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

Friday, February 29, 2008

FINALLY - my gun-belt and holster arrived today, after many weeks of waiting. Now my 65th birthday present from Beth is complete.
Home from meeting and check e-mail and send a few myself. Send some queries; plus a thank you to an editor I know. Take off at 9:45 for Sam's to do Hall shopping. See Nader, the guy who runs the Exxon station on the corner. Home and send some e-mails; then meet Tom Snow and Harry Baddely at Baker's Square for lunch - George Widman joins us later. Home and gun-belt arrived. Insert dummy bullets in cartridge loops. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. To office and work at computer. Beth will be late tonight as she has an hair appointment. Beth home and we eat late. To office and work for a very short time. Later ~

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Straight home from meeting today but still call Mark out of habit. Home and check e-mail. Send some responses. Check on gunbelt shipment - it was passed through the Bell, CA shipping depot yesterday but didn't arrive today (US Postal System is very slow in these modern times). Steve Grippi by with more info on solar panels. Beth here to drop off some things and pick up same. I lunch and scan TV - watch end of High Society with Bing; Frank; and Grace Kelly. I like those old musicals - nothing like them being made today; too bad. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Beth's at doctor. She is now butterfly bandaged and healing nicely. Episode while she was at doctor's with employers' dog maybe being sick; but turned out to be minor. I spend PM working at computer and sending several queries. Waiting for Beth. Beth home and we eat and talk. Set TV to record "Lost." We both to office to work; then she shower - no have to change bandage any more. She only has two butterfly bandages over wound. Bed. Later ~

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Filming the Shootout on Kenny Rogers' Rio Diablo - 1992

William Buckley, Jr. died. His brother used to run a scenic backing business at Goldwyn Studios when I worked there and looked remarkably like his famous brother.
Drop off letter at post office for Beth after meeting, Home and check e-mail. Beth calls then I drive over to her place of employment and we to airport to pick up van and bring it back. Home and decide to have an early lunch. Eat while watching another Roy Rogers Show episode on DVD while eating. Beth home for shower and bandage dressing change. She back to work. I get e-mail advising me someone is interested in a script and to expect another person to to contact me about where to send it. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Work on computer and write some e-mails. Wait for Beth. She home and we eat. Bob and Eva over and we sign escrow papers while talking to Hermine (realtor) over phone. Fax papers to Hermine. They leave. Beth will be home soon then it's another shower and bandage dressing change for her; and finally bed for all. Later ~

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Beth just before same-day surgery last week

Stopped by Mark's at COD and picked up latest (corrected) CD of book's content, By Sav-on and pick up some prescriptions for me. Buy new pair of sun-glasses. Home and check e-mail. Jerry has sent cover with ISBN imprinted. Begin the upload process once again. Content upload worked just fine, but had trouble with cover upload. Called Jerry and he figured out our problem. Uploaded cover; then wrote description; and ordered first (preliminary) copy. Should be here within a week; picked a price: $24.95; and put in a bunch of key words. E-mailed Jerry, Mark, and Rod that all this had all been done. Beth home and we have lunch together. She showers and change bandage dressing. She leaves. I down for nap - BUT - Hermine the realtor calls, then faxes seller-buyer agreement for George's house. Call brother Bob and he says he'll be over in an hour. Try to nap again but Bob calls back and they're on way over. Bob and Eva here and we sign agreement. Fax it to Hermine (Now it will go into 30-day escrow). They leave. I work at computer. Beth is at doctor at same time. I feed girls and back to work on book publicity. Beth hoome - she will get stitches on Thursday. We're going out to dinner tonight in Indio: they're having this event to honor those who go into the jails and take our progrqm to the inmates. Later ~

Monday, February 25, 2008

Pamela Duncan and Jimmy "Shamrock" Ellison

Stop at market and Office Depot on way home from meeting then on to College of the Desert to meet with Mark and get CD of final .PDF of book. Home; and find Jerry has sent final wrap-around cover, spine, and back cover for up-loading. Talk Beth. Begin up-loading process with frequent calls to Jerry as I go step by step. Turns out it was as easy as Jerry said it would be. I'm uploaded - And ... Action! is about to become a book. Hermine calls then faxes papers on counter offer for George's house which I sign and send back. I make lunch and watch a Roy Rogers Show segment while eating. That was followed by Trigger, Jr. on the Western channel, but I have other things to do. Beth home and showers; we change bandage dressing after and she heads back to work. Finish up at computer. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Check and open mail. talk brother Bob and buyer has made counter offer and we decide to make a final counter. he calls Hermine. I to office and work. Bob calls: Hermine says "it's a deal." Papers will be drawn up and we should have something solid this evening. Waiting for Beth to tell her news. She calls, then picks me up and we to P.J. Chang's for a farewell to Chad dinner. Chad is leaving the employ of Beth's employer. We home and get ready for bed. Trash out. Later ~

