After 40 Years...."Donny, You're Out Of Your Element"

This past weekend, After 2 Beers had the privilege of attending the 17th annual Lebowski Fest in Louisville, KY. I must admit I was nervous about this trip. You see, I have never liked The Big Lebowski. There, I said it. I have tried, you guys; I have really tried. I have watched it more than once thinking that maybe I just did not get it. It also occurred to me that who you watch a movie with can make an impact on your perception of that movie. So, I watched it with a superfan, my husband. Still, I didn’t like it. After further investigation of other Coen Brothers movies, I realized that I do not like much in their portfolio.  How in the hell am I supposed to do a podcast about this movie?

I decided that I would put my opinion on the shelf for this weekend and have a good time with these “ Achievers”. We got all set up before the doors even opened and did an interview with the founder of the festival, Will Russell.  This was not the first time I have seen Will although he didn’t know that. I saw him as DJ Shit Show when he opened for The Dan Band in Indianapolis. He thought it was funny that anyone knew of this persona because he only performed under that name for a brief stint. I had also known that the reason he was performing was to promote his acquisition of the former Gun Town Mountain, renamed Fun Town Mountain in Cave City, Kentucky.  He talked frankly about his issues with mental health which caused him to fall off the wagon and ultimately lose Fun Town Mountain. We also talked to Jim Hoosier who was Liam in the film. I am not going to go into too much detail here because I will not do the episode justice. If you have not listened to the episode yet, do yourself a favor and listen immediately after you are done reading this!!

Shortly after we finished our podcast, people started streaming in eager to socialize and get in some bowling. I really liked seeing The Dudes, Walters, and Maudes.  Even the obscure costumes that had to be explained to me such as “Strong men also cry”. I was able to chat with so many cool people. I am an extrovert by nature, but the $5 White Russians made it a little easier to approach a complete stranger, or “The Stranger”.  

I had a lot of fun! So in the end, I learned that you do not have to like something to appreciate the community that it brings together. I doubt I will ever like the movie, and you may think that's crazy…”yeah well, that's just like your opinion, man”.





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