Wednesday, May 6, 1970

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1-2 hrs. w/typing, letter etc.

C.H. – 1 hr. total 22 hrs.

Dick off a little after 7. I muddled about with housework, Called Timmy – long talk. Worked on Survey results. Boiled down about 3 + got very depressed as I think we’re on the wrong track I tried to reach Annabel all morning without luck Finally took it upon myself to write a letter to Dr. Cassesse telling him how much we were looking forward to having access to his card files. Warmly conciliatory + congratulatory + making it clear that Annabel was in charge of the job and I was only helping out. A high wind outside – as bad as any so far. Called the office + Shirley told me they were shooting out at her house, I took back the survey notes with letter + left them with the sect’y. Looked for Shirley’s place. No luck. Went to Child Haven. Alot of new children. Cute little girl named Debby who’d knitted me a sq already. Little black girl named Loretta who oddly reminded me alot of Rita. Ann had done 3 or 4 sqs. Carol is leaving tomorrow for Ohio so I took her cap home to finish + sew it. Kelley leaving too + blew kisses out the window. Came back via office – met insurance man, Barry Kick, Stopped at Shirley’s place where they’d finished shooting minutes before. Safeway for a few things including Scotch. Put my loose change in the slot machines + hit 777 on a 10¢ machine for $20 and won $25 on a quarter machine. Tipped the girl $3 and left $30 richer plus groceries. Home. Dick tired – he showered. I got dinner things ready – Marion over for dinner at 6:45 We ate about 7:15 – pleasant early evening – Bed exhausted about 10 o’clock.

Annie called and is in L.A. at the Halifax. So looking forward to seeing her.

Tuesday, May 5,*1970

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Dick off about 8 – not feeling at all well. I cleaned out the fridge + got rid of alot of nasty stuff. Paid bills. including interest on Dick’s loan from Household acct. Wrote George Michel’s Birthday card. Got a few days diary caught up. Kept waiting for Marion to call from airport. Dick back to pick up his book. Marion called at 11:30 – went out + got him – stopping for gas – took him to office. Saw Shirley + Murray. They’ve now sold 28 pools. Dick Marion + I went to Showboat to check Marion in + to have lunch. Drove them back to Shirley’s house then went to Post office for stamps + mailed letters. Lee’s office equipment for typing paper, loose leafs + a couple of appt. books. Bank + deposited money. Safeway for groceries. Bought Birthday cards. Home – got things put away, watered lawn, put away laundry. Called Child Haven, Gloria Marshall’s, Alice Turner + Timmy. Made meat balls. Dick home at 5:00. Tired but nothing done yet. 28 pools sold. Seven holes in the ground, none shot, only one measured yet + it was off. (Dick got a transit (?) today to measure.) The way this should be working at some future time is one pool should be being dug while another is shot + one plumbed another is steeled , another tiled another decked! At the moment the office organization for huge outlay + little income is like the U.N. While the construction end which should be bringing in the huge income is a one-man proposition – Dick ate very lightly and to my surprise I threw up most of what I ate. As I’d thought I was feeling better – it must be tension. We went to bed early. Read Godfather – engrossing, brutal book.

Monday, May 4,*1970

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C.H. 21 1/2

Felt pretty awful. Dick left about 8 – I lolled around a little. Got house straightened up a bit. Alice Turner called – Nice chat. I wrote Jim Parker w/check for $200. Sent $20 to Bill at the hospital + a $100 c/o Jerry MacGruddy. Annabel over about 10:30. Went over some material here + then went to the University to Dr. Casses. He wasn’t there but we found the survey results + went through them pulling the ones that seemed possible sources of employment. He came in + seemed a little surprised but the coolness wore off. We took about 20 to copy. There are a great many more we didn’t see but will later. Had very pleasant lunch at Village pub. Then home at 2:00. Dick here + drinking + I persuaded him without too much difficulty to let me empty what was left down the sink. I think he’s really overwhelmed at all there is to do – a little like the exam (He said “I’m scared, Punkin”) But it’s not going to get done this way. We napped + then had soup + then made love + then had some dinner. Bed about 11 after a ghastly Elvis P. picture. Marion is coming up tomorrow. I’ve got to give Dick all the support I can and the right way –

