So I usually focus my blogs on technical stuff, but I thought I would post this anyway…
Saturday my wife and I were out cruising on the Harley when we decided to stop off at one of our favorite restaurants in the Belltown area of Seattle, The Noodle Ranch. The hostess seated us and we were commenting that it wasn’t very crowded for a Saturday night, as I scanned around the room. Off to my right, I noticed a table of guys. There were about 10-12 of them eating fairly quietly. I suddenly noticed that one of the guys was Robert Plant! Robert FREAKIN’ Plant! Then I remembered that he was in town to do a show at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery the next night, so it really was him.
Now, I’m not all that easily starstruck, but Robert FREAKIN’ Plant, holy crap! My wife now says: “Who?”. I said, ROBERT FREAKIN’ PLANT! She says, “Who’s that?”. Okay, I guess I really didn’t expect her to know who he was by name, so I said: “Y’know, lead singer of LED FREAKIN’ ZEPPELIN! To my surprise, she says: “What are some of their songs?”. Okay, now I’m speachless. She should know better than that. So I said: “Uh, ‘Stairway to Heaven'”. She says, “Oh, I like that song”. Then she asked me if I was going to go over and talk to him. I said: “Hell No!, I don’t want to come off as some kind of pathetic, starstruck loser”.
We finished our dinner and the entourage was still in place talking quietly. No one had gone over to them at all, but several people obviously knew that was him, while others seemed oblivious. So we walked out the door and my wife said that she needed to go to the bathroom and that she would be right back. Well, I knew what she was up to. She was going to try to nab an autograph. So she goes up to him and asked him if he would be offended if she asked for an autograph. Luckily he said: “Not at all”. She asked him if he would sign a napkin or something and he said he would sign anything she wanted him to. Okay, but I would have let Robert Plant sign anything on her as well. She asked him to sign her sweatshirt (which was really one of my Harley sweatshirts that she borrowed) and also a small piece of paper. He did, happily. She actually said: “I love Stairway to Heaven”. Oh no she didn’t. Yep, she did. He said: “Don’t say it that way, it’s such a sad song”. Then she said that he said something about it being better with 3 aspirin and a glass of water, but I didn’t really get that.
So anyway, we have Robert Plant autographs and I thought I would share one here:
Long live “The Hammer of the Gods”!