|Our family, being Lebowskis|
"I want a big party with lots of laughing, dancing, and fun for my send-off," I said.
"I would like for my kids to be together, all in one place, to celebrate my life," Michael said.
|The Dude (Michael), Susan (my co-conspiritor) and Walter (Rocky)|
We decided on a rental house in Bryson City, North Carolina, a place special to Michael and me. When he was a child Michael's family vacationed in the Smoky Mountains. We'd gone there for our honeymoon. It was much easier for our kids to access Bryson City than Key West. Through VRBO (vacation rental by owner) we found a big house, on the side of a mountain, and after much investigation, found it to be the perfect setting for our party.
|We love the Dude!!|
|The Dude abides|
"What could we possibly be up to?" I said. "Do you imagine we would set up "Michael Keith—This is Your Life" in the heart of the Smoky Mountains?? Shut the F--- up, Donnie!" (It's a line from the movie.)
|Costume for the Big Lebowski party|
|Partying at our own funeral|
"It really was a great funeral, wasn't it?" he says.