Jon Crispin's Notebook

My Father / Colorado

Posted in Family, Graveyards, Jon Crispin by joncrispin on 27/09/2014

My father died in August of 2007 and my brother, sister, and I have been trying to figure out when we could all meet in Colorado to spread his ashes.

Robert LeRoy Crispin (he hated the LeRoy part) was born in Central City, Colorado on 19 August 1917.  He was a man completely formed by his difficult early life.  At the age of 6 his father died (probably from black lung due to his working in the mines), and as his mother was often poorly, he was largely raised by grandparents.

My family; Bob, Karen, I at Richard Crispin’s grave in the Knights of Pythias cemetery.

Dad’s other side of the family were buried nearby in the IOOF (Odd Fellows) Cemetery.  Both sides of the family were Cornish, whose men worked in the lead mines there and came to Colorado to work the silver mines.

We spread some of dad’s ashes near his Wilkinson grandparents.  This watch belonged to his grandfather.  I usually keep it on my desk at home, but really wanted to bring it along for the trip.

The house he was born in on The Casey (now Casey Street) has been torn down, but this is the entry to his grandparent’s house next door.  Dad would have walked through this door countless times.

And seen this view across the valley every day.

And often would have walked up this path at the end of the street.

I have been meaning to do a long post about my father for a very long time, and I know I will get to it some day.  We had a somewhat complicated relationship, but he was an amazing guy whose life was remarkably full and interesting.

Paperwhites

Posted in Family, Flowers, Nature, Plants, Seasons by joncrispin on 17/01/2014

A few years ago my sister Karen gave us some paperwhite bulbs and told us how to get them to flower.  The process seemed to mysterious to me; put some dried up bulbs on some stones, add just enough water to cover the bottom of the bulbs and  in a short amount of time…voila, you have the most amazing smelling flowers in your house.  In winter!  So we do it every year now.  Give it a shot.  It is a great way to brighten up a household.

Saratoga

Posted in Animals, Architecture, Family, Sport by joncrispin on 16/08/2011

Last Friday my sister Karen and her husband Dick came up to go with us to the track at Saratoga.  It was a beautiful day and after all the heat and humidity, it was a pleasure to sit in the grandstand and watch the horses run.  Last year Cris, Peter, and I went and Pete was the big winner.  I am not sure what his system is, but it seems to work as he came out about $60.00 ahead.  This year, Dick’s friend Paul gave us some tips and they mostly worked.  On mostly $1.00 or $2.00 bets, I ended the day up about $20.00.  Peter chose not to follow Paul’s advice and again was the big winner, leaving the track with about $30.00 more than he came with.

I won a bit on the sixth race.  Lots of fun.

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