In Frankfort at the Romer
was a great mask-ball, at the coronation festival, and in the illuminated saloon, the clanging music invited to dance, and splendidly appeared the rich toilets and charms of the ladies, and the festively costumed Princes and Knights.
Then it's back downtown so the Romers can eat dinner at the Water Grill.
Good morning, Hilda,'' he says to an assistant to LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer calling with a schedule change.
It is probably the most important relationship I've got,'' Romer says.
Romer considers Manny one of his best friends; Manny thinks of Romer as a doting father.
But Romer is on his way out of the district, out of California, back to his Colorado ranch and the state where he served as governor from 1986-98.
And Manny doesn't know if the next superintendent will keep him or revert to the past system of having a rotation of armed police escorts, which would return Manny to the bus-driving schedule he kept before Romer arrived in 2000.
Long days are something Romer brought to the office, said his secretary, Raquel De Leon, who has worked with seven superintendents in 20 years.
He has never called in sick -- not during his nine years as a bus driver, not in the six years since Romer arrived.
He works 50 to 60 hours most weeks -- less when Romer is out of town -- and last year pulled in about $65,000.
Romer arrived on the heels of an eminent domain campaign for new schools that embittered some in the district's path.