Gut Rumbles

June 26, 2006


This is Sam. Rob has passed away. They found him at 2:00 this morning slumped over on the couch. He did not shoot himself and no pills or alcohol were found in the house. When I find out anything else I'll let you know. Out of respect for my family please do not leave nasty comments.



... I am so terribly sorry, Sam...

Posted by: Eric on June 26, 2006 02:55 PM

Always in my prayers.

Posted by: Peter on June 26, 2006 02:57 PM

Yep. Egg on my face. And guessed the wrong room, to boot.

RIP, Cracker.

Posted by: Bane on June 26, 2006 03:00 PM

Rob's special wit will be greatly missed. I wasn't a frequent blog visitor, but enjoyed each occasion. May God bless and keep him, now we hope, whole and free of pain.

Posted by: AyUaxe on June 26, 2006 03:01 PM

God Bless you Sam. Never met Rob but sure do miss him.

Posted by: Jilly on June 26, 2006 03:01 PM

I'm so sorry Sam.

I can't believe this.

Posted by: Evilicious Blonde on June 26, 2006 03:02 PM

The world has lost a truly gifted Spirit, may the Good Lord welcome him and hold him near. My strongest condolences to you and your family Sam. So Sorry...
"And God stands winding His lonely horn,
And time and the world are ever in flight;
And love is less kind than the grey twilight, And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn." W.B. Yeats

Posted by: Kevin M. on June 26, 2006 03:02 PM

My condolences, and it was good to (sorta) know you, Rob.

Rest in Peace is all that can be said.

Posted by: Sigivald on June 26, 2006 03:02 PM

So, so sorry.

Posted by: Lizzie on June 26, 2006 03:03 PM

My deepest and sincere condolences. This is a voice that will be missed.

Posted by: bottlestop on June 26, 2006 03:03 PM

Sam, I've been worried - silently - for a while. I know you don't really know the Jawja bloggers very well, but though we have been known to be trouble-makers, even amongst ourselves, we are a thick and thin crowd. So we are here.

Please keep us posted as to the details. I would like to be there. I will be checking here, and I have left my cell number on your dad's machine.

I am sorry for your loss, and ours. You need ANYTHING... Call me.

Posted by: Key on June 26, 2006 03:04 PM

So sorry, Sam. I just have no words.

My condolences to you and all the family.

The rest of y'all show some respect in this house.


Posted by: Fac Man on June 26, 2006 03:04 PM

I've read gut rumbles for a little over a year now. I've never written a post until now. I am so incredibly shocked and saddened by this news. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I will miss reading his blog. Good bye Rob!

Posted by: Stacy on June 26, 2006 03:04 PM

I'm so sorry. I'm going to miss him.

Posted by: PawPaw on June 26, 2006 03:05 PM

I'll miss my daily dose. So sorry for your families loss.

Posted by: Laura on June 26, 2006 03:06 PM

What a loss and a shock. I so enjoyed this blog. My condolences.

Posted by: EricT on June 26, 2006 03:06 PM

I really enjoyed Robs wit and biting humor. Please accept my condolences and prayers.


Posted by: Merlin1 on June 26, 2006 03:06 PM

Oh man, I'm so sorry.

Posted by: Terry on June 26, 2006 03:07 PM

I've been reading Acidman since about the time I discovered the blogosphere. I started my blog just so I could debate one of Rob's commenters on the topic of gun control.

Say what you want about Rob, he didn't pull any punches. He said what he meant, meant what he said, and took no shit from anybody. I admire and respect that. It was fascinating watching the ongoing train wreck that was often his life, and I feel for both Sam and Quinton, and especially for his Grandmother. Outliving your children is one thing. Outliving your grandchildren must be especially hard.

Rest in peace, Acidman. If there's an afterlife, I hope yours is a lot like Costa Rica, with sweet nubile women, a working Roscoe, and all the good food, good beer, and good company you could ever want. You will be sorely missed.

And if people do leave nasty comments, well, I'll know what quality of person would do such a thing, and consider the source.

Posted by: Kevin Baker on June 26, 2006 03:08 PM

My condolences, Sam.

Rob, I wish to hell that I had visited with you more. Loved to hear you play, and the tales of your youth. You'll be missed, brother.

Posted by: That 1 Guy on June 26, 2006 03:13 PM

MY deepest condolences on your loss, Sam. Rob was a true original. A voice of indignation in the wilderness. I'll miss him much.

Rest In Peace, Blog Uncle.

Posted by: Velociman on June 26, 2006 03:13 PM

All my love to you Rob. Say Hi to God when you meet him.


Posted by: Mark on June 26, 2006 03:13 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. Your dad's blog was the first one I ever read, one of those that made me want to start blogging, as well.

Posted by: trouble on June 26, 2006 03:16 PM

Sam, hopefully with each that passes the pain will ease....and eventually all the fine memories will outweigh the sorrow....

(Ruth in Connecticut)

Posted by: Ruth on June 26, 2006 03:17 PM

I am so sorry. My brothers and I wen to school with Rob in high school and I considered calling the Rincon Police yesterday but accrording to the messages left on his blog everyone assumed he was ok.
I am so sorry.

Posted by: Canajo on June 26, 2006 03:18 PM

Rob made me enjoy coming to work to read his stories about his past. It will take awhile to stop opening my internet explorer and coming here...its the first thing i did as i stepped into my office. God be with you Rob.

Be strong Sam, and ignore the bullshit any trolls send your way. The world has lost a true character.

Posted by: Halo on June 26, 2006 03:18 PM

My thoughts and prayers go to him, as always.

Posted by: og on June 26, 2006 03:18 PM

Sam, thank you for the news.

My prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Rob inspired me with his openness about his trials and tribulations. I shall miss reading his daily thoughts.

Take care.

Posted by: Nameis on June 26, 2006 03:20 PM

Please accept my deepest condolences. He was a free spirit and I will miss his wit , piss and vinegar every day. The sun just got a little dimmer.

Posted by: David A. Fauman on June 26, 2006 03:21 PM

Oh Sam, I am so sorry! I will greatly miss Rob's wit and I'll never forget his encouraging words to me when I found out I had cancer. It's just so very hard to believe. Please keep us posted about details. RIP, Acidman!

Posted by: Michele on June 26, 2006 03:21 PM

Sam, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I have lost a friend.

Posted by: Ernie G on June 26, 2006 03:21 PM

Heartbroken all the way over here in Oregon. Rob will be missed.

Posted by: dipnut on June 26, 2006 03:22 PM

I'll tip a cold one to your memory. The world's a touch dimmer than it was awhile ago.

Posted by: Fast_rope71 on June 26, 2006 03:22 PM

Oh darlin, I'm so sorry. He was a real pistol who stood his ground and spoke his mind. He'll be missed.

Posted by: Mike B on June 26, 2006 03:26 PM

My deepest condolences. I am so sorry to hear about this.

Posted by: Damian P. on June 26, 2006 03:26 PM

Goodbye, Rob. You old asshole. And friend. I'll miss you and hoist a cold one to your memory. And I'll be seeing you, so keep the fridge stocked.

I'm so sorry, Sam. Your dad was one of the most infuriatingly and admirably honest men I've ever known. Yeah, he could be a real ass when he wanted to, but that was only part of the package. One thing he always was was true to himself. He hid nothing.

My prayers are with you and Quinton as well as the rest of his loved ones.

He's with G-d now, and probably giving Him a hard time already.

G-d Bless.

Posted by: Misha I on June 26, 2006 03:27 PM

Damn! Just Damn!

My condolences.


Posted by: Rob (Never THE Rob) on June 26, 2006 03:27 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. Your dad was a one of a kind.

Posted by: LL on June 26, 2006 03:27 PM

Sam, please email me.

Posted by: Juliette on June 26, 2006 03:27 PM

Goodbye, Rob. Hope you find the peace that eluded you in this life.

Posted by: Steve H. on June 26, 2006 03:28 PM

My deepest sympathy to Sam, Quinton and all of Rob's family and friends. He will truely be missed.

R.I.P. Rob

Posted by: John on June 26, 2006 03:28 PM

My thoughts are prayers are with you Sam, and your family.

I am very sad to hear this.

Posted by: LindaSoG on June 26, 2006 03:28 PM

A-man was an outstanding writer, with depth and feeling... a Cracker-Jack character, like the prize inside the box. He will be greatly missed.

My deepest sympathy to all who love him.

Posted by: Bonita on June 26, 2006 03:29 PM

Sam, you and all the rest of your family have my deepest sympathies. Godspeed, Rob.

Posted by: Candy on June 26, 2006 03:29 PM

I'm so very sorry, Sam.

Rob was the first blog I discovered some 3 years ago and he's been a daily read for me.

He will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Gina on June 26, 2006 03:30 PM

His blog was the first I ever read and never stopped. He will be missed by many, even up here in the north.

as Steve said "Hope you find the peace that eluded you in this life".


Posted by: jimboy on June 26, 2006 03:32 PM

So sorry to hear this. My sincerest condolences.

Posted by: Ken S on June 26, 2006 03:32 PM

Sam, words cannot express how sad I am for your loss. I met Rob briefly in Austin, and was looking forward to spending more time talking to him the next time I saw him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.


Posted by: Walrilla on June 26, 2006 03:34 PM

RIP Acidman. You will be sorely missed. Would have enjoyed meeting you.

Condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by: BrianB on June 26, 2006 03:35 PM

I'm so very sorry. Rob inspired me to keep blogging, and his linkage helped me through a dry spell or two.

God bless you all.

Posted by: Chuck Simmins on June 26, 2006 03:35 PM


Add my sympathies as one more of the huge crowd of Rob's fans.

Rob, I hope you found the peace you needed...


Posted by: mostly cajun on June 26, 2006 03:35 PM

"Good night, Sweet Prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest..."

Deepest sympathies to his kith and kin...

Godspeed, Acidman...

Posted by: Sgt. B. on June 26, 2006 03:36 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss Sam. For OUR loss actually.
He will be deeply missed.

Posted by: PattiG on June 26, 2006 03:36 PM

Oh Sam, I can't imagine what you must be going through. This is such a very sad loss. I'm so sorry.

Posted by: DogsDontPurr on June 26, 2006 03:36 PM

Again, Samantha..... my deepest condolences.

May peace find Rob now, at last and forevermore.

My prayers of comfort for you, Quentin and Mommie.

Godspeed, Rob.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on June 26, 2006 03:37 PM

[Inappropriate comment removed.]

Posted by: RDob on June 26, 2006 03:38 PM

Goodbye, Blogfather. Rest in Peace - no one has earned it more than you have.

Posted by: Donnie on June 26, 2006 03:42 PM

Good knowing ya Rob. Good job you did too...a little bit of your philosophy rubbed off on all of us. Thanks.

Posted by: Greg T on June 26, 2006 03:42 PM

I'd like to say thank you to all the kind folks who know how to enforce compassion. Men like Rob get to pay for that compassion.

I hope all of Rob's (and indeed all of our) 'beneficiaries' fucking choke on it.

Posted by: unmisinformed on June 26, 2006 03:45 PM

The last part of his "I feel better" post have just been deleted by someone.

Posted by: Tailfeather on June 26, 2006 03:45 PM

I'm always at a loss for words at a time like this.

I thank you for turning me on to blogging Rob and for the best read on the net.

I hope you have found peace and I'll miss your prescence on the web.

You'll be missed.

Posted by: Mrite on June 26, 2006 03:46 PM

Sam, it seems I only get to send you comments when something bad happens.

I will never forget your father, he was a favorite blogger and a daily read. I couldn't wait to get to Gut Rumbles everyday to see what was going on.

I am so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: De on June 26, 2006 03:46 PM

That is going to be one helluva funeral. Rest in peace, Rob.

Posted by: rivlax on June 26, 2006 03:47 PM

Damn. He was one of my blogbuddies back when I was still doing The Safety Valve...I was always delighted when he'd drop by and rip some other commenter on my blog. What fun it was! Not many people really say what they think.
I'll miss the Gut Rumbles.

Posted by: Toren on June 26, 2006 03:48 PM

I read your Dad's blog everyday. I'll miss him.

Posted by: TomCat on June 26, 2006 03:50 PM

Sam, I am sorry. I have lost a friend.

Posted by: GUYK on June 26, 2006 03:51 PM

Godspeed, Rob, may you find the peace that eluded you in life. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: West on June 26, 2006 03:52 PM

Sam, My Deepest sympathy and condolences. I've been an almost daily reader for over 3 years and felt truly touched by Rob's writings...he was at his best when he described life's simple joys and beauty, like a raging midnight thunderstorm, or the taste of homegrown tomatos or boiled peanuts, or a peaceful afternoon spent crabbing on a quiet saltwater creek with the daughter he loved...He will be sorely missed...farewell Rob...

Posted by: vizsladog3 on June 26, 2006 03:54 PM

Rob was one of my blogging inspirations and was early to notice and link me. I posted an RIP on my blog with a more complete farewell. No amount of expectation could have diminished the tears I'm shedding.

Posted by: Jay on June 26, 2006 03:55 PM

God bless.

Posted by: Rusty on June 26, 2006 03:56 PM

Like so many others, the A-Man was one of the first bloggers I discovered out in the 'sphere.

Godspeed, Rob.

Sam, our prayers will be with you and your family.

The Internet just got a little duller.

Posted by: Zarba on June 26, 2006 03:58 PM

Very sorry for your loss. Rob was a terrific writer that kept me coming back sometimes 2 and 3 times a day for years.

Posted by: k on June 26, 2006 04:00 PM

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences.

Posted by: Fausta on June 26, 2006 04:00 PM

Sam, my sincere sympathy to you, Quinton and Mommie.

Posted by: Jaydee on June 26, 2006 04:02 PM


I don't know how much you realize this, but your Father was special to so many of us. There are thousands of people who were entertained, saddened, frustrated, infuriated, and blown over by what he did here.

He was a man of a different time. He was a great adventurer and explorer of life, along the lines of Teddy Roosevelt and Hemingway. He didn't care what anyone thought of what he did nor did their admonitions deter him from telling all of us about it.

There is a little bit of Rob in all of us... I hope.

And I don't wish him peace. He'd have HATED peace. I hope he has dancing girls, prostitutes, hot beaches, and every drink he can get his hands around. I wish him a continuation of all that brought him joy and pleasure..

I'm sure he left this world with no regrets. I will now carry one with me... that I never met the man in person.

My sincerest condolences to you, Quinton, and the rest of the family.

Posted by: Mrs. du Toit on June 26, 2006 04:03 PM

No more discussions as to the value of the water hose, the bidet, or just merely wiping. A true loss, felt all the way to Thailand.

Posted by: OBG on June 26, 2006 04:11 PM

Extremely sorry for the loss to all..

Rob's pain is gone as well.

Posted by: Mark -- on June 26, 2006 04:12 PM

Vade in pace

Posted by: Tesa on June 26, 2006 04:14 PM

Sam, sorry for your loss. Rob and I emailed privately for a short time back when he was trying to figure out his Quinton situation. I don't know that it was much help, but it was good to get to know him that little bit.
He'll be missed greatly, by many folks.
Best to you; btw, I'm in Denton, I understand you are close, if I can feed the dogs or whatever, let me know.

Posted by: Mike on June 26, 2006 04:17 PM

Rest in peace .
Sorry for the loss,a very funny guy...

Posted by: Lc Neil V on June 26, 2006 04:18 PM

I'm so sorry.

After all that he'd been through, I honestly believed that he was too ornery to die.

Posted by: ErikZ on June 26, 2006 04:22 PM

Rob was a true original. I will miss his sharp wit and sense of humor...but you, Sam, have lost a Daddy, and my heart goes out to you.

Posted by: Elisson on June 26, 2006 04:23 PM

God, this isn't happening. Saturdays are usually the only days of the week that I get to trip around to my favorite blogs and I feel I've come to know
Acidman like one of my funniest uncles or something. Not really sure why I pulled up Misha when I did today, but the announcement actually made me a bit dizzy from the surprise.
Rest in peace, Rob. You fought some tough things, bravely I thought. I'll definitely miss you.

Posted by: energyforcapital on June 26, 2006 04:24 PM

I'm thinking of the post he wrote about the one song that got stuck in his brain...

"Strawberry Fields Forever"....

RIP Rob. You'll be missed.

Sam...there arent' any words except I'm soo sorry. Your Daddy sure did love you.

Posted by: Sandy on June 26, 2006 04:25 PM

Sorry to hear this. No longer will Rob, Jimbo and I get to play guitar together. He's at peace now.

