Up at 8:00. Left at 9 – after a really nice visit – brief but just what we needed. Got to the airport at 10:20 – Enough time for coffee + fruit at the airport. Annie bought us some anniversary gifts – paper place mats, towel + New Mexico tray – Short good flight with a drink + lunch. Home at 12:00. Armando [crossed out letter] came to pick us up. No word yet from Ana’s brother. Letter from Ed Faucher enclosing letter from Steve Seelye to Norman Mailer. Ed said he felt guilty – Christ – I do too but on many accounts. Have got to get started in library. Dick off to office. I muddled about the desk for a fast 15 minutes + then settled down to read “Death Valley in ’49” by W. L. Manley Dick home at 4:30 – Was a little drunk as we’ve decided tomorrow is the grand reformation. Ana fixed us dinner + we ate off trays in bed + watched TV. I stayed up til midnight to see all of “Flight of the Phoenix.” We’ve seen so much these past two weeks its time we did settle down. But what [crossed out word] a lovely time we’ve had.
Moonflight landed + happy.
Up around 8:30 – breakfast. utter relaxation – Dick walked to Gonzales’ store just opened. The air clear + sharp – we went out for a drive – saw a tree covered with birds + saw a flock of herons in a field – drove to all the little towns around + between Socorro + Lemitar. Got out to look at the old church in Socorro – 1595 – alot of old spanish houses. Drove around the university + then went on to San Antonio (birthplace of Conrad Hilton) where we had hamburgers. Long drive to Magdalena – once a big railroad town with cattle + mining. Now not much of anything but a wonderful looking old old hotel. Went up to Kelley a ghost town. Rough drive but fascinating. It was getting cold + we were far so didn’t get out except to go into an old church. Several women were opening it up to clean as we went by. The old mine was roped off. Got back to Lemitar about 5:15 – Had a drink + then drove to Socorro for Mexican dinner at La Casita + then went to see “Mad, Mad, mad, mad World.” My 4th time, Annie’s 2nd + Dick’s first. He laughed + laughed + I was so glad we’d gone. It was funnier than ever. Back to the house for a lovely fire + night cap. Annie read what I’ve done on Simply John + Madge + was very enthusiastic which was nice. Said she wished we could get together + do something about Spring St. I said I didn’t know if I could + that I write very slowly + Annie said But you write well + that was a big compliment. Blah Blah Blah. Bed about midnight.
Up about 9:15 or so. Much the worse for wear. Annie had called + left number to reach her at Never did get her. Coffee + juice with Daddy + Anne + Dick. Dick went out with Newcomb + we sat around + talked. Saw the rest of the house. Anne thin + looking lovely though tired. We had lunch at the airport. Hated to say goodbye to Daddy. Felt very tearful. First class flight to Albuquerque via Wichita + Denver! Called Annie from Denver, thank god, + got her All met at the airport an hour + a half later. We’d had two double drinks on the plane + had a cup of coffee at the airport. Drove 70 miles to Lemittar. Still light enough to see at the beginning of the ride. Enormous spaces but not the deserty feeling of Nevada. Picturesque churches. Lemitar very small. Loved Annie’s house. Felt very much at home. It’s small + made of adobe with high ceilings. The furnishing just right and her improvements were all just right. Looked at before + after pictures – Worked on a jigsaw puzzle while Annie fixed a pot roast Had a few drinks + ate good meal. Then sat by the fire + talked for a while. Bed about 10:30 or so + instant sleep.
Up about 6 – washed hair + got packed. Not taking much so no trouble. We had breakfast at 7:30. Jack over to take us all to the airport. Paid Ana + left $10 for possible expenses. We all flew 1st class but couldn’t sit together poor Dick stuck with a talker up in front of us. First stop Phoenix – we got out + looked around. Daddy stayed on plane reading Manley book. Had drink + lunch + then put down in Oklahoma City. We got off + made our reservations for Albuquerque + back to Las Vegas none too simple + part has to be 1st class. Went to have a drink but had forgotten Oklahoma is dry except for beer. Last leg to Tulsa very short. Newcomb there to meet us. temperature 30° – good to get Daddy prepared. On drive to house Newcomb pointed out various projects of his. Very impressive although the pointing + turning around had me pressing on imaginary brakes. Their new house is beautiful Love the lines + love the setting. They had Daddy upstairs but I suggested to Larry he offer Gramps his room on the ground floor which he promptly did. Dick + I were on two day beds in Susan’s room. The children all very dear + little Mat is a very sweet baby + friendly. Took to Dick straightaway. Frankly I like our guest accomodations better than theirs but there’s alot about their house I was very impressed with especially sun porch + breakfast area + yard + utility room – also the space around the bldg – Had good dinner after cocktails with the Bailleres. Funny. Anne asked me to tell a story about the fire in our backyard in Riverdale then thinking things were under control, she went to the kitchen. began with the two Hungarians + Daddy interrupted loudly to say they were a couple of homosexuals – got to Dr. Taylor + Daddy observed he was a horse’s ass that day. The story trailed off pretty limply. Dr. O Callahan came over after – like him I drank too much. Stayed up til 2:30.
