Mon. April 2, 1984—New York–I started off yesterday in pretty high spirits, striding to the bank, having my shoes shined, stepping fancifully around in the nice warm weather. Things went pretty rapidly downhill though when I’d gotten home. I was cleaning, folding and vacuuming for Dad’s arrival when I became inspired about taking C.B. out. So I bought tickets over the phone to Sam Shepard’s True West and called the B.’s number. T. (her sister) came on and immediately said that everybody had plans and suddenly I went from young man about town to kid in serious trouble. The nadir was calling W. R., a tough but nice seemingly girl from Berryville, Virginia (scene of some interesting activity during the Civil War), and having her roommate answer and hear W. saying in the background to tell me she was talking a shower. I had to hang my head at that one.
Earlier though, on the bright side, I signed and mailed my tax returns, completed, including my eye test, and mailed my license renewal and a contribution to William Westmoreland for his libel suit against CBS.
During the day, I got a flat tire (a big nail punctured the tire but it didn’t go down, it just would have) right near where L.B. lives, so I went and left her a note. In general a hurried retreat turning into a rout on the girl front.
Fri. Apr. 6 1984—New York–A pleasant enough day weather wise. Did business on L.I. Had a nice lunch with E. R., P. B, and L. D. I think half of the girls in that office love L., odd because he is a huge man and looks like a walrus.
I went to see True West tonight—all by myself. It was kind of nice because in that stunned and appreciative moment when the play ends, you don’t have to start chattering to somebody about it. I think I called twelve girls to go to it and not a one would come—nobody—nada. I got to the theater early though and sat in relative comfort eating a bagel out of my front pocket and reading a New Yorker article about Mario Cuomo.
I bought a great pirate Beatle record tonight—File Under Beatles.