Watching a parade perched on dad’s shoulders

Did I become an extra in an Oliver Stone movie? There are streets cordoned off everywhere, men in dark glasses, and gray suits talking into their lapels as they run down Lexington Avenue in packs, and what appears to be the entire NYPD police department congregated within a two block radius of my hotel seriously disrupting my ability to catch a taxi anywhere.

Streets cordoned off

NYPD two days before the president is even due to arrive

Suddenly a flash of blue lights and a string of long black limos barrel past. The windows are too dark to see in, but I presume it is President Obama (although half expecting Kevin Costner to suddenly poke his head out and wave). Of all the hotels in New York, muggins here has to choose the one right across the street from the Waldorf Astoria where the president is staying. He is here to speak at the UN regarding the Millennium Development Goals later today.

Mr. President’s Hotel

Catching a glimpse of the president is cool, but I am not loving the havoc his security detail are reeking on my travel plans. Anyway, that and the fact that I am still having too much fun (therefore, not enough time to write) here in New York is my excuse for not sharing all the exciting details of my week yet. I promise to start bringing you up to scratch once I find a taxi, finish my meetings, and arrive back in LA next week.

Finally made it downtown for dinner with my friends

Out of desperation I begged the gentleman in the taxis cue ahead of me to share a cab, and ended up making an interesting new friend while eventually making my way downtown to dine as planned. In the meantime, I hope the inconvenience has been worth it, and that President Obama will pledge to do our countries’ part in reaching those goals with just five years left to fulfill them.
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  • September 26, 2010
    3:44 am

    What??? Did you get it back to get it stolen?Aurora Boreales

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  • September 26, 2010
    3:44 am

    Never got it back.

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  • September 26, 2010
    3:45 am

    Of course I am upset about the computer, but it is the data I lost that is heart wrenching.

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  • September 26, 2010
    3:45 am

    Oh that's terrible, Julie Anne!! No back up anywhere??Justine Owls

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  • September 26, 2010
    3:46 am

    Oh Julie Anne I am soo sorry!Josie Elder- Chow

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  • September 26, 2010
    3:46 am

    None for my trip, and I had the most incredible restaurant pics, Modern Kitchen at the MoMA, and Eataly pics for the blog lost. Also gone are all the latest recipes written for the book, and I am not sure if my external hardrive is working properly until I buy a new computer. Night mare!

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  • September 26, 2010
    3:47 am

    Taxi company was of no help? Someone must have jumped in right after u and swiped it…well what comes around goes around!Josie Elder- Chow

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  • September 26, 2010
    3:48 am

    That seriously sucks! So sorry to hear that. I guess you can always try the glass half full approach and redo a trip to MoMA and Eataly. Hopefully, your external drive will save the day.Aurora Boreales

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  • September 26, 2010
    3:48 am

    So sorry about this. This sucks. What happened to people's morals?Eileen Ikuta

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  • September 26, 2010
    5:27 am

    Oh, Jewels, I'm so sorry to hear this. I sent you a pity party email a few days ago not realizing you were going through this, I'm sorry. Had I known I'd have left you alone. I hope everything works out. I'm sending positive vibes your way.

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  • September 26, 2010
    11:53 am

    Oh Julie Anne, that is terrible.I am so sorry to hear this little bit of news. Just when you were having such a wonderful time in NYC. Oh and those recipes for the book….I am so sorry. I just hope that whoever may have it does the right thing eventually.Although it sometimes takes effort & creativity to recognise this,there is good to be found in all misfortunes. This is eloqently expressed in a phrase from Zen philosophy which translates as: 'Touch the hole in your life, and there the flowers will bloom'.Aussie Mum

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  • September 26, 2010
    4:44 pm

    Oh Aussie Mum, I do adore you and your wise quotes! I'm struggling to let the frustration, anger and resentment go. I'm going to "touch the whole in my life, and there the flowers will bloom." I will write even better recipes, blogs, and chapters for the book.

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  • September 26, 2010
    4:46 pm

    So sorry. I didn't read the details of how it got lost/stolen, but was there a way to know who to contact if someone found it? Maybe it will still somehow turn up. Can the IP address be traced in some way if something is posted from it? I only have a desktop and know almost nothing about this stuff, so forgive me.Nique Quesada

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  • September 26, 2010
    4:49 pm

    Unfortunately not Nique. I had no choice but to buy a new computer yesterday, and this time I put lojack on it for that very reason. That way, if they can not find the computer, they can at least wipe your personal information clean.

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