July 08, 2006
Gut Rumbles will remain up but I'm not sure whether or not to blog here myself or just leave it be. Gut Rumbles will never be the same without dad's daily rants, but I hate to see it just sit at that last post forever. Any suggestions? Those who have the blog keys are welcome to post anytime.
Stacey and I made it back home Thursday with a truck load of old photos, flowers and a few Georgia Bulldogs shirts. I took the Texas longhorn off the back windshield of my truck and now proudly display a 10" Georgia Bulldog. Dad would be proud!
I have more photos that I will post someday. If my scanner worked I would post some of the old ones of dad when he was a kid. I have one of mommie when she was around 30. I'm wanting to have it enlarged and framed for my living room. I'd love to be able to post that one.
Anyway, and suggestions for the blog are welcome and I hope everyone is having a decent weekend.
Savannahsam05 [at] yahoo [dot] com
Hi Sam, Good to hear you made it home safe.
i'm very glad you'll keep this blog in some fashion.
I wish you and yours all the best...
You can take the photos to wal mart and they will scan them and burn you a disk.
I certainly understand the sentiment about not wanting the blog to sit at that last post forever.
I want to see some new posts, but I also would hate to see this become something too different than what it has always been. And there is no 'replacing' Acidman.
Maybe some time just needs to pass to see where emotions settle out before the right path seems clear.
I'm sure I'll keep clicking over here. Acidman is a hard habit to break.
I hope that you're able to start to take some deep breaths and settling in after all the activity that is always involved surrounding someone's passing.
What to do with this site is ultimately your decision. Of course everyone would love to read whatever you have to say. You are Rob's child and an extension of him. Your posts would be a pleasure for all of us. Do what feels right, when it feels right. Just know that you have a lot of support from all of Rob's friends and readers.
I am very glad to hear from you Sam. I think you should just do exactly what you are doing. Drop in when you can and let us know how you are. We miss your Dad but it is important for me to know that you are doing well and I love hearing from you. This may sound out of line but I don't think anyone should post here but you. I am very proud of you! The other you could do if you wanted to would be to pick one day a week or one day a month to just post an update on how you are doing. Take your time with the picture thing. I am sure I speak for everyone when I say our main concern is that your family is doing is well. Take care hun.
(=':'=) meow hugs
(")_ (")ä from da Raggedy one
My heart skips a beat when I log onto this site and there's a new post. I think we would all love to hear more from you.
I think, at the least, we should put a sidebar link to a few posts about Quinton, because I think if/when he is older and starts reading this, he needs to see how much Rob loved him.
I definitely like the photo album idea. I was so glad to hear that it would stay up forever...
The way I see it, this blog is basically yours... even if you don't post here it would be nice to see you posting somewhere.
It's a sensitive issue. No one can replace your father, and I know you wouldn't try, but you are one of the few people I would accept posting here -- Chablis and Paul, because of how they handled things, yourself, and maybe Quinton were he all older and bloggifying.
I think Gut Rumbles should be what Rob would want it to be. As his daughter, you should have a pretty good idea of what he would want.
I think Rob's blogroll should remain intact, unedited. I say this even though I'm not on it, so I say it from a point where I have no gain in the matter. If you post here in the future, you could optionally put up your own blogroll, but keep Rob's the way it is.
I also like the idea of a "best of."
I have tons of ideas, some of them conflicting, because this is touchy and a sensitive issue.
The decision doesn't have to be made any time soon, but I think Paul, Chablis, Catfish, and yourself ought to be able to figure out the best solution.
I think if/when he is older and starts reading this
The if/when is the if/when about reading this, not Quinton getting older. If he stays the same age indefinitely, that's just weird.
I liked all of Raggedy's ideas. I would like to see just you or even Stacey blogging a monthly or weekly update just letting us know how you are doing, if you didn't mind that is.
That would be wonderful to see old childhood or pics of your Dad from his teen years or when you were a baby, etc. Would love to see your pic of Mommie too.
Hi Sam! I'm glad to hear you and Stacey made it home safe. Thank you for keeping the GR site up; it'll give me a chance to start from the beginning.
