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, June 30, 2009

NRA Lifetime Membershop Gift

Leave meeting early for another blood draw - the one I forgot to bring the paperwork for yesterday. Call Sherry and by her place for re-scheduled haircut. To post office and mail two And Action! books. Finally home and make breakfast, as I had to fast for the blood work. Watch new episode of Kings but - turn it off for good when plot began to piss me off. Up until then, I Had really liked the canceled series. Watch two recorded episodes of Entourage instead. Down for nap with girls. Up and bring in mail and package for me - turns out to be a NRA gift: a beautiful Bowie Knife that can be mounted on a wall. Feed girls and open rest of mail. Call Tom Snow and we talk. Clean up side yard and sweep floors. Work at computer. Call Jimmy George and set up phone meeting for tomorrow. Beth home and we talk. She to office and I make dinner. We eat. Watch a rerun of CSI: Miami. Both to office for last minute things. Later ~

Monday, June 29, 2009

Old Tucson (before the fire)- taken by me in 1967

Leave meeting early for a blood draw - forget to take form for regular visit so set up another draw for tomorrow. Home and check e-mail and news sites with girls - and Fritos - Just a few. To Cat City to buy a cane and pick up something for Beth. On to bank and make some deposits; then to o Office Depot for some Xeroxing for Beth - and on to Pet Smart to buy dog food. Home and have some lunch while watching a couple of Entouragee re-runs. Down for nap with girls. Up and bring in mail - 109 degrees outside. Feed girls and open mail. Spend some time at computer. Talk to Tom Snow. Sweep tile and clean up side yard. Beth home from work and I help her unload her car. Pre-arranged phone call from Mark in Tucson with questions about some old TV Shows I worked on in Old Tucson. Make some dinner and we eat. Take out trash. Then we watch a re-run of CSI: Vegas. Work at computer then: Later ~

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Jeff Chandler - died at age 42

Sleep in day. Beth up and off to Hall. I up 5:50. Breakfast with paper and girls. Check e-mail and news sites. Somehow my favorites aren't the same as before; perhaps it was caused by my accessing my favorites on my laptop. Beth and I to Sam's Club to get assorted things Eric didn't get. We have a hot dog together. We by Tom Snow's for a nice talk. Drop Hall items at Hall; then home. Talk for awhile then I down for nap with girls. Up and she's feed girls. She off for Maad Dog Daze meeting. I call Jeff Sneller and a fan - Marty. Work at computer. Beth calls. She's on way home with dinner. Watch some Jeff Chandler movie for a few minutes. Beth home and we eat burritos from Chipotle's. She works in office; then we watch something we recorded on TV. Later ~

Saturday, June 27, 2009

With A.J. Fenady at Cowboy Hall of Fame

Grocery shopping after meeting as usual. Home and put away stuff. To car wash with filthy Expedition. Gas up Expedition. Talk Beth, She mets me at Tony's Ramona Tire where I leave expedition for lube and oil change. We home and have early lunch. Pick up Expedition and I take he car to Office Depot to get ink cartridges. Home and we talk. I down for nap - wake up three and a half hours later. I guess I was tired. We both work in office for awhile. Fix dinner and we eat while watching Huckabee. Watch a NCSI re-run episode. Down for the night - Later ~

Friday, June 26, 2009

On the way home

Up in Deming, NM at 3:30, on the road by 4:30. Drive the distance in 10 hours or so - home around 2:00. Greeted by girls and LeRoy. Unpack and put away. Relax but she doesn't relax. She to Rivett's to check on house. I call Tom Snow and Jimmy George. Beth back with pizza. We eat and do a few chorea. She showers and I'll bet we hit the hay early tonight. Later ~

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Sloats; The Lodges; and The Livers'

Up at 3:00 a.m. Pack it up. Colin and Theresa were picked up by Shannon and Conrad - they to airport. Head out of Austin with Conrad's directions - get lost. Call Conrad and Shannon; they help us and we finally find way. Stop for McDonald's breakfast in Dripping Springs. Lunch along way and end up in Demming, New Mexico at our favorite Holiday Inn for dinner and sleep. Later ~

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The sister and sister-in-laws

Up and shower before Beth gets up. She up and we meet Colin & Theresa for hotel breakfast. To Shannon's. All but me off shopping in San Marcos. I nap. Up and call Tom Snow (his 20th AA birthday. Eat lunch; listen Rush. Conrad home - eats and leaves. More nap; ten up and TV. All back and we shoot the shit. Meet Conrad at Saltgrass Steak House for goodbye dinner. All to hotel for pictures. Sloats leave and we goodbye to Colin and Theresa. Pack as much as we can. Bed by 10:00. Later ~

