Rob’s Funeral (and other stuff)

I haven’t really posted much about my trip to Savannah, as I wanted a bit of time to think so that I could post something halfway intelligent. Fuck it. No amount of time is going to change it either way.

It took me longer than it should have to get there. Five or six hours I guess. I made several stops on the way. I wasn’t feeling very good Thursday so I stopped at all of the rest stops (three of them I think) as well as a couple of gas and pee stops. Got in a little after noon. It was pretty easy to find the hotel. A lot of us stayed at the La Quinta on Abercorn, which was pretty close to the funeral home. Since I got there at a decent time, I managed to get them to let me check in three hours early and showered. Probably a good thing since I had been in the car all day.

Once personal hygiene was taken care of I called Zonker to see where the hell everyone was. Everyone was going to meet for lunch at the City Market. He gave me directions and I headed out. Apparently the were initially going somewhere near River Street, but it was too crowded so they had changed their minds. I headed out and got started. I didn’t make it too far before he called me back and told me that there was no place to park, so we were going to meet at a restaurant near the hotel. No problem. Minor cluster fuck, but that’s what happens when you get a bunch of free souls (fucking hard heads) together.

I managed to get there first and have a beer at the bar. The first people to get there were Recondo32, Georgia, and their son Rick. Everyone else arrived shortly thereafter. I met Zonker, as well as Eric, Key, Yabu, Elisson, Denny, and Velociman. Damn it, today started 20 hours ago. I am missing someone, and I can’t figure out who. Oh well, send me a flaming hate mail and I will correct the error of my ways.

After lunch we headed back to the hotel to change. I hedged my bets from my earlier entry and brought along a shirt and tie, which I donned with misgivings about having my ass melt off. The service itself was actually a pleasant surprise. No fire and brimstone, which I am extremely grateful for. The preacher gave everyone an opportunity to speak about Rob if they wanted. A couple of buddies that had known him since high school got up and spoke some nice things about him. Then Livey spoke for a few minutes. She brought along her snakes as well. I hate funerals, so I didn’t hang around inside very long once the thing was over. I hear that they had his ashes in a pretty cool box. Outside I met Catfish, Dizzy Girl, and several other bloggers whose urls escape me at the moment.

We all headed over to the celebration which was in full swing by the time we got there, since most of us wanted out of the fucking monkey suits. I still have my ass but I swear I lost five pounds in sweat. I got to meet Sam and Stacey. They are both really nice and met us down on River Street later in the evening. Stevie was there, but I never got a chance to introduce myself. Maybe next time. I met lots of other people in Rob’s family, as well as some other bloggers, but apparently that short-term memory loss is taking it’s toll so I won’t try to list them tonight.

As I said before, we did head down to River Street and hung out for a couple of hours. Probably would have stayed longer but they closed the damn place on us. After that, several folks got together back at the La Quinta, but by that time my head was pounding, I felt like I wanted to puke, and couldn’t even eat much of anything. I just crashed at the hotel. I ended up sleeping about two hours later than I wnated to on Friday, so didn’t pull out of Savannah until about 7am. I had a nice time even though I felt so bad, and am looking forward to going to Helen in the fall, perhaps I will actually open my mouth once or twice. I put in for my next vacation this morning (my bosses were thrilled about that one) and am planning my week around Helen (right in the middle so that if I get too shitfaced I have time to recover.

Well, I have to get up for work in five hours, have to take my ass to bed.


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  • Glad you made the trip, Rob would have liked that. Nice meeting you, but I was not myself, I have been lost for words for the first time in my long life, Cat

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  • A Tribute to Acidman

    It was summer, 2004 and I was on TDY babysitting a bunch of people at Ft Lewis, Washington at the time. 
    I was staying at the “La Quinta” in Tacoma just off I-5 while I worked my magic on “North Fort.”  The days were long, as …

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  • Richard, thanks for the news from the service. I’m glad you were able to make it. What are the dates for Helen? G & I are mulling around the idea of driving down…

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  • Glad I was able to meet you. I’m trying to convince my hard-headed husband to attend a blogmeet. He has the idea that they’re nothing more than drunken ruts and unlawful hoozahs…which are only two of the reasons to attend, but that’s besides the point. LOL.

