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spinmom
05-01-2008, 09:51 PM
I must have started this over, about a hundred times already...not knowing how to say what I want to convey to you. Over the years, "Bawb and Dianer" bacame two of our dearest friends. It was because of "the Dis" and "Dreams" that we met, and for that, we will be eternally grateful.

There wasn't a time when we came to Orlando when he didn't mention you, all of you, even before the podcast became such a sensation. I felt like I knew all you, even though we had never met some of you. His phone calls would leave me in and Joel in stitches, as he would relate incidents like "Do you have Protective Footwear" as he told the stories of a series of foot related mishaps that was plaguing your "family" and he managed to escape the curse because of the sandals he kept by his bed. "You gotta get somethin' '"..he told me. He was always watching out for those he cared about. He told me of adventures from your cruises you took together, the many holidays you shared...including the processionals at Christmas, especially the one that Kevin wrote about. You were his family.

Once the Podcast was up and running, there were times when he would call and say "Did you listen to the Podcast? You gotta listen to the Podcast"...and you could hear the excitement in his voice. He was proud of the work that you all did to put the show together, and he was tickled that your audience grew to be what it was. He alerted us that the "send Bawb to the Parks" segment was going to happen, and he was insistant that I "stay tuned", (as if I hadn't been already). Who knew it would morph into "Kaht Cam". All I can tell you is tht when he was with us in the parks, he was always doing research, and he enjoyed it.

I can also honestly say he loved what he did for the DIS. Like Regina said, if you ventured with Bawb to the parks, you had better be ready to be his "grip" and cord tender. With Bawb, evry trip to the park was a "fact finding mission". It wasn't unusual to have him hand you a camera, to warn you "Don't touch it" and then get busy with yet another camera. I think one time he actually had three cameras going at once, but most of the time it was just two. He had lens caps and cords and tripods and remote thing-a-ma jigs...and he always needed whatever was the hardest to give him at the time. (It became a little less chaotic when he switched from film to digital.)And all the while he was doing that, he was either telling some stranger next to him about the DIS or interviewing a cast member. There was always "this one thing he had to get done". The last photo shoot we did with him was of the Block Party Parade. He and Diana were coming from somewhere else, and he knew where he wanted to be for the shot, and he sent us there ahead of time saying "sit big!" (Huh?)

Disney has this thing that they call on-stage/off stage. In all my years of knowing Bawb, he was never that way. The few times I heard him grumble, he got over it really quick. I know he loved the work he did with and for you, and your Sunday meals were very important to him. He looked forward to being with you guys, even after all of the ribbing he received...which means that he loved you a lot. I'm sure inyour hearts you know this, but I just thought tht you may want to hear it from an "outsiders" perspective.

Joel and I owe all of you a lot. I will never be able to fully express just what his friendship meant to us...and you made it all possible. He was one in a million..from his abuse of the English language to his incredible generous spirit. I know God got himself an extra special angel on Monday, and Joel and I consider ourselves blessed to have known him.

Thank you, for sharing the magic of Bob Varley.

tinkbutt
05-01-2008, 09:57 PM
:sad1: no words can explain how great this post is!

farmergirl
05-01-2008, 11:17 PM
What a beautiful post Spinmom. Thank you for sharing some of your wonderful Bob moments with all of us. What a wonderful person Bob was.

daneenm
05-01-2008, 11:20 PM
... he sent us there ahead of time saying "sit big!"


I must say, I laughed out loud reading this. That comment seems 'so Bawb' to me! Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

--Daneen

miss missy
05-02-2008, 04:23 AM
Thanks for sharing that with us. Bob was blessed to have such wonderful friends like you.

:sad1: yet again. I am jealous God has him now.

LilGMom
05-02-2008, 09:21 AM
Your words gave me a huge thump in the throat and I thank you for sharing them with us. I'm very sorry for the loss of your dear friend.:hug:

mommyceratops
05-02-2008, 11:02 AM
I must have started this over, about a hundred times already...not knowing how to say what I want to convey to you. Over the years, "Bawb and Dianer" bacame two of our dearest friends. It was because of "the Dis" and "Dreams" that we met, and for that, we will be eternally grateful.

There wasn't a time when we came to Orlando when he didn't mention you, all of you, even before the podcast became such a sensation. I felt like I knew all you, even though we had never met some of you. His phone calls would leave me in and Joel in stitches, as he would relate incidents like "Do you have Protective Footwear" as he told the stories of a series of foot related mishaps that was plaguing your "family" and he managed to escape the curse because of the sandals he kept by his bed. "You gotta get somethin' '"..he told me. He was always watching out for those he cared about. He told me of adventures from your cruises you took together, the many holidays you shared...including the processionals at Christmas, especially the one that Kevin wrote about. You were his family.

