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July 01, 2006

Friends...

I just want to say thank you to all those who came to the service and after party for my dad AND for all the kind e-mails and comments we have received. For the last few years, blogging was his LIFE.

I met some WONDERFUL people Thursday. I wish I had attended a blogmeet while my dad was still alive. I know now why my dad thought so much of these awesome people.

Every time Stacey and I would come to visit, he would go on and on about meetings and phone conversations with his blogfriends.

I have been going through some of his things and came across 2 large bags of mail he received from people all over the world while he was at Willingway. He really was a celebrity in his own way.

He was so loved by so many.

I will be posting photos in a few days of the after party and one of dad's box for those of you who didn't get the chance to attend.

Thanks again for all the support and condolences.

~Sam

Comments

Sam- Thank you for posting. I have been wondering how you were doing. Also, how is Quinton doing? I know how hard this must be for both of you. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

And will continue to remember Rob for the Acidman he was.

Posted by: Elizabeth Of The South on July 1, 2006 02:28 PM

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and Quinton for as long as Rob's memory lives in our hearts -- which I figure will be pretty much forever. Be well Sam and I hope time will bring you and your family peace of mind.

Thanks so much for posting and keeping us updated in these difficult days.

Posted by: Libby on July 1, 2006 02:38 PM

I wish I could have been there. Best wishes to you and Quinton.

Posted by: Kevin Baker on July 1, 2006 02:42 PM

... it was wonderful to see you guys again.....

Posted by: Eric on July 1, 2006 02:48 PM

Thank you for posting Sam. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It was good to hear from you. Hugssss for you. Hugsss for Q.

I am looking forward to the picture post. We all miss him very much.

Hugsssssssssssssssss

Posted by: Raggedy on July 1, 2006 02:48 PM

Sam, thanks for all of the kind words. I think we had a great turn out. Your family was the best. If you need me for anything, call or email me anytime, I am only 30 mintues away, Cat.

Posted by: Catfish on July 1, 2006 03:02 PM

***hugs** to all.. I'm so sorry for your loss... **more hugs**

YOu are all in my thoughts & prayers.

Kat in Loganville, GA

Posted by: Kat in GA on July 1, 2006 03:12 PM

Sam, Your family was so wonderful...the way they embraced the online gang. It was very familiar, very comfortable. And I'm so glad you were there later in the evening to raise a glass with us. I really, really enjoyed finally getting to know you and Stacey. Honestly, I've always wanted to, but was somewhat nervous about it, and now I wonder why... You two are so much fun. It made it easier for me to be among those who loved Rob; I hope it was the same for you.

And we bloggas enjoyed having a couple of targets on whom to lavish the attentions and the stories, and the drama. Oh yes, the drama, that only made it all complete.

I'm still upset with him, of course. You know, something along the lines of: "How dare he change his number and not tell me first! How am I supposed to call him at midnight to ask him what the hell he was thinking?!"

...And that is the hardest part. I'm sure you are overwhelmed with emotion and responsibility as you go through the crackerbox. I hope you will reach out to us if you need us.

(I believe that crazy massage therapist with that killer biz idea has my number.)

Posted by: Key on July 1, 2006 03:12 PM

Sam, God Bless.....

The bloggers and commenters meant a lot to your Dad, but he meant the world to a lot of us "out here" too.....I mean (what I am trying to say is) "the feelings were mutual" He was a great guy, and we are all going to miss him a lot, I still cant believe he is gone.


Posted by: Ruth on July 1, 2006 03:37 PM

Thank you Sam I appreciate this very much.
You had a very special dad.
I wish you and Stacey all of the very best.

Posted by: KeesKennis on July 1, 2006 03:48 PM

I sure wish I could have joined you all. I'll be keeping you, Stacey, Quinton, Mommie and Dave in my prayers, okay?

Posted by: Omnibus Driver on July 1, 2006 04:24 PM

Ditto...I feel it's all been said, and yet, never enough to ease the pain.

I, too, appreciate the continuing messages and comments. I'm thinking of you all and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you deal with all that lies ahead.

I wish I could have been in Savannah, but it was nice to visit with others in the 'gutrumble' chatroom who just wanted to linger and send thoughts out about your dad. We were there in spirit, as I feel he will always be with us.

Posted by: Di on July 1, 2006 05:12 PM

Thanks for keeping us updated Sam. You and Quinten will remain in my trhoughts and prayers.

I don't think I want to see the box, personally. I want to rmember him just the way he was. Looking forward to pictures of the celebration though.
I wish I could have been there.

Posted by: Dawn on July 1, 2006 06:31 PM

Thanks Sam. Your Dad was my friend and he will be missed.

