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This site is created by Jim Laprel; avid runner, comic and blogger. See my schedule below for my latest stand-up comedy appearances. Scroll down to see my latest thoughts on various things, the New England Patriots and NFL.

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

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Deliver Them From Evil

Cab drivers in New York City have a dangerous job. There are many robberies and unreported assaults. The life of a livery driver is even worse.

These guys drive in the outer-boroughs. They pick up fares that the yellow cabs would never think of going to. They provide a vital service to the poor and under-served neighborhoods. They face a constant threat of robbery and violence.

The city announced a program where they will outfit 1,400 drivers with bullet-proof vests. They are designed to stop  a bullet from a handgun and give protection to the body area most likely to be hit by gunfire. They also provide a shield for knife wounds.

It seems incredible that it has come to this in a city historically plagued by violence in the cab industry. These drivers go where nobody else is willing to drive to. They know every fare could be their last.

They persevere because they are at the bottom of the economic ladder. Many are immigrants who see the job as a way of a better life in America.They want to live the American dream. They should not die or get hurt in the process.
10:35 am est 

Phoning It In

I need to get Caller I.D. on my phone once and for all. I never had it. I usually miss calls on a daily basis. I would like to find out who is calling me. Usually, it's one of those dumb telemarketers trying to convince me to change my credit card to a lower interest rate.

Since I never had Caller I.D, I somehow failed to realize that you don't need a separate box as in the past. My wall phone is about 20 years old and will need to be replaced with one the has a LED screen.

I'm not sure what I'll do with my old phone. I won't throw it out, but it won't serve any practical purpose unless my new phone dies on me. Another item to occupy space in a draw.
11:54 pm est 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stupid Fee Tricks

The city of New York is facing an economic crisis fueled by soaring pension costs and long term debt obligations. City leaders are looking at creative ways of raising money.  Most ideas are "nickel and dime" ones.

One of the latest being floated by the FDNY calls for a fee ranging from $365-$490 every time a piece of fire apparatus responds to an auto accident. I find this to be a bit absurd.

Many of the department's calls are for emergency services, especially those needing EMTs. Details have not been worked out, but is the fee waived if the auto accident includes a fire? What about gasoline spilled on the road?

I'm sure some bean counter is working out the fine details, but this is just a bad idea. What's next, charging for police services?

11:38 am est 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Along the Roadside

New Hampshire is looking into regulating roadside memorial displays along state roads. For years, memorials have appeared at the site of fatal auto accidents.

I think they can be done tastefully, but the state is seeking to regulate their size, appearance and length of display.

Critics have cited safety concerns in calling for their removal. The memorials often appear on private property without the owner's consent.

I think this is a very difficult issue to deal with . In the end, neither side will be satisfied. I think the state is weighing in on an issue that has no clear solution.

10:10 am est 

Monday, December 27, 2010

Two Different Walks of Life

We got about 15 inches of snow from the "blizzard". I went out for a long walk at noon. It was nice to walk the neighborhood and see everything covered in snow.

Later in the afternoon, I walked to the post office and nearby market. The realities of the storm set in. The sidewalks downtown were poorly plowed and shoveled. The footing was challenging in a few places.

Now that the storm is over, I realize that I want to by snowshoes to do some hiking in the woods and nearby fields. I need to take a trip to L.L. Bean to buy some for about $100.
5:14 pm est 

The Snow Walk

I went out for a walk when it was snowing earlier today. We have received quite a bit of snow. I don't think the storm is as bad as they said it might be.

I'm typing this at the early hour of a new day............ It will eventually stop snowing. The sun will come out and melt the snow.

The winter solstace has passed. Days will only get longer.
12:14 am est 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The New Chords

They say everyone should by themselves something for Christmas. What I bought was nothing special, but it was something I needed.

I finally bought a replacement 25 foot extension cord for my phone. I also bought the wire going from my phone to the wall jack.

Both cords are at least 15 years old and hopefully tangled. I tried to straighten them over the years. I did it a few weeks ago, but they they didn't stay properly curled for long.

At the rate I buy these cords, I should have the new ones until I almost 70. By then, the phone industry should change quite a bit. Maybe land lines will become a collector's item. I think they are headed in that direction.
10:55 am est 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Big Hype

It's Christmas Day, but the big story is the potential of a big snow storm starting tomorrow afternoon and going into Sunday. WBZ radio is activating their "storm center". The meteorologists are the top billing on the news.