Posted by: Denny on June 26, 2006 04:26 PM

Sam, I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by: physics geek on June 26, 2006 04:27 PM

There's going to be a huge hole in the blogosphere from now on. I'm going to miss you and your writing, Rob.

My deepest condolences to his family.

Posted by: Chris on June 26, 2006 04:27 PM

Oh darn, Sam. I had my differences with your Dad, but I'll miss his rumbling commentary. Many mourn with you.

Posted by: Brett on June 26, 2006 04:29 PM

Well, Rob - You're with the Big Blogger now. May you rest in peace forevermore. My deepest sympathies, Sam - Rob will be sorely missed! Amen.

Posted by: Vulgorilla on June 26, 2006 04:31 PM

My condolences to Rob's family and other loved ones.

May Rob's blog go forever on...

Posted by: Glenn B on June 26, 2006 04:31 PM

Only knew him from reading this blog, but I feel like I've lost a friend

Posted by: CWW on June 26, 2006 04:32 PM

Sam, please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

Your dad was one of a kind andhe will be sorely missed.

Posted by: Delftsman3 on June 26, 2006 04:33 PM

Do not stand by my grave and weep,
I am not there.... I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am a diamond glint on snow.
I am the soft summer breeze.
I am the early winter freeze.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awake in morning hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star shine at night.

Do not stand by my grave and cry.
I am not there...I did not die.

Peace, Acidman. Peace.

Posted by: Ol' Lurker on June 26, 2006 04:33 PM

Sam, my sympathies to you and all your family.

I first discovered this blog more than 3 years ago. And I've been coming back and reading, mostly lurking, but coming back and reading again and again often ever since. Rob was one of a kind. I'm just at a loss. Again, my sympathies.

Posted by: Paul Burgess on June 26, 2006 04:33 PM

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I could say or do something to help ease the pain you must be feeling. Rob will be missed by many.

Posted by: Maeve on June 26, 2006 04:34 PM

Shit. Rob was a great guy, who I'm sorry I never had the chance to meet. This sucks.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on June 26, 2006 04:37 PM

Sam, I am so sorry, may you find the strength to continue.

Posted by: jamesoldguy on June 26, 2006 04:38 PM

Prayers for Rob and condolences to the family. The wit and honest writing will be missed.

Posted by: Achilles on June 26, 2006 04:39 PM

As we say in this part of Africa... Hamba gahle Nkosi... may he rest with his forefathers...

Posted by: RobC on June 26, 2006 04:39 PM

So sorry for your loss. I don't even know what to say. He was like family when you read someone for so many years. He will be truly missed.
You are in our prayers

Posted by: annie on June 26, 2006 04:39 PM

So sorry; the world will be a drearier place without him; maybe he knew it was coming...

Posted by: maxnnr on June 26, 2006 04:42 PM

Rob struck a chord with those of us who work, pay taxes and get shafted all over the world. I'm going to miss reading this. If he never did anything else (and he did) he taught one equally pissed off Englishman some great new words to use in communications with officialdom, the fucktards!

Posted by: Colin UK on June 26, 2006 04:44 PM

Everyone has said so much, and said it so eloquently, there isn't much I can add that hasn't already been said. In the blog world Rob was truly bigger than life, and his influence on all of us that blog will continue. He will be missed.......

.........Mr. C.

Posted by: Mr. Completely on June 26, 2006 04:45 PM

Only the good die young...

I'm sorry that I lived so close by (St. Simons Island Georgia) and that Rob and I never met

Posted by: Virgil on June 26, 2006 04:46 PM


The good ones go.

Posted by: chris Muir on June 26, 2006 04:49 PM

Farewell. You will be missed.


Posted by: Rustmeister on June 26, 2006 04:50 PM

I used to be a regular reader years ago, but I sort of dropped away and I regret it terribly. I read about Rob's passing on several other blogs, and I just want to say we'll miss you, Rob, and you've made a lot of people have to stare straight into the mirror you held up for them. The blogworld has lost an incredible voice today.

Posted by: dawn on June 26, 2006 04:51 PM

I am so very sorry for the family. I am sick at heart over the news.

Posted by: Kim on June 26, 2006 04:51 PM

Yeah, Rob, some days the cats fucking piss me off, too.

Posted by: Laurence Simon on June 26, 2006 04:52 PM

Sam --

I met your Dad twice -- once in Helen, when he was at his lowest, and again in Austin, when he seemed to be "gettin' his shit together in one sock." One thing was clear at both meetings -- how much he loved you and Quinton and Mommie.

My prayers are with you all.

Posted by: Omnibus Driver on June 26, 2006 04:54 PM

Goodbye, Acidman. The blogosphere won't be the same without you.

Posted by: Frank J. on June 26, 2006 04:58 PM

Holy shit, that sucks.

Posted by: GORDON on June 26, 2006 05:04 PM

He was a man who touched many and will be sorely missed for a very long time to come.

Sincere sympathy to all.

Posted by: Jean on June 26, 2006 05:05 PM

Sam -
I often disagreed with your father, but I always returned to Gut Rumbles because I loved the way he wrote. I'm going to sorely missing him.

He wouldn't like it, but you know what: he never chose his path based on what other people thought. So he and his family are gonna be in my prayers tonight, whether he likes it or not!

Vaya con dios, Rob.

Lamont Cranston

Posted by: Lamont Cranston on June 26, 2006 05:08 PM

Rob, God bless, you'll be missed!
Sam you and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by: Scott Nickell on June 26, 2006 05:08 PM

I'm very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed reading everything he wrote, and I was looking forward to hearing his music one day.

Posted by: cranky-d on June 26, 2006 05:10 PM


our condolences

Rob is with his Momma now...

all of the cat head biscuts he can stand to eat....

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom on June 26, 2006 05:10 PM

Good bye and God speed. One of the most honest and compelling voices on the internet has been taken from us.

Rob, We'll miss you even all the way out here in California.

Sam, my condolences to you and your brother. I don't know if Quinton ever had a chance to read Gut Rumbles or not. If he didn't, someone should preserve it for him, he will surely treasure it one day.

Posted by: gahrie on June 26, 2006 05:11 PM

You'll be missed, Rob. Godspeed.

Sam, you have my condolences, for what they're worth.

Posted by: Raging Dave on June 26, 2006 05:14 PM

Damn. We've lost one of the true originals. The man who taught us to spell "Jawja".

Posted by: Ian S. on June 26, 2006 05:14 PM

Goodbye to oneof the last honest men.

John Prine's "Please Don't Bury Me" is playing in the background...

Posted by: jboydeluxe on June 26, 2006 05:15 PM

So very sorry.

Posted by: Busy Mom on June 26, 2006 05:15 PM

Please give my condolences to all of your family on your loss. If there's anything you all need, you know where to ask. I had the pleasure to meet Rob one time, and we spun into conversations on gardening, college football, and many other things that seemed to interest us both. I'll miss him myself. I was looking forward to rattlin' his chain come football season this year.

Bryan Henderson

Posted by: RedNeck on June 26, 2006 05:17 PM

You have my very deepest condolences. Rob will be greatly missed.

Posted by: The Maximum Leader on June 26, 2006 05:19 PM

{{Hugs}} Sam.

I too am so sorry to see this.

Posted by: The Thomas on June 26, 2006 05:21 PM

I'm sorry.

I never met Rob, but his place here has been one of my favorite places to visit for a long time. I'm going to miss him.

Posted by: Greg on June 26, 2006 05:21 PM

We're only sad because we'll miss the voice of someone so courageous and true. Rob is in a better place and we'll all get to meet him someday.

Until next time A-man.

Posted by: middy on June 26, 2006 05:22 PM

I'm so sorry Sam, please accept my condolences to you and the entire family. I was a frequent visitor, seldom commenting but Rob's house was an almost daily visit.. Rest in peace Rob!!!

Posted by: Jack on June 26, 2006 05:23 PM

I have no words other than...My thoughts are with all who knew and loved him.


Posted by: Deb on June 26, 2006 05:27 PM

Oh my God. I just got back from the doctor this minute. My heart is breaking for you and the family Sam. My deepest condolences.

Rest in peace Acidman.

Posted by: Libby on June 26, 2006 05:27 PM

Pax Vobiscum, Rob.
My condolences.

Posted by: JP on June 26, 2006 05:28 PM

Adios, Acidman. You'll be greatly missed.

Posted by: El Capitan on June 26, 2006 05:29 PM

Imagine, if there could one more post.
My prayers for your family.

Posted by: Otis on June 26, 2006 05:30 PM

Sam, I'm sorry for your loss. CalTech Girl called me while I was at pain clinic today. It was just ten minutes earlier that I'd thought of calling your dad and decided against it. I thought of him all weekend, thought of calling. But, well...he was in one of his moods and I didn't think it wise to step into the middle of the storm.

Now, of course, I'd give anything to hear that sweet and deep drawl again.

I hope you know how much your dad was loved, Sam. I'll miss him much.

P.S. Cat should have my phone number and can pass it along if you need it. Or, feel free to email me.

Posted by: Joanie on June 26, 2006 05:33 PM

Goodbye guy.

Posted by: Gunner on June 26, 2006 05:34 PM

We've lost an original voice and an honest one. God bless, Sam and Quinton.

Posted by: outfoxed on June 26, 2006 05:35 PM

My condolences. I will miss Rob very much.

Posted by: schaffman on June 26, 2006 05:36 PM

Another anonymous reader signing in with my condolences to you and your family over Acidman's death.

I've never met him in person, of course, but he came across as a strong-willed person who left a memorable mark as a writer and a man.

I will miss him.

Posted by: Bill Peschel on June 26, 2006 05:37 PM

Sorry to hear this. Rob sent me a couple of e-mails and I'll definitely keep them in a safe place.

Goodbye Acidman

Posted by: ScottG on June 26, 2006 05:37 PM

I met Rob once (at the Mike Cross show at Randy Wood) but I felt like we had known each other donkey's years. He was funny, gracious and one hell of a guy.
My world is diminished by this loss. Heck, the whole world is diminished.

My best wishes to you at a time of trial.

Posted by: BlogDog on June 26, 2006 05:37 PM

I just want to say thanks, Mr. Smith, your writing really inspired me, and your struggles humbled me, for which I'm truly grateful.

Posted by: anotherKevin on June 26, 2006 05:40 PM

I loved reading his rambling. He was one of a kind.

Rest In Peace my friend, don't worry about us... we will all be along to join you soon enough.

Posted by: RecklessProcess on June 26, 2006 05:45 PM

I'll miss his commentary and humor. A lot of people will. It's sad news. Hope his family is doing the best they can with this. I reckon there are no health problems or Internal Revenue Service where Rob is now, God Bless him. Goodbye Acidman.

Posted by: Pert Moody Newt on June 26, 2006 05:46 PM

Condolences, Sam. One thing that always came through in his writing was how much he loved his children. I hope I've shown it at least half as much to mine.

Posted by: tkdkerry on June 26, 2006 05:46 PM

I met Rob in 75 or76 when he started singing at The Port Royal. He was a very good entertainer, and always gave the audience his best.
I will miss reading Gut rumbles, your Daddy had a way with words.
My condolences to you, Sam, and the rest of the family.

Posted by: Dennis Sparks on June 26, 2006 05:47 PM


I just ot home from work and happened upon this horrrible news.

I am poleaxed.

I have been reading Gut Rumbles for almost 4 years now, and Rob was on the top of my "daily read" list. I will miss him terribly.

Posted by: Roy on June 26, 2006 05:48 PM

Wow, just wow. Acidman was one of a kind. I always wanted to have an hour or so to talk to him but never could get that part of the country. Would have liked to have played a little guitar together also.

Posted by: Titan Mk6B on June 26, 2006 05:48 PM

Sam - I am so sorry to hear the news. I've enjoyed 'visiting' Rob regularly - for his honesty and blunt humor. Please accept my condolences.

Rob - You will be sorely missed in the 'sphere. I hope you're giving 'em hell wherever you are!

Posted by: Barb on June 26, 2006 05:48 PM

So sorry to hear it. He was an honest man, which seems a rare thing today.

Sam, you make sure Quentin knows how much his daddy loved him.

Rob -- Rest In Peace. I'll miss you, man.

Posted by: Strider on June 26, 2006 05:50 PM

oh, g-d, how i wish it weren't true ... i was hoping upon hope to have met him this summer ...
i'm *so* sorry ... to sam, quinton, mommie, and to all the girls [with red toenail polish] he'd loved before.
a helluva guy ... - erica

Posted by: erica on June 26, 2006 05:51 PM

Sam: Thanks for letting us know and thanks for being there for your wonderful Dad. You and your family are in my prayers.

Boy, do I wish I had dibs on on him for a Guardian Angel...but knowing Rob he will pick a family member or some chick with red toenails.

I guess his heart isn't broken anymore.

God Bless Robert Smith.....and besides that God better keep his hand on his wallet and the other on his drink. Rob will take over heaven and we'll all be better for it.

Robert Langham
Tyler, Texas

Posted by: Robert on June 26, 2006 05:53 PM

Here I am at my Got-damn computer CRYING over this redneck sumbitch.


Posted by: robert on June 26, 2006 05:55 PM

Sam, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. He entertained us and won the hearts of many in the years I've been reading him.

Posted by: Lisa on June 26, 2006 05:57 PM

My condolences to you and your family. Your dad's blog was one of the first I found, and no matter what computer I had, I always bookmarked Gut Rumbles first because it was so full of life and strength. Your father's courage in sharing his struggles in life, his ability to write words that moved people and his unabashed willingness to live life will continue long after his death. Many prayers for you and Quinton...

Posted by: Merry on June 26, 2006 05:58 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. You have sure had a rough time of things the last couple of years.
If I can do anything for you, please do let me know!

Posted by: Beth Donovan on June 26, 2006 06:01 PM

Crap. Just crap. Dammit all to hell anyway. I'm so sorry, Sam, and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. And I also include those who have read Rob for years. I feel as if I've lost a member of my own family, for in a way I have. And I'm also angry enough to hope that some people have a hard time sleeping tonight.

Posted by: JohnW on June 26, 2006 06:11 PM

I will miss Rob, his blog has been a blessing. May God have a special place for a man who has brought delight to hundreds of friends with his writing.

Posted by: Wm H on June 26, 2006 06:14 PM

I'm so, so sorry. My deepest condolensces.

Posted by: Irina on June 26, 2006 06:15 PM

You have my condolences, as well as those of my family.

Posted by: Richard on June 26, 2006 06:16 PM

Just damn. My deepest sympathies.

Posted by: Nick Wright on June 26, 2006 06:18 PM

I know Rob would not approve, but I'm saying a prayer for him now. He gave me many monents of joy and I'll miss him. Hey Rob, say hi to my dad, Frank, and Joey too.

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on June 26, 2006 06:25 PM

I'm so sorry, Sam. Rob was so real, and so open to sharing his struggles and his joys. You were certainly one of the latter.

Rest in peace, Acidman.

Posted by: Scott P on June 26, 2006 06:29 PM

My condolences. He will be missed.

Posted by: James on June 26, 2006 06:31 PM

Dearest Sam, So very, very sorry. Deepest sympathy to you, Quinton, Stacey, and the family.

I believe he finally has the peace that seemed allude him more each day.

Take care of yourself and be there for Quinton. Dad would like that.

Always, Maggie

Posted by: Maggie on June 26, 2006 06:32 PM

Rest in Peace Acidman.

Posted by: dragonlady474 on June 26, 2006 06:37 PM

Dear Sam,

Sympathies to you and your family. I hope you find the strength to get through this, I know how painful it is to lose parents, and I wish there was something I could do to help.
I never met Rob, but he will be missed.

Best wishes,

Posted by: Misty on June 26, 2006 06:40 PM

My sincerest sympathies to you and your family, Sam. Rob was unique, in a good way. I'm going to miss him...

Posted by: the other Steph on June 26, 2006 06:44 PM

Sam, Please accept my sincerest condolences to you and yours. Godspeed and Semper Fi Rob.

Posted by: Smokin on June 26, 2006 06:45 PM

Condolences to all his family.

Rob sure loved y'all.

Posted by: flick on June 26, 2006 06:48 PM

My condolences. I've read this site for years, but on an off-and-on basis. I tried to get together with Rob the last time I was in Georgia, but it didn't work out. I'm sorry that it never will, now.

I suppose, though, that he'd be somewhat tickled if he knew I set up an appointment this morning to have one of my cats put to sleep.

