Saturday, May 23, 1970

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Here I am 39 years old and really quite happy. Had a very pleasant day despite hangover. Flowers came from Dick – beautiful red roses + the same only smaller from Mom + Cassie + George and then some lovely spring flowers from “H.B. + G.G.P”!!! Annie called + we had a lovely chat + I talked with Alice Turner who’d sent a telegram. Laid out the Child Haven blanket which looks quite pretty + crocheted around a few last squares. Dick was home at noon and a little crochety at first but soon over it – We made love + napped + then I went over to the Dunes + sunned with Newcomb + Anne. Went in the pool + loved it. We went to the Blvd + Anne got alot of things at Hatches Hallmark + we went to B Dalton’s where Elaine + “The Dalton Gang” sang Happy Birthday to me + gave me a lovely (3rd time) little book “To be Nobody Else” – At Anne’s prodding I bought a book called “The Sensuous Woman” – + WOW! Newcomb bought me a statue of 3 owls for a gift + it couldn’t be more appropriate for our house. We went over to Circus Circus for a while + then back to the Dunes where we separated. Came home + napped + then met at 10 o’clock at the Desert Inn. Had a perfect dinner complete with sparkling burgundy + went to see “[crossed out letter] “Pzazz 60.” What a show. Really Spectacular. Tottered home at 2:30 + fell into bed. A very nice Birthday.

Friday, May 22, 1970

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Up early Dick out early. Finished Karen’s slippers finished crocheting around squares – Did laundry Wrote Timmy w/check after calling to chat. Went to the bank + deposited money + then got all the payroll checks and the checks for bills – some $8,000 (over) worth. Bought groceries while the bank was making them out. Took them to the office + came home. Lay down for a brief nap. Walt Jenkins stopped by out of the blue which was pleasant. Only stayed long enough to show Eva’s new car a “Scout” – Jeep-type affair – + have a cup of coffee. I went down to Child Haven. Embroidered an L on a square while there. Had a good time with the kids as always but tired. Home at 4:30 or 5:00. Dick shortly after. I was taking a nap when Newcomb + Anne drove up out of the blue. I was in tears fleetingly but changed into robe + after a drink felt up to it all. Newcomb had driven around with Dick today + was very impressed with the pool set up. It was a good day when everyone was “in their proper place + doing what they ought to do.” We went to dinner – on Dick – at the top of the Landmark tower + had a good time. I drank too much or at least it hit me hard. Left Newcomb + Anne about eleven o’clock – they were going to a midnight show. We stopped at the Valley Bar.

Shirley gave me a beautiful birthday cake with a pool on it + Dick gave me a very pretty dress.

Thursday, May 21, 1970

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Called Elaine at 7:15 to say I couldn’t come to the show today – woke her of course. Spoke with Alice – went to Mel Close’s office at 9:00. Got so damned depressed I was in tears. All so vague – this stock transfer “won’t hold up.” John could be reinstated – Good God – Drove blindly back to office + had coffee with Shirley – Then decided to call Dave Abbatangelo – got an appointment for noon. Went over + told him the whole story + told him I wanted him to be my lawyer. After all Mel Close can’t represent me as [crossed out letters] the lender + All Star pools – Don’t know what Dave can do but felt a million times better. Went + found Dick on Florence St + told him + he was delighted. Really + truly overjoyed. Came home – Wendy cleaning today this week because of Newcomb + Anne. I cleaned up the most enormous amount of papers + stuff – Will I ever get caught up? [crossed out words] Back down to Mel Close’s office. Told him I’d hired Dave which he already knew. He seemed to approve – not that I care. We’re to call a meeting of the Board for Sunday at 12:30 in the office + elect [crossed out word] an Asst Sec’ty so that she (Shirley) can sign over the stocks to me. Back to office. Shirley sent out a wire to John. Came home + dressed + we went to meet Newcomb + Anne. [crossed out letters] Brought them back here for a drink + to see the house + then took them to the Dunes. We had supper there (they’d had two on the plane.) Dick + Anne chatted while Newcomb + I played a little 21. Left even at 10:30 – So tired.

