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

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Day of the Memorial for John Livers - my birth-father.

Up and get ready. Meet Conrad & Shannon; Mike & Staci in dining area for breakfast with Jean, the dining room lady. To Colin and Theresa's for more breakfast and talk. To local cemetery at 1:00 for John's Memorial service. Back to house for rib & corn on the cob dinner and more TV and talk. Back hotel at 9:30 and bed. Later ~

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Book Talk & Signing in Sidney, Montana

Up 6:00 - get ready. Shannon & Conrad in dining room before we are. Joined by Staci & Mike. Eat and talk, off to Theresa & Colin's more talk and French toast and eggs. Their Son, Mike, and daughter, Stephanie arrive. We leave at 12:15. Back to hotel and I change. To MoDak Museum and set up. People show up including whole family. I do talk and book signing. Tour town. Hotel & change. To Colin & Theresa's for dinner and more talk. Hotel. She showers and washes her hair. I write here. Later ~

Friday, August 29, 2008

At Colin & Theresa's

Fort Union, North Dakota - on the Missiouri River

Up 6:00 AM - Both get ready and to breakfast in hotel Joined by Shannon and Conrad - watch McCain intro his vice president choice. To Colin and Theresa's for late brunch. We off to visit Fort Union on Missouri River. Take pics. Back to C&T's home. TALK AND DINNER, stacy and her family arrive. Talk and have fun, back to hotel 9:30 exhausted, She shower and. Later ~

Thursday, August 28, 2008

My Brother's Restaurant in Glendive, Montana

up 5:00 - Breakfast at hotel. She shops Walmart, Meet Shannon & Conrad at Billings airport. We follow them to Sidney - stop in Glendive to meet brother Colin and see his resraurant, Linda meets us. On to Sidney and ck into hotel, to Colin's & Theresa's Taco dinner. Watch O's speech and talk. Back hotel and bed by 10:00. Later ~

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Custer Battlefield Memorial - Montana

Up 4:00 AM in Evanston, Mt. Breakfast; pack and leave 7:30. Go up through Casper; Buffalo; and Sheridan. Stop at Custer Battlefield Memorial and take pics in hard wind. On to Billings, Mt through some rain. Check into motel, Dinnef and room. She showers. I write here. Later ~

Tuesday - Aug 26, 2008

First day on trip to Montana. Leave 5:06 AM - Arrive Evanston, Wy 7:00 PM mt time - 13-hours. Stay Best Wesrern. Check in and find room. To dinner at motel resturant. Back room and bed. Sleep around 9:30 PM

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bobby, Gene, and Me (left)

Pat Butram - Gene's sidekick

Stop at Palm Desert post office after meeting and mail book to fan; plus DVD to Tom Rolf. On to Office Depot and pick up a binder for Beth. To Tire place and have tires, belts, and fluids checked for trip; then home. Check e-mail and news sites. Popcorn with girls. Talk to Beth. Do some pulling of things I'm taking on trip. Fix lunch and eat while watching a Gene Autry Show I recorded earlier. Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Begin packing a few things. Install photo program on laptop for trip. Beth home and her car in garage; Ford in driveway for easier loading. Continue packing with Beth.
NOTE: I'll have laptop with me while out of town and will be able to receive and send e-mail.
Pack some more. Fix dinner and we eat. More packing. She shampoos her hair; then showers. Next blog from ??? ~

Sunday, August 24, 2008

From The Honkers - Jim Coburn; Steve Ihnat on Right

Night Shooting on The Honkers

Some of the Actors and Crew on The Honkers

Sleep in day. Beth up and off to Hall. I up by 6:00 - shower, dress and read paper with breakfast. Trim beard and tidy up for trip. Beth home and we bring in luggage from shed. Work at computer - e-mail from Tom Rolf and return e-mail. Copy Honkers tape to DVD for Tom. Fix lunch and we eat. I down for nap with girls. Beth does my pill boxes. Up and feed girls. Help her put away boxes - taking three weeks supply on trip. To office - address and package a book plus Tom's DVD. Beth joins me in office and we discuss trip. Call and order pizza. Pick up pizza. Home and we eat. Then we watch recording of Support Your Local Sheriff, with James Garner and Joan Hackett. Get ready for bed. Later ~

