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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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                            89 Lowell Rd.  Hudson, NH  7:30pm

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                         251 Main St.  Tewksbury, Mass  7:30pm 

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Cruising To Nowhere

 

I never had the desire to go on a cruise ship. They say there are a lot of things to do, but it looks like it's mostly eating and drinking. I also don't like any type of motion rides. I think it would be awful to be out there in stormy weather.

There was a story in the news about one of the Royal Caribbean ships that was forced to return to port several days early after a few hundred people got sick. This seems to be occurring more frequently.

What caused this to happen? Is the food handling any different on a ship? I can understand an isolated case, but this is too often. 

1:54 pm est 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

They Last Over One Month

 

Fast food is part of the American lifestyle. The choices are almost unlimited. Some people want to spend as little time as possible preparing meals, but there are some bad choices out there.

Yesterday, I saw packages of hard boiled eggs without the shells. They cost $2.99 for six. The label would scare anyone away. They were vacumm sealed, but contained several preservatives. The shelf life was almost a month. They need to be refrigerated. 

I can't imagine the circumstances where you would eat them. If you don't have time to boil an egg for three minutes, your life is too hectic. 

3:42 pm est 

Atlanta Storm

 

Atlanta and many other southern cities were paralyzed by the recent 2.5 inches of snow. It's not a big deal up north, but would be catastrophic in warmer climates.

Some really bad decisions were made about the storm around Atlanta.  It should never happen, but it did.

It's hard to guess the weather. They will blame it on that.

11:41 pm est 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

All For $24


It's been a long process for the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It's scheduled to open this spring. There was a great deal of controversy on its funding. Apparently, it will need to charge a $24 admission fee to cover its $60 million annual operating budget.

I find the price to be outrageous. It's much too expensive, especially for a family. I can only imagine the salaries being paid to some of the top officials. The $60 million annual cost will probably increase over the years, causing the admission fee to go up.

I plan to visit the place the next time I'm in the city, but I think it's way overpriced. 

4:57 pm est 

Monday, January 27, 2014

All In The Car

 

I get a kick out of people who say they want to drive a Lamborghini. What does that really mean? That car or any other is so expensive. It's the worst investment you could ever make unless you had money to throw away.

10:13 pm est 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Name That Dorm

 

It gets very controversial whenever a public building needs to be named. Everyone has an opinion on who should get the honor or why someone shouldn't.

UMass Amherst had a building boom in the 60's and 70's. The buildings were usually named after state politicians or people associated with the school. That made a lot of sense, but I'm sure some politicians lobbied for certain individuals.

Four new dormitories were recently built. They are beautiful buildings in contrast to the drab concrete of so many others.

They took the easy way out by naming them after species of trees. They are Linden, Maple , Oak and Elm. It keeps things politically correct. It was probably a good idea to do it. I'm sure there would have been a great deal of controversy in bestowing the honor on anyone.

7:12 pm est 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Clean For The Moment


One of the hardest things to do in the winter is to keep my car clean. I finally took it to the car wash today to get the salt off. I didn't want to do it during the recent cold spell because the locks have frozen up in the past. 

The car looked real nice after it was done, but it would only last a moment until I got out on the street.

Keeping a car clean in the winter is a bit like removing the sand from the rug by my door. I could vacuum every day, but it would only last until I walk through the door again with more sand on my shoes. 

4:10 pm est 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Not An Option

 

The New Hampshire state legislature is considering a bill that will allow voters to select "None of the above" as an option when they vote in elections. The sponsor of the bill feels that it will send a message to the candidates that they will be held accountable by the voters. 

I don't think this idea has much merit. Some of the best people never run for public office. It becomes a burden on one's life and family. It takes a certain personality to put up with running for office. 

If voters don't like the candidates, they will leave their choice blank or write in another name. The law won't serve any purpose and is just another way of pandering to the public. 

 

5:14 pm est 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Waiting For Another Flood

 

It will be a long time before the NYC/NJ metropolitan area recovers from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. It's been 15 months and the subways are still not all back running.