Posted by: GUYK on July 1, 2006 08:00 PM

Greeting from Ohio Sam. I'll miss your Dad, he was the reason I started my blog and began to vent about my day to day life. Though him I found the best theapy money couldn't buy.
I still cant believe he's gone...

Posted by: Zer0 on July 1, 2006 09:33 PM

Please let us know how Quinton is doing. Also, please let us know why Rob passed away. Thank you and know that Rob is missed. Our thoughts are with you.

Posted by: Dan on July 1, 2006 09:46 PM

Thank you, Sam. Peace and Love to you all. I miss reading your blog too and hope you're doing as well as possible right now. All of you folks have been so much in my thoughts this week. And will remain there...


Posted by: Sandy in NC on July 1, 2006 10:46 PM

Sam, I'm so sorry for the loss. You are a member of a club that most of my freinds and my wife are a member of. I haven't lost a parent yet, so I won't say I know how you feel. I dread the day.

You live in my neck of the woods, I think. E-mail me if you and/or Stacey need anything after you get back home. I'm in Mesquite, Tx. Don't know that I can do much, but the offer stands forever.

Posted by: Groverat on July 2, 2006 12:21 AM

It was really nice to finally get to meet you after all the times Rob talked about you, and Quinton.

Like all the others above, I offer my heartfelt condolences, and the promise; that should you ever need anything, all you need do is let your need be known for it to be taken care of.

Catfish has my e-mail and Tx #, don't be shy about using them if you need to.

Posted by: Delftsman3 on July 2, 2006 12:39 AM

Your daddy was the Man, honey. We love him. So cool to meet you and Stacey.

Posted by: Velociman on July 2, 2006 01:57 AM

Thanks for posting, Sam. I'm glad you had lots of folks that loved your dad around you at his ceremony. I pray God helps lift your spirits in these difficult days. Hugs, hope, and heartsease to you and all you love.

Posted by: Wes Jackson on July 2, 2006 02:38 AM

Love ya, Sam, and am praying for your peace and comfort.

Posted by: Juliette on July 2, 2006 02:41 AM

This Yankee will miss him.

Please visit our blog to read my eulogy of Rob. I met him once, and don't think I will ever forget the man.

He was one great guy.

"Marcus"

Posted by: Marcus on July 2, 2006 07:13 AM

Sam, Thank-you for including Us. I will never forget your Dad. I also remember very clearly reading how much he enjoyed your visits and how much he loved his entire family...God Bless all of you.

Posted by: Treasa on July 2, 2006 08:39 AM

Sam,
Thank you for posting. I am echoing the sentiments of those who have preceded me here. Bless your heart.

You, Quinton, Mommie and family have been on my mind so much.
I was reading your Daddy's archives the other night and came across the one where he was bragging about your paintings. He was so proud of his kids...and rightly so.

I, too miss reading your blog!

Cindi in IL

Posted by: Cindi on July 2, 2006 09:53 AM

I saw that you had James Hooker working up a song about Rob, and I passed on the following lyrics that I had started working on last week:

He always called things the way he saw them,
and some days…he even made ME blush.

But one thing you could say about the Acidman was…
he rarely pulled a punch.

He looked out for his mama
and cared about each and every friend

He had his own special a way of telling everyone
about the insane world we’re in.

Chorus:

Oh Acidman, THE Acidman…

he left us all too soon

He cut a real wide swath through the internet...
wore out a keyboard or two

And when it’s all been said and done
at the end of Our own days

We’d each desire that we could earn the respect
that The Acidman had gained.

Posted by: Virgil on July 2, 2006 12:10 PM

I'm really glad that I got a chance to finally meet you and Stacey. I just wish that I'd had more time to talk to you. Shoot me an email when you get some free time after things settle down to a more normal pace again.

Hope to see you both at the next Jawja blogmeet!

Posted by: zonker on July 2, 2006 12:18 PM

Thanks for posting Sam. I wish I could have been there to meet you and Stacy.

*hugs*

Posted by: Evilicious Blonde on July 2, 2006 03:25 PM

Sam, I lost my father in April. I'm so sorry for your loss now, not just because he was a person I enjoyed reading, but because he was your daddy.

Hugs to you and Stacey, and I hope you and Quinton can make a connection that will last your lifetimes.

Posted by: Nancy on July 2, 2006 04:15 PM

Sam,

Your dad will be missed by many, most have shared much about your dad I barely knew of him, but I know we would have been friends.

My condolences to you and yours.

Posted by: TC on July 2, 2006 06:45 PM

Sam thank you for taking the time to come and post here. It is greatly appreciated.