My suggestion is that you post every now and again and keep us updated on what's happening with you. I used to read you when you blogged and I miss it. Of course, the final decision is yours.
I, too, am just dropping in like usual. I can't help it: I've been dropping in a few times a week for years. I was tickled to see the note from you today and hear you made it home safe.
I'd love to see you keep the site going if it's comfortable for you--but if not, just let it get moldy. Rob's legacy is who he leaves behind not just an electronic spot on the net.
What happened to Rob's last post?
I've heard about a final post from 6/25, but it's not there. I've read every post for almost two years, and I'd like to read his last one.
Was there another post? If so, did he delete it himself before he passed?
Sam, I think the decision will be yours but you are his blood and if you decided to begin blogging here, I know I would certainly continue reading. I would absolutely love to see more photos in the future, as you can.
Take care and post when you can.
First, there may be a book waiting amongst Rob's posts. Perhaps the proceeds could benefit Quinton?
Second, perhaps some folks could post now and then, but I propose that they refer to something that the Acidman wrote. Not to make him St. Rob, but I am not sure that another can even conceive of fillings his shoes.
I would suggest a couple of bloggers who have sometimes displayed enough - - er - - "stuff" to step up to the plate (this is just from my wandering and not meant as an exhuastive list:
James Hooker (Homemade Sin)
Kim du Toit (theothersideofkim)
Emporer Darth Misha 1 (Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler)
[hmm.. one cracker and two imports?]
(not THE Rob)
You need to preserve every post on a CD, right now. You might have the makings of a wonderful book here, but if Blogspot and Hosting Matters go belly-up, it's gone forever.
What Steve H. said. Preserve the posts to permanent media that you keep, for safekeeping.
Then, as far as the cyber place goes, have a good pic of Rob there, along with some tributes from those that were close to him, and link the archives on the sidebar. And maintain those as long as possible.
If monetary charges for any of that cause any problems, the cyber-hat can be passed, and will overflow. I'll donate in a heartbeat. I think I'm not alone in saying that.
I'm late to the update party, rarely comment.
I tried to attend Rob's memorial (I"m not far these days but just couldn't get all the multiple connections worked out).
I did get to the chat room tho.
I have been reading Rob's rants for probably 3 years, judging from the archives.
I read Rob every frikkin' day because he knew what I knew, often. Thought about a lot of the same things I thought but couldn't say. Made me think about a lot of things I either hadn't thought about, or had a back-of-the-mind set image.
Sam, I ditto the condolences. Others have said it better.
To the Blog:
I think there are several readers who could do a group blog, keeping Gut Rumbles kicking.
I saw an earlier list I don't disagree with. They were all friends, and all blog.
But it wouldn't be GR.
Not unless you all follow Him (as the book says) in the same style.
Readers know what I mean.
Sam, you are not Rob, but your his direct descandent in blood and other.
I suggest you sell the site with strong terms.
One: Should be a Georgian, if not, at least a Southerner.
Two: Same political and social philosophy as your father.(A libertarian)
Three: You have the right to post at anytime, on anything, as long as you like.
Be honest with yourself, you don't have the time to devote to it as your father did.
Your a female, Rob was a male, and in my opinion, the ultimate male, so you can't even begin to reflect him in some issues.
You have your own life to live. Live it.
This website would be a refreshing reminder of your past, but it shouldn't be a weight on your future.
Glad you girls made it home safe.
I'd LOVE to see all kinds of old and new photos of Rob and family. I love photos, though.......
