Amazing but true –my cell phone was returned! The maid (no, I don’t have a personal maid) found it somewhere and turned it in to the hotel manager. Were I still in Las Vegas, the maid would have used it for $900 worth of calls to Cuba before turning it in. Santa Monica has a higher moral standard than "Sin City."
JAPAN COMES THROUGH: My Japanese publisher amazed me today by informing me that they will actually PAY ME — I was beginning to wonder. According to them, money is forthcoming to my account on September 8th, 2005. This is wonderful news. There will be celebrations in several states, provinces, and a few third world countries. Now I begin firming up a real apartment and HEALTH INSURANCE. I may live like a mench yet! I found a delightful place here in Santa Monica that is only $16,500.00 PER MONTH. Imagine that! That is a bit more than any sane person would pay for an apartment, and a scoche over my budget, but I think I’ll look at it jsut for fun — you know, to see how the other 1% lives.