Cass + I went to the Breakfast Club this A.M. Ann put us at the Celebrity Table with David Harris of “Bottoms Up” as there wasn’t anyone else to keep him company. He was alot of fun. Had hoped Cassie would get the traveling guest award but alas there was a lady from Budapest. But Cassie did the tongue twister + won a shampoo + set at Penney’s which was exactly what she wanted. weird conversation with David about jerbels a small rodent like animal. Cassie went to Hallmark’s after + bought gifts for everyone at home plus a great cannister set for us as house gift. We went to the International + I had the same weird kind of luck as I’d had at the Landmark. First very bad + then really very very good. Ended up way ahead + gave Cassie [crossed out letter] a hundred (after all she’d split her jackpot with me + Dick) Went to the Golden Venus and took off 9 inches this time Maureen Kelly gave me a half roll of wrap for my knees at home which I smuggled out in my bag. (She told me I’d already paid for it anyway!) We got home about 4:45. Jim Hannon had come + gone! Wish I’d seen him but evidently he had to go back suddenly. He wants $25,000 to start work on the film. And according to Dick Leon doesn’t seem to be included. It’s all pretty weird + I don’t feel we ought to get involved. We went to the Bonanza for a very good roast beef dinner and then played a little 21. Dick played at the same table I did and after I’d lost 5 hands straight + told him I was going to play 2 hands, he lost a hundred. He got up + left + I won it back in minutes so we all left even + came home.
I finished Jim Hannon’s (alis James Christopher) book about 10:30 a.m. and I think it’s a really fine book. I didn’t like it for the first 20 pages or so but then became utterly engrossed. It should make a hell of a movie. I cancelled my wrap treatment for today but kept Cassie’s + made [crossed out letter] one for both of us tomorrow which takes care of the 5 appts I had left. Drew Cass a map + she took the truck – Stopping off at Wonderworld where Daisy was expecting her! I napped + helped clean the pool + napped some more Leon called three times during the day to see if Hannon had come or had called. Also to tell us that all was straightened out re his driver’s license. There had never been anything amiss to begin with – just his guilty conscience tearing him apart!!! He apologized for being such bad company on his visit. Dick went out + got lobster tails for dinner – Jim Hannon finally called about 8 o’clock. Had just gotten in. We made a date for dinner tomorrow night at the Bonanza (Scotty’s + Cassie’s fun-pack freebies) and it was left that he’d call Dick tomorrow when he was free – I said that I wouldn’t be home til 4:30 or so. We had a delicious lobster tail dinner + went to bed early. Cassie changed her reservations to Saturday.
We (Leon Cassie, Scott + I) went to the Bonanza in the morning. Cassie got Scott + Leon breakfast with her free tickets + then Scotty won a fun pack which he gave us + Cassie won 5,000 blue chip stamps + I played 21 + lost. Saw a dealer from the Showboat there Leon wanted to go home about noon. Wasn’t feeling well. Scotty took me + Cassie to the Landmark + then took Leon home. I cashed two checks for 200 each and was losing steadily until suddenly things turned around + I started to win. It was funny because Scott would come to the table + take the chips + cash them in. We left with $500 at a point when all had seemed lost. Came home + gave Leon a hundred dollars Scott 60 + Cassie $40 + Dick $100 + I had the $200 I’d started the day with. Leon asked to talk with me and we went outside. It seems he cheated on his written driving test and they asked to see him after he’d passed his road test. He’d refused + gone off. Then he called his lawyer + is going with his lawyer tomorrow to the MVD. I couldn’t help laughing – I told him that even though he’d been “naughty” – they couldn’t report him to his parents! Poor Leon has been literally killing himself over this. It’s laughable but pitiable. Cassie + I took Scott + Leon to the airport at 6:45 – Came home + Dick joined us for TV dinners Leon had also confided in Dick who’d told him the same as I did (We incidentally were his only confidants – he hadn’t even told Scotty) Leon called us about 9 + told us Jim Hannon was arriving tomorrow + would call us at noon. Cass + I had wrap treatments scheduled for 1:30 but Leon really made a big deal about my being there to meet Hannon. It bugged me but I said I’d see” – I read about 96 pages of the book tonight
Oh dear – dreary day. Dick got up + washed fittings in the garage – I finally went + helped him make an inventory list. I’d been planning to go out with the others but Dick was difficult + after Tri-delta came with the bricks I decided I might as well stay home in case anything else came up. They all left around 11 o’clock Dick went + lay down finally + I lay on the couch He had an appt with Dave in the afternoon + also went to buy some kind of glue. I waited downstairs at Daves. Went + bought some paperbacks + cards at the drugstore + played a slot machine + had a cup of coffee (won $10 + stopped.) We stopped at the Safeway on Desert Inn coming home + I got stuff to make a meatloaf. We went swimming (Scotty, Cassie + I) Leon lay on the chaise lounge + got a little sun. Scotty, Cassie + I played triple solitaire which is alot of fun. Leon called Jim Hannon + had Dick talk to him then came in + told us about it. He’s the guy who wrote “American Savage” – which I still haven’t read. He’s coming to Las Vegas sometime this week + coming to see us I wish I knew what it was all about – Oh hell Gave Leon an excedrin PM tonight as evidently he’s having trouble sleeping. In alot of ways it’s been an awful visit but I guess it’s been nice for Cassie at least, and I hope Scott – and at Least Leon has eaten well for a change!
