Thursday, February 25, 2010


I just got one of those silly "Room Ba" robot vacuum cleaners. They had them on sale at home Depot for ninety nine dollars, so I figured as much as I hate to clean house, even though I'm a neat freak, I'd try one. I find myself talking to the silly thing like it's a dog, or a cat. It did the kitchen twice while I was taking the dishes out of the dishwasher and I had to shoo it away.
It's actually pretty neat. I can fold clothes and do other things while it's vacuuming. I'm sure it would scare the hell out of cats they'd be under the bed, but it goes there too and most dogs would be chasing it around snapping at it, or hiding under the bed with the cat. I have two other vacuum cleaners a big Hoover and a little Hoover. The Room Ba is pretty much just a floor sweeper, but after an hour I stopped it and cleaned the filter it was full. Mostly, hair, lint, glitter from Christmas decorations and dust bunnies, but I think it's great. Now if they'd just invent something that flies around the house and dust for you.
Wasn't there some kind of crazy movie in the 60's where a family lived in a "High Tech" house and a robot vacuum cleaner came out of a wall every time something was dropped on the floor? I seem to remember Doris Day, or someone like her being in it. Of course everything went haywire and all hell broke loose when the darn thing took her shoe or something like that. I looked it up and it's "The Glass Bottom Boat".
Excerpt from movie description;
“Tashlin, who always used gimmicks in his pictures, has a field day with "Glass Bottom". Templeton's kitchen is state of the art and completely electronic with fun gadgets that to this day we still don't have. It did, however, have remote control and microwave, which is pretty standard in our time.” I always liked Doris Day.

Back in 1979 I was visiting my friend Steve in Los Angeles. We drove all over Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc. I had to re load my camera right at the top of Benedict Canyon after taking pictures of Valentino's house, “Falcon Lair”. I was tired and wanted to go back to his place. He wanted to know if I wanted to drive by Doris Day's house. I said let's just go back to your apartment, but he insisted. I hadn't seen one single star all day and I was disappointed. When we got to her house there was a diesel Mercedes in the driveway with the engine running and the vanity plate was DIAS1. He wanted to drive off, but I told him to wait because that was her car. He said in Beverly Hills that could be the maid's car. I told him no I knew it was her car because I'd seen a “Tonight Show” where Johnny Carson held up star's personalized license plates and people tried to guess who's they were and I remembered they were her's for “Daisy”. Sure enough a man came out with a dog and was started taking pictures of the dog in the car. Then out walked Doris Day in a dark green velvet pant suit wearing a matching hat. He began taking pictures of her when she saw me through the gate hanging out the car window. I was afraid she'd ask us to leave, or call the police. Instead I said "Hi" and she said "Hi" and then posed for me several times waving for my shots. I told her "Thanks!", then we went home. I was so excited I couldn't wait to get home to have the photos developed. When I went to pick them up I'd loaded the camera wrong and that whole roll was nothing but a blank. So much for my seeing a real live movie star.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing your life in these stories. I am enjoying them immensely.