Dear Rob,

... I took the news of your passing this morning with a very heavy heart... as I sit here now, I am listening to the song I asked you to play for me in Austin back in April... you know the song I'm talking about... the one that you could sing so well... thank you for singing it for me in Texas....

... damn, I am sad to see you go...

.... remember when I first met you in Dahlonega and you tossed me that ugly-assed Jawja Blogger tee-shirt as I walked up to the table?... I had only been keeping a blog for three months when I met you and the gang... and I never felt so welcome... remember back at the cabin with all of us playing and singing and smoking?... what a night... Kelley and Georgia singing "Me and Bobby McGee"?... man, Halloween on Blood Mountain... what a trip....

... remember that time me and Dax Montana carried you from The Troll in Helen all the way down the street to the Chalet Kristy after the Georgia/Vandy game?... and Key painted your toenails red once we got there?... Jimbo chugged that apple brandy moonshine that Dax had brought and then got HIS toenails painted... mercy....

... damn, brother... I miss you already...

.... hey, so you remember when the Wife and I snuck down to Savannah for that weekend and we all met up at the Six Pence Pub?... best damn Reuben Sandwich on the face of the planet... and some great company for that meal too.... that's when I first got a chance to meet your brother... you two looked so much alike that it was scary... the poor guy....

... I remember meeting your daughter at your Mother's funeral in Savannah.... I can't even imagine what she is feeling right now...

... man, it was so good to see you clean and sober in Austin.... We were all worried about you after Helen last year.. you looked like hammered dogshit, Rob... and when I helped you into the back of Rick and Georgia's car, I thought that was the last I'd ever see you alive.... but I was wrong.. a lot of us were wrong....

... you were stronger than we'd thought and it was beautiful to see.... I remember sending you those hideous cat-covered cards while you were getting dried-out at Willingway... it was pretty funny when you'd write back cussing in long-hand... cuss words look so much more civilized when they're written in cursive....

... you were a true original, bud.... and I respected you more than you'd ever have imagined... of course, I didn't always agree with you, but that was alright... you've made my life richer.... and you will be missed...

... here's to you, Rob... you always said this was one of your favorites... it's one of mine too.....

Your friend,


by Eric on June 26, 2006 | Bullshit (18) | TrackBack (1) | Blogging
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I've been sad today but didn't shed a tear til I read this. I'm sorry you lost your friend, Eric and I'm sorry I've lost someone I'd hope to call "friend" someday.

Bullshitted by Lisa W. on June 26, 2006 08:39 PM

Just read about Rob on his site. I can't find the words. Surfing the haunts to catch some thoughts. Your words hit the mark. The music was a plus. RIP Rob, you will be missed.

Bullshitted by Rumbear on June 26, 2006 09:55 PM

What a good friend you are...I feel sad for all of the writers who knew and loved Rob.

I've read Rob for a long time and will miss his stories.

Bullshitted by vicki on June 26, 2006 09:56 PM

I miss him too.... I can still hardly believe it. Beautiful post Eric.

Bullshitted by Libby on June 26, 2006 11:38 PM

Nice letter, bud, good memories for you...keep'em close.

Bullshitted by marcus on June 27, 2006 12:36 AM

Geez...unbelievable, isn't it? Ya think some voices will go on forever, yet we all get stilled sooner or later.

I checked you out first after reading the news. Great letter. Thanks, Eric.


Bullshitted by WitNit on June 27, 2006 12:43 AM

Eric, I have been in a shocked stupor, guilt-ridden, sick, sniffly, grateful to hear from our mutual friends. But I didn't really laugh or cry until I read your post. I just wasn't feeling it yet, and may not have been ready to. This week will be so hard.

Bullshitted by Key on June 27, 2006 01:07 AM

Well said, Eric. Thank you for the song...it struck a chord in my heart and memory...

Bullshitted by Dana on June 27, 2006 01:34 AM

It's never easy losing a friend and I have you and all the people who cared for Rob in my heart today. It sure is sad news.

Just letting you know I was thinking of you Eric...

Take care babe.

Bullshitted by Sandy on June 27, 2006 04:58 AM

Well said my Brother, well said.

Bullshitted by Laughing Wolf on June 27, 2006 06:13 AM

Beautifully phrased, Eric. It's hard to write stuff like this.

Bullshitted by zonker on June 27, 2006 07:58 AM

Well said man. I still don't know what to say and I'd never met him in person.

Rob is a rare find, even if you didn't agree with him he made you think and question what your beliefs were, that's a rare talent indeed and even rarer when done through writing alone.

His family and friends will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Take care Eric.

Bullshitted by phin on June 27, 2006 08:13 AM

Beautifully written. Just beautiful. I think I'll go listen to Please Come to Boston for a while.

Bullshitted by oddybobo on June 27, 2006 08:59 AM

Such a beautiful tribute Eric. I had to come back and read again today.

Bullshitted by Evilicious Blonde on June 27, 2006 10:13 AM

Bullshitten' it may be, but comes from the heart of a bullshitter who has lost a friend.

I have stopped crying now.

I left Rob some red toenails that I hope he is stomping about with elsewhere.

I will surely miss him.

Bullshitted by KeesKennis on June 27, 2006 01:47 PM

It's just the damndest thing ... damn ... damn ... damn ... I wanted to meet him so badly, and you served to intesify that with that really nice letter from a brother ...

The weirdest is when you think you hear them, like looking down on you, talking to you, signs ...

Do be sure and tell me some great stories about him when I meet you next month ...

Bullshitted by Erica on June 27, 2006 05:51 PM

Beautifully written, Eric. Thanks you for sharing that...

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