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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.

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

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Drying Hands

 

We still have another three weeks before the start of winter. It has been cold the last few days, but the temperature is predicted to be in the 60's on Sunday.

I don't mind cold weather, but my hands are taking a beating. They are very dry. The skin on my knuckles is raw and irritated. I have been using hand lotion, but it's not enough.

Working out in the pool probably isn't helping with the exposure to chlorine. I'm wearing gloves whenever I'm outside. I had planned on going in the pool today, but went running instead. I need to get my hands back to normal.

6:40 pm est 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Another Public Eyesore

 

I don't think that the recent decision to allow electronic billboards in Massachusetts is a positive step. The have been approved for display along roadways with the stipulation that they remain static for ten seconds before showing a video image.

They will only distract drivers with their mesaages. Accidents will happen at some point. It's only a matter of time.

I also think they are an eyesore for the landscape. They add nothing to the surroundings. The only reason they are allowed is for the money they pay to be there. 

It's always about the money.

 

12:38 pm est 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Not Salt Free

 

Winter is still three weeks away and the signs are upon us. I still have not pulled down my storm windows, but we saw our first snow flurries last night.

When I was out driving, I encountered the first salt on the roads. They may have overdone it because of the forecast.

This morning, my black car had a white salt film all over it. I guess it's time to put the scraper, brush and snow shovel in the car. I'll take them out after the start of spring.

6:03 pm est 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Voluntary Tax

 

The Powerball lottery is now up to $425 million and rising. It might reach $500 million before the next drawing. That is far too much money for one person to win.

I don't have any plans to buy a ticket. I never do, so why would I bother now. Jackpots like this drive the lottery. People who never buy a ticket, go out and get one.

You always hear, "You can't win if you don't play". No kidding. I always get a kick out of the people who tell you how they will spend the money. Nothing like getting ahead of the curve.

I know it's important to have dreams and all that, but lotteries are a waste of time. On the other hand, it's a good way for the states to raise money without additional taxes.

The lottery is a voluntary tax paid by those who play. We should all thank them today. 

 

 

11:05 am est 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Don't Worry About The Victims

 

You can always count on some economic analyst to come up with a ridiculous statement. The latest pertains to Super Storm Sandy.

The metropolitan New York City area suffered as much as $50 billion in damages. People lost their homes and everything they owned.

This person claims that there could be an economic benefit of between $140-$240 billion as the area rebuilds. The construction industry and the supply chain will be hugely impacted. Jobs will be created.

Meanwhile, people are trying to get their lives back together again. They don't want to hear some dumb statement about how this disaster will help the economy.

Where do we find these guys?

6:43 pm est 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Not Wearing Food

 

I'm always careful when I eat. I try not to spill things on myself. Old people always seem to be wearing their food. Accidents happen to all of us.

The other day, I managed to get some cocktail sauce on my shirt. I fist applied some dish detergent to absorb it. This morning, I threw it in with a load of clothes.

The shirt is air drying, but it looks like the stain is gone. I might not be so lucky the next time, especially if it's tomato sauce.

12:30 pm est 

What About The Garden?

 

I have always enjoyed watching Boston real estate development. So many plans get presented and fail. There is  another one at Boston Garden to have a big apartment complex. Let's see if that one works.

There have been so many other developments in the Garden area. It's all talk. Nothing ever happens. They need to build.

11:18 pm est 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Not Everyone Goes Home

 

I'm not a big fan of Black Friday. It's good day for the retail industry, but it brings out foolish and bad behavior from people. There are countless stories of those waiting in line for five hours to buy something and save a few dollars. Some do it for fun, but others are desperate to get a bargain.

Every year, someone gets trampled or beaten while waiting. Some get hurt when they crash through the opening doors. It becomes a sad reflection on what we have become.

By the end of the day, someone will have needlessly died or suffered a heart attack while waiting. A holiday tradition continues.

10:37 am est 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Charging Twice

 

Today was a good illustration on why people don't buy newspapers anymore like in the past. The Boston Globe and Eagle Tribune were overflowing with circulars for Black Friday. The newspaper was its normal size without any additional sections. However, the papers decided to charge the same price as the Sunday edition.

I think this is such a ripoff. The papers were the size of a normal Thursday, but they decided that the consumer should be charged to see the ad supplements. Why should they pay for that? The newspaper makes money from the circulars. They don't need to charge double, but they did.

I can see why they still had papers when I went to the store

8:31 pm est 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Not Taking The Top Down

 

I saw a discussion earlier today about buying a convertible The guy wanted one badly. One person said that everyone should have one at some point in their life.

I have never had the desire to drive one. I never even think about it. They are unsafe and too noisy for my taste. My last car had a sunroof which I only used a couple of times in three years.

There is a guy in my neighborhood who owns a red Mustang convertible. He looks like he is over 70. I wonder what motivated him to buy it. Did he own them when he was younger?

