Election ’09: Vote Dude

We do not roll on shabbas. But we may watch movies on the roof.

No, not “Vote, Dude,” but vote for the Dude. As in, Lebowski.

Today Gardner announced that over the weekend he watched ‘The Big Lebowski,’ the Sun newsroom’s clear sentimental favorite for Bremerton’s Choice in the ongoing Movies on the Roof series downtown*. He wasn’t overly impressed, but the conventional wisdom here (and well, everywhere, as evidenced in Seattle RIGHT NOW) is that the movie grows on you. So Steve needs to watch it again, we’ve surmised. And preferably in the company of many others, and outdoors. So vote here, and give him the chance on Aug. 7 with all of us peer-pressuring and laughing at the right parts.

Since that’s a pretty soft push for a guerilla campaign to get Lebowski elected,  please quote the movie ad naseum in the comments and picque Steve’s curiousity. Lately he’s been very un-dude.

— David Nelson

*Last Friday was the first movie of the series on the old JC Penny’s roof, ‘Groundhog Day.’ I didn’t go, because I really, really don’t like Groundhog Day (other than that clever little ‘Needlenose Ned, Ned the Head’ bit near the beginning, which is kind of funny and quotable). The movie drove ‘I’ve Got You Babe’ into my head, which I’m sure was the annoying point, and I’ve always though they took a good premise and crushed it with a cliched ending. But I always was, and remained despite ‘Groundhog Day,’ a huge Bill Murray fan. So here’s the point: I was once at a Chicago Cubs baseball game at a packed Wrigley Field, with a standing room only ticket. In the 7th inning they have a celebrity sing ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame,’ at least that was the tradition after Harry Carey died. I didn’t know who was singing that night because I was stuck squatting on a 100-level ramp on the third baseline, just to get a decent view of the game. It so happens that the particular ramp was how one got to the press box. So everyone erupts after ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ ends, but I’m more concerned about stretching my legs and don’t pay attention. Until a guy starts weaving down the ramp toward me, rum and Coke in hand and wearing a Cubs hat cocked to the side. It’s Murray, and I realize he just finished the song. He looks tanked, but I managed to get my hand out when he’s a few steps away and say ‘Nice job Bill.’ It’s just the two of us in the aisle, he switches the cocktail to his left hand and shakes mine with the right, smiles and nods and he’s gone. My simple, timely, beautiful and brief meeting with Bill Murray. So I got that going for me.

2 thoughts on “Election ’09: Vote Dude

  1. Gardner here.

    I’ll start.

    “I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.”

    I wouldn’t vote against the movie, but I would caution that if it gets picked for movies on the roof, leave the kids at home that night.

  2. Good point Steve. After writing that entry I was thinking about lines from the movie and couldn’t come up with many that meet a PG threshold. The other candidates are pretty much Saturday morning cartoons comparatively. So, be forewarned.

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