Merry Christmas everyone. When I started posting to the SMF, I met a lot of great people, and always thought that "The Dude Abides" was a peculiar user name. Then one day I was in a neighboring college town and saw a bumper sticker that said "The Dude Abides". What gives? I immediately came home and googled it to find out it was from a cult classic type of movie titled The Big Lebowski. I have had it in a TIVO wishlist for about 8 months and have never gotten to catch it. Mrs. Engineer is big on Stocking Stuffer gifts, and look what she got me: Now I finally get to watch it! Gonna curl up on the couch and enjoy a bowl of popcorn, while a pot of split pea and lentil soup is simmering away with a big ham bone left over from Easter. It is a good thing that I have something to watch on TV, because I don't feel like smoking today. Here is a picture of the Iron Maiden after the storm.