Posted by: wheels on June 26, 2006 06:48 PM

I am so sorry, Sam. I've read this blog for a while, and loved his writing. You will be in my thoughts and prayers, as will Rob -- and he will be missed.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on June 26, 2006 06:51 PM

My sincere condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in happy memories.

Posted by: Janette on June 26, 2006 06:54 PM

Rob was a shining beacon of strength, courage and wit in this dim dark world of ours.

I share your sorrow, and I salute his life!
He went through a lot of shit, and kept his dignity
I hope I do half as well when my time comes

The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
In the freedom of the Infinite he is free from all sorrows,
the fetters that bound him are thrown away,
and the burning fever of life is no more.


May the peace he now has be extended to all who know and love him

Goodbye, Acidman....
See you on the other shore.

Posted by: Kevin on June 26, 2006 06:57 PM


My condolences to you and all who cared for him.

May he rest in peace.

Posted by: Kathy K on June 26, 2006 07:04 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. I use to read "GUT RUMBLES" regularly a couple years ago. He will be greatly missed in the blog world.

Posted by: Linda on June 26, 2006 07:05 PM

OMG Sam. I'm SO sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you and your family. You have my condolences.

And if you need ANYTHING, get in touch with Kellie and get my number. I'm there for you, girl.

Posted by: Gennie on June 26, 2006 07:05 PM

I"m so sorry.

I've been a visitor - though not commenting often for years.

He will be missed. My condolences on his passing.

Posted by: anne on June 26, 2006 07:07 PM

I'm very sorry.

You and yours are in my prayers.

Posted by: jimmyb on June 26, 2006 07:09 PM

Well, dammit.

Posted by: McThag on June 26, 2006 07:09 PM

May he provide as much joy and wisdom on the other side as he did on this one.

My condolances to family and friends.

Posted by: Steph on June 26, 2006 07:10 PM

Seeing all the sadness of readers here today makes some of Rob's own words really stand out in my mind. In one of his posts, he said....

...."Long ago, I described this blog as an exercise where I stuffed notes in bottles and threw them into a vast ocean where I hoped someone would find the bottle and read the note. But that's not really what I was doing. This blog was my lifeline that towed me to shore when I was totally shipwrecked. It kept me alive for more than two of the worst years I've lived in my life. I wasn't stuffing notes in bottles. I was standing on the shore and shouting frantically for rescue. People came. I WAS rescued. And I will always appreciate that fact."

Mostly, what stands out are how many times I saw him declare his love for his family. My sincere condolences to Rob's family and many friends.

Posted by: Tessa on June 26, 2006 07:10 PM

Sam, I am so sorry to hear this. Know that you and all the family are in my thoughts.

Posted by: Laughing Wolf on June 26, 2006 07:12 PM

So sorry to hear this bad news. I've lost a friend that I never got around to meeting.
I don't think that Sam will ever need the help of an old fart rifle nut from northeast Texas but if ever you do, drop a note.

Posted by: Peter on June 26, 2006 07:12 PM

Not a frequent visitor, but he often made me smile. I'm sorry for your loss. If you don't mind my asking, please post a memorial charity for him.

Posted by: John Nowak on June 26, 2006 07:13 PM

I am deeply saddened to hear about this. His comments and humor will be missed. He was an original. Condolences to you and his family

Posted by: Cappy on June 26, 2006 07:15 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Rob will be missed greatly. Please let us know the details. I will be there.

Let me know if there is anything that Ward and I can do.

Rest in peace Rob. God bless.

Posted by: Moogie on June 26, 2006 07:20 PM


Little comfort, but I hope Rob is in a better place. Rob: I will miss you terribly.


Posted by: Michael Demmons on June 26, 2006 07:22 PM

This Georgian sends his deepest condolences.

Posted by: RW on June 26, 2006 07:23 PM

Rob helped this Japanese recall the part of America he loved visiting and was part of an America the world needs more than ever these days.

He fought the good fight with pen dripping of wit and acid, between his lines peaked humbleness too: he'll be missed and remembered. meifuku wo oinori itashimasu .

Kobe, Japan

Posted by: Takeshi on June 26, 2006 07:24 PM

Sam, I am so sorry, and I cannot improve on the other good wishes above. I've visited whenever Cajun linked to one of his articles, and been greatly entertained, and sometimes deeply moved here. You have my sympathy in your loss.

Posted by: decrepitoldfool on June 26, 2006 07:29 PM

R.I.P. Acidman.

Posted by: monkeyfan on June 26, 2006 07:30 PM

What Mrs. du Toit said.

I'm gonna miss him. Damn. Another good one gone.

Posted by: Tully on June 26, 2006 07:31 PM

I considered Acidman a blogfriend. There was a lot of sweetness in him along with the acidic honesty and humor. My condolences on your loss.

Posted by: Joanne Jacobs on June 26, 2006 07:33 PM

Rest in peace Rob. We're gonna miss you. Sorry for your loss Sam and company. I'll pray for Rob and you guys.

Posted by: Stephen Zinkhofer on June 26, 2006 07:34 PM

Sam, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad will be missed very much. One of the first things I did every morning was check Acidman's blog. He was indeed unique.
He certainly had a way of saying exactly what was on his mind. I wish I could do that as well as he did.
Again, please accept my condolences.


Posted by: Fred on June 26, 2006 07:35 PM

Thanks for letting us know; he will be missed by many.

Posted by: BobG on June 26, 2006 07:37 PM

It's a sad day. My condolences, Sam, and please pass them on to Quinton, if you get a chance.

I only met Rob once (Wreckell in Jekyll), and what I found was the essence of a Gentleman. Not necessarily a polite Gentleman, but consider what makes a Gentleman:

1. Polite, until and unless you were rude first. Then he was rude right back at you, with bells and curlicues.
2. Deference to Wimmen, even when he thought the Wimmen within range were being 'tards. Unless she really worked at it.
3. Literate in his own language.
4. Widely read.
5. A good friend, and a fearsome foe.
6. Musician par excellance.
7. A really good eye for the female form divine.
8. Raconteur extradinare, both spoken and written.
9. Told the truth about himself, even if it hurt.
10. Loved his children, without reservation.
11. Never, ever afraid to speak (or write) his mind.

Sam, you might want to consider conserving his writings for the future - I'm sure that at some time you and Quinton would like to read his posts, and listen in your mind to your Dad speaking out.

"Touch twice life"

Posted by: Ward Gerlach on June 26, 2006 07:38 PM

Will miss him greatly. I read him every day.

Posted by: NancyB on June 26, 2006 07:40 PM

Sad but not unexpected news.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Sam.

Posted by: zonker on June 26, 2006 07:41 PM

I am sorry for your loss Sam, Rob truly was one of a kind.

Goodbye my friend. You will be sorely missed.

Posted by: marcl on June 26, 2006 07:42 PM

This is terrible news. My deepest condolences.

Posted by: Tex on June 26, 2006 07:42 PM

A great writer who will be missed.

Posted by: Bruce on June 26, 2006 07:44 PM

For what it's worth, my condolences.

Dammit, I'll miss his writing and his stories. And his view on things.

Posted by: Mark on June 26, 2006 07:45 PM

I started reading Rob about a year ago, and he was one of the people (as well as quite a few of the fine people who have left such lovely comments) who influenced me to start my own. Not that I, or anyone else, can ever live up to his standards.

Sam, you have my deepest sympathies and condolences. I just returned from my grandmothers funeral and I know all too intimitely what you are going through.

Now, and I think Rob would appreciate this...anyone else thinking he did this just to piss off the IRS?

Posted by: Ryan on June 26, 2006 07:52 PM

So sorry for your loss. I had to read it twice, just couldn't believe it.

God bless and Godspeed.

Posted by: BabsRN on June 26, 2006 07:53 PM


I never met Rob, have never met Sam, or probably any of you who have frequented his blog. Yet I felt I knew Rob, and looked forward to his wit and wisdom every day. I will miss him terribly.

I hope he's in Costa Rica :)

Posted by: Ole Eichhorn on June 26, 2006 07:53 PM

Damn. Damn damn damndamndamndamndamn.

Sam, your dad was a good man who touched a lot of us with his prose.

Rest in Peace, Acidman. Godspeed.

Posted by: Jay G on June 26, 2006 07:56 PM

I am saddened to learn of your loss. My condolences go out to your family.
Rob will be missed.

Posted by: Les Waldron on June 26, 2006 07:57 PM

I'm very sorry, Sam
Condolences to you and all your family..

I lost my father last March.
Life is never quite the same.

Peace to you and yours,

Posted by: Dan Pursel on June 26, 2006 07:59 PM

Rob gave me many hours of enjoyment with his Southern Charm and Redneck Wisdom. The Blogosphere will not be the same without him.
Rest In Peace My Friend

Posted by: Dean on June 26, 2006 08:00 PM

Sam, You and your father and brother are in my heart and in my thoughts. He was not the most discreet blogger but he was truthful and he really loved his children and he grew the prettiest "maters" in the world. I'm sorry you won't have him anymore. I am old and he was way too young to die. And so am I in my mind.

Posted by: Ruth H on June 26, 2006 08:01 PM

I just wanted to say how much I will miss Rob and I hope this blog is left standing fas a tribute to is life, for his son and his many many friends in the blogosphere.

He was a wonderful person with a kind heart, though he'd never admit it. I will always hold dear the "Gut Rumbles" stickers he recently sent me, they are still in the envelope with his handwriting.

Please post and let us know the details of his arrangements.

My best to you Sam. I hope one day that Quinton will know how much his daddy loved him.

Posted by: Dawn on June 26, 2006 08:02 PM

I am sure going to miss him. One thing about it, he's with God now. He's at peace. This really hits me hard. I really liked him. I'll say a prayer for him and his family. Sam, please let us know the funeral arrangements.

Posted by: assrot on June 26, 2006 08:09 PM

Sam, As hard as it is for me to hear, I can't imagine how hard it was for you. God Bless Rob and my sympathy to the family.
Theresa Kennedy

Posted by: Treasa on June 26, 2006 08:12 PM

The world is a lesser place because of his passing.

Condolences Sam.

Godspeed Acidman.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on June 26, 2006 08:17 PM

Acidman got me through many a late night at work - keeping me going through the boredom and fatigue. I never posted here, but I truly enjoyed his writing and his attitude. Fare thee well, Rob.

Posted by: geoff on June 26, 2006 08:20 PM

I'm one of the regular commenters on Dean's World. I never even heard about Rob until Dean Esmay posted the note about his passing.

First thing I did here, was read about Rob and his life in his own worlds, in "About Me". I have to tell all his friends that Rob could as easily described me. Except that I'm 72, happily married, probably in better health, and I don't drink much.

So I'm sorry I never knew enough to look him up in his lifetime. Maybe write him some comment that would either amuse the hell out of him or make him madder than hell.

From the little I was able to read, he sounded like an interesting fella.

So, take good care of his memory,

Arnold Harris
Mount Horeb WI

Posted by: Arnold Harris on June 26, 2006 08:26 PM

i cant believe it. so incredibly sorry for you loss. may he rest in peace.

Posted by: Shelley on June 26, 2006 08:28 PM

I'm so sorry.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock on June 26, 2006 08:28 PM

I am so sorry...

Posted by: Galestorm on June 26, 2006 08:28 PM

Oh, I was so afraid that something was wrong. I'm going to miss reading him, and I am glad I got to meet him face to face, and see the good guy shining through him. He had a gentle smile and a warm handshake there, and that's what I'll choose to remember of him.

A warm hand and a friendly look and a full grin as he promised to send me a picture of his garden, when his corn grew tall.

This hurts.

Posted by: Nancy on June 26, 2006 08:30 PM

I've been a reader for a while and will miss Rob.
My Condolences


Posted by: Mike Andrion on June 26, 2006 08:31 PM

My condolences to you and your family Sam. He will be missed.


Posted by: Leuthen on June 26, 2006 08:34 PM

Rest in peace Acidman.

You will be sorely missed.

"Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean."


Posted by: Eric SF on June 26, 2006 08:39 PM

i am so sorry for your loss,i am sorry i didnt get to meet the man and shake his hand and say thanks,your daddy {what little i knew of him}he was a good man and father,anyhing i can do just let me know.
rest in piece a-man
with all due respect pcterm

Posted by: j on June 26, 2006 08:42 PM

Sam, We just heard, We docked in South Florida and are driveing back home now. I'll try and touch base with Dave in the morning. what ever we can do to help let us know.
Cat has our number, call if you need us.
Love ya
Rick and Georgia

Posted by: recondo32 on June 26, 2006 08:43 PM

Rest in Peace acidman.

Posted by: EH on June 26, 2006 08:43 PM

So sorry for your's and Quinton's loss Sam.
Rob will be missed by myself and countless others. I read him every day. He inspired me to start my own puny efforts at blogging.
Go with God Rob.

Posted by: K. D. Zu on June 26, 2006 08:45 PM

I hope he's finally found some peace. He seemed to have so little in life.

Posted by: Dodd on June 26, 2006 08:45 PM


I am so, so sorry. Your dad was my friend. We laughed and made music together. I'll never forget that, and I'll never forget him.


Posted by: Jim - PRS on June 26, 2006 08:47 PM

Sam: darn sorry to hear about this; I've been reading this blog off and on for quite some time. Rob also helped and advised me when I had a bit of a panic over a, thankfully false positive, PSA test.

A big grizzly hug from me to you and Quinton and grammah and the rest.

Posted by: the friendly grizzly on June 26, 2006 08:48 PM

What sad news. My condolences to his family.

Posted by: Donnah on June 26, 2006 08:49 PM

Wow! My God. What happened?

I first read his blog three years ago. Off and on. Since he recovered, on everyday.
So short, I felt I knew him personally, in a way I did, because his writing was so honest.
Death? He wrote, looked, like he got over the tough spot in his recovery, and the rest of the road, smooth relatively, relatively, because he knew what was coming and he obviously took strength from his friends and family. Yes, especially, the friends on the net, who never ment him, but were always there because he was there for us.

So short. So, yes, given his health, so unexpected.
Thank you Rob Smith for your wisedom. Thank you for your friendship you gave everyday.
It made my life better.
I will miss you.
My prayers are with your family.
Terry Josiah

Posted by: Terry on June 26, 2006 08:53 PM

My condolences, Sam, Quinton, and Mommie. He was a refreshingly honest MAN, who lived a full life. I enjoyed reading him every day, and I am glad he is at piece and isn't hounded anymore.

Posted by: zeluna on June 26, 2006 08:53 PM

My God. This is awful.

My deepest condolences. He was so interesting to read, and as others have said; Honest. It was a unique experience reading his posts.


Posted by: Bill on June 26, 2006 09:00 PM

Adios, mi amigo. Vaya con Dios.

Posted by: Patty on June 26, 2006 09:04 PM

The fire has gone out. The room is still warm though....

Posted by: Richard Cook on June 26, 2006 09:07 PM

He's somewhere playing his guitar, telling tales, making people laugh and pissing people off.

Rock on, A-man.... rock on.

Posted by: rightisright on June 26, 2006 09:09 PM

Oh, no! An original voice is silenced, and we are worse off because of it.

Posted by: belomlq on June 26, 2006 09:12 PM

Goodbye Acidman.

I will miss your aceribic style and bluntness.

May you rest well.

Posted by: Mythilt on June 26, 2006 09:13 PM

Awwwwww, damn. I was really fond of that man. He's going to leave a big hole in the blogosphere.

Posted by: SwampWoman on June 26, 2006 09:14 PM

I don't have the words for this.

I wish you well Sam, and Quinton and the rest of Rob's family and loved ones.

Posted by: Jason Bontrager on June 26, 2006 09:15 PM

i discovered this blog no less than one week ago. it is no exageration to say that i sat here for 5-6 hours reading the words of this man. laughed many many times and found myself wishing i had the ability to express myself the way acidman did. returned here just now for another dose of his wit and read the sad news. so sorry for his familys loss.

Posted by: allen on June 26, 2006 09:16 PM

Hi Samantha,
I am so sorry to here this - I hope you are hanging in there. Your father meant something to me although I never met. We're the same age and had remarkably similar problems and opinions. Heck, I even have a lesbian daughter that, like Rob, I am deeply proud of and love beyond words. I need a good cry.

With love,

Posted by: Andrew Collins on June 26, 2006 09:17 PM

[Stupid comment removed]

Posted by: paul a'barge on June 26, 2006 09:18 PM

I will miss the Acidman. My condolences to his family.

God bless.

Posted by: Timothy on June 26, 2006 09:18 PM

Godamit. Its true what they say, about the good ones leaving first.