Sunday, February 24, 2008

My Friend Always - Frank Q. Dobbs - Rest in Peace

Sleep in day (well, almost). Beth up and I help her change her bandage; she off to Hall. Back to bed and up for good at 6:00. Shower and dress; breakfast and paper; trim beard; start to vacuum. Beth home. I continue and finish vacuuming. Beth mops tiles; then dusts. We down to early lunch and talk at table. E-mail Tom Snow. Down for nap at noon. She works in office. I up and feed girls around 2:30. To office and work at computer. Call from my sister, Shannon - bring each other up to date. Beth to Hall annual meeting and election. I stay here on computer. She'll come home and we'll have dinner. Another shower and bandage change, then it'll be early to bed one more time. Later ~

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thought it was about time for a Duke shot

Grocery shopping after meeting (she to Edie's). Home and unpack then put away. Check e-mail. Call Tom Snow. Dry some bed sheets for Beth. Work at computer scanning photos for Beth's employer. She home from Edie's and shower and change bandage. Then she off to nail appointment. I eat and read paper. Then down for nap. Up and feed girls. She's already home - ironing. I read mail; then to office and scan photos for Beth's employer on computer. She's hungry so we eat early. She showers and we change bandage once again (have to so this routine three times per day). Then we watch recording of Lost we made on Thursday. She to bed while I write here. E-mail from Cheryl Rogers-Barnett regarding locations used in her parents' TV show. E-mail from Lou Bartoletti. I reply, then get ready and to bed. Later ~

Friday, February 22, 2008

Beth's bandage - after her sugery

RAIN - Beth got through the night all right. We to Hall and do chores before meeting - she leaves 15 minutes before I do then I meet her at airport (she took van for employers). Take her to work. I home and check e-mail; hi Robert our gardener; then back to pick up Beth and take her to Eisenhower (Dolores Hope Building) for same-day surgery, We arrive at 10:00. By 11:00 they take her in to get her ready. Quarter to 12:00 I'm allowed in to visit with her. Around 1:15 Beth sends me down for lunch (she can't eat). I meet carol Davis in lunch room and we chat. Back up to prep room and she's still waiting. Almost everyone else has gone. They finally take her and I to waiting room. Short procedure; she's out before you knew it. Take her home. She checks Surveillance and finds her employers not there yet; calls Susan. Drive her over to her place of employment so she can run dog in wind. I call Mark and decide we'll wait until Jerry gets the cover .pdf to us before we'll upload. I drive Susan home. When I get home I put away her car. In and talk Beth. We take very short nap. Eva called and someone's interested in George's house and Hermine will write up offer and fax it. Beth and I down for quick nap. Ross calls. We up and I take photo of Beth bandage so we can re-dress the same way. She showers then we re-bandage wound. I set up for dinner and we eat light. She to bed and TV; I write here. I may try Ross tonight. Then I'll hit the sack. Later ~

Thursday, February 21, 2008

With my wife, Beth,(taken at the ABC Recovery Center, in Indio)

Leave meeting early and meet Beth at her place of employment where she's running the dog. I go with her to the dermatologist where they work on her right arm again (they cut into a large bump on her arm yesterday). Today they unpacked the wound and probed; finally decided to send her to a surgeon, To surgeon and he takes a look and schedules her for same-day surgery tomorrow. Back to her place of employment and run dog with her; then drove home. Check e-mail and make lunch. Eat while watching a Roy Rogers Show DVD. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Check mail. Jerry sent e-mail saying it's a go on up loading book to Lulu. Call him and talk. Try it but realize I don't have the latest version, Try call Mark; He's not answering. I'll wait on uploading. Beth should be home shortly. She won't be feeling that good so we'll probably have an early dinner and she'll go to bed. I, of course, will follow her shortly after. Later ~

