in short: Something in my zen-based custom theme is keeping a couple of cck fields from being display on my page. Basically my question is where to get access to the variables that are supposed to contain the html for the cck fields (which are missing when I was looking them in firebug).
Below I explain why I think it's looking up the variables that might bring me closer to a solution
So I made this custom node type (events) with cck fields added. Also made some content using those fields. Added some css and it all displayed fine.
Later the taxonomy terms below the title and some metadata bugged me so I followed along with a 'theming cookbook' pdf book that taught me how to make a node-events.tpl.php and simply deleted php variables like $terms. This worked great.
Obviously this also means that all this time, the view permissions of those fields have been checked and also that the display options under 'display fields' have been set to standard all the time. I also ruled out that the issue could be anything else than theme related as my cck fields do show up in a stock Drupal theme. The theme for my site is a zen-based custom theme.
So then even later, after I made a view for this node type and started adding css to that view I noticed at some point that my image field and two other fields are missing. It's hard to tell if they disappeared because of things that I did when creating the view and adding css (which would surprise me)