Thursday, March 26, 1970

Tags

Up early – ironed curtains. Called Dr. Schiffman – Bill “a lot better” – now wants to leave N.Y. Infirmary_ being fed intravenously. Had been admitted Tuesday “in a comatose state.” Called Nevada Power Co. Dick home at 10:20 after having his lab tests for physical. Went to wonder world to pick up car. Parked VW at John’s + drove down to the Charleston Mall + saw the store. John there and their bookkeeper – acct. Shirley. It’s a huge place with all sorts of potential. Would love to have some hand in decorating it but am not going to lay myself open to another slap in the face. Left so depressed I couldn’t see. Went over to see Clesse Turner. Alice there and I was immensely cheered. Found out a little about the CCA points although Dick has “to talk it over with John.” Went to Lee’s office equipment and bought myself some goodies. Then went to the Silver Slipper and lost $35. Went to the Castaways and won $20 in a really freaky streak. Went to the bank + deposited $493.30. Went to Sprouse Reitz and bought needles + wool, a small rug + some odds + ends. Went shopping at Safeway and [crossed out letter] had some late lunch + played the nickel machine (Lost $1) a terrible wind + sand storm came up suddenly. Saw Joyce there. Came home. Everything swirling about + the house protesting in the wind – I finished ironing the curtains. Had a message form Dr. Schiffman who “would call again” but never did. Went over to J + J’s to pick up the truck – I came right back to wait for the call. I crocheted around 17 little squares for the kids in Child Haven. Heated the roast beef + fixed carrots + salad – Had bad headache _ all evening. Leon called around 9:30.

Wednesday, March 25, 1970

Tags

Henry Avery called at 7:30. Bill in the N.Y. Infermary. Later after Dick left, I called Dr. Schiffman in N.Y. who talked about $85 a day for the hospital room. I called the cashier at the N.Y. Infirmary + said I’d be responsible for Bill’s bills. He told me to send a telegram to that effect in case Bill isn’t eligible for Medicaid. Which he may well be. Called Henry to say I’d done that, had talked to Schiffman + would send Bill’s money when he’s back at the hotel + the strike’s over. Called Tony Melia about my insurance and called Jim Brown about the possibility of buying the house. Thinks he’d be interested. I paid my L.A. taxes – $429.02 and wrote Tony Melia tp raise my insurance. I called Alice Turner + said I’d stop by to see Clesse today. Went to W.O.W. and saw Daisy, played the machine, picked up a bottle of wine for Clesse + one for Dick. Also a little white fence for our xmas tree. Lawn man told me today that the dog’s pee was killing it. Then couldn’t get the Ford started. Went to automotive dept after calling + leaving a message for Dick. Was at Wonder World for 3 1/2 hours until Dick came + picked me up at 6:30. Car still wouldn’t start when we came home in the VW at 7:30 after a couple of drinks in the Serene Room. New battery – new solanoid (?) and new starter – Came home to find a check from Izzy for $475.00 – Half of what she owed me – Wow! Talk about timing. And a residual for $18.30 from Run for your Life. Also a power bill for $93.00! Evidently Bonita is on it. We had TV dinners and went to bed after watching some TV. I went to sleep during Englebert Humperdinck

Tuesday, March 24, 1970

Tags

C.H. 1 1/2 hrs.

Morning began with a call from Henry Avery – Bill going to a Hospital – had been “bleeding from the mouth and rectally.” Ed Condict called asked him to dinner. Wendy here at 9. We took down the remaining curtains + washed them. Ironed some then went to Bank of Las Vegas to open our household acct. Next to Bank of Nevada to cash a check. Downtown to Western Union + wired money to Henry Avery. Then Ethel’s knitting bar to get some beginners books. Safeway to shop and home. grabbed a hamburger + went to Child Haven. Very popular there today thanks to My 3 sons. Had a good time + got alot of kids involved. Home at 3:30 – Paid bills – lawn care, magazines, Phone bill. Denny here. Dick had offered him a job. Wendy left at 5:15 or so. Have one more window plus hall left to do. Dick home at 6 – Put in a roast. Called Ed + Dick went to pick him up. Lovely evening with him. All his ideas are now suddenly acceptable thanks to the discovery of a cell component called polywater. The convention here – neuro-electronic society – Ed holds all the patents. Really very exciting. Took him home at 10:30 after a swing downtown to see the lights. Stopped at Valley bar – a former actor – Lou Straley – bartender. Home at one o’clock – Dick had a night cap – I went to sleep. He + John rented the offices in the Mall today.

