August 2001

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August 20, 2001:  Well, the wedding pictures are starting to trickle in from last month.  Here are a couple of nice shots.  This is David and Jamie Crenshaw, dancing the night away on the eve of their first night as husband and wife. 

Aren't they a CUTE couple?  Of course they are :-)  Welcome to the family Jamie!  You fit right in!!  As soon as I get more pictures from Dave and Jamie, I'll put 'em up here. 

And here are a couple of shots from Tim and Suzanne's wedding.  Don't they look absolutley amazing?!?!?


Mr. and Mrs. Penziner moments after exchanging their vows


Two brothers who look damn good in tuxedo's

Scott Penziner with his sister in law, Suzanne Penziner along side her husband Tim Penziner standing next to his siter Gini Penziner >:-)  That was fun! hehehehehe.

Let's see.  Had a pretty good weekend.  On Saturday morning, after much prodding and poking, I got Justin out of bed and we headed into Pleasanton to check out the farmers market.  After picking up some fabulous fruits, flowers and veggies at the market (heheheheh) we headed back to our place to stow away our stash.  We then spent the rest of the day chilling.  That night, I took it easy (was feeling hella tired) while Justin headed to party the night away.  The next morning, we met up in San Francisco for breakfast and then did some shopping down in Union Square.  After that, we headed off to Half Moon Bay to look for sea glass on the beach (didn't find too much since the tide was coming in....).  That night, he chilled w/one of his friends and I spent he afternoon with my buddy David Parker, who lives up in San Fran. 

I met David just over a month ago and he's really a cool shit!  We've become good buds in a short period of time and I like hanging out with him cause it gets me out of Dublin and into the city (you can check out his web site here..  That afternoon, we went into the Castro where we put down a few beers and went out to Fuzio's (little pasta place on the main drag) for dinner.  It was a good way to kill the evening and by 10:00 I was back in Dublin on my couch :-) 

I finally was able to chat with Crissy Larson this week and confirm that all is well in Rhode Island.  She and Eric are doing well and keeping very busy.  Hehehe, helps keep them out of trouble! My little bro E is going to turn 31 this month and become and old man.... just like his big brother Penz!  Hehehehe. 

And that's about it for now.  I hope all is going well in your neck of the woods. 

~Penz
 

August 9, 2001:  So, it's been quite a while since I last updated my journal.  Thanks to all of you who wrote me and were asking "are you still alive!?!?" Hehehe, well, yes, I am :)

July was quite the busy month!  Let's see how much of it I remember.  On Wednesday July 11 I arrived back in New Hampshire around 4:30 pm.  I headed down to Dustin and Alex's place where I also met up with Porky.  A few hours later, we found ourselves at the Silo Steakhouse in Merrimack, NH for a little birthday celebration!  It was a great time.  Here's who showed up: 

Tim and Gini (my brother and sister), Paul, Porky, Becky, Lisa Alex, Tab, Patno, Ric and Jill Dagenais, and Kevin Gray.  It was a blast!  Hahaha, that night I ordered a 69 oz prime rib.  You should have seen this cut of meat!  Though I gave it my best shot, the best I could do was about 35 oz, with Paul Barnes helping me eat another 4 oz.  Hehehehe..... it was memorable. 

The next day it was off to VT where I met up with Dave "Old Man" Crenshaw and Scott "Perky" Siedel.  We had a grand time catching up and preparing for Dave's wedding, but that ol' dog remembered that today was my birthday too and presented me with a very cool black cowboy hat (of which I wore in my tux to his wedding reception :)  The next two days were filled with a lot of smiles, laughs, booze and fun all culminating with him marrying his beautiful bride.  I hope to have some pictures of the event up here soon. 

On Saturday am, it was back to Nashua, NH where I met up with my sister Gini, Porky, Alex and our friend Scott Smith, of whom we met on our trip to Europe in May of this year.  Scott flew in from VA to spend the weekend with us and we had a blast hanging out together.  It's amazing.... you never know when or where you're going to meet a long lost family member during this crazy adventure called life :) 

The next week was a blur of work and visiting my friends and family.  On Thursday night, it was my brothers wedding rehersal dinner and on Saturday, it was the big event!  The wedding was amazing!  Tim and Suzanne were picture perfect and the wedding was as well.  It was wonderful to see so many friends and family members all together in one place.  It was a truly a magical day. 

Well, let's see, the day after the wedding, I flew back to CA and spend the next week or so catching up.  Justin and the apartment were both in good shape and it was good to be back 'home'.  A week or so later, I have the opportunity to meet up with Alex McCabe as he was in town on business.  I finally got the opportunity to extend my place for him to crash at (since I always crash at his place when I'm back East) and we hung out for a few days and had a good visit together. 

