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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

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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.

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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)

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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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Winning by Minimizing Losing


Yesterday, I took a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. It was my first trip to a casino since 1997. I'm not exactly a big gambler. We had a great time and were there for nine hours. My goal is to always have action, but minimize my losses.

I couldn't find $2 or $5 tables so I stuck with the slots. I went up and down with them. I took a number of breaks to explore the cavernous confines of the facility. It was quite busy. Time really flew by.

After a late dinner, I was down $80 on the slots. We made one last attempt. I got on a small roll and cut my losses to $67. Not a bad price to pay for a lot of fun. I never go there looking to win money. I thought I did great. These places are not in business to give away money!
11:02 am est 

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Can't Listen to Weather Forecasts

If I listened to the weather forecast, I never would have run today. When I went out  at 11am, it was 17 degrees with wind gusts of 40-50 mph making for a wind-chill of -20.

I decided to go out for a few miles. I dressed really warm with multiple layers and a hood. I had two pairs of socks on. I've learned that once your fingers or toes get cold, it's all over. 

It was actually quite pleasant out there. The biggest problems were my watering eyes and fog on my sunglasses. People must have thought I was foolish, but I felt great.

I'll never understand how football players are able to play in short sleeves on days like today. Moving around keeps you warm, but once you stop it gets very cold.

On the other hand, we are half way to summer!
   
2:10 pm est 

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Nuitritional Spin

USA WEEKEND had an article about the benefits of eating popcorn. It's cover had the catchy headline: "Can popcorn prevent heart disease?"

The article went on to say that popcorn is very high in fiber and anti-oxidants. Among whole-grain snack foods, it reigns at the top. Everything is true up to this point.

What it fails to point out is that most people at movie theatres soak it with butter. Once the butter goes on, the fiber stays, but the nutritional value is compromised with all of the saturated fat.

This is the case with many foods. It's like eating broccoli smothered with melted cheese.
10:08 am est 

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Big Time College $port$


Forbes magazine did a study of the highest valued college football teams. The University of Texas and Notre Dame are the most financially successful programs with annual profits of $58M and $38M respectively.

This is hard to fathom as my UMass Amherst struggles to afford its Div 1-AA program. Northeastern University recently eliminated its program because of cost.

Bowl games are financial windfalls for the participating schools. It's easy to see why so much emphasis is placed on winning at the expense of graduation rates. Football covers the funding of other sports and closes budget gaps on some campuses.
 
I have a lot of respect for Notre Dame which still has a decent graduation rate, although its record of 6-6 resulted in the firing of Coach Charlie Weis. The school will eat the remaining $15M on his contract. No big deal for them.
11:17 am est 

I Guess I was Wrong

When I got home tonight I thought I had done a good job exercising self control over the amount of food I ate today. i was especially happy over the fruit, veggies and not going crazy with eating a large amount of ham. I had some soft drinks, quite a bit of spinach pie and no desserts.

I probably should not have weighed myself, but I had to. Since I woke up this morning, I have a five pound difference.

It will be interesting to see what I weigh tomorrow after I run. I thought I was doing good, but I guess I was kidding myself.
11:45 pm est 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I Need To Do Better

Life is often a series of missed opportunities and unfilled promises. We are all part of that. There are so many things we could have done better. We usually have some lame excuse for why things didn't work out.

I like to think that I make some right decisions when it come to diet and nutrition. I'm proud of the fact that I've dropped 10 pounds this year and kept it off. It's helped me a lot, especially with my blood lipid profile.

I give myself an "A" for eating vegetables. My line-up includes broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, summer squash, lettuce and tomatoes. You can never eat enough veggies.

On the other hand, I'll give myself an "F" for fruit consumption.  I do a real lousy job. I'm determined more than ever to change that. I like green grapes, cantaloupe, kiwi and granny smith apples. I don't know why I don't eat more.

It doesn't really matter what my excuse is. I can come up with something lame if I think long enough. As 2010 approaches, I'm determined to change a few things in my diet and drop another 5 pounds. Losing a few more pounds won't kill me.
10:59 am est 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Not All Products Are the Same


Most pharmacies sell name brand and generics. I'm taking about off the shelf products such as dental floss. I had a coupon the other day from CVS for big savings on their brand of products. I got a brain storm and decided to purchase some of their waxed dental floss instead of the one I usually get made by Crest. What a mistake that was. The CVS floss is quite inferior. Now I have 200 yards of the stuff.

One would think that floss is floss, but it isn't. CVS floss appears to be thinnner and more subject to breaking. I've used other CVS products with good results, but this will be the last time in my life I ever buy their floss.
10:56 am est 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Looking on the Bright Side


It was cold today and the snow covers the ground. Not great running conditions. I took the day off. I was out driving earlier and looked at my watch which read 5:40pm. It might as well been 11pm. The differences between summer and winter in New England are extreme. If this were a day in July, there would be endless possibilities about what to do tonight. Instead it's dark and cold.

Yesterday was the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year for sunlight. That means it's only going to get better. Days are getting longer now up until June 21. We still have another 91 days of winter with the worse to come.

