As he skated home, Jacob says that for the first time he had wondered if maybe he never should have come to Hollywood in the first place. Out of desperation, he had wanted to believe the guys he played basketball with every week were his friends on some level. He knew now that it wasn’t so. They would not miss him. In fact, he couldn’t think of anyone in the city who would really notice if he got in his car and drove back to North Carolina that very afternoon.
–John Albert, Wrecking Crew: The Really Bad News Griffith Park Pirates, pp. 51-52.