Alan Perhot


About 15 years ago, I couldn’t get the tailgate to unlatch and open on my pickup truck. A friend recommended a friend and former classmate of his that owned a shop on Oberlin Avenue and Cooper-Foster. “Good guy, he won’t take you for a ride.” I stopped by and showed the proprietor my issue. He said, “Do you want the cheap fix or the pricier one? I can fix the issue for $15 and you have to push the latch back down, or for $50 it will spring back on its own.” I told him I thought I could deal with pushing the latch back down. He agreed and a new friendship was formed.

There’s a line from the movie “Con Air” that I always smiled at. “…there’s only two men I trust. One of ’em’s me, the other’s not you.” Al was the one you could trust. After the tailgate repair, I started taking my vehicles there for oil changes. Al always gave the vehicles a once-over, and would warn that “You’ll need new brakes soon,” or “Might be time to start thinking about tires.” He never tried to talk you into something like those quickie oil change places would. He gave you a heads-up, and then looked around for deals on the tires, or would order a part for installation the next time I was due for an oil change.

With relatives in North Carolina, we would travel there every summer to visit. Knowing Al pretty well by now, I would schedule a drop-off with the instructions, ‘Go over it, front to back, and make sure it’s capable of getting me to NC and back. And let me know what I owe when you’re done.’ Not “Call if there’s issues or if you find something.” If Al felt it needed addressing, then it did. If he didn’t, I wasn’t worried about it.

One summer he found my shocks were leaking and needed replaced before a trip. I was planning to leave on Monday morning and this was Friday. He worked on them Saturday for a few hours to be able to get me the truck early Monday to leave.

When my kids were old enough to drive, their vehicles went to Al. He would change the oil and let me know I could pay him the next time I could stop in. He always like to play the crotchety old crank, giving me a hard time about things when I stopped by. Deep down was a guy that loved his daughters and his grandchildren. He’d talk about his trips to Massachusetts for visits and about his granddaughter in North Ridgeville. He’d always show my daughter photos and talk about how they loved when he came over.

A while ago, I asked if I could get him a bottle of something for Christmas. Whiskey? Scotch? Rum? Nope, Bud Light. Come on, let me get you something good. Nope, a case of Bud Light. Ok, bottles, right? Nope, cans, so they fit in the fridge in the back. Very simple pleasures. Very down-to-earth.

I bought Al his Bud Light this Christmas but he was out getting his chemo for leukemia when I stopped by. I planned to stop again before the holiday to see him and deliver his gift and check up on him, but I never found the time. Saturday night my Aunt called to check on me, and to deliver some sad news. Al missed a dinner date with someone and was found in his home. He had passed away the day before.

I had a dream last night about Al. I was with my family and was stunned to see him while we were out. It was the day before he died (in the dream) and I was trying to convince him to meet up with someone so that he wouldn’t be alone the next day. I couldn’t tell him I knew he was going to die if he was alone. I woke up with tears in my eyes.

There are other little stories I could tell but they can all be summed up here: The world has lost a good man. Someone who was honest, caring, trustworthy, and loved his daughters and grandchildren dearly. Someone the likes of which this world needs more of.

God Bless You, Al Perhot. You will be missed dearly.

From the Morning Journal:

Alan Paul Perhot carved his name in the lives and hearts of those who had the privilege of calling him a father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and of course, mechanic.
Al passed away peacefully at his home on Jan. 7, 2016.
Al was born on Nov. 28, 1946, to the late Elizabeth (nee Zebruski) and John A. Perhot in Burgettstown, Pa. Al grew up in Lorain, graduated from Admiral King High School in 1946, and was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1967.
Al was the wonderful father of Marjean of Boston, Mass., Nancy (Vincent) of Ashland, Mass., and Paula of North Ridgeville, and a dedicated grandfather of three. He was the youngest brother of Rudy Perhot of Longview, Texas, Sandra (Perhot) Nahm of Amherst, and Elizabeth (Perhot) Bomback of Tega Cay, S.C. He was an uncle to two nieces and four nephews.
Al is best remembered for his jokes and honest work done on cars as the owner of Perhot’s Auto Service, first on the East side of Lorain and for the past 28 years on Oberlin Avenue. In his free time, Al loved taking motorcycle rides with his favorite passenger, Jean Karnik, and his favorite moments were spent with his grandchildren, Aurora, Chloe, and Hunter Alan.
The family will receive friends to celebrate Al’s life from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 10 a.m. Rev. Robert Sanson, pastor of St. Peter, North Ridgeville, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridgehill Memorial Park, Amherst Twp., with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please eat at Jackalope Lakeside or Diso’s Bistro and get an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles.
To send online condolences go to – See more at:


St. Nicholas Byzantine Alumni Reunion

One hundred years ago Sunday, September 14, St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church was dedicated. This past year has seen many different events, get-togethers, a picnic, a pysanky display and, back in July, an alumni reunion. While I posted these to Facebook after the event, I failed to remember that there are many more people that aren’t on FB that would like to see the pics from these events.




































Workshop Players Theatre: A…My Name is Alice

To get some promo pics for someone, I made arrangements to attend the dress rehearsal of “A…My Name is Alice”, a musical revue performed by the Workshop Players Theatre in Amherst. I’ve never felt the desire to attend anything like this before, and I’ve never been to the WSP Theatre in my life. I didn’t even know where it was.