Wednesday, May 20, 1970

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Finished the slippers for Charlene + Loretta – went over to Sprouse Reitz + found gift boxes (so small only one slipper in each) + wrappings. Also Thank you card for Mrs. Judge + Congratulations for Lolita Decker. Spoke with Julia Mullen early in the day and with Annabel. Went to Child Haven at 11 + met Annabel there. The children delighted with slippers + card + wrapping. The whole family – Vida + Annette + Billy-Jo all dressed up to the pink + looking darling. Went over to see Bill Carlos + picked up more applications + then went to office + made plans + went over available material. All still so vague. Annabel has another woman though who sounds promising – a Dorothy Beagle. We parted about 2:30. Today the interest payment was due on my note and not paid. As of midnight the stock is mine. (Mel Close of course says it won’t stand up but at least it’s a move.) I decided to embroider initials on the childrens’ squares for the ones who’d done more than six for me. Karen, Charlene, Debby + Loretta. Got three of them done. wrote Mrs. Judge + Lolita Decker. George Jr. called tonight + Dick promised him a job. Don’t see how in conscience he can but there it is. Slight discussion – bed earlyish. Newcomb + Anne tomorrow night

Tuesday, May 19, 1970

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Jessie’s Birthday –

Joyce’s Birthday –

Well – today was quite a day. Jack had thought the tale of John’s trouble might be a set up. Called Shirley + learned a little more – it’s a charge of incest! Incredible tale – he’d locked her up in the house all weekend – ugh – Shirley spoke with Jim Carmany. Charges won’t be pressed as they feel it would be more harmful to Martha than him to have to testify. Called Carey investigations + said we’d heard Martha had been taken out of his custody + to look into it. Called Auto Leasing + got name from Walt of a recovery man Gene Bigelow. Called + after long series of calls hither + yon it developed he can’t repossess the Cadillac as its paid until June 1st + the Bank (legal owner) won’t authorize it. And we don’t have a set of keys – nor is there another set of keys available. Called Jessie + had a gay chat – went to Child Haven. Went to Ward’s + bought a hair dryer for Joyce. Took pie to Alice’s. Went to bank. Went to office. Came home – message from Mrs. Decker that Lolita had gotten a job at the poodle parlor. Was so happy. Good news. We took the dryer over to Jack + Joyce’s + had a good visit. Needless to say they were stunned + disgusted at the latest news. The dryer a great success. Came home + had a ham dinner Dick disappeared just as I was putting it on the table. I was furious. Later developed he’d gone + jammed 2 keys in the cadillac doors + broke them off. Newcomb called while Dick was out + scared me to pieces by saying he was at the corner gas station – they’d come in early – Ha Ha. They’re coming Thursday night. George Jr. called for Dick too. Will call back tomorrow. Julia Mullen called today + she’ll call back too.

Monday, May 18, 1970

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My first time to be “served”

Called Annabel about the office. Dick + Bill Muir back at the house around 8:30. John had shown up at a job with a new set of plans for the diggers – several thousand dollars difference next event of the day. Shirley called to say a man had come (accompanied by John) with papers for Dick + Murray. Next a knocking at the door + papers for me!!! Dick drove up simultaneously + saw John in the guy’s car in our driveway + told him to get the hell off our property or he’d shoot him. The papers accuse [crossed out letters] us of spending money recklessly + not living up to our contracts + put a restraining order on the bank accts. No checks to be signed without the written permission of John Carpenter. Ho Ho Ho. I guess that means they can’t make out the interest payment then. Too bad. I went over to Shirley’s tax office to pick up some folding chairs + the ford broke down once again. This time it’s the alternator. Took a cab in to town for the appt. with Mel Close. Dick + Murray both there + neither had brought the summons! Luckily I did. We’re going to put out a restraining order on John for interfering with jobs + are going to challenge the amt of the bond. We then went to a sleazy detective agency to get background on John + then to the office – Lolita Decker + Mother waiting. Completely disorganized – I gave her 2 names – Pet Town + The Poodle Parlor (had called them both + asked them to expect her) + a little pep talk about interviews. Gas station about car + to pick up chairs then we went to J + J’s after eating, making a pie for Alice + finishing slippers. Shirley called as we were leaving with strange tale of detectives after John + Martha taken to Child Haven – “bad trouble” – We got drunk at J + J’s –

Sunday, May 17, 1970

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We went over to the Holiday Inn + had breakfast with Dixie + Marion. All four of us hung over + so in perfect communion. Drove them down to see the Shop + then out to our house for a couple of clamdiggers. Dick abstaining + I only had one. Dixie had disliked John from the beginning which is interesting. Somehow he doesn’t seem to impress women. Took them back to the Holiday Inn (their group trip a complete fiasco) + then came home. I lay about + read while Dick put up a new screen door in back. Spoke with Mel Close in the afternoon. If John comes up with papers we’re to take them to him. Quiet evening + earlyish to bed. Dick called a gunnite man named Dale Alexander in Oregon + he’s going to come down here next weekend!!! Whee!

