Scribblings From the Desert

I am a published author and produced screenwriter living in Rancho Mirage, California with my wife, Beth, and two dogs, Crystal and Misty. I have spent most of my life in and around the Hollywood Motion Picture Business.

Location: Rancho Mirage, California, United States

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

By post office with mail after meeting then home. Snack and continue on present essay. Work all morning then stop for lunch and a little Durango Kid on the Western Channel. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Sweep, then back to computer and continue working on essay. Tina by to work with Beth on convention prep. I finish essay and print. Beth home and sends me for gas and some envelopes. See old friend, Bill, from Pegasus Riding Academy at gas station. Home and we eat while the preparation goes on. I call Uncle George. Later ~

Monday, July 30, 2007

By Office Depot after meeting for Beth then home. Snack and resume working on latest essay. At the same time I copy "My Three Sons" tape to DVD for Shannon, and do the same with "The Honkers" for a guy in New Mexico. Stop for lunch and a few minutes of a Bill Cody Western on TV. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Sweep. Re-copy "The Honkers" as first one didn't seem to be all there (it was, but I had to reverse it to get to the beginning). Beth home and we eat. Next door neighbors are off to New Mexico and we say our good byes. We went in the pool last night and will probably do the same tonight. Later ~

Sunday, July 29, 2007

This is Beth's birthday (now she's my age). Beth up and off to hall by 5:30. I sleep in and up 6:00. Shower and dress, then small cereal so I can eat lunch early with her later. Read paper. Trim beard. Beth home and I sweep and she mops. Then down to TV for Cal Ripkin induction into hall of fame. Lunch, left-over doggy bag contents from yesterday's lunch. I work on my newest essay, then down for nap. She gets some calls including one from Bruce, her brother. I up and feed girls. Work more on essay. A guy from Carlsbad, NM, e-mails me wanting info on tapes and DVDs of "The Honkers". We exchange e-mails. Make dinner and we eat. Call Uncle George. Both of us to pool for first time this summer. Out and shower off. Later~

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Grocery shopping after meeting, then home. Unpack and put away. Help Beth straighten up house. Work at computer for a few minutes. Sister Shannon and husband Conrad drove over from San Diego where they're vacationing. We talk; to lunch at Babe's; take them by Beth's place of employment; drop off something to Sheri Priess; show them Sinatra's home; Anenberg's Estate; Bob Hope's house on hill, then return home. Talk and ice cream, then call John Livers (my birth father) in Montana. He's also Shannon's father. They leave around 4:30 or so to drive back to San Diego. Beth and I relax and talk. Call Uncle George and have a very short conversation. Get ready for bed. Later ~

Friday, July 27, 2007

After the meeting I stopped at Office Depot to pick up some ink cartridges. Shopped for a card and snack, then I drove home. Continued working on formatting my Behind the Scenes book. Stopped at 11:00 and drove over to Mimi's Restaurant to meet Harry Baddley, Tom Snow, and George Widman for lunch. Home, and after a little more work, I took a nap. Up and fed girls. Sweep; and Beth gets home from work early. We talk for a while then she changes and takes off for her pool therapy. I start on my Wyoming Cowboy essay while I'm waiting for her to get back so we can have dinner. I wanted to include a few more stories in the BTS book so I thought I'd better get started. Later ~

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Home after meeting and jump right in to BTS project. Start working on formatting each chapter the same. E-mail from Jerry with more suggestions plus info that he'll have some time now to help me. E-mail from Bill Sasser - he's bringing some people from the east coast to Southern California to see old Western movie locations and asked if I will meet him and his group at Pioneertown on August 9th. Withdrew from another commitment on same day and said I'd be there. Took Beth's old clothes to Southwest Thrift store, then pharmacy and by her place of employment for a minute. She's not feeling well because of the heat and humidity. Home, eat, TV Western (Buck Jones) on Western Channel, then down for nap. Up and feed girls. Sweep. Beth home early, tired. We talk. To office while she lies down. Download a program and work some more. Later ~

