By Dan Fante
In la, suffering telemarketer-writer and part-time inebriated Bruno Dante is jobless back. The e-book of his e-book of brief tales has been get rid of indefinitely. looking out the wish advertisements for a gig, he reveals a chauffeur task. while Bruno calls the quantity within the advert, he discovers the boss is his former long island organization David Koffman, who's commencing a West Coast department of his thriving limo carrier. Koffman hires Bruno as resident supervisor of Dav-Ko Hollywood less than one situation: 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 normal demons from getting the simplest of him over again.
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There’s a first aid kit in the chauffeur’s room downstairs—I’ll go and get it. ” Struggling to get to my feet. “I have no idea. ” “Just please stay still. Stay where you are. ” A minute or so later the voice was back. “Mission accomplished.
Had I, over the last few years, had any experience managing people, overseeing a staff? Work other than chauffeuring? Without hesitation my lips composed the necessary lies. “Sure. Absolutely,” I said. “It’s right on my résumé. ” My reply caused him to shift gears. He immediately began “selling” me, reciting the statistics of how successful and hip Dav-Ko had become since I’d left. The company now operated ten new stretch limos and another half dozen town cars out of a three-story Midtown New York garage.
Leaning across the table I was an inch from his face. “Okay look, here’s the deal,” I blurted. “My Pontiac is parked down the street at a meter. Okay. That meter is about to expire. I’ve been here over an hour. Okay. This is Hollywood. Okay. Expired meter parking tickets here are forty-nine fucking dollars. Okay. And I’m about to get one. Okay! And additionally, I think I’m coming down with something. It isn’t a hangover. ” Koffman rolled his eyes. “We’re almost done. Can’t you just calm down. I’ll pay the ticket.
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