Saturday, May 16, 1970

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Waited in vain for Dan Ranney who never showed up. Finally around eleven thirty I went to the store for some groceries + some wool. Shirley + Pat + Marilyn arrived at one and we had a very pleasant afternoon of bridge They liked the house which was nice. Telephone call from Marion + Dixie. Dixie drunk + upset that we had other plans for dinner – I asked them over but was just as glad they refused. Dick told me I could have the office across the hall for the guild work. So pleased. Called Lolita Decker The Indian Girl + made an appt. for Monday with her + her mother (whom I talked with at some length + liked.) Jack + Joyce came over for dinner. Jack quite drunk + very funny. Good dinner + nice evening. Only we all got drunk + because we were giving Jack very light drinks he probably wound up the soberest of us all.

Friday, May 15, 1970

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32 3/4

The day that nothing happened –

Dick off early. I crocheted around squares, wrote diary, wrote Cassie – Alice called. I called Annabel Called Julia Mullen who wasn’t there. Talked with Shirley who said papers were going to be served today. John had stopped by her place last night. Called Mildred Hacht who gave me the names for the Mint connection but said she doubted if they’d like minors in + out + I guess she’s right. Wendy over around 10:15 – We talked a bit. I went shopping at 11:15 – picked up some more wool + a lovely pork roast for dinner. Came home to find Jimmy Judge here. flew back this am. Had had a dull time in N.Y. no word from his son til yesterday + that confused. Told him about John Carpenter + he said “He must be smoking the same stuff my boy’s on.” Asked him to dinner. Went down to Child Haven. Had a good day there – worked with some new children + my regulars. Karen very high highstrung today. Loretta not too knitting-happy. Debbie left. Was there about 2 hrs and a half. Came back to the store at 4 – nothing had happened at all. Everyone had been paid. No trouble. More pools sold. No business to speak of in shop. About $35 all day. Went over an invoice for Shirley. Came home. Fixed dinner + we lay down for a little. House looked great. Jimmy over at 6:30. Good dinner + nice evening. Jimmy’s got a deal going back East that he’s not too anxious to get into. I suggested he see Murray about selling pools. I think he’d be very good at it if he wanted to. He left at 9:30 + we went to bed + watched Love American Style. Had been so keyed up for today’s non-existent events –

Thursday, May 14, 1970

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Bill Muir over at 6:15 – Had coffee – Like him. Wind up so they decided not to shoot today but get things organized. I worked on typing out job cards + then went over to the Blvd. for Breakfast. Sat at Elaine’s table + was introduced as a celebrity! Ho Ho Ho. Alice Turner won a drawing or something and was made “Lady Boulevard” – w/orchid + candy + necklace. All very gay. It’s a new radio show. Went over to the Bank of Nevada + talked with Glen Walquist. John had been by yesterday afternoon late + told Jim Schaefer they’d be “in trouble” if they let any checks be drawn without his signature. I went to the Bank of Las Vegas + saw Jack Kiser. John had been there too. Got down to the office + we went over to the Bank of Nevada there. John had been by but we didn’t see Mr. Folger til afterwards. Dick + I had lunch at Lum’s + then with Shirley went to Mr. F. Showed him the minutes of the meeting and the demand note for $54,000 etc + had John’s name taken off the acct. Learned there that Morton Galane is his lawyer. Home via the banks. Was so tired I took a nap. Then started back on typing cards Couldn’t finish + got in a big fluster. Went to see Dr. Cassesse who let me go through more surveys. Then went to his class + met Dan Raney. He’s going to come to the house Saturday morning. I took more notes + came home about 9 – had a sandwich + drink + we watched some TV. We’re both exhausted with all the doings. Mel Close told us this evening that he’d seen John who told him he had the [crossed out numbers] 54,000.00 He has not been contacted about the offer by John or Mort Galane – I sort of wish Dave Abbatangelo was in on this too.