    Hope to meet up with you again.

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  • Please erase or for give my last comment
    I was crying I was writing though tears and its hard to write when you are crying~AND THINK~! LET ALONE SPELL i AM SORRY~! i JUST HIT SENT IN THE MIDDLE OF MY HEART BREAKING AND MY TEAR’S
    What I was trying to say every man was a little boy~Every little boy has a mother father sisters and brothers~GRANDPARENT’S IT GOES ON AND ON~! Who love him~! He even has a son~!This is breaking ALL OUR HEARTS and are so sad for the victim’s~! HE WAS A GOOD SMART FUNNY BOY WHO LOVED, GO CART’S &BB
    GUN’S! DIRT BIKES! HIS FAMILY~!
    Shane is a DRUG ADDICT~! We have tried endlessly for help~! We have TRIED ENDLESSLY TO GET HIM ADMITTED INTO REHAB’S..TOOK HIM TO COUNTLESS ER’S~! THE ER’S CALL IN THE ADDICTION SPECIALEST/BEHAVERAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL..WHO WE ARE BEGGING FOR THEM TO HELP HIM HELP US HELP HIM~! BUT WHEN WE TALK THEY ASK US TO LEAVE THE ROOM~?THEY DON’T CARE WHAT WE SAY….JUST HIM THE ADDICT CON~! SEND
    HIS PARENT’S/HIS FAMILY OUT OF THE ROOM AND LISTEN JUST TO HIIM~WHICH HE WAS ABLE TO ‘CON’ YES CON THE ADDICTION PROFESSIONALS OUT OF COMITTING HIM~! NEVER DREAMED THIS WOULD HAPPEN WE TRIED OR BEST HONESTLY FOR HELP~! THEN THERE IS THE ENDLESS RED TAPE~COVERAGER’S~ COST’S~ INSURANE COMPANYS` WHAT ARE THERE COVERAGES~!WHO WILL HELP~NO ONE PERIOD~! ALL YOU ARE GIVEN IS A LIST OF NAMES AND ETC OF WHO TOO CALL AND WHO MIGHT HELP IS ALL YOU ARE GIVEN WHEN YOU ARE RELEASED FROM THE ER’S~! AND I REMIND YOU THE ER’S WHO REFUSE TO LISTEN AND HELP~! WE WOULD OF DO ANYTHING PAID ANY THING TO HELP HIM~but~HE CONNED HIS WAY OUT OF IT~! IT IS NEVER ENDING THIS IS A 35 YEAR OLD MAN WHO WAS TAUGHT RIGHT FROM WRONG.WE ARE HIS FAMILY WE NEVER DIVORCED OR I WAS A STAY HOME MOTHER WE NEVER LET SOMEONE ELSE RAISE OUR CHILDREN~THEY HAD RULES ,CERFEW’S(misspelled sorry) ,CHORES,ETC…~! ~HIS BROTHER & SISTERS HAVE WONDERFUL CAREERS~HE HAS 10 NIECES &NEPHEW’S HE WAS TAUGHT BETTER THAN THIS HE WAS I SWEAR WE TRIED AND TRIED ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD THEN TOUGH LOVE YOU NAME IT BUT METH & HIS LOVE FOR DRUGS WON~! THIS BELIEVE IT OR NOT WAS A GOOD LOOKING STRONG SMART YOUNG MAN~!BUT AS I SAID THE ADDICTION TOOK OVER AND HE (HE IS NOT THE ONLY ONE EITHER) DRUG ADDICTS ALL KNOW HOW TO CON THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM~! HE WILL ALWAYS BE MY SON I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HIM~NO I DON’T LIKE HIM I WILL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN~! I JUST CAN NOT FORGIVE HIM RIGHT NOW~! BUT I PRAY SOME ONE SOME WHERE SOME HOW WILL START PAYING ATTENTION AND WILL FIX THIS DRUG PROBLEM HELP FAMILIES GET HELP BEFORE THIS HAPPEN’S TO SOMEONE ELSE OUT THERE ~!NO ONE IN THIS IS A WINNER~! WE ARE ALL LOOSES TO THIS DRUG ADDICTED WORLD~! AGAIN TO THE YOUNG OR OLD LADY I AM SO SO SORRY I HAVE DAUGHTERS GRANDDAUGHTERS I AM SO SICK THIS HAPPENED I AM JUST 4 MONTHS AGO HE HAD A WONDERFUL JOB NEW CAR HOME THE THE EVIL MONSTER TOOK CONTROL…AGAIN PLEASE FORGIVE MY FIRST COMMIT TELL ERASE IT I WAS SO UPSET FOR EVERYONE ….PLEASE TELL ME HOW WE COULD OF FIXED IT SINCE 7/29/08 IT HAS BEEN A 24/7 BATTLE NO ONE WOULD LISTEN..THE POLICE EVEN CAME TO OUR HOME AND SAID YEP HE’S HIGH BUT WOULD NOT ARREST HIM~!WE BEGGED FOR HELP~! NOW LOOK ALL THIS HAPPENED AND SOME WOMAN WAS ATTACT HE TOOK AWAY HER PRIVICY~HE TOOK AWAY SO MUCH FROM HER ~!HE NOTHING BUT A SELFFISH THOUGHTLESS CARELESS DRUG ADDICT~! HE’S LUCKY OR MAYBE NOT SO LUCKY SHE HAD A SWORD AND NOT A GUN~! I AM SO GLAD SHE FOUGHT BACK~! TELL ME PLEASE WHAT COULD OF WE HAD DONE TOO HELP HIM WE ARE SO SO SO SORRY~! SHANE’S MOM~!

