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

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Our Rancho Mirage Home

Uncle George is hanging in there for now. So is Jim Farrell. Home after meeting and check e-mail. Snack and run through BTS manuscript for more errors, etc. Work on essay some more. Talk Beth. Watch some Gene Autry when I eat lunch. Down for nap. Up and drive to Palm Desert and pick up Bette's guitar. Home and back to computer. Beth home and we talk - then we eat. She off to H&I meeting. I install new program and try to view photos George Coan sent me. I think Beth just drove in. HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Later ~

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

My Uncle George (L) with Annie Oakley (Gail Davis)

Stop at Office Depot and drop off script for Xeroxing. By market and shop for a few things. Home and check e-mail. Work on essay for a while, snack on muffin. E-mail from Jerry Schneider re BTS manuscript. Watch a little bit of "I Married a Communist". To Office Depot and pic up script. To Musician's Outlet to get guitar and find it's not ready. Guy promises it will be ready tomorrow. Home and eat lunch. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. To post office and mail script. Home and work on essay rest of afternoon, Beth home and we eat. Call LeRoy re: Jimmy; and St. Joseph's re: Uncle George, Watch recording of last night's CSI Miami. Beth showers and I write here. Later ~

Monday, October 29, 2007

Jimmy Farrell and his dog Bella

By grocery store after meeting and pick up several items. Home and check e-mail with popcorn. Work a little on my new essay. Beth calls, then she meets me at Ramona Tire so we can get the Expedition a lube and oil change, Drops me at home and I return to the computer and my essay. Call Tony Brubaker and ask about e-mail Dave had sent me saying he'd had another heart attack. He hadn't. Lunch with Jimmy Stewart and "Winchester '73". Down for nap, Up and feed girls. Clean dog hair off front door mat. Talk to Harry. Call about Bette's guitar. Beth called and told me that LeRoy told her Jimmy Farrell was taken to the hospital. He'll keep us informed. Work more on essay. Beth home, picks me up, and we go and get Expedition. Home and mail. I cook and we eat. To office together and I write here. Maybe TV after this. Later ~

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Oberon, ND Hotel, where my birth father grew up.

Sleep in day for me while Beth heads for the Hall. I up at 6:00 o'clock. Shower, check e-mail, and dress. Cook breakfast and eat with paper. Out to gas up the Ford and see Nader. Beth home and we talk. I start to get ready to vacuum the floors but she wants to try out new shop vac; so I'm off the hook. I make lunch and we eat. Then I down for early (2 1/2 hour) nap. Up and feed girls. Beth on phone with Shannon in Texas. We talk for awhile. I go through a box of documents. Start writing a new essay. Cook dinner and we eat. Both of us to office and I continue to write. Call Uncle George. She watches World Series while i continue to write. Later ~

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Uncle George and Aunt Bette many years ago

Home after meeting and gas up. Beth home and we pack it up and take off for Glendale and Burbank to see Uncle George. Stop at his home in Glendale and check phone messages; talk to neighbors; finish up a few things. To Burbank Health Care and visit with Uncle George for a couple of hours. Took him some Mexican food (he wasn't ready for it) - and some candy (he ate two, small pieces. Showed him pictures we took on our Texas trip; plus some of our house - int and ext; plus photos of our car and dogs. Head home at three - back in two hours. Check messages and e-mail. Cook and eat. Look through some old books and watch World Series. Later ~

Friday, October 26, 2007

Beth driving us home from Texas

Home after meeting and snack on popcorn while checking e-mail. Off to Sam's Club before 10:00 to shop for hall. Call Tom Snow. Home and to computer and work. Watch conclusion of 1957 version of "3:10 to Yuma" at lunch time. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Drive to Office Depot and pick up some ink cartridges. Home and sweep. To office and work some more. Beth home and we eat. TV RECORDING of "Without a Trace." Later ~

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Smoke from fires - taken from our front porch

Change cars after meeting and home. To get her car washed and by post office. Home and snack, then check e-mail, etc. To bank for Beth then home again. Watch original "3:10 to Yuma" for a while with lunch. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Do a few more chores for Beth then back to computer. To pick up prescription and get photos made from disc. Home. Take picture of sun through the smoke. She home soon after. We eat; office, then TV recording of "Cane." Later ~

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lunch on Lake Travis last week with Shannon and her son Greg and his wife, Roxanne

Grocery shopping after meeting to restock house. Home and to computer, check e-mail, etc. Spend some time putting photos on a disc for Uncle George and others; plus putting manuscript on disc for Jerry Schneider. Sean Keating brings Beth's computer back and sets it up. Lunch and TV with Gene Autry. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. To Long's and drop off disc for photos. PO with Jerry disc and mail it. Home. Put together new shop vac then vacuum house. Get stuff from shed for Beth to loan Sally. Office and check and answer e-mail. Beth home. Do a few more chores, then fix dinner and we eat. Watch beginning of Series. To office with Beth and we both work. TV later with Beth. Later ~

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Seven Day Trip to Texas for my Sister's Birthday