Up + breakfast at 8:30 – Really wonderful food + service. Our maid “Ronie” had brought me a needle + thread + I tacked the lining of Daddy’s jacket. We left before ten + went down to the Borax museum at The Ranch + then to The Death Valley museum at the Visitor’s center. Both fascinating. I bought “Death Valley in ’49” by William Lewis Manley who was there + came out + went back to bring out his friends. I’ve gotten so much more interest in this country now + so much more of a feeling for it. We drove off by eleven – on through more of Death Valley + similar country. I drove part of the way. Dick had suggested eating in Shoshone but we were making such good time we decided to press on. Dick said he must have been bitten by the tse-tse fly as he kept falling asleep so I drove alot of the way. We were back in Las Vegas after passing through the Pahrump Valley + coming over Spring Mountain pass by 1:30. We went to the Macayo Vegas for lunch, stopped at Dazey Travel agency for our tickets + then came home. Dick went straight off to the office. Daddy packed + I lay down for a bit + read. Started on the Manley book which is terrific reading. Alice Turner called to ask us for lunch on Friday. explained we were off + she talked with Daddy. Tina Anika called to say she’d gotten a B on her paper thanks to my help – that’s nice. I called Leon but no answer. Same with Harold Stern. We had an early + very good dinner. I also called Casey to make our apologies for not having them over. This has been the most wonderful visit and I
think no, I know that Daddy has had a good time. We all went to bed early.
Very high wind + swirling sand today
Up early – we left the house at 9 – went to the office + I got film etc. Took off about 10:15. Long + monotonous drive up to the test site turn off – stopped to “rest” at Indian Springs gas station. Passed Ash meadows – Two cat houses pointed out. Stopped in Beatty for lunch at the Exchange Club. Such a venerable structure that it’s evacuated whenever there’s a test shot. A hospital there but no Doctor. Have never seen clearer air. Spilt my bloody Mary on Daddy’s hat. Drove on the Reno Road to Scotty’s castle turn off. Road began to be fascinating winding down through bare rocks. desolate, desolate Scotty’s castle incredible – a real castle. Tour guide pretty awful but the castle + its furnishings intriguing. Also the relationship between Scotty – Mr. A.M. Johnson whose money did it all + Mrs. Johnson – I got a feeling that Mrs. Johnson didn’t dig the desert scene. Had coffee + bought books + postcards. Alot of walking but Daddy did well + managed the stairs. A woman in a wheelchair [crossed out letter] made his advantages apparent. Left Scotty’s castle about 2:30 + went on to Furnace creek – this through Death Valley. What ghastly terrain. I drove the last part as Dick was falling asleep. We arrived at the Furnace Creek Ranch about four + Dick took us up the hill + winding road to the Inn. Changed our rooms to ones on the lobby + dining room floor. A gorgeous place but situated on a hill side so everything up + down + steps. I went in swimming – water warm but air cold Daddy + Dick came down + sat pool side. Climbed back up + repaired to our rooms. Made love + napped + then met for dinner which was excellent. Daddy off to bed about 8 thirty + Dick + I went down for a couple of night caps in the “oasis room” bar. Wall of colemanite specimens – fascinating crystal forms. So glad we came, but it’s the sort of place to stay a week + have pots of money. Chatted briefly with a solitary + crippled man who seemed much alone Bed about 10 + slept like rocks.
Spent the morning working on letter to Marie Wilkerson. Also typed up a sort of literary resume. Went out with Daddy about 12:30 – Went to bank + to Sahara Nevada Country club for lunch. then to the office where I copied my letter. Took it + a report for Shirley + letter with $ to Leuse to Post office. Safeway + home. Note from Rae O’Dell (Sadhama Bhakti) and a letter from Mona Althans in pieces with covering apology from Post office. Lovely letter holder arrived from Harriet. Eva + Walt Jenkins came about 6:30 – Dick made the strongest drinks imaginable + we all got drunk but a nice evening while it lasted. Death Valley – here we come.
Jeffrey has a tooth. Made Dr’s appt with Dr. Zivot[?] for Ana next Tuesday.
