Online Memorial For Rob

There will be an online memorial for Rob at 4pm Eastern tomorrow (Thursday, June 29). Please check in if you are able.

Yeah, I know. I finally linked. I have not done so before now because I didn't want to become part of the circus surrounding my friend's death. But this is one of those times when it's worth taking that chance.

What I'm about to say will likely be very unpopular and I really don't give a shit. After this, I hope they close down the comments and the trackbacks and let Rob's words stand on their own. I'd hate to see the site become a place where Rob gets lost and everyone tries to one-up each other on who was a closer friend, who knew him better, etc. I'm watching it happening already in the comments and on other websites and it makes me sick. Nobody owned Rob Smith and nobody knew him the same way anyone else did. To try to claim anything else is just ridiculous. I'm sure Rob would have loved the spectacle of it all...for a bit. And then he would have told everyone to fuck off and quit screwing up his site.

So there you have it. I know I'm not alone in feeling this way about his site. I pray those who have the ear of someone with the power to do something to preserve the integrity of the site will prevail.

Until then, join in the remembrance of Robby tomorrow. I wish I could be there, in Georgia or at the time of the online memorial, but I can't. Instead, I'll hoist a shot tonight and sing a song that rotten old bastid taught me.

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