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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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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Having A Shot

 

I went to the doctor's today for a physical. I mentioned that my last tetanus shot was in 1978 when I was bitten by a dog while out for a run.

I never mentioned it during previous visits, but I thought I should have one now. They are good for ten years, but mine expired 23 years ago. I'm lucky that I never needed one prior to that.

If I keep up this pace, I'll get my next one when I'm 90.

3:04 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another Price Increase

 

I enjoy reading the New York Post. It's a great newspaper with very creative headlines. It allows me to keep up to date with things going on in New York City.

Much to my disappointment, they raised the price to $1.25. It's only a 25 cent increase, but over the course of a year, it adds up to over $90.

Small price increases effect all of us. If you look at it on a daily basis, it's only a quarter. The price of gasoline is another good example. Any price increases take money out of our pockets and leave us with less.

I'll keep buying the paper. At some point, they will raise it to $1.50. They already did that with the Boston Globe. 

3:51 pm edt 

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Close Brush

 

I was brushing my teeth this morning with my Oral-B electric brush. I have been using this for several years. I think it does a better job than a conventional tooth brush.

According to the manual, the battery works for 15-20 minutes after charging.  The battery cannot be replaced. This results in the entire unit being replaced.

I think my battery life is getting shorter because it stopped working in the middle of my brushing.

It takes a few hours for recharging. I'm not sure how long the battery will last. My last brush never got to that point. I dropped it on the floor one day. It cracked at the spot where the brush head attaches to the base. The entire unit needed to be replaced.

I have dropped this brush before, but it keeps working. One more drop might be its last.

 

12:33 pm edt 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A New Mission For A Truck

 

As I drove through town today, I noticed someone had an old fire truck parked in their driveway. It was about 20 years old from a suburban town of Boston. The owner must have purchased it at an auction.

Fire trucks and police cruisers have a finite useful life. Most cruisers are sold to the public at auctions. Fire trucks are often sold to smaller towns that have volunteer departments until they can no longer be used. I wonder what the story was behind this truck.

In its time, it certainly provided a vital funtion to its citizens. Now, it sits in someone's driveway. What will the new owners do with it? You can drive an old police cruiser if you purchase it for personal use. A fire truck is another story. It uses a lot of gas and doesn't go very fast.

5:39 pm edt 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Not In the Bag

I just heard of a recall by Kraft Foods for some bags of pre-packaged salad with a specific expiration date. I have never bought this stuff and never will. I think it stays on the shelf too long. I look at it sometimes just to see whether it has gone bad. In many instances, the lettuce has the brown veins showing in its leaves.

When someone serves it at their house, I am always leery of eating it. I realize the bags are vacuum sealed, but the expiration date is too far in the future.

I also think that it's a lazy way to make a salad. Nothing is fresh here. It's just another short-cut people try to take to save time.
11:53 am edt 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More Bottles To Toss Out

We seem to be inundated with bottled water. It's all around us. Everyone has a bottle in their hand throughout the day. Some of the empties are recycled, but hundreds of millions end up in landfills.

I finally discovered that it is cheaper to buy a case of 16 ounce bottles than to buy a 6-pack of 1.5 litre ones. It was always more convenient to buy only six bottles at a time, but the savings on the case are plain to see.

Unfortunately, none of my bottles and cans get recycled. We have a dumpster where I live. I don't want to haul cans and bottles in my car. I already do that with newspapers and magazines. I recycle them at a local church.

It comes down to savings and the smaller bottles are the way to go.
6:50 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bound To Happen

 

It was inevitable that a cast member from the MTV show and movie "Jackass" would suffer a tragic death. Some of them really pushed the envelope with some of their stunts and lifestyles. 

I have always been a fan of the show, but thought this might happen someday. It finally did to Ryna Dunn at the age of 34.

Apparently, he was twice over the legal limit for driving while intoxicated.I don't know why he drove his Porsche 130 mph. That can only have bad results. He got himself killed, as well as his passenger when the car went off the road, hitting a tree and bursting into flames.

This happens everyday in America. It made the news because he was a "celebrity". Since his death, other people have died the same way. His demise is just one more sad statistic about drunk driving and speed.

