Dick off about 7:30. Barkis had crapped on the carpet. Humbug is really painfully thin + very shaky. I called George Barnes to let him know they’d sent me alot of other people’s certificates of [crossed out letters] rabies vaccination along with mine. He suggested I call “Pet Town” here for the name of a good vet. Dick came dashing in around noon for some forms + dashed out again. I wrote Timmy a letter and paid several bills. Took Dick’s car and got gas, went to the bank, bought some bourbon, took clothes to the cleaner and shopped for dinner. Then went to the Frontier nursery and ordered some flowers to go to Mary Jean + Drue tomorrow for their birthday. Came home and prepared the steaks + brussel sprouts + mushrooms. Dick home around four. He’d just taken a shower + run my bath when Jimmy Judge appeared at the front door. Six o’clock. Joyce + Jack called + asked us to dinner Friday + poker. Then Mary + Les called. And alot later after alot to drink Sue called. We agreed to talk in the morning. Jimmy is alot of fun but my God some of his stories are pretty appalling – the rackets, the syndicate, “factors” etc. I’m afraid it’s a little hard to stomach. He spent the night as we’d all had too much to drink. Doug Menville + Rae O’dell sent me a first edition of “He done her wrong” by Milt Gross – a very funny novel without any words. Inscribed “The nizest Beby we know.”
Slept late today – 11:30. Was hungover and the dishes were an appalling sight. Paid phone bill in L.A. and called the Pet Hotel. Spoke with George who gave me the flight number + said he’d gotten Hummy’s rabies booster. Made bed + ran bath. Dick home – about 1:30 or so. Brought chicken livers which he fixed. After a bath they tasted surprisingly good. He got a letter about a 2nd mortgage he’s holding + has decided to foreclose. We played cards some + had a “pink pussycat’ – and then went to bed for a lovely + needed nap. Mary called at 6:15. Woke Dick [crossed out letters] who hung up on her after a few minutes. Phone rang again almost instantly and it was long distance person to person for me. Said I’d take it + there was Susan on the line. She’d just come in + Mary had handed her the phone. We had a rather strained conversation because I didn’t know if Mary was listening or not. Margie was sent home Sue is now living in Merle’s appt. and she said she’d call me tonight at 11 o’clock. Spoke with Mary who’d “gouged” her palm + “almost severed an artery” Sunday. Went to Lou Scaduto her “former Doctor” so there goes Lou. Les had spoken to Jimmy + Daddy on Sunday??? Mentioned someone named Jeff + when I asked who Jeff was she started coughing + left the phone. Spoke to Sue again + Mary came back to say she’d thrown up. Grand. I told Mary we had to go pick up the dogs + she said to “give them both a kiss + especially Dick.” End of call. Dick went out for the paper and I thought he might be angry but it turned out he wasn’t. Was just upset that he’d been so short with Mary + had gotten a bad headache. He’d told me to call her back + say he was drunk only I hadn’t heard him. Not that I’d ever have done it. Frank Carul called while Dick was out. We went to the Jungle Club for dinner + then to the airport. The dogs didn’t seem to emotionally disturbed by their ride. Hummy very thin. I’m almost sure he has worms. Dick is very good with them. We took them out in the yard + they snuffed their way about. Humbug stepped on something + hurt his paw. Dick + I played cards + waited for Susan’s call which didn’t come + we talked alot – about our life + life in general. Bed about midnight.
Rainy day so Dick couldn’t work. Ralph called 5 times before coming over at one. George here in the morning. I paid bills – Doug. Sheldon Andelson, D.W.P, Am. Express, Newsweek + Lake Sunapee protective association. I went out shopping when Ralph came – went to Panorama. Came back to find Dick had mopped the kitchen floor and was vacuuming – He is so dear and so good to me. We futzed about the house, cleaning + washing and hanging pictures. Dick went + got us some more flowers on George + Irene’s gift certificate. I called the pet hotel in L.A. and George said he could make all the arrangements to have the dogs sent tomorrow night. It was a cold miserable day but we had a lovely time. Took a nap after putting in the pork roast. Jack came at 6:30 – I made pork marsala, string beans with mushrooms, potatoes + crescent rolls. Jack Underwood is a very dear man. He’s like Timmy in a way because he’s convinced that nobody finds him interesting where as on the contrary he’s fascinating. We had a very good time although we drank 4 bottles of wine – mostly Dick + I and I can’t remember most of the last part of the evening. Maybe I should say I had a good time, not we, and maybe I should say I think I had a good time.
