Finally this a.m. started on Bill’s mss. It’s going to take a lot longer than I thought I’m afraid it took an average of a little more than an hour per 25 pages. I did 75. Have hit a large question mark on Samuel’s age. Shirley called has had horrible time with her sister having lung surgery in Sacremento + came home to Margaret with gangreen!! I washed the front windows inside + out – I lost at yahtzee last night and I must say they look beautiful. Jimmy Whelan called again. God I wish he’d stop. I got a little snappy this time. Ann Hall made reservations (they’d cancelled ours) for Play it Again Sam and I went over to pick up the tickets. Terrible seats but complimentary. A highly inefficient box office. Went to Valley Bank + made a deposit for Dick + checked on the money from New York which hasn’t come in yet. Went to the Safeway + came home. Dick exhausted from Mario’s pool; the Whites and stopped by Mrs. Brown’s for chlorinator. Called Ann. We started to take a nap + Ed came over. When he left we did take one for about an hour. Then dressed + went to the Jungle Club for dinner. Saw the Dazeys + said hello. They hadn’t recognized Dick – “had heard he [crossed out letter] was sick” – thought he looked great. We went over to the Judy Bayley Theatre + met Ann + Eddie outside along with the Plotkins. He’s a manager at Ramones. I spotted Gertrude’s accent immediately for Boston + it turned out we all knew Herbert Margoles!!!! The play unfortunately a great disappointment especially as we were sitting in front of a bunch kids who had evidently been in on rehearsals + laughed deafeningly at every word. I liked the girl + thought Ed Boraski had an appealing quality but not the technique to support the role. We left at the end of the 2nd act as Dick was going nuts.
Dick’s appt w/ Bentley went well.
Made love first thing and then I washed my hair. Nice morning – we took off about 8:45 after an about we call – 3 rings – Dick had been expecting Bartlett + wanted to tape it. Got to Breakfast at the Blvd about 9 + both Ann and Eddie pleased to see us. Ann had lost her cards which was very funny + while Eddie was out in the parking lot she decided to give me a chance at the tongue twister. I didn’t get a cnace to see it til we were on the air but I did it in 9 seconds (ho ho) + got free tickets to the Parkway Theatre. Ken Zinc and Ed ? guests today from the cast of Play it Again Sam. Talked with them after + decided to see the show tomorrow night To top it all off Dick won the drawing – dinner show for two at Caesar’s Palace! Wow! Agreed with Ann they’d come with us tomorrow I went went to Sears + exchanged my bras. The saleslady a big help. Bought a card table + went to Hickory Farms + sent a huge box to Sue Glick. Next stop Dixie Chicken – closed. Went to a little place in Maryland Sq + they used rolled chicken. Looked like shoe heels. Awful. But Mr Chan pleased Had a good visit with him about an hour + a half. He told me about his dreams + the 36 hours lost while he was coming to in Southern Nevada. Compared it to the movie “3 Faces East” + a “splitting image” and told me I could write it actually if somebody could it would be wild. Went to Safeway at Desert Inn + got some meat + vegetables + got home around 1:30. After Dick left I went to sleep + stayed that way for about 3 hours. I’ve talked a little about it – just touching the subject. Dick said he thought I was bored and that it was mental. He said it without censure. We ate chicken for dinner + watched TV and played yahtzee Janet Goldsmith called drunk + depressed + I invited her over for Monday morning to go swimming
Up at 6:00 just to say goodbye. Dick home for a stolen moment at 8:30. Off again at 9 I slept after fiishing “Midnight Cowboy.” Woke at 11-called Irene to say I’d be late. Made bed etc. bathed went to the bank + over to Irenes. Pleasant visit. Left at 2:30. Went shopping at Safeway + over to Vegas Village for prints. Not ready yet. Put down deposit at Westward Ho for Liza + John. Called Ethel’s knitting bar but the sweater not ready yet. She’ll have it tomorrow. Dick home + we went out + looked at a few houses. Depressing as hell. And my mood contagious. Nice letter from Daddy + also from Bess. WE took a npa. Leon called + told me to call him back. Secrets-called + a friend of his has made a fur cape for me which Leon is going to send. All a bit confusing but quite exciting. I fixed dinner except that it took forever + we didn’t eat til ten o’clock-outside on the patio. However we talked alot in the waiting period over drinks + we’ve decided to buy land in Paradise Valley + build ourselves. A relief to make the decision. We went to bed about eleven. Also talked about weight + I told Dick to ask Bentley. He weight 169 or 15lbs over average and 29lbs over “ideal”-for his weight. He had great resistance at first to the idea but then admitted in 1957 he weight 150lbs + could do anything + everything he doesn’t now + more.