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Mexican food after Texas Museum

We up and eat. Call Colin and Theresa and she not feel well. Eventually we to Shannon's. They go shopping while I nap. Conrad home followed by the rest of the gang. We all eat. Short nap for me then we drive downtown and tour the Texas History Museum. Stop for Mexican food on way back. Then back to Sloat's for talk. Back to hotel with Colin and Theresa. Beth showers; I write here. Later ~

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dinner at Greg and Roxanna's Lake Travis Home

Up at 6:00. Beth had good sleep. Breakfast at hotel; off to Shannon's house. Beth watches golf game while I nap. Shannon homr from work and we start lunch. Conrad arrives with Colin and Theresa (BIG surprise for Shannon) who join us for lunch. All talk while I nap again. Then we drive to Lake Travis for dinner with Shannon's son Greg and his wife, Roxanne. Talk and eat as sun begins to set at 8:00 p.m. - to hotel and bed. Later ~

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Following Conrad and Shannon

Beth wakes up not feeling well. I breakfast with Melody and another WWA member, Sit and talk with Fenadys for awhile. Back to room. Beth better and getting herself together. We pack it up; say goodbyes and off to Austin. arrive and check in to hotel. follow Shannon and Conrad to their home where we eat and talk. Back to hotel; unpack and bed 11:00. Later ~

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rod Timanus and Barb at Banquet (more to come)

Breakfast with Jim Fischer. Talk Fenadys. To business meeting. To room and golf. Lunch With Fenadys and their nephew. To room for nap - she watches golf. To Spur Banquei at Cowboy Hall of Fame. Leave early with Fenadys and go to Italian place near hotel for dinner. Didn't want to drive strange freeways home at night. To room, Start packing. Later ~

Friday, June 19, 2009

With A.J. Fenady at Cowboy Hall of Fame

With Jim Fischer at book signing

Breakfast with Fenadys and Gary Goldstein. To a panel on agents and publishers. Lunch at hotel. Room for nap. Drive to Cowboy Hall of Fame for book signing. Back to hotel for late dinner. Later ~


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Homestead Dinner Costume Contest

Kirk Ellis; Me; A.J. Fenady - TV & Movie Panel

Did the TV, mini-series and TV Movie panel today with A,J Fenady; Kirk Ellis; Loren Estelman and me. People liked it a lot. Lunch at hotel with the Fenadys. Nap in room. Then to Homestead dinner and auction w/ Fenadys and Courtney Joyner. Back to room and talk Tom Snow and Jeff Sneller on phone. Later ~

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Spend day at Oklahoma City Federal Building bomb site and museum. Had breakfast and dinner at hotel with new WAA friends. Later ~

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Our Midwest City Hotel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Breakfast in Amarillo Hotel then off for Oklahoma City. Arrive 5 hours later and check in to Sheraton Hotel. Unpack and rest awhile. Register. To room and I nap fot 1/2 an hour. We to newcomers' orientation where I meet the guy I'm mentoring - Jim Fischer. Reception follows with food, chit-chat, music and drinks. Talk to a lot of old friends, Back to room. Get ready for bed. TV. Later ~

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, Texas

Gallup. NM to Amarillo, TX today - staying in Comfort Inn & Suites

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hi From Gallup, NM

Pack it up and off at 6:00 AM for Oklahoma City WWA Convention. Take 10 to Blythe then 95 to Needles;from there we take 40 (old Route 66) to Gallup, NM where we hole up an an Hampton Inn the first night. Eat light and bed early. Beth called her brother - who is also on the road.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Previous WWA Convention with Stan and Edie Locke
Stan is no longer with us - we'll miss him this year

Stop at market on way home from meeting to pick up some added things. Home and check e-mail and news sites with girls. Beth home and we start packing - packing is a really big deal around here. I out to pick up lunch at Chapotle's. Home and we eat veggie burritos. I down for nap with girls. Up and she's fed girls. She does my pill boxes for trip. Then it's pack and load for the rest of the afternoon. When I was single I'd throw a bunch of shirts, socks, underwear and pants into a duffle bag and that was it. Of course I was a wardrobe man and as soon as I arrived I sent all my stuff to be ironed. Soon we will eat a small dinner; then it's either a quick TV show or bed early - I hope it's the latter. Later ~