Up around ten/fifteen or so. We went for coffee at the coffee shop. Lovely view but no service. Got to Madge’s house at 11:15. She gave us meatloaf, mashed potatos + salad for breakfast. She’d been up since six. Anything Leon said, she disputed + it got a little uncomfortable. At one point though Leon was behaving like a naughty boy about some story she was telling + Dick + I got very giggly. Paula came in + soon after her boyfriend who’s a police lieutenant. We drove out to see the lot on Ramon Road. It’s about 3 miles out of town I’d say + both Dick + I were rather discouraged although we didn’t say so. And then another four or five miles to the 20 acre lot that Leon, Madge + somebody else own together. It’s a piece of dessert, pure + simple although right next to it there’s a fenced area of 300 acres with sprinkler system already installed and across the street from it there’s a flourishing 30 acre citrus grove. We didn’t know what to say. Every other [crossed out word] lot on the way out is Indian Land + undeveloped so it’s hard to get a very clear picture. We took Madge home + got Leon’s things. Had to stop by Mrs. Bacher’s to get a script. She seemed pleasant enough. The ride home was through some bad weather + very heavy traffic. Could tell that Dick was preoccupied + not too happy. Leon was beginning to get to him – or I should say Leon’s situation and the part we’re expected to play. We stopped for dates for Dorothy. Got back to Leon’s around 4:30 + had a drink. I called Lyle who wasn’t in + got my messages from the service. Called Janie who’d like to come to Vegas during her Spring vacation. Didn’t call Mary or Millie or Elizabeth. Just not enough time. We went to Timmy’s + had another 2 drinks there and such a nice visit. Timmy is happy with his book, Thank God, and in very good shape. We left + Dick said “I could have spent another 2 hours there.” Back to the house – Paul about to take Pat to the airport. We dashed about packing + Dick called George. We got to the airport at 7:30. Ran into Pat who joined us for dinner. Flight home uneventful. As Dick said it was too much in too short a time. We stopped at the Kona Kai + had one drink with Jimmy. Bill from Sheldon with nice letter. The case is closed. [crossed out word] Very good to be back here.
Not easy getting up. Phone rang a couple of times but we didn’t answer. Turned out to be Timmy + Jane. Called Timmy + said we’d try to stop by tomorrow. The planting looks great. So does the house. Put a few pictures aside to take with us + took “Rita + The Cynics” to Cart + Crate on La Peer Drive. Hummy + Barkis right up the street but the Pet Hotel is closed on weekends. We had breakfast at Schwab’s – no time to get the tiles for the roof. Got to Leon’s around 1:30 Left for Palm Springs around two. It was a long drive but pleasant despite hangovers. Stopped in Beaumont for an ice cream cone + ended up with soft drinks. Got to Palm Springs + Leon called his partner, Madge Close, a beauty operator with whom he owns 2/35 of a 20 acre lot + at whose house he was going to stay. Then we went to look at Leon’s lot on the golf course. Even to me it looked pretty good although my reaction to Palm Springs is a little negative. Then to the Continental Motel. No room + the lady told us no room anywhere in town! Went to the Desert Paradise where we met a very nice + funny man named Hy Moss who’s a contractor in Vegas + whose wife runs the place. Dick may have gotten a job from him in June or July. But no room. Leon called Mrs. Bacher who called back + gave me a lecture on not making reservations. I told her not to worry – if worst came to worst we could sleep in our car. She told me if we wanted to we could park outside her house. All heart, some people. Hy Moss’s wife came back + was a neurotic bitch. Jumped all over him with both feet. Meanwhile we’d tried a place outside of town called the Holiday Lodge. Suggested by Mrs. Bacher + got a room. Went down there and it was just fine. Left our stuff + went to Madge Close’s house. She was tired and a little irritable. Her daughter in law Paula works from 4 to 12 as a police dispatcher + Madge has to come home from work + cook dinner for two grandaughters, Megan + Kelly. We left after several drinks + took Leon to dinner. Big success – “La Petite Marmite” – wine + French + German cooking. Lovely waitress, Helen, who made Leon’s evening. Took Leon back to Madge + came back to the Lodge. Dick says Leon is like a drowning man [crossed out letter] I feel it too but agree with Dick that he’s “worth saving.” What to do.