The MTA just received $880 million from the federal government to do repairs on tunnels when they got flooded. It will take another year before things get squared away.

It's great that the city got the money, but the same thing could happen again with another major storm. Flood prevention measures have not been taken by the city.

The weather forecasters said it was a once in a century storm, but we don't seem to have normal weather patterns these days. It could happen again this year.

6:23 pm est 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

They Really Need Assurance


Marriage seems like a risky proposition considering the high divorce rate. At least half of them fail. Now, there is insurance for those who plan to wed. It covers extreme weather, illness and a change of heart. 

I can see getting coverage for weather and illness, but it must be a real bummer when your future spouse decides they want no part of you in the future. I wonder how often this happens. 

It must occur enough for companies to offer insurance and make money from it. Couples need assurance from each other. 

2:45 pm est 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bill's Horse Power

 

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio frequently mentioned during his campaign that he would eliminate the horse drawn carriages in Central park and replace them with antique cars.

A recent poll showed that 66% of the residents favor keeping the horses while only 28% want the cars. What will he do now? Will he flip and support the carriages in light of the overwhelming support from the public?

I have no problem with keeping the horses within the confines of Central Park. They don't belong on the streets with cars and traffic. There have been a number of occasions in the past where the horses have become spooked while in the streets, resulting in accidents. The antique car idea just doesn't make any sense.

Politicians often waiver when the numbers don't work in their favor. Let's see what happens here.

2:10 am est 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Without Books

 

Politicians will try to use kids to their advantage when it comes to their own agenda. I don't believe in doing this. It happened in Boston the other day.

There was an organized march of 2nd graders from Chinatown to Boston City Hall to protest the lack of a library in their neighborhood. 

Chinatown is the only Boston neighborhood without such a facility. They had one, but it was torn down in the 1960's to make way for the Mass Pike.

They deserve a library for everyone living there. It's wrong that they are the only ones without a facility for learning and reading.

I don't know if the march did any good. There are no plans at this point to build anything, but it should happen.

6:15 pm est 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I'm The Current Resident

 

I get a great deal of unsolicited junk mail involving catalogues and requests from charities. I could spend the rest of my life trying to stop it and not be successful at it.

I especially resent catalogues sent in my name or "Current Resident". They are telling me that they just want to get their material in someone's hands. It doesn't matter if it's me or not.

That type of stuff always goes to my recycling pile. They could care less about me. 

12:09 pm est 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Stay At Five


Rural school districts can face challenges that are different than those in the suburbs. One out in western Massachusetts covers an area of 250 square miles. Most of the students take a bus to school with trips that can take up to one hour.

Officials are considering going to a four day schedule to reduce transportation costs and time on the buses. I think this is bad idea that should be scrapped. 

Kids are only in school for 180 days. America is behind many nations when it comes to education. A longer school day would not work for kids who already spend two hours daily on their bus. 

There is no solution that will make the parents happy and meet the state requirements for time in the classroom. Some school districts are even bigger than this one. 

 

 

 

11:35 am est 

Friday, January 17, 2014

All In 140 Characters Or Less

 

There was a good example in the news today about the problems with social media. A teenage girl found an arm on a beach in Queens, NY. It was thought to be from the body of a 14 year old autistic boy, missing since October. She posted a comment on Twitter before calling her mother and dialing 911.

I wonder if she posed for a "selfie" with it. I hope her comments did not exceed the 140 characters allowed by Twitter.

Have we become so desensitized that people comment on social media before alerting authorities when human remains are found? 

3:25 pm est 

Second Best Movie

 

The 2014 Oscar nominations are out again. I think nine movies nominated for "Best Picture" are too many. That goes the same for Best Actor and Actress which have five each.

Oscar nominations mean big publicity and ticket sales for the movies. Everyone wants to be nominated, but I think it's watered down. 

Why don't they give a runner-up for best picture? This is so typical of the world today where everyone needs to be a winner and nobody can lose. 

