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“Don’t count on me. I’m not a reliable person politically.”
That’s a Bob Dylan quote that I used on my wife the other night when she was after me again to put an Obama sticker on the Vocho.
How do I know it’s a real Bob Dylan quote? Because I got it myself from Dick Flacks when I interviewed him for Real Gauchos.
Summarizing a conversation he had with Dylan during a break at an SDS meeting, Flacks said, “And he said, basically, ‘Don’t count on me. I’m not a reliable person politically.’”
(It still counts as a Bob Dylan quote, though, right?)
Bumper stickers have never been my thing, so my wife says I have to make some other contribution to the cause.
“Could you tell everyone to vote for Obama? That would be doing your part.”
Instead, I took our dog Barry (pictured here in his "Obama Dog" sweater) on a 10-mile run yesterday. He wasn’t barking for Obama the whole way, but he’s named after the president, his collar says “Barack’s Best Friend”, and on Cathedral Oaks on a sunny day that adds up to a lot of people getting the message.
I don’t know if that’s good enough for my wife, but I know this: if Obama doesn’t win, it’s not Barry’s fault. He’s run hundreds of miles for Obama this year, and when he gets home he drinks water out of his blue “I bark for Obama” bowl.
I wonder who Jonah Lehrer will vote for. Now that guy has a good Bob Dylan story. If only I’d thought to have him tell it on the radio.
Everyone with Internet access is badmouthing Jonah Lehrer these days, but I have nothing bad to say about the guy. He gave a lot of good free advice to the UCSB CLAS Writing tutors, including a couple real nuggets.
Several weeks before he melted down into a self-plagiarist, regular plagiarist, and outright fabricator, Jonah Lehrer told that lucky Writing Lab crowd, “I can’t begin to emphasize enough how important it was for me to basically just copy people I admired.”
Well I admire Bob Dylan, and that’s why I don’t do bumper stickers.