Sunday, May 3, 1970

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Lord we felt awful. Both of us. Tried to get us back in shape. Caught Dick sabotaging my effort by taking a swig from the Early Times bottle. After several such I hid it + told him I’d emptied it out. He’d made us some French toast of Leon’s bread – 3 inch slices – the size of a pillow. Could barely choke it down. Dick napped + I read Martin Chuzzlewit. Gave him some soup later – we went to bed + napped more + made love. Went to the Flite Deck for dinner + had a couple of drinks. Then like idiots a couple more. Home around 11 o’clock. I wasn’t in too bad shape but don’t think Dick ever had a chance today to sober up.

Saturday, May 2, 1970

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Awoke (came to?) at around 6 am – Felt Dick getting up – “Going down to clean up the store Punkin” Well nothing for it but good Punkin wife has to come along + help. Both of us still drunk. We went down + found 3 unopened bottles and an unopened case of Cold Duck. The place was a mess but Dick assured me it was “taken care of professionally” so off we went in the Ford which we’d had the presence of mind to leave last night Went to J + J’s – no sign of life (now about 7) swung back by our house which looked cold so back to J + J’s + roused them up. Jack hungover Joyce unhappy with Jack (I gather he’d been carried out yesterday) + she couldn’t have been any too pleased with us. We had 7 bottles there (Joyce drinking coffee) Joyce talked about their splitting up which was very unhappy making when I later got to think of it. Next stop Ed + Casey’s Ed had come by yesterday but missed us. Betty Isom there More cold duck there. Home about noon – rested on the floor for a while. Called Daddy – oh the sheer glory of it all. Spoke too with Cotton – her lovely Aunt + Uncle. Went back to J + J’s. Somehow Joyce had rustled up a dinner that may well have saved our lives. Took a cab to the Hacienda with $100 from the sugar bowl. Dick won + lost but I won + we took a cab to the airline bar for a night cap – had 2 old fashioned. Took a cab home + returned $95 to sugar bowl which was pretty damn lucky. Bed next – First fully sensible move of a lost day.

Friday, May 1, 1970

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– Grand opening Allstar –

Called Rich Stanley for Jackie’s brothers name (Louis Wilson) Called Tropicana + invited him + Belle Davis. Made the dips – Clam dip not easy as mix had congealed. Went to pick up Wendy. Blvd. She got some makeup for Shirley + I bought more garlands, mustard dishes, fancy pen etc at Hallmark’s. Went to shop. Wendy went home for punch bowl, bought punch, mustard etc. While I worked at putting up garlands. Left at 2:00 – dirty + messy – back to Hallmarks – Wendy home. House at 3:00. Ate sandwich, washed hair, ironed skirt madeup Dick home at 4:00. Showered shaved + both back at 4:45. Shirley dressing in john so no way to decorate it. Sent kids out for food, made coffee – People arrived right at 5 and never stopped coming. Only pool people there were Tropicana. Bill Gardner undoubtedly home with Bettye. Howard Werner stopped by early – Annabel + Jack, Pat + Tom, Dr. + Mrs. Bentley, Mel Close all came. Judy + Larry, Hime Robeson, Betty + Bob Robertson, WMK, Rick Vandenberg – George Irene, Jack + Joyce, Phil, [crossed out letters] Freddie + Billie, The Morrises, Fluhardy’s – Becks, Wendy + Denny, Bob Ellis, Mac McKinney, the Garretts The Gills, Eva + Walt, Lisa + Fred Reid, The Grubes, Carl + Marsha, The Linebaughs, Elaine Mills, Olga + Morley + God knows how many others. Ralph Christianson was a surprise showing up with wife Carol. The models were great + kept the cold duck flowing (I was calling it Red Dog by the end of the evening!) Also thank God I found out the glasses were being thrown away so hauled them out of the garbage and washed them with help from Marty + Linda. I don’t remember the end of the party at all. But what I do remember was very successful + I think I lasted until after everyone arrived at least. (Dick says we left at 10 o’clock (party scheduled from 5 – 9) Didn’t eat –