Monday, March 23, 1970

Tags

Sick-type day – Dick didn’t make his morning appt – Went out with John about 10:30 or so. I lay around most of the day reading mysteries and willing + willing the time away. Dick + John in and out. They’ve found a place on the E. Charleston Mall but can’t firm up arrangements. Cliff Carter of Sahara Realty called with a place on Tropicana + Maryland Pkwy for half the rent + They’ll look at it tomorrow. We went out for dinner – to the Holiday Inn. Rocky ride home. Bed early.

Sunday, March 22, 1970

Tags

,

I didn’t get up til one o’clock. Dick had gone over to J + J’s at 9!!! Gather he was in god-awful condition and only some medicinal drinks got him started again. By the time I got over there at 3 o’clock He was almost finished. He + Jack had done a wild stucco job – the “scratch coat” and so it looked. I drank beer all afternoon. Dick + Joyce had great argument over unions – The Postal Workers have roused Dick’s ire. Jack + I went to the Stop’n’go for some beer + cigarettes Joyce gave us all pot roast – delicious. We came home drunk again at 8:30 or so. Dick went out + I went to bed. He came in about 5 am – Had gone to Valley bar – The dogs were in the house. I put them out.

Saturday, March 21, 1970

Tags

, ,

Made alot of phone calls today – Called Pat Robeson + went to see Ed + Casey + Betty Isom to say I was on TV. Called Mom Michels + Cassie as soon as Dick was up – Strike there too – Las Vegas mailmen went out today. Called Co + Russell who are coming on the 29th – and Hilary who told me that Bill can’t be buried in Arlington after all. It was closed in 1967 to all but Congressional medal winners + Viet Nam dead and Presidents – She said Daddy is really doing beautifully + maybe he + she + Jim could come + visit us. How I’d love that. Called Tulsa + spoke with Larry + called M.J. + spoke with John. (Drue + Dick not home.) I washed two middle window curtains and the windows + panel – magicked the couch wall. Dick went shopping for me at 6 o’clock + I grabbed a fast nap. Jack + Joyce over about 7:00-7:30 Had drinks + watched the show. I thought I looked thin + my hair looked great but I felt as though I was a bit heavy-handed in the playing. As I exited, our TV set went out – Grand – we’d had too many drinks to want much dinner. Alice Turner called + said I was prettier in real life. (?) We played Poker + then J+J went home + Dick + I sat up + drank enough to float a pickup truck. Leon had told him over the phone to make sure he stayed in control of his business – Also that All Star could be improved on – (not in so many words of course) Oh well. I went through some sort of change of attitude today – Maybe because I’ve gotten alot of it off my chest.

Friday, March 20, 1970

Tags

,

Up at 6:30 – coffee. Called Dick at 7:15 – He was a little the worse for wear. Ironed the guestroom curtains and the kitchen curtains before Wendy got here and washed the front curtains Put sealer on the shelves. Wendy here at 9:30. We hung the finished curtains + she “deep-cleaned” the guestroom. I also washed some blankets + put them away in mothballs. Called Linda at Child Haven – will go in on Tuesday + told her about “My 3 Sons” as I did Alice Turner. We had hamburger for lunch and then I started ironing the front curtains. At 3:30 I was too tired to stand and I took an hour’s nap. We really underestimated the time element in the amt. of cleaning we hoped to accomplish. I took Wendy home at 6:30 and went with a book to the Dairy Queen for another hamburger. Then over to the Safeway for a few groceries + to spend a few nickels on the machine. Home at 9 and changed. Went to pick up Dick + John – Held up by traffic at the Russell entrance for Paradise. Then an automobile accident in the entrance to the airport – car had gone crashing into a palm tree finally picked the guys up. Took John home and we went to the Elbow Inn. Played some quarters – had some drinks + went home. Things a little cool and I guess it was me – I don’t know. The dogs delighted to see Dick which was nice. Bed about midnight – or a little after.