 

 

 

5:23 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Days Getting Shorter

I had a lot of fun golfing with some former co-workers today. It was the first day of summer and rather humid. The sun was shining very bright, in the mid-80's. It was so nice to be out there.

We finally had a day like this, but unfortunately the days will get shorter after tonight. Summer will get hotter, but the days will get shorter for sunlight. It seems so strange after going through our recent weather.

You can blame it on the earth revolving around the sun.
11:56 pm edt 

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Fat Story

I stopped at McDonald's the other day when I was on the road. I ordered a double cheese burger and a grilled chicken snack wrap. While I was waiting, I read one of their nutrition brochures. It was called "Five Simple Steps to Better Balance".

All of their products and drinks were listed for calories, portein, fats, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugar and so on. The important factor to me was the amount of saturated fat and trans fat, if any.

I was rather disappointed to see that their beef sandwiches contain trans fat. It might be rather small, but it's still there. The amount of saturated fat could also be a lot less.

I rarely eat fast foods. It's a good thing I don't. They might be fast, but they are not that good for you nutritionally. Nobody can make a convincing argument that saturated and trans fats are good for you.
11:06 am edt 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Put the Bar Down, Now

It is so difficult to eat healthy. We have so many temptations every day. Some of the tastiest foods are bad for us.

I read labels. That keeps me from eating a lot of things. Sometimes we have no idea what we are ingesting, especially with fast foods.

Yesterday, I was confronted with a real challenge. The post-race meal was a nice turkey dinner. It looked rather healthy. I'm not sure how they prepared the mash potatoes. Did they use whole milk?

At the end, we all got a chocolate covered ice cream bar. I was all set to eat it. I had the bar in my hands ready to unwrap. I then read the labels.

This thing was going to provide me with 75% of my saturated fat daily allowance. So much for healthy eating.

For a moment I stood there and contemplated. I thought the wiser. I put the bar down and walked away. I stopped eating ice cream many years ago. It's not time to make exceptions. It was one small decision among many we face daily with our food.
 
12:42 pm edt 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Taking Too Much With Me

At 9am this morning I began the road race to the top of Mt Washington in New Hampshire. I have done this 34 times since my rookie year of 1972 when I was 18.

I admit that I run so much slower now. It's hard to compare the present to the past. I was so much faster then.

One thing I need to take note of is the excessive amount of clothes I brought with me to the race. In concern for potentially bad weather, I carried too much extra in a fanny pack.
 
I guess it would have been rather extreme to use everything I had. When I was younger, a warm-up jacket tied around my waist was good enough.

Maybe I can get it right when I run the New York City Marathon in November and not bring too much stuff with me.

The weather conditions seem so different from my earlier years at the race. We always had nice days until the last 10  years.

It never rained when I was younger.
10:56 pm edt 

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Endless Wars

 

Wars in Third World nations don't generate a lot of notice in the news. The ongoing one in East Congo is a prime example.

It has been going on for 16 years and has resulted in 5.4 million deaths. There are nine nations involved and over 30 rebel factions fighting a chaotic civil war.

There are other wars in Africa, including Sudan where the toll has been enormous. The UN has been involved, but has little ability to control the situation.

The United States responds with rhetoric, but for the most part, the world just observes as human tragedy continues.

 

9:29 pm edt 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Black Mark

It started out as simple car ride to an appointment. I made a bad decision on a left hand turn and came very close to an accident.

When I got to the highway, a box truck cut in front of me when changing lanes. About two miles later, my car was struck by road debris from a blown out truck tire.

A car ahead of me struck the debris, sending it into the air. The rubber stuck my hood before it hit my windshield.

When I got to my destination, I noticed a four inch black strip on the hood of my car. The rubber left its signature.

I'm glad it wasn't metal. I will try to get the mark off with rubbing compound
7:31 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Last Game of the Season

Tonight is Games 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks. The Bruins have never played in a Game 7 of the Finals in their history, although they have won the cup several times.

The Bruins last won the title in 1972. I was a freshman at UMass. Who knows when this will happen again? Maybe not again in my lifetime. You never know in sports.

