Ugh, it’s time change weekend already. Can we please just stay on standard time?
Bette & Tom
“My idea of a good time in L.A. is to go to the Fatburger with Tom Waits. Fact, Peter Riegert and I schlepped him over there last night for fries and a malted. The Fatburger is a local junk-food pit, and Tom Waits is - do you know Tom Waits? - oh, he’s won-der-ful. I first ran into him at the Bottom Line in New York. He was singing ‘The Heart of Saturday Night’, and I just fell in love with him on the spot. We got passingly acquainted that first night, and then I ran into him out here someplace, and I suggested we get together for a visit. Tom lives … well, sort of knee-deep in grunge, so he was reluctant for me to see his apartment. I grew up in lots of clutter myself, and delicate I ain’t, so I kept after him till he finally invited me over. He acted ultra-shy at first, but he finally ushered me around, and he’s got his piano in the kitchen, and he only uses the kitchen range to light his cigarettes, and then there’s this refrigerator where he keeps his hammers and wrenches and nuts and bolts and stuff like that. He opened the fridge door and with an absolute poker face he said, ‘I got some cool tools in here.’ You ever hear a cornier line than that? I howled for an hour, and we’ve been buddies ever since…" (Source: “Bette Bounces Back” Grover Lewis. New West: March 13, 1978) (Some photo cred: Chuck Pulin)