I'll miss this pit-stop on my daily blog surfing. May the afterlife be good to you, Mr. A-man. You can use the rest.

Posted by: V-Man (another one) on June 26, 2006 09:18 PM

My condolences to his family.RIP Rob.

Posted by: Jackie on June 26, 2006 09:23 PM

Such sad news.

Goodbye Rob, and my deepest condolences to the Smith family.

Posted by: Stripersniper on June 26, 2006 09:23 PM


Just damn.

My Condolences, Sam.

Posted by: John from WuzzaDem on June 26, 2006 09:24 PM

I hate to be the practical one at a time like this, but someone should get started archiving this website for the day when it's no longer available.

Warts and all, Acidman was a unique voice and the blogosphere will be weaker without him.

Posted by: JimK on June 26, 2006 09:28 PM

I'm sorry. And sad.

Posted by: Dan on June 26, 2006 09:34 PM

I am in a state of disbelief and so sad. Can't stop the tears but I have to because I am at work. I never even met Rob but after reading him for about 5 years, I feel like I have lost a dear friend. I just got the sweetest email from him last week and I am glad I still have it. At the end of it, he promised me a free signed copy of his future book, "darlin". *heavy sigh*
I worried so much about him all weekend and last night I found myself going back to his blog several times to see if he had checked in. A couple times I seriously considered calling the Rincon police for a welfare check but saw the comments saying its better not to and then I thought maybe it would seem crazy that a person in IL would be calling the police...and told myself I was overreacting and getting myself into a tizzy.

My heart is so heavy. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sam, Quinton and Grandmommie and Rob's brother and all of his loved ones and friends.

My heart goes out to Cat and Livey too.

Posted by: Cindi on June 26, 2006 09:37 PM

I was regular reader and occasional commentator. I didn't always agree with what he said, but always liked the way he said it..

HE was a MAN who had walked the walk and could talk the talk. There are far too few of those around these days. Condolences on your loss, Sam, and DAMN the 'roids.

Posted by: emdfl on June 26, 2006 09:39 PM

Aw crap. A-man by god YOU stomped on the terra and left quite a trail. Thanks for the smiles through all the miles.
RIP Rob,
Da Bear

Posted by: Rumbear on June 26, 2006 09:39 PM

Jesus Fucking Christ.

I am so sorry, Sam. He was a hell of a guy. An inspiration for this baby blogger and Georgia girl.

Rob, you will be missed. Rest in peace.

Miss Fire

Posted by: MIss Fire on June 26, 2006 09:40 PM

I started reading Rob's blog shortly before he went into rehab when he said he was dieing. I was so pleased when he came back after rehab and resumed blogging. The only time I ever left a comment was recently to give him hell for refrigerating ripe tomatoes. I think I was the guy he referred to shortly thereafter as a "got-dam mater nanny" or something like that. I promptly left another comment admitting that I was just jealeous because he had ripe tomatoes and I didn't. His absence is gonna leave a big hole in my days. My sincere condolences and best wishes to you and your brother and to Rob's grandmother.

Posted by: Glenn on June 26, 2006 09:42 PM

Everyone's said what I feel already. You have many shoulders available to you, Sam, but if you find you need one more, it's open.

The blogosphere has lost an ornery pillar.

Posted by: Cythen on June 26, 2006 09:44 PM

What a terrible loss.

I'm so very sorry. :(

Posted by: Sheila on June 26, 2006 09:45 PM

My deepest sympathies for your family.

Rob was one of a kind.

Posted by: drc on June 26, 2006 09:47 PM


I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I always enjoyed reading his view on the world, the world has lost a wonderful man.

Posted by: Steve on June 26, 2006 09:48 PM

Sam, I know how empty condolences feel at a time like this, but accept them from me anyways. Your dad was a good man. I wish I'd known him better. I pray for him and his family and friends to find peace.

We'll miss you, Rob. :(

Posted by: alli on June 26, 2006 09:51 PM

Rob, you were a hell of a guy. We'll miss ya.

We are diminished.

Posted by: Heath on June 26, 2006 09:52 PM

My deepest sympathies to Sam and Stacy, and the rest of the family.

Rob was a delightful, interesting person to those who bothered to get to know him. He will be missed.

Posted by: Anne on June 26, 2006 09:55 PM

Rest in peace, Rob. Thanks for the daily doses of wit, sarcasm, humor, anger and unabashed honesty that defined you.

Posted by: JPatterson on June 26, 2006 09:56 PM

My heart breaks for you and your family, Sam.

Posted by: Bou on June 26, 2006 09:57 PM

Godspeed Rob.

You will be sorely missed.

Posted by: Xavier on June 26, 2006 09:57 PM

While I've not often commented, I've frequented Rob's blog over the past several months, and wrote to him while he was at Willingway.
I'm so sorry you're gone, Rob. Thank you for being a voice of reason, and refusing to cave in to political correctness. You had a lot of guts, and your legacy will live on. I learned a lot from you. May you rest in peace.

God bless you, and Sam, and the rest of your family, and all of your blogfamily, too, which are legion.

Posted by: Mo K. on June 26, 2006 09:59 PM

Oh my God... what terrible news. Sam, I am so sorry to read this. He was always so sweet to me and I am just devestated. I was hoping to meet him one day and I am so very sad that I will never get the chance to hear him sing or play guitar. I know this may sound empty but if I can help with anything, please let me know.

Posted by: Kate on June 26, 2006 09:59 PM


I'm so sorry for your loss. I have no idea where I'll go first thing in the morning when I get to the office now. Rob's site has been the first place I visited every morning for the last three years. RIP, Rob.

F. Kent

Posted by: F. Kent on June 26, 2006 10:05 PM

I am sure Rob could be a difficult friend or relative, but I suspect he could be a great friend or relative, too.

I will miss him, and I never even met the man.

Posted by: joel Hammer on June 26, 2006 10:09 PM

RIP, Rob.
My sympathies to those who loved you.
It's been a long time since I've visited this blog, but I enjoyed it immensely when I used to. Rob's honesty, wit, and non-conformity were inspirational.

Posted by: Mike Bell on June 26, 2006 10:09 PM

I'm so sorry for your and our loss, Sam. Daddy will be missed and remembered. G-d bless.

Posted by: Larry on June 26, 2006 10:09 PM

I think it speaks VOLUMES about Rob and his impact (and that's exactly what it was) that one of his trackbacks is in Swedish(?).
A man known and loved around the world.
I have cried myself dry today.
RIP Rob, you will never be forgotten.

Posted by: Dawn on June 26, 2006 10:13 PM

He was tougher than I am. My condolences to his friends and family.

Posted by: J.C. on June 26, 2006 10:19 PM

Thoughts from far off Australia.
I am so sorry for your loss, Sam.

There are no words.

Farewell, old mate.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on June 26, 2006 10:20 PM

Sam, I am truly sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Trench on June 26, 2006 10:21 PM

A place in my heart for dear A-man will not be will be full of wonderful memories of Rob's humor, truth, and acirberic wit.
Thank You Rob! You are missed.
Blessings be on you and yours.

My condolences to you, Sam, and Quinten, Mommie, and his brother.

Posted by: imp on June 26, 2006 10:22 PM


It's such a testament to you and your family that you took time in your own grief to reach out to others and let us know. Thank you for your generosity. That's one of the things that struck me the most about your dad over all these years of reading him. It's easy to be generous with stuff, but he was unusually generous of spirit.

I feel so sad to have lost this man that I cared about and respected, but never met. I know there will be many around the world who feel the same. I only wish that our sadness could somehow lessen yours.

God, I'm going to miss him terribly.

With sincere condolences to you, your family, and Rob's many "real life" friends....

Posted by: Heather on June 26, 2006 10:25 PM

There's an echoing silence in blogdom today.

Sam, my deepest condolences to you and to Quinton.

Posted by: McGehee on June 26, 2006 10:26 PM

Damn. My deepest sympathies.

Posted by: Allan on June 26, 2006 10:35 PM

I am so so sorry, Sam. What devastating news. My deepest sympathies to you, Quinton, and your family. Just know that your father was loved by many people. I hope you can find some comfort in the knowledge that so many people, most who never even met your father in person, could be moved to tears by his passing. We all could only hope to touch so many people in our own lives. I will miss him terribly.

Posted by: Annette on June 26, 2006 10:43 PM

Rest in peace Rob. May you finally find an end to your suffering.

Posted by: Kirk on June 26, 2006 10:43 PM

I'm sorry. I felt like I knew your father well, if only through his blog.

Posted by: Jim on June 26, 2006 10:48 PM


You and all of Rob's family, friends, and loved ones have my very deepest condolences during this time.

Rob's daily words will be missed but he will live on in the hearts and memories of those who loved him most.

-- Princess Cat

Posted by: Princess Cat on June 26, 2006 10:50 PM

This is so hard to believe. Things seemed to be turning up for Rob, but he never really got to enjoy it.
I am just so sad.

Posted by: AFSister on June 26, 2006 10:50 PM


Rob's blog was the first one that I would read every day. I enjoyed his wit and forthrightness. A truly great American. My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Scalplock 1845 on June 26, 2006 10:55 PM

I'm sorry, we are lessened by his passing.

Posted by: DirtCrashr on June 26, 2006 11:02 PM

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Posted by: RonDoble on June 26, 2006 11:05 PM

Going to miss him. A Lot. I've been reading Rob for over three years, his commentary has always been an invaluable addition to my daily reading. I don't care, Rob stays on my blogroll anyway.

Posted by: Russ on June 26, 2006 11:11 PM

I don't think its appropriate to venture guesses about hereafters, but I am sure the Devil would kick him out and upstairs 'cause he couldn't stand the heat.

Condolences and best wishes are all that belong here.

Posted by: epador on June 26, 2006 11:15 PM

To RonDoble and his ilk:

Have you never heard of the concept of compassion?

Regardless of your particular faith, try to not inflict it on others at such times, would you?

It reflects poorly on you. Very poorly.

Posted by: Kevin Baker on June 26, 2006 11:17 PM


I just read the last e-mail that Rob sent me. It was exactly the right e-mail at exactly the right time.

I will remember him for the rest of my life and I didn't even meet him in person.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on June 26, 2006 11:19 PM

Did not always agree with him but he was a damn good writer. I'm very sorry to see him go.

Posted by: Joe on June 26, 2006 11:20 PM

'Sleep, Death's twin-brother, knows not Death,
Nor can I dream of thee as dead.' (Tenneyson)

A friend of mine who knew I read Rob everyday sent an e-mail, with no warning, to this link. I was in total shock, and I can't stop the tears...I'm filled with disbelief and true sadness. The world is indeed a darker place just now. If I feel this stunned and hollow, I can only imagine how those who were truly close to him must feel, my heart goes out to all of you.

To you, Sam, Quinton, and his beloved grandmother, I send my deepest sympathy. I feel as if I know all of you, you became 'like family' to me through your father/grandson. He had a way of making us all feel 'special' in that way. My prayers will be with you tonight and in the days to come.

I felt I had 'arrived' as a blogger when Rob linked to my blog. I'd become one of his 'official red-toe-nailed wimmen', in fact, one of his last complaints about 'us' was the source of this link. I received more hits on my blog after his acknowledgment than all the time prior...a testament to the loyalty of his fan base. We exchanged a few e-mails, then, and actually before, and I was to receive his last two bumper stickers....I only wish I had...(I'd worried that my address was lost when he shared the problem with his e-mail addy. Sigh.)

As I recall our exchanges and think of his many posts, I can't help but smile, yet my sorrow runs deep....I'm at a total loss for words to adequately honor this superb writer and friend. He was a great man, one of a kind, and I daresay there will never be another like him. His link will remain at the top of my list, for I know I will have a difficult time getting my mind around this loss.

To say he will be missed is an understatement. I will remember him and his work here with great love and affection.

RIP, Acidman.

Posted by: twtrhrt on June 26, 2006 11:20 PM

Just DAMN. We mourn the passing of a friend, minstrel, writer extraordinaire, yardstick and barometer. Who will boogerblog now? Who will taunt the race pimps and say out loud what so many think?

Sam, your dad was truly one of a kind. He showed us the highest highs and the lowest lows. I read him every day and there is now a gaping hole in the blogosphere. Please post the arrangements as soon as they're made.

Godspeed Aciddude.

Posted by: Patrick on June 26, 2006 11:22 PM

Two quotes:

Secretary of War Stanton, at Lincoln's deathbed:Now he belongs to the ages.
W. H. Auden, a couplet that applies to Rob:Time will pardon Paul Claudel
Pardon him for writing well

Posted while weeping.

Posted by: Ernie G on June 26, 2006 11:23 PM

Just condolences to his son, daughter, and the rest of his family.

And to Ron Doble, remember, 'Judge not, lest ye be judged'.

RIP, Acidman

Posted by: Mrs_Who on June 26, 2006 11:23 PM

I starting reading military blogs and forums when my man had to go "across the pond" courtesy of GW since we were new and I didn't know shit about the military. Rob's blog was a link within a link within a link I followed and I read him everyday. His piss and vinegar reminded me of the kind of things my man would say. Didn't know him, of course, but it's funny how someone you don't even know can touch you. When I read about the 'blog meets", I wished I had a blog so I could go too, LOL.

Sam, don't know you either, but I sure know this: base don his posts, your dad loved and was proud of you. I am very sorry for your loss.

I just gained 10 minutes in my day, but will miss the way I used to spend those 10 minutes.

Posted by: Tina on June 26, 2006 11:29 PM

My condolences Sam. I'll miss him a lot. I made sure to read Gut Rumbles every day. There was a lot he said I agreed with, and even if I didn't, he said it so well it was worth reading. I had a few of the same kind of experiences when I was a kid and it was nice to know there was someone else who knew about them. I wish I could have had a good long talk with him. Please make sure to take good care of Mommie for him, he loved her dearly, as he did you and Quinton. Thank you for letting us all know.

Posted by: Aquila on June 26, 2006 11:31 PM

I've said my peace. I will miss Rob more than words can express.

But please, ignore assholes like RonDoble.

This is not the place or time to play with trolls.

Just remember Rob here, k?

And stop being so damn sentimental, this is Acidman after all ;)

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Gina on June 26, 2006 11:33 PM

Well what can I say, I'm virtually speechless and heart broken. My dearest sympathy to you Sam. I've been reading Rob's blog for about four years and his is one of only a handful I read everyday. From all his stories though he lived a life fuller then probably 10 people combined. The internet has lost a great voice of reason and common sense. There are hundreds if not thousands of mourners around the world today.

Acidman, R.I.P., I'm going to miss you buddy.

Posted by: Bob Mays on June 26, 2006 11:33 PM

I hope you will leave this site up for a while, for those of us who are not quite ready to let it go.

Let me suggest you preserve the content. You can get a WordPress plugin and save the whole site in one click. Some day, you and your brother will treasure it.

Posted by: Steve H. on June 26, 2006 11:36 PM

Wow. I've been an occasional, infrequent visitor here, but when I read Rob died I had to come by and post condolences.

Wow... I'm speechless. I sincerely believe he will find the peace that always seemed to elude him.

Posted by: Squatch on June 26, 2006 11:39 PM

Sam I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. Rob rest in peace . I will say a prayer for you and yours. Bcats

Posted by: Bcats on June 26, 2006 11:40 PM

Denny at GOCIA, talking about Rob playing football as a kid: "He played above his weight". I think that pretty much describes Rob.

Posted by: Patrick on June 26, 2006 11:41 PM

My sympathy to Sam, Quinton and the Smith family. I read Acidmans blog for about two years, almost everyday. He was a great writer and was a straight shooter. The world could use more people like Rob. It's weird how having never met him, It still felt like losing a good friend. RIP Acidman.......

Posted by: mark on June 26, 2006 11:43 PM

I'm shocked, and saddened. I've been reading acidmans blog for almost three years, and it was him that got me writing again. Coming here has become such a daily habit. It will be hard to let go.

Sam, your father was an inspiration to me. His writing was amazing, and I regret not taking him up on visiting GA to buy him a beer. I will miss him dearly.

Justin Leyh
Charleston, SC

Posted by: J-Lay on June 26, 2006 11:43 PM

Sam I am so sorry for your loss. I feel I have lost a friend that I have never met. This is the first thing I read in the morning, and usually the last I read at night. I love the wit and the stories he tells, usually I can see myself in those stories. I will really miss your father! I only wish I could have met him face to face to tell him what a great person he was.

