Frank Barrett, Episode 33
Podcast - Listener Spotlight
Sunday, 27 September 2009 18:20


Name: Frank Barrett
Nickname: Wheat Thin
Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Occupation: Network Administrator
Personal websites, blogs, MySpace, etc:
Hobbies: Writing, Running, and most recently Beer Brewing
Best piece of Lebowski memorabilia: It isn't really what I'd consider a piece of memorabilia, but the original release of the DVD.  As many times as I've loaned it to friends and traveled with it, it's amazing I still have it and can watch it.
Favorite Lebowski character: That's a tough one.  I'd have to say it's a tie between The Dude and The Stranger.  
Recent Dude moment: My six year-old and four year-old sons want me to dress as The Dude for Halloween.  When I asked who they were going to be, the four year-old said "Donny" and the six year-old said "Walter" as if they had it planned.  My six year-old then said "I don't roll on Shabbos!"  Thank God he didn't say Walter's other favorite line.  Now if only I could get my wife to dress like Maude in Gutterballs.....
How long have you been listening? Since last summer, around June or July
Favorite episode or podcast moment: I really have enjoyed all the podcasts, but the recent "Pederast Controversy" was really funny to me.  Before having kids, the costume and comedy of the child watching service wouldn't have bothered me much, but since I became a father, I have less tolerance for that kind of stuff.  How anyone can defend those tools is beyond me, and that guy writing you pissed because you expressed your opinion (on YOUR podcast) saying he won't listen anymore was very un-Dudelike and made me laugh.  "F*ck it", you didn't need him as a listener anyway.  He's probably an Eagles fan too.
How does The Big Lebowski apply to your every day life? As of late, I've been drinking a White Russian every night after work, but I normally try to take the "F*ck it" approach when life throws me obstacles which helps me stay calm and relax.
Are you a practicing Dudeist? Yes, I am an ordained Dudeist Priest.
How many times have you seen The Big Lebowski? To many to count.  It's always in the DVD-changer at home and I have a copy on my iPod with me at all times.
Best Bowling Score: In an actual bowling alley: 170, on the Nintendo Wii: 179.  The kids and I even created Mii's for The Dude, Donny and Walter.
Favorite Lebowski book: "I'm a Lebowski, You're a Lebowski: Life, The Big Lebowski and What Have You"
Favorite scene in the movie: After The Dude leaves the doctors office and drops the roach in his lap, then tries to put it out with his beer which causes him to hit that dumpster.  Every time I see it, I laugh so hard I cry.  
What is the best Lebowski reference or item you have seen in pop culture? When I am out and order a White Russian, to have the bartender say "Here you go Dude" to which I reply "that's a hell of a Caucasian Jackie" always makes me smile.
What is your favorite movie with a Lebowski actor/actress in it? It'd have to be a three-way tie between Tron, Reservoir Dogs and O' Brother Where Art Thou



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