Left house at 6;30. Dick took me to airport. Knitted + read on plane “Midnight Cowboy.” Excellent. Got car at airport + drove to house. Arrived at 9:30. Paul made coffee. Mary called with new unlisted number. I called Liza + gave her address of motel. Spoke to Timmy. Measured some of the furniture. Odd but Paul makes one nervous. I guess its because he’s so utterly involved with Paul. Caroline came at 11 o’clock. I liked her. We went through the house + I’m going to take most everything. Will leave some small tables + a few lamps and the table with 4 chairs from Creative East we had alot of coffee + then went to meet Jim + Bill at Cyrano’s. My first time there + I liked it. Over to Leon’s next at 2:30. Such a brief visit. Bob followed us to Leon’s house where Leon limped up the stairs + got 3 3/4 lb cheesecake for Dick + a cherry pie. His leg is very painful-I kissed hi goodbye + drove out to Mary’s new place with a loaf of bread as a present from Leon. Got there + found the house with some difficulty. Car there + everything piled all over the place but no Mary. Called upstairs + down + finally left bread + note + went to airport. Paid cash for car-$20.52. Plane late leaving but made up time. Finished a square. Dick met me. WE went to Holiday Inn for dinner + then came home. Letter from Jim Parker with mal [?] payment + letter from Luise who’s still in the hospital. Had gotten the money. We called Mary + finally got her. Spoke with Les too. She was drunk. Had been next door when I came. As I’d called before it seems she could have made the effort but I certainly didn’t care as it was a relief. Blah Blah. We went to bed around 11:00.
Called Mary who was in the midst of moving. Called Paul to say I’d be there tomorrow – Called Irene + will see her Weds. Called Len-He’s been sick for 3 days with a bad leg-I made plane reservations + I called Hertz for a car tomorrow. I went to the Post office, to Vegas Village for pints (not ready yet) to Dana McKay’s to pick up “Is Paris Burning?,” also got 2 Agee books and “Midnight Cowboy” went to Bank + deposited more in our household from Dick and to Panorama to shop + play the machine (briefly). Home at 3:30-Had changed sheets + watered lawn. Dick home-he’d made an appt with Bentley for Thursday. So glad. He’s feeling slightly better. He lay down for a nap and I started to wash the kitchen floss. Timmy called in the middle sounding very sad + depressed. Think I finally got him cheered up. Hung up + Liza called. She+ John are arriving with Courtney Thursday evening. As Dick has to work the next day they decided to stay at a motel. Liza is pregnant again and they’re both very happy about it which is lovely. I wish I were too but no longer the way I did with Peter. Then a baby would have been someone instead of a husband to make up for the emptiness. Now a baby would be an addition to a great relationship. I’d like one as much for Dick as for me and that’s a reassuring feeling. I made them reservations at the Westward Ho and then fixed real parmigiana for dinner. We watched Gunsmoke + something else + then Family Affair. The phone kept ringing just before + once in the middle which bugged the hell out of me next time. I”m taking it off the hook. Period. Leon called after which was very dear of him.
