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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Goodbye, Old Bastard and, Dare I Say, Friend

It is with great sadness that I learn that LC & IB Acidman has passed away.

Rob and I go back a ways in this crazy world that we call the Blogosphere, yet I only ever had a chance to meet him in person once, this year in Austin. I’m glad I did, because I always wanted to meet him. Of course, now I wish that we’d had time for more than a handshake and few minutes of chatting, but such is life. Full of regrets about what might have been, regrets that really serve no good purpose. You’ve got to play the hand that life dealt you.

And the hand that Rob got wasn’t a particularly good one. But he played it, to the best of his ability.

Oh yes, he was rude, outspoken, at times downright obnoxious, but he was always true to himself. True to himself and honest to the point where it sometimes hurt. I admired that, even when some of the things he said made me cringe, because you always knew exactly where you had him. And beneath that rough veneer, beneath all of the raging against the fading of the light, there was a warm, loving man. Most of all I remember his posts about his love of his son, Quinton, in which the “softer side of Rob” shone through like a beacon.

That’s a side of him that I’ll remember well. A side of him that showed me and everybody else who cared to read that, no matter how much anger and frustration one man holds, there’s always more to a man that, that there is good as well as the bad and the ugly.

Some will remember him for the bad and the ugly, some will remember him for the good. I will remember him for all of it.

Because it was all him. He let it all hang out, that was his gift to anybody who cared, and I accept it all gratefully. Warts and all.

Now, since his second-to-last post contained a farewell, that he’d had enough and was going to end it all, there’s bound to be a lot of speculation as to the method of his passing. I don’t care. I want no part of it. There, but for the Grace of G-d, and all that. If there’s to be a judgment, then I leave it in the hands of G-d, because He is much better at it than I am.

What’s done is done. I lost a friend, but I find comfort in the knowledge that he is in pain no longer, and I pray that his loved ones find the same. I also pray that he finds peace in the hereafter and that he passed knowing that he, for all his faults, was loved.

And if you didn’t, Rob, I’m going to damn well tell you in no uncertain terms when we meet again.

Goodbye, you old asshole.

Goodbye, my friend.

19 Responses to “Goodbye, Old Bastard and, Dare I Say, Friend”
  1. Unregistered Trackback by La Shawn Barber's Corner UNITED STATES

    Rob at Gut Rumbles……

    …has died.
    Rob Smith aka Acidman, was a plainspoken and prolific blogger out in the ’sphere since 2002 (with close to three million visitors). Rob was a recovering alcoholic who had some health problems recently.
    Gut Rumbles was a blog I…

  2. Unregistered Comment by LC Joseph Dromedary

    I used to visit Acidman, the Acidic Hassidic, a few years ago and infrequently since.
    All you said is true Misha…..lol. Rob was something to behold but ya had t’love him.
    I will miss his, mostly, on target rants and his relating of parties in Mexico! Would that I could have joined him!

    The latter part of his life was filled with consternation over many things, love, women, health etc, but his love for his son and his love of freedom shone as beacons.
    Goodbye curmudgeon. May you have blue skies, gentle breezes and soft landings forever.

    Joe D.

  3. Unregistered Comment by LC Joseph Dromedary

    Oops. Tilt! Sorry.

    [Gotcha covered, JD.  No worries.  -S.]

  4. Unregistered Pingback by dcthornton.com » Rob “Acidman” Smith, R.I.P.

    […] Misha sums up my thoughts at best regarding a friend whom I had hoped to meet in person for libation and conversation: …[T]he hand that Rob got wasn’t a particularly good one. But he played it, to the best of his ability. […]

  5. Unregistered Comment by FacMan UNITED STATES

    Yep, not only was he the Acidman, he could be down right abrasive, to boot. He was my introduction to the blog world, and I’m really going to miss his stark reality and truthfulness. There’s just too damn few men now who present themselves so.

    I’m going to miss him.

  6. Deathknyte Comment by Deathknyte

    Never really read him. But his passing does leave me sad, because people I do care about liked him.

    He did ask for the pics I took at the last blogfest in Texas.

  7. B.C., Imperial Torturer™ Comment by B.C., Imperial Torturer™ UNITED STATES

    Sunuvabitch. HE takes a good one like Acidman and leaves a putrid, steaming pile of human excrement like Michael “Fat, Flatulent Fucktard” Moore alive and stealing oxygen from poor, starving zooplankton in the Arctic Circle. Nope. Life just ain’t fair.

