When Angels Drool
Johnnie Lucille Collier danced exactly like Ann Miller because that’s who she was.
CHARMING ROBOT DEFIES GOVERNMENT MANDATE
Taffy Inspector Probed
Hi Sylvia. It’s me, Fred in the composing room.
Angling my DeSoto onto the boulevard, I headed for Will Rogers State Beach to meet a man I never liked. Earlier, I told Effie to close the office and beat it home to jump in the pool. The kid deserved a break. Somebody should get the opportunity to stave off the thick slab of heat crushing my home town of Santa Monica, and it might as well be Effie. ‘Gee, Trace, you’re the best,’ she said and was gone in a plume of perfumed smoke. I sent my man Rollo home, too. ‘Thanks, Boss, you sure certain you don’t need me for nothin’?’ he said. Rollo was dumb as a tub full of doorknobs, but he was my pal, and I took care of him. Myself? I spent the morning in the ratty movie palace. I’d sprung for a loge in the stale dump for no other reason than the fact that the place was air-cooled. I worked my way through a box of Milk Duds, a gift in advance for my dentist, Jake Hall. I didn’t care what Donald O’Connor was up to on the screen. Instead, I napped like a man escaping the Sahara desert on a block of ice. When I woke up, I staggered from my block of ice back into the desert heat. It was twice as hot in my DeSoto’s internal inferno. I took off my hat. I never take off my hat. I took off my hat.
I rolled into the Will Rogers parking lot and had not a lot of trouble picking out the gold Cadillac with the white sidewall tires. The Dancer leaned on the car, arms folded, legs crossed, a smirk of welcome on his lips.
‘Hello, Dancer,’ I said, exiting my ride.
He nodded, foxtrotted over and proceeded to tango on my Adam’s apple for a while.
‘Stay off the case,’ he said when he finished and was waltzing back toward the Cadillac.
I remained examining the texture of the asphalt while the Cadillac smoothed away. And all I could do was wonder. What case? If only he could have been more specific. Well, live and learn. Or live until you learn. I got to my knees and straightened my tie. What else could I do?
Kong opened that health food store in Hermosa Beach, but soon grew tired of it and headed for the Tioga Pass.