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Stop at Office Depot after meeting and leave stuff for Xeroxing. Home and check e-mail. Work at computer. Steve Grippi by to measure roof for solar panels. Watch "The Virginian" with Joel McCrea on Western Channel while having an early lunch. Call Butte County Registrar's Office to have forms sent to us. Call Beth. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Open mail. Back to office and work at computer - answer e-mails. Beth calls - she's been to dermatologist and they lanced bump on her arm. She'll be home soon. I'll be a nurse for a few days. Later ~

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Roy Rogers and Trigger (my 8 mm blowup)

Call Mark; then Haircut after meeting. Home and check e-mail; on to college and get new disc from Mark. Home, package it and on to post office and mail to Jerry. Banking. Home and down to work on BBQ flyer on new program. Talk Beth then try getting death certificate online - no luck. Lunch and Roy Rogers TV Show on DVD. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Open mail. Back to computer and try to make up dinner tickets for BBQ - no luck. Beth should be home from work soon. Later ~

Monday, February 18, 2008

Roy and Dale

Straight home after meeting and check e-mail. Mick here doing pool. Work at computer for a while; then watch "Cowboy," with Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon while eating lunch. Talk Beth. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Spend afternoon at computer - e-mail back and forth with Burt Dubrow re: locations used on Roy Rogers Show. Call and talk to Ed Mohler. Beth home and we eat. She still not feeling that good, so we to office; then she shower and bed. I'll follow shortly. Later ~

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Our old view

Sleep in day. Up to call Beth, but she beats me to it. Back bed, then up 5:45. Strip bed. Shower and dress. Breakfast and paper. Trim beard then vacuum tile. Beth home from Hall. Her cold is still pretty bad. I mop house while she dusts. She makes bed. She to work and runs dog. I make up Mexican chip dip stuff. Beth home. Bob and Eva here with dip plate. We eat and discuss George's Trust. They leave, then Beth does my pill boxes. We both down for nap. She up and off to feed her boss' dog. I up and check e-mails, etc. She'll be back shortly and we'll have dinner. Then she'll head back to her place of employment to spend the night with the animals. Later ~


Saturday, February 16, 2008

Many, many years ago when I was younger

Grocery Shopping after meeting - see Sue at market. Home and put stuff away. Check e-mail while snacking on pretzels. Watch an old Bob Steel PRC Billy the Kid movie from DVD Mark gave me. Back to computer. Lunch. Beth home. Mail; then I down for nap. She cancels her nail appointment because of her cold. I up from nap and feed girls. To office and we search for info on George's neice, Sharon. Find some info and call Eva and tell her. Beth over to her place of employment to run and feed dog. I stay here and search for people on computer. She'll be back for dinner; we might watch recording of "Lost" on TV; then she's off to her place of employment for the night. Later ~

Friday, February 15, 2008

"Joe" - one of the animals Beth is caring for

Home after meeting and check e-mail. Putz around on computer; then off to Sam's Club after bug-spray guy here. Home after shopping. Cook and eat lunch while watching a Roy Rogers Show segment on DVD. Talk Beth. Mail. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Open mail. Beth calls: wants me to take Susan home. To pick up Susan and take her home. I back home. Beth picks me up and we to bank to open an account. Stop for Mexican dinner on way home. Home and both to office. Now, she'll shower; then pack up and go to her place of employment where she's spending the night with the animals while her employers are out of town. Later ~

Thursday: February 14, 2008

With Neil Summers at Lone Pine

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Beth and I talk with Steve Grippi after meeting on solar energy. I call Mark, then home to get old disc version of manuscript. To college and meet with Mark. Maybe problems - call Jerry - problems are less than we thought. Mark makes new .pdf which I stop at post office and mail to Jerry. To Harry and Annie's to work with them on their new TV system - which I really don't know much about. Home; fix lunch and work at computer while copying a movie from tape to DVD. No nap. Work proofing manuscript the rest of the afternoon. Call brother Bob. We'll meet Sunday. Finish proofing. Beth home and we eat. Both to office and work. She showers, then she off to employer's where she's spending the night taking care of the animals. Later ~

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lone Ranger's Hat, Mask, and Gunbelt - Clayton Moore Memorial

