Gut Rumbles

June 26, 2007

Hard to believe it's been a year


A million times we've missed you
A million times we've cried.
If love could have saved you,
You never would have died.


Things we feel most deeply
Are the hardest things to say
Our dearest one, we have loved you
In a very special way


We often sit and think of you
And think of how you died
To think we couldn't say goodbye
Before you closed your eyes

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No one can know our loneliness
No one can see us weeping
All our tears from aching hearts
While everyone else is sleeping


If we had one lifetime wish
A dream that could come true
We'd pray to God with all our hearts
For yesterday and you


Robert Marion Smith
February 16, 1952 - June 26, 2006



You've done a fantastic job in keeping the site, and his memory, very much alive, Stevie. And the tribute you've written is tremendous. I kick myself for never having set aside the time to meet him when I had the chance.

Posted by: Erica on June 26, 2007 07:21 AM

Even after a year, I still read - every day. What a compelling man he was and what a marvelous writer.

Posted by: Donna on June 26, 2007 07:22 AM

He is missed by many. A beautiful tribute Stevie. Thank you for all you do here. I know it's a true labor of love on your part.

Posted by: Deb on June 26, 2007 07:31 AM

Very nice, Stevie, very nice. Thank you and Paul for keeping this site up.

You are missed, Rob. Thank you for your time that you so generously gave me over the years. It helped alot.
RIP ya ol' Cracker. ;-)

Posted by: imp on June 26, 2007 08:12 AM

thanks for the memories .. djs

Posted by: djs on June 26, 2007 08:57 AM

Beautifully written.

Thank you.

Blessings to all,

Posted by: Gen on June 26, 2007 09:29 AM

Thank you, you guys.
I'm so relieved, and glad, to see that y'all like this.

The text is from a poem I believe is called "If Love Could Have Saved You".
I got it from the book "Careless Whispers", by Carlton Stowers.

It just seemed so... right for Rob.
(Though, I did reword one line to make it flow better...)
(The English major in him concurred.)


Thank you again and, for the record, I'm still finding the whole thing incredibly hard to believe.

Miss you very much, Darlin', and love ya even more than that...

Posted by: Stevie on June 26, 2007 10:27 AM

I still come by here every day to see what has been posted. Don't know why, but I often think Rob will somehow be back! I guess in a sense, he is. I sure do miss the crusty old fart! Rest in peace Rob.

Posted by: Bob on June 26, 2007 10:47 AM

I still miss Rob. I'm glad that i can still visit him every day, almost.

Posted by: Michael on June 26, 2007 11:03 AM

Very nice Stevie. Thank you for all of your hard work.

You are very much missed, Rob.

Posted by: Surfie on June 26, 2007 11:08 AM

I still think about him every day. I see the reposts. I frequently listen to his songs. I miss him more than I can say in words.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on June 26, 2007 11:34 AM

Toasted the sky last night in your honor. Wishing Sam and Quinton the best. I just realized last night that Rob passed away on my son's birthday. He's 9 today.

Posted by: gravdigr on June 26, 2007 11:53 AM

This is beautiful! A wonderful tribute to a man who is missed by SO many.
Thank you both for all you have done and continue to do for this blog.

Posted by: De on June 26, 2007 12:17 PM

I can't believe it's been a year. I miss A-dude, and I really appreciate those who are keeping the site lit up and the RSS feeds flowing.

Posted by: Patrick on June 26, 2007 02:52 PM

... keep up the good work, Stevie..... Rob was an amazing man....

Posted by: Eric on June 26, 2007 03:21 PM

If it weren't for Rob, I'd have never met half of these folks...

He is missed.

Posted by: That 1 Guy on June 26, 2007 04:10 PM

No one worth a damn can help but to miss the cranky old bastard.

Miss him, painfully, indeed. sigh

The man left an unfillable hole, that's for damn sure.

Thank you Stevie for keeping the memories alive.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on June 26, 2007 04:23 PM

I'm still a daily reader. That crusty ole bastard was one of the finest story teller's I've ever read and I still miss him.

Posted by: Mike B on June 26, 2007 04:24 PM

Beautifully done.

Thank you.

Posted by: Heather on June 26, 2007 05:02 PM

Wow has it been a year already? Thank you Stevie, for giving those of us who miss him a place to come and visit Rob.

Posted by: Rey B on June 26, 2007 05:12 PM

Thanks again to you and Paul for keeping his site up, I posted today about Rob myself, Cat

Posted by: Catfish on June 26, 2007 05:16 PM

A beautiful tribute to a cantankerous bastard who could make us all laugh, grimace, scream, beat our fists on the walls, and curse...sometimes all within one post. I miss him.

Posted by: Elisson on June 26, 2007 05:46 PM

Thanks for this, Stevie.

Rob, I know you're out there somewhere, having a good time and laughing at us poor suckers here missing you, and I still wish you were here.

Posted by: caltechgirl on June 26, 2007 08:18 PM

Rob has, to this day, the best blogroll online. Thanks to Stevie and all involved in keeping this site alive. Have to think he would be just a little bit amused.

Posted by: backwaterblog on June 26, 2007 09:08 PM

"Have to think he would be just a little bit amused."

Hahahaha...what an understatement Backwaterblog...

Rob would declare that we all be "Drug off and shot!"....and then declared us all saints for missing him as mush as we do.

Yeah...i can see that shit eatin' grin of his right now! HA!

*Raises a toast to the AcidMan!*

Posted by: imp on June 26, 2007 09:33 PM

This was a great tribut to a great writer. RIP, Rob.