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Today I received some sound advise about formatting a book on Word - something I really don't know anything about. Home after meeting to e-mail from Jerry with suggestions and my sample chapter re-formatted in a way completely different than I had it. Started to play around with doing my version the same way but had to go pick up Beth and we went to Sam's Club to exchange some paper towels for the hall. Hot-dogs to go and we eat at her place of employment. I home and work some more on BTS project, then down for nap. Not much sleep - up and feed girls. Call Uncle George. Back to re-formatting but to almost no avail. E-mailed Jerry again and haven't received an answer back as of yet. Beth home and we eat. She to H&I meeting. I back to computer and work some more - took out all the photos I've previously inserted so I can start fresh in the morning. Later ~

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Today I sent my first chapter of my Behind the Scenes book to Jerry Schneider (Corriganville Web Site) for a critique. Home after meeting and check e-mail. Work at computer then off to Sam's Club to shop for hall and us. Pick up a Maad Dog Daze book for Beth that a friend left at the Betty Ford Center. Take hot dogs to Beth's place of employment and we lunch together. Home and down for nap early. Up and feed girls. Computer for the rest of the afternoon. Beth home and we eat. To Cingular (ATT) store and buy new batteries for our cell phones. Home and I out to gas up her car. Home and we both to office. Later ~

Monday, July 23, 2007

Home after meeting to begin work on my Behind the Scenes manuscript. Scanned all my Johnny Mack Brown snapshots taken at Iversons' Ranch in 1951. Started inserting photos into text. Stop for lunch. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to work on Johnny Mack Brown Chapter. Here's a sample. Beth home and we eat. To office. Later ~

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sleep in for first Sunday in two weeks. She up and off to hall. I up later and make breakfast and sweep house. Work at computer; back to my Behind the Scenes Manuscript and set up. She home and we talk. She mops, I read paper. Work on re-scanning photos to 300 dpi. Lunch. I down for nap, she in later. Up and feed girls. Back to computer and work on project. She to Maad Dog Daze committee meeting. Later ~

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Grocery shopping after meeting as usual. Home and put stuff away. Computer and check e-mail. Work on a few things then Beth home - she's been out getting her nails done. Fix lunch and we eat. She TV and read while I down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to computer and work some more. Send several queries. Fix dinner and we eat. Paul Isenhower from North Carolina calls advising me that something I wrote is in The Old Cowboy Picture Show newsletter. Call Uncle George. Beth in to shower. Later ~

Friday, July 20, 2007

Home after meeting and check e-mail. Snack and work on several projects. Meet Harry Baddely, George Widman, and Tom Snow at Fish Market Restaurant for lunch. Home and call Beth. She's got a social worker at the rest-home working to help Uncle George. I down for nap. Up and feed girls. Sweep. Work on project the rest of the afternoon. Beth home and we eat. Call social worker; then call Uncle George. He is very uncooperative as far as filling out papers for the Motion Picture Home. I to office and she putz around house. Later ~

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Stop to pick up snack on way home from meeting. Check computer for e-mail, then read yesterday's paper while snacking. To computer and work on old Steven Spielberg essay. Stop for lunch and a Rocky Lane movie on the Western Channel. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Sweep. Back to computer and continue writing. Beth home and we eat. To office where we talk and work. She off to shower. Later ~

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Beth off to work and I home after meeting. Computer: check e-mail and web sites. Popcorn as snack. Send a query. Watch the remainder of Dave's movie, "Avenging Angel." Lunch, then down for nap. Up and feed girls. Sweep. Computer and work some. She home after her first pool therapy. Dinner, then call Uncle George. Both of us to office. Later ~

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Beth to work after meeting and I Sherry's to get my hair cut. By her place of employment and start the van for her. To bank and make deposit; get Expedition washed; then home to the puppies. Work at computer. Appointment for cat scan at 11:30; pick up taco and by Beth's place of employment again to eat. Home and down for nap. Up and feed girls. Computer all afternoon - sent several queries. She late because she had some workers fixing the back gate. We dinner; then call Uncle George. I to office, she to shower. Later~