However, now that winter is here, the clock is ticking towards the first day of spring.
6:43 pm est 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sometimes Behind the Times

I'm trying my best to keep pace with changing technology. I admit I'm behind for not owning a smart phone or an i-pod. I was at Walmart the other day buying some blank VHS tapes. I still use a VCR. A young cashier said to me: "Do we still sell these?"

I joked to her that I was behind the times and still owned a VCR. I made me think that in 2010 I should get an i-pod, smart phone and a GPS. I need to get with it.
1:24 pm est 

Friday, December 18, 2009

How Cold Is It?

I don't complain about the cold weather. I've made a choice to live here. Running in the cold isn't bad as long as you dress properly. I thought I did yesterday. I waited until late in the afternoon to go out for a couple of miles. I had everything protected. Only my face was exposed under my hooded sweatshirt and jacket.

I failed to realize that my NIKE shoes "breathe". My light cotton socks were not a match for the cold. When I got home my feet were frozen. I stayed in the shower an extra long time, but that isn't the was to dress properly or treat frost bite.

It's cold again today. I think I'll try an extra pair of socks. I thought only old people did stuff like this.
10:24 am est 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Messing Things Up

I had a brainstorm that I would change the appearance of this website. I would delete a few pictures and add some new ones. No big deal. I've done it before. So far, I've been working for almost one hour and have nothing to show for it. In fact, I really messed things up. I finally got it back to what it looks like now. I think I'll take a break and try later on before I waste the whole day doing this.

This site was designed using "do it yourself" software. They weren't kidding when they said that. Why did I ever think that this would be a quick job? Nothing like making it more difficult.
9:49 am est 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

How Did We Do It?

Last night I was in a comedy show at a private social club. That means you can smoke there. I think people join these clubs for that very reason. I was there a couple of months ago, but went better prepared this time.
 
I  wore a different jacket that needed to be thrown in the wash. No sweater. Just a dress shirt and a pair of jeans that had one more wearing in them.

When I got home, I had to change everything. My eyes were burning a bit and I had the smell of nicotine in my skin.

For about the first 25 years of my career, smoking was allowed at my former work place. Both my parents smoked. I certainly inhaled a lifetime of second-hand smoke. It bothered me at work, but I was forced to put up with it.

I think it takes a certain personality profile to be a smoker in this day and age.
10:05 am est 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Too Much Bowling

I'm a huge fan of the NFL, but I've never been into college football. I follow UMass and a few other teams. On  NFL draft day in April, I often have never heard of the players that the New England Patriots select.

On Saturday, December 19th, the first of 34 bowl games will kick-off with Wyoming (6-6) and Fresno State (8-4) meeting in the New Mexico Bowl. Games will continue through the holidays with five each on Jan 1st and 2nd. The culmination is on Jan 7th with a pair of undefeated teams: Alabama and Texas playing for the "national championship".

Years ago, bowl games would only be played on Jan1st. With the dawning of cable tv, more games started to appear on the radar. It's a financial windfall for the school involved. The only problem is the competition is not always the greatest.
 
I must make a note to tune into the Insight Bowl on New Year's Eve when 6-6 Minnesota plays 6-6 Iowa State. That should be a barn burner.

I wonder when these "student athletes" find time to study.
2:25 pm est 

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's a Rip-off


I was out of town earlier today when I realized I needed to stop at an ATM machine. I didn't see one for my bank. This could only mean one thing. I would have to pay the so-called "convenience fee". The bank charged me $2. This is total nonsense. They make so much money on these types of transactions. What am I suppose to do?

No wonder banks have the ability to make bad loans and not go under. They get it back on ATM charges.
3:04 pm est 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Missing in Action


Whenever you got out, the goal is always to make it home. You never know what might happen. I did a comedy show last night and stopped to mail a few things at the post office before heading home.
After dropping the items in the box, I realized I was missing one of my gloves. I couldn't find it in my car or pockets. I had them on when I left the club.

I did another search of the car this morning, but found nothing other than a pencil under my passenger seat. I don't mind losing the glove, but it was really strange the way it happened. It seem to fall of the earth.

Sometimes you lose things for being careless. Last summer, I lost a cover for one of my golf clubs because I placed it on the back of a golf cart before we drove away.
 
This glove thing is kind of weird.
3:51 pm est 

Friday, December 11, 2009

I Knew it was Different

I took a semester of Spanish when I was a senior at UMass. It's one thing I wish I had pursued further. It's an easy language to pick up. I never did anything further with it. I often think of studying it.

One thing I noticed when I was taking the course was the difference between the Spanish spoke in Spain and countries in the Western Hemisphere. There were some noticeable differences.

The Spanish Royal Academy and 21 sister organizations in Latin America and other Spanish speaking countries have released the first Spanish grammar guidelines in the last 80 years.

I'll check this out as I always thought the grammar was releatively easy to grasp, especially compared to the one semester of Polish I took.
 
3:16 pm est 

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It Really Helped Sales


John Gribbin, an astronomy professor at Sussex University in England authored a book called "Get a Grip on New Physics". It was meant to be a layman's guide to physics and its relation to astronomy. It's been out of print for over four years and ranked 396,224th in sales on Amazon.

