- Rob lives in Floyd, VA with his wife Michele and their two sons, Preston and Cooper.
MY RECENT POSTS
- THE JOY OF HAVING TEENAGE BOYS
February 18, 2014 09:56AM
- ON MY OWN TWO FEET
February 05, 2014 01:27PM
- FOOD FOR THOUGHT AT THE FOOD
January 27, 2014 12:29PM
- DISHEVELMENT AND DISSIPATION
December 31, 2013 02:44PM
December 26, 2013 09:54AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Dear Scanner...we are al
with you. Bummer to the nth
If you can find
March 07, 2014 05:36PM
- “I can relate...wrote a
post here once and some in the
March 04, 2014 05:26PM
- “The chorus of a song I
wrote for the last
kinds to make the
March 02, 2014 10:58AM
- “Here in SW VA where I do
a lot of subbing, we have
children, from K-12
February 24, 2014 06:14PM
- “Why did you make me
think about this? Picture it?
February 24, 2014 06:03PM
Rob Neukirch's Links
I decided to substitute the word "joy" for my original choice - "agony." One tries to have hope, to maintain a certain esprit. After all, even under the most crushing of circumstances, men and women have achieved extraordinary things. Last night, for instance, I cooked dinner.
It wa… Read full post »
When I was little I wanted to be three things: a fireman; a boy scout; Mighty Mouse. When asked, I probably put Mighty Mouse last as to avoid any immediate laughter but, truth be told, Mighty Mouse is what I truly wanted to be. I wanted his muscles and I wanted… Read full post »
It's good, on a Monday morning, to wander the local Food Lion and catch up on all the important things, like the song "Horse with No Name." It's not a song I normally play around the house, unless I'm vacuuming. A dear friend of 35 years who was once a pot-smoking,… Read full post »
Avoiding dismemberment (though I thought about it but, really, so hard to accomplish in any practical sense) I've decided on complete dishevelment. I mean serious dishevelment, on every level. Dishevelment and gradual but complete dissipation.
Bring it on.
First and perhaps fo… Read full post »
It doesn't have to happen like this, but sometimes it does...
We had a wonderful day yesterday with our boys, opening presents, having Christmas breakfast on "fancy" place-settings. I took a Christmas walk and met up with one of my sisters, also walking. We spent the evening with friends.… Read full post »
I've been playing Pa Ingalls in "A Little House Christmas" with the Roanoke Children's Theatre. It's been a great experience. Acting is something I do well...it only took me 30 years or so.
Way back in the last century, my acting teacher told the class it would take us… Read full post »
Since the 5th of December, I've been Pa Ingalls onstage for the Roanoke Children's Theatre production of "A Little House Christmas." We're doing 29 shows in 20 days, so it's a real immersion. The kids' roles are double cast and they all do their best though some, better than others. … Read full post »
When my mother was still alive, I'd take her food shopping. (I can't take her food shopping anymore, she's so dead.) We'd go on Tuesdays, Senior Citzen's Day, for the five percent discount. My mother would go to hell and back for five percent. Heaven, not so… Read full post »
First of all, she had it coming. She's been up on the table, she threw up on the rug, she wants something at 4 in the morning and then, when I get up, she can't quite remember what it was.
Secondly, like my father used to say, "I brought you into… Read full post »
The latest name up above my writing desk - alongside Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of writing - is DIANA NYAD.
What this woman accomplished yesterday at the age of 64 is an inspiration for anyone moving and breathing. What? Just a 110 mile swim from Havana, Cuba to the Florida… Read full post »
We don't go to church. Both Michele and I were raised Catholic and that should be enough of an explanation right there. When we lived in LA, Michele would go occasionally with her Mom and take the boys along. They loved the donuts after the service.
Our Sunday… Read full post »
Michele and I decided to do something romantic together so...we got matching colonoscopies! Better than tattoos, really, way less painful and no buyer's remorse! Case in point: Tom Arnold and Roseanne had each other's names - for pure love's sake - tattooed on one another and then,… Read full post »
Texas is in a pickle and we can all help out. Seems they are dangerously low on pentobarbital and that's the "death" drug, the one they use for all their many executions. What to do, what to do?
Yep, they had good old hangings until 19 and 24, used… Read full post »
Keith is a Fresh Air child. Fresh Air places inner-city kids with families in the country and from the home base of NYC, they go as far south as, well, SW Virginia. We put him on the bus this morning at 6 a.m., after his ten-day stay, for the ride… Read full post »
All my life I’ve been searching for my father.
I am born, the seventh of nine. The other eight are girls, so “distinction” is a given. Family legend has it that my mother told the doctor to keep the good news from Dad; she’d tell him herself. In the hospital/… Read full post »
Lori (not her real name) is tall, with red hair. She turned 50 and they gave her a surprise party, in the store. She and I always joke around, always have. Like today, when she stood in the cookie aisle and I asked her where in the gosh darn
When I was young and could do those kinds of things, I was a gymnast. It paid for college. When the team traveled and did exhibitions, we had a few standard jokes. One of them: the coach asks one of us to demonstrate a trick and… Read full post »
Three of my sisters live in northern California, one in Santa Rosa and two in Healdsburg. If you haven't been there take it from me, it's God's country. Or, for you non-believers, god's country. Heck, Charles Shultz lived in Santa Rosa - 'nuff said. And Healdsburg is quickly b… Read full post »
Life sucks. My sons are slaves to the internet, the wife is putting on the pounds and waking me up with her snoring. I just paid the monthly minimum on two credit cards, read a review of a Ted Nugent concert and the cat crapped on the rug. It’s times like/… Read full post »
As part of the New River Valley Voices reading series, a story of mine was chosen. "Safe and Sound" is fiction, a tale about a brother and sister in a house with their dying father. Yes, it's sad of course but there's humor too as there is, hopefully, even in the… Read full post »
“What do you see, Dad?”
My father, stretched out in the beat-up, plaid recliner like the corpse he very nearly was, had his face to the window. The lower half of him covered by a thin throw, his position had not changed in the past several hours and his clouded, unblinking/… Read full post »
Sure, we live in an age where the next technological marvel is right around the corner, but let’s talk underwear.
My generation, just as those before us, looked to our fathers for inspiration. My Dad wore white briefs and so I did, too. As I recall in the locker room, before/… Read full post »
In my long ago past when I was as actor and still dependent on the dreaded restaurant work, I was one of the "new kids" at a place on the upper West Side called West Side Story. Cute name, huh? It was trying to be hip and "in," one part gourmet store, larger… Read full post »
Having done this long enough, I knew it was coming and WHAMMO, here it is...
The crew has left town, the director, the actors...the film, House of Good and Evil, is wrapped and headed for post-production and who knows what else? We had a nice wrap party on Monday night in… Read full post »
Four more days of shooting and The House of Good and Evil will officially wrap. It's been an exciting couple of weeks here in our small burg, ever since the film crew came to town.
Tippi Hedren is out, unfortunately. After many phone calls back and forth, she is apparaently under… Read full post »