Near the end, Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) and Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) go to a funeral home to claim the ashes of their late friend Donny. The funeral director presents them with a bill for $180, the cost of Donny's urn. The Dude and Walter are appalled and they let the funeral director know it in graphic terms.
Finally, Walter asks, "Is there a Ralphs' around here?"
In the next scene, we see Walter and the Dude at the Pacific shore, ready to scatter Donny's ashes. Walter holds a five-pound coffee can containing Donnie's remains. A trip to Ralphs' market produced a solution to the $180 problem.
I must have watched the movie a half dozen times before I noticed the bold gold letters on the wall behind the funeral director:
As for man, his days are as
As a flower in the field, so he
For the wind passeth over it
and it is gone.
Yep, it's that beautiful verse from Psalm 103 in a more traditional translation. I almost used this version for the title of my book, which would have made it As a Flower in the Field.
I chose the more modern translation. But still, it's nice to remember Walter and the Dude. And Donny, who loved bowling.
Good night, sweet prince.