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  • I don’t know if you could have done anything differently. Addiction is a pretty hard monster to break and until a person has really truly hit whatever their bottom is and truly wants to quit using there is nothing you can do. Enabling them by trying to help generally backfires and just drags the addiction out even longer and sometimes turns the addict to hate the very people that are trying to help.

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  • In responce to DICK (richard),Just about 2yrs ago I one day was awaken(wasn’t sleeping,I was HIGH)by my Loveing mother with a 1 way ticket to Tucson Az.where I have family members(Bless them)who gave me a second chance.I was then give a job by my cousins company,this is where I met Shane Johnson,By no means am I glorifying Shane,what he has allegedly done is probably the worst things imaginable!But would like to share my thaughts on Shane and Dick(richard)When I met Shane at this new job that i had gotton(but was not really sure i would stay)he was a pearky wise ass kid(i thaught)so we were a perfect match,Me getting the tough Love that i needed and wanted,meeting someone that fit my style(before my drug use started)So we talked at work daily,and seeing I was staying right down the road from where Shane lived we rode into work together alot,EVERY DAY,we would have a few beers after work at his house,he would go home and get right to doing yard work(i just sat and watched)My first summer here Shane had his son down for most of the summer,He was always a great dad to his boy!Shane has always done me good,was always there if i needed anything,well maybe a year,year and a half went by and Shane had ventured North(i think,still not really sure)found a great job,had a new suv,his own place,well our contacts became fewer and then none,Thaught it was strange but nothing i could do(didn’t have phone# or address,The next time I hear about my FRIEND is what i viewed here,DICKS(richard)comments.Funny thing DICK,don’t see your photo posted here,whats the matter afraid you might scare the hookers!Yes you and everybody has the right to your opinion,and i respect that,but see no need in bashing person about his/her apperance,I suppose your nails are finely manacured and your teeth whitened and perfectly straight!I THINK NOT YOU PRICK!Are you PERFECT?Think not again!My HEART and PRAYERS go out to this woman and anyone else suffering from this ordeal,I TRUELY MEAN THIS!I’ve been the addict I’ve been the crutch,But I NEVER JUDGED a person by the wayleast they look or dress,Looks and apparal do not make a person,YES MY FRIEND SHANE JOHNSON no matter how WRONG,(and may GOD FORGIVE HIM)to my knowledge never judged by apparance,and that in my opinion makes him a BETTER MAN than you DICK (richard)You (DICK) must not have read alot of books,seeing as you judge the book by its cover!!One more comment,don’t worry DICK done with you!!(and yes i did judge you without any problem or worry about me being hypocritical)(guess I’m a PRICK to,Oh well at least I can admit it! with a SMILE)Deep inside my blood is boiling(do not regret anything I have said)would probably ,NO DEFINATLY kick Shane right square in the nuts and hope they never fell back down,I will search deep to forgive my friend for what he has done,I know there is nothing that can make this woman feel the way she did before this life altering act,I hope that she will be able to recover and forever dispise my friend Shane Johnson for what he has done to her!!But also realize the affects that DRUGS/ALCOHOL have on people when abused,I’ve over done what i set out to do,so HATE ME if you like,but understand,this Shane Johnson COULD HAVE BEEN/COULD BE YOUR SON/FRIEND!! (DICK)