Heavenly day We had a nice breakfast, Dick went to the office and to J + J’s and then we drove out to the Valley of Fire. It was the most incredible place I’ve ever seen. The shapes and colors are fantastic. What it must have seemed to primitive man escapes imagining. Stopped at the Visitors Station + looked at the exhibits. Could have stayed alot longer. Daddy intrigued. On to Echo Bay for a late lunch and then home. A hairy drive as the tank registered empty for almost 20 minutes but we coughed into a gas station in Henderson just in time. Home about four/thirty after stopping at J + J’s to show Daddy their house. We called + made reservations for Tulsa (we’re both going) + then called Newcomb. Then Dick said he’d take us to Death Valley on Tuesday + to Scotty’s castle. He made reservations for us at the Furnace Creek Inn ($52.00)a room) But as he said – things are starting to get busy and it may be our last chance in a long time. Daddy so excited + so am I. We finished the beef burgundy + went to bed. Called Annie to say we’d be there on Friday – Whee! Everyone excited.
Went out in early morning and got groceries + liquor. Special Delivery from Leon today with letter from Marie Wilkerson asking about [crossed out letters] “Atlantis Books” etc. Dr. Harris never showed up which was extremely disappointing. And never called. Daddy went out for a walk. We tried to call the Bentleys to thank them for last night but nobody home so guess Dr. Harris couldn’t have called if he’d lost our number. Blah Blah. Dick home a little late + a little drunk. But it wasn’t so bad as might be expected. We at the boeuf bourgignonne + went to bed early. Scotty called + so did Leon. I wrote Luise + did a little desk work.
Hangover today – Didn’t feel too snappy. But washed hair + put on facial mask before lunch + came out looking alive at least. We had nice low-cal lunch. Daddy wrote postcards + I futzed about the library. Newcomb’s check came for Leuse and Daddy + I went to the bank + I got a cashier’s check. Then over to the Boulevard. We walked the length of it. Went to Hickory Farms + got some cheese + some banana chips. Saw Jerry Copeland at the Interior systems where he’s working now. Went to B. Dalton’s but Elaine wasn’t there. Discovered my order for the Phantom tollbooth had never been placed. Madeline Johnson said her mother’s going to call about a pool [crossed out letters] next week. Home + napped + read. Dick back a little after 5 + we all dressed + set out for the Bentley’s. Arrived at 6 Love their house. Nice house guest Carol Taylor. Aaron + Terry Zivot the first to arrive. Bill Harris + wife Connie, Dr. Bauer whom I’d met in ’61 with Ramsey Straub at an Orthopedic convention in N.Y. Jerry Higgens a very funny young man. Mr. Nelson Neff who’s secretary of the Nevada Medical Association. Barbara + Bill Rydell – she’s my 2nd cousin + I liked her. Louie + Armand Scully. John Payne + maybe 1 or 2 others. A very nice group and I thought a lovely party despite the fact Dick went out to sleep in the car. Bill Harris went with me to get him when dinner was served + we walked about a bit. unnoticed. Bill Harris coming to see Daddy tomorrow It’s 10:30 + bed.
An odd day – was on edge alot of it In the morning did a little desk work. wrote Lucille Brown, Annie, Jim Brown Scotty + The Time Pattern Research Institute about Dick’s horoscope. Had to call Mom Michels again for Dick’s time of birth – 2:15 pm. Paid answering service + sent in S.A.G. ballot tried to call Harold Stern. couldn’t get him. Tried to call Bill Tregoe for Clem Brace’s address. Today’s variety had news of Isobel Lennart’s death in an auto crash. John Harding was seriously injured. Virginia Martindale’s husband died a week ago and John Dall. It’s very depressing. We went shopping after lunch and then down to the office. Nothing doing there. Drove out Boulder Highway almost to Henderson + came back down sunset Road. Jack + Joyce came to dinner bringing little Sue who devoted herself to Jeffrey. Dick went to bed abruptly at 8:30. Daddy about 10:30. J + J left at 1:30 A very drunk evening but basically pleasant except for Joyce yelling at Sue. Ana washed the kitchen floor very late before dinner + nothing was ready when I came out to help I upset her + she was in tears.
