By Dan Fante
In l. a., suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time under the influence of alcohol Bruno Dante is jobless back. The e-book of his booklet of brief tales has been dispose of indefinitely. looking the wish advertisements for a gig, he reveals a chauffeur task. whilst Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former ny corporation David Koffman, who's establishing a West Coast department of his thriving limo carrier. Koffman hires Bruno as resident supervisor of Dav-Ko Hollywood lower than one : he needs to stay sober. yet quick enterprise good fortune triggers an abrupt booze-and-blackout-soaked downward spiral for Bruno, forcing him to confront his personal insanity as he struggles to maintain his previous established demons from getting the easiest of him all over again.
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She looks like she hasn’t taken solid nourishment in ten years. ” Koffman was now sorting through the day’s mail. “That’s your opinion,” he said distractedly. “It sure is. ” “She says that all her best friends are pole smokers. ” “Let’s just say that I don’t expect us to ever exchange Valentine’s cards. Her only plus I can see is her knowledge of computers. ” “I found her utterly charming,” he sniffed. “She’ll bring class to our company. ” “Fine. Set that aside. ” “That’s one hundred percent pigsnot.
I tried one more meeting the next day. It wasn’t any better. I decided the guy was right. I took his advice. Every morning after that at eleven o’clock I’d tell David Koffman I was going to a meeting. I didn’t say that the meeting was being held at one of the local movie theaters or a bookstore or at a Starbucks. four It took three full carloads in my Pontiac to get my books and my computer and TV and boxed-up belongings from Uncle Bill’s house on Twenty-seventh Place in Venice to Dav-Ko’s new home on Selma Avenue in Hollywood.
But then the night after I saw the KK guy who sold me the cigarettes, I bet another guy—a baseball fan—twenty bucks at the Warm-Up Room bar. I’d bet him that Barry Bonds would homer for the Giants by the seventh inning. Bonds cracked one in the fifth so I decided to set aside the omen curse idea. Two of the first four limos arrived at the local Lincoln dealer in Hollywood several days after we moved in. These were new ones. Custom-built stretch limos. Both with tinted windows and chrome wheels.