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June 2, 2003 7:16 AM   Subscribe

Are you an urban acheiver? If so, you may want to go to the 2nd annual Big Lewboski What-Have-You Fest. The weekend of July 19th at a bowling alley in Louisville, KY. There will even be a Lebowski-mobile complete, we're assured by the FAQ, with some Creedence in the car. Want to see pics from last year? No problem. Now that I've shared the good news, who's going to send me a bowling Nixon poster?
posted by Ufez Jones (35 comments total)

 
I'd consider going as long as they promised not to play any Eagles. I hate the fucking Eagles. Oh, and for those who do bowl, remember not to step over the line. Bowling is not Vietnam -- there are rules.

Actually, it'd be great to go in a Jesus Quintana jumper suit. According to this book, they made a fake "Johnson" for Turturro with birdseed in a plastic bag. He actually wore it in the scene where he goes door-to-door to tell everyone he's a pederast. But he didn't wear it with the tight jumpsuit -- it apparently looked "obscene."
posted by pardonyou? at 7:37 AM on June 2, 2003


I am a Dude, but I'm afraid of Kentucky. Probably unjustly, but there it is ...
posted by hairyeyeball at 8:10 AM on June 2, 2003


Yeah, man, I got a rash...
posted by emptybowl at 8:17 AM on June 2, 2003


God! I thought I was the only one obsessed with this movie.

"The bums LOST!! Your revolution is over Mr.Lebowski!!!"
posted by Dr_Octavius at 8:18 AM on June 2, 2003


we believe in nothing, lebowski
posted by Cool Alex at 8:21 AM on June 2, 2003


Fuck it! Yes! That's your answer for everything! Tattoo it on your forehead!
posted by emptybowl at 8:24 AM on June 2, 2003


oh merciful jesus...I suddenly demand a plane ticket to kentucky...

For a gratuitous self-link moment, Ve fuck you up! I fuck you!
posted by Katemonkey at 8:28 AM on June 2, 2003


I just think it's great that Kahlua is sponsoring the festival this year. Gotta have plenty of Caucasians on hand, you know.
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:42 AM on June 2, 2003


These people repeat lines from the movie?
ZANY!!!
And they dress like characters from the movie?
CRAZY!!!

Why rent the actual movie, when you can be a part of desperate idolatry?
posted by sharksandwich at 8:47 AM on June 2, 2003


sharksandwich don't know nothing bout the man in the black pajamas.
posted by puddsharp at 9:00 AM on June 2, 2003


Are you alright, sharksandwich? You seem a bit stressed -- maybe you should switch to decaf.

Setting aside whether this suggests "idolatry" -- as opposed to a lighthearted goof -- what, exactly, makes this desparate idolatry? You might try dialing down the hyperbole a bit.
posted by pardonyou? at 9:01 AM on June 2, 2003


desparate desperate
posted by pardonyou? at 9:02 AM on June 2, 2003


This is one movie that shouldn't be seen on usa or tnn. It loses so much in the "translation". Almost as bad a Cannonball run.
posted by tomplus2 at 9:17 AM on June 2, 2003


I am a bit stressed...
posted by sharksandwich at 9:23 AM on June 2, 2003


It's new strong bad email day and sharksandwich is banned from Fark, so he's just looking for something to rag on.
posted by Space Coyote at 9:38 AM on June 2, 2003


Back when I lived in LA, some friends threw a Lebowski party. We watched the movie with pitchers of white russians and you had to drink everytime someone said the word "dude". After a few hours of sobering up, we went to the In-N-Out near LAX, then followed it up with hours of bowling.
posted by mathowie at 10:02 AM on June 2, 2003


hm. Lebowski 7:19? I smell a meme coming on.
posted by whatnot at 10:06 AM on June 2, 2003


I love the whole idea of this. Lebowski deserves desperate idolatry, complete with bowling.
posted by Salmonberry at 11:13 AM on June 2, 2003


"Hey, hey, careful man! There's a beverage here!"
posted by thomcatspike at 11:47 AM on June 2, 2003


This just screams "road trip". The last good road trip I went on was a visit to Fairmount, IN for the James Dean Festival. I think the time has come for a new one.
posted by greengrl at 11:49 AM on June 2, 2003


tomplus2 - where can I get some good tnn or usa? Oh.
posted by rainbaby at 12:04 PM on June 2, 2003


