1986 - 1988
Ernie's mother and I considered becoming a family again, but it wasn't really what she was interested in doing.
I soon moved from the house across the street from Jane's parents to a studio apartment in West Salem over a small market. I had a good view of the streets on two sides. There was a deli across the side street where I would often get potato salad and sandwiches. As I needed to sleep in the daytime, it could be rather noisy with early morning deliveries to the store below and, once or twice, a parade.
I bought a used Dodge Omni with some of the insurance money from Jane's death. Of course it was blue. I really liked it. It doesn't seem I had it very long though. One night at work someone told me my car had been wrecked. Someone had dropped his cigarette on the floor of his car and lost control, hitting my parked car, and pushing it into a large door of the Steel factory across the street. The driver had no insurance, but managed to pay me for my car. I replaced it with a blue Pinto that had problems. I still miss that Omni.
I spent time at Elaine's visiting her and Ernie, and he got to come stay with me quite a bit.