Jon Crispin's Notebook

The Lucky Bar

Posted in Family, football, Jon Crispin, soccer, Sport, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 21/01/2017

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Today is Peter’s birthday.  United were playing Stoke, so while Cris went to the Capitol for the march, he and I went to The Lucky Bar to watch the match.  I took this photo in added time, about a minute before Rooney equalized.  It was a great goal and the bar went wild.  So nice to watch football with him on his birthday.  Cris is on her way back to his flat, then out to dinner tonight.

Happy birthday, Laddie.

Washington Capitals / Metro Closed

Posted in Cities, Sport, sports, Transportation, Travel, Uncategorized by joncrispin on 15/03/2016

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Peter and I went to a Caps game tonight.  It was great, and they beat Carolina 2-1 in overtime on a (slightly) contested Ovechkin goal.

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On our way to the arena, a guy sitting near to us on the Metro told us that the entire system would be closed for  24 hours starting at midnight.  We figured he wasn’t kidding when we saw this ⇧.  Should make the morning commute really interesting.

Montreal / WWC

Posted in bonsai, botanical gardens, gps, Montreal, Sport, Travel, woman's football, woman's soccer by joncrispin on 28/06/2015

We were in Montreal for the Germany / France match on Friday.  It was fun being in the city again.

It was a bit odd walking back into the Olympic Stadium.  We had been there while the Expos were still playing, and Peter mentioned that the last time we saw a game there he was sure we would never set foot in the place again (The franchise moved to DC after the 2004 season).  It is a shame that they put a roof on it, as watching outdoor sporting events in a covered venue is a somewhat unnatural.  And the place still smells of garlic fries and burgers.  But it was a great match, with Germany winning on penalties 1-1 (5-4).  We were all rooting for France, but the atmosphere was fantastic, and it was great to see a World Cup match in person.

On Saturday morning we went to the Botanical Garden and hung out with Peggy Ross and her husband Peter.  Great little bonsai collection.

Peter has been following Formula One for a few years now, and we had heard that anyone could drive around on the actual circuit.  It is so cool, as it is divided so that one lane is for automobiles (max 30 kph) and the other is for bicycles, roller blades, other non-motorized conveyances and people who just want to walk.  And it shows up on the GPS.  Turn right in 0.6 miles!

Here’s the Element at the back of the starting grid.

The Regent’s Park / Wembley

Posted in Advertising, Flowers, Jon Crispin, Sport, Travel by joncrispin on 10/10/2014

I met Cris at Heathrow yesterday.  She has an all-day meeting today and in order to keep her awake and adjust to the time change, we did a long walk to The Regent’s Park late in the afternoon.  It is amazing that the roses in Queen Mary’s Garden are still blooming in a major way this late into the year.

Earlier in the day I realized that England were to play San Marino at Wembley in the evening, and I knew that Peter would be disappointed if I didn’t attempt to get a ticket.

I got to my seat near half-time just as Wayne Rooney was taking a penalty to make it 2 – nil.

As San Marino is considered the worst team in FIFA, the crowd was a bit sparse; announced attendance was just over 55,ooo.  The final score was 5 – nil England.

 I have been to lots of League matches, but never an international at Wembley, and I must say that the Brits have crowd control down to a science.  Some of it has to do with the design of the stadium, some with the way that the police control things, but mostly it has to do with the fact that the English do nothing better that queueing.

It was a great evening; I thought of Peter the whole time.  I really wish he was with me.

Football and Frog

Posted in Animals, Nature, Sport by joncrispin on 27/09/2014

If you read this site regularly, you might think that most of my photography has to do with the suitcases project or random things that go on in my life.  But I still shoot stuff in an attempt to make a living.  Once in a while I help out my friend Thom Kendall, who has the contract to shoot UMASS sports.  Today was the first game to take place in Amherst in several years, as the team has been playing home games at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (yeah, it’s complicated).  Upon review, this play was ruled a touchdown, and I was happy to get this shot.

With all the TV timeouts, I didn’t get home until about 7.45.  We had some nice mozzarella and one of the last good tomatoes of the season, and Cris wondered if any of the basil that we grow in pots on the deck was still edible.  It was dark out so she brought in the pot and started trimming leaves.  Quite quickly she noticed that this froggie had come in with the plant.  We caught it, and after I took this photograph, put him (her?) back outside.  Love those sticky feet.

