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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, Aug 10     Steve's Pinehust Tavern

                                   786 Boston Rd.   Billerica, Mass  7:30pm 

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  Random Thoughts About Things

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Bike & Text

People should never text and drive, but some will do it no matter what. Others walk around with their head down looking at their phone, unaware of their surroundings.
 
I saw a guy today checking his phone while on a bike in a lane facing traffic. It wasn't the safest thing to do. I'm sure he has done it many times. 
10:29 pm edt 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Turtle Journey

I saw a small dead turtle the other day while I was out for a run. It was a long way from water. I wonder where it came from.
 
There is a pond about a half mile away, but that would be a very long and slow crawl to get to where it was struck. 
10:48 pm edt 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Like The Slow Train

One thing consistent about Amtrak is that money problems are part of it. They operate on a deficit that could never happen in the real world. Government subsidies have kept the trains rolling.
 
There are huge plans in the federal stimulus bill. I think the priority should be to improve existing lines and equipment.
 
I assume any new routes would run on existing tracks. I can't imagine the cost of trying to lay a new line.
 
Will we ever see all these improvements? 
11:46 pm edt 

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Helmet Save

A person I know on Facebook posted a picture of their fractured bicycle helmet from an accident yesterday.
 
They were involved in a group ride when it happened. Her helmeted head hit the ground. She suffered a concussion, but lived to tell about it.
 
The helmet absolutely saved her from further injury.
11:44 pm edt 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Inspect Before Buying

In these crazy times, it has become a seller's market when it comes to homes and condos. They are drastically overpriced and only stay on the market for a short time.
 
Buyers have been in bidding wars to the happiness of the owners. Many have waived the right to pay for a home inspection.
 
I would draw the line here. I don't own any real estate, but still believe it's one of the biggest purchases in your lifetime. To move forward without a professional home inspection is risky. Things can happen, but buyers are willing to put up with them. 
7:58 pm edt 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Put Down The Drink

New York City is looking into allowing the consumption of alcohol in public parks. This sounds like an idea that can only turn out badly.
 
People drink alcohol openly in parks, but many try to hide it. This has been going on forever. We are seeing the results right now in some of the crazy stories coming from the city about late night parties.
 
Alcohol, late closing hours, public drinking and the concerns of local residents are never a good mix. 
 
 
7:49 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Summer Fires 2021

It looks like we might set an all-time record for rain in July with the way the month is closing out.
 
This is so opposite of what is happening out west, particularly with the uncontrolled wild fires.
 
These comments could have been written during any of the 12 years I've been writing on this site. 
11:39 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Doorless Day

People who drive Jeeps really like their vehicles. Many like to take the doors off in warm weather and drive around.
 
I saw someone today without a driver's side door or seat-belt.
 
I'm sure it was normal for them. 
11:55 pm edt 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Printer Down Again

My printer stopped producing clear copies today after my system got a Windows 10 update. This has been identified as a problem by Epson in the past.
 
This shouldn't keep happening. They don't seem to have a long term fix. 
10:14 pm edt 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Little Plane Delivery

The media can hype up any story to make it look better. They did it today with a story about UPS testing small electric aircraft for package delivery.
 
It  sounds like a great idea and the way of the future. It's interesting to note that they expect to be using it by 2024.
 
Will this happen three years from now? 
11:39 pm edt 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Tokyo Storm

The Olympics are off to a questionable start with some athletes testing positive for Covid, but it hasn't stopped the competition.
 
There is a tropical storm in the forecast next week which could impact the Tokyo area. Bad weather could mess up the schedule of events and impact the broadcast partners.
 
 
3:25 pm edt 

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Games Go On

The Summer Olympic Games had their opening ceremony today in front of an empty stadium because of Covid restrictions.  A number of athletes have already tested positive and have been ruled out of the competition.
 
Some have called for the cancellation of the Games. They seem to be hanging by a thread, but there is $3-4 billion on the  line right now in broadcasting rights and fees.
 
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out. 
 
12:07 pm edt 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

No Happy Times

The Massachusetts legislature is looking at a number of bills, including one that would bring back alcohol "happy hours".
 
This happens every few years, but always fails to gain enough support. It was banned almost 40 years ago as a result of some high-profile incidents.
 
I'm not sure what has changed. Some people drink without regard for others. 
 
It probably won't go anywhere for now.
1:33 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Same Old Ship

I just saw a story about the ongoing struggle to save the legendary cruise ship SS United States.
 
After launching in 1951, it set a world record for an Atlantic crossing by a cruise ship in under three and one half days.
 
The popularity of flying forced it into retirement in 1969. Since 1996, it has remained docked in Philadelphia at a cost of $60,000 per month, paid by the charity that owns it.
 
After sitting for 25 years, there is the usual talk about possible uses. The story showed some of the deck areas.
 
There is no doubt the ship has a great deal of potential. It's enormity is quite an attraction with its 1,000 ft length and 175 ft height 
 
What do you do with it? I can't imagine the cost to do whatever is finally done. 
10:37 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Name That Water

I bought a bottle of FIJI water tonight at a bar where I was involved in a comedy show.
 
It cost $3 and with a $3 tip became a $6 bottle.
 
What makes this water special? It looks nice in the four-sided plastic bottle.
 
The bar loves to sell it because it's almost all profit.
11:43 pm edt 

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