Wednesday, May 13, 1970

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C.H. [crossed out numbers] 28

Could barely get up today – no hangover – just plain tired. Up at 6:00 – Dick off at 6:30 – Did Dishes + several loads of laundry. Washed hand knit socks. Caught up diary. Talked with Shirley – John’s gotten another lawyer + is going to stop Dick from doing business (?) Called Mel Close. John hadn’t contacted him. Read “The Diary of A.N.” liked it alot. Dick home + we made love which had me really exhausted grabbed  a nap after he left. Took cleaning + laundry, bought vitamins and a few groceries + went to Child Haven. Worked with Loretta, Charlene, Debbie + Karen on slippers. Had a good time but felt a little guilty about the kids I didn’t work with Went to the office. Mel Close had called + told Dick to get the money out of the bank. John had told him he was going to tie up the bank acct. John had also called several salesmen + said he’d be back in the office on Friday. Had gotten to one very unhappy customer also. Oh dear. I went through the receipted bills files + got 53 addresses of suppliers to notify that John is no longer with the corporation. Addressed + stuffed the envelopes. Came home Dick not home until 8 o’clock. Had cleaned up after the men on the last job as Bill had been on the verge of collapse. They shot two pools today but no more. From now on one a day + a nice yard clean up. We called Mel Close who said to keep the 20,000 cashier’s check until things straightened out. Friday is John’s D-Day. ? What a mess. We went to bed at 10 o’clock or a little after. I got a dear letter from Colby with a check for $1120.00!! (the thousand for Alaria)

Tuesday, May 12, 1970

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Annie’s Birthday.

Up at 6:00 – Not easy Denny over. High wind + according to weatherman going to be worse. Dick cancelled the cement + told Denny to tell the guys to check in later. Back to bed briefly. Then Murray over at 7:30 – They both left at 8:30. I typed up our offer to John – the Cadillac for a year (2020 plus insurance 400) $2,000 cash $50 per bank approved pool (13 as of 4 pm yesterday) 650 – total $5,070. He has a day’s wage coming to him Called Annie to wish her a Happy Birthday. Went to Bank of Nevada. Cashed N.Y. check to send $100 to Bill. Got new corporate cards for the Allstar co. Went to Mel Close’s office Gave him minutes of previous meeting + the real estate [crossed out word] deal which he found unintelligible. Gave him copy of our offer. He thought it very fair. Told him it was our only offer. He gave me a copy of yesterday’s minutes + the original for Dick to sign. Went to the shop for signatures. Took cards back to the bank + got more checks + deposit slips plus the statements for the last month. Put in a stop payment on a check + ordered triplicate voucher checks. Came back + took things over to Xerox to be copied. Didn’t go to Child Haven today but worked at office doing errands etc. The atmosphere – good there today. Everyone happier. Put John’s things in a box – Murray went through his notebook – Strange doodles including JOHN IS THE BOSS!!  Talk about sick! and sad, too. Plans for TV show etc. All in nick of time. We kept hoping Mel Close would call with John’s reaction to the offer but no word – Dick Shaw called while Dick was out + I called him back to tell him the situation. Was glad I did. We went to the Airline bar for a couple of drinks + dinner then over to J + J’s. Ray was there to do the dry wall + shoot! Thank God. Left a little after 9 + came home – half a night cap + bed. Really tired.

Monday, May 11, 1970

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26 hrs.