11:13 pm est 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Three Too Many

 

I have followed the long process of awarding casino gambling licences in Massachusetts. It's all about three casinos and one slot parlor.

It will never work. The developers are promising too much money to the host communities. Revenue projections are too optimistic. I don't think the region can support all this gambling. People have a finite amount of money to play with.

I want these places to succeed and do well. It's really nice to have a short drive to a casino, but this plan is too ambitious.  

There are only so many gambling dollars before you start effecting the Massachusetts State Lottery and all those games.

10:01 pm est 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

When Is It A Discount?

 

It's easy to get suspicious about discounts and sales. Businesses don't make it a practice to give money away and decrease their profits.

The Market Basket chain took everyone by surprise when they announced a 4% discount on virtually all items through the end of 2014. What business can survive by cutting 4% of their revenue? There must be a gimmick.

Will the stores increase their prices incrementally to recapture the 4%? I wouldn't doubt that because they are not runing a charity. 

 

7:15 pm est 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jackets For All

 

There was a nice feeling of spring in the air tonight when I went out to mail a bill. It was 47 degrees. I was warm in my LL Bean jacket, but felt very comfortable.

It shocked me to see guys walking around without a jacket on. One guy was in a t-shirt. I would get so sick if I did that. Another guy came out of a fitness club with his head wet. That would be the worst thing I could ever do.

Maybe that's why I never mind the heat and humidity in the summer. My body never gets effected by the heat. It's the cold air that bothers me.

 

 

9:35 pm est 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Just Another Update

 

I'm happy with my Samsung Galaxy Notebook that I bought three months ago. I also got a "Dummies" book to help out. There is so much to know.

I just completed a systemic update that prompted me when I brought the system up. Doing the update was the prudent thing to do. Hopefully, there is no virus in this stuff. 

Nobody can tell you really tell you all about the update. You do them because it seems like the right thing to do. 

10:06 pm est 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Another Vortex On Deck


After being in a polar vortex earlier this week, we now have temperatures in the 50's with wind and rain. We are scheduled for another polar vortex early next week.

Global warming has been debated to no end. Temperatures seem to be on the rise. That has been documented, but why do we have such extremes in the weather? We are seeing that all over the country.

I think we have effected the environment to the point that things are out of balance. I don't know what the solution is. We continue to spew toxins into the air and water. 

We won't be around in fifty years, but I wonder what the future holds for weather conditions. 

 

7:35 pm est 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Story By Chris

 

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was seen as one of the leading contenders for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. The last few days might change his life forever.

He went to great extremes yesterday to distance himself from the scandal involving some of his staff members who made the unconscionable decision to seek political revenge on the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, NJ by closing one of the lanes on a ramp to the George Washington Bridge. The resulting traffic delays caused a major problem for the residents and impacted 911 response time.

Christie has already fired staff members and apologized to the mayor and residents of Fort Lee, but it might be too late to stop the damage. 

His path to the White House may have been altered if the story continues to stay in the news. One of his staff members already pleaded the Fifth when questioned by a legislative committee over the incident. A federal investigation is alo underway.

Christie has denied any involvement, but might not survive politically if there was any hint of involvement on his part.

It will be interesting to see how this story plays out over the next few weeks. Only he knows the truth, whatever it is.  

12:12 pm est 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

For The Birds

 

Some of the "odd" stories in the news are very interesting. A guy from Cambridge, Mass just set the record of sighting the most species of birds in a year when he finished the year with 749.

I don't know birds at all and could only identify about a dozen, but this guy went the extra mile to set the record.

His schedule would make anyone dizzy. During his quest, he spent 195 nights away from home. He had 177 airline flights involving 193,758 miles and 56 airports. He also drove 51,758 miles in rental cars. Naturally, there was water travel involved. He did 147 hours over the course of 15 days. 

With an effort like that, he deserved the record. He said he didn't get serious about the process until April and could have identified 1,000 species if he started earlier. 

