Scariest Thing Ever

As you may know, I have a well-documented fear of dolls.
So, the other night when I was walking home up Madison Avenue I was a little spooked when I passed the window display for “Chuckies” shoe store on Madison Avenue and 85th Street. I remember when the store first opened the name made me uncomfortable for obvious reasons but I got over it.  When I saw this window the other night I figured it was for Friday the 13th BUT…

…when I walked by the next night, the doll on the right was MISSING! Where the F did it go?????

Elaine’s Auction

On September 20, 2011 I went to my first LIVE AUCTION.  Doyle New York was auctioning the estate of Elaine Kaufman, the late owner of famed Upper East Side restaurant Elaine’s, who died last December.  From the moment I learned of the auction I knew I wanted a piece of the history for my “collection.”  Browsing through the online catalog before the exhibition I got set on a basket of hand towels embroidered with the Elaine’s Restaurant logo.  I don’t remember ever seeing cloth hand towels in the bathroom there but with such a large lot of towels (I couldn’t tell how many) I thought I could give some as gifts and sell a few on eBay to make up the cost (estimated between $100 and $200.)

At the exhibition a few days before the auction I saw a curious lot: a collage of two photos of Elaine Kaufman with former presidential candidate John McCain.  One of the photos was a very awkward freeze frame of John McCain in the midst of giving Elaine a hug.  Below the collage was a scribbled, affectionate note to Elaine signed by McCain.  They didn’t seem a likely pair with most of Elaine’s famous patrons hailing from the literary world and Hollywood (i.e. Gay Talese and Woody Allen.)

Day of the Auction:
I went early to Doyle to register for a paddle.   Continue reading “Elaine’s Auction”

Birthday Brunch at Sarabeth’s

Jules treated me to a very U.E.S. and very special birthday brunch at Sarabeth’s today:

This kid came up to our table and asked if we wanted to see a magic trick.  He was good.  His name is Cooper, he’s in 4th grade somewhere in Connecticut, and I will be surprised if he does not headline a show in Las Vegas within 30 years.

Bird’s-eye view:

On the toilet in the big bathroom:

Now, C Here, Jamba Juice! U have 2 wear ur Orange Letter!

The last time I vomited was also the last time I ate at Jamba Juice on Lexington Ave and 87th Street, two years ago.  It was the oatmeal with some sort of “berry” topping.  Granted, I was hungover, but I have never on any other occasion in my life vomited in association with alcohol consumption.

Anyhoo, I felt vindicated when I saw this Jamba Juice had received a “C” on their restaurant report card from the city health inspector.  I took this picture on March 8, 2011.

BUT! Only a few days later the orange “C” was gone and nothing has replaced it still, as of April 2.  WTF?

I had to add my own C.

NYC restaurant report card website

More information on food safety inspection here.

Photos from my Bedroom Window: 199? – 2010

Blog Paralysis

I have too many blogs.  I think I will soon integrate my Pigeon blog and Vanity Plate blog with this one.  And I am going to write about whatever I want to write about.  Trying to keep each blog so narrowly focused has been holding me up from posting anything at all.  So, here goes again.  Also!

WordPress Troubleshooting:

I get so much web help by searching and finding what other people have posted on blogs and in forums, so just in case anyone has the same problem…

I recently switched the hosting of this site from ICDSoft to GoDaddy. I had to re-upload all of this site’s wordpress files and the wordpress mysql database to GoDaddy and once I had done that, uesjournal.com was just a blank white page!  And the same was true for any posts or pages – any of the parts of the site the public is supposed to be able to see.

For a week I thought it had something to do with accessing the mysql database since I was able to log in to the wp-admin but all of the public pages were blank.  But, I couldn’t find anything wrong with the config.php file.  So!

Today, I was just browsing around in the wp-admin area, frustrated, and clicked on the Theme Editor on the Appearance menu.  I got an error message (I should have written it down!) that basically said, theme not found.

It turned out that all my posts were up there in the database, but they could not be laid out for anyone to see because I had accidentally not uploaded the theme I was currently using.  So, I uploaded it and voila!  The site is back.

I should have known it wasn’t the database because usually when there is a problem with that you get a message that says something like “error establishing database connection.”

That’s it.