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This site is created by Jim Laprel; avid runner, comic and blogger. See my schedule below for my latest comedy appearances. Click on my blogs to see my latest thoughts on the New England Patriots and the NFL, as well as other aspects of life.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
                          Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher ( 604-531 B.C. )

New York City Marathon

Nov 4, 2018 at the 22 mile mark 

Doing a set at Strange Brew Tavern Nov 26, 2018

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Here is an interview I did with a local newspaper about my running.

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My blog: "All Pats Talk". Read the latest on the three time Super Bowl Champions and the rest of the NFL. Get an "outsiders" viewpoint. (click here)

 

  

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Tues, Sept 3    Winner's Circle

                          211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass.     8pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ship Is Disappearing

There was a story on the news yesterday about the deterioration of the ruins of the Titanic.
 
An unmanned submarine recorded video for the first time in fifteen years which showed pronounced crumbling of all parts of the remains.
 
Not much can be done about it, especially at that depth. What is happening is just a natural course of events. 
11:36 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Live On Camera

After hearing a story, I checked out a website that offers live streaming services for funerals. It's a new thing in the funeral industry.
 
I think it has great potential. It gives the family the ability to digitally archive it for future generations.
 
It's not for everyone, but there is a select market out there.  
11:17 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The T Is Late

The MBTA faces a daily challenge to keep its equipment running and make timely trips for passengers. It doesn't always work out.
 
The newest plan to issue 10,000 transit passes to Boston Public School students in grades 7-12 should be interesting.
 
Kids would never want to depend on the T to get them to school on time. People in the working world are chronically late for work because of the T.
 
 
11:46 pm edt 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Just Read

I keep reserving great titles at my local library. So many great ones.
 
I will never live long enough to read the books I want to read.
 
Knowledge is important. 
11:51 pm edt 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Loudest of 2019

In the last 30 minutes, we had a very loud and violent thunder storm. It sounded so close. I hope it didn't strike anything.
 
It rained very hard for about 20 minutes and then it was all gone. Such a strange storm. 
11:28 pm edt 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Time To Print


I wonder if they will print newspapers ten years from now. They are disappearing too soon.
 
It's all about the bottom line dollar. They need a profit to stay alive.
 
I hope they keep printing papers for a long time, but the future is very vague. 
11:50 pm edt 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Climbing Isn't That Safe

Mt Everest is so dangerous to try and conquer. Nine climbers died this year on the Nepal side.
 
People literally got sick or died from lack of oxygen while waiting in line to get to the summit. The human traffic jam was bizarre to see. It got worse when people died.
 
The Nepal government will now require climbers to show proof of scaling tall peaks, possess adequate training and provide certifications of good personal health and insurance to cover any potential rescue attempts.
 
It won't be a perfect system, but something needs to be done to prevent needless deaths during the experience of a lifetime. 
9:30 pm edt 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Can't Call The Fire Department

I saw a story of wild fires in the Arctic. It's happening in parts of Siberia, Alaska and Greenland.
 
Satellite photos show large patches of smoke from peat fires whch can burn for unimited time.
 
It's a new problem as global temperatures get slightly warmer.
 
How will it be in ten years? 
11:44 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Let's Plan On $3 Billion

I continue to believe that the 4.7 mile Green Line Extension will never be done by the end of 2021 or come in at the budgeted cost of $2.3 billion.
 
They are already falling behind schedule due to the plan to move a set of train tracks being used. Any unseen delays will push the opening time back.
 
Delays mean more cost. By the time it's finished, I bet it will cost over $3 billion. 
11:23 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Prune Time 2019

The owners of my apartment building started pruning the shrubs today. It will take almost three days with two buildings.
 
It was starting to look very ragged. Stuff grows so fast.
 
It's a big job for one guy. 
9:25 pm edt 

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Final 23

Someone shared a video on social media about it being 23 weeks until Christmas on Wednesday. That time will pass quickly.
 
There was a time when I had 23 weeks until the New York City Marathon, but I'm down to my last twelve.
 
We are facing the last six weeks of summer. These are some of the best for good weather.
10:38 pm edt 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Not Free On Holidays

The MTA in New York City is like a black hole that burns through money. Fares cannot take care of the cost of running the system. A taxpayer subsidy is part of the annual state budget.
 
Fare jumpers cost the system at least $275 million annually. Now a Brooklyn city councilor wants to offer free fares on six different holidays as a way to market the system and thank patrons for their business.
 
This doesn't make any sense as it would cost $8 million for each of the days involved.
 
More effort is needed on the fare evaders and providing timely trains. 
11:15 pm edt 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Not On My Wall For 2020

The year is almost two thirds over. There are only six weeks left to summer.
 
I started to receive 2020 calendars from charities a few months ago. They are relentless in their solicitations for money. 
 
The one I got yesterday had a suggested contribution starting at $35. They make potential donors feel their money isn't good enough. 
 
It ended up with my papers to be recycled.
2:02 pm edt 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Buying UMass Stuff

I was sorting some t-shirts tonight. It turns out I have 16 from UMass, one sweatshirt and a hoodie.
 
I also have few shirts that "retired" many years ago. They should be part of my final count.
 
In the end, I will never have a final count as I'll keep buying UMass stuff. It's always nice when you get free things at games.
11:43 pm edt 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

People Just Say It

Social media allows people to get on a soap box and spew their rhetoric for all to see.

Everything is instantaneous now. People say whatever is on their mind. They are able to hide behind the keyboard.
 
All of this technology has been a blessing and a curse. The world is changing because of it. 
5:54 pm edt 

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