Friday, July 1, 2022

My Grandmother’s Journals: July, 1997

My grandmother, right, camping in Mexico in the 1950s.
In July of 1997, my 82-year-old grandmother was watching tennis, researching the Mars Pathfinder and keeping up on the health of everyone in her life, especially her neighbors and the people she talked to at the donut shop near her house. 
 
But something happened at the shop this month that upset her, and she abruptly stopped her daily visits. 
 
I remember being sad at the time when I learned she was no longer going there, because it seemed like such a big part of her life. I never learned exactly what happened, because she wouldn't talk about it. 
 

Tuesday, July 1, 1997
To laundromat. Warm.
Tennis: Hingis, Becker won.
To Live Oak, Alice on vacation.
Walked on cliff.
Stopped at Vibol’s for apple juice, donut.
TV: News, Frost, Law & Order.
 
Wednesday, July 2, 1997
Awake 7:30, up 9. Warm.
To Trader Joe’s. 
To Vibol’s. He reminisced, Buddhism.
To show, “Face-off.” 2 hrs, 20 mins. Thriller. Director James Woo. Much special effects.
Ate KFC.
TV: Nickelodeon, Lucy, Bewitched.
Slept good.
Robert Mitchum died, lung cancer, emphysema. Heavy smoker, 79.
 
Thursday, July 3, 1997
Longs, BP.
Vibol’s. Tea, no coffee. 
Tennis: Good matches. Becker announced no more Wimbledon.
Ironed, cleaned windows of car, front door.
TV: Diagnosis Murder, St. Elsewhere.
Jimmy Stewart died. 89. “Heart attack.”
 
Friday, July 4, 1997
Sleep not great. 
Tennis: Sampras vs. Woodbridge, Woodbridge rallied very good in third set. 
Folded plastic bags to give to thrift shop. 
Washed car, some nicks.
Man next door a Mason.
Dina Ruiz on Ch. 8

Saturday, July 5, 1997
Tennis: Tuned in about 7, after first set.
Longs, BP.
Vibol’s. Clayton in. Gets MRI Monday.
Mailed card to Prudy.
Cats in back last night.
Tired, rest 4 to 5.
TV: Bio of Jimmy Stewart, Robert Mitchum.

Monday, July 7, 1997
Slept good. 
Ronn gone, back tomorrow.
To Vibol’s. In paper today, “Confusion in Cambodia.”
To Gottschalk’s, looked for “dicky” denim blue. None.
Wrote Mina, long, re: Vibol, Cambodia, Earl Woods, Wimbledon.
Mail:  Card from Justine with copy of graduation announcement.
To Kmart, ate chicken sandwich.
Called Justine, left message on machine.
TV: Cybill, news.

Tuesday, July 8, 1997
Stayed in bed til 9:15.
To Vibol’s. Monie there, I read Chronicle to her.
To library, got book on Malta.
Wrote Justine.
Checked Goodwill, walked to St. Vincent’s. Got gold holder for $3. Tax, .24.
TV: Law & Order, Inspector Morse, ST Next Generation.
 
Wednesday, July 9, 1997
To Vibol’s after vacuuming chair.
To show, “Men in Black.” Good, funny.
To Wendy’s.
To Longs, got TV Guide.
Home, Sandra called again!  Returned call.
Called library re Pathfinder: left Earth 12/4/96, Mars 7/4/97. Seven months.

Thursday, July 10, 1997
Prudy and Hugh anniversary.
To Longs, checked BP.
To Vibol’s, told him about Pathfinder.
Wrote Prudy.
Mail: Notice from DMV, no proof of insurance. Showed them, with copy I sent. Got sticker, also booklet to study.
Some Dodgers vs. Giants, 11-0.

Friday, July 11, 1997
To Longs, BP.
To Vibol’s, he had pain in head.
To Venetian Hotel for brochure. 
To Ross, got necklace (2), earrings.
To marina, got ice cream.
Dodgers over Giants 6-1. Nomo MVP.

Saturday, July 12, 1997
To Vibol’s, he seems OK.
Looked in thrift stores for stool.
Home, ate.
Got migraine medicine for Vibol.
Dodgers lost to Giants, 6-3.
 
Monday, July 14, 1997
To Longs. Man at BP worried about pressure. Alcohol on breath.
To Vibol’s, he looks good.
To dentist 1 p.m. “Debbie,” new, good. No exam.
To Kmart, Got stool, cut legs? Ate turkey sandwich.
TV: New, Poirot, “Indochine.” French, Catherine Denevue, good. 

Tuesday, July 15, 1997
To Longs for paper, BP.
To St. Vincent de Paul’s. Got two chairs, blue and brown plush.
To library. Read about films, migraine.
Home: News, baseball, bed.
 