Didn’t even hear Dick leave. At 8 the phone rang and it was Ralph: “Where’s Dick?” I said I thought the Jaybird apts. And Ralph said that if he didn’t pour today on Hammerburg’s pool the deal was off. I said Dick couldn’t help the weather and I didn’t know anything about it. It later developed Ralph had withheld some of Dick’s advance + had used it plus his commission to make a down payment on a house. Well – he’s up the proverbial creek as Dick’s willing to return the money. I paid my L.A. property tax and wrote a letter informing them of their error. Then I finally wrote Col. McCormick quite a long letter and a slightly revised copy of my letter to Leon for Helga Moray about the book. Paid the Bev. Hills Seed Co. + John Roberts. Called Dick Rund in N.Y. He was out sick so I called Lester instead. Nice chat. Had to change our reservations to the later flight as Dick was late on the job. He got in around 3:20 + we rushed around trying to get packed. Forgot everything including the wedding pix, Dick’s license and sweater + so on endlessly. Mailed book + letters at the airport. Had a gingerale at the airport and a drink on the plane which put us both almost to sleep. Stopped at a drugstore in L.A. + got some No-Doz + called Leon + Paul. 7:15 by then. We rented a Hertz car at the airport. Magda at Leon’s. We had a very funny evening. Leon’s new apartment just great. Magda + I very giggly – The hardware + tools in with the silverware. etc. Left around 11:30. Went to Lookout Mt. The house in great shape. Gee it’s a beautiful house. Paul had 2 friends there. David somebody and Pat Carey. They were all smoking pot. We had a couple of drinks with them and finally stumbled up to bed. Put in [crossed out letters] change of address card. Some mail but mostly bills aside from a dear letter from Sue Glick.
I got a great deal done today. The weather was bad again + I called Dick at the Jaybird apartments because I suddenly realized that after yesterdays conversation he might just stay away whether he was working or not. (later learned I was right to have called). I sorted out all my 68 bank statements + receipts and am now in good shape to work on my taxes. I found my copy of the letter I’d written Leon for Helga Moray so that’s going to be easier and I found “additional Escrow instructions” instructing the bank to pay the 1968 property tax on Lookout Mt. Ave. so there’s proof positive. I got the desk straightened up and I unpacked all the rest of my papers. Was going to go to Van’s lumberyard for partitions when Dick came home + went for me. Also had copies made of the Escrow instructions. Timmy called in the morning and although he sounded a little mournful he cheered me up immensely. I went shopping and picked up a copy of Svetlana Alleluyevna’s “Letters to a friend.” Read one over a tuna salad at Thrifty’s. Bought filet mignon for dinner and made an apple pie. We read more of the smoking book and then I took a nap for half an hour. Watched the news + barbecued the steak. Not too successful as the weather was so cold the meat got cooked but hardly warm. Paul called + we’re going to stay in the house. Tried to get Leon but couldn’t. We sat up + drank + read more Hyman Kaplan + talked.
Lyle’s friend Jerry called + sounds very nice. I still seem to have my period and I don’t know what to do. Doug’s in France now + I don’t really have a Doctor. Maybe I’ll call Rich when I get to L.A.
Really dreary day-was in a bad depression. Had hangover. Had put weight back on. Dick not working again. Went over driver’s manual + learned the Nevada rules. Fairly simple. Am still so completely disorganized with papers and stuff. Taxes due soon. ALL the securities etc. in New York. The house in Lose Angeles + me here. Patience Cleveland Patience Hobbs Patience Michels. Five checking accounts. Went to the motor vehicle dept. driving Dick’s car. I was upset at the prospect of lying and Dick was very short tempered. Got there + they demanded identification which I had none (which didn’t have Cleveland on it). A social security card acceptable so we went to the Federal Bldg + applied for one. It will take 3 weeks. Dick said “Well you were determined not to get your license” which I didn’t feel was fair. We ate at the Hafbran, saw Dave Abbantage + went to a stationery store where I got some big filing envelopes. Came home + I paid some bills-Rent, phone + service for the house and nat’l geographic for me. Wrote head of L.A. Smith club about change of name + change of address. Wrote Sheldon Andelson about second bill. Think it was a duplicate but don’t know. Mad out check for L.A. tax but have to write letter. Dick at barber’s. Stopped at Raven. Came home + I went + took a nap. We couldn’t talk. I couldn’t sleep. Mary called-drunk + hysterical. She’s sending Margie home-she has her “on the police blotter” She’s talked to Sheila-the only thing I said was “why do you have her on the police blotter” and then she hung up after saying she shouldn’t have called me. I hope poor Margie does go back to Michigan. We went out to dinner at a place called the Danube. I thought the food was pretty dreary but we got everything talked out and that was worth it. I’m still bleeding and it’s beginning to bother me.
