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joan & my camera


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3 stretch limos waited outside, 2 already occupied by joan’s two assistants and some family members who preceded melisa and cooper. shortly after 10:30 am, melissa & cooper left joan’s home at 1 east 62nd street.

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a beautiful display of flowers and tributes covered half of the entrance to the building.

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i arrived at temple emanu el before the limos and if it were not for the m-1 city buses interrupting the view from the press camp located all the way across the avenue, i would have been able to show you more pictures.  how did they not close 5th avenue??  this was joan rivers’ funeral!  of course, the peeps from nbc, cbs, cnn, people magazine, ect… had anticipated this and came armed with ladders.  i spent 2 hours looking for tiny spaces in between ladder rungs, tripods and body parts trying to secure spot large enough to  fit my lens through. lesson learned.

all of the news media peeps were in crews. there were reporters, camera peeps, videographers and the assistants uploading live feed onto their computers.  by now you’ve no doubt already seen the celebrity arrivals in pictures splashed all over the news so i won’t bore you with mine, but i will tell you about the parts of the ceremony that the big outlets didn’t dwell on.

the lane of roadway closest to the temple was reserved for cars and limos dropping off guests – most had drivers.  then there was the person who pulled up in a beautiful light green maybach. i couldn’t see who it was as the view was obstructed by a double decker tourist bus filled with people taking pictures of the crowds and people in the press pit. it was pretty comical as they focused on the press camp and never thought to look across the street where all the celebrities were wandering about.  back to the maybach. apparently the guest who arrived in the maybach drove himself.  he must be used to having a driver as he forgot to take his keys when he exited his car. for the following 30 minutes or so, the maybach blocked the entrance to the to the temple so the following guests had to get out of their cars up the block and walk to the entrance. It took about 8 cops and two tow trucks, further obstructing my view, to jimmy the locks on the maybach and drive it away.


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just one hour after the service began, the front doors to the temple opened and out poured well over a dozen bag-pipers.  for this, they closed fifth avenue and i was grateful for the unobstructed views – until the bagpipers lined up directly in front to me.

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they played as melissa and cooper got into the their limo.

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all the other guests followed melissa out of the temple and waited for their drivers to arrive with their car.

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then – the second most amazing thing happened.  a cop moved the barrier and allowed the press to cross the street.  aproximately 3 seconds later, i was standing in the middle of a crowd of people that included whoopie goldberg, matthew broderick, charlie rose, barbara walters, kathy lee, and all the rest.  i wasn’t exactly sure what to do so i stood back and thought i would observe the pros from abc, nbc, cbs, ect., and then just do what they did.   each ‘team’ sent a reporter to a celeb and asked some questions while the camera person filmed and a third person uploaded the story for ‘live coverage.’  i did not have a crew. should i just walk up to geraldo or kelly osbourne and start asking questions? before i had time to answer my own question, matthew broderick walked by and i concentrated solely on the photo op.

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i knew sara jessica parker couldn’t be far behind so i stood still and scanned the crowd until i saw her heading my way.  she was just several feet away from me when the first most amazing thing happened – – my camera died!  it just stopped.  i tried to remain cool while i frantically turned my camera on and off several dozen times; dug through my bag for the spare and changed the battery;  dug through my bag again for the second spare and loaded that battery; changed the settings . . . . and everything else i could think of. . . . .

i finally came to understand it was simply my electronic disorder rearing it’s ugly head at the worst possible time, and tried not to cry. then i went home.

here are some of the shots i managed to get prior to the death of my most favorite possession . . . .

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whoopie goldberg

joan rivers funeral (Judge Judy)

judges judy & jerry sheindlin

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dr. oz

joan rivers funeral (Donald Trump) (3)

the donald

joan rivers funeral (diane sawyer)

diane sawyer

joan rivers funeral (charlie rose) (2)

charlie rose

barbara walters

barbara walters

joan rivers funeral (robin quivers)

robin quivers


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rest easy, joan – i hope the celebration was everything you wished for.


