Jon Crispin's Notebook

DC Tidal Basin

Posted in cherry blossoms, History, Plants, scandals by joncrispin on 05/04/2015

Peter and I were hoping for some cherry blossom action today, but it was about a week too early.  It was a beautiful day for a stroll, and the crowds were out.  As we were starting to walk around the Tidal Basin I asked him if he knew anything about Fanne Fox and Wilbur Mills and the famous incident that happened in 1974. I was hoping for a “History Happened Here” plaque, but no such luck so we sat on a bench overlooking the water and read about it on my phone.  What a great story, and the amazing thing is that Mills won his next reelection campaign in spite of it all.

As I mentioned, the blossoms were just about ready to pop.

The only ones that were out were on this tree, and there was a queue to get the shot.

When I was a kid, I used to love playing around with cherry tree sap.  I haven’t thought about doing that for ages.

We were thrilled to stumble across the new Martin Luther King Jr. monument.  It is really powerful, with lots of King quotes sprinkled about.

We kept on walking around the tidal basin and soon came to the FDR Memorial, which we had also never seen.  I love this sign for the restrooms.  Kind of surprising that they didn’t include an ideogram of someone in a wheelchair.

Peter is fascinated by World War II, and we always stop by the memorial.  What a lovely day.  DC is fantastic.

Pups in the Park

Posted in Baseball, Family, Flowers, Trees by joncrispin on 14/04/2013

I made a run down to DC yesterday to deliver more household stuff for Peter’s apartment.  Today we went to see the Nats and were delighted to discover that it was “Pups in the Park” day.  And as is obvious, there was sniffing.

This picture shows Gio Gonzalez’s first pitch, which B.J. Upton promptly put into left field for a double.  It went downhill for the Nationals from there.  The final was 9-0 Braves, but it was a fun game to watch.  Peter was especially excited about being able to walk up to the box office and get $20.00 seats an hour before first pitch.  Something that hasn’t happened at Fenway for a very long time.

This is my second trip to the park, and the fact that you can see the Capitol as you are exiting from the upper levels is way cool.

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Pete also told me that these cherry trees were an important part of the planning of the park.  So nice to see them in bloom.  It was beautiful here in the District today and a perfect day for baseball.

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