Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Dude Abides

In the movie Garden State, Natalie Portman's character, Sam, says that when she feels completely unoriginal she has to do something completely "her". Like doing a crazy dance that hasn't ever been done in that exact spot. I don't know exactly how this ties in, but it somehow reminds me of my sweater of happiness. Maybe because when I am feeling weary or down, I turn to a certain sweater I own. A sweater that is full of magic and wonder. A sweater that can take any mood or method, and make it awesome.

You see, I own a sweater that is almost identical to the one worn by Jeff "the Dude" Bridges, when he portrayed Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski in the classic Cohen Film The Big Lebowski.

Observe. Here is the Dude, showing off his sweatered goodness:

And here am I. As you might be able to guess, this particular modeling of the sweater is from Halloween:

All I have to do is don this knitted wonder, and immediately any funk is gone. I'm telling you, it's a modern marvel!

OK, here is the random question to end this random post. I want you, yes you, my darling followers, to answer the classic question posed by When Harry Met Sally. Is it possible for a man and a woman to be friends? More specifically, do you think that two people who have had a romantic history can put that behind them and still be incredibly tight? Please tally your opinions in the comments section, and thank you for participating.


rosemary said...

I want that sweater. One day, you're going to tear into my room searching for it, but you will never find it. Oh, you will never find it . . .

As to your question, I think that under rare circumstances, a guy and a girl can get over themselves and be friends. Really. However, the rare circumstances are pretty much two really cool people who won't hold a grudge. Learning to think about someone as a friend instead of holding them to the standard of a boy- or girlfriend is difficult. We should question Mary and Asian Chris closely about how they managed to do it.

Paige said...

You should have come straight to me with that question. I think it depends on the nature of the relationship, when it started, under what circumstances, the history between people. Honestly, I would say no to the first question. I think that, again, it depends on the relationship for the second part. I think it's possible. From experience, in short I would say no to the first question and yes to the second.

David's Holla Atchya! Blog said...

I know I'm supposed to be answering a question here... But what was it?
Oh yea, I like your sweater. I feel that way about my favorite shirt. Everything is OK when I'm wearing my favorite shirt.
As for the relationship question: Oh course things can be normal again! I suppose it depends slightly on how much you invested into the relationship and how much you got hurt, but definitely things with a past lover can be normal again.

Ashlee said...

I hate to give a hard and fast no here, but I will say that my general opinion on the matter is it is just a better idea not to. However, there are the occasional awesome people that can pull it off. More than holding a grudge though, I think it's about someone always seem to still have the old lovin' feelin' and then that someone's gonna get their face crapped on (to use a phrase from a recent new movie).

Sierra Robinson said...

Loving Garden State profusely, Sierra recognized common interest in her new blogger friend, Kat, a veritable genius.

And yes, I think people with romantic history can be "just friends," but only after many years and different romantic interest have past between them. Take Elaine and Jerry.

Pat said...

I'm gonna have to say that it's near-impossible to have a friendship after a relationship. Even if you could pull it off, it's pointless. Well, maybe not pointless, since friendship is cool and whatever, but it seems more work than it's worth.

lucás said...

Am I too late to this conversation? Well let me quote the Dude: "This is a very complicated case, [Cate]. You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head."
Hopefully you can keep the what-have-yous straight and get what you want out of the friendship.