I thought Cannonball Run was ONLY played on TNN and USA. I guess TNT is the place to see it, then?
posted by chrisege at 12:30 PM on June 2, 2003


I have pondered the "Lebowski 7:19" signs and have given up on their meaning. I guess I'm just an underachieving urban achiever. Can anyone explain?
posted by puddsharp at 12:37 PM on June 2, 2003


I'm guessing the 7:19 refers to the date of the event. Is there a deeper reason for selecting that date? Not that I'm aware of, but I haven't watched Lebowski in a good three months. I'm due for another viewing...
posted by Ufez Jones at 12:54 PM on June 2, 2003


True, the date of the Leboski Fest is 7/19- but the page says:
"We were especially excited about it because it is the date of this year's What-Have-You Fest"
leading me to believe that there is a deeper significance. Perhaps the truth lies in an on screen detail that I have not digested.
The Dude's apartment number? The date of Dude's perfect game?
posted by puddsharp at 1:07 PM on June 2, 2003


Thank you Metafilter and Ufez Jones! Thanks to you I have wasted/enjoyed my day googling the Big Lebowski. My latest find is this soundboard.
posted by puddsharp at 1:20 PM on June 2, 2003


Is there a deeper reason for selecting that date?

I found a Lebowski screenplay and searched for both '7' and '19', and nothing relevant came up, so I'm guessing the date's completely arbitrary - although '7:19' could be in the movie but somehow not in the screenplay - like that nixon poster. Does anyone have the movie at hand?
posted by Hjorth at 1:45 PM on June 2, 2003


Must..change..vacation plans. Thankfully, distance from home to KY isnt bad by car.
Oh, thomcatspike, you took my favorite quote of the movie.

"How's the smut business, Jackie?"
and
"I'm sorry if your step-mother is a nympho."

This movie's quotes can fit any circumstance.
posted by fijiwriter at 1:46 PM on June 2, 2003


um, I think you mean this soundboard, puddsharp.

Though that is one seriously bitchen ColdFusion error MeFi throws whenever somebody forgets the http:// on a link.

sharksandwich: Could be worse, I know of people who dress and talk exactly like Terry & Dean from Fubar, and have since like ten-twenty years before it came out.

p.s. You don't understand man, he treats OBJECTS like WOMEN!
posted by arto at 2:53 PM on June 2, 2003


But will they have Dude's RUG, man? It tied the whole room together.
posted by dragstroke at 3:43 PM on June 2, 2003


believe it or not, i grew up in Louisville and spent many nights at the old Rose Bowl. if you get a strike with a non-white head pin, you get a free game.

ok, maybe that's not that unique, but you're right down the street from the world's best Krispy Kreme, not to mention the inimitable Toy Tiger.

all of that aside, it sounds like a great reason to visit Louisville. it's a fun city, but i'll warn you: it can be a bit humid in July.
posted by mrgrimm at 5:43 PM on June 2, 2003


mrgrimm: The Toy Tiger is no more. Sorry. But the Krispy Kreme rocks.

Now I gotta go polish my balls to be ready for this event.

Shut up, Donnie.
posted by Alylex at 7:24 PM on June 2, 2003


7:19 may also be a time stamp. Anybody got the DVD? All I've got is divx. Might be worth checking it.

I want to buy the DVD but my friend keeps saying they're coming out with a new version (the old DVD has nothing special features-wise, right?) and to wait for it. But they never come out with anything! Never! The Big Lebowski is the best of all movies.
posted by Hildago at 7:57 PM on June 2, 2003


Oh yeah, and even though the movie was already obviously a work of genius by this point, the part where I knew it was exactly the greatest movie ever made was when The Dude is in Jackie Treehorn's office and he pulls the old trick where you rub over the note pad to see what the last thing written on it is, and all it was was a weird naked drawing. OH MAN!
posted by Hildago at 8:00 PM on June 2, 2003


I used to bowl at the Hollywood star lanes featured in the movie (bar used to be right on the lanes). Now they tore it down to put up a school. Fucking kid prisons taking over every worthwhile thing in this goddamned ruggafergemereter. . . . .
posted by velacroix at 8:30 PM on June 2, 2003


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