Posted by: oldweatherman on June 26, 2006 11:44 PM

Sam. I am sorry for your loss. I will miss his rantings. And I'm glad that I got a chance to correspond with him a couple of times via email.
In a way though, I have been expecting this for a short while now. I'm sure many of us have. I'm just sad for him that he did not get a chance to see Quinton before he died. Looks like the BC has gotten her final revenge on him. But I think that as Quinton gets older that will change. And he will realize how she has robbed him of a meaningful relationship with his father. In the end, I think she will lose on the relationship battle as he comes to mourn for his father and finds that he is a lot like him.
Good luck Sam and may Rob RIP

Posted by: RayH on June 26, 2006 11:47 PM

There are some really nice pictures of Rob over at Livey's site. http:// northwoodswoman. blogspot. com/

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Posted by: Kellie Harmon on June 26, 2006 11:47 PM

Never met Rob IRL but from reading his blog he seems to be a great and close friend who will be greatly missed. damm these tears.. Not only his great humor but also his incisive comments on the trials of life. I especially idenified with his battle with the bottle and all of the hassle with that ..

As we used to say in a prior life .. fair winds and following seas.

Posted by: Russ on June 26, 2006 11:48 PM

Rob was so potent that it's hard to imagine his death. I've been reading a lot of blogs, including many more "respected", but I had just decided a few weeks ago that, overall, Rob was my personal most esteemed blogger. He was just flat out smarter than anyone else, imo, able to grasp anything, expressing it with a style which alwas seemed to add something beyond the basic content, and with a uniqueness I've never seen elsewhere, and couldn't have imagined if I hadn't seen it.

I hope he will live on in cyberspace. Otherwise, farewell sweet Acidman.
And Good luck to all.

Posted by: Fa-ne-sha, aka Joe Peden on June 26, 2006 11:50 PM

... good God, I still can't believe it is true.....

Posted by: Eric on June 26, 2006 11:51 PM

Now that I've had a few hours to attemp to get my arms around this, I'm posting again. I truly hope that this blog will be archived for Quinton in the future. I've never met Rob, Sam, Quinton, or "Mommie", but I feel as though I know them as well as any of my own family through Rob's words here. I found this blog a couple of years ago through some link on another site.....I think it was through Frank J's IMAO. I don't remember what the link was for, but what I do remember is that I was hooked instantly. I've made this place a daily stop in my reading every day since then. As others have mentioned, I'm sad that I lived this close (I'm in Columbus, GA) to Rob but never made the trip to see him in person. I've said in numerous comments that I'd love nothing more than to shake his hand. Sadly, I won't be able to do that. Like many, I didn't always agree with everything Rob said, but dammit, it was compelling reading to say the least.

Indeed, we've lost a great voice today. It's weird to me how I can be so affected by news like this about someone I've never met. Rob and I exchanged a couple of I remember was about beer (go figure) and another was about the band RUSH when he posted a line from an old song that I mistook as being a RUSH lyric. I now wish I had saved those emails, but they were from long ago. Hindsight is always 20/20 isn't it?

Through Rob's words, I gained an appreciation for his family, his friends, and how he thought about life in general. WIth today's news, I now find a hole in my least my Internet life. Some say that they now have to find another way to spend those 10 minutes......I don't think I'll ever find a way to spend that time. I don't think I'll ever be able to move beyond clicking on "Gut Rumbles" in my nightly routine. I don't have a blog and I loved to live vicariously through Rob. He and I thought a lot alike on many things. To say I'm going to miss him, as most of you have said already, is an understatement.

Yes, this news has brought me to tears at least twice tonight, and most likely will again in the future. I've read every response.....every "trackback".......and will continue to do so in the future. I'm sad that I didn't converse with him more than I did.....I feel I missed out on a greater connection with a wonderful man.

Sam, please keep this place up and running for as long as humanly possible. If there's anything you need, you know that all you need to do is ask. Damn.....just damn. It wasn't supposed to be like this. I go to bed tonight knowing that Rob is in a better place and that he's not hurting anymore. I've always been primarily a lurker here, but I can't help but feel the tears when I realize that he's not with us anymore. Most of you knew him far better than I.......and for that, I'm envious.

I'll miss you Rob.....

Posted by: Leuthen on June 26, 2006 11:55 PM

Ga-ne-sha, not Fa-ne-sha: must have shook me a little.

Doble, I believe you must be decieved by the Great Deceiver. No god worth his salt would reject Rob Smith. Think about it.

Posted by: Ga-ne-sha, aka Joe Peden on June 27, 2006 12:01 AM

From the tall sweet grass to the packing house
we're born to travel.
He's as loose and free as ashes in the wind.
It's one big hole in the blogosphere his leaving
has made.

Posted by: quark2 on June 27, 2006 12:02 AM

I understand, too.

Posted by: imp on June 27, 2006 12:03 AM


I've read this blog for 3 years and I've only commented once or twice. I'm sorry you're gone. I truly enjoyed you. God bless you.


Posted by: Michael on June 27, 2006 12:04 AM

I'm sorry to see him go. He was an ornery cuss at times but he had his head screwed on straighter than >95% of the population of the Earth. The world would be a better place with more folks like him in it, his passing is the world's loss.

Posted by: Robin Goodfellow on June 27, 2006 12:05 AM

Rob is (not was, IS!) truly a wordsmith, with the perfect knowledge of the proper use of vulgarity to illustrate the point.

As tasteless as it might seem, a variation on a movie line comes to mind:

Dear Lord, we give you Acidman. Try not to piss him off.

Posted by: JD on June 27, 2006 12:09 AM

my best to the family.

Rob was special to a lot of us.

he helped me. hell, he proofread my blog header blurb for me. can't ask for more than that. after straightening me out on comma and semi-colon abuse, he signed off "end pedantry. - Acidman". nice guy and a big influence.

he's missed by many, loved by some and respected by most. i'd like to say that his gifts of communication touched many, many, many of us contrary folk.

hope there's biscuits and gravy where you are, Rob.

Posted by: richard on June 27, 2006 12:11 AM

I've sat here for three hours now trying to say something, anything...such is the life of a lurker.

Rob would've known what to say. He was 100% raw eloquence.

So much warmth and compassion from so many of you here, a fitting, modern requiem. Stay strong, Sam.

In perpetuity.

Posted by: Jaime on June 27, 2006 12:11 AM


You and yours have my condolences. Your father will be sorely missed. He truly was one of a kind.

Jeff Borland
Cimarron, KS

Posted by: Jeffro on June 27, 2006 12:13 AM

I'm sorry for your loss. The cyber community -- left, right, and center -- is sending our best wishes your way. As my Jewish wife would say, Rob was a mensch.

Posted by: Lee on June 27, 2006 12:16 AM

one more for Rob.
As a Tennesse Volunteer, i say to and for him: GO DAWGS!

Posted by: richard on June 27, 2006 12:25 AM

aw, hell, blogdaddy. so damn choked up i misspelled Tennessee. good one, huh, Rob? see ya in the stars, buddy.

Posted by: richard on June 27, 2006 12:28 AM

GOD Bless you Rob. Our prayers are with you and your family. Rest in Peace

Posted by: LC Brewser on June 27, 2006 12:30 AM

The world is a little poorer for his passing, but we're a lot richer because he passed this way and hung around a while...

Posted by: BillT on June 27, 2006 12:33 AM

It's not conceivable ... or possible. Sam, deepest condolences to you and your family. Rob's blog family will never find another voice so unique. Acidman was wild and wiley, willful, wonderful, always entertaining, brilliant ... and still with us ... as long as we remember our favorite entries. His quotes could (and should) fill a book. That endures forever, like Rob's personality and contributions.

I'll always save the e-mail from just a few weeks ago in which Rob responded to my post about Patrick Kennedy in Washington. Just a brief exchange. I am so grateful that I had a few minutes to meet your dad, in just a short note over the internet.

His stories are with us always. Our prayers and thoughts are with you always.

RIP Acidman. Thank you for everything...

Posted by: Vermont Neighbor on June 27, 2006 12:44 AM

Damn. Just... damn.

Only one other time have I shed tears for a person I never even met - that's how well Rob's writing was. The blogosphere has lost a truly irreplaceable voice, and I've lost my favorite daily read. Hell, even when the stars aligned and a Bill Whittle post popped up on my RSS reader, I'd still read Gut Rumbles first.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Requiescat in pace.

Posted by: Tom on June 27, 2006 12:49 AM

I have tried all afternoon to put my thoughts into words and yet I fail somehow. Sam and Quinton my heart and prayers go out to you. I never met Rob but exchanged e-mail a few times about some things he said about his love for his children. A voice has gone silent, a light snuffed out, rest in peace Rob.

Posted by: Rey B on June 27, 2006 12:50 AM

I'm at a loss for words.

Sam, you have my condolences, thoughts and prayers....

Posted by: Tommy on June 27, 2006 12:52 AM

May he now find the peace that so eluded him in this life.

Posted by: Rey on June 27, 2006 12:54 AM

Samantha- I hope this is not the wrong thing to say at a time like this. I've never been good at this sort of thing.

I have already posted 2 times tonight and have gone back and read each and every e-mail that we exchanged recently......I am glad that I rarely empty my e-mail folders and seldomly delete an e-mail unless it is obvious spam....I've read every comment, followed every trackback...

If you need ANYTHING....anything AT ALL...PLEASE...PLEASE let me/us know. If Rob had not already made prior plans for such a scenario etc. etc. (how does one ever know at such a young age to plan for such an untimely event??)

I don't know how to say this without pissing Rob off (or offending someone, which I would NEVER do intentionally).....but IF there is a burden or even a shortfall for the family at all in which to make his arrangements and give him the very best of the very best...I would be happy to help, just let me know where to send it.

I hesitate to hit the "post" key but I am very serious about this, your daddy deserves nothing but the very best (as you well know). It would be an honor and a priveledge to help out where and if needed.

If these things are "covered" then please let us know where to send flowers or donations in lieu of flowers.

If this is inappropiate, please accept my sincerest apologies as I mean no disrespect to your family in which he obviously loved dearly.

Prayers are being said and my thoughts are completely directed to you and the rest of his family at this time.

Posted by: Dawn on June 27, 2006 01:02 AM


I always enjoyed Rob. He didn't need any varnish, true treasures rarely do.

You have my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by: joe on June 27, 2006 01:08 AM

My condolences. God Bless.

Posted by: No Mo on June 27, 2006 01:11 AM

Damn Damn Damn Damn!!!

One of the great curmdgeonly honest voices in blogdom is gone.

Damn Damn Damn Damn!!!

Posted by: WitNit on June 27, 2006 01:35 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.

Posted by: Susan B. on June 27, 2006 01:42 AM

I am so sorry. Travel well my friend.

Posted by: KeesKennis on June 27, 2006 01:55 AM

My heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy. Rob brought colour to dull days and he will be sorely missed.
Perhaps in time you will carry on his work and collate the best of Gutrumbles in his memory.
With kind regards and best wishes.

Posted by: Atholl on June 27, 2006 02:01 AM

Sam, Quinton:

Your Dad was loved by many. His lost is felt all over the world. My prayers go out to you in this your time of loss. May angel wings take him to his next journey. The pain and sorrow he was feeling is now over. Gods speed Acidman you will be missed.

Posted by: Trish on June 27, 2006 02:08 AM

If it were anyone else, I'd say Godspeed, brother, you will be missed.

But for Rob, I have to say


Posted by: Richard R on June 27, 2006 02:17 AM

The Hunter S Thompson of the blogosphere is gone. RIP big fella.

Posted by: Dr. Craig on June 27, 2006 02:42 AM

I am so very sorry, Sam. I have been all twisted up for the last week, so I just stopped by before I hit the rack.........I just can't believe it. Like many others, Rob shared stuff with me, and I with him, that most guys won't talk about together.
I feel like I've been punched....hard. You must
be in terrible pain. All I can say right now is how badly I feel for your daddy, for you, and your brother.
The very first email in my inbox says "acidman" And he was truley at the top of my list, period.
Love and Prayers

Posted by: Wes Jackson on June 27, 2006 02:47 AM

There's a nice tribute to Rob by Chris Muir, who draws Day by Day.


For those who have been concerned, Gut Rumbles will be maintained, as was Rob's wish.


Posted by: Light & Dark on June 27, 2006 02:48 AM


Your Dad saved my mind and in doing so, saved
my life.
I told him that more than once, too.
I'm not the only one who is grateful to him for that. My own Dad is, as well.
He's said to me more than once... "If it weren't for you blogging... If it weren't for Rob..." , and neither of us want to explore too deeply the "what" of "if not for Rob".

I only wish there had been some way to reciprocate the most precious gift I was ever given.

As far as preserving Gut Rumbles...
Those steps are already in place and have been since before Rob went into Willingway.
There's only one step left to be taken and when you're ready, it will be.
Just say when.
Meantime, the hosting fees here are being taken care of.

So many of us love Rob and others of us owe him so very much, if there is anything you need, all you need to do is say what it is.
And, please... as much as you are able to, let that love be as much of a comfort to you as it can possibly be now and in the future.

And, I dearly wish anyone had had an answer to Rob's question of how to live with a broken heart, because I sure could use it myself.
And, I know I'm not the only one.

"We could have missed the pain, but then we'd have had to miss the dance...."

Posted by: Stevie on June 27, 2006 02:56 AM

My condolences. I read his bog occasionaly and enjoyed his turns of phrase and shifts of viewpoint. He will be missed.

Posted by: JD Bell on June 27, 2006 03:52 AM

Ma'am I'm sorry for your loss . He was one of the meanest bastards an Infantryman had the honor of ever reading, knowing or reading about . It was my pleasure to have walked the world at the same time as him, I never met him but read his blog everyday. I feel as if I was at the very least a passing acquaintance. Go with god and be at peace

Posted by: Sgt S. Humphrey on June 27, 2006 04:10 AM

My condolences to you and the rest of your family. As an English major ( I don't do math either,) I really enjoyed your dad's writing, and will miss my almost daily dose of jawja humor.

Godspeed Rob, and may you rest in peace.


Posted by: Gerald Williams on June 27, 2006 04:29 AM

Nothing to add but my condolences and if he's listening a big thank you to Rob for brightening this world.

Posted by: Chris on June 27, 2006 04:32 AM

Miss his wit and wisdom.

Posted by: M. Simon on June 27, 2006 04:38 AM

Another lurker, with more condolences. I enjoyed Rob's words. I thought it odd that I was thinking about him much this weekend. I guess now I know why.

God speed, Acidman.

Posted by: sln on June 27, 2006 04:39 AM

My deepest condolences to you and your family. I lost my father recently, I know and understand how you must be feeling right now. I never wrotre to Rob, or commented on here, but I visited nearly every day. The world is a poorer place without him.

Simon Williams

Posted by: Simon Williams on June 27, 2006 04:40 AM

This is sad news for all of us, but more so for you & the family, Sam.

Posted by: Grant Wray / TRT on June 27, 2006 04:52 AM

Rob is in a far better place now.

R.I.P. fellow Southern....
For we will be with you....
In the not to distant future....

Condolences to the family.

Posted by: Captain Harley on June 27, 2006 05:01 AM

My deepest condolences. I read him every day. I will really miss his honesty and his humor. God speed

Posted by: Rick on June 27, 2006 05:06 AM

Samantha --
There are no words to express the sadness of all this that haven't been said over and over, and much more eloquently, up there -- just know that I add my thoughts and prayers for all of you. I never got to meet your dad in person -- we had a 'date' to see Savannah and eat at Walls the same week he went into rehab instead which was, of course, a much more important choice for him and which I applauded whole-heartedly. I'll be sending you moral support through the ozone from across the country -- hang tough, my dear, and know that there's a whole internet of support out here for you. And, Rob, where ever you are, I'll always think of you when I hear John Prine playing -- rest in peace, friend.

Posted by: Marianne in CA on June 27, 2006 05:15 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss. I hope he's in a
better place.

All my best wishes to your family. God bless.


Posted by: KeithP on June 27, 2006 05:48 AM

My condolences to you, your family and all his friends, at losing a good guy so young.

Posted by: Kevin Hayden on June 27, 2006 05:57 AM

Oh, my.

The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: basil on June 27, 2006 06:06 AM

My condolences.

Posted by: Kari on June 27, 2006 06:09 AM

Sam, I so sorry for your loss. Rob will be missed.

Posted by: Amy on June 27, 2006 06:12 AM

My condolences to you, Sam. Rob was unique, and will be missed hugely.

Posted by: ejh on June 27, 2006 06:22 AM

My deepest condolences to all family and friends at this difficult time.

Rob will be immensely missed in the blogosphere. Hi humour and honesty were a refreshing change from the norm, and his skilled articulation of his life made us feel we almost knew him in life, so powerful were his words.