Stop by Vons on way home from meeting and do a small shopping. Home; check e-mail. News from Jerry - stuff still wrong with .pdf -Forward to Mark, who's taking his son to doctor today. Will talk to him tomorrow. Proof more on manuscript .pdf. Steve Grippi here and shows me info on solar energy - leaves packet for Beth. I take new Wrangler Jeans to Tony the tailor for shortening. Home; make lunch and eat while watching a Western on Western Channel. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Check mail, then back to proofing .pdf. Sweep. Beth home and we eat. Both of us in office now as she tries to catch up on paper work. She'll shower, then go over to her place of employment where she'll spend the night with animals. Later ~

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Steve Grippi

Stop by Office Depot after meeting and pick up CD-RWs for Mark; plus ink cartridges for us. By college and drop off discs to Mark; then home. Check e-mail. Call Jack Bent about picture hanging and Steve Grippi about solar panels. Sit down to go through .pdf for content, spelling, and whatever else. Stop for lunch and watch Fort Bowie on Western Channel (my Uncle George worked on Fort Bowie). Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Check then go through mail. Jack by and takes painting to get it strung. He brings it back and after he leaves, I hang it where Beth wanted it to go. To garage and replace garage door lights. Back to office and resume reading .pdf. Beth on way home. I'm off to start dinner. She'll shower here then spend night at her employers' again to be with their dogs. Later ~

Monday, February 11, 2008

Our Misty

Home after meeting to pick up Misty; then we to vet. Her ears are clear. No more meds except for some drops once a week for eight weeks. Home. Check e-mail. E-mail from Jerry with comments on book .pdf we sent on Friday. Forward the e-mail to Mark. Take envelopes back to Office Depot and exchange for others. On to college and meet with Mark for a couple of hours. We talk with Jerry by phone. Correct manuscript and make new .pdf. I home and eat lunch and TV. Joel McCrea Western on Western Channel. Feed girls early. Down for nap. Up and work on checking .pdf. Beth home and we eat. She showers and will be going over to her place of employment to spend night with animals. Later ~

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dennis Waterman, Diane Mountford, and me (1963)

Sleep in day. Finally up at 6:00 a.m. Shower and dress. Breakfast and paper. Vacuum tile. Trim beard. Beth home and she mops the floor. Lunch with Beth. I down for nap while she works in office. Up and feed girls. Beth to Maad Dog Daze Convention Meeting. I scan old photo of me and Dennis Waterman; watch DVD: George Stevens bio documentary - Great. Beth home. I to Ruby's and pick up fish tacos for her. Home and we eat. She on phone. She'll shower, get ready, then drive over to her place of employment for night. Later ~

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Brad Johnson, Gail Davis, and Me

Grocery shopping after meeting. Home, unpack and put stuff away. Check e-mail. Beth home and then we drive to Fantasy Springs Casino for a Home and Garden Show (she wanted to check on solar paneling costs). Lunch there - hot-dog with stale bun; then drive home. She down for nap. I do a few things then down for nap with her. We up and she to her place of employment to feed dog and do some shopping. I fix dinner. I expect she'll get home; we'll eat. Then there's a good chance we'll watch "Lost" - recorded it on the digital recorder Thursday. Later ~

Friday, February 08, 2008

Barry Morse (directing The Fugitive)- Rest in Peace, Barry

Stop by college after meeting - and call to Ross Salomone - to see Mark Rizzo; we finalize manuscript, talk to Jerry Schneider and work out details. I home and check e-mail then package a disc containing a word and a .PDF file of book for Jerry. To post office and mail disc; then on to Mexican place for lunch with Tom Snow; George Widman; Harry Baddelly; David Bradshaw; and Norman Foster. Home, call Beth, then down for nap. Up and feed girls. To office and go through .PDF file to make sure photos look all right. Beth on way home. We'll eat; she'll shower; then she'll head to her place of employment for the night. Later ~

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Mark Rizzo works editing content for my manuscript

To college after meeting to meet with Mark - we're getting closer. On to home and check e-mail. More proofing. Call from real estate lady and need to drop price on George's house. Call Beth and Bobby and agree. Bobby calls her back. I off to Indio for monthly Conservative Round Table lunch. Stop by and see Joel Peters. At lunch we mostly talk about Romney pulling out today and other options. Drive home. Feed girls; then down for nap later than usual. Up and do some chores - new jeans came and I pull off tags. Cologne came by UPS. Talk Mark. We have a page count problem - I should to use the word, "issue" I suppose. Keep on proofing. Beth home and we eat. Rub her sore neck with Ben-gay. She showers. In a while she'll be off to her place of employment where she's staying for a few days while her employers' are out of town. Later ~