Monday, April 27, 1970

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Dick let me sleep and I woke at 8:35 feeling it must be noon!! The extra hour and a half did me a world of good and I got alot done. Called Jack Giasulio who was on his way over to see Bill. Told me Bill was on + off unconscious. The hotel had called an ambulance to take him to the hospital on Wednesday. Also spoke with Jerry MacGruddy who’d already seen Bill + was seeing him again tonight. Neither thought Bill would get out of the hospital. Sent flowers to him + Eva Jenkins. Spoke with Julia Mullen – brought her up to date. I spent most of the day doing invitations – large part of it detective work as so many numbers are unlisted. In the afternoon I wrote Bill c/o Jack + enclosed $100 in cash. Told him I would send two more installments. Sent $150 to M.P.S. and $200 to Smith. Paid Equity dues Lazaro Mendoza. Went to Child Haven to give Carol her knitting + saw some of the other children. Anne gave me 4 squares + Kelley had one for me. Went to the cleaners + laundry + bought groceries home at 6:00 – Dick home soon after – He was in a very high strung + tired mood – gave him some excedrin + after a couple of drinks he calmed down. I did some ironing + we got a few more names + addresses. He can’t get anyone to work for him right now and the situation is really bad. Suggested he call Marion + see if he could bring in a crew. Marion promised to try Nice dinner + watched some TV – Bed about 11:00 Tomorrow is Mother’s birthday and I would like to do something to mark it.

Sunday, April 26, 1970

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The wind incredible!! The whole house shaking Dick down to the shop about 11:30 to work on pool. He + Bob Keegan back to pick up something. I did several loads of laundry and then went out to Boulder City. Stopped at a shop en route + got some “glow-globs” a sort of phosphorescent putty for Vanessa + Ellis. St. Judes a sort of oddly unfinished – type place. A Father Keeley in charge + alot of English Sisters from Bristol. Saw Vanessa + her roommate Charlene – an older girl too named Christy (?). Ellis alot more somber than Vanessa. Went to a drugstore + got him a transistor battery. Gave the sisters $10 for pocket money for them. Felt very inadequate. Came home via Henderson + the Eldorado club where I lost at 21. Not much but I lost. Home at 5 – Dick still at work. Bill called – he’s back in St. Vincent’s. Wanted me to call Jack Giasulio + Jerry MacGruddy Tried but all circuits busy. Dick not home til 7:30. Went over to J + J’s for ice + stayed for a few drinks – Home to soup + muffins + watched interesting Susskind show on Celibacy in the Catholic Priesthood. A Mr. Bianchi (lapsed priest) – + a Father Kennedy extremely impressive.

Saturday, April 25, 1970

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Woke exhausted. Was going to go back to bed when Dick called to tell me a pool supply delivery truck was coming out to put some stuff in our garage. Denny put Jimmy Judge’s car behind + they unloaded some 28 pieces. Not very bulky. I called St. Jude’s + talked to a lovely Englishwoman who told me Vanessa seemed to be adapting a little better than Ellis but was terrified of some dogs they have there. I decided to go out tomorrow afternoon but asked her not to tell the children in case something interfered. I cut out my picture from the paper + pottered about a bit. Went out + ended up going to the Landmark Tower + playing 21. Lost track of time as watch stopped and it was 4:30 when I took stock. Some $80 richer. Called Dick, got gas for the car + groceries. Put a single quarter in the slot machine at the Safeway + hit a $12.50 jack pot. Left there $10 richer. Came home. Dick had had a few. We called J + J who’d been to the lake + were exhausted + enroute to bed (at 6 pm!) We had barbecue steak + then watched Khartoum on TV. Much diminished but for all that a fascenating film. Bed at 12:30 after setting all the clocks ahead an hour. Betty Roberts daughter called in the morning about a surprise Birthday party for her Mother on the 24th of May. I started a white cap for Carol at Child Haven + caught her up + then some.

