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|Lebowskifest NYC '05
A minute-by-minute account
of beer, bowling, and overall
By BRUCE HUTCHINGS
STATIC and FEEDBACK correspondent
While all you guys and dolls were out hooting and
hollering, boozing and cruising on the weekend of
Oct. 21 and 22, I was told to write down my
experiences at this year’s Lebowski festival in NYC,
a gathering of lovers of The Big Lebowski. So keep
in mind — as I was writing this and experiencing all
aspects of the festivities I was “on duty.” It was a
tough task but some Achiever had to do it. So sit
back, relax, have a white russian and enjoy my
experiences, ‘cause I surely did.
It wasn’t until my junior year in highschool that I had
even heard of The Big Lebowski. I was at my buddy
Will’s place where we watched the film on HBO. It
was wild; I really had no clue what I had just
watched. All I knew was someone’s rug was
“miterated upon,” nihilists believed in nothing,
bowling was a main past time and the F-bomb was
dropped every 30 seconds! A high schooler’s
Right after watching the Coen Brother’s hit, I believe
Will and I went bowling. This became a ritual
between Will, my buddy Brad and myself. We would
watch the movie and listen to the soundtrack in the
car on our way to Wonderbowl or Holiday Lanes.
We were huge fans of the film. We would have
these irrelevant conversations with all the quotes
from movie. It didn’t make any sense to an outsider,
but to us we knew exactly what was going on. In
between rolls we would say “I’m throwing rocks
tonight,” or do the infamous Jesus dance.
Skip forward a few years; Manchester, Tenn., site of
Bonnaroo Music Festival.
This is where I found out that The Big Lebowski
was a cult film. People that I worked with knew the
movie as well, or if not better, than I. We even had
the irrelevant conversations in between picking up
the trash and recycling (Side note: I worked for
Clean Vibes, picking up all the trash and recycling
the attendees left behind).
Working for the same company at the last Phish
show in Coventry, Vt., I found out that there is even a
Lebowski Festival! I was shocked and overjoyed. I
couldn’t wait to go home (the show was so-so) and
learn more about the festival itself. After doing the
researching, I come to find out that it is similar to a
Star Trek convention but much cooler; followers of
The Big Lebowski have less of a demeaning name
than “Trekkie,” calling themselves “Achievers!” And
that is not all; they have celebrities, music and, of
With all that being said, it is the day before my friend
Will and I make the trek to New York City, to
experience first hand the power of the Lebowski!
Advisory: The following ramblings are not edited,
as I wanted to show the reader the real deal of the
festival. I am showing you the true life behind an
“Achiever” at the Lebowski Fest, so if you are willing
to take the risk, continue reading; if not, I do not
know what to say, ‘cause I had a blast!
I am putting it now to word processor truthfully and
exactly how it happened to the best of my
knowledge (it gets a little hazy in a few places).
2:15 p.m. Music — “Turn the Page”-Bob Seger
Our adventure beings!! Woo hoo! We are staying at
Will’s apartment in Manhattan. ETA- 4 hrs- 6:30 pm.
“Traffic can be a bitch.” — Will.
|Bruce and Will in the car. The journey begins.
|This guy gets an 'A' for 'Achiever.
|The Day 2 lineup
|The best Dude and Walter in the joint, complete with ringer
packed with undies.