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The Dude Abides

By Art van Bodegraven | 05/04/2013 | 8:20 AM

I recently, while relaxing with a small bowl of oxycodone, visited Netflix and snagged the brilliant Coen brothers' film, The Big Lebowski. It was persuasive enough to make me hit the reset button on personal life objectives. 

 if you have not seen it, this under-the-radar masterwork stars Jeff Bridges as a slacker stoner, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Ben Gazzara, a young Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the under-rated David Huddleston (see Blazing Saddles), and John Turturro in the role of a lifetime.  Julianne Moore and Tara Reid are fall-on-the-floor funny, and gorgeous.  btw, Professor Remus Lupin of Harry Potter fame appears in a minor role.

The ultimate punch line is the movie's philosophical core, with Bridges as The Dude summarizing for Sam Elliott as The Stranger, "The Dude abides."  Win or lose. Up or down. Lucky or cursed.  Whatever the future holds, the Dude abides.

Here in Supply Chain Land, we have our own ups and downs, wins and losses, pleasant surprises and unexpected setbacks.  Our unknown future is sure to contain challenges, but be assured that, whatever emerges, this Dude, too, abides.

You think not?  Forget it, Donny, you're out of your element!

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.



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