Friday, April 24, 1970

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C.H. 18

Woke with hangover but all the information for our party – $250.00 for chips + dips + champagne glasses and 6 cases of Cold Duck. Spoke with Shirley + then John – Dick home + evidently John had said he’d fire anyone who voted against him. Unfortunately for him he can’t + he can be fired. Went to pick up Elaine with splitting head – went to both banks enroute. Over to Desert Inn. Wm. Trevilla’s fashons. They had to be the ugliest dresses I’ve seen in a long time + the audience reaction seemed to indicate I was not alone in my feelings. Elaine alot of fun to be with. Took her back + went to Child Haven. Vanessa + Ellis have gone to St. Jude’s and Eartha, Victor + Zoby have all gone in a foster home. I felt very unhappy over their being split up like that. [crossed out letters] Carol’s knitting has disappeared so I promised to catch her up to where she was. Ann doing very well. Went to Allstar – they’d just brought in a cash register for $1300. Talked over party a little + Then had several drinks with them and a really nice time. Dick drove me home with a stop at Albertson’s for liquor + groceries. Had a pizza for dinner. I was tired + we went to bed early.

Thursday, April 23, 1970

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Odd sort of day – In the morning got bills paid – Phone bill – sorted out all the various calls ($109 for Bill + re Bill) Paid Power + gardener. Made reservations for Royal Gambit tonight – later cancelled. Went to Woolworth’s + bought a large supply pf needles. Went over to B. Dalton + bought some thises + thats + saw Elaine who’d just had her Tarot cards read + was converted. Went to Allstar to get Dick for lunch. Took his good clothes for Lawyers appt. Shirley showed me an invitation to a grand opening party and I suggested some changes – “beautiful bathing suit models will serve you” (ugh) to Beautiful mermaids to serve you (not much better but not quite as tasteless) Also they’re having a drawing for a hundred dollar bill. I feel John might have talked some of this over with somebody. It’s too much. Dick + I had lunch down town + I told him I was going to ask for approval on the copy that goes out of the office. I mentioned this to John in Mel Close’s outer office he told me he’d been an honor student at the university of Indiana. Blah Blah. Went on + signed papers. Dick is chairmen of the board + there must be a board meeting anytime an expenditure of a thousand dollars is concerned. There are 5 members of the board – Dick, John, Murray, Shirley + I – (vice president) 3 out of 5 is a quorum. There can be no meeting without Dick. Went back to Allstar + found John had changed wording back on invitations. I was so upset I came home + lay down + cried + read Pola Negri’s book. Dick home at 6 – Had had a board meeting in office + voted John down on $3500 worth of telephone advertising he was signing up for!!! Without consulting anyone only an hour after agreeing to the $1000 limit in Mel Close’s office. The man is insane. We went out to the omni-deck restaurant at Hughes exec. terminal. Bartender Bill Crumrine was a great + glorious help on Party information

Wednesday, April 22, 1970

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C.H. 16 hrs.

Up at 8:00 – Dick off. I wrapped Pkge for Ethel, wrote her a card + paid Am. Express bill for $532 used 2 checks (N.Y. + Nevada). Washed hair + took bath + put on makeup. Wendy over at 9:15 to take me to gas station for car. Also mailed pkges + letter for me. Car running beautifully (How long?) Called Alice Turner + went down there to pick up her pie + give her an apple crumb + wine + return book. Her lemon meringue was still in the making. I helped whip the meringue + it was heavy labor. Took 5 pies to Mesquite club. The lemon sloshed a little on the ride but came back after a sit in the fridge. I helped with the raffle – sold tickets for both raffles + announced winners in second raffle. Didn’t feel it had been properly organized. Fashion show was late and hung up the 1st seating. We sold (Lucy F + I ) $167.00 worth of Raffle tickets. Jim Carmany + Judge Mendoza the first winners in the two drawings. Saw to talk to a bit – Lucille Annabel – got to know Mavis Fisher whom I like – + Mary Louise Perkowski – Ate a standing lunch – Shirley + friends Pat Garrett and Marilyn Morgan came at 1:00. Saw Lisa Reid too but no time to talk. We played Bridge til 3:15 – fun. Shirley called the office + John wanted her back so that was that. We both bought some liquor for $4 a bottle when they closed the bar. Helped in the kitchen. Called the Salvation Army for left over food – 3 huge kettles of beans, big box of garlic bread about 4 gallons of salad and some barbecue beef. Felt very happy about that was home at 5:30. Phone bill for $242!! Power bill. Dick home at 6 – we played some cards. Had dinner + went to bed + watched TV.

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