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  • Toby, you are right, it could have been my friend or a relative that did it. If that were the case I damn sure wouldn’t be here defending them. Perhaps I am just too cold hearted but while I can still love my friends and family there is no way in hell I would be able to defend them on something like this.
    Only losers blame drugs for their problems. Drug abuse is only a symptom of the real problem, whatever that may be. Maybe in your case it’s lack of spell check.
    As far as photos, my photos are all over the site, as where I live and even my phone number. It’s no big secret because I am proud of what I do.

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  • I am completly shocked at what I just learned about Shane Johnson and the crime that he is accused of. I grew up with Shane in a trailer park in Tucson AZ back in the early 80’s. We were part of a group of friends that were always together and did what was cool. We first started out by breaking small rules such as jumping the wall at the local Jr High School to go swimming in the pool to sneaking out late at night and riding our bikes and acting like we were part of a motorcyle group. We eventually tried drugs and that became a big part of our life. School soon became less interesting in our teen years and everything seemed to revolve around drugs. We had it all in our minds..We were part of a social group with long hair and had girls (who loved long hair rocker guys) all around us. Life was great but then I grew up and I guess shane didn’t..
    He was the type that could talk to a beautiful woman and then next thing we knew he was either getting her number or taking her back to his place. He had the presence and the attitude to do anything he wanted to do and that is why I am so supprised at learning of his fate..I haven’t seen or talked to him for almost two decades but I wish I had.I feel for the victim and the family of the victim and Shanes family because I know them well but not for Shane..
    A lot of people say that it’s the parents fault that people turn out to be rotten but i have to disagree. There were 6 of us that grew up together and did the drug thing and 4 out of the 6 turned out ok (don’t know what happened to the leader of the group). I am a financial advisor/ Banker, #2 works for a city department, #3 is a foreman for a construction company, #4 works in manufracturing #5 ?, and #6 Shane….Well I am going to guess his new career is not going to be pleasant..It’s not the parents fault in this one I know for a fact because I grew up with this man and I did envy him. He was loved and never went without. He always had the cool toys from tricked out go cart to a kick ass camaro..
    Well I guess we create our own fate and Shanes is sealed for the rest of his life.

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  • you know what so called margret!
    ur so full of it!
    your a bitch!
    and you need to quit your shit!
    he was a good man…. and you just use this for plubisity!
    you never cared!!!!!!!!!
    so shove it you fake old hag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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