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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. )

Start of the New York City Marathon

Nov 1, 2015 

At the finish line



Listen to this interview I did on Big Sauce Radio about my marathon running and comedy.

Watch me work on my "Bucket List" in my Youtube debut. I'm eating the first banana in my lifetime.

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


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)

Read about the lives of fascinating people in my blog: "They Wrote Their First Line" (click here) UPDATED 05/23/16


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Sunday, May 19, 2019

They Just React


Social media gives some people an opportunity to react before knowing all of the facts or asking questions. 

Yesterday afternoon, a car struck a utility pole and knocked out power for a few thousand customers. It was restored after about an hour.  

That didn't stop a local resident from going on a community Facebook page and bashing National Grid for the disruption on a beautiful spring day.

If they had scrolled though the page, they would have seen a notification from the local police about the incident. People were also posting about an accident being the cause. 


9:38 pm edt 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

They Want Our Rain

People who complain about the rainy spring around here should feel embarrassed in light of the 30 tornadoes in the mid-west today.
There might be more tomorrow. Some have been very destructive. So far people are safe, but that can change real fast.
I'm sure those people wouldn't mind having our weather this spring.
11:17 pm edt 

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Price Is Higher

The city of Lowell is still trying to determine whether to build a new high school or renovate the existing one.
Available land to build on is a challenging issue. The cost continues to climb, no matter which plan is selected.
The price of the renovation is $346 million at this point. Any estimate is usually wrong. A new school will cost more, but the price keeps getting higher.
You should be able to build quite a new school for $346 million, but public projects never work out that way. 
2:10 pm edt 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

They Say It's Healthy

You can try to eat healthy, but it's easy to get off track even trying to eat the "healthy menu" at restaurants.
How is the food prepared?
Everyone makes their own decisions on what they eat. It varies person to person.
For some people, they can eat anything they want without a negative effect on their health.
How do they do that?
11:39 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It Went Down Fast

The news had a story and video of a helicopter crashing after taking off in Manhattan.

Fortunately, only the pilot was on board. He suffered minor injuries, along with a worker near the landing area. He was refueling and repositioning the aircraft before it suddenly went down.
I have never flown in one and have no desire. There are too many things that can go wrong. 
6:36 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Watch Out For Bricks

People in cities should feel comfortable walking on a sidewalk without fear of being struck by falling pieces of a building.
Last week, a Boston resident was struck by bricks that became loose from a facade.
It's almost impossible to check every building to determine their structural integrity. The burden is on the owners who often look the other way in order to cut costs.
It might not end well the next time it happens.
7:10 pm edt 

Monday, May 13, 2019

For The Future

The weather always gets the top billing on the local news stations. After the opening headlines, they give some time to the weather person who does a quick tease.
We have gone from having a forecast to a "future cast". That name got a life on its own in recent years.
So many stations use it now. No matter what they call it, they are not always accurate. 
5:43 pm edt 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Summer 2019 Is Too Hot
People waste too much time commenting about the weather.
There is nothing anyone can ever do about it. You never want to see a natural disaster, but a rainy day isn't that bad. It rains this time of the year. 
It's only a matter of time before they complain about a hazy, hot and humid day in the summer of 2019. 
10:45 pm edt 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

How To Ruin It

Building a tramway in the Grand Canyon is a terrible idea. It keeps resurfacing every few years. It's back again to take up space in the news cycle.
It would be an environmental disaster to build this.
We need to protect the canyon from ourselves.
11:39 pm edt 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Losing From The Start

Companies that only lose money are never a good investment. Ride share companies Uber and Lyft are now being publicly traded.
Since their initial IPO, both stocks have gone down in price. Neither company has ever shown a profit.
This should be a signal to investors, but many think they know something that others don't. 
5:58 pm edt 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

How To Waste $6.9 Billion

The Olympic Games cost too much money. The cost far outweighs any future economic benefit for the host city.
Los Angeles has increased the estimated price by $700 million to a new figure of $6.9 billion.
It's a crazy amount for an event that lasts only two weeks. Venues will get built and demolished after.
There is one thing certain about the Games in LA. They will never get done for $6.9 billion. Nobody can predict the final price. 
6:50 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Too Many Stopped

While I was driving on a state highway today, I saw what I thought was an accident. Cars were stopped on both sides of the road. I slowed down, expecting the worst.
It turns out it was two stray dogs. Well intentioned people created a dangerous situation. They were all trying to corral one of the dogs.
Meanwhile, they scared the other dog into the road in front of my car. I jammed on my brakes and everything on my passenger seat went flying onto the floor.
People need to be careful whenever they stop in traffic, especially along a state highway. 
5:34 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Only Half Decided

A local regional school district comprised of three towns voted to spend $146.3 million to build a new junior and senior high school.
Although the building cost will be paid mostly by the state, residents will see an increase in their property tax.
In a sign of the times, the town with the largest turnout of voters could only get 53% of them to the polls. Overall, about 50% of them decided the issue.
I'm sure people had their reason for not casting a vote, but they should not complain about the final decision.
Voter participation in America is terrible. People have no right to complain if they don't cast a ballot. 
1:24 pm edt 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Nothing Good Happens At That Hour

The Encore Casino in Everett wants to be able to serve drinks until 4am for those patrons on the gambling floor.
This sounds like a bad idea from the start. Critics say that it will be mostly patrons who only want to keep drinking after the regular 2am closing for bars in the area.
It would be one thing if everyone was staying at the site, but people will be getting behind the wheel of their car to drive home.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is evaluating the request and will issue a ruling shortly. No matter what they decide, there will be those who are unhappy.
As they say, nothing good happens after 2am.
11:07 pm edt 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

They Won't Be Around When It Happens

I have been a member of the National Trust For Historic Preservation for over ten years. It only costs $20 annually.
They have a great magazine that discusses preservation issues of various buildings. I enjoy reading it cover to cover.
I knew that a building had to be at least 50 years old to get landmark status. An article explained the process where the architect cannot be living. It can only be done after their death.
At first, I thought it was a hard stance, but it was done so that nobody could get a free marketing boost or a pat on the back. It was also to have the building looked at in comparison to their overall body of work.
It makes sense.
8:22 pm edt 

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