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tom Rolf - Center

Straight home after meeting (did shopping last week). Check e-mail and news sites. Vacuum and mop floors. Beth home and we talk. To computer; message from Tom Rolf (Film Editor on The Honkers). Fix lunch and we eat. Beth off to pick up my drugs. I down for nap with girls. I up and she's fed girls. Write a reply to Tom Rolf in NYC (his home is in UK). Putz around on computer and go over trip maps with Beth. Call James Jenkins in Florida where he's had 30 inches of rain due to Fay (hurricane). Fix dinner and we eat; then sit at table and talk for awhile. She waters plants outside. Both to office and work. Later ~

Friday, August 22, 2008

Walker Cabin at the Walker Ranch - Used in a Gazillion Westerns

Stop at Long's Drug Store to pick up a last minute item for trip. Home and check e-mail and news sites; snacking on corn nuts with girls. Talk Beth. Work for awhile on computer; then off to meet guys for Friday lunch. Harry Baddely; Tom Snow: George Widman; Norman Foster and myself. Stop by Beth's place of employment to pick up ironing then home. Have a cookie for desert with girls; then down for nap with same. Up and feed girls. Open mail. Back to office and work for awhile. Beth comes home early. We drive to Palm Springs to drop off new registration for one of her employers' cars. Home and we talk for a bit. She to office while I make dinner. We eat and talk. After - she trims oleanders on side of garage; I fix gate. Both back to office. Later ~

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Normal Summer Reading

Our Little Home in the Desert

Our Misty

Hopefully the final grocery shopping before trip after meeting. Home; unpack and put away. Popcorn with the girls. Check e-mail and news sites. Reply to some e-mails. Work at computer. LeRoy here to go over his calendar with him. Stop for lunch with TV - a PRC Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy St. John western. Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Bring in mail. Call Beth and she by and picks up check and to bank. I do some testing with my new Pentax. Get some nice shots of Misty and outside. Beth home - she's still not feeling that good. We talk; then both to office and work. I fix dinner for me; she's only up to some macaroni salad. Put out trash; then back to office to write here. Later ~

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Maltese Falcon - Production stills

To Hall and do chores and say to all. On to Eisenhower for blood draw; then to Hovely post office - not open until 8:30. Stop by Rancho Mirage post office and re-mail books plus one other. Drive on home to popcorn with girls while I check e-mail and news sites. Talk to Beth. Off to Hovely post office and find out they aren't allowed to reimburse me for their mistake. Two books I mailed there on Saturday came back saying they were mailed wrong - they weren't. But still no refund. On to Sam's Club to do shopping for Hall. Pick up two tacos and on home. Watch recording of The Maltese Falcon while eating. I had never watched this movie all the way through and it's as good as everyone told me it would be. Beth calls. Stop with a half hour of movie to go; then down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Finish The Maltese Falcon. Check e-mail and surf the web. Talk to Tom Snow. Beth home and we talk; then I cook and we eat. LeRoy and his friend, Bob by and Bob meets girls as he'll be sitting with them for a few days while we're on vacation in the next couple of weeks. They leave. Both of us to office and she makes reservations for our two nights in Deadwood. Bed early as she still has a cold. Later ~

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My old friend, Bob Hoy

Stop at Palm Desert post office after meeting and mail submission to publisher. On home and check e-mail and news sites - see girls. Back to Palm Desert for haircut by Sherry's daughter Lauren. Stop and pick up dog food; then on to Beth's place of employment and drop newspaper. Stop to see Nader at station. Home and work at computer for a while. Fix some lunch and watch Gene Autry Show I'd recorded. Talk Beth. Bring in mail - PO returned two books I mailed on Hovely Saturday (someone screwed up and it t'wern't me). Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Open mail - one book order. To office and re-package the returned books plus package the new one. Call Bob Hoy and talk Kiva and Bob for a while - they're doing all right. Talked Tom Snow earlier. Wait for Beth who's at a meeting at ABC Recovery Center. She calls; I start cooking. She home and we eat - she goes through e-mail and mail. After, both to office. Later ~

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nader at his Exxon Station

Stop at Kinko's and Fed Ex a package for Beth; then on to Office Depot and buy some ink cartridges. Stop by Exxon and talk to Nader. Home and check e-mail and news sites while snacking with girls. Work at putting together a hard copy submission of Whiskey Tears then package it and stamp for tomorrow morning's mail. Call Glenda and ask her to fax a new standing order order. Make some lunch and eat with TV (nothing important on). Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Open mail. Work in office. Beth home early and she pulls some things together for new attorney. I fix dinner and we eat. After - both to office and I write here while she works. Later ~