Friday, June 12, 2009

Robert F.(Bobby) Hoy - my good friend

Stop at Von's on way home/ Check e-mail and news sites with girls and popcorn; then it's off to a 8:30 haircut appointment wit Sherry Mesa. Call Beth and we meet at Sam's Club to do shopping for Hall. Bid her farewell and across street to McDonald's where I meet Tom Snow, Norman Foster and George Widman for lunch. Home and desert. Down for nap with girls. Sam Cropper by when I'm sleeping to fix hole in garage wall. I up and feed girls. Sam checks wet wall in Beth's bath. I open mail and read a story in a magazine. To office and work some. Call Tom Snow. Clean up side yard. Sweep floors. Some O'Reilly. Beth home and we talk. She office and I fix dinner - snack, chips, cheese and salsa followed by drumstick ice cream. Both to office and work. Later ~

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Leave meeting early and do blood draw[ then home. Check e-mail and news sites with girls. Work for awhile. Then drive to Imaging place and get sonogram of kidney; old kidneys; heart. Stop by McDonald's on way home to pick up lunch. Home and watch a john Wayne Lone Star Western - The Dawn Rider - recorded earlier. Talk to Beth. Down for nap with girls. Up and bring in mail. Feed girls. Open mail for Beth. To office and work on computer. Clean up side yard then sweep floors. Try call Tommy and fan: Marty. Work at computer. Beth home and we talk. She to office to catch up on some work. I make dinner. We eat and chat. Watch recording of Without a Trace. She makes bid on e-bay. Later ~

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fuzzy and Lash

Beth and I exchange cars. I home and check e-mail and news sites with girls. Leash them up and drop the girls at groomer. Home and work on La Quinta project. Talk to Beth. Pick up my right hearing aid from Jason - they replaced both microphone and speaker. Home and watch a Lash LaRue, Fuzzy St. John western on Western Channel. Down for nap without girls. Up earlier than usual with telephone ringing. Drive down to pick up girls and bring them home. They're elated to be home. Feed the girls and open mail for Beth. Work in office for awhile. Clean up side yard and start sweeping. Beth home and we talk. She busy, Cook and eat fast; then she off to Indio for LP Meeting, I watch an old Maverick with Jack Kelly. She home and we havw ice cream together. She showers; then ... Later !

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Drop Peter off in Rancho Mirage after meeting on way home. Home and check e-mail. To car wash with Expedition. To Von's and buy a few things. Home and work at computer. Check out news sites. Talk to Beth. Listen to Rush and work on computer. Watch a Buster Crabbe/Fuzzy St. John Billy Carson western on Western Channel while I eat lunch. Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Bring in mail and open it. Clean up side yard then sweep house tiles. Back to computer and work some on La Quinta project. Tom Snow calls from dialysis. Beth home and I prepare dinner. She works in office; then she in to cook dinner. We eat and talk. After she washes her hair. Katy by with her boys to play with our girls. Then we watch rerun recording of CSI: Miami. Beth looks for safety deposit box key. Later ~

Monday, June 08, 2009

Beth's Brother Bruce and Misty

Stop at Office Depot on way home from meeting go Xerox stuff for Maad Dog Daze for Beth. Home and check e-mail and news sites with girls and peanuts. Beth by - she forgot to take her lunch - and she leaves with her left-over pizza. Work on La Quinta project - 15 pages so far. Watch two episodes of Entourage while I eat my left-over pizza for lunch. Tom Snow calls - he thinks he's going home today but Rick will pick him up. Down for my nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Bring in mail. Our passports arrive as well as Beth's drivers license. Talk to brother-in-law Bruce. To office and work some. Clean up side yard and start to sweep floors. Beth home and we talk. She sweeps while I make dinner. We eat then both to office where we spend the remainder of the evening. Later ~

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sleep in day. Beth off to Hall. I up 5:50. Shower and dress. Breakfast with paper. Trim beard. Beth home and Brenda is with her. Misty crazy about Brenda. Beth shows her our house. We call Tonm and he sounds much better: he now has a staph infection. Beth and I have an early lunch. I down for nap early with girls. Up and feed girls. We drive to Tom's an pick up some supplies for him. To hospital and talk with Tom for about an hour. He is his old self; but still has staph infection. We figured out hat he must have had a diabetic reaction the other day when he became unresponsive ane we took him back to hospital. Drive home and pick up a pizza on way. Home and eat. Talk, TV: Law & Order: SVU recording. Later ~