Although tomorrow is Sunday, I would bet there will be a big run at the supermarkets tomorrow to buy bread and milk. People somehow think that they are going to be stranded for days.

The hype is beginning. They upgraded it to a blizzard. We are in the snow line. Of course, it could also change. If it got warmer, it could be rain.

At this point tomorrow night, it could be snowing 3-4 inches per hour. I'll believe it when I see it.This should be fun.
10:05 pm est 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Saying It Right
It's so tough these days to say "Merry Christmas". Nobody wants to offend anyone. We live in the age of political correctness.

I love getting emails and cards from people I know. Some businesses go over the top with their greeting. 

I got an email card from TD Ameritrade. I've traded some stocks through them. My account has lost money over the years.

They didn't address that issue, but they did wish me; "the joys of the holiday season".

How could you offend anyone with a line like that?

12:30 am est 

The Black Glove

I was out shopping today and one of my stops was at a golf and running store. I bought a new golf glove for next season. Just about every model of glove is white. It's hard to find them in black.

I got a left-handed one, but the store doesn't carry right-handed in black.
After speaking to the manger, he found them in a catalogue and said he could do a special order. I told him to order two gloves.

They usually last at least one season. I'm all set now through 2012.
11:48 pm est 

Monday, December 20, 2010

First Snow

It snowed today for the first time. It was a little over one inch. Naturally, all hell broke loose around here with traffic jams and fender benders. People were having mental meltdowns over it.

My former place of employment use to get chaotic on a day like this . People wanted to leave early. I don't blame them. Nobody wants to get stuck out on the highway in a big traffic jam. On the other hand, they need to get a grip on things.There are a lot of things worse than snow.
11:47 pm est 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Longest Week

With the sudden death of my brother, this has been the worst week of my life. The tribute to his life was something I will always remember.

My father and him both died young of heart disease. Is it hereditary? I'm not sure, but I must admit it doesn't look good at times.

I will live the rest of my life knowing that the Grim Reaper has me in his sights. He will get me at some point. I just don't know when. I will do everything humanly possible to win the battle, but it's one that nobody can win.

We all waste so much time in our life. We all need to make the most of the time left.
12:44 am est 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Giant Step

Although it got light coverage by the media, I was very impressed with the successful launch of the first private space craft.

With only two more space shuttle flights scheduled, NASA is looking to the private sector to ferry supplies to the International Space Station. Eventually it will shuttle astronauts to the station.

The rocket and capsule were the pride of Space Exploration Technologies (SPACE-X). The mission was considered a great success as the craft orbited the earth three times before splashing down in the ocean. It also completed a series of maneuvers critical to any space flight.

It proved that the private sector is able to launch capsules and now provides a viable alternative for NASA.
6:53 pm est 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Holiday Meanness

The holiday season is suppose to promote good will and charitable acts. In Titusville, FL, one man carried it to an extreme the other day.

While he was in a convenience store, a customer suddenly dropped to the floor. He performed CPR, assisted the para-medics when they arrived and provided comfort to the man's wife.

At the same time, he decided to walk away with her purse. Why would someone perform a life saving act and then commit a crime? Did he need money that badly? It would be interesting to hear his story.
3:56 pm est 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

No Claws For Me

The other day, I cracked open a lobster for only the third time in my life. I've always thought this crustacean was over-rated.

I enjoy lobster rolls, but think it's a hassle to break the shell and dig out the meat. I ended up wasting a big part of the lobster. I would have been better off with a roll.

It's also very messy. I can't see the point of eating food that requires a bib.

It might be a long time before I have another one. I don't plan to partake of any twin lobster specials in the future.

12:05 pm est 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Need More Juice

I have been very pleased so far with my DROID phone made by Motorola. It has a lot of useful applications. It's great to be able to access the Internet at all times.

There are things that could be improved, particularly the life of the battery. It drains fast when using the browser. It's made worse by cold weather.

When I was at the football game the other night, it was on "low" for most of the night. It got tired of looking at the red warning light.

