Pat and Bee's Life

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

The boot, the cart and the Boston accent

(Title taken directly from Pete Werner's eulogy, linked below)

Since probably late February I spend time at work where I can afford background noise listening to The Dis Unplugged Podcast. Until that time, I had no idea that the DisBoards had a website attached to it!! I've been a hardcore Dislurker for a REALLY long time! Apparently not hardcore enough - but that's not this story....

Shortly after becoming attached to the show (about 3 podcasts), I went back and started listening from the beginning. There were different people hosting, I was confused, and was interested in the stories behind these folks.

In my research I discovered that one of the original folks who hosted the show, Bob Varley, had passed away in May of 2008. I went so far as to read the eulogy site owner Pete Werner posted at the time.

I think it's fairly obvious that I was not dry eyed.

I was both devastated for the team, and for myself - but I continued to work my way through the archives getting closer and closer to the time when I knew it would happen.

Friday, I got to the Bob Memorial Show, and the Best of Bob segments that the podcast recorded. I knew I'd cry, and I did....but for reasons that surprised me.

You see, to me this guy was a part of the community I have long held myself a part of. Those who "get" the magic of Disney, and no explanation is needed as to why you know traffic patterns, itineraries for different crowd capacities and weather patterns, and ....well, you get the idea. We are called Dis-noids, Disfreaks, Disney freaks, and just plain crazy. But together, we are understood - HI ANTHONY! =)

But to these people that recorded this show and had this passion for something that others hold dear - this was a life long friend. This is someone who helped move them, went out to dinner with family on Christmas Eve, called when you were sick, and was simply a best friend.

My heart broke listening to this show, over a year old. Listening to Pete, John, Kevin, Corey, and Julie talk about the things they loved and remembered about Bob. Not for me, though his presence and humor and his interest in things for others' sake rather then for his own, will be missed. But for their own hurt and heartache.

I've got more then a year of podcasts to go before I'm caught up to current time, and I know that since then Julie and Corey have had a kid - but I don't want to know more then that until I get there!

I guess I just wanted to post my own memorial for Bob. He has certainly touched my life - if only from the enthusiasm and "happy being picked on" attitude we exhibit. It's good to know I'm not the only one out there!

But more - I wanted to express that though I can not share the pain of losing a friend and a part of my life the way that the Dis Unplugged team has felt it, I can still understand from afar what they went through and I'm sure to some extent are still going through.

You are missed Bob. My condolences to the Varley family, and to the Dis unplugged team and community.


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