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger

Today is my 65th Birthday. After meeting, I meet Beth at Sherry's hair salon for a birthday kiss and hug. Call Mark. Home and check e-mail. Immediately dive into proofing manuscript. To bank and make deposits for her. Home and back to proofing. Stop for lunch and a DVD Lone Ranger show, first two episodes. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Talk Beth. Back to proofing until I reach a screwup I can't fix until I can talk to Mark. Sweep; then use brass polish on my phony bullets for gunbelt - they shined up real nice. Back to office and puter. Call in for birthday pizza; Beth will pick it up on way home. Beth here with pizza and we eat and celebrate. Both of us to office. I putz around and write here. Beth will shower, as usual; then drive back to her place of employment where she's staying presently, while her employers are out of town. Later ~

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Bonus Photo Post

Final Cover for My new Book

With Mary - my Honkers wardrobe lady

Up and to Hall with Beth - do chores and talk to the gang for a few minutes. To Eisenhower for blood draw. Wait over an hour for my 7:00a.m. appointment(stayed cool). Pick up prescriptions at Savon. Call Mark and to by college - final touches to front cover. Home and e-mail cover (.Tiff) to Jerry. Call then drive to Palm Desert and pick up my birthday present from Beth at store. Home and fix lunch. Watch a Family Affair episode while eating. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Check mail. To office and work on proofing final manuscript. Beth home and we eat. To office and work (write here). She shower and to her place of employment for the night. Later ~

Monday, February 04, 2008

Mark Rizzo

Take pictures with Mary after meeting. Call Mark then over to college. Spend 45-min with him on book. He gives me an early birthday present of four DVD boxes of Westerns. Home and check e-mail. Beth calls. Make her lunch, then to bank, then on to her place of employment to take her lunch. Sit with her while she eats; then home. Make lunch for myself; then watch Cisco Kid and Roy Rogers Show from new DVDs. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Start into final read-through of manuscript. Beth home and we eat. She works in office and I continue working (reading). She leaves for her place of employment where she's spending the night with the animals. I write here. Later ~

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Wagon burning at Corriganville 50 yrsrs ago

Sleep in day. Beth up and to Hall. I up 6:00 am. Shower and dress. No paper. Breakfast with TV. Trim beard. Beth home and we off to ABC monthly breakfast. Meet the Whites and Mary there. Dick Payne calls from Ohio. See Damon and John. Pics with Mary. By airport and pick up Beth's employers' car and on to her place of employment to drop it off car. Home. I delete Mary pics by mistake. Watch some pre-superbowl. She dusts and does my pills. I down for nap. Up and feed girls. Super bowl starts. Beth to her work to let dog out. I watch game. it's half-time now and since I don't care for that kind of music I thought I'd write here. Beth will be back for dinner; then she goes back to her place of employment to spend the night. Girls and I will be here - lonesome for her. Later ~

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Tom Snow and his 2nd wife

Celebrated my 26th birthday at meeting. Mary will meet us at ABC breakfast tomorrow. Grocery shopping after; then to Office Depot for Beth. Home and check e-mail. Vacuum tile. Beth home and she mops. She feels lousy. I have lunch and we talk (she no eat). She lays down for a while (still bad stomach and other aches and pains). I work in office. Get her up at 1:00 so she can go to nail appointment. I down for my nap. Up and feed girls. To office and read e-mail. Tom Snow sent photo of him and second wife. Beth home. She to office to catch up on work. I to Exxon on corner to show uncle George's pictures of Haifa, Israel to Fadi who is was born there. Home and join Beth in office. I predict we'll have dinner and watch Lost (finally). Later ~

Friday, February 01, 2008

Russell Hayden

Straight to College of the Desert after meeting to work with Mark. He finishes up back cover and gives that to me along with the updated final of the whole manuscript. Home, check e-mail, then to car wash with her car. Home and get Sam's list and on to her place of employment and change cars. On to Sam's Club and shop for Hall. To Staples and get ink cartridges for Fax Machine then home. Sally left some of Beth's catering stuff and I put it away. Lunch is an apple while I work at computer. Send back cover to Jerry. Tina Hidleston by and pick up package for her daughter. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Mail. Back to computer and work on manuscript adjustments. Talk Mark about back cover and manuscript. Beth should be home soon. We might watch the "LOST" return show which we recorded last night, but I can't count on it. Later ~