Dick really battered + sore. We lay in bed all morning. I put some lotion on his legs but it didn’t help much. Tried to read Paul without success. WE decided to go to the Landmark for lunch. Saw Marie-who used to work at the airport with Laura. She was so delighted to see Dick it made me very happy. Nice lunch in the terrace room + then we went up to the bubble on top. Both of us found the place rather sinister. Strange to have such an odd similar reaction. We left + were glad to be out. Went to Panorama for a few supper things + tried the slot there with no luck. Came home + Dick found the truck had a flat on the front so took it to be fixed. I paid the rent, the phone bill + wrote Seth. Tried Paul again. We napped. Tony called. I fixed dinner-steaks in wine sauce, potatoes, salad + roll. We answered Jimmy’s questionnaire. After dinner watched TV-Ed Sullivan – Hee Haw + Mission Impossible. Bed. We’ve had three days together + even though Dick hasn’t felt well, they’ve been lovely. I really love Dick so much.
Joyce called at 6 to say there was a flat on the boat trailer + Jack had gone to have it fixed. That gave us a little more time. We had coffee + put on bathing suits + gathered up stuff. Left the dogs out in the yard-Left a not for Mr Larson. Got to J + J’s about 7:15. Took off in their car. I knitted a whiskey bottle square. We went to a place in Arizona on the Colorado River. Had breakfast there + then went out in the boat. What a beautiful day + what heavenly though hot weather. The scenery extraordinary. Tall rocks like old cathedrals on either side. Ghosts of Indians silhouetted against the sky. No luck fishing at all. The chef at the Tropicana had made up some dough ball material for Joyce. I didn’t have a drink until after two so kept in pretty good shape all day. Dick had mixed up a pretty potent vodka mix which put him to sleep rather early on for a while. We got into several coves where shear pins broke-twice-but there were spares so disaster was averted. Went into one cove with high current. Where we swam. Dick got badly burned. I’d been using lotion so came out of it all right. Dick took us all to dinner at Dante’s in Henderson He didn’t feel too hot (or rather felt too hot) so we took his home in a bowser bag. Home at 8:30 or so. Light traffic all day. The dogs perfectly happy after day out doors. Had note from Seth about new range for Alaria + a couple of bills. Dick + I stayed up for a while drinking in bed + talking. He felt so badly that I made him promise to call Bentley on Monday which he agreed to. We talked alot about alot of things.Religion etc and George that really is a problem as far as Dick is concerned. I asked him if I might talk to Irene + he said I could-all I want to do is pave the way if possible for a breaking up. I know + believe Dick is right-it’s just that I don’t see how it can be done without hurting George. But sometimes I guess you have to hurt someone (?)
Dick not working, pleasant day though very hot. We lay around in bed quite late. I called Val de Vargas + everything’s set up there. Called Jim Brown + talked with his wife Carolyn. Am going to L.A. Tuesday to go over the house with her. Called Paul + got a girl-I asked “Is this Marty?” Answer “No” Left a message + had the feeling I might have screwed up Paul’s sex life a little-we went to the Stardust Country Club for brunch and I felt pretty poorly couldn’t figure out what it was. Finally decided it might be the contact lenses after 3 or 4 hours of glasses, plus heat, plus hunger. Blah Blah. We looked at a couple of jobs enroute. Nice brunch. Drove through Paradise Valley looking for places for sale. Went out to Jack + Joyces. Jack there. Asked us fishing with them tomorrow. Dick had said he had to work but changed his mind. I knitted an ice cream cone square. We invited J + J for ribs tonight + then went shopping. Came home +rested. Dick fixed the ribs and I made salad. They got here about 7 o’clock. What a nice evening even though we’d forgotten to leave the cooler on when we went out. Showed them scrapbook + they really liked it. We sat outside + after dinner set off the fireworks J+J brought us. They left a little after ten and we went to bed. meeting tomorrow at 6am?!
