The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

‘NO man is a traf­fic is­land, as the poet al­most said. But I met a fel­low named Dave Schwartz who was a green and pleas­ant me­dian strip. He was the founder of RentA-Wreck. He presided over his fran­chise’s orig­i­nal car lot. The place and the man were quiet, calm, re­fresh­ing breaks be­tween the end­less lanes of Los An­ge­les traf­fic ca­coph­ony and chaos. In 1981, I was liv­ing in LA, for my sins. The din of An­gelino mo­tor ve­hi­cles was un­like the noise of New York’s. There wasn’t much horn honk­ing . . . and no bel­lowed recita­tions of Iliad- long in­vec­tive such as old-time New York cab­bies could pro­duce.’

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