Ted was down at the house.
Tuesday July 15, 1952
Caroline and Linda were over today, also Mary Alice tonight.
Wednesday July 16, 1952
Got a job today as a Comptometer Operator over at Baker’s and Confectioner’s Supplies in Los Angeles. Starts at $200.00 a month, 8:30-5:30, 1 hour for lunch. I start my new job tomorrow.
Friday July 18, 1952
Bill took me out tonight to a drive in movie. Boy I sure feel like breaking up, he says so many things, he’ll be good, he’ll be this and that and he just keeps on nevertheless. He tried his damn-dest to fool around tonight but I wouldn’t let him and that is the most aggravating thing is when a guy keeps on trying to paw you and keeps on. He’s no good for me, I don’t think it’s going to last very much longer us going together, I hardly want it to when he’s like that.
Saturday July 19, 1952
Went to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium tonight on a double date with Mary Alice and Joe, and me and The Lover. Then we went up to The Stomp and the guys drank beer while we watched. Got mad at Bill and walked home, but he followed me and stayed out in the driveway for two hours thinking I’d come out, well hmmphh I just went to bed and went to sleep. Hate the damn ass.
Sunday July 20, 1952
Bill came over today and made up with me, wish to hell I could get rid of him, he always turns up like a bad penny. Took me to the beach and he wants me to take him back, and old softy me I said “uh huh”. Can’t stand him, wish he’d wake up all right.
Monday July 21, 1952
Cecil and a bunch of guys in a lush Mercury came down tonight and asked me to go to a party with them, but I told them I was going steady. Anyhow Mom said I couldn’t go because she wants me to hold on to this job and I have to act bright and get the sleep I should.
Boy got woke up at 5:00am this morning and thought it was the end of the world! Man, I really got shook up with that earthquake, I got hold of my sister June and wouldn’t let go and I was praying like crazy! Oh man.
Tuesday July 22, 1952
Virginia came over today but I was at work, she broke up with Floyd I hear. She wants me to call her tomorrow night. Also Doug and a friend of his came down in their green 1950 Ford tonight. They’re pretty nice.
Wednesday July 23, 1952
Bill came down today and picked me up from work. Well, I guess he’s all right.
Thursday July 24, 1952
Worked hard today as usual. Billie Jean called me today at work, she expects her baby around the 10th of August.
Friday July 25, 1952
Bill came down tonight with a buddy of his and he sure is cute. His name is Bill too and is from Brooklyn, NY. Boy I wouldn’t mind switching Bills, what a fine guy he is but I don’t stand a chance with him, so I guess I’ll stick to the original Bill.
As Vilma, the 1950’s girl about town, starts her new Comptometer Operator gig, she commutes westbound into Los Angeles from her hometown of El Monte and arrives at Allied Baker’s and Confectioner’s Supplies warehouse in L.A. The business is located exactly where Whittier Blvd. turns from street to bridge.
Clickety clack…clickety clack…clickety clack…
8:30am- Whew, so glad I made it on time. Remember, Mom says I’ve got to act bright and keep this job. This is my second time working as a Comp Girl, and boy do I hate it, doing the same thing over and over again. It’s going to drive me crazy! I suppose it’s worth the $200 though.
9:00am- I love looking out these warehouse windows at that beautiful bridge, it’s so close I can reach out and touch it. Wish I could throw Bill off of it.
10:00am- That earthquake was really very terrifying, glad I still share my bedroom with my sister June. Don’t know what I would have done without her there to grab onto. Just heard it killed 12 people, epicenter was in Tehachapi and it was 7.7 magnitude. One of the biggest earthquakes we have ever had. Saw a picture in the paper today and it created a big deep fissure in the earth for miles long. Wish I could throw Bill down it.
12:00pm- Lunchtime: The bridge heads directly down 6th street, so in just a few short minutes I can be in downtown Los Angeles. I'll head over to Clifton’s Cafeteria on 6th and Broadway for some homestyle turkey and stuffing. They’re famous for their 365 days a year Turkey Dinners you know, and since I haven’t earned my first paycheck, Mr. Clinton says I can always “Pay what I Wish”. I'll call Bill and see if he can meet me for lunch.
2:00pm- I’ve decided to kill Bill, it would be quite easy you know. I can tinker with the brakes on his 52’ Mercury and when he drives over that bridge to pick me up he won’t be able to stop....well you know the rest. Oh damn it! How else am I going to get rid of him? I’ll have to make a really good confession of course.
Clickety clack…clickety clack…clickety clack…
4:00pm- Phoo-ey! They can train a monkey to do this! This is just too much, my brain hurts already. Maybe I’ll go work at Clifton’s one day, I can serve up food, bus tables, be a cashier, or heck maybe I can be one of those pretty Camera Girls who get all dolled up in those cute outfits. Now that’s a real job, taking souvenir photos of all kinds of folks, not to mention the handsome men! Oh boy, I can only dream!
5:30pm- Quitting time! Bill is here, and does he look double fine. Says he wants to take me to dinner, so I guess he can live for now. But he better be good like he said he was going to be. Told him “Now darling be extra extra careful when we ride that beautiful bridge home”…