Hi, Sam --
Like everyone else has said -- glad you made it home and thanks for the posting and pictures and all -- I know it has meant a lot to all of your dad's long-time readers. First of all, I agree 100% with Steve H. -- get all of this saved to disc and archived -- this site could be turned into one hell of a book (and Steve, who is in the process of publishing his own might be a really good resource for whomever wanted to tackle that chore) I love the idea of the site staying up -- I thought right away that it'd be cool if you took it over, as I always enjoyed your blogs when I could find 'em. But you dad obviously put many hours a day into his writing , and it would certainly be hard to combine a life and work and relationships and keep up that intensity -- you probably wouldn't, couldn't, shouldn't try, but I know that there are many of us out here who would love to hear whatever you chose to post, and as GR's heir apparent, I personally think you're the only acceptable owner/operator. I'm sure that any of the afore mentioned friends like Cat and Paul and Chablis and Joanie would be happy to provide support and whatnot. You'll probably want to take some time to mull it all over in peace -- go with your heart, but get what's here all saved to discs or something else permanent There's a LOT of good stuff here! But take your time and be good to yourself in the meanwhile -- THAT's what your dad would want.
I do not think the blog shoud be SOLD... That is just icky... I think you should wait and decide on the fate of the blog until things have settled down. Until then, post if/when you want to. I don't think anyone else should post though. They all have their own websites and should post there. Ya know what I mean? But that is just my two cents..
Glad to hear you guys made it home ok ! Be well!
PS: Any updated info on how Quinton is doing?
I have a request. Can people please post their recommendatons of blogs that are similar to Acidman? I need my Acid-fix. Damn!
I sure hope you leave this site up -- I just stumbled here but I think that I would love to get to know your now deceased father and what he thought and had to say. In-fact I think this blog is a way to get know a man who now is watching us from a far better vantage point than all of us living currently have or is simply gone - depending on your beliefs. but one thing is certain that for folks like me who just got here tonight and started looking at this blog. In a sense it gives me a chance to get to know a bit of what was your living father and I think thats great. And I think its a fitting memorial to him -- much more so than some dang tombstone. I am very sorry for your loss by the way and Hope you have many good things in the future that help you heal and move forward. but by maintaining this blog and maybe answering some additional comments here and there I think you would do your father a prod honor. But if you find this a bit to raw or wrenching and want to take it down in order for you to finish your own personal grieving I would certainly understand that. But if you do not find it bothers you to much then I say let your dad continue to live on the web as person who had thoughts that even now someone can read and be changed by him.
God bless and once again my condolences on the lost of your father as physically living member of your family
My condolences repeated. Look forward to more photos.
I do think it is vitally important to post every day until you sort out exactly how to maintain the site. Nothing posted causes interest to decrease exponentially. What to post? Well that's the easiest to answer. Every day pick out a post from the archives. Everything Rob wrote was interesting and provocative so there will be absolutely no problem in maintaining interest. Comments and other observations can be posted by Rob's blogheirs. I think you are the ideal keeper of the master blogkey and there must be many (self included) who could do guest posts from time to time. Like the comment above, I am missing my daily Acid-fix.
Acidman's page can't / shouldn't be replaced by guest bloggers, unless it's a close friend who's sharing a particular story or memory. And maybe reposting an old post, to help add another memory about Rob... especially for those of us who didn't meet him... and for the future readers who have yet to visit here and be entertained.
Photos would be terrific, Sam, and any posts when you have the time and energy to share your writing. In the meantime, take care of yourself and your family. This site really is your family heirloom, as Chablis said. People will always want to stop by and admire, learn and visit ... reminisce a bit.
Glad you're safely home Sam and Stacey. I don't think you should make any decision about the blog for a while. Give yourself time to grieve and get used to life without your Dad. I don't think there's anything wrong with just leaving it the way it is for now. As someone pointed out, it's a heck of a memorial to a guy who touched a lot of lives with his words and I understand the hit count hasn't diminished a bit.
We'd love to see photos and hear from you of course, but otherwise for many of us, who came in late, I think the archives are enough to keep us going in the interim.
Hoping time will ease your loss and bring you peace of mind.
I, personally, miss reading you everyday.
And you're right this place shouldn't remain blank. Or as only a catch-all of his archives.
As a Shrine to Rob it would be most enjoyable to come here and read the posting of his progeny. You and the other bloggers he has spawned.
I agree with Symph.
There is also the possibility of self-publishing the blog, called a blook, via LuLu (dot)com. I've seen other bloggers do it. In fact, there is even a contest for the best blook.
