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Well, This Is Embarassing!   8 comments

Posted at 1:52 pm in commentary

Christmas Eve afternoon, I made a "Merry Christmas, Columbia" post, and signed off to enjoy the holiday.

The next time I tried to access the site, late Christmas Day, it was down. Since I had notice from GoDaddy that they would be doing a disruptive upgrade soon, I figured they must have thought that Christmas Eve was somehow a good time to do it. (It's not -- nobody wants to deal with stuff on Christmas Eve!).

Anyway, I didn't have time over the holidays to deal with what I figured would be re-uploading files, configuring web servers and restoring databases, and then after New Years I got sick as a dog and just didn't have the energy to approach it.

Yesterday evening I finally felt good enough to deal with it, went into the control panel and thought: Wait A Minute! There were no reports on any server activity at all -- So I clicked on the virtual POWER button, and now all is back.

I certainly didn't turn it off, and there's no point pursuing it as I'm sure nobody at GoDaddy will admit to turning it off, but off it was turned.

The good news is: Hey that was really easy to fix!

The bad news is apparently the upgrade still is coming at some point in the reasonably near future.

But anyway: Happy New Year, Columbia!

Written by ted on January 8th, 2023

Merry Christmas, Columbia!   1 comment

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Heat Was In The Very Sod That The Saint Had Printed   no comments

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Linus & Lucy   1 comment

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Granelli was the last surviver of the Vince Guaraldi ensemble who recorded this classic for A Charlie Brown Christmas:

Written by ted on December 21st, 2022

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A Very Happy Ending!   no comments

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Twist!   no comments

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Posted at 10:03 pm in commentary

I've got a note from Godaddy that they will be upgrading my host soon, so there may be some downtime ahead for the site.

Or it could all go perfectly.

Written by ted on December 12th, 2022

Richland Mall Redevelopment, 3400 Forest Drive: 2022 until..   26 comments

Posted at 3:28 pm in commentary

Folks, with today's Forest Acres redevelopment announcement, I thought I would go ahead and throw up a Richland Mall post, even though I don't have anything prepared, so we can discuss it here rather than in Have Your Say.

So have at it!

(Hat tip to commenter John for the heads up).

UPDATE 10 November 2022 -- A question from commenter Russell below reminded me that there commenter Dennis worked of a map of the original open-air mall, and I got the tenant lists for 1926, 1975 & 1985 here. (Also changed to post title to add the word 'Redevelopment' at the end, added the street address and added the map icon.)

Also a note to folks popping in for the first time due to this post -- If you will go to Alphabetical Closings, you may find your favorite vanished spot in the site index.

Written by ted on November 9th, 2022

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I Knew It Was Bad   13 comments

Posted at 11:05 pm in commentary

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But it's worse than I thought!

Many of the shelves are bare, though, at the Kmart in Avenel, New Jersey, picked over by bargain hunters as the store prepares to close its doors for good April 16.

Once it shutters, the number of Kmarts in the US — once well over 2,000 — will be down to three last holdouts, according to multiple reports, in a retail world now dominated by Walmart, Target and Amazon.

But it wasn't inevitable:

“It’s a study in greed, avarice and incompetence,” Cohen said. “Sears should have never gone away; Kmart was in worse shape, but not fatally so. And now they’re both gone.

“Retailers fall by the wayside sometimes because they’re selling things people don’t want to buy,” he continued. “In the case of Kmart, everything they used to sell, people are buying, but they’re buying it from Walmart and Target.”

Roadtrip?

Kmarts continue to operate in Westwood, New Jersey; Bridgehampton, on New York’s Long Island, and Miami.

Written by ted on April 12th, 2022

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