iPod, 2, after brief illness
BIRMINGHAM -- Doug Gillett's 20GB clickwheel iPod, a faithful music provider ever since its purchase in March 2005, was pronounced dead earlier this week after a brief bout with an as-yet-unspecified illness.
After several weeks of intermittently locking up and needing to be reset, the iPod locked up permanently last Friday and was brought in for treatment. Attempts to resucitate the device were unsuccessful, and Gillett formally ended life-support efforts on Wednesday.
"I just thought it was the right thing to do," a tearful Gillett said. "I'm going to miss it, and it's going to be tough listening to music now without it, but sometimes you just have to know when to let go. And I decided this was the time."
Neither Tom DeLay nor Bill Frist, oddly enough, could be reached for comment.
Friends recalled the iPod being the life of the party for numerous parties, road trips, and listenings of various Richard Cheese alt-rock parodies, German gangster-rap songs, and filthy Dave Attell comedy bits. "It also had, like, more than 300-something Pet Shop Boys songs on there alone," said an acquaintance who asked not to be named. "I don't know how it managed."
The iPod is survived by Gillett, 29; its longtime companion, a Dell Inspiron notebook, 1; a Sony Discman, 8; 3,287 songs; all 21 episodes of the first season of "30 Rock"; and a Dave Chappelle comedy video.
In lieu of flowers, Gillett requests that donations be given to the Buy Doug A New 80GB Video iPod Fund. Donations can be made through PayPal at paris_1968 (at) hotmail dot com.
What a long, strange trip it's been. iPod, iSalute you, and iThank you for your service. Now iSend you out with a ceremonial Friday Random Ten.
Godspeed you, sir.
1. 3rd Bass, "Sea Vessel Soliloquy"
2. KRS-One, "The MC"
3. Beck, "11.6.45"
4. U2, "Until the End of the World"
5. Orbital, "Tunnel Vision"
6. A Tribe Called Quest, "Luck of Lucien"
7. The Police, "Every Breath You Take"
8. U2, "Mysterious Ways" (Perfecto mix)
9. Me Phi Me, "Herewecome"
10. Pet Shop Boys, "I Want to Wake Up"
And what the hey, a bonus 11th that really shows the depth of my music collection's depravity:
11. a-ha, "The Sun Always Shines on TV"
Sorry, I'm . . . I just need a moment right now. I'm sorry. While I'm pulling myself together, put your own Tens (and condolences) in the comments.