Here's a link to the 2006 Blooker Prize FAQ:
Perhaps the proceeds could go to a GutRumbles/Acidman/Rob Smith (or whatever name you choose) scholarship fund for a deserving English major.
Another thought, too, is that the scholarship applicants could have their entries posted (through the ones with the 'keys') on GutRumbles for the readers to decide the 5 finalists of the scholarship (assuming the book sales are sufficient). Then, you and your family could make the final choice.
Sam and Stacey, I hope y'all are doing as best as possible. Y'all are in my thoughts daily.
Glad you and Stacy made it home safe. I certainly get a rush when I see a new post here - I add my voice to the clamor for you to post if you feel like it.
"The Best Of" sounds like a good idea - there is a lot of stuff from the Acidman Mars days I haven't read and would enjoy. I know it would be a lot of work, but categorizing some of the archives - like the crapblogging entries - would be cool. Steve H. is right, there is a book in all of this.
I think the main site should stay the way Rob left it, with links on the top of the page to the memorial pages, anything Sam may want to write, and pictures. Or maybe a "Best of " page, again, with the links to the memorial page, etc., on top.
I guess we all have our own idea of how we'd like this site preserved, but in the end Sam, it's your decision and anything you decide is fine!
Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.
I have never read this blog before....today was the first day I had ever come across it. My condolences. :-(
I sometimes think about the same dilema. I really enjoy doing my blog but don't know what I would have my husband do if I passed. I have actually given him my password and asked him to post about my demise if that ever happens.
Anyway....I will be looking forward to reading whatever you decide.
Ordinarily, I wouldn't dare try to suggest what you should do with this place, Sam, but since you asked for suggestions...
I'm sure it's possible (I think there's a plugin to do it for WordPress, and if so, I'm sure something similar can be found for Movable Type) to have the page display a random post at the top periodically. I'd suggest going through and finding those posts you think most represent your dad and marking them somehow (a best-of category, as others have suggested), then finding a plugin to keep one of those randomly at the top each day.
As far as guest bloggers, well, no one can replace Rob, and I can't imagine that anyone would be brave enough to try to fill his shoes. Waiting until the emotions have calmed some sounds like a good suggestion, though I think that close friends and family who have Acidman stories to share should be encouraged to bring them here for those of us who never had the pleasure and, now, never will.
"I have a request. Can people please post their recommendatons of blogs that are similar to Acidman? I need my Acid-fix. Damn!"
James Hooker's "Homemade Sin" has aspects of Acidman's style, but James uses music to say most of what he has to say.
He is a bit gentler than Rob was as well - but still a cracker with that sense of "what the hell are you trying to pull?!?"
Beyond that, I have no suggestions. Rob's language was crude, but his writing had power and wit. There are any number of "crap" bloggers, but NONE of the examples I have seen have caused me to return.
Rob was unique. A Hemingway or perhaps Hunter S Thompson of the bloggosphere.
My two bits....
- Thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness and generous spirit, Sam. You, Stacey, and your family are remarkable.
- I'd love to see photos when you, or someone else, has time. I think it'd be best if they were amassed in a separate section of the site, rather than as new blog posts.
- The "random archived post as first post" sounds like a great idea to keep the site fluid.
- I'd prefer if only you posted new stuff (no offence to all the wonderful people who have contributed!)
- on a side note, I would LOVE to hear updates in the future, not only about your family and how you're all doing, but also about Jack, Rob's neighbor's boy. I suspect this has been really tough for him as well, although I don't know if anyone from the community is in a position to tell us about him.
Welp, as an Ebwa (Eastside bitch with an attitude) I think ya'll need to chill.
This is Sam's spot now. She will do what she pleases with it and I hope ya'll respect that.
I say that as a Yankee.
So stop already. Hell Stevie and Linda figured it out.
Stop with the fueding.
I know the Acidman is probably laughing like a madman right now, enjoying all this, but still.
He's gone and he's now in peace.
This is Sam's site now.
No matter all the suggestions she gets, it's still her deal.
