Hate Mail

Maybe it's just me, but I feel that lately I've been addressing the hate mail differently than usual. Or maybe I am still answering them all the same and it just feels different? I mention all of this because I'm not sure if it's as entertaining for the reader, but it's still of course coming from the heart for me, and I'm still responding to as many as is humanly possible for my own enjoyment.
So there you go.

Here's your freakin' hate mail!

Their letters are in yellow, whilst mine are in black & white.

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On September 30th, 2004, I moved. Noah and I started late. We were doing a midnight move out of my place and didn't get everything into the truck until 3:30 in the morning, Saturday the 1st of October. Completely worn from the move with no night's sleep we drove over to my new place in The Bronx, an old warehouse that's been converted into residential lofts. We got there with the truck full of all my stuff at 4:30 in the morning. We were both fuckin' beat.

So we went in, got the freight elevator down to the truck and started to unload everything onto the elevator. It was a great artist's loft at a great price. I couldn't wait to be settled in and working again. With more than half the stuff out of the truck and on the freight elevator, that's when the shit hit the fan. This old man came up to us both and asked us what the fuck we were doing. He started yelling "This is my building and I'm telling you to get all your shit off my elevator!"

This guy was one of the orneriest fucks I've ever encountered. He was like one of those sleazy manager characters on the WWF. Of course I was on the phone trying to call Eric, the guy I signed the lease with and wrote the check to, but Eric was not picking up the phone.

My initial reaction was that this old man was out of his mind. He was some miserable foreman in the building on a power trip. Noah and I were stunned. This old man shouted at us both, telling us to get off the fucking phone and move everything back into the truck or he was going to call the police. Oh yeah, and he called us squatters.

And so I was trying to call Eric on the phone and he wasn't answering. The guy I'd written a huge check to wasn't answering his phone. The guy who I got my new home from wasn't there. I couldn't believe what was happening. I'd ben to Eric's work and home! He'd have to be an idiot to invite me into his home if he was scamming me! But this horrible old kook was telling me I'd been scammed. In a panic I called my bank. The check I'd given eric had gone through the previous morning.

Confused, tired, delirious and angry, Noah and I moved everything back onto this truck while this guy called us all sorts of names (orons, squatters, dirtbags, suckers, etc). I said to him, "Don't worry. I know where Eric lives. We're going to his home and bringing him back here." With that, the old man picked up Noah's rolling tobacco off of a post and gave it to Noah saying "Don't forget your marijuana!"

Standing out front of Eric's home Noah called him on his phone and had no problem getting through. We told Eric the situation and that he'd better come sort this whole thing out with us right now. To my great joy Eric came out. He had no idea what was going on. Now it was about 6:30am and we took Eric back to the scene.

Eric explained that he had no idea what was going on, this old man was crazy, the guy had no authority to do what he was doing. When Noah, me, Eric and his girlfriend returned to the loft building, the old man came out and he started yelling at Eric the same way he yelled at me and Noah. This made me very happy. He was saying things like "You mother fucker! You scam this fellow out of his money!" But then he also yelled "You put these scumbags in my building!" all the while calling everyone of us all sorts of horrible things.

When they were through I wanted no part of this whole thing. Eric came to me dragging his hand across his face, asking me what I want to do now.
"I want my money back right now." I stated.
Eric seriously looked like a beaten man. His face was bright red, and he was on the verge of tears. He apologized up the ass, but I just wanted out. It was clear this old kook would never let us move in and I didn't want to be in the same building as him anyhow.

So Eric wrote me a check in full. Noah and I returned to the truck. I was homeless. Do you understand what I'm saying?? My whole life was in a rental truck with no place to go! No sleep. No energy. And in New York City- the hardest place in the world to find a place to rent. You have no idea how much up shit creek I felt.

We drove around in that goddamn rental, totally dead inside. I swear I never felt like I was in such a hopeless situation as I did that Saturday, the 1st of October. Every place was taken. It was the first of the month! Of course everything was taken! Landlords were already looking to fill places for November! NEXT month!

By 5pm Saturday evening we hadn't found anything. We even went to a storage facility to see about putting everything I owned into storage. Neither of us could fathom where the energy was going to come from to move everything again into a 10X10 lock box. That's when Noah said (and it seemed like a fucking revelation at the time), "Let's park the truck and find places to sleep tonight." And that we did. I parked the truck on Bedford and I stayed at a friends place that night. I slept from 6pm to 10 the next morning. Noah stayed with someone he knew.

The next morning we went and got a big breakfast and I had a tremendous smile put back on my face by a friend who just happened to be working at the restaurant that morning, Fiona. Then I went back to Craigs List and the telephone. And let me tell you this. Sunday, the 2nd of the month, in New York City is probably the worst possible scenario to try and find an apartment, anywhere. Fucking drag.

Then, out of the blue, I got a call. It was from a girl who'd I'd met a couple weeks earlier when I was apartment hunting, and she was still looking for a roomie! Not only that but it was a great loft space with a huge window looking over Brooklyn. So guess where I'm writing this now? Yes. I moved in and I feel very very lucky. I've been here two weeks and things are lookin' up again. The Xmas Magnets will be here this week, jobs are rollin' in (thank you TShirtHell.com), and I'm in a giant brownstone with it's own smokestack looking out over Brooklyn.