Thursday, March 19, 1970

Tags

, , , ,

Mail Strike (3rd day) still on

Well – today at least was productive. I put the first load of curtains in before Dick left. Fixed us a bacon + egg breakfast. He + John left a little after 8 – Had washed the second load + was ironing by the time Wendy came. We had coffee + talked – Got everything turned out in the den. Made an appt. with an electrolux salesman for 2 o’clock. We went to Von Tolbels + bought panel magic and a small area rug for Dick’s bathroom then to Corb’s for an unfinished book case (for the records) and some stain and a nice [crossed out letter] utility tray for Dick’s shop Next the safeway for window cleaner, cigarettes + odds and ends. Forgot the sizing + had to go back. Home + ironed while Wendy washed windows. Electrolux man came around 3:30 – He made a few unfortunate remarks as he demonstrated like – “uhh – argh – you can use a deep cleaning job” etc. But I bought it with all it’s attachments and after cleaning the backs of two trianta’s paintings – accumulated dust of Paris, N.Y., L.A. + here I was as pleased with it as Wendy. Thank you letter from Patsy Enelow for valentine, from Luise a very sad little note – she’d gotten the money but she’s sick + “ashamed of being poor” and very forlorn. Dick called + I told him Pulliams had called + Mike Fosse. He + John were on their way to Leon’s I talked my feelings about John over with Wendy and was glad to have verbalized them. Dick called back to tell me Pulliams had an offer for $36,000 for the house and I said that was a rotten offer + he said he thought so too + would I call Mac Yarbrough + tell him. When I did Mac Y. said he was “very confused” as Dick had just told him yes he’d take it. Oh Shit – anyway I told Mr. Y. the price was $42,500 and that was that. Called Dick at Leon’s + all a little drunk. Wendy went home at dinner time + came back at 8:30 – We worked til 11:30. Dick called again at 11:00 – really very drunkish – Said I’d call tomorrow at 7:30. Wendy + I finished the den – (deep cleaning) – panels, windows, furniture, floor etc -

Wednesday, March 18, 1970

Tags

Unhappy sort of day – didn’t do much. Called Elaine Mills + found that Clesse Turner is in a convalescent home + alot better. Invited her to fashion show at D.I. on Friday but she couldn’t make it. Wants to another time though. Told her about “My 3 Sons”. Called Jan Goldsmith + left message. Spoke with Leon + told him John + Dick were coming to town – tomorrow. I went to the store + played some nickels in the nickel slot machine Didn’t win + didn’t lose. Bought rawhide “pork chops” for the dogs. Had cold roast beef and mixed green vegetables for dinner – Bed + watched TV.

Tuesday, March 17, 1970

Tags

, , ,

Mail strike in N.Y.