    Happy trails and may your cigars and bourbon be forever divine, A-man.

  8. Unregistered Comment by GUYK UNITED STATES

    Yep, the cracker was crazier than arun over dawg sometimes but he was my friend and I found myself agreeing with him a lot more than I disgreed with him.

  9. Unregistered Comment by Jakealope UNITED STATES

    Goodbye and good riddance to another gutless but bloodthirsty right wing blog arsehole

    [And the same to yet another example of the tolerant and compassionate Moonbat Left — Emp.M.]

  10. Unregistered Pingback by basil's blog » Blog Archive » Picnic 2006-06-27 UNITED STATES

    […] Emperor Darth Misha I (Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler) remembers a friend. […]

  11. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant UNITED STATES

    Goodbye and good riddance to another gutless but bloodthirsty right wing blog arsehole

    18959 Lina St, #601
    Dallas, TX

    Come say that to my face, chickenshit.  Anytime your balls grow past the size of pinheads, you fucking swishy-assed needledick.

    Hell™, if you can’t pull yourself away from giving your daddy his daily rimjob, bring him along - I’ll be happy to kick his ass, too, just for causing you to be born by not pulling out of that trick in Queens.

    Whenever you’re ready, little limp-wristed pansy-ass.

  12. Kristopher Comment by Kristopher UNITED STATES

    # Comment by Jakealope

    Goodbye and good riddance to another gutless but bloodthirsty right wing blog arsehole

    Here is this little retard’s blog….

    Apparently this transient is living out of his van … and made a stop in Spokane on the 18th.

    Keep us up to date on your travels … maybe one of the bloggers here can explain to you why disrespecting dead friends is an error.

  13. Unregistered Comment by Dennisofcourse UNITED STATES

    Acidman was well known, a tribute over at Day by Day

    http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/

  14. Unregistered Trackback by Smoke on the Water

    Silent Echoes…

    I still cannot wrap my mind around the thought of Acidman’s passing. His words live on, why not him? Yesterday found me speechless, profoundly unable to put words to the loss of a giant. And yes, Rob was a GIANT,…

  15. Unregistered Pingback by I Hate It Here » Blog Archive » Goodbye Acidman UNITED STATES

    […] Day by Day (it will show up at 1500 PST) The Rott who also has an asshole who doesn’t respect the dead posting in the comments. Kim Du Toit […]

  16. Unregistered Comment by flesh99 UNITED STATES

    Jakealope you are a prick. After you drop by and see Lord Spatula why don’t you drive to Houston and look me up. That is if there is enough of you left to drive your van down here. Respect for the dead is something that is just polite. Rob was a prick but we loved him anyway. He was in pain and praise G-D that he isn’t anymore. If you think your comments are anywhere near appropriate you had better think again. His family is certainly hurting right now and people like you are as bad as Phelps Phucktards! I hope you roll your van down the side of some mountain and have to lay there dying slowly with no coming. Fuck right off!

  17. Unregistered Pingback by Euphoric Reality :: Pro-military, pro-America, anti-stupidity. UNITED STATES

    […] Blogger Rob aka Acidman, who blogged at Gut Rumbles, has passed away. I enjoyed his blog, and am sorry to see him go. John Donovan has more, as do LaShawn Barber and Misha, who met Rob in Austin a while back. […]

  18. Unregistered Comment by IB LC Lady Heather GLOR UNITED STATES

    Just found out.

    I really enjoyed his writing, was part of why I decided to start blogging.

    Hopefully, he’s “shooting the sh*t” with Lewis Grizzard, another great Southern writer.

    RIP, Rob.

  19. LibraryGryffon Comment by LibraryGryffon UNITED STATES

    Just. Damn.

    I knew he was ill, and last year there was that stretch where we expected to read a note on his blog from Sam any day, but he’d seemed to be doing better, and his personality was so large there didn’t really seem to be any way it could just leave.

    So:

    Yeah when I get where I’m going
    There’ll be only happy tears
    I will shed the sins and struggles
    I have carried all these years
    And I’ll leave my heart wide open
    I will love and have no fear
    Yeah when I get where I’m going
    Don’t cry for me down here