Magic

August 3, 2013

I awoke late today…6:30…due to a lingering cold I had picked up from my 4 month year old grand-niece…last weekend in SF …

who knew some thing so beautiful and small could have a cold …anyway am frankly glad as I am going on a cruise and feel inoculated now…….

I motored out at 7:30 to the beach to my usual Farmer’s Market ….SayNo…my smiley lettuce girl was back from her trip to Singapore…she said though a bit humid it was WONDERFUL….seeing family..after so many years….she ALWAYS says to me You Must eat a lot of salad…..I laughed …….

I watched a show Charlie Rose had on…… I guess last night (I DVR all of Charlie’s shows and watch them on the weekend…as I am asleep when he comes on…….the political ones I usually discard…but anything involving the arts …well captures my attention)……

the artist…”JR”….. just mesmerized me……he started out as a graf artist….

(Werc is a Fabulous graf artist that I know….who I deeply admire….. have collected a few of his wonderful pieces)…

JR found a camera on the Paris Metro…and now has done “paste” art all over the world…on buildings…Times Square..Africa…Brazil…..of faces he has photographed…..

he finds people soo receptive everywhere…in Palestine…in Israel…he told people of both countries .he was photographing them…to put their photograhps ..together on walls in 8 Palestine and Israeli cities …they all said Great – DO IT ……which he did in 2007…

In 2008….he did an international tour for “Women Are Heroes”…about the dignity of women who are often targets during conflicts…..

He won the TED award in 2011…and when told …had never heard about TED…and would not accept it if it was for a brand……

I saw this aft Woody Allen’s latest masterpiece “Blue Jasmine”…..Cate Blanchett (sp?) is soooo Wonderful……it is a funny commentary about how different people view life….and the emptiness often put on marrying someone with wealth…..

I saw this in my 2nd lover Roger Billingsley…who had decorated this wealthy “Pass-ass” (as Louise would have described herself being from Pasadena…..funny how the bored rich …create cutesy names…) woman’s house in Montecito…

Louise had straight reddish hair with bangs that fell to her intense eye brows (that were often raised in disgust)…..she was a tall woman…not heavy….she chained smoked and treated Roger like a slave…..he chain smoked also….she must have been 60…and he was a handsome 40ish…..

I met Roger after my 3rd reunion with my first lover had FINALLY … ended …. Paul Millard

…when I left him in Houston where we had opened our second shop….and he got drunk and had to buy all the artwork of this VERY expensive Monsieur Somebody’s crystal ..that were being displayed this one embarrassing night at the Houston Modern Art Museum and a cocktail people of all the influential people in Houston were at……Paul told stories of his relationship with Judy Garland…which charmed people….but when after a friend came out and told me Paul had BOUGHT all of Monsieur’s crystal…making it impossible for anyone else to…well IT WAS OVER for me….I remember looking back out of the cab rear window…at Paul crying…as i motored out to the airport…(a B/W movie in itself)

the weekend house Roger built for Louise was TOTALLY wonderful….very subtly ornate ..long marbled halls……wonderful pool with Fabulous pool house…

oh I am getting ahead of myself…when I got back alone from Houston…I went out with a friend Ruth Ellen Taylor…who well knew EVERYONE in society…or at least she acted like she did….somehow…

she lived in that wonderful building of Alfredo’s on the SW corner of Crescent Heights and Fountain…a True Gem of a building…built back when one had High ceilings..butler pantry, maids room and back stairs for the help off the kitchen….

Ruth Ellen was a true character…caught her making love to one of my tenants in the first house I owned on Hillside Avenue overlooking the Sunset Strip (Jan a kept woman by the married VP of Marlboro cigarettes Chandler Kibbe…who lived in Montana…..)

…I didn’t realize she swung…I was up at my house watering the plants and happened to look into the Living Room ..and she was making out with Jan on the couch….had to avert my eyes…as not only was it Hot and Heavy…but Ruth Ellen had lost her wig…….which I did not realize she wore…she looked like a man in drag…….

