Mark Robbins

Profile Updated: December 29, 2017
Mark Robbins
Residing In Kingsland, TX USA
Spouse/Partner Donna Louise Duecker
Occupation Retired on A Short Leash
Children Colby, born 1979, Jacksonville, FL
Lara, born 1980, Newport, RI
Military Service U.S. Navy  
Yes! Attending Reunion
Attending 40 th Reunion - Mac Class of 73 (10/26/13)


School Story

There was a day at school when there was a pep rally. We were required to attend the pep rally but some of us were outside playing frisbee. Mr. Davis(?), Vice Principal Student Affairs, came out and yelled at us to get to the pep rally and grabbed the frisbee and tore it in half.

Try that! OMG

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It's always nice to see what you're up to. I remember playing Trivial Pursuit with ya'll... could that really be 40 years ago? Google Earth shows that to be a pretty nice area and it looks like it may be in the sticks. I like sticks.

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Jul 22, 2016 at 11:47 AM
Ok...i got called on the four months to create it note. Apparently, ,some of you remember when "Robbins, you could spend all day doing ....". I'm hoping as we age some of that may dissipate. It's sort of like the rancher that was bragging about how it took him all day to drive around his property, and the reply was, "I once had a car like that, too."

The thought did intrigue me because I had actually decided that I was going to keep a log of my time while I painted that canvas door. As it turns out, it was just shy of 80 hours before I decided I could sign it. I logged all my progress on the back of the painting just to spur me to finish. IT's a habit I continue today.

I guess if I had been a real artist at that time, instead of a professional weed picker, I could have made steadier progress. There's nothing like spending ten hours in the hot Texas sun bending to a task to sap your strength and desire!
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Jul 20, 2016 at 1:32 PM
These are two paintings that I did over the last couple of years. The top one, "Our Lady of Guadalupe - New Dawn" is the first one I've done since junior high.

A beautiful home that I worked around as a professional weed picker, was full of iconic art from all over the world. With 16' ceilings throughout, it made big canvases look small. I was caring from her indoor plants one day and mentioned that they inspired me and she said i should paint "Our Lady of Guadalupe", I was filled with desire to get started. I immediately came home and built the canvas frame, ordered the canvas from Amazon, stretched was almost as big as a door! What was I thinking?

I said out loud that I was going to paint it, and four months later, that is what came of it. Isn't the light flare interesting?

The one at the bottom was inspired from Psalms 139:12. Its ;sort of interesting in that all the whites and blues in the painting glow in the dark. The central galaxy is the "God's Eye Galaxy" which I tried to copy from Hubble space telescope images. Sort of...

They'd been in storage for two years while we built this house and I still haven't found a home for them.
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Posted on: Jul 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM

I write to you to beg a favor and maybe share a laugh. I've been trying to market my latest book, "WE Republicans" via Twitter mainly. The book is free to Amazon Prime in Kindle format only.

So I was pondering, in a moment of quiet, what else I could do and your name floated to my awareness. Then I thought you might have a really fat political rolodex, and maybe...just maybe, you might read two or three pages.

I don't name names, but there are 30 true stories in the book where you might be able to guess some of the players. There's an appendix at the back so you can go straight to the stories without having to read up to them.

To get you started, I hope, the story about bootcamp in Chapter 3 should make you laugh until you fall down at least. If you aren't hooked in three or four Kindle pages...oh well.

Thank you so much if you can. If you can't, I know you're very busy.

Also, just for laughs, the YouTube story is also true. I've watched people when they view it and it goes two ways: 1) at least 1-2 belly laughs per minute, or 2) hypnotized that somebody that probably shouldn't have lived (Darwin Prize) is old.

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I think you're the one that was such a great writer in school. IF I believe that it must make it true,huh? I have a memory of a teacher reading something to the class that just blew my socks off.

Anyway, I have a couple of things on, one of which is FREE to Amazon Prime, "WE Republicans". Although it has politics for sure, it also has 30 stories from my history and many of them were from my military engagement. My degree is in Medical Technology so before I got commissioned I was in hospital labs, starting at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda. There are stories about medicine in the military that I KNOW your husband will laugh about.


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I've posted another Kindle book on Amazon. As you can tell from the title, half of you will definitely avoid it. It has 30 'Marky' stories in it and I didn't use any names. They were all put there because my daughter wanted them for posterity. If you're in one...same.

"We Republicans" on

To share a little bit of that twilight zone, I put a youtube video up about
"Coral Snake 1989". Http:// Some people find it laugh-out-loud funny, then funny people think it shows a lack of serious attention to reality. I know I can trust y'all to decide that on your own,

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Oct 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM

Tell me I didn't make it up. Dldn't a bunch of us pick up your Datsun? and move it between a tree and a wall after football practice?

If not, and I just made it up, those are the kind of flashbacks that are just plain fun.