You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Cuddleslut & Himself

Posted by: Cuddleslut on June 27, 2006 06:27 AM

I've only lurked here a few times, but everytime was a laughriot...

My condolences to you all, Rob will be missed..
But remember with happiness, how many hearts and minds he touched... That takes a special person...


Posted by: Iskander on June 27, 2006 06:29 AM

Sam, I am so very sorry for your loss.

I have tried repeatedly to come up with some more appropriate words but all I can think of is I'm gonna miss him.

Posted by: homebru on June 27, 2006 06:31 AM

Sam, I never met your father, although I read his blog daily. His passing leaves a void in our lives. RIP, Rob.

Posted by: Nancy on June 27, 2006 06:36 AM

So very sad. But heartwarming to see how many of us loved/admired/appreciated him, even if we hadn't met him!
Thanks for letting us know Sam - our thoughts are with you and the rest of your family.

Posted by: just-me-jen on June 27, 2006 06:47 AM

I'm so sorry. Rob could turn a phrase with the best of them.
More tribute here:


Posted by: Ken Nelson on June 27, 2006 06:58 AM

My condolences for your loss...our loss. I am deeply, deeply saddened by this. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Lone Pony on June 27, 2006 07:01 AM

Rest in Peace. Thanks for those wonderful words.


Posted by: Mark Walker on June 27, 2006 07:09 AM

RIP, Rob. I never met you, but felt like I knew you from what I read via your blog everyday.

God be with you.

Posted by: Braden on June 27, 2006 07:16 AM

Farewll Rob - it was a privelege and a pleasure to spend a lazy August afternoon talking about life in a park in your beloved Savannah.

Go easy on 'em when ya get there, bubba.

Vaya con Dios.

Posted by: Wind Rider on June 27, 2006 07:22 AM

My sincerest condolences to Acidman's friends and family. I have followed his exploits and am sad to see him pass away.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge on June 27, 2006 07:23 AM

I hadn't been by in a few weeks (too much of my own stuff to deal with, not reading many of my usual blogs at all), and then I saw DBD this morning.


I'll paint my toes tonight for him.

I know Rob didn't hold with religion, but the song running through my head right now is Vince Gill's Go Rest High on That Mountain:

I know your life
On earth was troubled,
And only you could know the pain.
You weren't afraid to face the devil;
You were no stranger to the rain

Go rest high on that mountain.
Son, your work on earth is done.
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and Son

Oh, how we cried the day you left us,
We gathered round your grave to grieve.
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing.

Sam, you and your family will be in my prayers.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on June 27, 2006 07:33 AM

Sam, I haven't the words. Blogs are funny in that you never meet someone who means so much to you - and then they're gone.

He will be missed, terribly.

Godpseed, Rob, always.

Posted by: Roy in Illinois on June 27, 2006 07:39 AM

Barber's "Adagio for Strings" playing on the computer as I write this,
seems appropriate.

RIP Acidman.

The blogosphere is poorer for his passing.

Posted by: Pete Munro on June 27, 2006 07:43 AM

I am so sorry.
I wish I could have met your dad.
I have been coming here and reading his blog for many years now.


Posted by: Starhawk on June 27, 2006 07:45 AM

My condolences.

Posted by: Mark on June 27, 2006 07:55 AM

i don't know what to say right now, i'm in a bit of a state of shock. i'm sorry for your loss. i didn't always see eye to eye with rob, but he was one of my regular first cup of coffee reads every morning. i will miss him. please give my sympathies to your family and his friends.
on the wings of the gods, rob. fare thee well.

Posted by: gregor on June 27, 2006 07:58 AM

Rob's blog is one of only about five I read almost daily. I know I'll miss him each day I make the rounds. I'm shocked and so saddened. I feel like I kind of know him, and I'm sitting here wondering who will pick all the vegetables, etc.

Thank you, Rob, for letting us all into your life. I'll miss you terribly.

Posted by: Jenny on June 27, 2006 07:58 AM

I have never had a Blog. But I love the Blogosphere, and one of the very first blogs I encountered (via a link from Dean Esmay, I believe) was Acidman's. I often came here to lurk and take in some wisdom. As others have said, he was raw, he was real, he was the most honest, in-your-face writer I think I've ever read. Sometimes it was downright _painful_ reading him. But it was all there, the bad and the good. Nothing edited for polite sensibilites. You have got to admire that.

I never posted anything here, I don't think. But I did perform a small service for Rob one time. There was a photo of the trees in fall turning colors he had taken, and on his blog he had posted. But he wasn't satisfied with it, saying the colors looked washed out compared with his memory. I knew what the problem was, took the photo, cleaned it up in photoshop and sent it back to him, and he emailed me saying "That's IT! THAT's what it looked like! Thanks!" And the next day reposted it. I was happy to do that for him.

Now, like others, I wish I could have done so much more.

For condolences, I can offer only the following words. They are not mine. But I like them. They're simple, and they're direct. I like to think of Rob saying something like them to his friends. (Of course he'd probably say it even MORE directly, and throw in a profanity or two. But that would be just fine as well.)

Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well.

Part of a sermon given by Henry Scott Holland, Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral in 1910

Posted by: William Jordan on June 27, 2006 07:58 AM

William that was beautiful (that excerpt)

Very eloquent...

Posted by: Ruth on June 27, 2006 08:04 AM

Rob's was one of the very first blogs that I discovered three years ago. His perception and wisdom showed through his writing and made me think, his humor made me laugh,his caustic comments irritated me at times. Even though I never had opportunity to meet the man in person I feel that I've come to know him and weep for his passing.
Sam, my heart goes out to you and Quinton.

Posted by: Keith on June 27, 2006 08:05 AM

Really, really bad news. I was just getting to know him. We exchanged emails, I was helping him with his digital photography. I am shocked and very sad right now. I never met him but will never forget him. RIP

Posted by: CZ on June 27, 2006 08:09 AM

Sam, my condolences to your family.

Godspeed, Rob.

Posted by: Pam on June 27, 2006 08:11 AM

I am so terribly sad to read this news. Just very sad. I know there is nothing that can be said to make this any easier on the family, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Posted by: Barry on June 27, 2006 08:13 AM

First thing every morning, before breakfast, before anything else, I'd check in on Gut Rumbles to get 100% of my daily dose of Rob.

As with so many posters above, I've lost a good friend.

Its a black day.

Posted by: Patrick on June 27, 2006 08:29 AM

My deepest condolences to you and to all Rob's family, friends, and readers.

Posted by: gail on June 27, 2006 08:31 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. I wasn't an avid reader of Gut Rumbles since I only read it about a dozen times or so. There might be pain and tears right now, but the pain will fade and in its place will be memories. Good ones. There will be memories of the little quirks he had, how he laughed, smiled. You know, the stuff that the rest of us don't really pay attention to until it's too late.

He's in a better place, an happier place. I just feel so much emotion reading all the blog dedications and the comments that have been left here. People truly cared about him and they'll remember him.

God speed Rob.

Posted by: Jen on June 27, 2006 08:32 AM

Goodbye Acidman, I will miss you. I know you enjoyed getting into an uproar over my comments on Global Warming, you made me laugh.

Wish I could have met you in person.

Posted by: Robert Worrill on June 27, 2006 08:43 AM

I can remember the first post I ever read on Acidman. It was when Instapundit linked to a post by him on what to do if something falls off a boat and 2 women lean over to retrieve it... you take a picture... (there was a picture of 2 nude women with parted ass-cracks leaning over a boat).

Since then, it's been one of 3 blogs I've read regularly.

I'm going to save A LOT of time each day from now on, not browsing this site any more.


Posted by: shaman on June 27, 2006 08:44 AM

One of the first blogs I ever read--one of the funniest blogs I ever read--one of the only truthful blogs I ever read.

Much can be said about Acidman...good and bad but he NEVER lied about who he was. That I admire.

His stories and "vitriolic rants" will be missed greatly.

My condolences to you, Sam.

Posted by: Serenity on June 27, 2006 08:50 AM

Aw damn...

I really sorry Sam, my deepest condolences to you and everyone in the family.
I really enjoyed reading him and his writting will be missed by me.

Posted by: Gmac on June 27, 2006 08:55 AM


your Dad will be sadly missed by many all over the world who enjoyed his wonderful outlook on life and his special sense of humour. I'd hoped he'd be able pay all of his friends a visit here in Australia sometime to share a beer or three. We'll have a couple for you Rob!

God bless all who were dear to you Rob, may you rest in peace.

Posted by: Stefan on June 27, 2006 08:57 AM

He'll be missed.

Posted by: Veeshir on June 27, 2006 08:58 AM

Rest in peace, Rob.

Posted by: sama on June 27, 2006 08:58 AM


Lost another good person from this world.
He will be missed.

Hang in there Sam, life can seem like a series of kicks in the teeth sometimes, but it does have a way of working itself out.


Posted by: RickR on June 27, 2006 09:02 AM


Mere words cannot express our good thoughts of your daddy. He will certainly be missed by all his readers, and we can only hope that he is in the loving arms of the Creator. Rob will never be gone as long as he is in the hearts of his friends and family

Posted by: johndeerebilly on June 27, 2006 09:11 AM

It is rare that a man can be rendered so clearly in words of his own choosing. A gentleman, to be sure. A cad when the occasion warranted. But always his own man and that is something to admire.

Indeed, there will come a day when his son will know him clearly from the words contained here and that is a legacy Rob could never have imagined. It is priceless.

My thoughts are with his family - their loss hardly to be borne.

Posted by: LauraN on June 27, 2006 09:12 AM

Rob and I had eerily similar favorite musicians we liked. The list of Allison Kraus, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, John Prine, Dan Fogleberg, Mike Cross and especially, especially Gordon Lightfoot is pretty much my top picks also. I remember he commented on a Gordon Lightfoot song titled Mother of a Miners Child and this song particularly spoke to him and his Kentucky coal mining roots. I am going to learn this song and when I perform it I will dedicate it to Rob. I urge anyone who can play to do the same. I think it would be a fitting tribute.

Here is the song lyrics.

Mother Of A Miner's Child by Gordon Lightfoot

She is my flower
And she blooms for the one who loves her best
The miners stop to watch as she walks
They know her love is not for sale
She will never fail me 'cause I know
I watch her grow
And the mother of a miner's child
Waits for me beside the kitchen door

She is my light
In this place where the darkness never ends
She'll guide me where the tunnels twist and bend
She's the only one who listens when I tell her
I got less than I can spend
She knows the pace
Oh mother of a miner's child
Was away the coal dust from my face

When the night shift's done
She'll be waiting by the table when I come
Searchin' for another dream to chase
Oh mother of a miner's child
I know that you still think about the day
When we'll be movin' on
Remember dear old Daddy and
The promise that I made to carry on

Sometimes I smile
In the cage where the cables softly hum
I'd curse that old straw boss to the bone
But the mother of a miner's child
Is waiting for her paycheck to come home
Come Saturday
And he is just a miner's boy
I hope that he will find a better way

She is my flower
And she blooms for the one who loves her best
The miners stop to watch as she walks
They know her love is not for sale
She will never fail me 'cause I know
I watch her grow
And the mother of a miner's child
Waits for me beside the kitchen door

Thanks Acidman for everything.

Posted by: Titan Mk6B on June 27, 2006 09:23 AM

He'll be missed.

Posted by: Timmer on June 27, 2006 09:24 AM

My heart goes out to his family, friends and others lucky enough to have spent some time with him.

Posted by: phin on June 27, 2006 09:31 AM

I am stunned and saddened by the loss of Rob. And I am glad I discovered this blog in time. Rob led a full, varied, useful and interesting life, and he will be missed.

May God bless you and keep you, friend.

Posted by: Bill Spencer on June 27, 2006 09:32 AM

The only blog I had bookmarked. Feels like a loss of a close family member. Very sad...

Posted by: Phil on June 27, 2006 09:39 AM

Sorry for your loss. I was a recent reader to this great blog.

Posted by: bryan on June 27, 2006 09:45 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss and ours. Even more, I am sorry I never interacted with this man, just content to read his blog, and never comment. Funny thing, we never miss what we have till it's gone.

Rest In Peace.

Posted by: GraceAnn on June 27, 2006 09:46 AM

I'm so sorry, Sam.

Posted by: Tanya on June 27, 2006 09:49 AM

i am shocked and stunned. he was amazing. I feel badly for you and especially for quinton, because tbc kept him away. rip, rob and I will forever keep my toenails red for you

Posted by: wendy on June 27, 2006 09:57 AM

Sam.... I am just so sad for you right now. I've read your Dad's blog off and on for years now, but rarely commented. I've followed his trials and troubles here and there, and have always been amazed at his ability to bounce back. I keep expecting someone to say "It was just a JOKE, you damn bunch of fools!", and he'll be back again... but I know it won't happen.

I hope you get to read, and re-read, the comments on this post. Your Dad had such an incredible influence on so many people. He was brash, honest, gut-wrenching, and he loved his family above all else. No one will ever accuse him of being politically correct, that's for sure, lol!

I believe that when we die, we all go to our own version of heaven. In Rob's heaven, he'll be surrounded by red-toenailed hawt women, music, and those he loves who have gone on before him. He'll be having a party, looking down on all of us saying "Look at those bastards down there mourning my death.... don't they know I'm having the party of the century up here? Dumbasses.... Oh. And hey Sam? I'm sorry honey. I love you and your brother."

You'll be missed, Rob.

Posted by: AFSister on June 27, 2006 09:59 AM

Ms. Samantha: Please let us know about arrangements, where to send gifts, etc.

And thanks for keeping it together to take care of things. If you need it I'm sure you can get lots of help for the asking.

Posted by: J Bowen on June 27, 2006 10:02 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. And it was especially a shock as I was just getting ready to write him and send something that I know he would have enjoyed reading. It was a somewhat humorous geographical study done by two college professors to find out the native Texan's perception of yankees and what states were considered "yankee." Knowing his love of the South and his often caustic remarks about yankeeland, I instantly thought about him when I came across it.

In the past, he and I have exchanged e-mails on the topic of whether or not Texas is a Southern state and, while we had decided degrees of disagreement on the matter, it was always very civil, good-natured, and fun. He mentioned once that he had never really had a chance to truly explore the place, but wanted to someday and, if he ever had to leave Georgia, Texas is where he would go. There was talk of if he ever did, of having a beer or several.

I never got to meet him, but kept up with his blog (the first I ever read) and his always enjoyable way of expressing his strong beliefs. And about 90% of the time, I agreed with everything he said...

Again, Miss Sam, please accept my genuine and heartfelt sorrow over the passing of your father.

RIP Acidman.

"I wish I was in the Land of Cotton
Old times there are not forgotten
Look Away, Look Away, Look Away

Posted by: Randy (TexasReb) on June 27, 2006 10:07 AM

Damn. Just damn. The only words that come to mind are the ones I spoke at my foster son's funeral last year -- "Rest well, little warrior. Your struggle is over."

Posted by: Steve on June 27, 2006 10:09 AM

This is sad beyond words. He will be missed. May he rest in eternal peace.

Posted by: Zhang Fei on June 27, 2006 10:20 AM

I never met Rob, but I felt like I knew him. God bless his family in dealing with this sorrow. He cut a wide swath and will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Chai-rista on June 27, 2006 10:20 AM

Just another long-time fan here, saying I always read Acidman every day and wish I'd dropped him a note or something. And, well, you know what he'd say to a "wish" like that. Fair sailing, A-guy.

Posted by: Bruce on June 27, 2006 10:22 AM

First blog I ever read daily. Seems that time has proven one of the few worth it.

Truly sorry for your loss. His suffering has ended.

Posted by: EB on June 27, 2006 10:24 AM


You have my deepest condolences, I lost my father last year, and know a bit of what you are going through. Like many others, Rob's blog is one I checked every day, and have been for quite a while.I have been away from a computor for several days, and was shocked to see this when I checked the blog this morning. I will miss his wit and humor, as well as his acerbic view of the world. God bless him and you and the rest of the family.


Posted by: Peter Theune on June 27, 2006 10:25 AM

I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for letting us know.

Posted by: Matthew Goggins on June 27, 2006 10:28 AM


My condolences to you, Sam, and to Quentin and the rest of Rob's family....and to all of us who loved the SOB.

Posted by: Bill on June 27, 2006 10:30 AM

Wow. I'm very sorry to hear this. My deepest condolences to you and your family, Sam.

