bobtheprairiedog

bobtheprairiedog

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4 days ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Boulder Theater screen... · 0 replies · +2 points

Damnit! Janet! I've already got plans tonight...

6 days ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Bill Vielehr, celebrat... · 1 reply · +14 points

One for Bill...

Bill Vielehr is gone. It happened so suddenly. It might have went unnoticed on such a beautiful fall day, but a family has lost it’s center, Boulder has lost a legend, and I have lost a mentor and friend.

In 2005, I received the honor of winning Best Animated Short at the very first Boulder International Film Festival. The trophy was called the Vielehr. I normally don’t care about winning awards – having been on multiple film festival juries over the years has taught me to take wins and losses with a grain of salt, but this one has become special. Not so much for the trophy and what it represents, but because I got to know the man who made it.

We met regularly (probably much too regularly for our wives!) The bar at Centro was our forum. The veteran and the hungry chump swapping war stories over happy hour wells. Who paid the tab always depend on who was working at the time. Two artists at different points in their careers, keeping each other from drowning in the surf. It was magic. Bill was magic.

Bill Vielehr kept a drawer in his studio. I assume it’s still there. He would boastfully expose it’s contents to new visitors. The contents? Documents of his many accolades? Letters of recommendation? The joke was all his. The drawer contained over 1,400 rejections letters. He saved them all. The message was harsh – If you can’t handle rejection, get out of the business. A lesson I’ve come to know all too well.

Being a professional artist isn’t easy. "Starving" is the most associated verb. But Bill did it for decades. And his perseverance is as much of his legacy as the art he leaves us behind. Thanks to Bill’s famous drawer, the challenge is clear: survive and you'll find success. But survival is anything but guaranteed. There are many days I want to quit this crazy circus of my own invention. And the reason don’t, and won't, is because of Bill Vielehr.

Thanks Bill! Keep one cold for me in the next.

1 week ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Pitts: U.S. citizens h... · 0 replies · +3 points

Police profiling. Illegal search and seizure. Denying American citizens their Constitutional rights. One would think that Libertarians, the Tea Party and NRA loyalists would be outraged over such broad governmental overreach...

1 week ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Support for County 1B:... · 1 reply · -5 points

Ummm... the Government is made up of our neighbors who were voted into office by our neighbors. You can't separate the two things. Doing so would create a society were a small faction views the Government as some sort of foreign entity bent on their destruction, and that would be counter productive for all. Oh, wait....

1 week ago @ Daily Camera.com: - The rich give less as ... · 0 replies · +1 points

#2 is giving 13% of his income and #1 is giving %10, so #2 is giving MORE of what he has than #1, which was the point of the article. Spin spin spin!

1 week ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Cameras for cops: Body... · 0 replies · +1 points

Point your phone at a cop, start recording and see what happens. I guarantee the results will be less than favorable.

1 week ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Dan Frazier: Both part... · 0 replies · +1 points

It's clear that Americans now champion industry over their neighbors. Capitalism has entered end game...

1 week ago @ Daily Camera.com: - No threat more threate... · 0 replies · +1 points

Scientists = bad. Corporations = good. Get with the program!

1 week ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Milbank: The GOP\'s mu... · 0 replies · +2 points

Rooting for Repubs v Dems is as pointless as watching the NBA... maybe more pointless.

1 week ago @ Daily Camera.com: - Boulder tax proposal i... · 0 replies · +1 points

This is a NO brainer.