Ruth Ellen was a person who mastered the trick back then of paying off one credit card expenses with another credit card…..and when she invited you to dinner…you KNEW she would say…..oh shit…(as she rumbled through her purse)…I must have left my wallet on the Bombe Chest in the parlor……..

the day after I got back alone…Ruth Ellen telephoned to ask me out for brunch at the Bel Air Hotel…and YES I paid for it….after…she said oh darling lets motor by Roger and see what he and Louise are up to…(Ruth Ellen LOVED to stir it up…)

Roger invited me up to Louise’s house in Montecito….and installed me in the pool house….and well just let your mind wander ..yes it did all happen….(Louise was a bit of an alcoholic like Paul…)

well….I ended up falling in love with Roger..and he with me ..(for those that know Weho…we lived in that marvelous house at 8703 Ashcroft that Dave Cooley of the Abbey now owns…)

Roger who was decorator for the BH Hills Hotel…had most of their laborers redo his house…now I cannot say that the BH Hotel paid for it…but he DID have tons of bolts of fabrics from hotel pieces he had covered….. stored in his garage….

He and his bald (before it was fashionable)… ex-lover…Bruce..who ALWAYS was jangling change in his pockets as though he could not find his balls…..

and one of the most Wonderful people I have ever known…Donna Dicenzo….(who had been married to the actor Harvey Korman)

They created the shop “Twigs”…. on the corner at 1401 Montana Ave in Santa Monica…..where I worked

Donna was the FIRST strong …woman in my life…she would just NOT take any shit from anyone….she is gorgeous…and just an amazing human being…I learned so much from her…..and love her deeply……

Roger…never married Louise…they were going to…but after he found himself strangling her as her body limply lay on the windowsill over the Grand Canal in Venice…he caught himself wondering what in the Hell was he doing….and that was the night he was going to propose…..

I do remember a couple of years later finding all of her families Monogrammed old Sterling Silver Chargers …the plates you put down for decor…before the main course is served…there were 24 of them…in Roger’s attic……

We DID have the BEST sex…and this was back when the old amyl was available in the small tightly woven bags…and you broke the glass and inhaled and were sent into this wonderful high…we always were quite violent with each other …throwing each other off the walls, floors ….and whatever else was around…it was quite divine…foreplay at the BEST!!! (sigh!!!)

This eve I I went to Lala’s – my Argentinian restaurant – for dinner….just several blocks up the street…my waiter…Octavio..a large sort of swarthy oily looking man…whom I would not have liked to meet in a dark alley…knows me…pointed at me tonight…and said “No Foam”….I laughed like Cate Blanchette and said yes no foam…last night he said you will NOT believe how many people want foam on their beer…he said WHAT is that about????

the place was jumping with my kind of storied people…across from me in a booth …(oh this is outside on a covered patio that is quite large)…were 4 girls covered in tats…the oldest one was caucasian and she had dyed jet black hair that went down each strand to blonde and then to green…they looked like girls from my favorite show “The Killing”……and then in between me us was a table of 14 Asians…a party for a guy…..and then to my right were two guys…with very black hair …one had obviously just been tatted as his arm ..from shoulder down to elbow was covered with plastic….. with a gorgeous drawing of a very sensuous woman…..

I am retiring in 3 years…and thought I would just go down to Palm Springs and get a luxurious house and die amid the dinosaurs….but AFTER today….

I REALLY need to be stimulated by different people of different countries…and will buy a tree house down there and just travel….

I would love to rent a room in Paris, London, Bombay…and Bulgaria …for at least 3 weeks each ….

I hope to go with my friend Michelle to find her roots…from slavery in the US to Africa…I want to record… and selfishly to meet the wonderful people who are out there ….who she has yet to meet……

As JR said:

“When you create interaction among people…something Magical Happens….”

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