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Grocery shopping after meeting. Home, unload and put away. Beth home. Tom was admitted to hospital. I call and he sounds a little better. Rick calls about Tom and Beth brings him up to date. Beth and I have some lunch. Work at computer. Down for nap with girls. Up and she has fed girls. We talk. Both to office and work. She calls Tom. I to pick up burritos and home. We watch pay for view movie: Hotel for Dogs. Cute movie - lotsa dogs. Get ready and hit the hay, Later ~

Friday, June 05, 2009

Tom Snow

Pick up Tom and take him to Palm Springs Hospital so he can have his dialysis shunt surgically installed - Wait for about three and a half hours and they release him to me. He shivers all the way to his house and when we get there he is unable to get out of my Expedition. I talk him into letting me take him to our house where I have Beth meet us. Tom is really out of it and still cannot get out of car )no strength + still shivering). We drive him back to hospital and go to Emergency room. He's taken in immediately and I go with him. Beth waits in waiting room and I stay with Tom until 5:00ish; we leave and will find out later if they'll keep him or send him to nursing care. Home. We eat. TV some recording. Later ~


Thursday, June 04, 2009

David Carradine - RIP

Try to start Expedition and alarm gos off with no way to stop it. Finally stop it but I stay home in case it goes off again. Beth to Hall. Eric calls and drives over. Using Eric's knowledge of cars, we finally get it started and down to Ramona for a new battery. Home and check e-mail and news sites with girls. Talk Beth a few times. Call Jeff Sneller about Carradine. Meet brother Bob and his wife Eva at bank and close George Rutter Trust Account. Lunch with John Wayne Lone Star western on Western Channel. Down for nap with girls. Up and bring in mail. Feed girls. Open mail and go through new Roundup magazine. See where I am on a panel. Talk Tom Snow about tomorrow's trip to hospital. Clean yard and sweep. Beth home and we talk. Cook dinner and we eat while watching Rush Limbaugh interview on Hannity. Then watch Without a Trace recording. Later ~

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Our New Flag is up and Flying Boldly

Peter was at meeting today - he didn't have to move. Drop him at bus stop and I to Office Depot for some Xeroxing for Beth. Home and check e-mail and news sites. Meet Beth at Ramona Tire and drop her car for an oil change and lube. We home; Sally by to pick up some cooking equipment. Then I take bad hearing aid in for more work. Home and Sally is here with Beth. They talk and I to office. Work on La Quinta script for awhile. Beth and Sally leave and I keep writing. Stop for lunch and eat while I watch a Gene Autry Western on Western Channel. Tom Snow calls - he asks me to take him to Desert Hospital on Friday for his dialysis stint surgery. I down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Call Tony at Ramona and he picks me up and I get Beth's car and pay for it. Home. Bring in mail and open it. Work at computer for awhile then Beth home early. We sit and talk then she takes off for dinner with a friend. I watch 1st Rush interview on Hannity while I eat; then to living room and continue watching the Strawberry Roan until she returns. Both to office and she takes phone calls and I work at computer. Later ~

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Our Friend Eric

Drive home after meeting. Check e-mail and news sites with peanuts and girls. Make appointment for sonogram of my kidney for next Thursday. Try to put up my new flag but have trouble; so call Eric. Appointment for Beth's Scion for an oil change tomorrow. Work some on La Quinta script. Talk to Beth. More on script. Watch a John Wayne western while I eat lunch. Down for nap with girls. Up and feed girls. Eric over to help with flag pole. He leaves. Work in office then clean side yard. Sweep floors. Office - talk Tom Snow. He's going to get a shunt like I have put in for dialysis. Beth home and we talk. She works on office while I cook dinner. We eat and talk. After, we watch a Without a Trace rerun recorded some time ago. Later ~

Monday, June 01, 2009

Leave meeting early and do blood work - all three. Home and have popcorn with the girls while I check e-mail and news sites. To the bank with deposits for Beth (see Eric) then on to medical place and buy two more pill cases. By Nader's on way home to pick up dessert for tonight. Work for awhile in office; then it's two episodes of Entourage while I eat lunch. Down for nap with girls. Up and bring in mail. Feed girls. My Don't Tread On Me flag arrives. I'll put it up tomorrow morning. Open mail and clean up side yard. To office and Call Tom Snow. Work a little. Sweep floors. Watch some O'Reilly. Beth home and clean up rat chewed bag in cupboard. She in and does some work while I fix dinner. We eat and talk. She makes some phone calls. I to office where she joins me. I set up TV recorder then we watch an old CSI: Vegas we'd seen before. Later ~