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Anissa Jones: Buffy on TVs Family Affair - at her home in Playa del Rey - 1968

Sleep in day. Beth up and she to Hall. I up by 6:00. Shower, dress and make breakfast. Eat with paper. Then I vacuum floors. Beth home and she mops. Work in office. Fix us some lunch then I down for nap with girls. Up and Beth has already fed the girls. Sit with her while she does my pills. Then we both to office where I begin writing here while she works at her computer. Beth joins me for a while, then I into kitchen and prepare dinner. We eat and talk. Call Tom Snow. Both to office and work. Later ~

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Natalie Wood in Gypsy

Grocery shopping after meeting - see Speedo and Andrew Silas. Stop and say Hi to Nader. Home and unload with help from Sam Cropper who Beth has been talking to about painting our floors. To office And check e-mail and news sites. Make up envelope for overnight to attorney in Pasadena - take that and two books to post office on Hovely Lane. She drives. Home and I fix lunch and we eat. She's feeling punky today so we both down for nap with girls. Up around 2:00 - check e-mail; real mail; then feed girls. To office with her and do some work. Print out more stuff for Beth's records. No dinner. We watch Natalie Wood in Gypsy - recorded a few days ago. She no want to eat; I have a bowl of cereal. Both have popcicles. She showers; I write here; then: Later ~

Friday, August 15, 2008

Billy the Kid Breaks Jail stunt show at Corriganville (That's not me as Billy on roof, but I played the part in 1959).

Don't feel well at meeting so I leave and drive home. Drink some ginger ale and check e-mail and news sites. Beth home to check on me; leaves. I some TV and continue drinking ginger ale. Fix a couple of muffins with honey and eat them. Tom Snow calls to see how I am. Down for nap - long one - up at usual time; Beth is here. She off to dentist. I up and get mail. Feed girls. Still feel punky so have another ginger ale. TV - a documentary on film editing I recorded yesterday. Beth back then leaves for meeting at bank. I watch more of the doc. She home again with something for me to sign; then back to bank. I sit down and write here. To living room and watch more of documentary. Beth home for good and we talk. She to office while I make dinner. We eat and talk. I feel alittle better. Both to office and work. We'll probably hit the sack and she'll watch Olympics while I doze off. Later ~

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pioneertown Water Tank and Guide Post (1950s)

Realize at 7:30 while in meeting that I had a 7:15 blood draw scheduled at Eisenhower. Say bye to Beth and off for Hospital. Check in and wait only to be told my Standing Order card had expired. Home and check e-mail and news sites; while having popcorn with the girls. Call Beth and advise her of problem. It'll be taken care of. Work at computer until I decide to go into living room and watch a recording of Ride the High Country I made a few weeks ago. Watch and eat lunch. Talk Beth. Then it's down for nap with girls. Up and get mail - two book orders. Feed girls. Make appointment for blood draw for next Wednesday. To office and work. Put out Recycle bin. Pick up after girls. Talk Tom Snow. Beth home later than usual because of a hair appointment. We talk; then I fix easy dinner and we eat. Trash night; she does a washing. I here to write this while she showers. Later ~

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

With my sister, Shannon

Rancho Mirage post office after meeting and drop DVD to Sgt. White (Skipper). Home and check e-mail and news sites. Out to get Expedition washed; then back home. Work at computer and send out a query submission. Talk Beth. Make some lunch and watch the end of Johnny Guitar on the Western Channel. Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Bring in mail. Clean up spill in garage cabinets. Back to work in office. Send out another submission query. Talk Tom Snow who's not been feeling well - low blood pressure and he's a heart transplant patient. Beth home and we talk. I fix Chinese dinner and we eat. She makes some phone calls - talk to Conrad, Shannon's husband; then she waters outside. Both to office. She on phone with Shannon. Bed and she watches some Olympics. Later ~

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Elliott Shapiro and David Janssen's long lost Silver Bullet

