Rob Neukirch

Rob Neukirch
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Rob lives in Floyd, VA with his wife Michele and their two sons, Preston and Cooper.

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JANUARY 16, 2013 11:33AM

SAFE AND SOUND

“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 »

DECEMBER 28, 2012 10:47AM

BRIEFLY PUT

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 »

NOVEMBER 21, 2012 8:50PM

The Longest Thanksgiving...

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 »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 12:55PM

ALL OVER BUT THE CRYING

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 »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 5:05PM

IT'S (ALMOST) A WRAP

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 »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 4:21PM

WHY I NEED MITT'S $$$

For the two or six of you keeping up with my latest acting gig...I called Michele with the news that a paycheck had arrived in the mail.  Today.  A paycheck, an amount of money given to me for acting.  So, I guess it's official, I'm once again a working actor.  We… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 9:09AM

SOS

I had to be at the dry cleaners after 5:30 but before their 6:30 closing time to pick up my shirt for the film.  No big deal, right?  Except that finding a dry cleaner in this neck of the woods...I drove roughly 35minutes from Floyd, over to Blacksburg.  The woman behind… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 4:24PM

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

Saturday was my first day on the set, the set I've helped build and paint over the last month or so.  We had a 7 am call and I arrived in the morning mist to people wandering around, sleepy-eyed grips and crew members looking for cable and dolly-tracks.

"So, you're from… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2012 3:36PM

PENCIL BEHIND MY EAR

The punchline to the joke...What?  And give up show business?

That came to mind as I was with brush in hand, broom in hand, hammer in hand over the last couple of weeks, helping to get the set ready for the indie film "The House of Good and Evil."  Yesterday's work… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2012 6:49AM

DOUBT

"I don't teach writing.  I teach patience.Toughness.  Stubborness.  The willingness to fail.  I teach life.The odd thing is most of the things that stop an inexperienced writer are so far from the truth as to be nearly beside the point.  When you feel global doubt about your… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2012 9:34PM

THE HOUSE OF GOOD AND EVIL

Imagine, Tippi Hedren in our little burg.  She's supposed to get the key to the "city" but her publicist thinks fat chance.  It's not the kind of thing she likes to do, especially on the first day of shooting.  Who can blame her?

This in a conversation with Michele, my wife,… Read full post »

So, the wait is over and all the excitement boils down to...Paul Ryan?  Indicative of Republican politics, they went with the white guy.  Okay, they took that big chance last time around with a woman and that didn't work out too well.  Marco Rubio?  He is Latino and someone with a… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2012 7:37PM

DAVID RAKOFF DIED

I just got in from the car where I was having a PBS moment...Terri Gross was interviewing David Rakoff.  The interview was recorded in 2010, right after his book  of essays "Half Empty" came out - and right after he was diagnosed with cancer.

I "met" David Rakoff on "This American… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2012 4:41PM

LIGHTS OUT ON THE BUFFALO

Michele and the boys are home tomorrow, just in time to save me from myself.  Last night:

 

Full moon, in case you didn’t notice and I’ve been determined, for some time, to view such a moon from our local mountaintop, Buffalo Mountain.  It’s called that because of a pr/… Read full post »

AUGUST 2, 2012 12:43AM

VISITATION

My family is in Los Angeles - a visit with Michele's Mom - and so I have been left to my own devices.  I've been doing a lot of nothing but some of it "good"nothing. 

This morning I got up early to get the car inspected.  With that accomplished and… Read full post »

JULY 26, 2012 10:01AM

A MOVIE ROLE...SKYPE...YIKES!

For more than twenty years, with that time more  or less equally divided between NYC and LA, I pursued acting.  NY is where I first studied and steeped myself in all the arts.  What a city.  LA is where I went to work in television and where I managed to snag… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2012 9:29PM

PAUL

I grew up in a house filled with girls, eight of them to be exact - well, seven after Barbara ran away [earlier post/s].  Luckily there was a family on the lake that had all boys.  I got myself invited over as often as I could.

It was a real boys'… Read full post »

JULY 17, 2012 10:57AM

KEITH DEPARTS...

Michele and Keith and I arose at just after four this morning to get him down to Troutville and the bus home to New York.  He had a quick bowl of cereal and some juice as we all made ready.  We took the Blue Ridge Parkway down the mountain, playing "ten… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2012 9:36AM

MERYL AND ME

It's what you get for a life in the arts, for wanting that, for dreaming those pie-in-the-sky dreams.  I recently spent time in the NY apartment where, back in 1976, I arose early to get myself down to 54th street and a six hour stretch of movement, voice and acting classes… Read full post »

JULY 13, 2012 9:55AM

KEITH - ALL THE WAY FROM BROOKLYN

Keith is visiting from the wilds of Brooklyn.  This is his third summer with us and, in some ways, it's getting to be "old hat."

It's hard to believe that, on his first visit, he was nine years old.  Now, he's eleven but he's still the youngest one in the house. … Read full post »

JULY 10, 2012 11:14PM

JESUS FOR PRESIDENT...?

"Would we elect Jesus for President?"

That's on the bulletin board outside one of our three, local churches in bold, black-plastic letters.  I'm not sure who the "we" is...the congregation?  All Americans? (With proper voter ID.)

In our small town people who barely know you or who don't eve… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2012 11:42AM

ON CAMERA

At 8:30 this morning Dawn Jeffries, a local news anchor with a station out of Roanoke, walked in our door all bright and chipper.  Of course, her day begins at, oh, three in the morning.

She was here to interview us for our involvment with Fresh Air, an organization that places… Read full post »

JUNE 26, 2012 10:44AM

THE TRAIN RIDE HOME

From the window of the train

Rocking gently, delayed

Of course and running late

I can see into the

Passing woods, the

Late light of day, old light

I see a boy

He looks around, searching

He loves the woods and

Pretends, there, to be an Indian

Walks softly, pigeon-toed,… Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2012 12:32PM

SO NICE THEY NAMED IT TWICE

All good things must come to an end and so...my days in the Biggest Apple where I once lived and died.  New York is like that.

My friend Gil will be fine.  I was able to be of some help as he recovers from a spinal fusion.  In the meantime I… Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2012 1:06PM

DAY FOUR: NEW YORK

Thou shalt not covet a NY dweller's apartment.  But come on, how can you not?  I did it when I lived here and I'm doing it on this visit.  This morning I hung a left on 92nd street and there, on the south side of the block, are two clapboard townhouses...clapboard,… Read full post »