Another day of not working-wind very bad. Dick + George went out in the morning and I pottered about + went shopping. Alot of mail including tax bill from L.A. with a big mistake on it. Mary sent the pictures with what I consider the snottiest note ever written in it’s entirety. “Dear Patience-Mr. Church has suggested that a photographer would charge $100 for following a wedding party. Need I say more dear. Love to you + Dick-Mary.” I could send her an itemized bill for plan fare for two and hotel reservations plus corsage + food + drinks that way she’d owe me about $10.00. The pictures aren’t too good. A few nice ones, four single shots of Les and quite a few fuzzies. I do look fat but I don’t look old. We took the VW to the car wash and then went to Panorama market. I made a pumpkin pie for Dick. Ralph Chistianson (sp?) came over around 4:30 with some money for Dick + stayed for 3 drinks. Too early to start + I’m beginning to think we’re drinking too much too regularly. Didn’t much care for Ralph. Cliff Cornwell (sp?) came over afterwards + is the complete opposite end of the spectrum. Both pool salesmen. We had curried lamb for dinner + wine. Rice + broccoli. Afterward we played cards. Paul called + is going to India for two weeks on Monday. Suggested he ask Phemy if she’d like to stay in the house. Dick then said he thought I ought to ask Juan to keep an eye on the place. He may be right.
Terrible wind + Dick couldn’t work. He went out to look at a job. I wrote George + Judy Spicer a note. They’re coming to town sometime soon + I hope not this coming weekend We made our reservations for L.A. I finished unpacking my clothes but still have the most enormous amount of desk work to do. Haven’t even thought of income tax yet + must get organized. Heated up the stuffed peppers for lunch + then we took a glorious nap. About 3:30 we went over to Paradise Valley or something to pick up a check + then to the Safeway where Eliot works. He gave us a 5lb leg of lamb all trimmed for $3.10. We invited Jack + Joyce for dinner and I made an apple pie. A great big box arrived at noon + Glory be to God + Annie it was a 44 piece set of Melmac dishware. Talk about luck + timing! Got a little rattled as my first piecrust was a flop but took a deep breath + tried again and it all went perfectly. Dick a big help. Jack + Joyce over around Seven. We had a few drinks + a very funny but good dinner and more drinks + played poker. I was the big winner. Dick called a guy named Dick Muter who used to work for the Motor Vehicle Dept. + evidently all I do is apply for a license as though I’d never had one before + change my maiden name I guess I’ll use Colgate as the initial is the same. Jack + Joyce left around eleven. Don’t really remember going to bed.
Lovely day. Up around 9:15. Made breakfast. Dick off to look at a job but the “general contractor” who it seems has a gold plated rack on his pickup truck, didn’t show. Wes + Betty Poole called to ask us out to the lake but Dick wasn’t home so they said they’d ask again. Millie called + I called her back to reverse the charges. She likes the new Friday woman very much + it’s very convenient to get to. Margie called her + Mary got on the phone but Millie said there was someone at the door and she had to leave. Poor Mary has really lost one of her best friends. I called Elizabeth after to thank her for her card + we had a nice chat. Dick came home + we went back to bed for a while. Mary + Les called and it was all very hectic sounding. They’ve put Margie in a catholic girls school. Les sounded almost as “high” (nonalcoholic high) as Mary although not disorganized. They plan to come up + see us some weekend to see how we’re doing. We slept til 2 o’clock + then went shopping. I bought some peppers + stuffed them and served a very tasty tomato dish. Scotty called us and it was really nice. He sounded a little bit tight + sentimental and very dear. Wish he’d come out here + get away from New York. We went into town to see Romeo + Juliet + both loved it. The theatre awash at the end. A little negro boy in front of us was looking around scornfully at the sniffers when he saw his Mother take out a handkerchief. His “Not you too!” could be heard throughout the theatre + it provided a little relief. A really beautiful film. We came home + called Leon and played knock rummy and talked alot about alot of things before going to bed.
