On Parade in the AM

7:27am my desk: I am standing at my keyboard going through my usual morning routine as I log in. My earbuds are in, my iPod has RATM blasting because while my body is on the job, the rest of me is still asleep in bed. A colleague passing by sees my very enthusiastic headbanging, looks at me like the very insane person I am, and pronounces “No, it’s too early. No.”

Because she arrived at a perfect moment in the song – I look at her, smile benignly and when the beat drops in my ears a moment later, I raise both hands high – full on rock fingers gesticulating – face scrunched befitting the song’s mood and reply in her face with “🎵Come with it now! 🎶

She understandably blinks at my unexpected response then shakes her head laughing clearly knowing the song by that one lyric sung even if she can’t hear it herself. “Nope, MUCH too early for that.”

“Hey, I just walked in I’m not awake yet,” I laugh as she walks away while I head-bang on and continue with my checks.

“Have you tried coke?” she asks as she reaches the corner.

And because I really am not quite awake yet, therefore honestly thinking about the caffeine boost, I hear a fading disembodied voice around a corner call out “And I don’t mean the stuff in the can.”

I settled for my usual morning IV infusion of C25H28N6O7, and C12H22O11, aka coffee black 20oz with 2 tsp sugar; but now all I can imagine is a series of horned Red Bull cans carrying banners as they follow a white powdered line down the street stomping in tune to RATM.

[For those not into such – RATM is Rage Against The Machine, an American Rock band and their song I reference is the very loud and very thrashing Bulls On Parade.]


Let’s see how others are rocking and slicing out this Tuesday…

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6 thoughts on “On Parade in the AM

  1. I can picture this scene. I am sure that after this your mind and body were in sync and rarin’ to go. Your co-workers, I am sure, also had a livelier spring to their step as well. “Red Bull cans carrying banners as they follow a white powdered line down the street stomping in tune to RATM.” – not an image easily forgotten.

    • Nah, sync did not happen until much later, around the third cup. By then my colleagues wanted to shoot me. And that image was in my mind before I had my 1st coffee – lol.

  2. Love love love! I was head banging and rock fingers raised in my car today during a traffic slow down, but not to something as cool as RATM. Of course, it was BTS. A young boy leans out of the back window of his suburban down to his waist and briefly head bangs while smiling in my direction as his family passed. I wasn’t quite sure if the enthusiastic greeting was in the spirit of solidarity or mocking. I guess I can decide since I’ll never fully know for sure.

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