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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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Monday, June 30, 2014

Sign of the Times

 

People post too many signs on utility poles and other public places. Some are temporary for a missing pet or yard sale, but are often never removed. They create a visual blight.

The New York Post told a story of an aspiring actor who has already posted 2,000 notices of his likeness in an attempt to get work. He wants to eventually make it 10,000. The story featured a picture of him posting one on a fire call box. 

I think this is so selfish on his part. He is doing his part to create visual blight. The newspaper made it worse by giving him the publicity he was seeking.

It's only a matter of time before someone else does the same thing.

5:31 pm edt 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

All Night Long

 

I recently stayed up all night while doing the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. I went to bed about 11am the next day and slept about four hours.

It made me think about the term "staying up all night". At what point is it all night? Is it until sunrise? What happens if you go to bed at 4:30am?

I feel it should be considered all night if you stay up past the sunrise. Otherwise, it's just a very late night.  

4:09 pm edt 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Cup Challenge

 

New York City has many problems like every other American city. They don't need to waste time and resources over the size of soda cup servings. The New York Supreme Court tossed out the edict of former Mayor Bloomberg over the large sodas which he felt contributed to obesity among children and adults.

There is no doubt over the link of large sodas and obesity, but should it be the job of government to regulate it? People eat so many things that are bad for them. Where do you draw the line? Soda could be the start, but what happens after that?

There are so many more social problems that need more attention.

7:03 pm edt 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Paddling To Disaster

 

Some people try to do foolish things and then expect someone to rescue them if it doesn't work out. We saw that with the 57 year old kayaker who had the bright idea to try to navigate his way from California to Hawaii. 

This was a bad idea from the start. The journey was 2,400 miles, but  only lasted for 11 days and 60 miles. What made him think he could travel by kayak to Hawaii? He was poorly prepared.

He was rescued after sending out a distress signal. It cost money to help him and put someone in jeopardy. People don't think of others when they try foolish things. They are only thinking of themselves. Just another example of selfish behavior in society today. 

2:47 pm edt 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Minority Voice


The voters of Massachusetts will vote in November to determine whether they want casino gambling. This story will continue to play out as work on a slots parlor continues and the committee does their duty.

The worst part is that the state budget has already used projected revenue from gambling licences and fees. Some are crying about a financial crisis if the voters reject gambling.

The vote in November will speak for the majority, but only a minority of the voters will cast a ballot.

This story will never end to the satisfaction of all.

9:02 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Going To The Dogs

 

It will be interesting to see how the local dog park fares. The city spent $6,000 at a local recreation area to allow dogs to run around off their leashes. There are strict rules about what will be allowed there. It has been in the plans for many years, but a suitable location was never found.

I hope it works out, but I have my concerns about aggressive dogs. I would never go there if I owned a dog.

After three weeks, things have gone well. All it takes is for one dog owner to have his pet ruin it for everyone. 

 

6:07 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Name Game

 

Local voters recently approved the funding to replace an existing school. It will be built next to the present one. I assumed that it would keep its name.

Some people feel it should have a new one. A comment to the editorial page of the local paper advocated that it be named after a woman. The write mentioned Hillary Clinton, assuming she runs and is elected President. 

I think this is putting the cart before the horse. Although it's a new school,  I feel the name should not be changed. It was named after a local philanthropist from the late 1800's. I don't why this is even being considered.

In the last twenty years, four news schools were built. The was so much controversy over the naming that they ended up with generic geographic ones in order to keep everyone happy. It looks like this nonsense might resurface.

1:04 pm edt 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Driving The Future

 

I just watched a story on NBC about the future of self-driving cars. Companies are working on prototypes with a certain degree of success. There are many obstacles to overcome.

Since many of the companies are in California, the legislature is developing law to deal with accident liability. It's definitely a new frontier. 

I wonder how it will be in 20 years. Technology evolves so fast. I think testing will happen in small increments on controlled courses.

Once there is a financial incentive to develop the technology, it will only be a matter of time. 

7:00 pm edt 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Cotton Free

 

I had a chance to eat cotton candy today. The decision to decline was easy. I had it once back in the summer of 1961 when I was seven years old and threw up several hours later. It was a bad time. I vowed to never eat it again.

There has never been a thought of it over the years. I will never try it.

5:43 pm edt 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Summer Chill

 

They say you can't catch a cold by being cold or having on wet clothes. I shall find out soon. I ran a race up Mt Washington today. It was 31 degrees with winds over 30 and a wind chill of 20.

After 5 miles, I was feeling very cold and wet from the wind blowing. I put on a nylon hooded pullover. It worked well. I should have put on my long pants that I also had in my fanny pack.

