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Dave Wain Timeline and Summary
Dave Wain meets up with Jack in San Francisco; Jack remembers driving cross-country with him in his jeep, which is named "Willie." Jack can't decide who is the better driver, Cody or Dave. Dave brings Ron Blake with him, a teenager admirer. They all drink together. Dave drives Jack to visit Cody in Los Gatos; they drink on the way. When they arrive, Dave immediately likes and admires Cody, as Jack hoped and thought he would. They leave Cody and return to the city. Dave picks up his girl, Romana, and they visit George Base in the hospital. Dave drives on the next trip to pick up Cody and head to Big Sur. They all drink at Monsanto's cabin. Dave pays particular attention to McLear's beautiful wife, who has also joined the party with her husband. Dave makes breakfast; he knows everything about cooking. They leave the cabin. Dave gets a phone call from Jack some time later: Jack wants the four of them (Jack, Romana, Dave, Billie) to go to Big Sur together, and Dave agrees. They group takes the jeep; there is lots of drinking on the way to Big Sur. Dave and Romana have lots of sex at the cabin, even in view of passing tourists. While Jack is going mad, Dave catches a fish, which he deems "holy," and very carefully (while narrating the process) cooks it for dinner. Dave tries to get Jack to eat instead of just drinking on an empty stomach all the time. Romana and Dave head to the best sleeping spot – by the creek – to retire for the night. The next morning, Dave is disappointed when Jack suggests they head back early. He's having a good time and doesn't want to leave. When Billie digs the coffin-shaped hole in the ground, Jack thinks that Dave, too, picks up on the significance.