Now, this is the story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became Lady Ducayne…
It all started in 2006 or 2007 when, after a lifetime of good eats and constantly giving restaurant recommendations to random strangers (I’m OG Yelp, son – but refused to be Elite because that would mean revealing my real name) and to friends, I was encouraged to make a blog. Since I am stubborn I thought yeah, I’ll make my own site! And I STUPIDLY used iWeb. I wish I could blame my stupidity on my youth, but reality is I’m a total Apple fangirl – for life! Anyway, all my iWeb files were saved on my OG first generation (stupidity strikes again) MacBook Air. If you know anything about the first generation MacBook Air is that it came with a MAJOR hinge issue that Apple denied at first, and later became a recall. In order to get it repaired you had to jump through a dozen hoops and fit a certain criteria. It was a nightmare. Finally I was able to secure a repair, dropped my computer off, and when I got it back they fixed the hinge (spoiler alert it broke again 6 months later) they did a complimentary checkup, discovered something was off and did a complete wipe. Awesome, except my iWeb files were there! Nooooooooooo! So anyway, I lost the ability to access iWeb and I was pretty sad about it but figured the universe (and Apple) didn’t want me to have a blog so I sulked, watched Gilmore Girls (can you believe Sookie, of all people, became the breakout star?!?!) and Yelped occasionally.
Some time later, I was encouraged to make a big girl blog using WordPress. At first I was so over it, I didn’t know how to use WordPress or to blog like the rest of the world and iWeb had failed me. Then one day I was probably at home bored, sat down and set up this site, as you see it today, in about 20 minutes. That includes the header which I always meant to change up but didn’t.
At first this blog was for my friends and I really thought they were the only ones reading it, and by reading I mean scrolling through and seeing the photos. It wasn’t until the last two years or so that I’ve randomly heard people talking about “Lady Ducayne” around the SCV. Its weird to hear that “Lady Ducayne” told you about a place. I always get embarrassed, but the person never knows I’m there because I never show my face on this site. I never reveal my real name or where I work, and guarding that information is very important to me because of the nature of my job. I don’t go into a place and announce myself…that’s ridiculous. Instead I just go out to eat, and sometimes I happen to have my camera on me, sometimes not.
So, to those of you that have been reading this site for years but never comment, thank you for reading (or skimming, or scrolling through). This whole Lady Ducayne thing kind of just took off and became a THING around SCV.
Which brings me to a special announcement! I often get asked to contribute and write for other sites, but I was always scared to put myself even more out there. This site is MY little safe haven where I can voice my viewpoints without angering sponsors or advertisers. Then when SantaClarita.Com came knocking I thought hmmm…why not. If its good enough for Jeff Wilson then its good enough for me.
So a couple of times per month I’ll be posting a column exclusive to that site. It will be less personal and straight to the point and feature local SCV eats of my choosing. Sorry local businesses, you still can’t pay to get a good (or bad) review out of me! However, I’m always welcome to suggestions on places to visit.