With Sister Shannon on her Birthday

On Tuesday, October 16, Beth and I got up and took off for Austin, Texas. We made it to Las Cruces, NM the first day; then to Fredericksburg, TX the second day. On Thursday the 18th - Sister Shannon's birthday and my transplant anniversary - we continued on toward Austin, stopping to take a tour of the Johnson Ranch, near Johnson City, Tx. On to Austin and we stay in motel so we won't mess up the surprise. Change and Conrad, Shannon's husband, picks us up and we to a nice restaurant where we wait and wait, and wait. Finally all show up and we were, indeed, a surprise for Shannon. Birthday dinner and cake; then they - Shannon and Conrad, drive us back to our hotel. The next day we move to their house where we stayed until last Monday. While there we were treated royally and met their friends and family. Out to eat a few times; in to eat. Talk and TV. Shannon and Beth shopped 'til they dropped on Sunday, then we took off early on Monday, spending the first night in Demming, NM. Today, we got up early and headed for home. Stopping several times for food and gas, we got home around 2:00 p.m. Girls were excited to see us as were we excited to see them. Bye to our dog sitter, LeRoy. Then it was unload and unpack. I tried a short nap and got up. Fed girls. Out for pizza; eat; check news for fires for first time. In here to write this. Later ~

Monday, October 15, 2007

My Egyptain friend, Nader

Pick up mail at Edie's then home to check my e-mail. Sean by to pick up Beth's computer. Work on Behind the Scenes manuscript all day - proofing, etc. Correspond with Jerry a few times to get things right. Lunch with Roy Rogers. Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. More work on book. Beth home and we eat. Call Uncle George. More on computer while she showers. Later ~

Sunday, October 14, 2007

My old friend, Bobby Diamond

Up early and to Hall with Beth. Grocery shop then home and stop and gas up. Home and talk, then I sweep house and she mops. Work on Behind the Scenes for a while. Lunch with her; then down for long nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Sit with Beth while she does my pill boxes. To office and work some more on proofing book. Stop for dinner; then she off to new meeting at Hall. I continue to work on book. Call rest home and leave message for Uncle George. Later ~

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Home after meeting and get ready, then we off to Glendale-Burbank. Arrived in less than two hours - good. Lunch and shoot pics of Uncle George's cars. Then we drive to Burbank to see Uncle George. He's depressed over the infection in his foot. We brought him orange chicken and he only had one bite; but enjoyed his fortune cookie. We talked and chatted about the old days in the movie business and that brought him out of his downer. When we left at 2:30, he was in a fairly good mood - wouldn't let go of our hands. Leave for home at 3:00 - arrive in less than two hours. Traffic good today. Check e-mails then she eat leftovers, I have a bowl of cereal. She showers. Then we watch recording of Without a Trace. Later ~

Friday, October 12, 2007

Beth and I at Reagan Museum a year ago

Drop script at post office on way home from meeting. Home and work at computer until it's time to go by bank and on to Sherry's for haircut. To Eisenhower and drop off some papers with Glenda for Dr, Stone to fill out. Home and work on Behind the Scenes manuscript for a while. Sweep. Lunch and TV with Bill Elliott for a while. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. To computer - Beth calls and I drive over to her place of employment to meet cops as the alarm went off. Walk through and cop leaves. Beth by and we talk and lock up. I to pharmacy (through bad traffic jam) to pick up meds. Home the back way. Computer, then she home. We eat. To office. Now 'we're going to watch a recording of CSI. Later ~

Thursday, October 11, 2007

George Coan and I shooting the bull

Stay after meeting and help Brian tighten screws on chairs. Home and snack; then check e-mail. To work on checking spelling on Behind the Scenes manuscript. To credit union at 9:30 and withdraw; to bank an deposit. Home for more work on BTS. Noon, meet Harry, Tom, George, and Norman, for lunch at Mimi's. Home and down for nap. Up and check messages - call from production company regarding one of my scripts. Call back and they want to see CSTO!. Spend some time looking for copy; then print one using a .pdf file of script. Put it all together and address envelope. Will mail in a.m. - Beth home, we eat. Talk at table; then I call Uncle George's nursing home and leave message. To office and write here. Later ~

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

George Coan and me - his camera

Home after meeting and dropping CD of book off at post office for mail to Jerry Schneider. Pick up snack, then home and into Behind the Scenes book table of contents. Off to Sam's Club at 10:00. Shop, then home in time for lunch with Gene Autry. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to office and start in on proofing manuscript using Beth's proofed sample. Beth home and we eat. After she showers, we watch TV recording of NCIS. Back to office; then bed. Later ~

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Jack McElroy bites the Corriganville dust

Home after meeting and dive into BTS book once again. Popcorn for snack. Reply from Jerry about my problem trying to e-mail manuscript as attachment. I spend rest of morning trying to get it ready for .pdf copy. Talk to Beth. Stop for lunch and a little Buster Crabbe and Al "Fuzzy" St.John PRC Western. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Sort mail and sweep. Back to office and continue readying manuscript for .pdf. Make two tries and things keep slipping - text mostly. Beth home and we eat and talk. To office and continue with .pfd bull. I sure hope it works. Later ~

