In January 1977 'Sally', the Bonneville and I and left for
The California of Insanity Quest......(gratefully abridged).....
It was late night, Susanna opened the door in her classic 'men's shirt'-close-to nude attire ..she was overjoyed to see us, and to meet Sally. We were home.
Stayed on Susanna's floor for several weeks until we could save money for a place of our own.
The first order was to find jobs. Sally had been a nurse’s aide. She got a job at a local nursing home and suggested I apply. I did and became a nurse’s aide (orderly). Sally and I did the night shift together.
After that first night I met my mother at in a local Mexican bar down the street. We shared several margaritas together, I wept in my drink. Shaken by the kind of work I was asked to do. Susanna also worked the night shift at a photo processing plant. Later, I think I worked there too. Maybe for a few days.
We found a
Sally was pretty, sweet, and wholly charming. Had a disarming way with people. There wasn’t much not to like on that first impression.
At the nursing home Sally befriended a couple. The man’s mother was a resident. The couple was looking to bring the mother home to live with them and approached Sally about private duty.
We struck –up an agreement that Sally and I would share the private duty and keep our ‘day’ jobs.
It seemed like an ideal situation, the couple was pleased that they found such ‘first-class’ people for their mom and Sally and I were going to make some needed extra money.
Our new private duty employers were kind and generous; they liked this young couple that was just starting out on their own. They gave us things for our new apartment; vacuum cleaner, blender, toaster, furniture etc.
One morning Sally asked me to try on this ruby stud earring (for my pierced ear), asked where she got it… “oh I had it.” Looked good, I wore it to my private duty job that day.
A few days later the man of the house informed me that some of his wife’s jewelry was missing, that he believed my ruby stud was hers. He also believed that Sally was wearing his mother’s gold cross and chain, noticed it when she came on duty.
They were furious, threatened to call the police if the jewelry wasn’t returned.
It was all returned. We were fired, I confronted Sally, I don’t remember the “reason” given, she charmed and disarmed.
My old friend Denial was now sprouting new heads.
Sally and I married on