OMIGOSH!! I laughed my ASS off!! I laughed ’til I cried! The show was brilliant!  Hysterical! A riot! Very well done! And the WSP on Middle Ridge is small, but it’s so personal. And intimate. There’s probably 80-90some seats, and there’s not a bad one in the house.

From the Theatre’s website:

The New York Post described this hilarious musical revue as “a boodle of laughs.” Featuring five women, variously representing sisters, rivals, buddies and even a basketball team, this series of sketches, punctuated by clever musical numbers, delivers not only laughs, but also insights into the wild, wacky and wonderful world of females! This is an adult themed show. PG 13 recommended.

When I say intimate, and not a bad seat in the house, I mean it!!





Please, get tickets to see this. There’s only two more weekends for the show.

And So It Goes…

After six years of learning, helping, researching, discovering, teaching, shooting and, most of all, having fun, I will be dissolving this blog. I want to thank the handful of folks that have come by here regularly with encouragement. I’d also like to thank the people that have stumbled on here in search of something, and have stayed for a while, looking around and seeing the sights.

Thank you to the folks that saw enough experience in what I’ve posted, to ask me to do shoots and jobs for them. Thank you to my folks, for letting me know how much they’ve enjoyed the photos. Thank you to Loraine, for the compliments, all the times she used my pics on her blog, the tips on happenings in the city, and for all the help she asked for on her projects. I enjoyed every minute. Thank you to Barb Bickel, at Visit Lorain County, for giving me the Wish Lists she had for her brochures. I got to shoot a lot of places and events I wouldn’t normally have visited.

I anticipate this site disappearing from existence next spring, when the renewal comes due. If you’ve liked what you’ve seen, I’ll be setting up a page on Facebook.

I’ve had fun, and I hope you have, too.

Pride Day 2013

City of Lorain and Lorain County

with the generous support of

Home Depot



Pride Day 2013

May 18th, 2013


Please visit for more information and to sign up for an event!!

By using the online, this allows your event to receive materials and support!!

Questions?? Contact Derek Feuerstein, or 440.204.2011

Saving Downtown: Faithfully Fit Group Fitness Center

Faithfully Fit Group Fitness Center is a fitness studio that offers group fitness classes in a warm, fun, and friendly atmosphere.

We offer a comprehensive physical fitness program that will help members meet their fitness goals while enjoying a sense of community, incorporating the ideas of fun, fitness, and fellowship.

In addition to the fitness classes, Faithfully Fit Group Fitness Center provides spiritual, emotional, and nutritional support in the form of monthly workshops and programs in an effort to help our members reach and maintain their goal of achieving and living a healthy lifestyle.

Faithfully Fit Group Fitness Center is centrally and conveniently located in downtown Lorain, Ohio (directly across from The Palace Theater) offering class times to meet a variety of daily schedules.

Owner/Operator Kristie Duffy has over ten years experience in the fitness industry and Group Fitness, teaching group fitness classes for Bally Total Fitness, The YMCA of the USA, and World Gym. She is a Group Fitness Instructor, AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, Workshop Presenter, and Independent Team Beachbody Coach.

She is a graduate from the University of Akron with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and is a former Family Intervention Case Manager, Youth Advocate, and Intervention Specialist with a genuine love for people. Her experience combined with a genuine desire to help people meet their personal goals fosters the caring and supportive atmosphere that Faithfully Fit Group Fitness Center provides.

Along with her education and professional experience, Kristie has the personal experience of being overweight and not living a healthy lifestyle. As an overweight child, teenager, and young adult, Kristie didn’t eat healthy and didn’t do much physical activity. She had the desire to lose weight, but didn’t have the knowledge or discipline.

She tried a lot of the “lose weight quick fixes” that were on the market. It wasn’t until she graduated from college that she began to exercise the commitment needed to get healthy, and now she is totally committed to living a healthy lifestyle and enjoys empowering others to do the same.


Kristie was born and raised in Lorain, graduate of Lorain City Schools (Admiral King High School)
She is grateful for the opportunity to work with Lorain Community Development and their Downtown Revitalization Program, helping to rebuild our wonderful downtown area while helping the community live a healthy lifestyle.
She also is currently working with Lorain City Schools Adopt-a-School program, adopting 3 schools (Academic Enrichment Academy, Credit Recovery Academy, New Beginnings Academy) where she volunteers and teaches physical fitness and healthy lifestyle principles to students, leading them in participating in the President’s Challenge where they can receive the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award for setting healthy eating and physical activity goals.

Kristie also provides nutrition counseling, promoting a 90 day health challenge to help people transform their lives and get healthy through the Body by Visalus program.

And through Team Beachbody Coaching, Kristie provides coaching to help you choose which in-home fitness programs, workout equipment, and nutritional supplements work best for you in working toward your healthy lifestyle goals. No matter what your health and fitness goals are, she will help you find the perfect workout program for

Websites: (Fitness Center) (Nutrition Program) (Home work out sytems)

Circlefest 2011

It’s that time of year again for Circlefest! Start off the holiday season with a trip to the 18th Annual Holiday CircleFest. It’s the perfect way to experience University Circle, free of charge. Many of University Circle’s renowned museums, gardens, galleries, churches, and schools open their doors and offer an afternoon of activities, food, and shopping.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland Botanical Garden – Gingerbread House Contest

Western Reserve Historical Society

Activities in University Circle

….and much MUCH more!!

December 4th, from 1pm – 5:30pm