So many great NHL players have their name on the cup. So many don't. Some players wait their entire career just to get to the finals, only to lose. Some never get to this point.

A championship brings immortality to the team and players. They are forever known as Stanley Cup Champions. Both teams are vying for that one chance to etch their name on the ledger of greatness.

Who will it be tonight? Only one team can win. There can't be a tie. Maybe the Bruins win. Maybe they won't . Maybe it will take another 39 years to get to this point. Nobody can say with certainty.

It should be a great game. In the words of Coach Bill Belichick: "Only one team wins their last game of the season".
 
10:50 am edt 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Great Weather For Sleeping

The hot temperatures last week caused many people to install their air conditioners. I still have mine on the floor of my bedroom. I'm waiting until the last possible moment. I don't like sleeping with it on. Eventually, it's going to get real hot.

The last several nights have been quite cool. I have been using a blanket. It's great weather for sleeping. I have not even had my fans on. 

This can't last forever, but I'm enjoying the temperatures. Summer begins next week.
10:48 am edt 

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Last Home Game of the Season

It's moments before the 6th game of the Stanly Cup finals. Renee Rancourt is getting ready to sing. If the Bruins lose, the season is over. There is no tomorrow. This is the last home game of the season, one way or the other.

The Vancouver Canucks have a chance to win the Stanley Cup tonight and creat their legacy. For the Bruins, it's the last chance to have another chance.

Some players win the Stanley Cup. Some never even play in the Finals. Some never get the chance to lose in the Finals.

It will be great game.
8:24 pm edt 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Learning More Tech

Everyone looks at the world of high-tech differently. I know a lot of people my age who really know their stuff when it comes to the world on computers and cell phones. On the other hand, some want nothing to do with it.

I really enjoy all of it, but wish I could learn and do more. After two years with my website, I think I need to do things to make it better. That involves a risk.

For me, risk assessment is very important when I work on a computer. I have messed up a number of things with my website and had to spend more time than I planned to fix it.

Everything seems to take more time than it should, but it's probably me. Some of this stuff is tough to understand.
7:35 pm edt 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Setting the Record

I was rather surprised that I was able to stay awake for 30 consecutive hours during the Relay For Life. I never took a nap. I was never tired until near the end.

I finally took a three hour nap at 1:30pm when I got home. I awoke from a dead sleep at 5pm upon hearing my alarm. I was able to attend a scheduled graduation party.

Tomorrow, I will wake up early again. I hope to roll out of bed without it being a major accomplishment. You never know.

I can say that I don't plan to stay awake for 30 hours on a regular basis. I think I set a new personal record that will stand until I do this again next year.
11:42 pm edt 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Staying Up Late

I'm on my way to do the American Cancer Society Relay For Life walk. It goes from 3pm-3pm today and tomorrow. If I stay awake the entire time, I'll be up for 32 hours. I have not done that in years.

I'm usually totally exhausted by 4am. When I go to bed that late, I don't sleep well. My team will have a large tent. I have an air mattress. I think I'll take a nap at some point. It will be interesting to see how late I stay up.

It's all for a good cause. I also have to do four hours of walking during the relay.
1:09 pm edt 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Hack Job For Jobs

 

Apple CEO Steven Jobs announced a couple of new products for his company. He has been on a medical leave due to his treatment for pancreatic cancer. Somehow, he caused the Associated Press to have a need to update his obituary.

The AP has been calling Hollywood studio and recording executives seeking fresh quotes about Jobs. This is a regular process for celebrities and famous people, but apparently Jobs and Apple were less then thrilled as he was scheduled to give a keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The average person leads a nondescript life and doesn't need to worry about writing his obituary ahead of time. I guess the situation for Jobs comes with his notoriety and wealth.

11:19 am edt 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Last Shave

 

Nothing lasts forever. Things come and go. The young become the old. Life moves on.
 
This time, it lasted five months for me. I finally changed the blade in my razor. I never though I would get five months out of it. I last changed it on January 8th.

It started to get dull about a month ago, but kept giving me a good shave. Since last week, I knew it was over. I wanted to try and make it to five months.
 
