Jon Crispin's Notebook

An Interesting Day or Two

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Yesterday I took the train from Stratford upon Avon to Marylebone London.  It was raining.

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I made it with plenty of time to spare to make the 5.30 kickoff for the Fulham v Derby County match (ended in a 1-1 draw, but still fun).

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After the match I walked back to my hotel past my favorite row of houses.  Most of them have these amazing stained glass doors.  Mind blowingly beautiful.

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This morning I had a bit of a plan that started in Bishop’s Park.

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I wanted to walk past the Cottage again.  Last night, I entered the ground through door 36.  Quite narrow.

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I really like these graphic tiles set into the pavements along the Thames Walk.  Especially the smell lines coming out of the poo.

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Next stop was The Dove in Hammersmith for a pint of ESB.  Nice

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I started inside in the tiny bar and then moved to the deck out back.

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Just before I got to my ultimate destination (next photo), I got a text from Cris at home telling me to call immediately.  This is why; a giant fookin’ tree had fallen on my Element, and had knocked over my Vespa.  I think the Element might just be toast, but the Vespa could be ok.  Kind of put a damper on things.

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Many years ago John Wilson surprised me at the end of a very long walk along the Thames with this view.

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Here is a closer look at the Naked Ladies of Twickenham.

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And another.

I made it back to the Dove for more beer and a Sunday roast.  Tomorrow I have some meetings with folks interested in the suitcase project.  V exciting.

Baseball / A Different Huntington

Posted in Baseball, Beaches, Jon Crispin, Nature, ocean, stadiums, Uncategorized, waves by joncrispin on 19/06/2017

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Something is going on out on the mound.  The Angels lost to Kansas City yesterday, but it was a nice day for baseball.

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It seems my two current favorite places in Southern California have Huntington in their names.  This is the pier at Huntington Beach.  It was just past noon today when I took this, and the morning haze had not yet burned off.  A lovely, cool day to walk on the beach.

D.C.

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It is always a treat to be in D.C.  The weather was perfect for baseball yesterday.  Peter and I copped a couple of $5.00 seats (section 401, row M, seats 1 and 2).  As far away from home plate as you can get, but for us, the best view in the house.

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I have posted a Sulgrave Manor photo before, but I am always drawn to this particular  entry.  I really like this part of Connecticut Avenue.  It was a lovely evening for a walk.  So much is in bloom and the temperature is perfect.

Wishing all you Massachusetts residents a relaxing Patriots’ Day tomorrow.  And to everyone, a happy and productive week.

Opening Day

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I will often go to Fenway without a ticket in the hope that something will pop up (no pun intended).  When I got to the park I was amazed to see the line for the “day of game” tickets was quite short so I queued up and snagged a cheap (for the Sox) ticket out in the right field  grandstand.

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It is always special to walk into Fenway, especially on opening day.

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The NESN sideline reporter was ready for the cold, but it warmed up nicely.  By the 4th inning I took off my jacket, down vest, and wool sweater.

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I am including this shot for Peter Carroll.  Look closely and you will notice that the “camera” on the tripod for this guy’s live feed is an iPhone!  Amazing.

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The Sox were playing the Pirates, and I am including this shot for my son Peter.  We joke a lot about the 1970s Pirates hats, and this gentleman was totally decked out, including his Willie Stargell jersey.  He wasn’t so happy at the end of the day, as the Sox won 5-3.

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I ended up sitting in the second row of right field box 88, and had a really enjoyable time with the usher in that section, Bobby the Brick.  It was a blast to watch him work the game; keeping people moving, and bantering with the crowd.  He would randomly ask folks what the score was, how many runners were on base, etc, just to make sure we were all paying attention.  He is a totally great guy who grew up in the North End and loves his job.

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I always like to look around between innings.  My seat was just under the retired numbers of famous Red Sox players.  Love that blue sky.

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This was the first time I had taken the Commuter Rail to the park.  There is a new stop just steps from Fenway and it was great.  I love trains.

Washington Nationals v Miami Marlins

Posted in Baseball, baseball mascots, mascots, sports, stadiums by joncrispin on 20/09/2015

I usually attempt to put up posts in a timely manner, but Peter and I got home very late after the game on Thursday and I was up and on the road back home by 7.00 AM on Friday.  Yesterday I drove to Gillette Stadium to shoot the UMASS football game which was pretty much a 12 hour day.

I generally dislike sports mascots, but the presidents at Nationals Park are so cool.  And Teddy is the coolest.  Good thing he has his pince nez on so he can see the selfie that this guy took.

It was Hispanic Heritage Day, and it was nice that some of my favorite players were mentioned in the pregame ceremonies, including Roberto Clemente

Peter and I scored $5.00 tickets (the best deal in baseball) and sat in our favorite section (402).

It was pretty sparse up there.

It was a perfect night for baseball; about 70 degrees with a lovely breeze.

Apologies to my vegan/vegetarian friends, but another great thing about section 402 is that there is a Ben’s Chili Bowl at the bottom of the stairs.  If you like sausages, the “half smokes” are the bomb.

This is my favorite baseball situation.  Bases loaded, 2 outs, 3 balls and two strikes on the batter.  The runners are going on the pitch (if you look closely, you can see the ball on the way to the batter.)  In this case, Ian Desmond ripped a single into right field and two runs scored.  The Nats lost 6 – 4 and are barely hanging in for a playoff spot. Maybe next year.

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