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This is my first Kindle book for Amazon. Well, maybe 'book' is a little strong. It's really more like a pamphlet and it only takes about 45 minutes to read. I was ate up with a building technique that I saw in Austin, dreaming of more robots, but whatever.

They guy was a....well...the words escape me. I guess I can't even do free advertising for crap. I removed his company and put it out anyway.

The funniest thing about this one is that I had a little bit of a vision while curled up in the bottom of a deer blind one season. It's so far our there that..well you can probably guess. The final little entry is a true story of turkeys flocking to me. Go figger.

Now this one is less than a dollar. I don't think that even buys me a cup of coffee.

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Sep 28, 2015 at 12:31 PM

So I'm about to release another Kindle book, and I happened to get an email reminding me that you guys are all here. Why didn't I think of boring your before?

So my first attempt at writing, which has been very, Very, VERY successful was a screenplay that I put out print-on-demand...after it was rejected by everybody in the business. Seems that you can't even get an agent without a referral from someone in the know. I think it comes down to the fact that something like 7,000 screenplays are written in a year and life is too short to read crap. Therefore, let someone else read it and tell them it's good. Or something.

Obviously, I didn't pass the crap screen so I had to put it out POD.
I wouldn't recommend anyone that isn't used to reading screenplays buying it because they're just tedious and the color of the vision requires a director. It's not in the text.

I was kind of bummed out on this effort. I really thought that a screenplay covering some Buffalo soldier history in West Texas along with cowboys and robots would sell.

If you were to buy a copy, I could savor my second earned cup of coffee.

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Aug 11, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Say...what you up to? I was thinking about y'all yesterday because i was at a fiend's birthday/pool party and we were playing 'horse' with the basketball hoop. I'm sure you'll never guess who was the first horse.

Fortunately, I don't drink anymore, so I improved every game because the other people had to eat 100 proof vodka spiked gummy bears when they got a letter.

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The reason I don't have a yearbook picture is because I went to summer school for two years and graduated early. So here's a picture of me from my first year at Texas A&M as a 17 year old freshman which would have corresponded to my Mac senior year.

Funny those times in College Station...check ID to get into R rated movies but rarely at a bar!

My kids and grandkids always marvel that I had hair.
Posted: Jun 10, 2014 at 2:09 PM
So this was my Orlando boot camp graduation photo. You KNOW I picked it because that was the only coed boot camp at the time. I saw couples get caught doing things in places that are simply unbelievable.

Look closely and it seems that maybe Obama was there with me!
Posted: Jun 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM
OCS graduation. I received my Good Conduct ribbon (really!) for four years of uneventful service as Hospital Corpsman while in OCS which was cool because they mustered everybody to give me my only ribbon.

As licensed Medical Technologist, ASCP, I spent my enlisted time in the lab at NRMC Jacksonville, FL. specializing in microbiology, mycology, and eventually serology supervisor. The other formative enlisted time was assignment to the Neurosurgical ICU in Bethesday, MD. Ask for doctor stories!

After being stashed on various ships awaiting SWOS basic, I went to the U.S. Naval War College as X,R, and P divison (xerox reproductions and party)officer to await SWOS basic.

After SWOS, I was Main Propulsion Assistant on USS Talbot (FFG-4). It's duty: "missile sponge". I ended my short career as Aide Commanding Officer Naval Station Philadelphia.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
This reminds me of something that happened to Phil Purvis. I think. He had one of those new Japanese cars and several football players picked up his car and moved it between a tree and a building. I think he had to back/turn boojillion times before he freed his vehicle.

This scratch (see it?) cost me 7 (yes..SEVEN) years of her trying to sue me for $250K eventually settling for $5K. I think Mac is lucky no lawyers were involved with Phil, eh?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Donna and I and our two Scotties. It is good to be living on constant-level Lake LBJ when the drought is shrinking all the other lakes in the past years.

The down side is that we lost Sally, one of the Scotties, when she got blind and deaf and fell/jumped into the lake. True bummer.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
My wife shoots a .308 Winchester, proven at ranges exceeding 300 yards. Ain't I the luckiest hunter ever?

I've learned to watch my mouth and behave. (At least within hearing!)

The secret, IMHO, of a long, happy marriage is that the man learn to mumble. And duck?
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Colby and Lara both loved pipe and drum bands. They both played the quints(?) drums at Johnston H.S. in Austin. We never missed a game. In five years we saw the Johnston team score ONE touchdown. Needless to say, we saw plenty of football games with basketball scores!

Colby is a producer at a gaming company in Baltimore now, playing with a Level 1 band out of New York. The bands take them to Scotland every year.

Of course, Lara has dropped the band in favor of family. Good choice!
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Lara Evans (Robbins), Walter, and our three grandsons waiting for our fourth grandson in September 2o13.

Like any group of boys, they're lots of exciting fun associated with no small amount of dread, too. Fearless and eternally bad combo through history.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Wife Donna with Colby and Nina and our first granddaughter Mia Scarlet Robbins! How excited all the family was to finally be able to buy girly stuff!!!