Dick has hired a new salesman – named of course John –
Woke at 7 – Dick in a happier frame of mind Thank God + we made love. Coffee at 8:30 + then we went down for breakfast. Checked out about 9:45. Another really gorgeous day. Got to Lucille’s motel at 10:30. Got into her car and she drove us to the new assembly building and took us around. At eleven they went into session and Daddy sat with Mahlon Dick + I sat with Lucille in the gallery. Saw Mel Close + said hello. Mahlon introduced Daddy + then us altho he said Mr + Mrs. Jim Michels! After we met a few more people + went over to the old capitol bldg. Went upstairs + saw the constitution etc + many other things we hadn’t seen last time. Read all the plaques + placards. Mahlon met us back in front of the assembly + drove us up to Lake Tahoe. With the snow it was really worth the drive and we had a good good trip. Came back to Hunters for lunch which Mahlon paid for although he had to leave early. Were treated to a fashion parade of furs as we ate. Next stop the Museum which is in the old Carson City mint. Saw the U.S.S. Nevada pictures + silver set, the USS Reno + USS Carson City. A marvelous display of native Nevada animals + birds. Old fire arms fossils etc. Was very impressed with the place. Daddy pretty well tired by the time we left. Also drove by the Governor’s Mansion. Left Lucille + drove to Reno. Went by the Bower’s mansion. I drove for a while back to the airport where Dick + Dad had their shoes shined. Got back to Vegas at 6:20 + home by 6:45. Good letter from Timmy + a few odds + ends. Les had gone home. Leon called + no sweat about the Simply John outline. Another pkge on the way. Nice dinner of stuffed peppers + then to bed after a perfect trip.
Dick up + off at 6:30 to get things lined up at the office. I packed + bathed. Daddy up at 9. Our plane took off at 10:45. Nice flight Reno covered with smog which was a shock got the car + went to the Paradise Hotel which we liked a lot. We had adjoining rooms over looking the Truckee River. Had a nice lunch + drove to Virginia City. Dick had had a drink on the plane + 2 martinis at lunch + kept nodding at the wheel. As it was all mountain roads + hairpin curves I poked a hole in his back trying to keep him awake but he wouldn’t let me drive. Daddy was blissfully unaware. The scenery was really gorgeous and the roads clear. We were so fortunate to have hit this break in the weather. Virginia City was largely closed up but we did see the slides + lecture + then drove around – past the hall of justice + the opera house, the Castle, the 4th ward school house, The mansions Went in to the catholic church and drove around back roads. Much more of a feeling this trip of what the town had been. 35,000 people now a few hundred. On the way back stopped for coffee + pie for Dick. Back to the hotel about 5 + all settled down for a nap – Daddy to read. Lucille called + I said we’d meet her tomorrow at 10. We had dinner in the Shore room. Wine, a string quartet, had our pictures taken. All lovely. Took Daddy upstairs + then came down to gamble. [crossed out letters] I lost $40 + Dick after winning lost 200. We cashed a check + Dick lost more + went upstairs I stayed down + tried to win it back unsuccessfully but not totally. When he came storming down to get me I had $181 of the 200 we’d cashed Also had switched to coffee + did not feel I’d been doing anything too wrong It was 2:30 am.
Up early – Today Dick did not drink except a few beers + he was great all day. In the early morning I called Phoebe Bentley to confirm Friday. Called Alice Turner + then Lucille Brown in Carson City. They’re going to call us tomorrow night. The weather is fine up there + everything will be open. Called Hertz about my mss which I left in the car. No luck. Went shopping at eleven/thirty with Daddy – laundry + Drug store too. We went to the Landmark for lunch played 2 keno tickets + 3 quarters in the slot machine. Back after 2. I took a long nap. Nice letter from Ed Royce – and note from Rae Odell who wanted $400 Rent check came in the same mail so I made it over to Rae + sent $50 from N.Y. acct.. with brief note. Paid insurance bill Daddy wrote several post cards. Had expected Les in town today but he couldn’t make it. Alice came for dinner + we had a lovely evening. John Fratilla came by the house with $800 in cash for Dick. I was very frosty although I guess he did the right thing. Tomorrow we go to Reno
When we got home last night I had a very bad time because I mentioned Ana + Armando’s leaving in May for Salvador. I’ve known for ages but I did mention it to Dick when Jack was here on the 15th. Bath night. Dick said he was going to leave me when Daddy left. I cried but to myself because of Daddy + Rich + the wasted life etc. + then Dick changed tack + said he loved me but we must have a pretty mixed up sort of love – Up about 8 – helped set up Daddy’s breakfast + then back to bed. Up at 10:30 Dick + I had breakfast. He left at 11 saying he’d be back for the game. We read + I fixed lunch + turned on our $800 set + all channels was sepia tone. Called Dick who didn’t come home – Marlene was off + he called Jack. But had to bring black + white set into Living Room. I felt badly because I felt Daddy would rather have watched with Dick than me. Friend of Dick’s Bill Hurley called – here from Philly. I gave him the office no. + then called Dick to say “bring him to dinner but Dick had left + came home smashed. I took a Miltown. Had meatballs, salad rice + garlic bread + long tirade on Mary for Dinner. Everyone’s in bed + I am getting drunk. It’s 8:55!!