Two things happened in the last few days that were, for lack of a better word, awesome. First, Seattle finally got light rail. (See the SW slideshow of the first commute.) And second, native Seattleite Jeff "The Dude" Dowd--the inspiration for the iconic Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski--came to town for Lebowski Fest. (See the SW slideshow here.) Last night, the two came together: The Dude rode a Link Light Rail train to Tukwila for his appearance at Acme Bowl to close Lebowski Fest. Urbane man that he is, he reportedly discoursed on many subjects, from the military to economics to mass transit. Apparently, he has been a supporter of mass transit rail in Seattle since the 70s and was psyched to have an excuse to ride the train. (The Germans killed his car, and it beats riding in the Sobchak Security van--or in an Eagles-playing cab.) Which only makes our new system--and The Dude--even cooler.
Taking a cab hasn't always worked out so well for The Dude