“I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.”
 ~ Joan Rivers


when i get my loft in soho . . . .

i am definitely getting one of these.



how cool is that?  and that man sitting in the chair could very well be my future husband.   right?Thumbs-up

“Never let life impede on your ability to manifest your dreams. Dig deeper into your dreams and deeper into yourself and believe that anything is possible, and make it happen.”
~ Corin Nemec 

a few good men

love  ♥  love    love  ♥  them both!

“i don’t deserve this award . . . . but i have arthritis and i don’t deserve that either.”
 ~ Jack Benny


meet my new neighbor, sheik hamad bin jassim bin jaber al-thani

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Qatar’s filthy-rich prime minister has scooped up a palatial Beekman Place townhouse near the United Nations for $35 million — $15 million less than its asking price, sources said.

Last year, Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al-Thani made headlines when he bought real-estate tycoon Aby Rosen’s East 71st Street party mansion for $47 million, but soured on the place because it didn’t have enough privacy or security for his wives, children and gun-toting security detail . . .  ny post

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
 ~ Buddha


all for just $95,000,000.00!



5th avenue at 59th street:

781 5th ave 

 “Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.”
– Woody Allen

china, anyone?

i have this great opportunity to work with an amazing woman on a fun & creative new venture which is almost guaranteed to make lots of money.  the one obstacle is that the money will take approximately 6 months to manifest and i don’t have that kind of time.  this is precisely why the experts, or at least suze orman, tell you to have a 6 month nest egg at all times.

because i really want to take advantage of this new venture, i have been looking online for the kinds of jobs i can to to make enough money to live while also getting this new opportunity up & running. here are just a few of the gigs i came across this week:

Macau junket operator If you can convince millionaires to travel to the Chinese city of Macau to gamble at a casino, you could earn 1.2% or more of whatever the high-rollers gamble. That could add up to $5,000 per month.  Joker-icon

Submarine cook In Australia, a senior submarine cook with more than six years of experience earns $200,000 (about $187,000 U.S.) per year, the same as a junior admiral. A bonus of $50,000 a year just for showing up for work, because the job is listed as “critical to the navy.”  Aqua_Monster

Airplane repo man If you like adventure and high-stress work, this is the high-paying job for you. Aircraft repossessors can get a 6 to10% commission of the resale price of a plane.  That can add up to$10,000 to $900,000 per plane. Be prepared for tough work, though. Some repo men get shot at or tossed in a foreign prison . . .

 Bounty hunter  Like a repo man, this is a dangerous job that could get you killed. Pay is 10 to 45% of the bail deposit amount.  $100,000 bail could net the bounty hunter $10,000 to $45,000. Experienced bounty hunters who take high-risk assignments can make more than $100,000 per year.


Shot girl $300 – $600 a night is about how much shot girls make, The Wall Street Journal reports. They’re paid 25 cents for every shot they sell at the bar, with the rest coming from tips. Smurfette-icon

and i’m pretty sure there’s an available position for a lion keeper in fresno county california, but somehow it didn’t make this list.


so then i went to the site, odd job nation  [i love the slogan for their site, hustle life . . . before life hustles you] and  this was the first job i came across:

Hello all!!! I am a 28 year old male who likes to act and be treated as a baby a couple of days a week. This job will occur 2-3 times a week generally in 4 hour shifts. The babysitter will be paid in cash at arrival of each visit. This job is in no way sexual and will just require for the babysitter to babysit and parent. This is in no way a joke but I do realize its a very very odd job. With that being said it is fun andfor the amount of work and time great money!!!!! I travel quite a bit and the sitting can be done at my hotel room or your place when I am in your area. I go back and forth between Virginia, and New York weekly for work. Please write me at with any questions or interest. Thanks!!!!

in fact, that was the only job listed in new york on the odd job nation site and it was listed 3 times.  the 28 year old baby first listed the babysitting job back in november, for $35.00 / hour.  presumably due to a limited pool of respondents from which to choose, he re-listed the job in december for $40.00 / hour.  still without proper supervision in january, he upped the pay to $50.00 / hour and is still in need of a sitter.   my guess is the travelling back & forth to virginia is just not for everyone . . . .


“being normal isn’t necessarily a virtue.  It rather denotes a lack of courage.”
~ Aunt Frances, from Practical Magic