Oh Boy – Big day. Dick off early. I wrote diary + called Jerry MacGruddy. Bill has let the Hotel room go. So that’s good. My circuit wasn’t restored so phone out of commission. Went to Safeway + called phone co. got groceries, bought wool + stopped by bank. Home + washed hair. Called Annabel, Dr. Cassesse, Alice Turner + Bill Carlos. Going to Dr. C’s class thurs. night. Bill Carlos has alot of cards for me. Worked on outline for speech + left house at 11:50. Got to Sahara Nevada club at 12:05. Annabel soon after + Alice one hour for cocktails (!) Had 2. Funny lunch – My talk brief + I hope to the point. Didn’t get a reaction as had to cut out immediately to go to Child Haven for the cards. Home a little after 3. Dick got dressed + shaved + off we went to Mel Close’s office – meeting in conference room. Mel took notes. Dick did beautifully. “We didn’t come here for discussion” said he felt too much money had been spent + moved for John’s dismissal. I seconded it. Murray voted with us, Shirley abstained + that was that. John said he was going to get another member on the board so the votes would be even + Dick told him it was too late. John said he felt his stocks were worth $50,000, Dick said would you give me $50,000 for mine? John said yes + he’d have the money by Friday. He said he didn’t expect this from Dick etc. Talked of legal recourse etc. Shirley + Murray left – we went in to see Mel Close. Came out + John waiting. Went to shop + had locks changed. Moved the office across the hall back. Real Estate man had come with papers for John to sign on a piece of property to be a warehouse site – $2,500 down – $30,000 within 60 days – total $58,500 – strange lease agreement after? Talk about timing. We went over to Alice + Clesse’s + had several drinks + home + had alot more. Called Leon. Sat outside – watched the wind Felt very relieved.

Sunday, May 10, 1970

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Mother’s Day

Up earlyish – had coffee + did a little deskwork Sent approval Chem. Bank ordered checks. Las Vegas + N.Y. Paid Dr. Shiffman Paid Mortgage on house $350 + started letter to Daddy Dick up briefly I got the paper. Finished letter to Daddy with all the enclosures + went back to bed + made love. We got up + had a bacon + egg breakfast and dressed about 10:30. We wrote Jimmy Judge together. Then went to Wonder World to get a drill bit that Dick needed. Daisy there + I played $4.00 in the machine. (Didn’t have anymore.) Mailed our letters + stuff (8 pieces) + came home. Was really tired. Dick went to work in his shop repairing a tool (which after a trip to Jack’s for a torch) he managed to do. I read + slept. Some kids with horses came by + the dogs went beserk waking me into a foul humor. It passed. Clyde Schruber called from Shirley’s about the brick wall + Dick went over. I bogged down in my C.P.Snow detective story found it largely unreadable so picked up A A Milne’s Red House Mystery + loved it. Especially the introduction. Started a letter to Carl + Sue. John called while Dick was away – honeyed tones – Said the shop had been making alot of money blah blah. I said I’d tell Dick he’d called – Did + Dick said he wasn’t going to return the call – “He’s just going to give me another snow job.” Mom + Cassie called – George might come out here on his vacation – Dick + I went to the Jungle Club for supper + then to see Anne of a thousand days. Loved it. Stopped at office liquors for a nightcap – then home. Call from Leon but all circuits busy. Sat up a little – bed by 11. Big day tomorrow.

Saturday, May 9, 1970

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Up earlyish – coffee + back to bed made love + did the crossword – Murray called to say Paul was on his way out to pick up some stuff as he’d made a good sale. Coffee with Paul + then got dressed. Elaine called to thank us for the flowers and asked me to a Blvd. Brunch at 9:00 at the Harvest House on Thursday. Annabel called + I read her a very sketchy outline I’d done for a possible reading at the luncheon + she was pleased + said she’d introduce me. Dick went to look at a job and I finally got around to varnishing the shelves. Also stained the stool I got for Dick. Moved the shelves into den + put all the records in it and it really is a vast improvement. Figure it took me about 9 mos. to get around to it! Finished the new Ngaio Marsh + started a mystery by C.P. Snow – his first book + only detective story. We had a sandwich + left for Shirley’s a little before one. Shirley very uptight (for which I hardly blame her) about Monday’s meeting. Very explicit about how to conduct the meeting + the seating etc. And what to do afterwards about new board members etc. (I’m to be sect’y – so I can spend more time there!!!!) Oh dear – but that will get straightened out. Marilyn came (Pat already in the kitchen) + Dick left + we settled down to bridge. Played several hours and Marilyn and I won despite some pretty weird playing. All kinds of little goodies to eat + felt a bit ill when I left. Went by Safeway. Home at 5:20 Dick over at J + J’s. Joined him after calling Leon who was glad of Dick’s move. Had a couple of drinks there + came home. We both called Leon. I fixed dinner Dick ate very little. Then got upset + thought I was nagging which maybe I was. Left the house but thank God sat on the front step. Persuaded him to come back + lie on the lounges which we did until about 10 o’clock + then to bed – Narrowly averted disaster –

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