Christmas is off to a Shaky Start for Me

Nothing serious! But I woke up and Echo’s web server was down. Echo is the social network I run, and we also have a web server, which hosts this blog, among other things. When I called our host to fix it they brought both our machines down! The web server is now back up, but I’m in state, waiting for the machine that hosts the social network part to come back up.

Aaaaaaaand I just burned my breakfast/lunch. Terrific. This is not an apartment with a lot of back-up food. I’ll update later.

Update: Echo is completely back up, burnt food eaten.

I took this on my way to the best Christmas Eve party EVER. It snowed while I walked, and then turned to rain by the time I got there. But I was strolling in the snowfall for a few minutes!! It was great.

The musicians and some of the singers. I wasn’t kidding when I said this was a great party. It was such a wonderful group of people, every one of them open and friendly and interesting, and it was in an apartment that had that old New York feel which is almost entirely gone. I was so happy. The hosts were two sisters who lived in my building about twenty years ago and I ran into one of them on my roof last 4th of July. They’ve known my next door neighbors since they were children, so she was there to watch the fireworks.

The guy in the plaid lives in Vermont but he’s been coming down to Jane Street near me for the past 24 years to sell Christmas trees. That’s his son on the bass. Ohmygod, I just realized, the Christmas trees I posted the picture of other day were his! Here he is, on the far left!! Isn’t that funny? You take a picture of some random guy, and a couple of days later you’re sitting next to him, singing.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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5 thoughts on “Christmas is off to a Shaky Start for Me

  1. hi Stacy,
    your photograph is another one of those exquisitely wonderful pictures of a New York street scene. I know you simply go around snapping shots, and they’re all pretty good.

    But sometimes one of them turns out so aesthetically captivating that you could probably blow them up a little and sell prints.

    I think the visual representation of the texture and color combinations in this photographs is something I’ve only seen in some of the scenes of “Eyes Wide Shut”.

    Very evocative.

  2. Thank you Gina! I hope you had a great holiday too.

    And Greg, WOW. I feel like I am not worthy of those compliments, but still. Thank you so much.

    I signed up for a class to learn how to use my camera better. I could probably figure it out on my own but if I take this workshop, I’ll get there faster. It’s just a one afternoon thing.

  3. Merry Christmas, Stacy. As someone who loves back stories about books, people, and New York, I have enjoyed your books and blogs over the years and very much appreciate what you do (and your photography, too). I realize the Vermont guy must be the author of another book I have enjoyed as well, Christmas on Jane Street. Love it!

  4. Yes, the Vermont guy is Billy Rump, the author of Christmas on Jane Street which I now have to get!! Thank you so much for the Christmas wishes and for the compliment about my books and my blog.

    It is obviously my pleasure to write them!!

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