When Tiger Woods crashed his car, a picture of the book appeared laying in the broken glass. Apparently, Tiger was in the process of reading it.

As a result of the photo, the book is now ranked 2,268th on Amazon, a jump of over 393,000 places in less than two weeks. Oprah's book club can't produce these type of results. Second hand copies are going for $73.

One person's adversity is a financial boom to others. Internet gossip sites are reporting very heavy traffic on stories related to Tiger. On the other hand, Gatorade has stopped production of the line of drinks marketed under Tiger's name.

4:21 pm est 

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

His Name Sounded Familiar


During the summer I met a friend of a guy who I golf with in my weekly league. I was in the clubhouse having a drink when this guy came in after playing. He sat with us and and talked. I found out he was from Haverhill and his brother was in high school when I was there. I didn't know his brother personally, but I knew who he was.

I was reading the paper late tonight when I saw his obituary. He died suddenly at the age of 54. When I saw his name, I tried to make the connection. Once I read the obituary, I realized it was the same guy I met in the clubhouse back in the summer. You never know when it will end.

12:24 am est 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Can't Know It All


I like to think that I know a lot about a lot of different things. I have many interests. I love music and follow the entertainment industry, although I don't watch many movies.

I saw that recording artist Taylor Swift sold out a concert scheduled for June 5, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in 20 minutes. Swift has been nominated for 8 Grammy Awards and is expected to cash in on a few. I can't say I'm a fan or a follower of Swift's music. I can't make an intelligent comment about the subject because I just saw a picture and realized that Taylor Swift is a woman.

I'm not surer why I though she was a man. I guess I confused her with someone else. I don't know everything.

1:29 pm est 

Monday, December 7, 2009

No Longer Infamous


Today is December 7th. It's always been known as the "Day of Infamy" because of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Sadly, that day is slipping into oblivion, much like other famous days in history. Back on November 22nd, the 47 year anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy barely registered.

Many days in history fall off the radar as time and generations pass. There was once the cry of "Remember the Alamo" and "Remember the Maine". Both events lead America into the Mexican War and Spanish-American War respectively.

Another generation will pass and people will forget about September 11, 2001. It's just a matter of time.
9:39 am est 

Still Optimistic About Golf


Sunday is almost over. It feels like winter in spite of the fact it was in the 60's last week. We had enough snow to plow this morning. I had to spend time cleaning off my car.

The other day, I was making plans about playing one more round of golf. It's suppose to be cold this week with heavy rain on Wednesday. I don't know if the snow will melt. Is this the end of the golf season? You never know. A few years ago we played on December 31st. I'm trying to be optimistic about one more time. I'm not ready to put the clubs away yet.

11:25 pm est 

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Here We Go Again

It's December and should be cold outside. We are hearing the first reports of snow tonight and the infamous "possible accumulation of 2-4 inches in the suburbs". I'm on my way to the market for my typical Saturday afternoon purchases. It's going to be a madhouse there with everyone buying stuff in case they are stranded for weeks on end.

The weathermen are salivating at this. You would think we have never been through this before. It drives me crazy when people moan about the snow. It's almost winter. It should be snowing. People need to lighten up.

Nobody wants to be out on an icy road or stuck in traffic with the possibility of accidents, but people stress about something they have no control over.
 Go for a walk when it's snowing. It's really neat.
3:12 pm est 

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Little Too Pricey


There was a story in the New York Post about Boston Celtic player Ray Allen shopping in a shoe store on Madison Ave. Apparently, he saw a pair of orange and green shoes he especially liked. The $1,695 price didn't scare him away. When the store didn't have his size 14 in stock, the owner offered to have the shoes custom made. Allen gave it some thought and declined.

Professional athletes are overpaid for what they do. So are the folks in Hollywood. People can do what they want with their money, but paying $1,695 for a pair of shoes seems a bit extravagent. So many of these guys blow their money on cars, jewelry and cars. No wonder they are broke after their playing days are over.
12:27 am est 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Another Dumb Question


I listen to news and talk radio all the time. One local station has a daily poll. The one for today is a really stupid question: In light of the allegations against Tiger Woods, are you more inclined not to use the products endorsed by him?

I think this question is absurd. His two biggest endorsements are from Gatorade and NIKE. I started drinking Gatorade before Tiger was born and have run in NIKE shoes since 1983. I'm not about to change now. I could care less which products he endorses. If someone paid me money, I would hawk their product.
11:08 am est 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Some People Are Too Trusting


I was working out at my fitness club yesterday. It amazes me that men continue to put their stuff in lockers and don't use a lock. I opened several lockers before finding an empty one. One contained a guy's car keys and cell phone. Either this person is very trusting or naive.

There have been a number of cars broken into over the years and items stolen from lockers. There is a sign in the lobby reminding members to lock their cars in the parking lot. If you don't lock your locker, chances are you don't lock your car. People wonder why there are breaks and thefts.
 
Smash and grabs happen, but if something is out of sight, I think the chances are better for you.
 
11:45 am est 


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