Posted by: Cappy on June 26, 2007 10:22 PM

My thanks also to Stevie and Paul for keeping this blog going. I still miss this guy I never met except online.

Posted by: Stewart on June 27, 2007 12:45 AM

I miss Acidman a lot.
Thanks for keeping the site.
That was a lovely tribute.
Rest in peace, Rob.

Posted by: KeesKennis on June 27, 2007 12:47 AM

I miss him, too...

I think all of us still feel the sting at such a profound loss.


Posted by: Mia on June 27, 2007 02:24 AM

Thanks, Stevie. It was just right.
I miss the shit out of him.
RIP, big brother. I love you.

Brother Dave

Posted by: Cop 1 on June 27, 2007 12:43 PM

I still stop by just as often as I used to, thanks for keeping this all going. Weird how you can miss a guy you never met and didn't know.

Posted by: Terry on June 27, 2007 01:29 PM

Very nice Stevie. Thanks for keepin' GR around.

I miss him as well. I often wonder what is take might be on some of silly stuff that goes on day to day anymore.

I met him only one time, and it felt as if I'd always known him.

Posted by: RedNeck on June 27, 2007 06:03 PM

That was a lovely tribute to a great blogger; we all miss his 'acid' wit!

Posted by: Michele on June 27, 2007 06:52 PM

Holy geez...
Thank you, Dave.

Everybody else too, of course, but...

Dave... wow.
(I've been praying that Rob's family would like this and to hear from him is... there are no words.)

Just wow, and thank you ('cause now I can breathe again)...

Posted by: Stevie on June 27, 2007 08:34 PM

Just as one avoids going to stand at the side of the grave and having to accept that a friend is truly gone, I'd not returned to this site for the past year. By accident, I was taken here by a link and am grateful for it.
I'm pleased to see that others who knew Rob, are willing to keep this site up and running for his son. May they be blessed everyday for the gift that they will be giving to him.
And, as for me, I'll return regularly and touch the brim of my hat to acknowledge meeting a friend again.

Posted by: Oran Woody on June 28, 2007 12:05 AM

This, to Oran Woody.

Link to me from here amigo, and send me an e mail. IMPORTANT !

Rob would have wanted to shoot together with us, and it's been too long since the Appleseed shoot in '05.

Plan on Friday, July 20th, and write me for details?

And also.... Sam, Stevie, Paul....


I think Rob would have liked that Oran and I might reconnect through Gutrumbles.

Hell, we'll burn shoot some guns we don't even have, in his honor.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on June 28, 2007 12:52 AM

Gawd, yeah Jim... Rob would love that.
The "reunion", the shooting of guns- nonexistent and otherwise, maybe the peeling of a few shrimp and a coupla King crab legs...

Hell, I'd love that...

Tell ya what... I haven't done a new repost yet because... well, several reasons, not the least of which is that this one is still getting comments and i'm unwilling to begin "burying" it yet.

I was going to maybe do one repost this morning.. start with one, next day do two, then back up to three, etc.

BUT... now I'm gonna wait til this afternoon (or so) to start the process to give Oran time to see your comment and respond.

Anything to help facilitate the kind of "gathering" that Rob would have loved so much...

Posted by: Stevie on June 28, 2007 06:11 AM


Kindly use your admin tools, and forward my invite along to Oran for me? I'd like to make sure he gets it.

And of course, you're welcome too, to write me for details.

Very sincere thanks in advance.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on June 28, 2007 10:37 PM

That was a beautiful tribute, Stevie. It's hard to believe it has been a whole year now.
I had never seen that picture of Rob and his Mama before.

Missing you, Rob.

Posted by: Cindi on June 29, 2007 04:11 AM

Thanks Stevie for keeping the memories alive.

It was a sad day last year when he passed and this week was equally sad for me. I realized today that I had to put my faithful old canine pal down on the same day Rob died, exactly one year later.

It got me to thinking about Rob too and things that are important to you this week.

Posted by: MarcL on June 29, 2007 07:11 AM

Aw jeez, Marc... so sorry to hear about your dog....
My hand to God, the month of June sucks.
(Don't believe me? Check out my post at Xfire from June 16th...)

Jim... consider it done.
There's an email address for him on the comments mgmt. page.
I'll copy and paste your comment and send it right now.

Posted by: Stevie on June 29, 2007 08:12 AM

'Tis sent.
Didn't get back a mailer daemon, either, so it musta worked.

Posted by: Stevie on June 29, 2007 08:18 AM

Thanks so much for this! Stevie, you are awesome!!! I miss him so much and think of him every day.

Posted by: Sam on June 29, 2007 09:51 AM

Hey ! Yo! Yeehaw-n-shit!

Where ya been?
HOW ya been?

I do hope everything is going well for you.
You gonna keep blogging?
At the same place?
(I love Stevie Nicks. This is my favorite of your blogs, so far...)

And, again, let me pass your thanks on to the inspiration for most of what I do... your Dad.

He makes it easy to do... to want to do.

He's left some awesome tools to work with here and, after that, all it is is a matter of loving him even unto death (let alone "half to death", like I used to put it) and being able, in some small way, to pay him back for all that he did for me.

And, for this particular outlet with which to do just that, I'm gonna turn around and thank YOU again, for giving me the keys.

So, thank you, Darlin' and... if you're not gonna be blogging for a while, just throw me a "head's up" once in a while, so I know you're okay. Okay?

*hugs on ya*

Posted by: Stevie on June 29, 2007 12:14 PM

Ditto what Erica said in #1 comment. And these pictures are wonderful! As is the poem. Thank you.

Posted by: Lolly on July 10, 2007 11:01 AM
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