Monday, July 16, 2007

Beth by Edie's B4 meeting to pick up mail. After, she to her place of employment and I home. I drive to credit union and withdraw then to bank and deposit. Home. Work at computer. Hudson passes on SOE. Send her CSTO! - Start watching Dave Cass's Avenging Angel show then appliance repair guy show up to fix dryer. Watch myself on Joey English Show and thought I did all right. Eat lunch then down for nap. Up and feed girls. Beth home and I run to drug store to get hearing aid batteries; then take her car to car wash. Home and computer; send some submissions. Fix dinner and we eat. To office and show her the quick change act on computer. Get a reject on SOE from entertainment lawyer, so send him CSTO! She to shower and then we're going to watch a TV Show (previously recorded). Later ~

Sunday, July 15, 2007

I helped her at the hall again this morning. Home and we finish the paper. She mops tile and I work at computer. Down for nap and up to feed girls. She by my side watching QVC. Work at computer all afternoon. Get an e-mail from Hudson Agency asking to see "Whiskey Tears." I send it off as a .pdf file. Fix dinner and we eat. Call Uncle George. E-mail from Dave Cass and I respond. Now Beth and I are going to watch something we recorded on TV. Later ~

Saturday, July 14, 2007

To meeting in separate cars. Shop for groceries after while she goes to her place of employment. Home and unpack groceries. She home then I run old computer and accessories to Burtech Waste Co. Home and we eat lunch. After lunch do some computer work, then I down for nap. She watches golf. Up and feed girls. Spend afternoon working on The Suicide Boys manuscript. Fix dinner and we eat. Call Uncle George for short conversation. She cleans; then both of us to office and work for a while. Later ~

Friday, July 13, 2007

Beth drives to meeting for first time today. After, she to her place of employment; I home. Check e-mail and start on a flyer for her. To Sam's Club and get supplies for hall. Take hot dogs to where she works and we have lunch together. Home and watch half of a Rocky Lane Republic Western. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. To office and complete flyer. Trouble with her printer so e-mail project to me, then enlarge it on Xerox machine and print it. Sweep. She home and we eat. Call Uncle George and possibly help him understand the importance of getting him into the Motion Picture Home. Afterward, both of us to office. Later ~

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

To Edie's after meeting to meet bug man; then drop Beth off at her place of employment. Home, check e-mail, then out to get dog food; and bank to cash a check. Home and work on computer. Drive to La Quinta and meet Joel Peters for lunch at Red Robin. Back and pick her up at work and drive her home. I down for nap; she follows. Phone call from hospital: Uncle George is being moved to a nursing home today. Call a few people then call George. He seems to be OK with the move. To her place of employment and check security; then pick up pizza and home - eat. She makes couple of phone calls, then try George, No luck with phone on his end so leave message. To office and send submission query to producer. Beth joins me. Later ~

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Tape Joey English Show today; Send Hushup to Shutoff Switch Media Group - After meeting I take Beth to her place of employment and drop her off. I home, check e-mail, change into Western garb then drive to CBS Studio in Thousand Palms. Do Joey English Show - it airs next Monday and Tuesday the 16th and 17th of July. Pick up tostadas on way home and lunch with Beth who has been to doctor (Sue took her). I down for nap; she follows. Up and feed girls. Work at computer; call Uncle George in hospital; then over to her place of employment to meet security system guy. He fixes camera. Home; I make us dinner and we eat. Both to office and work at our desks. Later ~

Monday, July 09, 2007

Get our work done before anyone else arrives. Leave early as she has appointment at pool therapy at Eisenhower. She needed to get suture removed so to DOC and have that done. Drop prescription and drop her at her place of employment. I pick up sandwiches and home; then back to see her and we lunch together. Pick up prescription, home, mail, then I down for nap while she reads paper. Up and feed girls. Computer and work rest of afternoon - she, too. Dinner, then call Uncle George. Later ~

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Helped her at hall this morning because Crystal is up in Herkey Creek. Home then get ready and drive up 74 to Herkey Creek for Unity Day Picnic. Hamburgers and hotdogs; friends and fun. Home, feed girls, and I down for nap. Up and make dinner and we eat. Call Uncle George. I putz at computer. Later ~

Saturday, July 07, 2007

I have letter to the editor in newspaper:

Cut off the help now
In regard to the July 1 Valley Voice written by Larry Gibson ("Hollering and anger not fixing immigration").
He asks, "What would you do if your country was so corrupt you couldn't make a living or support your family?" He follows by saying he'd "be over that border in a flash," if it was him.