2:53 pm est 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Don't Cancel It

 

You can really outdo yourself sometimes with technology. I had just written a blog on a totally different subject when I had the misfortune of deleting it. I still don't understand how it happened. The last thing I wanted was to delete what I was writing about.

My immediate thought was that I was careless. At least it happened while I was editing. I was trying to cancel a previous editing by taking a shortcut. I didn't realize that when I pressed "cancel", it wiped out my writing.

Hopefully, I don't do it again soon.

 

 

10:56 pm est 

Monday, November 19, 2012

See You In November

 

I went for my annual eye exam today. It was about 14 months since my last one. The doctor put drops in my eyes to dilate them. I don't know why I have such an issue getting drops, but I do. Needles don't bother me that much.

When I checked out, the receptionist asked me if I wanted to make another appointment for this time next year. I don't like making them that far in advance. So much can change. I'll call next year when I'm ready to go. When I called to make this appointment, it took about six weeks for a date. It worked out ok.

Sometimes, you have no choice. I have a six month appointment tomorrow with a dermatologist. I made it back in May. I remember thinking that November was a long way off.

8:22 pm est 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Doing The Cycle

 

When you clean the bathroom, it's only for that moment. It's so hard to keep up with it. I don't know how families do it. The floor always needs a cleaning. The toilet is an ongoing endeavor.

Today, I replaced the shower curtain and cleaned the tub with TYLEX. The curtain had fallen victim to mildew like it always does. I buy cheap seats from Walmart and replace them annually. TYLEX does a great job, but the fumes are difficult to deal with.

Eventually, I'll replace the seat and shower curtain. I buy cheap liners and replace them every six months. It seems to be part of the cycle of life.

8:44 pm est 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

39 Degrees

 

I attended a football game today at Gillette Stadium. It was fun to meet up with a former classmate and watch UMass. It was a well played game, but they lost to Buffalo, 29-19.

You never know how the weather is going to be this time of year. It was a sunny day and 45 degrees at the 3pm kickoff. Once the sun went down, it was 39. There was no wind. I brought a heavy jacket, hat and gloves. I wore my boots, but skipped the thermal socks.

I was comfortable throughout the game. We plan to attend the game next Friday afternoon at 3pm. You roll the dice with the weather. A lot can happen in a week. 

9:34 pm est 

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Longest Blade

 

I broke a personal record yesterday when I finished six months of use with my current razor blade, surpassing the previous mark by 15 days. I never miss a day of shaving.

The record was broken when I first went to New York City two weeks ago, but I decided to keep it going. I got a good shave today. There was no drag on my face by the blade, although I need to shower before shaving.

Could I do this for another month? That might be really pushing it. My face will tell me when the blade is done.

8:07 pm est 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Take Another Day Off

 

The U.S. Postal Service announced a $15.9 billion loss for the year. This is a huge increase over the $5.1 billion deficit last year.

The USPS keeps losing money because they can. Congress isn't about to let the flow of mail stop. It's hard to believe that they actually deliver business mail because there is so much junk mail. Many people pay bills on-line. I do that for several of mine, although I still bring letters to the post office.

The USPS should eliminate Saturday delivery. That might be a good place to start, but the postal union will fight to the death on that one. The system is so broken right now. One less day of mail shouldn't really matter.

I doubt it will happen. I think they will just keep losing money. That's how they operate.

5:20 pm est 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Put The Bag Down

 

Cities and towns pass local ordinances usually to improve the quality of life for its citizens. We are seeing more items related to social legislation. My local city council recently decided to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.

I heard about another town ready to ban the use of styrofoam containers in takeout restaurants. They also want to eliminate the use of plastic bags. These are both very worthy causes. Plastic and styrofoam contribute to the enormous waste problem facing every city and town.

Where do you draw the line on what should be prohibited? What is wrong in one place is ok in the next locale. Should this be the role of state or federal government? Do they need to step in?

I think we are seeing too much of this type of social legislation. People find a cause they believe in and set the wheels of government in motion to achieve their end. I don't think the Founding Fathers had this in mind back then.

11:33 am est 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Petition With A Target

 

We will soon be facing Black Friday, the insane day when people flock to the malls and stores to buy holiday gifts. In recent years, stores have been opening at midnight and pre-dawn in the hope of attracting shoppers.

Walmart recently announced their stores will open at 9pm on Thanksgiving night. Target followed with the same opening hour. However, their employees are revolting by starting an on-line petition to protest their work schedule.

I hope they are successful in not having to work. In most cases, employees face mandatory shifts. It's bad enough that they need to miss time with their families, but it should be optional.

Hopefully, Target and other retailers will see the error in their decision, but I doubt they will.