5:14 pm est 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Not A Rosey Future

 

The Boston Globe recently had a great review of the architecture in Boston that happened during the 20 year tenure of Mayor Thomas Menino. It's always a challenge to evaluate buildings in terms of their beauty and how they fit in their surroundings. 

I didn't agree with all of the comments, but there was one that we could all agree on. The author mentioned that the Rose Kennedy Greenway does not generate the same buzz as New York City's High Line Park. That is a huge under statement.

The Kennedy Geenway is a work in progress and has a long way to go. It's still a barren strip of concrete, with some grass, taking the place of the old elevated Southeast Expressway. The city has been trying to make it more pedestrian friendly. They will be be adding a carousel this year to attract more families.

The High Line Park is a destination for tourists and city dwellers. I have been there several times and marvel over the job done. The Kennedy Greenway isn't a "must see" for anyone and probably won't be in the future.

 

12:46 am est 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Great Venue, Lousy Seats

 

The owners of the Boston Red Sox made a good move when they welcomed outdoor hockey to Fenway Park. They have hosted several games between area colleges as well as high schools. Everyone seems to be happy, as well as Boston residents who were able to participate in a free skate.

Anyone who attended the games must have been enthralled by the unique venue to watch the game. However, it appears that many of the seats had bad sight lines. Most of the seats were behind the goals, with many of them far away.

The cold temperatures were the same as for a football playoff game. The fans just had lousy seats at Fenway Park. I think most who attended wanted to say they were there. 

5:13 pm est 

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Snow Free Roof

 

One of the better ideas I had recently was to by a "snow broom" with a telescopic handle. It was only $9 at Home Depot. I don't know why I didn't buy one of these earlier. It's perfect for getting snow of the roof of my car. It's a lot better than a regular brush.

I will no longer be driving one of those cars with snow on it. We've all done that.

 

11:39 am est 

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Falling Tree In The Woods

 

Everything looks different in the winter after a snow storm. I took a snowshoe hike through the woods at a local park yesterday. I was by myself, but in the stillness of the woods, you could hear everything. 

The trees made a very eerie sound as they creaked in the wind. The sound of snow blowing could also be heard, but very quietly. 

I came upon a giant tree which had been toppled over years ago. I'm not sure how long it's been there, but I've seen it the last four years of snowshoe hikes.

When this fell tree in the woods, someone might not have been there to hear it. However, it made a huge impact as it took several smaller trees with it and impaled itself on another one. It never made it to the ground.

It must have been a very windy moment. 

  

4:15 pm est 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Even The Kitchen Sink

 

I tried to use COMET cleanser on my stainless steel kitchen sink, but it didn't work very well. It probably doesn't help that the sink is at least 50+ years old. I tried a BRILLO pad in the past with similar results.

Apparently, stainless steel doesn't mean forever. I can't get 50+ years of stains off the sink and make it look new. That will never happen. 

9:40 pm est 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

First Storm of 2014

The so-called blizzard has been very localized. We got about nine inches of "fluffy" snow. The media likes that expression, but the snow is so light in weight. 

It might get worse tonight. The current temperature is 20 degrees. I can't get over how light the snow is to brush off my car and to shovel.

They said it would be a long storm and go into Friday morning, but that remains to be seen as well as the final snow total.

10:22 pm est 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Ride to Extinction

 

Now that Bill DeBlasio has been inaugurated as mayor of New York City, I wonder if he will keep his campaign pledge to get rid of the horse drawn carriages in Central Park.

Critics complain that the horses are abused and over worked. I have read reports that seem to contradict each other.

I have never taken a ride in one and have no plans to ever do so. They are outrageously priced for the amount of time you get. I have a bigger concern about their safety. 

They should be kept within the confines of Central Park. There is no place for them on the city streets. They are a hazard to themselves and traffic. I would be too nervous to ride in one. They should never have allowed them outside the park in the first place.

Periodically, there is a story in the news about a horse getting spooked in traffic. It's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt badly.  

6:27 pm est 


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