Oh dear – Rotten morning. Dick got up to fix the therapy pool for Leon + was immediately tired + disagreeable. I suggested he go back to bed + he told me to fuck myself + I told him to take care of his own fucking pool + threw the brush in the pool + stormed off. Scotty fixed breakfast for everyone (I wouldn’t eat) including Dick who went back to bed and I stayed outside + skimmed leaves off the pool (like a sulky 6 yr old) Cass, Leon + Scott left about noon in the V.W. we gave Leon money for Keno and slot machines (Dick gave him $20 + so did I!) and I also gave him $20 to buy lunch for all of them. I called Ann Hall earlier to say that swimming was out today as Dick was sick again. She offered to bring him something to read but I declined gratefully. The group returned about six o’clock. Nobody had won anything. We had Boeuf Bourgignonne for dinner. Dick joined us and then we all played yahtzee briefly I went to bed early (shortly after Dick.) Leon sat in our bedroom watching TV with Dick + made no move to leave even after I put on a night gown + crawled into bed. Scott finally came in + got him + they went to watch it in color in the livingroom.
Was up early and wrote a letter in English to Ana + Armando. Not a very nice letter I am afraid but extremely realistic. Mentioned the fact that it had been difficult financially for them before when they paid no rent, no board + were making $200 a month more than they would be now. We also helped them with Medical bills + paid for Armando’s car ($400) + back taxes ($340). I repeated the fact they could not come back here + said that Dick did not feel that Armando did enough around the house and that he was still angry about the jumper cables. I found myself getting upset all over again as I wrote the letter. It’s really a sort of nightmare + I wish it would all go away! Numbered all the papers + clipped explanatory notes to them. Took them to Vegas Village to get the affidavit of support Xeroxed in case I need to look at it again (God forbid) Had to go instead to Heers-Roeder as the Machine was out of order. Went to Post office + got involved in 3 car tangle in the P.O. parking lot – right behind me so couldn’t get out! Went to Safeway + home. Cassie had done alot of the cleaning already + I finished up the little left. Dick’s temperature climbing steadily despite the aspirin. When it got to 104.4 I called Bill Bentley at home + he called in a Rx for antibiotics. Went + got them. Cass + I took the truck to meet Scott + Leon. Nobody there so came home they’d called Dick from the airport so back we went. The Roast in the oven . By the time we connected I was all upset + uptight. Came home + had dinner. Leon looks pretty awful. Everything a bit too much both today + tonight. Scotty looks great. I unwound a little as the evening wore on. Leon ate very well.