Wednesday, July 16, 1997
To Longs, got more cans of Mandarins, TV Guide.
To Vibol’s, he not there.
Housework, vacuumed.
Weather funny, tropical fog.
Dusted, put label on African statue, cat.
Nothing much on TV.
 
Thursday, July 17, 1997
Breakfast Kmart. 
Went to San Lorenzo lumber to see if legs on stool can be cut. 
There were small stools, got one, $11.
To show, “Contact.”
To Kmart, returned stool. Ate chicken sandwich, ice cream!
TV: “Fresh Prince,” Diagnosis Murder, ST Next Generation.

Friday, July 18, 1997
Laundromat, two batches of blue things: Sweatshirt, bathrobe, purple suit.
Longs for BP.
Five & Dime: Got deodorant, face liquid, hand creme.
New glasses ready, late to get.
Watched “Eyewitness,” William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, James Wood. 

Saturday, July 19, 1997
British Open.
To Vibol’s, said head hurt. Monie angry, snatched package with migraine medicine.
To library, looked up pneumonia.
To show, “Pillow Book.” Japanese, calligraphy. Great color, photo, split screen?
Five & Dime: Took back polish remover, got eye shadow.
TV: News, The Pale Horse.

Sunday, July 20, 1997
British Open
To OSH, got lawn sprinkler for Miracle Gro.
To Longs for BP.
Home, watered lawn., fertlized.
Oscar & Lois came by, talked a bit.
Showered, washed hair. 
TV: 60 Minutes, Stat Trek Voyager.

Tuesday, July 22, 1997
Longs for BP, TV Guide, strawberries.
To show, “Men in Black.” 2nd time.
Ate Burger King.
Mail: Card from Justine.
TV: Frasier, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: TNG.

Wednesday, July 23, 1997
Ate here.
To Longs, machine off.
Walked on East Cliff.
To Nob Hill, no BP machine at Nob Hill?
TV: Dodgers vs. Mets. Part of Law & Order.
Cunanan’s body found in houseboat.
 
Thursday, July 24, 1997
Ate here.
Watched Miami news. Chief of police, no info. Too many newspapers, media.
To Longs, BP machine OK.
To Ross, got Barrette. Should be silver.
Got new rug.
Washed black top.
Dodgers vs. Mets, 3-1.

Friday, July 25, 1997
To Longs, BP.
To Gottschalk’s, bought 3 items. Two sport tops, 1 blue for skirt, 1 beige for pants.
Home, ate corn.
To Live Oak, got chicken, had ice cream!
TV: Giants lost, Dodgers won. Inside the Actor's Studio, Billy Crystal. Funny.

Saturday, July 26, 1997
Bomb at SFO? Traffic delay.
Finished crossword.
To Longs for BP, paper.
To library: Time magazine, Barrows.
Woolworth’s. Got new blinds, mousse, hairspray.
TV: “Love Potion No. 9,” Sandra Bullock.
Not good sleep. Took hot milk, melatonin.

Sunday, July 27, 1997
Wharf to Wharf. What traffic!
To post office for check to IRS. Man hemmed me in.
Gottschalk’s, 10% off.
Worked on files.
To show, “Airforce One.” Good. Escape pod?
TV: News, Siskel & Ebert, 60 Minutes, “The Presidio.”
 
Monday, July 28, 1997
Changed bed.
Got clothes ready for laundromat.
Took Larry to Live Oak to see new carts for waste!
Some yard work.
Shower, hair.
Justine called, got her raise. Move to apartment?
Ate Carl’s. Bacon! Cheese.
Papers, crossword.

Tuesday, July 29, 1997
Breakfast here. 
Laundromat, BP.
Ironed tops, fertilized lawn.
Woolworth’s, got file folders, stapler, Dristan, pens.
To show, “English Patient.” Still don’t know all they say.
TV: Frasier, NOVA.
 
Wednesday, July 30, 1997
Tea, Cereal.
Called Schwab 9 a.m., sell GTE, 46 5/8.
To longs, Post Office.
To Live Oak, sat with Jim and 4 ladies. Man from Florida there.
 
Thursday, July 31, 1997
Good sleep.
Bombing in Israel. 
Breakfast Kmart. No razors.
Drug Emporium, got razors, hair items.
Read papers, ate, etc. Some more work on files.
Wrote Mina? Maybe Wed.
TV: Mystery, Poirot, ST: TNG.
 
 
More on my grandmother: In 1997, she was living alone in a mobile home park in Santa Cruz, Calif., but I wouldn't describe her as lonely. She was an extremely independent and persnickety woman whom I never knew to live with another person or even a pet. (I wrote more about her life in an earlier post.) 
 

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