I wonder how long this blade will last. At this rate, I will use it after I run the New York City Marathon in November. A lot can happen between now and then.

7:20 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Triple H

 

The next couple of days will feature the Triple H's: hazy, hot and humid. I can ony imagine all of the complaining there will be on Facebook and news about the weather being too hot for this time of year.

People complain at the worst times. We have no control over so many situations in our life. The weather is one of them.

11:37 pm edt 

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Eating Challenge

 

It is so difficult to eat healthy. It becomes a daily struggle to avoid the toxic foods that face us every day.

At a golf tournament the other day, I ate a hot dog. Nobody can ever sell me on its nutritional value.

Yesterday, I got a "goody bag" at a road race with several questionable items. The granola bar certainly had more saturated fat than it should have. The cookie dough bar is going into the trash after reading what it contains.

Food labeling in America presents many challenges to healthy eating. The line between healthy and junk get blurred very easily. The best we can do is to be vigilant about everything we eat. 

The labels can tell us a lot about what goes into our body. It's up to each of us to practice healthy eating. Nobody will do it for us.

 

11:31 am edt 

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Missed Strike One

 

You can never be too alert while driving. Things can change so quickly, especially when driving in traffic on interstate highways.

As I drove to a road race this morning, a deer jumped the guard rail and ran in front of my car. I swerved my wheel and missed him. I also jammed on my brakes thinking I was going to hit him. 

He ran by just in time. I have no idea what happened to him. He still had to cross two more lanes, the median and then another four lanes, including the breakdown.

That was a little too close for me. It would have been like hitting a 100 pound rock mounted on stilts. They tend to roll up on the hood and smash the windshield.

On a recent trip in Connecticut, I counted four deer carcasses on the side of the road. They are all over the place. The signs about watching for them should be followed.

5:12 pm edt 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

For the Pets

Golf tournaments are a great way for a charity to raise money. I played in one today. They had raffle prizes and a number of auction  items.

The organization is involved in animal rescue programs, primarily  for dogs and cats. They offer a variety of services for a very worthwhile cause.

I was very impressed with the passion and committment these people had to their cause. They go to great extremes to keep pets from being euthanized.

Some people paid way over the value for the auction items. The organization had a very successful day.
10:44 pm edt 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Serious Kids

 

The other day I stopped at a local Chinese restaurant for a take-out order of small chicken and broccoli. I have enjoyed their food  since they opened in 1997.

There is a person at the counter who is always there no matter what time it is. I can't imagine how many hours she works. Her two kids are in college. They both work there.

Year ago when I first started going there, the kids were always in a booth doing their homework and reading. They didn't fool around.

They started working at the counter at a young age, taking orders and ringing up the cash register.

I bet they eventually graduate with honors and become successful.

7:32 pm edt 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Who Would Have Thought?

We never know how a day is going to turn out. So many unexpected things can happen that can change a person's life forever.

There was a tornado in western and central Massachusetts yesterday. That is the first one I have heard of in my lifetime. We don't get type of weather around here.
 
In the end, four people died. There was massive destruction in the storms path. Many people lost their homes or suffered severe damage.

Nobody ever gave this a thought when they woke up yesterday. It may have been a once in a lifetime occurance, but for those four people, it was the last day of their lives. Other people went through an event that we can only hope never happens to us.

You never know what the dawning of a new day might bring.
7:40 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pass the Saturated Fats

They say there is nothing American more than baseball. I attended a Red Sox game last at Fenway Park. One thing for certain is that baseball parks are the epitome of junk food.

I saw people eating meals of french fries and hot dogs. They had some grilled chicken at some concessions, but the selections were slim where we sat. I bypassed most of the bad stuff.

I selected an Italian sausage sandwich with peppers and onions along with a bottle of water. Later on, I decided to get a chocolate covered ice cream bar. I made the mistake of reading the fat and calorie content.

I can see why I gave up eating these things a long time ago. I got 23% of my daily saturated fat just from the ice cream bar. I'm afraid to think about the sausage sandwich.

It's difficult to eat properly. Going to games doesn't help the situation.
4:45 pm edt 


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