Your dad and I had it out a couple of times over the years. While it would be an outright lie to say that I respected his opinions, it's nonetheless the God's honest truth that I respected the passion that provoked them. I would hope that anyone who sparred with him would say the same.

RIP Acidman.

Posted by: Kathy on June 27, 2006 10:31 AM

The world is a lot poorer today. On the other hand, heaven is now a lot richer, and certainly a better & more fun place to be (if that's possible).

Not much mention in these condolences of Rob's grandmother . Sam, you might have to step up and be the leader of the family now and make sure she's OK thru this.

Damn! Born in '52, same as me. This just sucks.


Posted by: mrJimm on June 27, 2006 10:31 AM

Via con dios.

A man that did not 'go quietly into that good night'.

Posted by: David on June 27, 2006 10:40 AM

Echoing those above me, I am just so sorry for your loss.

Posted by: anne on June 27, 2006 10:40 AM

One of the true individuals on the blogosphere is no more. Devastating. See you on the other side, Acidman.

Posted by: Uncle Mikey on June 27, 2006 10:41 AM

I am so so sorry, Sam.
Although I never met him in person, I really loved the man.

Posted by: UziQ on June 27, 2006 10:48 AM

Very sorry to hear of this tragic news. The world just got smaller. Godspeed Acidman. You are the best.


Posted by: Hal on June 27, 2006 10:48 AM


I'm very sorry to hear this. I'm not a regular visitor, but when I have come here I always enjoyed it.

Posted by: ed on June 27, 2006 10:50 AM

I am sooooo sorry to hear this news. This is so horrible, I will miss him!!

He was so special and loved more then he realized.

Posted by: Wild Thing on June 27, 2006 10:56 AM

Just curious...Did Rob get to see Mommie before he passed away? I hope he did.


Posted by: Gerald Williams on June 27, 2006 10:59 AM

Don't know why, but this Greg Brown song always reminded me of Acidman. Farethee well Rob....

Billy from the Hills

No one now knows too much about these woods,
If they got lost, they wouldn't know where to go.
Tribes been gone a long time, small farmers got blowed out,
Maybe there ain't even that much left to know.
You can strip the trees, foul the streams, try to hide in the progressive
Ease into the comfort that kills.
'Fore I do that, I'll grab my pack,
And disappear with Billy from the hills.

Blood flows back and back and back and back,
Like a river from a secret source.
I feel it wild in me; I pitched my camp
At the fork where knowledge meets remorse.
Women sing in me that song from the ancient choir,
I just open my mouth and what comes out gives me chills.
I got my song from a secret place,
I got my face from Billy from the hills.

A 40-inch barrel on that shotgun,
Steel traps and a cane pack on his back.
Eighteen years old, surrounded by the Ozarks,
Ain't one little bit of that boy that's slack.
If you're lookin' for a helpin' hand,
He'll give you one, you know he will.
If you're lookin' for trouble, huh-uh, turn around,
You don't wanna mess with Billy from the hills.

Some folks dance cool, all angles and swaying hips,
Sensual as all get out and in.
Me, I'm a hick, and I dance like one,
I just kinda jump around and grin.
I know a guy, he doesn't dance too much,
But when he does, he gives everybody a thrill
You might run away or suck it up and stay,
When he dances, Billy from the hills.
Ah, dance, Bill.

There's a lantern lit on a Missouri night,
A woman writing poems by stove.
She knows the fox's whereabouts by knoll, by gulch, by yelp,
As he runs at night through her mother love.
Her memory to me is like watercress from a spring-fed stream,
Fresh and aching as a mockingbird's trill.
She lives in me; I try to look until
I can see for her and her boy, Billy from the hills.

It's a drifting time, people fascinated with screens,
No idea what's on the other side.
We stare at doom like an uptight groom,
And live our lives like a drunken bride.
Tonight I feel somethin' on the wind,
Or deep inside where we have to die or kill.
Something I know I didn't know I knew,
I learned from Billy from the hills.
Billy from the hills.
Billy from the hills.

Posted by: Zipity on June 27, 2006 11:05 AM

This is not good. Acidman has been my habit for the past year.

Where will I post my inane comments?

God bless Rob's survivors.

I will miss all this!

Posted by: dc on June 27, 2006 11:07 AM

His was a unique mind with a true gift for storytelling, and one of those guys you thought could never die. Condolences to you and your family, and heartfelt sorrow at his passing.

Posted by: RebeccaH on June 27, 2006 11:11 AM

Sam and Quinton, I am very sorry for your loss. Rob had a rare wit and a way with words better than 99% of the published authors out there. He gave some damn good advice, too. I'm sure you'll miss him the most, but, rest assured, he will be missed across the world.

R.I.P., Acidman

Posted by: 357 on June 27, 2006 11:11 AM

I've been in shock about Rob's death since yesterday - still am. I'm a long time reader - very infrequent commenter. I emailed Rob only a couple of times but still feel like I've lost a friend. I guess I kept hoping against hope - that this was some kind of "joke." I know it isn't, of course. I couldn't sleep last night, thinking about him.

Sam, your dad was so important to so many people. He couldn't have known how many. I loved Rob's writing from the first entry I read, years ago now. He was just so damn honest and fiesty and didn't give a happy damn what anyone thought. I loved that about him. It will take a long time for me to stop checking Gut Rumbles every day.

Sam, the one thing that was unchanging about Rob - was his love for his children and his grandmommie - his family. May you - and they - find moments of peace in the days ahead. I hope he got to see his grandmommie one more time.

He was a fine, fine man - ornery and hard-headed - but very fine. I wish I could have met him in person. Seeing all the comments here - he must be laughing his ass off in heaven about now. Either that or he's getting any liberals up there straightened out. Bless him. And his family and dear friends. My deepest sympathy...

Posted by: SSP on June 27, 2006 11:20 AM

A devastating silence and stillness has crushed my heart! A dear friend, one I never met, has left my simple little world. Sam, please accept and convey my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Cat & Livey, I know you loved and cared for this dear man greatly and I offer you both my sympathies also. I will no longer be found cracking up in my office over his words, but I sure hope I get to meet him someday and give him a hug. Godspeed my friend!!

Posted by: Anastasia on June 27, 2006 11:22 AM

As with many here, Rob's was one of the first blogs I read. He set the standard for honesty and plain-speaking. RIP.

Posted by: jgm on June 27, 2006 11:31 AM

Thoughts and prayers for all Rob's family. I read here several times daily for years, commented but a few times, got one email from Rob that helped me in a dark time. I hope his writings stay online, so we can all read and remember, and laugh. He is and will be missed. Rest In Peace, my friend.

Posted by: Stewart on June 27, 2006 11:36 AM

Goodbye, Rob

Posted by: pril on June 27, 2006 11:38 AM

I haven't read this blog in some months, but
I hope he looks up my Father. Dad passed away three years ago. He was a lot like Rob; he took no shit off anyone and always spoke his mind. Dad was a great person, southerner and American. The two would get along just fine.

Posted by: Tim on June 27, 2006 11:40 AM

RIP, Rob ...I know underneath the gruffness was a good man.He surely will be missed

Posted by: bugler on June 27, 2006 11:42 AM

I'm very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends.

Posted by: Shannon on June 27, 2006 11:45 AM

All my condolences, Sam.

And Quinton, your Daddy loved you so much it hurt him to be kept away from you. Don't lket anyone ever try to convince you otherwise. He was proud of you, too.

Posted by: Chip Gill on June 27, 2006 11:45 AM

The war is over. Jennifer won.

Damn shame.

Posted by: Rollory on June 27, 2006 11:56 AM

Here I sit at 12:50 in the morning in Yokohama. We had friends over and I have just seen off the last of our guests. And ... I thought I would check a few sites before bed. I had to check A-man of course, as it had been perhaps a whole day since I had stopped by.

What a shock. I am crying in my shochu. My wife doesn't understand that I have lost a friend.

Goodbye Rob.

Posted by: Clyde on June 27, 2006 11:59 AM

Rest In Peace A-Man.

Our Prayers are with you Sam and Quinton.

Posted by: Water on June 27, 2006 12:05 PM

I'm going to miss reading A-mans rants. Seems a damn shame that his ex wife wasn't the one to bite the dust. I can't get past the irony of an avowed atheist getting all these prayers! I once emailed him and told him I'd be praying for him through the rehab stint. His response was highly detailed description of where I could stick my prayers!! LOL. The cantankerous old bastid is going to be sorely missed and I have no idea what I'm going to find to replace my daily visits to his blog.
I can't help but be saddened that Quentin will never get to meet his father.
Damned DAMNED shame.

Posted by: Doppelganger on June 27, 2006 12:16 PM

Sam --

My condolences.
Your daddy would be proud of you handling all this for him. I have admired him since I first met him.

Susan Taylor

Posted by: susan on June 27, 2006 12:17 PM

I'm very sorry for your loss, Rob was a complete original.

I take comfort from the fact that he passed away with a picture of my wife's toes on his computer...

Posted by: Matt on June 27, 2006 12:19 PM

I can count on one hand the number of people whom I have never met that I cried at their passing. Rob is one.

Posted by: pensat on June 27, 2006 12:23 PM

Rob played a key role in helping to corrupt my young and impressionable mind. Hell, he made me want to join the Axis of Assholes. God bless him for that.

You were the best, Acidman.

Posted by: Rufus on June 27, 2006 12:28 PM

I'm I the only one who thinks it incredibly hypocritical and against everything Rob stood for in his life that comments are being removed having been deemed "INAPPROPRIAT" ? Good Lord...Rob's whole fucking life was the very definition of the word.
Lighten up people and stop being such assholes...Billy Graham didn't croak here it was our ACIDMAN!!!! Reading these hypocritical, touchy feely post would kill the old bastard if he hadn't already assumed room temperature! He went out cursing some of the very assholes leaving "touchy feeley" comments here. In the immortal words of bunch of fucktards!
Go ahead...delete my post you revisionist pissants.

Posted by: LibsSuck on June 27, 2006 12:29 PM

Sam -

my sincere condolences to you and Quinton - I never could get your father to agree on how fresh Sea Trout is the best thing to get out of the intracoastal waterway - I always enjoyed seeing what was on his mind.


Posted by: Pete on June 27, 2006 12:34 PM


I met your father this past April in Austin. He, my father and I shared a memorable breakfast and had some great laughs. He was a talented musician and an incredible gentleman. I know my father especially is deeply saddened by the loss.

My prayers go out to you and your family during this most difficult time.

May he rest in peace.


Posted by: TJ on June 27, 2006 12:37 PM

I just read thru 460 comments, looking for Rob's famous "gotcha again". There isn't going to be there? I'm at work, fighting back tears.

God Bless and keep you and yours Sam.

Posted by: bubba on June 27, 2006 12:49 PM

I'm an infrequent lurker, but this is a shock. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by: aMOS on June 27, 2006 12:50 PM

When I paid tribute to Rob, I completely forgot that he was instrumental in my getting together with Deb, which of course led to Sadie and Valerie and a potential future sibling for them.

We might have flirted our way into it anyway, but that post of Deb's painted toenails, in apology to Rob, provoked me to open up so much that within two weeks we'd chatted, phoned, arranged to meet in person, and planned to marry in Vegas if nothing caused us to change our plans.

How I could forget that detail I'll never know, but that's all the more reason for his special place in our hearts.

Posted by: Jay on June 27, 2006 12:51 PM

Thanks for the blogging Acidman. I will miss you. Rest in peace.

Posted by: Steve Brookline MA on June 27, 2006 01:23 PM

You never know who is going to reach through this thing called the internet and grab hold of your heart and mind. You left us too soon, Rob. Way, way, too soon.

Posted by: sue on June 27, 2006 01:28 PM

It was a shock to read it on Instapundit.

I will miss him, deepest sympathies, Sam.

Your Arlington neighbor.

Posted by: Steve in Texas on June 27, 2006 01:35 PM

LibsSuck: you might want to re-read the last sentence of Sam's post if you want to know why 4 comments have been removed. I'm perfectly aware of Rob's policy on commenters; I helped him manage his comments section for over a year and I don't take deleting comments any more lightly than he did.

I understand completely what you're saying, but there is his family to consider too, and that's why those few comments were removed. Given that you don't even know what was in them, you're just going to have to trust us.


Posted by: Light & Dark on June 27, 2006 01:38 PM

"Out of respect for my family please do not leave nasty comments.

That is why inappropriate comments are being removed and yes, you do seem to be the only one having a problem with it.

Posted by: Stevie on June 27, 2006 01:40 PM

G'bye you old bastard! You will be missed by many you knew and many you did not. I have a feeling that this list here, the almost 500 comments, are but a sampling.

My and my familes prayers are with the family.

Posted by: flesh99 on June 27, 2006 01:41 PM

wahhh thats so sad

Posted by: rebecca on June 27, 2006 01:56 PM

Damn if that ain't a kick in tha pant's

RIP A-man

Posted by: gravdigr on June 27, 2006 01:57 PM

So sorry.

I've just lost my dad too.

Posted by: TC on June 27, 2006 02:11 PM


I never met him, but I still feel like I knew him very well. He was a daily read.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted by: The Other Mike S on June 27, 2006 02:34 PM

Deepest condolences.
Rob was one of my favorite reads.
He left the world better than he found it.

Posted by: IBM on June 27, 2006 02:52 PM

Sorry to hear that Rob has passed.

He had a way with words that few of us possess. He could make you howl with rage, laugh with gusto and occasionally shed a tear. Sometimes he managed to do all three in a single post.

He will be missed.

Posted by: Richard on June 27, 2006 02:53 PM

I've never commented, but have read this blog daily for the past year. I am so sad to hear that Rob is gone. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Posted by: Suzie on June 27, 2006 03:06 PM

I am so sorry to her about Rob. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends through this troubling time.

Please keep his blog site open. I lost my sister 3 years ago and am so thankful that her site is still up. I still go visit her now and then to see her picture, view her art, and read her words. I miss her so much.

Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will.

Posted by: Raggedy on June 27, 2006 03:28 PM

Good-bye Rob.

Quinton and Sam, you can be proud of your Dad. My prayers are with you to hasten the time when your grief is replaced by only the best and happiest memories.

Posted by: Oceanguy on June 27, 2006 03:39 PM

Iím at work reading this. Holding back my tears it getting harder and harder. I know as soon as I get home the damn will break and my tears will fall.

I have been reading Robís blog for several years now and felt as if he could have been a great friend. This news is devastating.

My heart hurts for his entire family. God bless you all.

Rob, I hope you are able to look down and see all the true friends you have.

We will miss you greatly.

Posted by: Roaslee on June 27, 2006 03:44 PM

My sincere condolences


Posted by: Paul on June 27, 2006 03:45 PM

Rob was an excellent writer. And yes, "He stomped the terra."

Posted by: d. lee on June 27, 2006 03:49 PM

Very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Chris on June 27, 2006 04:09 PM

You have my sincerest condolences. For what it is worth, it sounds like he died of peritonitis from a stomach ulcer that perforated. Shoulder pain, nausea, extreme sweating, vomiting. Oddly enough, the pain starts to subside about 24-48 hours after the initial onset, and as I went back to read the blog entries, that is exactly what seems to have happened.

May God bless and keep him, and may his grace comfort your entire family at this difficult time.

Posted by: bcb1 on June 27, 2006 04:10 PM

What the hell? First Meg, now Rob?

I am so incredibly sorry Sam.
He will be greatly missed.

Posted by: Angie on June 27, 2006 04:11 PM

He sure was a pisser.

But a true Southern Gentleman.

Rob, I hope the grits are decent where you're headed and that the boiled peanuts are all-you-can-eat.

Save me a seat at the bar.

Sam & the rest of Rob's family; you have my deepest sympathies and most sincere condolences.

Posted by: Rob@L&R on June 27, 2006 04:13 PM

How many ages hence shall this our lofty scene be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown?


Posted by: Beck on June 27, 2006 04:16 PM

Very few are able to put feeling down so honestly.....sorry for your loss


Posted by: Don on June 27, 2006 04:19 PM

This is Dave, Rob's brother. I just wanted to let somebody know that the arrangements have finally been made. If somebody has the ability to get the word out, please go for it.
There will be a memorial service for Rob at 4 pm on Thursday, June 29th, at Fox & Weeks on Hodgson Memorial Drive in Savannah, followed by an after-service celebration (can't be a wake if it's after the Memorial) at our parents' house. Pickers will bring instruments, everybody else bring voices and any Rob stories you can tell for everybody else to hear while they lift a glass to him. I'm going to miss my big brother, but I'll do my best to send him off in style! There'll be directions to the place at the service, or you can email me: dsmith [at] brannenlaw [dot] com. Thanks, everybody!