Once the Podcast was up and running, there were times when he would call and say "Did you listen to the Podcast? You gotta listen to the Podcast"...and you could hear the excitement in his voice. He was proud of the work that you all did to put the show together, and he was tickled that your audience grew to be what it was. He alerted us that the "send Bawb to the Parks" segment was going to happen, and he was insistant that I "stay tuned", (as if I hadn't been already). Who knew it would morph into "Kaht Cam". All I can tell you is tht when he was with us in the parks, he was always doing research, and he enjoyed it.

I can also honestly say he loved what he did for the DIS. Like Regina said, if you ventured with Bawb to the parks, you had better be ready to be his "grip" and cord tender. With Bawb, evry trip to the park was a "fact finding mission". It wasn't unusual to have him hand you a camera, to warn you "Don't touch it" and then get busy with yet another camera. I think one time he actually had three cameras going at once, but most of the time it was just two. He had lens caps and cords and tripods and remote thing-a-ma jigs...and he always needed whatever was the hardest to give him at the time. (It became a little less chaotic when he switched from film to digital.)And all the while he was doing that, he was either telling some stranger next to him about the DIS or interviewing a cast member. There was always "this one thing he had to get done". The last photo shoot we did with him was of the Block Party Parade. He and Diana were coming from somewhere else, and he knew where he wanted to be for the shot, and he sent us there ahead of time saying "sit big!" (Huh?)

Disney has this thing that they call on-stage/off stage. In all my years of knowing Bawb, he was never that way. The few times I heard him grumble, he got over it really quick. I know he loved the work he did with and for you, and your Sunday meals were very important to him. He looked forward to being with you guys, even after all of the ribbing he received...which means that he loved you a lot. I'm sure inyour hearts you know this, but I just thought tht you may want to hear it from an "outsiders" perspective.

Joel and I owe all of you a lot. I will never be able to fully express just what his friendship meant to us...and you made it all possible. He was one in a million..from his abuse of the English language to his incredible generous spirit. I know God got himself an extra special angel on Monday, and Joel and I consider ourselves blessed to have known him.

Thank you, for sharing the magic of Bob Varley.

Thank you......It took me many times to make it through the post.

BRobson
05-02-2008, 12:43 PM
What a lovely post - thanks for taking the time to write down your thoughts :hug:

Bob sounded a truly great friend :hug:

DisneyKevin
05-02-2008, 01:22 PM
and he sent us there ahead of time saying "sit big!" (Huh?)

Ok....this has me rolling on the floor as it is SOOOOO Bob. :lmao:

As you all know (if you listen to the podcast) that John and I are HUGE Will and Grace fans. We quote from it regularly, usually getting semi-blank stares from the rest of the non-fan crew.

There is an episode where Jack tells Will to save space on the dance floor and Will asks how. Jack tells him to "dance WIDE" and demonstrates.

We have told Bob in the past to save us a spot and when he explained that it would be hard to do....he's been told to "dance wide". The first few times, this would result in that Bob look.

The part that has me laughing hard enough to form tears is that in TOTAL Bob fashion....he turned this into a "Bawbism".

"Sit big" might be the funniest thing I have heard in days. Thanks

Kevin

Stacy's a freak
05-02-2008, 01:31 PM
Sit big! I love it :)

Some of us a natural "sit big"-ers, if you know what I mean. This was a wonderful post spinmom!

tinkbutt
05-02-2008, 01:34 PM
Ok....this has me rolling on the floor as it is SOOOOO Bob. :lmao:

As you all know (if you listen to the podcast) that John and I are HUGE Will and Grace fans. We quote from it regularly, usually getting semi-blank stares from the rest of the non-fan crew.

There is an episode where Jack tells Will to save space on the dance floor and Will asks how. Jack tells him to "dance WIDE" and demonstrates.

We have told Bob in the past to save us a spot and when he explained that it would be hard to do....he's been told to "dance wide". The first few times, this would result in that Bob look.

The part that has me laughing hard enough to form tears is that in TOTAL Bob fashion....he turned this into a "Bawbism".

"Sit big" might be the funniest thing I have heard in days. Thanks

Kevin

I love Will and grace!!!

that episode is classic my favorite quote JACK " someone's got a big vocabulary and a Tiiiny DICtionary"