we both wish they'd do less poppy stuff, but we both like Jennifer Nettles' voice. Other than that, I guess he doesn't like the usual suspects: rap, techno, heavy metal, that kind of thing. My mom likes "nice" music. As long as it's not too loud or noisy, she likes it. Therefore, she can't stand Zep (especially Robert Plant's singing...I think she would like most of the songs on III and the quieter ones on IV if it weren't for that). She likes the Beatles, but not the Rolling Stones. No Hendrix, no AC/DC, no Metallica, no Nirvana, no nothing. Oh, but you know what she does like? Black Sabbath, of all things! I was playing the Paranoid album one day, and she's like, "Oh hey, who are they? That's not bad!" You just never know. She likes Pink Floyd, too, but they're pretty mellow, so it makes sense. She's not a big rap/techno/metal fan, of course. She doesn't like the more hardcore types of jazz (you know, lots of improv, not much melody), but she does like that smooth jazz crap they play on the radio.
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    Thee Soul & Rhythm and Blues Thread

    Heck yeah, thanks for starting this thread! I've been on a major Marvin Gaye kick recently, so this is right up my alley. I really like this version of Heard It Through the Grapevine from Montreux in 1980...I like the big-ass band backing him up! I always thought Marvin knocked it out of the park on the original recording, but the instrumentation just never hit me like CCR's version did. This is like the perfect combination. I mean, it's not a rock-y sounding band - it keeps the original soul sound - but it just kicks everything up a couple of notches. (The intro's pretty funny, too...I love "Frankie," lol.) Other than that, I too really like Curtis Mayfield, with or without The Impressions, and y'know, just the usual stuff they play on oldies radio...James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Booker T. & the MGs, The Temptations, The Meters (guess they're more funk, but whatever)...yeah. I'm not really super up on the genre, but I do like it a lot and would love to learn more about it. Love these videos - I'd never heard of Betty Harris, but she has a great voice! And I LOVE You're No Good - I forgot all about that song, but now that I heard again, I'm trying to stifle myself from singing it out loud (it's 1 am).
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    What's Your Latest Purchase?

    Marvin Gaye - Live in Montreux 1980 (too lazy for pictures, and it's a really lame album cover anyway...the CD's great, though! I've been watching video of it on YouTube...really want the DVD now.)
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    Random Thoughts v.3

    Yep. NASCAR always gets somebody famous to sing the anthem every weekend, which either means some pop/country starlet who's never sang a note Protools couldn't fix, or else some rock star, usually an aging one, who never could sing, didn't even sound good on his albums, and has not improved with the passage of time. I usually go look for a snack during that part. Every once in a while they'll have some bluegrass guys on there who can harmonize so good it's almost unreal, or a REAL country singer (not a 16-year-old girl who just started taking voice lessons last year) who doesn't go overboard and just does it RIGHT, but for the most part, it's awful. Jesse McCartney forgot the words at one race, in addition to just sounding horrible. I wish they'd do like a local contest for each race and let everybody online pick the best singer or something.