Drop off a book at post office and pick up post card stamps for Beth. Stop by Exxon to talk Nader. Home and check e-mail and news sites while snacking with girls. Work on a few things. Chris Soldo, who just found and bought David Janssen's old motor home, the Silver Bullet, sends photo he took of bus and its reunion with David's driver, Elliott Shapiro. Call and set up blood draw for Thursday AM. Talk to Beth. Set up and transfer Pioneertown taped kid movie to DVD. Beth by but I miss her because of recording. Lunch with TV - watch DVD of Yuma, with Clint Walker.
Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Mail. To office and work at computer. Talk Tom Snow who has Sean there working on his computer. Package DVD for Stan White. Putz in office. Bob Ingram by for ironing. Beth home and we talk. She to office. I join her. She showers and back to office. Write here. Later ~

Monday, August 11, 2008

Gunsmoke Dodge City Set - Stage #3 - CBS Studio Center

Home after meeting and check e-mail and news sites. Popcorn with girls and work for a while. Talk Beth. Drive to Radio Shack and pick up special batteries for garage door openers. Home. Put in new battery. Lunch with TV - several old movies; switch back and forth. My new shipment of 100 And Action! arrived - guy puts them in garage for me. More TV and talk Beth. Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Mail. One book order to fill. PM on computer working on a few things. Bob Ingram over. Back to computer. Call Tom Snow. Beth home and we talk. Fix dinner and we eat. Both to office and clean up some things. Later ~

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Today in Yucca Valley - Beth was the photographer

Sleep in day for me. Beth up and off to Hall. I sleep until 6:00. UP, shower and dress. Breakfast and paper. Work at computer. Beth home and we take off in separate cars for the ABC monthly breakfast. Eat with Bill and Sunny White; Kim Hardy. Damon and John arr cooking for today only. I home and Beth stays for a meeting with Bill and Kim on the coming ABC Christmas Party. At home, I change into long sleeve shirt and long pants. Decide not to use eye patch; will use dark glasses instead. Beth home and we pack up and drive to Yucca Valley - the Antique Mall Mercantile. Set up shop and the event begins at one PM. Sell a few books and make some new friends as well as seeing old ones. Some of the Pioneertown cast there. Beth takes pictures. Over at 3:00 PM. Pack it up and she drives back. Stop in Desert Hot Springs to look for a piece of property Beth was told about. Order Pizza and when we get toe Papa Dan's they've screed up the order so we on to Taco Bell and pick up dinner. Home and she checks phone while I set up goodies. Eat and talk. I to office to download photos taken today. She works elsewhere. Both office for a few minutes. Later ~

Saturday, August 09, 2008

With Strother Martin: Hotwire - 1979

Grocery Shopping after meeting - see Speedo and he suggests getting an eye patch for tomorrow's signing. I stop at Walgreen's after and pick one up. Home and unload and put away. Office and check e-mail and news sites. Work a little on a few things. Beth home and starts cleaning. I fix lunch and we eat. Down for nap. Up and feed girls. Igor working on roof preparing - lots of noise; Misty doesn't like it. Watch golf and Olympics. Get mail. She cleans up after workers. We watch two dog movies: Best of Show and Firehouse Dog. Get ready for bed. I finish up her H&I report. She Xeroxes copies for distribution. Later ~

Friday, August 08, 2008

Our Girls - Misty and Crystal - taken with new Pentax camera

Stop and talk to Nader on way home from meeting. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Get ready and drive to Sam's Club to shop for Hall. On to Tom Snow's and we talk for awhile. We to Mexican Restaurant next to Damon's place of work. Joined by Norman Foster and George Widman. Home after lunch and call Beth. Down for nap with girls. Up and bring in mail. Feed girls and take pills. To office and work with new camera and flash attachment - finally get it to work. Shoot some test shots of the girls. Beth home and we talk. Show her the pictures of girls. Cook and we eat. To office and work for a while. Get ready and watch Olympics Opening. Later ~

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Round Table

To Hall for chores and hi to all, then to dentist and have teeth cleaned. Home after that and check e-mail and news sites. Snack with girls. Try to figure out the flash unit some more but have to stop. Igor here to water-blast roof prior to re-roofing with foam. I drive to La Quinta and to Auto Club office where I get vacation related paps and hotel books. RAINING like hell - lightning and thunder real close. On to Indio and stop and see Joel at Leather Plus. Then meet with Conservative Round Table at regular Chinese place. Leave 1:30 and arrive home close to 2:00. Call Beth. Feed girls; check e-mail. Then down for nap with girls. Roof cleaners are making noise but I still sleep. Up and get mail. My new sandals arrive. To office and work at computer for awhile. Beth home and we talk. Workers lefty mess and she's pissed. I cook and we eat. Both to office and work. Later ~