I love New York so goddamn much. The fucker.

Don't let your religion get in the way of your pleasure.

Subject: Confused Yanks

American Christians are nothing like Enlgish believers. You couldn't do what you do in England, because we drink sherry, a detestable sin to the American fundamentalist mindset. We go to church on a Sunday and get on with the rest of our lives the rest of the week. In the church of England, you can be a homosexual atheist and an archbishop at the same time.

Just one word of advice Bob. Don't let your religion get in the way of your pleasure. Rasputin didn't.

Daren Willcock
Northampton
England
darenwillcock@yahoo.co.uk

You don't see the pleasure I get from the religion?

Bob

http://www.e-loanshop.com/loansHome.htm

I see you've got a side line going too. Very smart.

http://www.e-loanshop.com/loansHome.htm

Daren Willcock
darenwillcock@yahoo.co.uk

Haha! Yes, I found him a long while back.

You English have sure gotten a long way ahead of us since we left ya. How's the whole dental technology thing workin' out for you lately? Do your teeth still come out in rows instead of lining up single file?

Bob

 

I don't care how many crazy-ass "Christians" can bastardize the overall message of the Bible.

Subject: Interesting site

Bob,
 
I don't really know what to say. I'm a Christian so you would think that I would be shocked at your sight but frankly I found it kind of entertaining and humorous but at the same time sick and sad. I have encountered a lot of Christians like those in Amy's church. I believe there is too much anti-intellectualism and scary stuff going on in the church.

I am a Lutheran but not a fundamentalist. I don't believe everybody who does not believe like me is going to hell.
I've read all the athiest and skeptics stuff and frankly find them challenging and yes I have my doubts about some things and I get pretty pissed off. Hell, I'm human

I don't care how many crazy-ass "Christians" can bastardize the overall message of the Bible. I still believe in The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! I believe in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ.
I sense you are angry at God or someone's idea of God.
 
Rich

And then you're still just as crazy-assed as those other Christians you mentioned.

And to comment on your last statement, I am angry at the lie adults teach children. The lies in the bible about where we came from, the meaning of life, what we're supposed to believe and how we're supposed to behave. That's where the anger you spotted comes from.

Bob

 

What you have on here is not funny

Subject: not funny

What you have on here is not funny that is not who God is.  To be dressed in funny close not funny at all.   Very wrong You need help if that is how you fill about God lots and lost of help

Stacy Proffitt

But people tell me it's funny. Do you think they're lying? I don't think they are.

Bob

Yes they are lying

Yes they are lying it is not funny are you a christion

Stacy Proffitt

I know they're not lying. I hear them laughing at it when they're over at
my house! It's real laughter! I'm sure of it!
Oh my god, wait. Are you the liar?
 
Bob

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO ...

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO GET HELP I will pray for you you are going to need it 

Stacy Proffitt

Where are you and how old are you

Where are you and how old are you

Stacy Proffitt

I AM NOT going to give out that information to a liar! You sound like a very dangerous person to me! Now I just remembered why people who love Jesus are so scary!

Bob

 

dont you have a consinece

Subject: You Site Is so uncool "worst site ive seen in a long time

your site is not cool at all ..i cant believe you would create a site like that ..dont you have a consinece ..

Spencer N
v_4spnas@hotmail.com

A "consinece?" Con-sin-eese? Is that like one of those davenports with footrests built in? No, I don't have one of those. What's your point?

Bob

 

To you, He must have been a fraud.  I thought so too until He proved to me that the Bible was really the word of God...

It is obvious that you have chosen to reject Jesus as the Son of God.  To you, He must have been a fraud.  I thought so too until He proved to me that the Bible was really the word of God and that what it teaches about Jesus is true.  I went from being an atheist to a believer in one day.  I pray that you will sincerely ask God to open your eyes and heart to Him.  Jesus is the One who created you and loved you enough to die so you could spend eternity with Him.  The very Bible I threw across the room was used to bring me to faith in Him.  Ironic, huh?  I would love to hear from you.   

Paul Mutschler
pmutschler@gcs.k12.in.us

No. I don't believe he was a fraud. I believe that the stories are gossip. They were written hundreds of years after Jesus' death. A lot of rumors can be made-up in that amount of time. So yeah, not a fraud. Old-wives-tales.

Bob

How ridiculous must true Christianity be to expect people to accept that God loves them

Hey Bob,

      Just a thought.  How ridiculous must true Christianity be to expect people to accept that God loves them!  After all, Christianity is the only faith in the world that says no matter what you do, you can not go to heaven unless you accept the “ticket” provided for you by Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection.

Christianity, true Biblical Christianity, does not place demands upon us; it tells us that Jesus proved God loves us and all we are expected to do is be grateful.  Gratitude causes true believers to do the right things and avoid the wrong things.  However, many Christians believe that their “works” will either make God love them more, or love them less.  God loves us unconditionally; what you do with that information is totally up to you.  You can scoff or laugh, or you can begin to trust the One who loves you.  Your choice.

Paul Mutschler
pmutschler@gcs.k12.in.us

It's so neat how never once do you stop to ponder whether or not all of these claims are true. That's what impresses me.

Bob

 

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