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Does Ron have a life?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Stacey_V, Sep 12, 2002.

  1. Stacey_V

    Stacey_V Stunt Coordinator

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    Now, I do not mean this in a negative way. More out of concern actually.
    I am wondering whether or not Ron has interests or hobbies outside of the forum...it seems to me that it is all work and sleep for this man. I believe that he has full time work away from the forum. When that day ends it seems that he is either online, or staying up late writing EXCELLENT reviews like his recent look at Monsters, Inc [​IMG]
    We all greatly enjoy our Home Theaters and the HTF...but surely you'll all admit that we do need outside interests (family?) beyond these HTF walls....thoughts?
    Stacey
     
  2. Rain

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    Stacey, you may be relieved to know that Ron mentioned in another thread that he's taking a vacation next week. Feel better? [​IMG]
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

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    Stacey,
    I really am flattered that someone cared
    enough to ask this question.
    The truth of the matter is, I have no life.
    You may laugh at this, but anyone that owns
    their own business will know exactly where
    I am coming from.
    I have always had a full-time job. Home Theater
    Forum started as a hobby back in the early 90s
    and turned into a profit making business when we
    came to the Internet in 1997.
    It had always been my dream (as well as Parker's) to
    leave our day job and make HTF our full-time job.
    Back in 1997, we were starting to make some serious
    advertising revenue and I thought perhaps this could
    really be my only job.
    With the economy going bad over the past few years,
    internet advertising has dropped dramatically. Even
    the studios (with the exception of Paramount) who I
    thought would be faithful to websites like ours, have
    taken their supportive advertising elsewhere.
    This means that 4 years later, Parker and I continue
    to work two jobs.
    I took on the task of reviewing DVD product for
    this forum because the reviewer we had didn't want
    to do it anymore. I thought it would be kind of
    fun to try even though I have no talent for writing.
    Still, I felt it was my opinion that carried the
    most weight, and I found myself steadily improving
    with every new review I wrote.
    Members of this forum seemed to like what I was
    writing. The studios went into high-gear and sent
    me more product each month because of the positive
    forum feedback on my reviews. Today I receive
    product from studios I never heard of. I guess
    everyone is trying to get exposure.
    I strive to do 4-7 reviews a week. In some weeks
    I have done as much as 11 reviews.
    How and why do I do it? The HOW is devoting
    every moment of my free time to watching DVD product.
    I spend both my days off from work viewing and
    reviewing.
    Why do I do it? Because this business means
    EVERYTHING to me. I knew when this forum took
    off that I would have to give up my social life
    to make this forum the very best there is. I had
    to choose between success or happiness. Sometimes
    you can get both, but so far I have continued
    down a road I feel I need to take in order to keep
    this forum on top. If that means putting my life
    on hold for everything else, so be it. This forum
    means everything to Parker and I, and we have
    given up many things in our lives to forge ahead.
    I think one day I'll totally burn out on these
    reviews. I already get frustrated in finding ways
    to talk about how good a DVD looks. Most of
    these reviews take 4 hours to do. Monsters,
    Inc. took nearly 6 hours.
    I still have dreams that one day the economy will
    improve and the studios will return to support
    this forum instead of taking their advertising
    elsewhere. If Parker and I can make enough money
    to make this a full-time job, you can just imagine
    the things we can do with our time here.
    I am not blaming the studios. They have supported
    this forum in much more valuable ways. I am just
    using them as an example of many advertisers who
    have put their money outside of forums like ours
    that have the highest concentration of their
    supporters.
    I think the thing that makes it all worthwhile
    is reading the feedback from our members. When
    we hear how much all of you enjoy HTF, that becomes
    our motivation to keep doing what we do.
    As long as you guys keep reading my reviews, I
    will keep writing them.
    Thanks
     
  4. Steeve Bergeron

    Steeve Bergeron Screenwriter

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  6. Rain

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  7. Stacey_V

    Stacey_V Stunt Coordinator

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    Ron,
    Thank you for your well versed reply to my initial post. I, as well as the members of the HTF, truly thank you and Parker for all of your hard work. If your goal was to make this the absolute BEST Internet site for all things Home Theater, you both have succeeded.
    I do not have the highest post count here, nor am I in the same class as some of the regular posters. One thing I do know though, is how to read people...you and Parker are in a class containing few others. You have put your own lives on hold to the betterment of others....I applaud you both for it. Well done.
    Stacey
    PS...If either of you ever get to see the wild north called Canada...look me up. I'd be happy to buy you guys a beer or two.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Bruce Hedtke

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    I don't think this can be said enough: Thank You to Ron and Parker! It is such devotion to your passion that makes coming to the HTF so mandatory. Time and again, you two have proven that class and intelligence is your forte and you have made the HTF the best home on the net. I've always had great respect for Ron and Parker, but your post here, Ron, has easily tripled it.
     
  9. Art Martinez

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    WOW! Ron you are an amazing guy. I only work one job, and finding time to watch my DVD's for a purely entertaining premise eats a lot of my time.
    All I can say is thanks soooo much for doing a great job at maintaining a place for all of the members here to have a great place to "cuss and discuss" our passions.
    Keep up the great work. I'm already drooling for
    ATOC
    Spidey
    FOTR Extended Version
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Paul_D

    Paul_D Screenwriter

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    I really don't read reviews anymore. I don't read DVD reviews because I know which films I want to buy, and they almost always look perfect now. Even the sub-par transfers look great on my TV. I certainly don't read new-release film reviews. I see films based on the talent involved, and the general buzz, NOT the critics opinions.
    That said, I will always at least skim Ron's review of a disc I'm interested in, because I feel they sum up the technical merits of the disc perfectly, and although I may be buying it anyway, it either hieghtens my anticipation, or prepares me for marginal disappointment.
    As an aside, I'll mention that I've only been persuaded by Ron's reviews to buy 3 films that I wouldn't otherwise have touched... Legally Blonde, Moulin Rouge and From Hell. I disliked every one! [​IMG] I guess that's a testament to Ron's powers of persuasion. I suspected I wouldn't like them but I felt compelled to spend the cash anyway. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  11. Cees Alons

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    Paul, you're out! [​IMG]
    I mean: disliking Moulin Rouge?
    Perhaps you should give it another look. That ... film/show/musical is fantastic! In the vein of La Dame aux Camelias and (of course) La Traviata, but highly original nevertheless. Gorgeous piece of art!
    Even without Ron saying so.
    Cees
     
  12. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

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    I honestly do not know how you review all those DVDs/movies. Reviewing a movie is nothing compared to sitting back and just enjoying a movie. Someday you will burn out, but until then, I will keep reading your reviews.
    Thanks Ron[​IMG] [​IMG]
    On a beer note. If you can find Moylan's Double IPA in your area, get it. It is simply excellent. If you cannot find it, let me know and I'll have Fed-EX bring one to you.
    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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