Up earlyish – wrote Robt. Bass about Alaria + sent a carbon with letter to Colby. Dick worked outside laying bricks along the wall w/the storage sheds. Bill called from the Van Rensselaer. I explained the money situation + it’s satisfactory. Henry is now off his list. I told him I’d sent Henry a check for $175 for the rent. Bill sounded happy to be out but with all the things he told me were wrong – how long can it last. Tried to call Henry after but not there. Left a message about the check. Took the laundry and the cleaning + went grocery shopping. Came back + John Carpenter was here. Didn’t feel we ought to see Lamarr. That put my back up. Wanted to come with us and I said No. We, Dick + I, had lunch + then went to see Lamarr 1/2 hr. wait. John not willing to take less than 50% of the stock and that has upset me. Lamarr Bennett was completely taken aback by my question “What have you got against John Carpenter?” He has nothing against him + likes him alot. So the whole thing was Belle’s doing with doubtless a big assist from Bill Palmer. That straightened that out. Also Lamarr is tied up with Tropicana for another 6 months no matter what so that’s that. John + Dick will have to look elsewhere. Came home + napped + read. I told John what had happened when he called + I was very pleasant. But the truth of it is I have a thing about him now and the more Dick defends him the stronger my feeling is. I think he may be honest and all that but this business is going to be run his way and if Dick has delusions to the contrary he’ll just have to learn. We watched a little TV – “The Importance of being Earnest.” Dick went for more wine + some doggy-bones. Came back + I was so depressed + depressing that it drove him out to his tool shed to brood. Very bad things are happening to me right now + I’m not able to cope. I am extremely unhappy and have no one to talk to about anything. Maybe in an odd way I’m jealous of John. He + Dick are going to L.A. for two days so I guess I’ll get Wendy + we’ll do the curtains + windows. For what? I had a sad + strange half dream + woke up in a crying jag. I was in one of the snow houses the twins + I + Newcomb + Johnny used to build and we were all young + happy – with the candles + with Mother -

Monday, March 16, 1970

Tags

Dick – 177.

Phone woke us earlyish – Henry Avery from N.Y. to say Bill was checking himself out of the hospital today. I told Henry I’d sent the check for the Van Rensselaer to him Sat. + it should come in tomorrow. It’s going to be about $175 a month. Told Henry to keep the difference. I asked him if he could have Dr. Sullivan send the bill direct to me + he said he’d arrange it Bill will now mean $525 a month plus Dr’s bills but at the rate he’s going it won’t be long. I was hungover, tired + depressed all day long. Managed to get next to nothing done. John Carpenter over + then he + Dick took  off. Stupid discussion of company name – “all star” – ugh I watered lawn + read detective stories + made chocolate diet pudding Lay around all day. Belle at Tropicana called + told me that Lamarr Bennett didn’t like John Carpenter. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do about it + didn’t feel she should tell me this. Something’s very fishy over there. Dick talked to her + Lamarr later. I wrote Timmy who’d written a letter about not accepting the A.A. any more although it’s all that keeps him going – type thing. Told him I thought we’d had it out + enclosed this month’s check. Funny card from Annie was the only bright spot in the day. I hate this feeling of money being so goddamn important + being the one thing I seem to be good for. I’m sorry for myself I know + presumably will get over it. We had TV dinners, watched TV and had a long talk about Lamarr Bennett etc. I said I’d like to see him find out what’s up. Dick called + we’re going over at 2 o’clock. I’m worried about this whole venture. If Dick doesn’t get the Anthony dealership + the Tropicana yard that means starting out from scratch + a hell of alot more money than originally thought of.

Sunday, March 15, 1970

Tags

, ,

Strike over.

Leisurely day. In the morning I typed up letter to Mr. Berg re Dick Rund with a carbon to Lester and a covering note re-iterating my feelings. Dick went to the store + picked up another little golden arbor vitae for the front walk. Ed Kulick swung by with Casey’s father in tow while I was weeding – Seems like a nice man. Worked very hard. I weeded the planter beds and another 15 feet or so of the driveway. We had poached eggs + bacon + toast for lunch + then after re-seeding the front lawn, transplanting the tree, fertilizing all + watering we took a nap. Bathed + washed hair. Went over to Jack + Joyce’s around 5. A little turmoil there because Danny with wife to be and 4 kids (ages 2,4,5 + 6) are coming for a visit in the beginning of April. We had a really great dinner of Steak + lobster and too much to drink as always. Played Poker and for once Jack had a real streak of good luck. Funny evening, Left at 10. Came home + had several night caps + some rather pointless talk I guess. Bed by midnight + watched the end of “Anastasia” before going to sleep. Both of us sore from using different muscles in yard work. (Hell I don’t use any muscles for anything!) Dick getting fat + we’re going on a diet. Starting tomorrow.

