(Day 15) Kingtones Memoirs
February 20, 1964 (Thursday)
We got up about 11:30 A.M. I made breakfast for Mike and me. Phil made pancakes for the rest of the boys. To my delight, they didn’t look very good. Pete and Bob said they looked like vomit but they ate them.
The Kingtones van was broke down and Phil’s car was also out of commission. Bob’s car was our only mode of transportation at that time. Bob and Phil, went out once again to try to get us a job. They came back several hours later, unsuccessful.
Since we needed groceries, I took Bob’s car and went to the store. I spent $15.00. This left $4.00 in our kitty. While I was gone, the boys cleaned up the apartment. They did a great job. I felt that they did this to help ease the tension that we all felt. Because of this, I decided to revoke my “cook your own meal” rule and started cooking for them again. At supper time, I cooked one of the best meals of the trip. When we finished, we went out to get some ice cream. We were having a great time and getting along just fine. I tried to analyze why we were getting along so well. Then it came to me: Pete was not with us. He was with our neighbor Lloyd, out drinking and going after some girl.
Pete had a charismatic personality. He had a kind of inescapable magnetism that drew people to him. He often got people to do things that they normally might not do. Sometimes this was so subtle that you didn’t even realize you were doing them. Like making fun of someone and thinking it was cool. When Pete was not around, the four of us seemed to get along fine. When Pete came back into the picture, we started to have arguments, disagreements and began to quarrel. There seemed to be more tension in the air when he was around.
When we returned from the ice cream store I called Chick. I missed her and it was great to hear her voice.
We needed a job bad. We hoped that we would start at Porky’s on Monday. Mike was looking and feeling much better. The rest of us were healthy. We were getting along good, because the “Puppet Master” was out and about.