It's hard to believe that some guys ran without wearing a shirt. It happens every year.

Hopefully, I don't get a stuffy head or a scratchy throat in the next few days

8:45 pm edt 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Let's Lose More Money

 

It's easy to see why the US Postal Service continues to lose billions of dollars annually. The deficit for this fiscal year will be bigger than projected. The days of delivering mail door to door are going by the wayside. However, that is the mission of the USPS.

Revenue has dropped because of the Internet. They are trying to stay afloat by increasing package delivery and bulk mail, but the deficits mount. Now, there is a proposal before Congress to "cluster" delivery boxes for up to 15 million customers. They say it will pay $2 billion annually. Who will pay for the new mailboxes? They make it sound so easy.

This is just another bad idea that someone came up with. They will continue to lose billions because they can. I have no idea what the solution is.

11:39 am edt 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

In The Left Lane

 

I left the comedy show in Manchester last night later than usual. It was a quiet ride home on Rt 93 southbound until I came upon an accident. It must have just happened because there were only a few vehicles in front of me. Two fire trucks and four police cruisers were already on the scene. Nothing was moving.

After about 15 minutes, the ambulance came by. The standstill lasted for a total of one hour before the traffic started to pass in a single lane.

I saw a motorcycle twisted and bent on the ground in the left lane. I wonder what happened to the driver.

It shows that you never know what you might come upon at any time of the day or night. 

7:08 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Unlikely Mistakes

 

Book editors seem to go to great lengths to ensure that their texts are correct, especially for spelling. I was shocked to find errors in two different books over the last few weeks.

The first had a typo about the Spanish American War. It referenced it as being in 1998 instead of 1898. I'm surprised it wasn't caught because it appears so obvious. 

The same goes for the other one which used "The" instead of "They". The sentence didn't make any sense with the way it started off. 

I wonder how they slipped by the proof readers. 

1:29 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The State Wins

 

Some people think that the Massachusetts State Lottery should give bigger prizes and return more money to the players. They are under the false assumption that the game is some type of charity. They don't realize that it's a voluntary tax on those who play.

I just read a column by someone complaining about the distribution of funds to the cities and towns. Chelsea has a poverty rate of 25%. The average resident spent $1,178 on games last year. Meanwhile, the very affluent suburb of Weston averaged $45 per capita. 

Chelsea received less money back from the state than was gambled by its residents, while Weston had a huge gap in its favor. The writer felt it was unfair. What is the best way to distribute the money?

I never play the lottery. People kid themselves into thinking they could win the big prize. The ads encourage people to dream. That's all it is. It's a big charade orchestrated by the state and another form of taxation. 

 

 

1:06 pm edt 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Paying For Itself

 

Reading the Boston Globe on-line has been saving me $50 per month, based on the cost of the daily paper. When I spent $550 for my Samsung Galaxy Notebook, I figured that the savings on the daily paper purchase would recoup the initial cost.

After seven months of use, I have saved $350. It won't be long before I start seeing the real savings. I must admit that the paper takes longer to read because of they way I navigate through it.

There is nothing like having a real newspaper in your hands. 

12:09 pm edt 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Boston Loses

 

It was a shame to see Boston make it as a finalist to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC also made the list.

Now, we will be forced to listen to the process continue for another 6-8 months as the USOC evaluates each city. It will cost at least $15 billion to host the three week event.

There are better ways to spend that money on infrastructure improvements. Hopefully, Boston will get eliminated before this becomes a total financial disaster. 

1:57 pm edt 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

All Night Long

 

Sleep is something we all need and often don't get enough of. Many have trouble getting a night's rest. We all handle it differently. 

Last night, I was involved in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. This was my fourth year of doing it with some high school classmates. 

I kept my tradition alive by staying up all night and walking laps around the track at various times. I never had an issue with fatigue. I walked for 30 minutes at 3:30am. I heard the birds chirping shortly after that.

I was finally able to lie down at 10am when I got home. Staying up all night isn't something I would do on a regular basis, but it was not problem last night. 

5:10 pm edt 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Raise The Cup

 

The World Cup of soccer started yesterday in Brazil with controversy and protests by some people. They are unhappy that the government spent $11 billion to host this event. Several stadiums were built, but never completely finished. They had labor disputes and a transit strike.

The cost to host an event like this is astronomical and not always the  greatest economic benefit to the host country. It's the biggest sporting event in the world, but $11 billion could have been spent differently.

3:43 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Books In 50

 

The local library has a good collection of books, but fewer of them. There is more space on the shelves for titles that may never get there.