Posted by: Brother Dave on June 27, 2006 04:24 PM

Sam, I only found your entry this afternoon. My sincere condolances to you and all of your family. He's gonna be missed something fierce.

Posted by: wil on June 27, 2006 04:41 PM

s'long cracker, I'll hoist one for you tonight.

I trust the site will be backed up to something less volatile than servers. Quentin may find this place of interest a few years down the road.

Posted by: jsallison on June 27, 2006 04:45 PM

For a most eloquent and beautiful collection of words about Rob's essence and impact, do not miss reading the remarkable Jun 26 entry (title: "Why I Read Gut Rumbles") on Steve H's site:

If I could write that well, it's exactly what I would have said here and I'm willing to bet same is true for many of us who checked in with Rob every morning?

You made a difference, Rob Smith. We will mourn your loss for a long, long time. Your essence lives on. Shalom.

Posted by: Annie McGreggor on June 27, 2006 04:55 PM

Well, just shit!
Sam, sorry to hear of your loss. Hang in there--that's probably what Rob would've said. God bless.

Posted by: Tennessee Budd on June 27, 2006 05:05 PM

wow. Rob was one of my daily reads - except for yesterday, obviously. I'll miss him and his favorite word "Bejus"!

Where ever he is, I hope he knows how many people out there are gonna miss him.

Posted by: shawna on June 27, 2006 05:19 PM

My condolences, thoughts and prayers are with all of you Sam. Rob was an original. Celebrate his life!
God Bless.

Posted by: David Drake on June 27, 2006 05:32 PM

Respect, and deepest sympathies.


Weymouth, UK

Posted by: Scaryduck on June 27, 2006 06:13 PM

I feel like I knew Rob, but I did not. Never spoke to him or met him. I can only echo so many others and say I will miss him, his stories and his blog. He was a BIG person, like Johnny Cash - he took up a BIG space, and he will be sorely missed.

Posted by: suze on June 27, 2006 06:35 PM

Rob, you will be missed.
Vaya con Dios.

Posted by: Joe Mama on June 27, 2006 07:20 PM

Here's hoping Rob now rests in peace free from the demons, trials and tribulations of this world. And that he's a long time in Heaven before the Devil even knows he has passed.

I've read Gut Rumbles for more than a year and Rob's scribbling encouraged me to start blogging.

Posted by: joated on June 27, 2006 08:17 PM

Shit. What an ornery bastard Rob was...and we are all better for having "known" him via his blog. May he RIP.

Posted by: david on June 27, 2006 08:24 PM

Rob's special character and wonderful writings will be missed. I painted my toenails red today to honor his memory. My thoughts are with his children, brother, grandmother and the many friends who loved him.

Posted by: Michelle M. on June 27, 2006 08:34 PM

Rest in Peace, good man. Sadly, the world has 1 less soldier to fight the nonsense.

Posted by: Mile66 on June 27, 2006 08:38 PM

DAMN! Gonna miss you Rob. I loved your take no prisoners style. Both being prostate cancer survivors made it more interesting.

I think he would want us to 'Get on with it" and carry the banner.

My heartfelt sympathies to all the family.

Posted by: Hercules on June 27, 2006 09:26 PM

rob was one dimkum comrade. just like manny in heinlein's "the moon is a harsh mistress"

sometimes he reminded me of manny and other times he was more like prof de la paz.

maybe rob and heinlein are at a "free luna rally" right now.

Posted by: leo on June 27, 2006 10:05 PM

Those of us who remain behind should be humbled by this one person who affected and entertained so many of us.
May his relatives have peace in knowing that he no longer hurts so very much.
We salute the master,
Oran R. Woody

Posted by: Oran Woody on June 27, 2006 10:35 PM

My condolances.

Posted by: Cybrludite on June 28, 2006 01:12 AM


Back in '02, or now, groupies or not . . .

It was always about the issues. You know I read every day . . . tole ya that and all . . .

So I've seen everything written. You'd prolly be pissed at all the attention, but hey, you started this blog, Bubba (of Bombast--my term for you--who knew?) . . .

You're out there, getting a read on all this, I know. Deep down you were on a diff level than most, and for all the dung we flung at each other, in total disagreement with no passion spared in every fling--

I am gonna miss you, Smif. A lot. I waited two days to say so. Figgered others had more important things to say before the "troll" spoke up.

I'll see ya one day, Dude. I'll bring my Epiphone and we might strike up a little Charlie Daniels . . .

"People say I'm no good, crazy as a loon..."

Pretty good resume, them words, Bro. I understand St. Pete likes the tune, as well as Prine's that we joked about back when and all.

Smif--you know--now--even if no one else does . . . I'm gonna miss ya for real.

Resquiat in Pace, Robert Smith. You have earned it.


Posted by: jb on June 28, 2006 02:03 AM

My most sincere condolences to you and your family.
I came across your Dad's blog a couple of years ago and since then he has been a daily drop in for me. He was funny, clever and an all round decent guy. The world is a poorer place without him.
Take care.

Jim Braiden

Posted by: jim braiden on June 28, 2006 06:53 AM

Condolences to you and your family. Rob was a great voice on the net. I will miss him.

Posted by: Xixi on June 28, 2006 08:06 AM

I will miss reading Rob every day. RIP.

Posted by: Stephen McAteer on June 28, 2006 08:31 AM

Fair thee well, my friend. You have helped me more than you know. The demon alcohol was trying to get me and your example gave me strength.

Sam, I am so sorry. Your Dad will be missed. I do so hope you start blogging again. I miss you as well.

Well said jb. Not bad for a troll!


Posted by: Ed on June 28, 2006 08:40 AM

I'm just catching up, and it pains my heart to read this news and my prayers go to his family. Following Rob's daily activities was something like "The Truman Show," and you were always pulling for him. I'm very sorry.

Posted by: Woody on June 28, 2006 08:51 AM

Deepest condolences to Sam and Quinton, and to all who loved Rob. I think we are all better people for having known Acidman.

Posted by: dragonfly jenny on June 28, 2006 09:10 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Reading Rob's page for years, I had always imagined that one day I'd get to actually meet him (and all of you) one day. I'm deeply saddened.


Posted by: Andy on June 28, 2006 09:28 AM

I don't know if I ever read anyone who combined raw honesty and verbal eloquence so well. I always admired his resilience in the face of such difficulties because it would have been so easy to fold up under them. He was a MAN, and a damned good one. We're all worse off for his departure but he set a fine example of originality while he was here and for that we should be grateful. Guys like him don't come along very often. His family, whom he obviously loved deeply, has my utmost sympathy at his passing and my thanks for sharing him with us

Posted by: mac on June 28, 2006 10:05 AM

My condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Cindy on June 28, 2006 11:54 AM

Good-Bye old friend.

Posted by: FrankieJoe on June 28, 2006 12:14 PM

I am so deeply sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Michelle on June 28, 2006 12:40 PM

Has anybody here seen our old friend Rob?
Can you tell us where he's gone.
He freed a lot of people but it seems the good die young.
We just looked around and he was gone.

The silence is deafening. Rest well, tall dog.

Posted by: kidtax on June 28, 2006 12:48 PM

RIP Rob. You were a good man.

Posted by: Erik on June 28, 2006 01:57 PM

Rob will be missed. Though I did not know him well, I liked everything I did know.

RIP Rob, blogging is a little worse without you.

Posted by: GM Roper on June 28, 2006 03:20 PM

Oh no...I had been away from the blog and found this notice on Instapundit.

I am so, so sorry Sam.

God broke the mold after he made Rob....not too many men like him around.

God, I'm in tears and I never met the man. His poor son.
His poor daughter....geeze, I'm even sorry for his garden.

I fell like painting my toenails red as a tribute, and I'm not joking.

Oh no...........

Posted by: Kim on June 28, 2006 04:21 PM

Damn, sorry to hear that, he was great fun.

Posted by: Perry de Havilland on June 28, 2006 05:39 PM

Rob was one of the first sites that I added to the blogroll of the Intergalactic Capitalist and he was the second to blogroll me. I will miss that unvarnished truth as he saw it, it was refreshing in this age of PC.

Posted by: StarBanker on June 28, 2006 06:03 PM

Godspeed A-man, and thanks for the laughs.

Posted by: Chase on June 28, 2006 06:21 PM

RIP Senor Acid

Posted by: BlackOps on June 28, 2006 06:59 PM

To Rob's Family:
The Acidman was the first blog I ever read - I am among the many hundreds of thousands of people who will miss him every day.

I hope that fond memories of good times, the love of family and friends, and of Robs many friends, will bring you comfort at this time.


Posted by: Karl Fischer on June 28, 2006 07:37 PM

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Rob's family and friends. Rest in peace.

Posted by: Kevin Burke on June 28, 2006 07:42 PM

It was music that brought me first to Gutrumbles, it was Rob -- his hurtin' feelin' livin' life as it was meant to be lived self -- that drew me back day after day.

To live a life filled with such a passionate intensity is to embody integrity. He was the spark of light in many a dark night of mine. My humble gesture tomorrow will be the painting of my toenails a very special red. I will miss his strength greatly.

My condolences especially to Sam, "Mommie", Cat, and others who knew Rob in real life and times, whose loss I cannot begin to imagine.

Posted by: liberalyankeegrrl on June 28, 2006 08:19 PM

I'll never look at Boiled Peanuts the sameway again. Adios Amigo.

I hate this world sometimes. So many deserv better.

Jennifer; Fuck you bloodless cunt!

Posted by: JohnB on June 28, 2006 09:58 PM

So sorry to hear the news. Rob was a big reason I signed on to the internet. Irreverent is the word. My condolences to all who loved him.


Posted by: Terry on June 28, 2006 11:05 PM

I'm very sorry.

Posted by: binsk on June 28, 2006 11:56 PM

My condolences, Sam and to the rest of the family. This was one of the first blogs I ever stumbled over and am glad I did. May he rest in peace and my heart goes out to you all.

Posted by: Sue on June 29, 2006 12:48 AM

My condolences to you Sam and your family. To Rob, you will be missed.

Posted by: Tim Larson on June 29, 2006 08:30 AM

Rest in peace, Acidman!
I am very sorry for your loss.

Posted by: Ali on June 29, 2006 10:49 AM

Oh my dear God, I am sorry to hear of Rob's passing! I so enjoyed your father's writing and I will miss his online presence.

Posted by: Bitchmama on June 29, 2006 01:18 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Rob will be missed.

Posted by: Rebecca on June 29, 2006 02:57 PM

I disagreed with a huge ammount of what Rob wrote but he was the most gifted of writers and will be sorely missed in the world of blogging. My condolences to his family.

Posted by: Dave on June 29, 2006 03:51 PM

I love you Rob....

with all me heart.



Posted by: Rosalee on June 29, 2006 04:00 PM

I haven't read Rob's site in awhile (I guess I forgot the link in my move back to the States a year ago). I am truly sad to hear about his passing. My condolences.

Posted by: Anna on June 29, 2006 11:56 PM

He left the world after making it a better place. Love to you, Sam.

Posted by: A Horse With No- on June 30, 2006 02:15 AM

I only read Acidman a few times, but the writing was real, and it was gripping. I stayed away partly because I knew that I'd get addicted.

I'm very sorry to hear that he passed on. I hear the news from the Big Hominid.

In my thoughts and prayers...

Jeffery Hodges (aka Gypsy Scholar)

* * *

Posted by: Horace Jeffery Hodges on June 30, 2006 03:10 AM

Well, the Bloodless Cunt finally got what she wanted, Acidman is out of his son's life forever. Even though she didn't have a direct hand in his death, she killed him all the same, in concernt with the feminazi family court system and the pussified political correctness that passes for justice in this country these days.

But I like to think that Rob, looking down from above, will have the last laught in the end.

Posted by: maggot on June 30, 2006 08:56 AM

Ciao A-Man.! It was a good run and you did it your way as best you could..
I'll find the first non-smoking and non-drinking establishment and have a ciggie and marguerita and toast the passing of a good guy as I pinch the waitresses butt!

You will be missed.

Posted by: Joe Dromedary on June 30, 2006 12:14 PM

We will miss him

Posted by: darko on June 30, 2006 02:10 PM

So sorry to hear this Sam. Acidman was one of the first blogs I ever read, and he was always good for a laugh, or a good reality slap when needed.

Posted by: Kal Jones on July 1, 2006 06:39 AM

We have all suffered a huge loss, too many people were afraid to tell the truth. We have lost our cracker champion.

Posted by: Zer0 on July 1, 2006 09:26 PM

I just read the sad news after being out of the country. I'm a Christian grandmother, and Rob said everything I thought but didn't dare say. Oh, how I'll miss him. Love to Mommie, Sam, all his friends, and Quinton who will grow up to discover his mother was evil to keep him away from his father. What a crying shame. ((Hugs to all))

Posted by: Gretchen on July 5, 2006 01:29 PM

One of the reasons I enjoyed reading the Acidman, is because his direct, BS-free, and unabashedly honest manner, reminded me a lot of my dad, who could be cranky and jovial, abrasive and witty, profane and brilliant, all at the same time.

At my dad's funeral, and at my monther's insistence, I stood up and said a few words; a few in attendence were somewhat shocked at my words, but I knew without a doubt that Dad would have loved it when I paraphrased a gravestone inscription I'd read about years ago:

"Lord, we are gathered here today to commit my father into your loving and eternal care. So, now that you got him, what the hell you gonna do with him?"

Be polite to the help, Acidman, and leave the place more or less intact for the rest of us, okay?

Condolences to the family. You'll be in my thoughts.


Posted by: Steve on July 7, 2006 02:15 AM


I am so sorry to hear about Rob. Have been reading him for several years--he was my daily fix, he made me laugh and cry. Will certainly miss his blog. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by: peggy on July 9, 2006 11:12 AM

After a year away from bloging I thought I'd catch up with what Rob has been up to. I am shocked and so saddened to hear of his passing. Rob is the epitome of what blogging is about, quite literally, cards, hearts and guts on the table. Courageously, and sometimes foolishly honest, but not one to shy away from anything. Of all the bloggers stateside, Rob was the one blogger who I would have given my eye teeth to have met. As it stands, I had the pleasure of the occasional email, which really, really made my millenium.
I don't know what else to say... I just can't believe it, he was such a tough old boot.
I'll never forget him.
Rob, you are a legend!

Posted by: Peter Lang on July 12, 2006 10:19 PM

I've been readin' Rob since the beginning..e-mailed some about music, Martins and mayhem. I'm gonna miss his take on the day to day.

So sad.....

Posted by: Bob in the hills on July 17, 2006 08:04 PM

Another good man gone...

Rest in Peace Rob !


Posted by: Chris on July 18, 2006 09:54 AM

Jesus Christ...

I've been off the blogs for so long, this completely passed me by. Rob's blog was one of the first I read, and was glad to know he was so close by. My prayers are with Rob and his family. Have a safe journey, brother. We'll all be seeing you.

Posted by: Joe on July 21, 2006 01:55 PM

My condolences to all concerned.. I was never a regular visitor, but from what I gleaned from my bloggy peripheral vision, he was quite a character. I'm sure he'll be missed.

Posted by: The Sanity Inspector on July 23, 2006 08:11 PM

Thanks for everything Rob, you will be missed. Toenails are red, red, red tonight.

Posted by: magdala on July 25, 2006 01:56 AM

please put up a good summary of life
a person should not just go away,
could someone in the family print out best quotes, ideas etc, you know,

Posted by: peterquixote on September 7, 2006 11:35 PM

I just want to cry out-

A-Man, I'm so, so sorry you're no longer with us.

Thanks, Sam and others for keeping, in the way you have at hand, Rob's spirit with us.

Years ago, I read Gut Rumbles on a daily basis with about four or five other blogs I really thought worthwhile. Rob and I exchanged birthday emails at one point, which I thought really great.

In the past few years, though, my life changed and I began treating this blog in particular like a good book every three or four months. I'd just devote an evening or so to catching up- Rob's anecdotal style of writing lent itself to that. At his best, it was like reading Twain (but with the added benefit of knowing there would be more to come).

No there is no more to come from Rob. I was last here this spring. I really felt for troubles he was having, but who would have expected him to pass on so soon?

It's really hard not to cry...

Thanks, Rob, for everything. You'll be sorely missed in a world you had such an accurate take on.

D. Edgren

Posted by: D. Edgren on September 17, 2006 01:58 PM

Still missed...

Posted by: Chris on October 11, 2006 03:35 AM
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