I've noticed the effect of cold weather before. Motorola needs to address this at some point. On the other hand, at least it recharges very quickly.
11:01 am est 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Smoke Gets In Your Clothes

It was a very cold last night at the Patriots and Jets game at Gillette Stadium with a temperature of 27 degrees and gusty winds.

I was tailgating under a tent that had a propane heater. It was working out great unitl the wind blew the tent over. We were left exposed to the elements in the parking lot.

The propane heater was a help. Other fans had grills going and some had fire pits. I was dressed very heavily for the game and was comfortable once I got inside the stadium.

When I got home, I was amazed at how badly my clothes smelled of smoke. I had to wash everything. I need to take my LL Bean parker to the cleaners. It smells so bad that I brought it out to the trunk of my car until I drop it off tomorrow.

What a difference from when I attended a pre-season practice back in August when the temperature was in the high 80's .
5:31 pm est 

Monday, December 6, 2010

One Chance For The Socks

I'm heading down to Gillette Stadium for tonight's Patriots and Jets football game. It is a huge contest with big playoff implications. It's also going to be very cold and windy. The group I'm going with will be there five hours before kickoff. I think I have enough warm clothing with me.

The most critical point will be the warmth of my feet. When I went to the Ravens playoff game last January, everything was ok except for my feet. My toes got numb from the cold.

I recently bought some "Smartwool Mountaineering" socks at Eastern Mountain Sports. They come with a guarantee of a refund if not satisfied.

If my feet get cold tonight, I plan to send these socks back for a refund. This is a big test for them. If they fail, they are out of here.
12:07 pm est 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Nailing the Space

You never know when fate crosses your path. I was running in a five person relay race today. At one of the exchange points, we got out of a vehicle to watch our team's next handoff.

As we walked back to the car, I noticed that the space next to us had a 4 inch nail lying on the pavement.

I picked it up and remarked. "I did one thing good today. I saved someone from getting a nail in their tire".
It was only later that I thought that the mail could have effected our vehicle if we had chosen the space next to us in a huge parking lot.
 One space made all of the difference.
6:28 pm est 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Puzzle of NYC

I have never assembled a large jigsaw puzzle by myself. I have a real challenge now after my recent purchase of a 3-D puzzle of New York City.

It has over 700 pieces. It allows a recreation of four different time-lines for the construction of the Manhattan skyline for the years 1812, 1931, 1973 and 2013.

The first plan is to build the landscape of 530 pieces, followed by the island with 44 pieces. The last part is to manipulate the 126 skyscraper pieces.

The box mentions "2000+ educational facts". I'm not sure how many there are above and beyind the initial 2,000. Do they mean there might by 2,030 facts?
The 2013 skyline includes the new World Trade Center. It might take me until 2013 to finish this.
12:05 pm est 

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dealing With Cold

During a show last night, one one the comics mentioned he had a cold. I should know better this time of year about all of the germs on the mic and with shaking hands with people.

When I woke up this morning, I had a slightly stuffy head. I had a great workout with a 4.2 mile run with a friend.

Several hours later, I'm still a bit stuffed up. I hope it's not due to the dust in my residence. I fight a losing battle to stay ahead of it.

I took an extra Vitamin C tablet and did a nose spray. Sometimes, I think it's a miracle that I have not had a cold yet.
5:39 pm est 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

All of the Issues

I have been a subscriber to National Geographic magazine since 1963. I've saved all of the back issues. That's 47 years and 564 magazines. I've also picked up about another 100 issues over the years. I think it's an outstanding publication.

I just purchased a 6-DVD set of the entire magazine collection going back to 1888. The contents boasts over 1,400 issues, 200,000 photos and 8,000 articles.

It might take me the rest of my life to get through it all.

7:07 pm est 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Good Old Bill

I recently found a Mercury-head silver dime in my change. Yesterday, I got a 1935 "silver certificate" dollar bill. These have been out of circulation since the start of 1964.

The back side was very faded and the edges looked like they had been eaten by moths. Where was this bill over the years? It must have been hoarded by someone. If it had been in circulation, it would have been removed by a financial institution years ago.

Someone re-introduced it to the money flow. I must have been one of the first people to receive it in change. Due to it's condition, it does not have extra value, but it was pretty unique to stumble across something like this.
10:44 am est 

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