Monday, October 08, 2007

Tom Snow

Took camera to meeting to show Sue pics we took yesterday. Snapped one of my friend, Tom Snow. Gas up on way home. Hit the computer as soon as I get home. Work on Behind the Scenes book until lunch time. TV with lunch - no more B-Westerns at noon. Today it was an Italian job with Alex Cord. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to computer and eliminate two chapters I can't come up with photos for. Then pull book together and make CD. Beth home ant we talk then eat. I put out trash and she takes shower. I work with computer for a while and she joins me. She will watch Dancing with the Stars tonight while I sleep (hopefully). Later ~

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Uncle George with pizza

Up at 4:00 am - shower and eat. To Hall with Beth to help out. Home and get ready then off for Glendale and Burbank. Arrive in two hours. Go through house, ck messages, water lawns. Take some pictures, and clean up back porch. Pick up pizza, then drive over to Burbank Health Care to see Uncle George. Give him pizza; he's in food heaven - he hasn't tasted pizza in he didn't know how long. We didn't need to wear protective clothing. Talked for about an hour and a half; took his picture. Then we drive home, picking up some tostadas on way. Unpack and eat. Both of us to office. Later ~

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Pappy and Harriett's at Pioneertown

Straight home after meeting and dive into finishing QM chapter. Sweep whole house for mopping. Beth home and we both office. I fix her a sandwich then I take off for Pioneerotwn. Pioneertown loaded with bikers - big motorcycle event in Palm Springs this weekend. Find George at the Pioneertown motel. He's with his wife, son Jack, his son's wife, and another gentleman. Take pics in Gene Autry room where he's staying. Then we walk the street and shoot pictures. To Pappy and Harriett's for lunch with a room full of bikers. After we to gunfights; see Ernie Kester. George not there and we find him in his room with his wife. They off to gunfights, and I head for home. Work on scanning some, then download photos. Get her a Ruby's fish tack dinner and we eat. After, call Uncle George and actually get to talk to him. Then we watch recording of "Without a Trace." I office while she showers. Later ~

Friday, October 05, 2007

Quinn Martin

Shop for groceries after meeting because I may not be home on Sat. Home and right to computer with snack - check e-mail and start in on Quinn Martin show chapter. Find pictures I need, so far. Stop for lunch and some TV. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Call Ron for him to feed them on Sunday. Call George Coan - they're in Sylmar, on way to see Corriganville today. I will meet them at noon at Pioneertown tomorrow. More work on OM Chapter. Beth home and we talk. I cook and we eat. Watch recorded CSI show. Office and write here. Later ~


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Bob Boze Bell Arizona cloud photo

To hall and do chores then to lab draw. Home and check e-mail. Add new photo from Jerry of Corriganville Silvertown main Street - a much clearer photo. Check entire manuscript for photo contrast and reset some higher and lower. Talk Beth. To bank and back. Of course FedEx tried to deliver a package she's been waiting for days for while I was out for those ten to fifteen minutes. Call her. I drive to Indio for Roundtable lunch - I'm early so stop by Leather Plus and see Joel and Kim. Lunch at Indio Chinese place with our conservative group; then home. Sweep and call Beth. FedEx package is delivered - call her and leave it on bench. Feed girls and down for late nap. Up and to computer and work on BTS book a little. Sweep some more. Beth home and we eat. Call Uncle George's rest home and leave message. His doctor who has been promising to go by to see him for three days now, still hasn't shown up. We watch recording of NCIS. She showers. Both to office. Later ~

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sam Peckinpah

Straight home after meeting, then after snack of popcorn and check of e-mails, I begin working on Behind the Scenes book by scanning photos. Work mostly on Sam Peckinpah chapter and finally finish it. Stop for lunch and eat with TV. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to computer and work some more on BTS book. Beth home and we eat. Call facility and leave message for Uncle George. Beth talks to health care people. After dinner, she washes hair and we watch recording or "Cane" - pretty good show. To office and some work, then: Later ~

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Rio Diablo writers collage

To post office after meeting then home. Check e-mail, sweep, and putz on computer until 9:30 - then off to Sam's Club to shop for Hall. Home and turn on TV. Make lunch and eat and watch Gene Autry movie. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Cristal not too hungry. Computer and work on Behind the Scenes book - Rio Diablo chapter. Beth home and I cook and we eat. We watch recording of Monday's CSI Miami. Call and leave message for Uncle George. To office - write here. Later ~

Monday, October 01, 2007

Gene Barry as Bat Masterson

Beth leaves meeting early for an appointment. I home after meeting. Take Ford down for car wash. Home again and dive into work on Behind the Scenes book. Work on and finish Gene Barry chapter. Putz around with some other chapters. Lunch with Gene Autry on Western Channel. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Back to work on BTS book. To tire shop and pick up a tire for Beth's gardeners. Home. Computer. Beth home and we eat. She talk to Uncle George's attorney. Both of us to office. I do trash. Later ~