Comments: Blogworld Tragedy

You said something I've felt all day today. I didn't know if anyone else was feeling it until you voiced it just now but all day I've been peeking in to the various blogs hoping, praying, wishing someone would pipe up and say "HA! Surprise! GOTCHA! It was all a big joke."
Sadly, horribly, regretfully that hasn't happened.
I'm only a reader but have been reading GutRumbles for 3 maybe 4 years now. So sad to know there will be no more vitriol, no more opinionated rants and no more thoroughly entertaining crap blog contests.
He will be sooooo missed by sooooo many people. I can't begin to imagine what his family is feeling tonite. All I know is if I feel this sad about someone I never met, then the people who actually knew the guy must be profoundly sad.
I think he's hiding in Costa Rica. At least that's what I'm telling myself. LOL
Sorry, probably a bad joke.

posted by PattiG on June 27, 2006 02:45 AM

It's just so unreal! I actually cried when I read Sam's post. Some may think he was only a bitter old man, but those who ever met him knew that he really was a nice guy under all that hard shell.

posted by Michele on June 27, 2006 07:47 AM

You nailed it, Key.

posted by zonker on June 27, 2006 08:01 AM

I know 'bout how you feel Key. Try to keep your spirits up. That's what I'm tryin' to do. You knew him much better then I, but I was glad to have met the man once...

posted by RedNeck on June 27, 2006 08:37 AM

I thought about you, Key, when I read the news. I knew you guys had a "special" relationship and I knew there were the little battles between the two of you but underneath it all, I knew you cared about him.

Although, I can't count myself as his friend, he made everyone who read his blog feel like a friend because he wrote so honestly about his childhood, his marriages and divorces, his parents, his children, etc..We saw him angry, desperate, confused and occasionally we saw him happy.
I, and everyone else, felt like we KNEW him, so we'll all feel the loss but not like those of you who truly knew him and cared for him.

posted by De on June 27, 2006 10:34 AM

You've been in my thoughts since I heard. I know the two of you had 'issues'...oh how he HATED it when you were right or said something he couldn't argue with LOL. Still, he adored you through it all. Take care, Key.

posted by Chablis on June 27, 2006 11:38 AM

Rob's death only makes more real the fact that the fun, carefree days of blogging are gone, the days before weblogs were mentioned on TV and the newspapers, the days before politics took over a lot of blogs that were fun to read before the partisan demons gained possession.

My sadness is for his son. I was fortunate and didn't lose my Daduntil I was 41, sadly Rob's son will grow up without ever really knowing his father.

posted by Jack on June 27, 2006 06:23 PM

... well spoken, Key....

posted by Eric on June 27, 2006 07:34 PM

..you and I recently talked about bloggers being "family"... it seems Rob's passing has solidified the bonds between his friends, blog buddies, and total strangers who visit Gut Rumbles.

The overwhelming response to the news of Rob's untimely death and the comments I've read about him are a tribute few people experience in life.

posted by vicki on June 27, 2006 08:41 PM

You have captured the essence of the man I have been unable to gather in words. Thank you. I know you know how I feel. Hugs hun.

posted by livey on June 27, 2006 08:56 PM

Thus Spake Zarakeystra. And Jack! Nice to hear from Jack.

Well said, Key. Whoever said you had no voice was, well, Rob. You moved me to tears.

posted by Velociman on June 28, 2006 01:49 AM

Wonderfully written Key. You have put into words what I have only been able to form in my mind. Thank you for sharing.

posted by Moogie on June 28, 2006 06:00 AM

That was exactly it. And what Vicki said is true too. It's amazing how many friends have come together because of the A-man, and moreso in the last few days.

posted by caltechgirl on June 28, 2006 01:13 PM

I'll be seeing uou in an hour or two but I waited to read you last because I knew you would make me the saddest and gladest. All the memories.

posted by ga on June 29, 2006 10:01 AM
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