Shirley in today. Dick had a one o’clock appt. with Dave. Cassie + I had 1:30 appt for wrap treatments at the Golden Venus. We went by Wonder World first + played the slot machines a little. Saw Joyce. Went to buy some paper backs + she’d left by the time I got back so never said goodbye. Felt a little badly. New set up at the Golden Venus and alot nicer. Maureen the new wrapper – nice girl. She told me I was “tiny” – very nice girl! I lost 11 inches – all flab of course. Cass lost 9 1/2″ which is very good We were home after stopping at the bank by 5 o’clock. I got my affidavit of support notarized + copies of my portfolio made and a letter in duplicate from Jack Kiser for Ana + Armando. The L.A. papers from Scott came this afternoon so now I have everything that I can do. They have to take care of the L.A. Police letters themselves and Armando must sign, fill out, + return the work papers to C+S. We came home + swam. Dick feeling badly again + back in bed, Scotty + Leon come tomorrow + we’ve got to to clean the house. Were too tired to start tonight despite brave plans!
deathly ill today – Confessed to Dick that we’d hit the cooking wine + he was much relieved. ironed out disagreement with Cass. We didn’t go to Breakfast at the Blvd this a.m. but I called Ann after to confirm dinner. We went to the Mayfair to get more wine + some boiling onions. Came home to find Dick up + dressed + looking pretty god awful. Acted same when I suggested he go back to bed. Dr. Bentley called to [crossed out word] ask how he was + Dick told him “great.” Shortly after he relasped back into bed. I fixed the boeuf bourgignonne with Cassie’s help + we swam + lay out in the sun. Ann + Eddie came about 7 – flipped over the pool + told Dick so in very convincing terms. We had a pleasant dinner + Cassie enjoyed them enormously – impossible not to. They left about 10:00 or a little after. Dick up then for some soup + back to bed.
Up early + for some reason went out to do the shopping at 7 a.m. while Jerry cut the lawn. Dick decided to sleep in. After I got back with all the ingredients for tomorrow’s boeuf bourgignonne discovered Dick had a temperature. Pain in his chest too. Jerry went to work on Mario’s pool. Cassie + I stayed home Dick’s temperature went from 102 to 104° – I was convinced he had pneumonia. Called Bentley who said it sounded like flu + to give him aspirin + of course I thought he was wrong. I went to the Drugstore + got some A.S.A (10 mg) and the pharmacist suggested an alcohol rub. Got home. Dick very feverish + I was sick with worry. Haunted by Bennie O’Bannion’s death – pneumonia treated as flu! Dick said at one point that he couldn’t have Boeuf Bourgignonne – Couldn’t have anything cooked with wine – Doctor’s orders. I decided Cassie + I ought to drink it then. One half gallon of cheap red cooking wine. Christ. Poor Dick was a little delerious but he knew something was wrong + asked me if I’d [crossed out letters] been drinking. Categorical denial on my part “Where the hell would I get anything to drink?” – Poor Dick thought I’d slipped my rocker + had me lined up for Hartley Cass + I had a fight when I said the 6th time that I thought 2 weeks was too long a visit from George + Mom. Gala evening!
Went to Janet’s – not ready – so went to the Police Department + got the letters for Ana + Armando. Picked up Janet + went to the Bonanza – Big – Giveaway + Cassie won a “fun pack” – 2 free dinners, 2 free breakfasts, 2 free drinks etc. Played Keno + 21. I lost again fairly steadily. Janet suddenly had to go to the Doctor. (Hadn’t wanted to tell me before because she didn’t want to “change my luck” – crap! it could have used a change). Had “so wanted to give Dick the check for a thousand” – I assured her I’d take it to him but that wasn’t good enough. So I found myself having to go pick her up after the Doctor’s to bring her back out here! Pain in the ass really but we got the money back so what can I say. Janet very on edge + highstrung – little bout of tears in the kitchen. Dick fixed the therapy pool + we all sat in it for a while then we all four went to the Jungle Club for dinner. Janet talking non-stop. Came home about 7:30 or so. Early evening. Dick achey – “I ache all over” –
Called Scott. gave him the number of A+A’s wedding certificate + names for Police letters. Cassie + I went to the Police Department + then to the Federal bldg to get information to fill them out. Then to C+S Body Shop for the work papers from Armando’s boss. This is all such a mess + I dread their coming back. We went to the Post office + got a registered letter (certified rather) for Dick from the State Contractor’s board. We went to the Sands + I lost. Cassie won on slot machines but put it all back in. Next stop Castaways where I have the reputation of being a counter! Wish I had the game as well. We got back some. Had the oil changed in the car + a lube job Went to Safeway + I suddenly knew Cassie was going to hit the quarter progressive. Told her to play while I shopped + I’d go partners with her. She did hit it for $388- + I wasn’t even surprised! Weird? Left her to wait for the money + came home to tell Dick. He was very upset by the letter – The Herberths again. Damn their eyes. Went back for Cassie who gave the change girl $38 and split $150 [crossed out word] for me + $50 for Dick. Went swimming – Pleasant evening despite the Herberths
