I said "Bob Dylan once said 'Time can fix anything, but it will always break a little bit more'".
Bob peered up at me from his Meletti Amaro. He was looking just a bit like my Grandma Bernice- no dig on him, I've been looking a little like my Grandma Bernice lately too.
"I never said that." Bob said.
"I know." I replied. "I just thought it would carry more weight if I attributed it to you."
"It doesn't even sound like something I'd say." Bob rasped.
"Well neither does that." I said, misdirecting the small sting I felt. I thought it kind of sounded like something he'd say.
Bob sipped his drink and waxed philosophical. "I'm not sure I'm really Bob Dylan. I think I might be your imaginary friend Bob Dylan."
I shifted uncomfortably in my barstool. I always lose when Bob Dylan goes on the offensive.
"In fact," Bob said, warming to his idea "I think that's why you were so crazy about that movie Jojo Rabbit. I'm just to you like Imaginary Hitler was to that little Hitler Youth kid!"
"You're nothing like Hitler." I mumbled into my Amaro.
He may have rolled his eyes a little. He knew I was deflecting. I wilted a bit.
After a long pause for drinking he kindly said "It was a really good movie, wasn't it?"
"Too bad I never sang one of my songs in German. I bet they would have used it in that movie.'
"I bet they would have." I replied.
We were quiet for awhile. Bob looked a little pensive, maybe even sad.
I said softly "Bob Dylan once said 'It's not dark yet, but it's getting there."
"Yeah." He said. "I guess he did."