Washington Nationals

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Jon Crispin, Sport by joncrispin on 23/08/2014

I am in DC for the weekend visiting Peter.  Last night we went to dinner to celebrate his new job and this afternoon we headed down to Nats Park.  There was about an hour rain delay, but we walked up to the ticked office and got two $5.00 seats.  We asked to be under the overhang in case the rain came back, and were totally excited when we saw our seats.

The end seats of the last row of section 401.  I don’t think you could get farther from home plate anywhere in the park.  We like to be up high at games because it gives a great feel for the whole park.

In these particular seats, one has a great view of the Capitol dome.  And all this for $5.00.  Amazing

The Nats beat the Giants 6-2.  Jordan Zimmerman pitched a great game and the Nats are really on a roll.  It seemed like old times when someone yelled “Hugo Chavez” when Wilson Ramos came up to bat.

Here are Ray Knight and Johnny Holliday about to start the post-game show.

Fenway

Posted in Architecture, Baseball, Sport, Transportation, Travel by joncrispin on 04/05/2014

Yesterday I got a call from my friend Scott Chasan-Taber offering me a ticket to today’s Sox game.  We drove in this morning and took the Green Line from Woodland to Fenway.  It was a beautiful day for baseball; cool, breezy, and at times even a bit warm in the sun.  The Sox lost to Oakland 3-2 in 10 innings, but it didn’t really matter so much to me.  It was just lovely to be in the park watching baseball. Thanks Scott! / Wishing you all a great week. Cheers

Recently

Posted in Animals, Baseball, Beaches, Cities, Family, Food, Fried Clams, Jon Crispin, Nature, Sport, Travel, Water by joncrispin on 03/12/2013

Sometimes I get a bit frustrated when I don’t post here as soon as I have some interesting (to me) photographs. / We were up in Maine for Thanksgiving at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.  They live near to Higgins Beach in Scarborough, ME and on Thursday the ocean was really kickin’.  I went for three separate walks to the beach the next day and each one was interesting in its own way.  The surf was up (especially by East Coast standards) and at one point there were at least 40 surfers out.

On the morning walk I noticed that tons of sea creatures were washed way up on the beach, including this guy.  Very alive and, I hope, happy to be put back into the ocean.  Would have made a nice little lunch though.

On our way home on Saturday, I finally stopped to take a shot of this structure on Route 1 in Scarborough.  I liked the light, and it is nice to see how helpful the owners are in identifying just what this thing is.

Further (farther?) down Route 1 is Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery and since Peter was with us it seemed a nice time to stop in for a bite.  As usual, amazing fried clams.

Next stop was in Boston for our annual walk around the outside of Fenway Park.  So sweet to have the 2013 World Series banner hanging.

And I have always liked this statue, especially Dom DiMaggio’s specs. / We ended the Boston leg of the trip with a stop at the Blue Ribbon.  For Peter, this day was a triple play; clams, Fenway, and Blue Ribbon.  He was a very happy boy.

And finally, there is this.  Image-wise it is kind of an orphan here, but I love the floating cone in the middle.  I spotted this on a walk with Pete yesterday afternoon. / I take him to the train in New Haven tomorrow, and as usual, it will be difficult to say goodbye.  Cris and I have had so much fun being with him for the past few weeks.

Union Station, New Haven

Posted in Architecture, Cities, Sport, Transportation, Travel by joncrispin on 20/11/2013

Peter took the train up from DC yesterday and I drove to New Haven to meet him.  He arrived at about 3.30 and the light was beautiful.  /  England were playing Germany in a friendly and we found a great pub in the downtown called Christy’s and were able to watch the second half of the match (England 0- Germany 1).  Great place.

Rowing

Posted in Boats, People, Sport, Transportation by joncrispin on 31/10/2013

I used to shoot a lot of rowing.  I started in Ithaca while shooting sports for Cornell and Ithaca College.  And for many years I shot the annual Harvard/Yale Regatta on the Thames River in New London, CT.  I have such a great respect for these athletes and their dedication to training and competing.  This morning I was up way before first light to shoot some of the UMASS rowers as they were preparing for a competition this weekend.

Here is a shot of the coxswain in a 4+.  It was barely light when I shot this and when we left the dock it was 39 degrees.

These women are on the water 6 days a week way before most people are out of bed.  Title IX is the greatest!

Big thanks to Megan McHugh for piloting me around the Connecticut River.  She was really nice and it was so great to have an opportunity to be on the water again.

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