Up at 7:15 – Dick off at 7:40. I wrote a couple of Thank you notes to George + Irene + Bill + Bettye Gardner then wrote Bill Wellborne + sent him a check for $300.00 for March. Told him I can spare $75 a week until the book is done. With Timmy and the house payments etc. I don’t really feel I can afford more. I paid Lauria’s + wrote a note to Bob Iverson who’d returned most of my mss. I think he still has a copy of the movie script. I didn’t accomplish too much in the way of unpacking. Dick was home at two and we took a nice long nap. Went shopping at Vegas Village and bought a bed spread, a few bowls, a casserole, meat thermometer + sieve. We found some really pretty plates + then discovered they only had the one for display purposes. We went to the Raven for dinner. Not too good but we had a nice time. Thanks to the accordionist, Al + the bartender
Frank Tony Sylvaggio who’s an old friend of Dick’s. We had quite a few martinis + then came home + played knock rummy + had two more. Bed about 1:30 -
Up at 7:15. Dick off around 7:45. I wrote diary + futzed about. Went to the Decateur center + Wonder World. Got 2 desk lamps wanted to buy plates but couldn’t find any. Variety store + I bought a garment bag. Hardware store for some colored enamel paint, brushes + thinner. Then to the Safeway for shopping + Dana McKay’s bookstore for stationery. Tried to get Louis’ new book but it’s not out yet. Bought Thurber carnival for Dick. Mary called this morning. The pictures came out beautifully + she’s going to send us a set. Wants to keep the negatives for a while? That’s all very good. Subject of Margie a little garbled. Something about a catholic school. Something about sending her home. She (Mary) is being guided by “our dead mother” + “trying to do what she would do.” Quite a long talk actually – I wonder about Margie + feel a slight twinge of guilt at being glad to be far away. I unpacked a little more. Put all my cottons in a garment bag in the guestroom. Then I painted flowers on Dick’s maple chair. They look like green eyed crabs but they hide the wood filler. Dark clouds suddenly came up. I gather a bad storm is hitting poor battered California again. Didn’t really do much today but was absolutely exhausted + lay down for a nap a few minutes before Dick came home. He joined me for an hour but I slept on for two. I’d made stuffed ham slices for dinner and we ate + drank a great many old fashioneds and read some Thurber aloud + a little Oscar Wilde and had a lovely if drunkish evening. I am beginning to lose a few pounds. I’d gotten up to 131 or so and am now inching back. About 127 at the moment. Think the routine is doing me good. I feel well + am very happy.
Timmy’s Birthday -
Up at 7:15 – Dick wanted me to call Mr. Hutson about the furnace. I didn’t want to but it obviously bothered him (We’ll have a gas bill of $95.00 a month) so with rather poor grace I agreed. I wrote Mary Parker + sent her the rest of the money for “Red Interior.” Wrote Thank you notes to Magda, Susan Goff + Susan Cleveland. Got Hutson’s phone number from the agency but then thank God Jack came with the ice trays. He checked out the furnace + said it was okay. Looked at the exhaust fan + said it was too dirty to work. I called Timmy to wish him Happy Birthday. He sounded rather glum. Dick called to give his number at work but more I guess to make peace. Told him about the furnace. I washed our sheets + mattress pad + another load of laundry. Ironed a pile of handkerchiefs. Sprayed the chair for Dick’s desk. Lido called. Dick home at 3:00. We bathed + dressed. Called Timmy again. Went downtown to court about a ticket Dick had for not getting his registration. Place mobbed. Were able to pay the ticket + leave. While waiting there I wrote John Roberts for another lens. Went to the Golden Nugget for dinner + then to City Hall for the meeting of the zoning board of adjustment. First case a little unsettling. Application for a home occupation permit to do men’s + women’s alterations by an Italian [crossed out word] Tailor. A very ugly suburban snob group there protesting + the application was denied. Everything else went through as did Dick’s request for a variance. One of the board, Bob White, was the man Dick did a pool for today. We went over to the Jungle Club to find Lido to tell him full speed ahead but he wasn’t there. Came home. Mary had called but it was late to call back + anyway she’ll get my letter tomorrow. We played cards ending up even and called Arnie to see if she could come this weekend. Unfortunately she can’t but nice chat. Bed by 11:30
Dick off to work at 7:30 – I was up an hour later. Beginning to feel rested. Glorious weather. I washed some clothes and wrote Leon with Newcomb’s address. Wrote Mary + thanked her for coming + taking pictures. We offered to buy the negatives + get prints made. I wrote Paul + gave him Sue + Carl’s address + asked [crossed out word] him to send [crossed out letters] them the box of detective stories. Went to the bank + cashed a check + deposited a check for $200.00 from Jim Parker. Installment on loan from Rita fund. Went to Wonder World + bought waste basket + laundry basket + spray paint. Then to Safeway. Dick here when I got back. Sewer backed up again + the landlord sent over the Roto rooter man. Fixed roast loin of pork marsala for dinner. Very good. Nice mail. Bess Gray, Jim Parker, Rae O’Dell + Magda. I lined drawers + got alot of unpacking done. Alot left to do. We played knock rummy + poker + went to bed around ten.