Tag Archives: Scott Chaffin

Marty Robbins: Gangsta Rapper


Woke up the other morning inexplicably humming this Marty Robbins oldie, a big hit in 1960, which, of course, you never hear on the radio any more but sure ’nuff did way back then.

I wonder if Scott Chaffin does that from time to time, stirring from a doze in his box seat at the baseball diamond in the sky? Would not be surprised. It was Scott’s idea to include Robbins in the Gangsta Rapper Pantheon. Works for me.

I love the idea that the character of “wicked Felina” was adapted from a girl Robbins had a crush on in fifth grade. As they say, write what you know.

Scott’s memorial service

The latest comment at The Fat Guy’s last post has the details:

“For the DFW area folks… From Scott’s mom: Continued update from our family to yours: Memorial services for our beloved son, brother, father & grandad, James “Scott” (Buck) Chaffin, will be held Sunday February 16th at 2PM at Casa View Christian Church, 2230 Barnes Bridge Road, Dallas 75228; we’ll welcome y’all to join us . . . Missy asks that we dress casual, your boots & jeans, Rangers shirt, Hawaiian shirt, your Converse Chucks, etc. (this is not a formal occasion) . . . we’ll cut off your tie if you wear one!”

I had no idea he was called Buck. But the prohibition on ties rings true.

Scott Chaffin, R.I.P.


His cancer-stricken build didn’t fit The Fat Guy image of his longtime blog. As you can see, he wasn’t fat from side to side or front to back.

He’s the third friend I’ve lost to cancer in recent years and another is dying at the moment. Scott was a self-employed wrangler of digital bovines and my good IT guy, who was dubbed an Internet Angel by one of those deceased friends whose blog Scott also kept in good repair.

Not long ago, Scott helped me rescue the Scribbler from Yahoo and move it here to WordPress. I’ll miss him.

He was an inveterate Texas Rangers fan, even when they didn’t deserve it. So I hope he’s settling in to a box seat behind home plate at the baseball diamond in the sky where it’s always spring and the first pitch of a new season is in the windup and about to be thrown.

UPDATE:  Another memorial, with a pix from SC’s happier times. And one more, a fine one with some appropriate bluegrass, from Andy at MyOldRV.

MORE:  Andy’s bluegrass fits him, but it was high-energy blues that suited him, here.

Prayers requested

Scott Chaffin, my incomparable IT guy who has sheparded me through many a software update with a minimum of irritation at my ignorance, has been struggling with late stage lung cancer for more than two years.

His last post on his The Fat Guy blog early Wednesday was part of his commitment to keep a public diary of the effort. It came shortly after another series of radiation treatments at M.D. Anderson in Houston:

“Beaten, damn near broken. They assure me that it will get better. Don’t expect much out of me for a few days, though.”

Scott seems to be hospitalized near family in Northeast Texas, according to Tom Galli, a lung cancer survivor who’s been advising him on treatments for a while now. Tom says in a comment on Scott’s blog that he is in ICU on a ventilator after a failed operation to remove an obstruction on his esophagus.

Prayers for Scott’s recovery would be good. Or at least an easy passage onward.

UPDATE:  “Scott passed at midnight. He was sleeping comfortably and with his family,” according to blog friend Otis. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, the 16th.

The Texas Rangers have lost their most loyal fan. And we have lost a friend.

Scott’s good cancer news

Valentine’s was an especially nice day for my old blog buddy and Web master Scott Chaffin of San Antonio:

“The docs say that the chemo has achieved it’s goal and stabilized the tumor, so it’s shrunk “a considerable amount” and isn’t growing any more. There’s been no spread of cancer (or metastasis) to other parts of my beat-to-hell body.

“And a rib, what was broken about a year ago, and was a spot of concern — the lesion there has shrunk, which could be normal healing or the chemo killing cancer…don’t know, can’t know really. So, I am getting a 90 day stay from more treatment, [while] hopefully, I can start regaining strength and some capacity for doing something besides sitting on my tukus.”

Meanwhile, he’s looking forward to seeing whether the Rangers’ new $107.7 million Japanese pitcher, Yu Darvish, will be able to help get them back in the World Series—where third time just may be the charm for the boys from Arlington. Unless Darvish sucks, as most transitioning Japanese players have.

Radiation burns, chemo poisons

And both play hell with your taste buds, your throat tissues, and your digestive system.

It’s not a pretty subject—modern cancer “therapy”—but Scott at the Fat Guy is being a blog trouper about bringing us all the gory details of his radiation-and-chemotherapy-driven dietary struggle.

It’s news you probably will be able to use someday. Like it or not.

Need a site tech? Try Scott Chaffin

I first heard of Scott when Alan Sullivan would occasionally mention his gratitude for Scott’s expert help on this or that tech problem at Alan’s blog Fresh Bilge.  So, when I finally got the nerve to migrate TTS from obtuse Movable Type to relatively-easy WordPress, I knew who to call.

Email, actually, via Scott’s blog The Fat Guy. He made it as painless as possible at a reasonable fee and was finished in about 48 hours. He also does “multiple business sites, as well as plenty of personal ones… domain registration and management, web hosting on my server, and web hosting at the super-high-power Rackspace server, for additional fees.” So, if you need site tech help, try Scott. He’s even good at explaining what you need to know when he’s no longer around.