1. Wake up way too late.
2. Take a very fast (but thorough) shower.
3. Grab a Diet Cherry Pepsi and a bottle of water, some lunch, and all my personal effects.
4. Walk to the door, saying, "Keys, wallet, cell phone. Keys wallet cellphone," in a Rain Man type fashion along with checking pockets for those items.
5. Start my truck, look in the mirror and say, "You're beautiful, and everyone loves you. You have an iron constitution and a sexy smile. Go get em, tiger."
6. Turn on my iPod.
I think millions of Americans probably do number 6 as well. For one, there isn't anything decent on the radio anymore. An MP3 player gives you control of what you hear, and you don't have to suffer through any idiotic morning DJ's or commercials. I usually spend two or three valuable driving minutes actually surfing through the music on my iPod wondering why I never have any GOOD music on there. Mandy would say it's because I don't have enough Pantera or Steely Dan on it, and I would tell her that the songs she told me to download never get listened to. Music doesn't fuel me like it does some people, but I enjoy it, and I listen to it daily.
This morning however, I came across a gem. Back in the 99, a song came out called "Swear it Again" by a band called Westlife. I know some of you don't want to admit it, but you loved that song as much as I did. As a matter of fact, it is the very first song I ever downloaded on Napster. That's right, Napster. Back in the glory days of piracy and musicians claiming they never made any money and getting 50 cents a song was going to make them all millionaires again. I loved that song, and I sang along romantically as I barreled down the highway. I'm telling you ladies, it's panty dropping music. If you had been in the truck with me, it would have been a struggle for you NOT to do me right there.
Then I got to work, and I got the worst news I've heard all week.
Nate Dogg is dead. 41 years old, and he's dead. I don't even know the details yet, and I don't know that I WANT to know. All I know is that we lost a hip hop legend today, and I'll be singing "Regulators" all day long in memoriam. As a matter of fact, I'm posting the music video here so you can pay your respects. Nothing really funny here today, for the first time in a long time, a musician I've actually liked and respected and cared about has died.
Rest in peace, Nate.