The digital age is changing the way libraries operate. I see more floor area being dedicated to computer tables, video rental and music CD's.

The current library building opened in 1967. What will it be like in another 50 years? I doubt if the regional library consortium will be sending books to other facilities so that people can drop by and pick them up.

I like the current system.

 

9:06 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Bad Trail

 

I ran on some trails today in a local park for the first time in a few years. Parts of them have been damaged by severe soil erosion over the last decade. The trails have no maintenance other than a dedicated group of volunteers who cut trees away from paths. There are so many fallen trees throughout the park. 

It would not be a good idea for me to keep running on this trail. I wanted to check it out. Nothing surprised me. The place has deteriorated so much over the years. 

 

10:01 pm edt 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sounds Like A Bribe

 

Kids don't get enough exercise these days. Childhood obesity is a major problem. Most play activities are formal ones and supervised by adults. Everything is carefully choreographed. 

I saw a Facebook posting which summed it up perfectly. The mother  said that her eight year old must exercise for 20 minutes in order to get some video game time.

This is such a farce. Is the kid suppose to run around in the back yard before he can use his game controller? Does the mother base everything on 20 minute increments? What happens if he plays for more than one hour? Can he accumulate time to be used in the future?

12:27 pm edt 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tree Time

 

Trees are in full bloom either now or never. It's great to see the crowns of trees, but some of them struggle to stay alive. Others get cut down after so many years. 

It's hard to see a tree put down because of age. It will take a lifetime to get it back. 

10:59 pm edt 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Will It Happen?

 

The Belmont Stakes will be run very shortly. Will there be a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 26 years? A number of horses have reached this point, but fell short. 

Winning this race will unleash a floodgate of promotion and endorsement opportunities for the owners.

California Chrome can run for a place in history as will as a windfall of money. 

6:52 pm edt 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Numbers By The Book

 

I get skeptical about polls and surveys. The results can be misleading and based on a small sample, but they are always worth reviewing.

A poll showed that 33% of high school graduates and 42% with a  college degree never read another book after leaving school.

I find these numbers hard to believe. I like to think that people read books at some point in their life. Maybe, I'm wrong. 

9:51 pm edt 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

What's Wrong With Classic View?

 

This website looks the same since I started it back in March 2009. I have changed pictures and added a few links, but have kept it mostly the same. There is a great deal of written content by me.

The process for me to administer to this website has stayed the same since I started. Now, they are trying a new and better way. It takes me longer to login because you can't go back to the "classic view" without additional steps.

I don't like their new version.  I'm just trying to write on my website without spending a lot of time getting there. 

 

8:06 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

For The Birds

 

Great care must be taken to preserve endangered species. Sometimes, it gets in the way of sound judgement and common sense.

We are seeing that in Spring Lake, NJ where two osprey have built a nest inside the Fire Department siren. By law, they cannot be moved or disturbed. However, the town has a volunteer force and public safety is at stake. Town officials said the firefighters and medics will be alerted by cell phones and pagers.

This system should work fine until something bad happens. What will the reaction be if there is a tragedy and a loss of life? Will the nest be moved at that point?

12:43 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

At The Park

 

Every town and city seems to have a homeless problem. Many people stay at shelters, but some prefer the streets. They often congregate in certain areas. We see that locally at a park.

There is a proposal to seek state money for improvements, including a playground for kids. This should be an interesting story as it unfolds. Many residents complain that they don't go to the park because of the people there. Where will the homeless go if they are forced out?

It looks like this story will stay in the news.

12:00 pm edt 

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Unknown Bunch

 

I don't spend a lot of time watching television. It has always been like that for me. There are so many shows I've never seen going back to my younger days.

I never saw an episode of the Brady Bunch or Partridge Family. For the most past, I'm not familiar with the people on the shows. 

Apparently, the actress who played Alice on the Brady Bunch passed away over the weekend. She was one of those people I never heard of.

Playing the role of Alice was the highlight of her career. 

7:32 pm edt 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Leave TheDog Behind

 

You can always count on people doing foolish things. The news is full of them. People have no problem jumping off of mountains, buildings or cliffs. BASE jumping is one big adrenaline rush for those who pursue it.

There was a feature story about a guy who jumped off a 13,000 foot mountain in a wing suit. He was soaring like a bird. Unfortunately, he chose to strap his dog to himself and let him enjoy the ride. The guy took criticism from animal rights group.

I think he was being selfish. He said the dog enjoyed it. How does he know?  The dog can't talk. He should keep jumping from wherever he wants. Just leave the dog on the ground. 

1:52 pm edt 


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