Now I ask, don't these lawbreakers have any love for their own country? Have they given up the thought of revolution? Gibson also says that these (illegal) Hispanics are here to stay and that we should "just as well accept that and shelve the intolerance," which, according to him is "find them, jail them, then kick them out."

He summarizes by saying he has no magic bullets that might solve this problem. Well how about this one? Cut off all welfare and hospital care to any person who cannot prove they are a citizen of the United States of America.

Then follow that up by passing a law that says a baby born to a noncitizen is not automatically awarded citizenship.

Stephen Lodge
Rancho Mirage


Home then to her place of employment after meeting - drop her at nail appointment, then to grocery shopping. Home and put stuff away. Back and pick her up and we pick up some prescriptions then home. Lunch. I down for nap, she in later. Up and feed girls. I work at computer while she watches golf. fix dinner and we eat. Later ~

Friday, July 06, 2007

Straight home after meeting to wait for call from her physical therapist. No call. I gas up Scion and drop package at UPS place. Home and get her and take her to work; then I take van for gas and back. Take her to AAA in La Quinta to get her temporary handicapped sign. Stop for chili-cheese hot dogs and ice cream. Home and down for nap. Up and feed girls. Beth's PT here and they work out in bedroom. I work at computer. Call Uncle George. Meet sister Sharon and Bill at Mimi's for din. Home, she shower. I do trash. Later ~

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Brought Beth home after meeting, then dropped her off at her place of employment. I take her employers' van to car wash, then to Pier One to pick up chairs we bought yesterday. Home and neighbor Ron helps me move and load chairs. Back to her employers' place, pick her up and home, Lunch, then I off to Indio for monthly Conservative Round table Lunch. Home, feed girls, and down for nap. Up and we to Indian wells and meet AC guy at Edie's. Shop on way home for pillows. Fix her dinner; I don't feel up to eating. Office. Later ~

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Celebrated Bill White's 20th birthday today. After, to her place of employment and she checks messages while I start cars. Home. She keeps busy while I work at computer cleaning up latest essay. We have lunch together then back to computer and post essay on Author's den and send it to friends. Down for nap with her. Up and feed girls while she continues to nap. She up, then we to hall for hot dogs and beans. Stay for clean up (she couldn't help herself); then home for ice cream; call Uncle George; then more time in office. Later ~

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Home after the meeting then take her to her place of employment. I to market and pick up prescription and some food. Home and start writing, then she calls and wants to come home. Over to pick her up and we're just about out of the gate when some workers show up; so leave her there and back home. I write. To pick her up before noon and we pick up some tostadas. Home and eat. I down for nap while she's at her computer. She finally down for rest as I'm getting up. Feed girl early. Her physical therapist here and they do their thing while I write. Finally finish my essay. Now she'll edit for typos. Fix dinner and we eat. To office and order some parts for her Igloo containers. Call Uncle George; than back to office. Later ~

Monday, July 02, 2007

We to meeting then home. Drop her off at her place of employment; then drop UPS package, and return cushion to Yes I Can. Home for minute, then to Eisenhower for 10:15 appointment with Dr. Stone. I get good report. Pick up Beth at work and we home. Fix lunch and we eat. I check e-mail then down for nap. She stay up and read. I up and feed girls. I forgot to check at high noon but right now at 7:16 pm, it's still 114 degrees outside. Work on computer all afternoon installing programs. Fix dinner and we eat. Get trash ready to go out tomorrow. Robert by to fix sprinkler leak. Later ~

Sunday, July 01, 2007

She up and I sleep in; then up at 5:30 and take her to hall to help Crystal. I home and get myself presentable. Pick her up and to hall then we to ABC Breakfast: with Bill and Sunny White. By Edie's on way home, then home and I to computer and check e-mail. Snack and finish paper. Work on latest essay, then I down for nap. Up and feed girls. She watching ladies' golf and doing my pill boxes. Continue on essay. Fix dinner and we eat. Call Uncle George, then I back to computer and work with new programs. Later ~