The Boston Globe has an interview with Jeff Dowd, the movie producer who was the inspiration for Jeff Bridge's character "The Dude" in The Big Lebowski. Yes, as it turns out, he did bowl, drink White Russians, and smoke pot. He even ends the interview with "The Dude abides!" Now that's coolness. I've always loved Lebowski, but I think I started to admire it even more when someone pointed out to me that out of the all the eccentric characters in that movie, The Dude is the only one who is truly comfortable in his own skin while all those around him struggle to define themselves. That's a good lesson, says I.