Gut Rumbles

October 21, 2005

Do I Know You?

Well, I guess I'll be the first to dip my toe in these acidic waters. I'm the bald-headed black chick that owns this blog.

Rob and I have a--shall we say--interesting relationship. First of all, he's my Blogfather, but that's getting ahead of things. "How did she first stumble upon Gut Rumbles" I hear you ask.

A little over two years ago, I was over at LGF and one of the commenters mentioned that 'Acidman' was going to stop blogging. He said it as if it were the end of the world as we know it. So I went to check out this Acidman's blog to see if it was "all that." It was. There he was, some crazy, old Southern white guy who was just raw; the vanilla Richard Pryor. As with many who have come before and after me, I was hooked.

I became a daily reader. Occasionally, I would comment and even send email. We'd go back and forth about the subject that he still periodically touches on: divorce. Having been through a painful one of my own with a man who was as unburdened by a conscience as Rob's ex is, I wanted to let him know that he wasn't alone.

So after a few months of reading this (and other) blogs, I said "I can do this, too," so I did it. I blogged for a few weeks, then sent Rob a note: "submitted for your approval." I was immediately blogrolled and had my first "Acid-lanche" or "Acid-bath" or whatever the lingo is.

Our relationship is, um, er, complicated. It's not like a virtual marriage--though someone suggested helpfully in email that Rob and I run off together--but more like priest and parishioner, with us switching roles every so often.

Rob's latest challenge--rehab--is typical of him. In the face of such Job-like tribulations as he has had, a weaker and, yes, less proud man, would have been dead years ago. And I think that's why most of us were so aghast at the fact that Rob was letting death win such an early, easy victory (aside from the fact that we adore him/love to troll him).

Personally, I think that the God that Rob doesn't believe in has a lot more in store for him. Whatever it is, I can't wait for Rob to blog it.

All our hopes, Rob.

(Posted by Juliette)


Who is this Baldilocks person? Bring back Rob! I want to read about shooting cats!

Posted by: Steve H. on October 21, 2005 10:45 AM

Amen to all that, sister! Can't think of anyone I'd rather see (sic) take over in A-man's absence -- looking forward to what you have to say, as I, shamefully, don't stop by your site as often as I'd like.

Posted by: Marianne from CA on October 21, 2005 10:56 AM

Rob's blog is in better hands than Allstate with the endearing Juliette on duty!!
Do him a favor, Juliette, and correct the typo in Georgia in the address so he won't have to see that when he returns. I've stocked up on Cat Cards! Have you?

Posted by: Indigo on October 21, 2005 11:06 AM

Hi Baldilocks! Hell, you write better'n HE does! Like your political savvy. Thank you.

Yep, A-man is one of a kind. Rehab? He may teach 'em things!

But if it's booze he's fighting, they can help. I'll look forward to your comments. Hope the A-man does ok. The God thing has been a bugger to me for 30-years in AA. Problem is the automatic mixing of God and organized religion. If that is taken into an AA meeting, and an agnostic newcomer hears someone say that you must read the Bible or be born again or some such other nonsense, he may have to go out and drink himself to death because to him, AA is just another religion.
Religious arrogance may kill yet another one.

AA ain't a religion and it's not founded on one. And I, as a 30-year member, demand my right to say to the new person, "pick your own God."

Looking forward to reading your comments.
You GO A-Man!

Posted by: Doc on October 21, 2005 11:08 AM

Apprceiate you filling in for Rob . I didn't have the balls to apply-no way I could ever hope to fill his shoes although my size 13 feet get in my size 8 mouth quite a bit. Be careful in Georgia-Rob is one of the saner ones that live there.

Posted by: GUYK on October 21, 2005 11:08 AM

THE bald headed black chick? Oh my! Me palms are starting to sweat!

Posted by: James Hooker on October 21, 2005 11:08 AM

I have a question, if we are sending cards to Rob, do we need to incude his last name? Cause I don't know it. I wonder if I write to Acidman Rob, will he get it?? Really, I think I need his last name. I'd hate to send a card or letter & have it not get to him.

Posted by: Felicity on October 21, 2005 11:14 AM

It's Rob Smith.
Acidman might not be the best thing to put on mail going to a re-hab.

Posted by: Ron on October 21, 2005 11:26 AM

The best of luck to Rob, and you Baldilocks. Very nice message to send him off with, but please, all you readers, take this to heart:


But, in case you can't quite bring yourself to roll back the clock and use snail-mail, email the Acidman, c/o the Rivrdog, and I'll print out all the emails daily and get them off to Rob myself.

the email is perspac [at] yahoo [dot] com

"RobMail" is officially open at Rivrdog blog.

Posted by: Rivrdog on October 21, 2005 11:26 AM

I spoke to Rob last night and he seemed ready to go....I asked if he was nervous, then quickly answered myself, "hell, you wouldn't tell anyone if you were anyway," He agreed he'd never tell but that, "Nah...I 'm not nervous, this is something I've got to do." So, I know he will do well, and I know he love all the cards & letters he will be getting...

Posted by: Kellie on October 21, 2005 11:31 AM

Welcome aboard, Miz Baldi.

We'll try to behave ourselves . . . but it's a tough crowd so I can't swear to it.

Posted by: Maggie on October 21, 2005 12:23 PM

Leadoff hitter is none other than??? BALDILOCKS? (perhaps Rob's absence wont be as painful as previously thought!) Well I would say that ole Baldi hit a homerun, and now we await whoever is gonna be hitting second.....(forgive me, but I am not quite over the looming end of the baseball season, hence the metaphors)

Posted by: Ruth on October 21, 2005 12:25 PM

Very well said.

Posted by: Jim -PRS on October 21, 2005 01:38 PM

Woohoo! Baldi's here! So glad to see ya.

Posted by: Jane on October 21, 2005 01:45 PM

" the vanilla Richard Pryor"

Whoa, Rob distilled down to four words...

Posted by: Rich on October 21, 2005 03:02 PM

Either Rob has lied or he hasn't if the first line under his blog title is to be believed. I choose to think that he means it when he says that he seeks "adoration." Well, he built this shack and we want him to continue living in it. Thank you for working to convince him to carry on.
Oran Woody

Posted by: oran Woody on October 21, 2005 03:26 PM

Glad to hear from you Baldilocks... have visited your blog many times via this site.

Posted by: Lisa on October 21, 2005 06:06 PM

Yeah Baldi (if I may be so bold as to use a more familiar name for you, having never met- I'm from TX), have visited and much enjoyed your site, linked from Rob's.
I have to say though, you and Rob being linked is a bit surreal, him bein the cracker curmudgeon & you the way cool bald black lady.....
Strange, kinda in a cats sleepin' with dogs sorta way, but cool anyway.
Thanks for steppin in for Rob.

Posted by: Docxprt on October 21, 2005 10:18 PM

Juliette, so glad to see you posting here. So happy that Rob is asking for help. And the fact that he's paying for it himself is a VERY, VERY good thing. Portends well.

Posted by: Maggie45 on October 22, 2005 01:08 AM
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