Good + busy day. Up when Dick left. I wrote Daddy his Father’s Day (“Happy July”) card. Wrote Elizabeth, wrote a 6 page letter to Gertrude, wrote a long letter to Margie + wrote notes to Mather + Winnie Bess Gray + Regina Kleen. Send photos to all + told all about the TV show. Jim Brown called at 11 o’clock. Had decided not to take the house-because of the furniture-his wife has furniture. Asked him if he’d take it unfurnished-he said yes. Told him we’d been thinking of buying a house + that if I was moving part-might as well move all. So they are going to take it. I must call Val talk with Dick + Paul + then call him back. He sounds alot like Bill (whose “favorite brother” he is) I went to the post office to mail letters, went to the bank to deposit the $400 Dick gave me yesterday + went to Vegas Village to get more prints made + 10 enlargements of our Lookout Mt picture. Bought groceries. The fuller brushman (with unlikely name of Bob Wyre) came today. Had planned to clean but only got [crossed out writing] bedroom vacuumed. Dick home early + wanted to do kitchen floor together tomorrow-I made a chocolate pie for him + after he got a haircut we took a nap. Only I didn’t. I read + finished “Little Dorrit”-Dick snacked quite a bit + then fell asleep-for about 3 1/2 hours was wakened by phone. Exhausted. At 10:30 I took him out to dinner at the Rave. The food there just great now + very reasonable. Only Dick just couldn’t eat. Said he felt rotten + had pains in his chest-I panicked in light of recent Reader’s Digest article “secret heart disease” and Bob’s death. Said we had to see a Doctor. He immediately felt better-home at 12:30. Bed.
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.
Up around 10:30 or so-Grey day. Read more of the “Lady + [crossed out writing] Her Doctor” – an odd but interesting book that I seem to have read before. Drove to Mary’s around 12:30 – Had coffee – saw Patsy + Margie – I’ve missed them enormously. Margie is making a really marvelous poster for us. Abby is home sick. Mary drove us in the station wagon to the Busch Gardens in the Valley-thunderous rain clouds + some rain but we pressed on. Thank God – what a truly lovely place – we went first on a 10 minute mono-rail through the factory (or brewery) which was fascinating + spooky + then we went into really breath taking gardens that nothing had indicated. Peacocks wandering loose – flowers everywhere – [crossed out writing] ponds + brooks + little islets. We saw a bird show with 6 trained cockatoos, penguins + otters, macaws + toucans + all laid out in a leisurely way. Nothing cost money except a 50¢ boat ride which we didn’t take + 50¢ for the parking. Free beer is served at 3 places-the Busch Bavarian Pavilion, the Budweiser Pavilion + the Michelob Terrace. It was freezing cold by the time we left but all of us had a lovely time. Had another cup of coffee at Mary’s drove home – am going to see Dr. Zhivago with them tomorrow. Fixed carrots + broccoli + salad for dinner – Peter brought some frozen prepared fish. Very good dinner- Watched TV after – Saw “The Spirit of St. Louis” – very good. Played with Humbug + the puppies. Peter didn’t work on his tape tonight.
Up around 9:30-Futzed about-Called Mary. Then I called both Colby + Hilary to talk about the golden wedding celebration-It’s going to be less than the $1250 originally thought of as they’ve decided against the Boston caterer. Mather evidently had the glorious idea of a one way trip to England for them. When I told Mary she said why not a round trip for one of them-I met Mary at 1:30 at the Egyptian and we had coffee + went to “Hawaii”- I was glad to see it + liked it. Don’t know why I let myself get talked into not seeing so many things. We came home around 5:30 – Peter had done the shopping and I fixed dinner-broccoli casserole, salad, hamburgers, etc. Peter home about 6:00 – Played his tape for Mary who enjoyed it – After several drinks we had dinner-then played Red Dog until almost midnight- Mary had wanted to learn. I also taught her the bitch solitaire that never works – for which she’ll no doubt thank me the rest of her life. Mary left [crossed out writing] + soon after Peter went to bed. I stayed up + drank beer because I felt like it. I’m at 6’s + 7’s as the saying has it-Didn’t go to bed until 3 or 4 and then just lay down in my clothes.