Up about 6:30 first go around. no paper again + Dick cancelled the Sun too! Went to the Stop’n’go for both papers – then back to bed + made love. Up for good about 9. We went over to the Hacienda for brunch + then gambled. I lost consistently + Dick didn’t do too well. Cassie only down about 3 dollars which isn’t too bad. We came home at 1 because we were expecting Art Clark III but he didn’t show He called later but Dick told him we were going out. We swam + tanned + I got nice color today. Lazed around. Nobody hungry for dinner so will give it to the dogs tomorrow. Watched good movie “Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol” + then played yahtzee Cassie + I had talk about Mom + George + life in general – interesting. We tried to call Scott but no luck Talked with Harold + the deal fell through with much manipulation in high places
Up at the crack of dawn Watered the lawn + did the ironing. Paid Power Co + American Heritage + finally got the kitchen table cleared off. Dick decided to make deliveries today and do a couple of service calls. Dennis brought Tina a half hour late which started me off a little annoyed. Christy came too. She was good as gold and stayed by the pool all morning. Tina did not do much of a job. I made her do places again but that gets to be as much of a chore as doing it myself. Went to the Stop+ go for cigarettes. They were out so went to the Safeway – Put $60 in the progressive slot machine + that’s where it still sits. Came home Janet Goldsmith called + was going to change her phone number. More rotton calls. Told her to use a police whistle She didn’t have one + I said I’d get one to her. Tina finished + waiting for Denny (who had to [crossed out word] finish his pitcher of beer) I drove over to the D.I. + gave Janet the whistle. Asked her to cash a $50 check at the store but no one to approve it Only had $10 on me. Went in + played 21 for 45 minutes + left with $90!! Wild. Straight home. Changed to go meet the plane with Dick who had rotton morning Cassie arrived on the dot Looks great + it’s lovely to have her. We spent a very quiet afternoon talking + swimming + lying by the pool Had lobster tails for dinner – Then yahtzee + bed by 10 – Letter in Spanish from Ana.
Day began with Tina calling to say she couldn’t make it. Called Mary to wish her a nice last day of School Called Daddy for an early Father’s day + Jimmy for a late birthday. Did alot of cleaning myself – the sort of temporary office that had piled up on the kitchen table. Made jello wrote diary, changed sheets – watered lawn. Went to the bank + made deposits for the business went to cleaners + tried to get Mr. Steiner to read Egon Wever’s letter for me but he told me to get his daughter on Monday. Lines everywhere – the Safeway jammed too. Janet Goldsmith had said something to Dick about a surprise being in the mail + [crossed out letters] we hoped it was going to be the check but no such luck Did get a nice residual though from My 3 Sons. Hot Hot day – Danny Henderson over to pick up his check for the deck. We didn’t go swimming today. ate + went to bed at 8 o’clock. I took a geritol before bed as I’m feeling run down and 2 pms to go straight to sleep.
Went to Breakfast at the Blvd today – Invited [crossed out letters] Ann + Eddie to dinner next Thursday night Ann had never left me a message about Indian Dancing!! But she had called! Went to the International + lost $225 which I had with me. Went to the Landmark + cashed a check+ took Janet Goldsmith to lunch. We went to the Copa Lounge (Stella’s husband’s place) Some mention of us getting the money we loaned Janet + Jim back which I said would be great at this time especially. we made a date to play keno on Tuesday when Cassie’s here Janet told me about Jim’s death and his saying “We’re both going to Hell Janet” almost the last time she saw him. I mailed the income tax papers – this year I’m going to get back the money withheld from my acting checks Back to the Landmark Could not get a hand. Lost in all $475 today which means I’m ahead $125 for the week. Should have been satisfied with the [crossed out letters] 600 + laid off today. Shirley had to go early today – She’s gone to San Francisco to see her sister who’s in the hospital – fear of cancer – 29 years old. Scott sent copies of wedding certificates but for the wrong Armando Salozar. Called Tina to see if she could come tomorrow + clean. Quiet pleasant evening – swam the pool back + forth 6 times –