This past weekend, I went out to Tucson, AZ to visit Mark "Hummer" Hamel.  He's doing well out there, working for Raytheon, building God knows what!  Last year, his team built the new AIM 9 Sidewinder missile.  Hehehe, cool stuff!  This year, well he can't tell me what he's working on, so I'll just have to wait and see.  We had a great visit together.  Just hanging out with Mark recharges my soul.  He is very good people and as one of my brothers, he's one of my best friends during this life :-) 

Lately, I've gotten emails from some ol' Daniel Webster College buddies of mine.  I've been in touch with Carl Beardsley of whom I met way back in 1998.  He, his wife and children are doing well out in Binghamton, NY where he is the airport ops manager.  I also hear from Lou "El Diablo" Elguezabal (aka "The Shitter Spliter". He isthe Airport Manager for Fort Worth's Meacham International Airport, and is doing well with his wife Tonya. 

I'm sorry to say that today, I was stunned to read the DWC guest book and to find the following news: 

"Jason Jenness, '92--Marathon in his Memory 

Date:  8/6/2001 4:49:48 PM 
Name:  Jade Monahan 
EMail:  jade_alison@hotmail.com 

My name is Jade Monahan, and my older brother Jason Jenness was a DWC Alum, Class of 1992, AFROTC. Jason passed away on July 22, 2001 after a valiant battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma—he was 31. In January 2002 I will be running a half marathon in memory of Jason. The half marathon I am running is part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Team in Training,” with more than 75% of the money raised going to research and patient aid. Did you know that every nine minutes someone dies from leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma? In the last year: · I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease, a form of lymphoma (9.18.00) · I went through six months of chemotherapy to beat the disease (9.26.00- 3.7.01) · My brother was diagnosed with Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma—a form of Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (the day of my final chemo, 3.7.01) · I achieved remission (3.29.01) · Jason passed away after many different forms of chemotherapy and radiation, and a failed attempt at an autologous stem cell transplant (7.22.01) My goal is to raise $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and I hope you will help me in this quest. If you’re interested in making a tax deductible contribution please contact me via email at jade_alison@hotmail.com Fondly, Jade Monahan " 

and sent to me by my good friend Zippy:

"VESTAL, N.Y. - Jason Leo Jenness, 31, of Hillside Drive, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2001, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, Mass., surrounded by family and friends, after a valiant fight with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. 

He was born April 6, 1970 in St. Albans, Vt., and grew up in Littleton. He graduated from Littleton High School in 1988 where he excelled in sports and was a true class leader. He graduated from Daniel Webster College in Nashua in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in aviation management. He served 
five years in the U.S. Air Force where he was a captain and senior missile launch officer. He had a master's degree in aviation science from Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Fla. 

At the time of his diagnosis, he was completing his final course for a second master's degree in leadership from Augsbury College in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Following his military service, he worked for US West in Minneapolis and most recently was employed by Sanmina (formerly Hadco) Corp. in Owego, N.Y. 

He is survived by his wife, Doreen (West) Jenness of Vestal, N.Y.; his mother, Rhonda Jenness of Littleton, N.H.; his sister, Jade Monahan and her fiancé EJ Chea of Portsmouth; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tim and Sherry West of Hamilton, Mont.; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan 
and Laura West of Bozeman, Mont.; his niece, Taylor West of Bozeman, Mont.; his beloved yellow labs Sierra and Savanna; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

JENNESS - Jason Leo Jenness, 31, of Hillside Drive, Vestal, N.Y., died July 22, 2001. Calling hours will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Pillsbury Funeral Home, 101 Union St., Littleton, N.H. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, at the Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Joseph Klatka as celebrant. Committal rites will follow at the Saint Rose Catholic Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Jason Leo Jenness Memorial Fund, c/o Binghamton Savings Bank, 540 Hooper Road, Endwell, NY 13760; (607) 779-2345. Contributions will be made to "The Family Inn," a home-away-from-home for transplant patients and their families. Arrangements under the direction of the Pillsbury Funeral Homes."


Jason and I met back when we attended DWC together.  He was a kind person, with a big heart, a goofy smile, and a love of life.  I had the pleasure of spending many memorable moments with him while we were at DWC.  Hehehe, we drank, laughed, joked, and shared many a fun together.  Especially when he was heard RA of Fremont dorm and I was the head of student security.  Hehehehe.... oh boy..... Though  I had lost touch with him over the years, his memory has not faded and I was truly blown away to have heard the news that he's passed away.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and his family.... 

All in all, I'm treating life well and doing OK.  My apologies for not keeping up with my journal.  The last few months have been kinda hectic and I've had my fair share of 'weird' moods.  What can I say.... it happens.  Rest assured, all's well. 

Sieze the day.... and cherish the moment.  Remember, life is short.  All the best to you. 

 ~Penz


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