the doggy in the window and the house in the hills

Dinner last night with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. Less than two years ago K. sold his company and found himself “blown out” quite nicely as a multimillionaire (“Not bad for a poor kid from Brooklyn”) — then married an intelligent spirited woman who keeps him on his toes, moved out here and started househunting on the west side. “I’ve never felt so broke in my life,” he told me. “I’m checking out places in Santa Monica and thinking, You want what for this?”

I quoted the opening line of Michael Tolkin’s novel THE RETURN OF THE PLAYER (sequel to the novel that inspired the Robert Altman film of the same name), which is set in Los Angeles: “Griffin Mill was broke, he was down to his last six million dollars.”

He laughed. “Exactly.”

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