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Sunday, 4 July 2010

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Sitting around a closed Cafe Wha? in New York in the early morning hours were Bob Dylan and several old friends that are still around, exchanging stories.

"You see, we had to perform several times a night sometimes those nights at the old coffee houses and cafes and neither Tiny Tim nor myself had had anything to eat since the night before. So we were back in the kitchen looking for something and finally found a huge can of green beans, which we shared."

"Then we went out and did our sets for the evening, each of us looking around for anyone who looked important that might sign us to a label. But the only person I recognized was the poet, Allen Ginsberg."

"You know Ginsberg, eying the young men and sipping on wine."

"Well this guy who can only play the flute came in and got up on the stage. He was drunk so the flute sounded more like a poot...but everybody applauded because it was so friggin' funny!"

"He sat down and looked over at us and we noticed he had this big gap between his front teeth."

"Tim said he may have passed out on the flute and Ginsberg was saying that gap being there in front was perfect. Lots of laughs, you know?"

"Then there's a big crash and sure enough, the flute player has passed out and lying on the floor...Luke something or other, I think it was. Helm used him in 'The Weight' later. I saw him only one other time."

"Now Luke is fighting mad and the owner summons some big boys and they assist Luke out the door as we heard him land pretty hard."

"Hope that wasn't on the flute", added Tim. "That happened to me once."

"An hour or so later and we have been on stage to do another set and this old woman comes staggering in and sits and drinks steadily while others played or read poetry, whatever."

"Just as a couple of us get back to the table with a couple of beers, we saw the bartender had smiled and waved at the little old lady, probably thinking of his Mom."

"The old lady smiles really big and there is this big gap between her teeth!"

"This time the bartender assists Luke out himself."

"You see, Luke lived just a few blocks away over a restaurant and he had arrived home mad, got looking at his wife's old clothes and put some on with a scarf around his head."

"But he forgot about the gapped teeth."

"After Tim and Miss Vickie got married on TV, I sent him a congratulations telegram with, "I still believe you ate most of the green beans!""

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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