Sam is not Acid, she is quite and pretty and lives in TX with Stacy. Someone who loves her quirks and all.
So can we all just quit the bitching and respect Sam's final deal.
She'll choose wisely.
She;'s her father's daughter.
I sure like the photos idea a lot. I hope you decide to post many more here. I think it would be a nice memorial.
Gina- I don't see anyone fussing. Sam clearly asked for suggestions in her post and I think people are just answering. Just my two cents...
I think your dad would be estatic if you blogged on Gut Rumbles Sam. I told you how often he talked of your writing and hoping you would start blogging again. Hell, if you don't want to don't. I'll know how you're doing one way or another...all I hafta do is call...but I do think your Dad would have liked it. :-)
Sam, thanks for lettting us know you're home and safe. I'd love to see you posting some, and pictures whenever. Liked your former blog. I'm another who can't not click on the Gut Rumbles bookmark. It's good to hear from you.
Use this blog for yourself.
I like a lot of the suggestions above. I think that a "random top post" from the archives is a good idea, interspersed with your own posts, as you are able.
But the most important thing is to do what YOU feel comfortable with. This blog is Rob's legacy to both you and Quinton, and only you can decide how to treat it so it stays that; a comforting legacy, and not a burdon.
I'm with Kelly, your dad would love to see your writtings. What avenue you desire to use is of course your own decision.
I've been almost non existant since the end of the month, did not join the early waves, but I must say Gut Rumbles sits at the top of my blog folder of links, which means it was always my first stop.
I this fellow for sure misses Rob and his wordsmithing about lifes ups and downs.
Did Quinton make it to the funeral? How about Jennifer?
I think it's great that you want to keep the site active. I'm still not finished reading the archives.
I'm still trying to find a post in the archives which coincides with this recent "Saint Rob" image which has emerged since his departure from this world.
If anyone wishes to read a blog which "calls 'em as they ARE"...check mine out at www.ncmountainrants.blogspot.com. Granted, I'm no Rob Smith but who the hell would WANT to be? Ok....I wouldn't mind being as good a writer as he was but still.....he was an extremely strange boy.
Sam, you know your daddy wanted you to blog again. If you feel comfortable doing it here, I for one, would love it. But most importantly, do what makes YOU happy honey.
As always, I'm impressed with your continued concern for Rob's fellow bloggers and readers. Thank you for thinking of us...you indeed have a generous spirit.
I, too, am glad you made it home. My son is also in Texas and went to UT in Austin...just noting the connection....made me smile when you said you were replacing your 'horns.
Your dad's blog is like a favorite book to me. I have literally thousands of books in my home, but I keep a stack near my bedside of my very favorite ones....the ones that truly speak to me and are unforgettable...and don't forget, some books become classics. If nothing changes about this blog, I place it in such a category.
I think also of fine antiques, the more authentic they are the more valuable they become. Only when something is changed does it begin to lose value. I guess you see where I am going with this.
It's your dad's blog, now yours. Yes, do what you please with it, I know he'd trust that to you. I love hearing from you, and like most have stated, we appreciate updates and photos and the connection you provide us that no one else can. If that is not a burden to you, of course we welcome that always.
If I continue to read your dad's blog just as it is, I'd be happy. I think some things should never change....especially things so personal. There will always be new readers who can spend hours, days, and weeks getting to know your dad. Like a good book, some things, even good things, come to and end....but are there to read again and again.
I like the idea of a link of your own to this blog....for updates, photos, etc., whatever you want to share from whomever you choose to share...I say let this blog be it's own testament to a life we will always value.
Just my 'opinion'.....and we all know what THOSE are worth, ha?!
Thanks for accepting our input!!! Follow your heart!
Sam, I think some pictures of Rob when he was younger and maybe some posts from you and your family about memories you have of your dad would be great. I don't think anyone can hold a candle to your dad when it comes to blogdom. Your dad was to blogdom what Jim Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin were to rock music. He was one of the brightest stars I ever seen. I am still sad that he burned out so young. He will never be forgotten. I for one will always be a Gutrumbles fan.
