Idiot Wind: Bob Dylan’s Outhouse Saga

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“Someone’s got it in for me, they’re planting stories in the press…”

“Someone’s got it in for me, they’re planting stories in the press…”

Some residential areas are troubled by vandalism; others communities are prone to theft.  For a few unlucky residents of Malibu, California, the gravest issue at hand involves a famous folk singer and his increasingly-infamous outhouse.  Neighbors of legendary songwriter Bob Dylan are fed up with the foul fumes emanating from a portable toilet located on his Point Dume property.  Supposedly for use by security personnel that patrol the premises, the Port-a-Potty first became a nasal nuisance in September of last year.  The neighboring Emminger family are especially furious, as both mother and son have literally been sickened by the smell.  The odor is apparently so strong that the family has invested in several industrial-sized electric fans to attempt to both shield themselves and give Dylan a taste of his own medicine.  Despite their best efforts, the stench continue to haunt the Emminger house.  Though the neighbors have been lodging official complaints for months, the city has yet to take any significant action towards resolving the problem.  Some feel that the singer’s celebrity status is to blame for escaping any sort of legal consequences, which city manager Jim Thorsen vehemently denies.  Regardless of the special treatment that Dylan may or may not be receiving, the outhouse continues to be an ironic thorn in some residents’ sides.  In the words of Mr. Emminger, “It’s a scandal — ‘Mr. Civil Rights’ is killing our civil rights.”

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  1. it’s 12:48 on a saturday afternoon and already i read a review for dylan’s new album the hilarious stories of the past few days about bob’s port a potty and some one (you won’t believe this) who says it’s amazing how dylan can write such good songs with all the pot he smoked through out the years. i mean whoa take pot out of music and you have lawrence welk. as far as the odor from the toilet, these neighbors are wrong and just looking for their 15 minutes. as a resident of the connecticut state prison a few years ago, i can say that in the rec. yards the potties didn’t smell from outside (remember all the crap inmates eat for meals and from commissary). the inside is another matter. unless the door is propped open there is no smell. so shut your fans off and stop bothering the city. call the man who empties the crapper and let him deal with it. don’t forget your #2 is #1 with him. or call webberman he will sift through it for free

  2. This is just perfect. Look here Bob, if you were an old RV hand & also a life member of the SKPs RV club as I have been for lo these 22 past years (I got this 1972 Dodge Champion Class-A motorhome in from of retired teacher couple in Eureka, CA @ 1987 when I lived in Cotati, CA) you’d know about ClO2, Chloriine Dioxide. It is not at all anything like chlorine. It comes as sodium chlorite, which I get as ODORCON (Odorid Concentrate). It is NaClO2. Get busy there & get some of it & put a couple ounces in your holding tanks or outhouse or whatever it is you have there & it will not only get rid of all the smell, it will also DIGEST whatever it is needs digestion. It is totally nontoxic & safe for all creatures man & beast & plant, except for the little nasties like pathogenic bacteria, viruses, abberrant cells like cancer, pathogenic fungus & the worst of anti-biotic resistant bacteria like PRSA & MRSA, etc. Yet it is so safe you can use it as a douche (go ahead), an enema (oh, yea), or as a drink, or to keep your food from spoiling in the fridge or freezer or “unsour” it if it’s got sour. Check it out Bobby. If your neighbors hear about this first, or if your portapot company finds out about it, before you do, the problem will go away & no one will think of it again. Oblivion will once again set in. Is that what you want? Oblivion? NaClO2 is not found in nature, so don’t bother looking. Just use the search terms & discover the find of the millenia for yourself. Let me know how it works out Bobby. solaura7372@aol.com

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