Saturday, March 14, 1970

Tags

,

Dick Rund called this A.M. for Dick’s extra tax information. I ordered flowers sent to Mary Jean + Druscilla then I wrote Henry Avery with a check for $250 for a month’s rent at the Van Rensselaer. And I asked him to have Dr. Schiffman mail me his bills directly I wrote Bill + told him I’d sent the money for one month’s rent + would send him his check as usual at the end of the month. With his rent paid and Dr. Schiffman sending me the bills I told him I felt the $350 would be ample to cover any extras. I wrote Annie + returned her 2nd check for $250 along with one of my own for the same amt. Told her in detail about the trip. We made a shopping list at Van Tobels for some outdoor work + went over – we’re going to re-lay the bricks in back + re-plant the front lawn. Got the stuff + then went to Keno lane to mail the letters including a letter to Leon from Dick with a check for $3,000. Then went to pick up the dogs. Delirious to see us. All groomed + shiny. Glad to see them. Brought them home via the strip. Saw all the pickets. Dick started pruning branches + I did a little weeding of [crossed out letters] grass in the driveway. Went to the Safeway for dinner stuff. Al Guida over with insurance policy. Worked a little more. Was tired + depressed so took a nap. Dick fixed up his workshop. He, too tired + depressed. Strange. Had barbecued steak + went to bed after a little TV. I wrote rough draft of letter to Mr. Berg.

Friday, March 13, 1970

Tags

, ,

Twins’ B’day. Slept til about 9 o’clock. Wendy had cleaned up the house yesterday so not coming. George over around 10 – John Carpenter too. Got to know him a little and I like him. Called Howard Pennington + woke him in time for his plane. Funny chat. Gave Dick a check for $33,000. He + John off to see Lamarr Bennett today. I was exhausted + got nothing accomplished. Wendy over to pick up her check. Its the twins’ birthday and I’d meant to do something about it + didn’t. Dick came in + said would you believe me if I told you I miss the dogs? Called Pet Town + we’ll get them out tomorrow. I lay around all day + read. My big jackpot went on Weds. $1229!! Ho Ho. Will never let a machine get to me like that again. We had chinese TV dinners and went to bed early. Dick tired too. It was a crazy trip.

Thursday, March 12,*1970

Tags

,

Dick got me up with pepsis + coffee + kept me talking til I was really awake. Then he went to sleep while I typed up my income tax stuff. Henry called to say goodbye. He’d seen Bill this morning. Joanna called later to say goodbye which was very nice of her. We got our stuff packed + checked out at one. Went to the Eastside terminal + checked in our bags. Had lunch there + a bloody Mary which helped. Went to see Dick Rund with our tax stuff. Somehow it got mentioned that he’d been at the bank 23 years – It really jarred me. Went to say goodbye to Lester + then met him on our way out in the lobby. Asked him who to write about Dick Rund + he said William Berg. I will + I wish I’d done it years before. We went to see Bill. He was talking about being “at the mercy of every spade in Harlem” within earshot of the black nurses. Had been caught smoking last night. He told me he was going to check himself out of the hospital if they didn’t move him upstairs. Told me to call Henry to tell him to get him a room at the Van Rensselaer. I did. Then told me he’d need money for the hotel and for Dr. Schiffman. I said I’d take care of it. Henry told me that Bill had $850 saved out of the monthly allotments. He doesn’t want me to know. Poor Bill. He’s gotten devious along with all the rest and I don’t care. The man I cared for is long gone. He’s a nasty-tempered, sick, sick sick hull of a person. Blah, Blah Blah. Back to the terminal. Called Drue + tried to get Colby without success. Took the limousine out in rain + sleet. Nice trip. Plane almost empty. Nice stewardess Judy Taney – who gave us about 10 drinks. Home to a ghost town. The culinary union is out on strike + the hotels are all closed up. Letter from Annie with the other $250. We had a night cap + went to bed. Message from Howard Pennington who’s in town.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 52 other followers