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February 6, 2014

Hard at corraling Sig 6 today. Got up at 5:30 and went at it. Wrote from seven to eight, then switched gears and started a couple art pieces. Came home for lunch and whipped out a little study, actually colorized a sketch I had done a year ago:


Daily Re-Whipout: "Gold Road: Ben Rux World"


One of the things I have realized doing this book project is I sure made a lot of vows and I sure failed a lot. Here are a few of the results from the vows I made as a young kid:


I never got to meet Norman Rockwell. I never became a spelling champ. I never played the Ed Sullivan Show. I never owned an XKE. I never had a hit record. I never got to date Annette Funnicello and I never got to make out with Brigit Bardot. These are all things I vowed to do when I grew up.


But then it got worse. I have always hated the seventies which were always very dark times to me. Altamont, disco, Watergate and cocaine ("Hey, it's not addictive") to name but a few of the cultural mileposts that totally bummed me out.


By 1977 I had hit bottom. My wife left me, my truck was repossessed, the magazine (The Razz) was busted, one of my best friends had committed suicide, I was still plagued by acne and I was still stigmatized by being from Kingman (yes, I know, at least two of these were self-inflicted calamities).


I won't bore you with the turnaround or the epiphany that changed everything but suffice to say some of my later vows did come true. In some ways, I think I failed my way clear. Mulling all of this today I realized one authentic thing about myself:


"I have failed at many things in my life but I never failed at dreaming big."


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Comment by Wolfgang on February 6, 2014 at 6:41pm

Picasso related that when he was young his mother told him . . . .


"You will excel at anything you do.   If you become a priest you will be the Pope.  If you become a soldier you will be a general."


To this Picasso added . . . "So I became an artist . . . . and I am PICASSO!".


Those things you dreamed of doing were not worthy of your abilities  . . . so fate led you to do none of them . . .




. . . . and you are   Bob Boze BELL !



and being Bob Boze Bell . . . . and having your life just as it IS . . . . is infinitely better than it could have been had you done any or all of those things . . . .

Comment by Sue Cauhape on February 6, 2014 at 10:45pm

...also, BBB, Norman Rockwell, Bridget Bardot, Annette Funnicello,  and all the people who would've seen you on the Ed Sullivan show or driving that XKE never got to meet YOU!

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on February 7, 2014 at 6:12am

You both make me laugh. Good to know you, even though we've never met either! At least yet. But, of course, I feel that same way with Brigit. She's still alive and I might just get my beret on and. . .

Comment by Linda M Artukovich on February 7, 2014 at 7:46am

Great food for thought; a balanced reflection.

Comment by Chuck Sawyer on February 7, 2014 at 7:54am

Bob.....remember it's how one bounces back up.  We've all been knocked down, that's life.

I can say from my short time here on're doing quite fine !!  Best to ya.....!!

Comment by Gold Lady on February 7, 2014 at 8:33am

Bob, you've had a lot of ambitious dreams.  And a lot haven't come true.  But isn't that what dreams are for?  If you had accomplished them all, what would be left to do?  Dreams are what keep us striving, but dreams change over time.  I'm sure yours have.

You're making your mark in Western History.  I'm sure people recognize you from your True West Moments on TV.  You are a great artist.  You have many good friends, a loving family, and you're doing what you love to do - combining history and art in a unique way.  The way you write your books makes them some of the best history books I've ever read.

So no regrets, Bob. BTW, the XKE is still doable!

Comment by Bob Boze Bell on February 7, 2014 at 9:55am

Well, I really wasn't fishing for compliments, but thanks. And, yes, the XKE and a T-Bird (also on my vow list) could come true, but the problem is they're both so low to the ground, they're hard to get in to! Ha. Which plays off one of my fave Hee-Ha jokes: "Ever notice, by the time you make it to greener pastures, you're too old to climb the fence?"

Comment by Linda M Artukovich on February 7, 2014 at 10:27am

Then, again, you're only as old as you feel.

Comment by Sue Cauhape on February 7, 2014 at 12:39pm

Okay, so you have trouble getting into a sportscar. Grab that beret and get yourself a really a classic Ford pickup truck and "grab that flaxen-hued actress and make her your own." J'taime, Bridget, geet een zee truck.  

Comment by Steve Sanders on February 7, 2014 at 11:09pm

"We never failed to fail, it was the easiest thing to do..."  Crosby, Stills and Nash, in Southern Cross


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