 

3:47 pm est 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Maybe The Final Round

 

The weather today will be unseasonably warm. It might get into the high 60's. I plan to go golfing later this morning. It will probably be the last time until next spring. I have played later in the year at times, but the weather becomes one of the main factors.

Daylight is also critical. It gets dark so much earlier now. Once the sun goes down, it's all over. We should be ok today as long as a lot of other golfers don't have the same idea of playing one more round.

8:45 am est 

Need To Honor Them

 

The NFL does a great job in honoring veterans and first responders on Veteran's Day, but television rarely shows the pre-game ceremony.

They don't show the singing of the National Anthem during weekly games unless it's something important like Veteran's Day.

Showing the National Anthem being sung  takes away from expensive commercial spots. It's all about making money for television and the NFL. They show the Star Spangled Banner very reluctantly.

11:50 pm est 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Return To Donor

 

You can always count on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to do things that reinforce his reputation of creating a nanny state in New York City.

There are almost 40,000 residents that need emergency housing because of the recent storm damage. Shelters are being overwhelmed with people looking for a place to stay.

He has ordered that any food donated to city run shelters meet the nutritional guidelines in place for being healthy. This includes the amount of calories, fiber and fat content. Critics say that he needs to temporarily waive these guidelines in light of the crisis facing the city. He is standing firm by announcing that the city will not issue any type of waiver. 

I'm a big fan of the mayor, but he gets involved in too many areas that are really not part of city government. Hopefully, no organization is giving out soft drinks in cups larger than 20 ounces. He will call them out on that.

4:54 pm est 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Can't Hold It

The U.S. Postal Service will never win an award for dependability. You need to assume that your letter or package will get delivered at some point. Timeliness is a goal from the past.

When I go out of town, I always have my mail held because I have a small box.Too much mail will prevent me from unlocking it.

Before I left, I went to the post office and filled out the proper form. In the past, I have found mail in my box when I returned home. It should have been held.

This trip was no exception.They never held it.The box was stuffed when I got home. Somehow, the box opened up when I unlocked it.

I went to the post office, but I didn't have any more mail.  I told a clerk what happened. He asked me if I wanted to speak with a supervisor. I talked to a guy for about ten minutes. He was shocked about what happened and said this could not continue. I think he was just trying to placate me.

I don't know why it's so difficult for them to hold my mail. He explained the process to me. It's very simple, but they still messed it up. It probably won't be the last time for them. 

 

12:18 am est 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

An Early Start

 

Walmart decided that it would be helpful to the American consumer on Black Friday by opening their stores on 8pm Thanksgiving night. Sears and K-Mart are following the trend. Other major retailers have not announced their plans yet.

Retailers depend upon Black Friday for a boost in their holiday sales. No doubt, it helps the economy. What about the employees? Will they be forced to work those crazy hours? Will they get holiday pay as well as a night shift differential? I doubt it.

Instead, thousands of workers will be forced to leave their families so they can make some profit for the big retailers. The executives will see it in their bonuses, but employees will have a little bit more taken away from them when they are forced to work these hours.

 

 

2:07 pm est 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Can't Fight The Snow

 

The weather forecast calls for a big rain storm tonight with high winds and a possibility of light snow. It's already snowing in Boston during the evening commute.

Facebook has been lit up by comments from people who hate snow. Nobody ever wants to get caught in a hazardous situation, but snow is a fact of life around here. Most people would prefer a sunny day, but it doesn't always happen.

I always feel that if someone is that emotional about their hatred for snow, they must be serious about it. I wonder how many other things they hate. It's bad enough that people keep moaning about the election results. They need to move on. They can't change what happened. They also cannot stop the snow.

5:42 pm est 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

King of the Funnel

 

People like to brag about the accomplishments of their kids no matter what they are. Facebook provides them a forum to talk about their special children.

I saw a comment today from a mother who is proud that her son was admitted to a college fraternity. That is no major accomplishment. If you want to pledge to a frat, they will work with you to become a member unless everyone dislikes you. They need members to stay alive financially.

I was not into fraternities during my time at UMass. Most frats still have their crazy rituals which involve drinking large amounts of alcohol until you get sick. They also do some pretty childish things such as paddling each other.

This kid's mother should realize that her son is probably quite accomplished on drinking from a beer funnel. He has the fraternity to thank for that. He should be the star at any New Year's Eve party.

4:48 pm est 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Free Water

 

New York City charges too much for everything. It doesn't matter what it is. Hotel prices are outrageous. I would visit more often if I could get cheaper rates.

I stopped into a McDonald's in Times Square for just a burger and a cup of water. The burger was more expensive than around here, but they also charged 27 cents for a cup of water. If a cup costs about one penny, that is almost a 2,600% profit.

They always say that McDonald's makes the most profit from their french fries and soft drinks. They might have another winner here with the cups, although they probably don't have too many customers that want a cup of water. 

10:06 pm est 


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