Posted by: Lisa on July 2, 2006 06:54 PM

Hang in there Sam. You and Quinton are in our thoughts.

Posted by: Cappy on July 2, 2006 09:49 PM

Nice song Virgil. Sweet... and so true.

"He cut a real wide swath through the internet...
wore out a keyboard or two

And when it’s all been said and done
at the end of Our own days

We’d each desire that we could earn the respect
that The Acidman had gained."

Posted by: Vermont Neighbor on July 2, 2006 11:56 PM

Thanks for the update, Sam.

I know that the diatribes you received when you were blogging left a bitter taste. I'm happy that you've had a chance to meet some of the nicer members of the
"blogfamily" that read your dad's stories daily.

There are lots of "good" folks out here who will miss your Dad and our Acidman.

Thanks, Maggie

Posted by: Maggie on July 3, 2006 07:19 AM

Holy shit, I stay away from the intarweb and this is what happens? My deepest condolences - the crochety, no-bullshit bullfrog will be deeply missed. Hugs to you all.

Posted by: inkgrrl on July 3, 2006 03:03 PM

Thank you for the post, Sam.

I sincerely wish I could have met Rob, or at least have attended his send off.

Always remember, he lives on through you, your family, and all who loved him, cared for him, and who's lives he changed.

All best,

X

Posted by: Misty on July 3, 2006 03:52 PM

Sam:
Just a short note. I tried to sign the Fox guestbook but my message wouldn't go.
Wanted you to know that reading your Dads' Blog, was one of the more enjoyable things I did every day. He could almost always leave me chuckling to myself and even when he didn't, it was a lesson to me to read that he was soldiering on regardless how lousy his day had been.
Made my silly problems look like what they were - silly. I will miss visiting his world in the morning as I suck down the morning caffene.

Posted by: emdfl on July 3, 2006 05:08 PM

what can i say that already has been said?your father meant alot to a bunch of us,my familys prayers are with you and yours,your father has my utmost respect yesturday,today and forever j

Posted by: j on July 3, 2006 08:20 PM

Reading along in Rob's archives I ran across this entry, seems so fitting now - - -- -

death
I'm not afraid of dying. In fact, as sickly as I've been lately I might have considered a sudden heart attack in my sleep a fucking blessing. Life is difficult to live sometimes.

I don't claim to know what it all means. People have been dying for centuries and they'll keep on doing it. It's "Earth's diurnal course." It's the way things go.

Very few of us (if ANY) will be remembered in history books or have a statue of our likeness carved in the Town Square. We'll live, we'll die and the world will pretty much forget about us--- in The Big Picture, anyway.

I've been doing a lot of thinking about this subject lately.

Even when you're gone, family keeps you alive. LOVE keeps you alive. In my living room, I have a picture of my father's father. I never knew the man, because he died when my daddy was 12 years-old. But I often ponder that picture and wonder what he must have been like. I haven't forgotten him, even though I never met him.

When you die surrounded by family, you don't really die. Your immortality is standing all around you. No, you won't make the history books and nobody is going to carve your statue in the town square. But that doesn't matter.

A long time from now, a little boy or a little girl will ponder a picture of an ancestor, pretty much unknown and forgotten. But that child WILL KNOW who it was, and I hope that they do like I did. Ponder that picture. Wonder what that person must have been like. Never forget them.

If you do that, they never die.

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We love you Acidman and will miss you everyday! Cheers to ya amigo!

Posted by: Sea Breeze on July 3, 2006 09:40 PM

Hope you're doing as well as can be expected, Sam. Hope, moreover, that Quinton is handling it. As your Dad knew, kids are pretty damned tough.
I don't know if Rob ever could have imagined the outpouring that occurred, but I hope he knows it now.

Posted by: Tennessee Budd on July 3, 2006 10:17 PM

Dear Sam, I realize I am just mirroring already expressed sympathies but I will truly will Miss your Dad. I read him everyday. He in some way helped me resolve family issues I have with my family. The way he talked of his family made me realize that a loving family is in deed possible. I will remember him with fondness each time I speak with my folks.God bless you Samantha

Posted by: Arathorn on July 4, 2006 09:26 AM

Thanks so much for keeping us updated. My heart goes out to you, Quinton, Mommie, and Dave. Your dad definitely made his mark on the world. He will not be forgotten.

Posted by: Moogie on July 4, 2006 11:32 AM

FEK Life changes, and I'm bummed about whatever happened, but life get's better. Sorry about your loss. I'm deleting this bookmark as of now. I have better things to do in my life than spend time reading self absorbed bullshit blogs. You should do the same. Later.

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