Jon Crispin's Notebook


Posted in Buildings, Family, Friends, People, Sport by joncrispin on 30/12/2010

Fenway sign


Every year around this time, Peter and I drive into Boston.  Our first stop is Fenway.  We park on Yawkey Way (there is always a spot) and walk around the perimeter of the park.  It is always a bit odd to be there in the off season, especially with lots of snow on the ground from the storm earlier this week.  We start by heading East on Yawkey and then around to Lansdowne.  This year we spotted the entrance to the Bleacher Bar, which is actually inside the building, just under the center field bleachers.  It is a really nice smallish pub that was mostly empty.  A nice time for an early Guinness for me and a lime and soda for Peter.  It was a great day to be together.


Guest check

Posted in Family, Friends by joncrispin on 17/12/2010

My dad was a very interesting guy.  He died in August of 2007, and my mom died in March of 2009.  Cleaning out their apartment in Meadville was difficult in the obvious ways.  It wasn’t until July of ’09 that we finally had everything out and divided up.  It was very cool the way my sister, brother and I settled on who got what.  No hassles at all.  Since I was the last to leave Meadville, I had lots of odds and ends to bring home.  The boxes ended up in my family room and have sat there since.  My plan was to go through them and divide the remaining items between the three of us.  It has been hanging over my head since that July, but I finally started opening boxes on Tuesday.  Dad had saved some intersesting little items.  /  After he retired from Allegheny College, he read to school children at my old elementary school and volunteered to teach English as a second language through the Meadville Public Library.  A family named Lee moved to town from China to work at the Chinese restaurant run by Mr Lee’s brother.  They came speaking no English, and my dad became their teacher and mentor.  He poured all his heart into that family, and they really loved him in return.  The boys were Jamie and Danny, and Jan was their mom.


Our son Peter was born 5 weeks early in January of 1989.  He weighed just over 3 pounds and had a very rough start, staying in the NICU at Floating Hospital in Boston for what seemed like forever.  When I was going through the boxes from Meadville, I came across this envelope.

I realized right away that it was from the Lee’s.  This note was inside.

Oh, man.


Posted in Family, Friends, People by joncrispin on 12/12/2010



Knowing how to refer to the children of my many nieces and one nephew has always been a problem for me.  I think I have finally learned that these kids are my great nieces and nephews.  I’ll try to remember from now on.  This is C.C. who is the youngest daughter of niece Debbie her husband Burr.  (Here’s another question; is Burr my nephew or nephew-in-law?)  In this photo, she is with Steven, who is Burr’s brother.

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