My thoughts? Well, these are my own, and may be taken, left, or flamed:
1) To me, Gut Rumbles was more than only the opinions of its author. It was a gathering place for those of us who loved to read what Rob had to say. I would wish that some part of the latter could be preserved, and I have a feeling Rob would approve of that idea if it could be done to his satisfaction.
2) I have no clue how it could be done, since Rob was, after all, the center of gravity that drew us all here and kept us coming back, and he was one of a kind. I can't think of any combination of guest bloggers ('cause just one couldn't do it) who could recapture that alchemy.
I've kept the link to Gut Rumbles in my blogroll, relabeling it a "memorial" blog, and I was tickled pink to read, shortly after Rob passed, that it was going to stay up. It's just that, to me, a blog isn't really "alive" if it isn't being updated.
It's a dilemma, and I have no solution to offer.
Stop it. No more posts, no more comments.
Rob is dead, and this site is his ghost. So let it be a ghost site, already. If suck.com could do it, so can you.
I'd still visit from time to time.
As you can see most of us do not agree with that opinion but ,of course, dipnut is entitled to his too!
Sam - glad to hear you and Stacey made it back to TX ok.
I have been reading your dads blog for about 3 years now and really missed it when I was without the internet. It was one of the first I looked up to catch up on when I got it back.
I was on vacation when your dad died and read about it the day I came back. I too just wanted to give my condolences to you, Quinton and Mommie.
Hey Sam - it's perfectly OK to have a Longhorn and a Bulldog sticker on the same car. I do! Hook 'Em and Sic 'Em.
I really miss your Dad......hope you and yours are doing ok.
Sam - Glad that you and Stacey made it home OK. I'm really sorry that I didn't talk to you more, but I got real involved pickin' and grinnin' with Dave and his friends. I still have a set of keys to this place and wasn't sure if you would be OK with me doing some guest blogging every now and then. I had a bet with your old man that I could write on his site and fool his readers. I almost pulled it off. It was from me that he got the "playing above my weight" line. We're gonna miss him in Helen this year.
I think Rob would probably want you to keep writing on the blog, with the contributors most in his style, and keep all his old archives there and refer to them now and then.
That would be my guess, but being a blogger much like him in many ways I know it's what I'd want.
Since you asked, I think that the folks with keys to the site should post. Obviously Acidman trusted them with the keys, they should feel free.
I also like the "best of" idea. Good writing rarely rarely appears dated or topical.
I had keys. Might still work. But I can't find them. Happy just to comment now and again.
I will be hosting an Acidman memorial edition of Carnival of the Vanities on July 19.
Hey Everyone! James Hooker wrote a song for Acidman. Go check it out!!
I think a "Best of" is a fantastic idea. I don't know how many times I have had a lousy day and then my daily dose of Acidman helped to put my troubles on the backburner.
Rob was a unique individual from reading his stuff here. And he had a unique way of saying things. To share what he had to say might make someone else's day that much better.
That song was amazing! Everyone should go and listen and leave a little note to say thanks to him!
I agree that this site should remain under your sole control, Sam.
What would be nice, and if it is not too much to ask of you at some future time, is exactly what was suggested, a Best of.
Perhaps going back through your father's considerable archives and highlighting a particuar post each week (or month - or whenever the mood strikes you), and then adding your own unique perspective to it.
And of course this would be the perfect place for you (and quinton) to reminisce a bit.
Rob is really not dead, you understand, he is alive in each one of our hearts. But we need this blog to be reminded of that sometimes. And I think you do too.
Just opened gutrumbles like I do every couple of weeks, and I must say I'm stunned. My condolences to his family and friends, Rob was one of a kind and he'll be missed. I would read all his posts to catch up and would think..this guy gets it. His take on life was very, very honest...absolutely one of a kind.
Rest in peace Rob.
Last time I opened gutrumbles, I got nothing but a bright, blank, white screen. WOW -- my acidman was really gone. That shock was amazing -- stronger than the news he had died. Hope he still talks to you, Samantha, as my dad does to me from where ever he is. Here's another hug.