Well, I said I would follow up tonight and I decided that it’s a good time to continue with my explanation of what happened over the summer with me and my family. Ruth got back from Europe and things resumed at my house with an abundance of work going on. Heather has been working an average of about 52 hours per week for Broome County Transit over the summer. The good news that we have for her is that she is now officially a full-time employee and gets to bid on routes now and gets a route each season. That helps the family out a lot. It doesn’t mean she gets fewer hours, but she gets steady hours which we can now plan around. Not too long after Ruth got back home from Europe, we left for our big family vacation for the summer. We left to go to a family reunion for my wife’s side of the family in North Conway, New Hampshire. We had a plan on going there to relax with the family for a few days and then heading to Boston for two days so I could give the kids the whirlwind history tour before having to go home so that Heather could continue to work and so the kids could start putting in more hours at their jobs. So, we left two days after Ruth got home and headed on our way. It was interesting country to drive through and I have to say we visited three states I’ve never actually been to – Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. We travelled most of the day and had some grand Crissman adventures like trying to find gas in the middle of nowhere in Vermont. We decided to get some Maple Syrup while we stopped and even had the kids try some maple candy while we were there. We then made our way to a very nice house in North Conway. We had some great adventures while were there as well. The kids got to hang out with some cousins, Heather and I got to tour Portland, Maine and even went on a boat tour out in the harbor and Heather got to have an authentic lobster roll right there on the pier. We had some family photos taken and had a great time visiting with everyone.
We left North Conway by visiting some of the shops in a local outlet mall and then found an army/navy shop that Austin and I found some things at. We then made our way toward Boston. That same day, we visited the Bunker Hill monument and went up the 257 stairs in the monument. Don’t tell my wife, but they suggested that if you have a heart condition or are taking blood pressure meds, they suggest you not go up in the monument. I did anyway. We visited the Bunker Hill Museum and then headed over to the USS Constitution and the Museum that was there. I could NOT get over the security we had to go through in order to get onto the Constitution! It was just as bad as airport security. We had another issue there, but I will bring that up in a minute. We then finished up our day by trying to go to Paul Revere’s house, but it was closed just as we got there. We then went back to the Old North Church and then decided to call it a night. We first went to our hotel, where there was a mess-up and they gave away our reservation. So, we found another local motel and paid for the night and then went out for dinner and that’s when the next issue came up. We tried to pay for our food at McDonald’s and our cards were turned off. We would later find out that when we went through the scanners at the USS Constitution, it sent our money into “limbo” and instead of calling to inform us, our bank simply shut our cards off without warning. We tried to find out what was going on, but it was a late night on a Friday Night. I was concerned because the kids were hungry. Many people suggested many things, but we sought out help from my parents who went WAY out of their way to help us (thank you Mom and Dad!). We continued with our vacation the next day. We headed into Boston and visited the Governor’s House and the site of the Boston Massacre. We then went into Quincy Market and shopped around at all sorts of shops. The kids got to eat some of the best Clam Chowder that has ever existed! After Quincy Market we went out to Lexington and Concord and visited the museum and watched a wonderful presentation on the battle and then went out to the North Bridge before getting on the road and getting home late.
The next weeks brought on work, work, and more work for the rest of my family. Heather put in tons of hours taking overtime anywhere and everywhere she could. Ruth and Austin took all the work they could get at Wendy’s on Front Street and even took every call that they got for hours. I had the privelege of watching “Guardians of the Galaxy” on IMAX 3D in it’s opening weekend thanks to a scheme between my wife and the GalaxyCast Team. Thanks guys! Later in the summer, I took Austin and Tara to see it at the local Regal Cinemas and they thought the movie was awesome too! On top of working, the kids and I got to watch some epic movies and TV over the summer. We watched the 1990’s version of “The Flash” which I didn’t realize was as bad as it really was (no offense Mark Hamill, probably the best actor in the whole series). We also watched most of the G.I. Joe series (Austin and I will continue it later), I watched all three of the first seasons of “American Horror Story”, and we watched several movies as well. But our summer is ending off (even as I’m writing this) by watching the Simpsons Marathon on FXX. WE have DVR’d every episode and I don’t think we will finish watching them anytime soon, but it gives us something to watch when there is nothing on TV over the next two weeks or so. Of course, I’m not sure we’ll even finish it before the end of 2014. Only time will tell!
Tomorrow, my job starts back up again as a teacher. I am looking forward to getting back to work again. I didn’t feel this way at the end of last summer, but I can honestly say that this summer I actually am looking forward to teaching over the next year. I have my batteries recharged and I’m ready to go.
So, let’s review one of the books I read this summer – “Star Wars: Coruscant Nights I – Jedi Twilight” by Michael Reaves. As always, I will talk about the negatives, followed by the positives and then rate the book. 10 being a must read, and 1 being a “don’t bother”….