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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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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)

 

  

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Tues, Oct 15      Winner's Circle

                           211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass.  8pm 

Thurs, Oct 17   Strange Brew Tavern 

                         16 Market St.  Manchester, NH  9pm

Thurs, Nov 21   Soho Restaurant

                          89 Lowell Rd.. Hudson, NH   7:30pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jerry's Day


There was a time when the legendary Jerry Lewis owned Labor Day weekend television with his Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon.

Lewis was in his prime years and had a host of characters including Fran Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Don Rickles and so many others.

He had such a long run with MDA before it all ended. 

11:00 pm edt 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Time For Cover

 

Everything points to the end of summer as we enter Labor Day weekend. There might be three weeks left according to the calendar, but things are changing. The days are shorter and cooler at night. We will have a few days that get up into the 80's and maybe some for the beach.

Last night, I finally needed a blanket. I woke up freezing and decided to grab one. I felt much warmer, but realized that summer is over.  

It's only a matter of time before I'll be using my other blankets and quilt. 

11:09 am edt 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Many Dollars Left Behind


It's always amazing to see the amount of unclaimed money that sits in the treasury of each state. So much is never claimed. New York state now holds $13 billion, an increase of $500 million over last year. 

States do a lot to try and find the rightful owners. They frequently publish names of the owners on record, as well as doing public service announcements. 

Many of the amounts are small. In spite of being proactive, New York was only able to return $112 million last year. It's hard to believe that insurance payouts and court awards never get cashed.

There are so many different reasons for people abandoning financial property. 

 

1:14 am edt 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Lame Day

 

A person's birthday is special to them. I think it's hard to have everyone celebrate it because not everyone cares. It can get real lame in the work place. People often celebrate someone's birthday just to get a piece of cake.

I saw a video on Facebook that was over the top. A person got a "singing telegram" at work. What does this prove? Is this person loved more than others? People like to brag and stick it in each other's face. Do flowers show love or are they given out of guilt? The recipient is no more special than anyone else.

 

12:53 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How Money Gets Spent


The local newspaper has a "sound off" column where people say some pretty crazy things about topics in the news. Many show a lack of understanding of the issues.

It amazes me to think how some respond about the administration of government. There is a real lack of knowledge abut the Constitution and Bill of Rights.  

People don't understand the budgets of governments and how money gets spent. 

9:46 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bad Names


I read a great article about Malaysian Airlines and their problems in light of two air disasters. Planes and terminals are mostly empty. Can they ever come back from this?

The brand of Malaysian Airlines might be toxic forever. If the company continues to lose money, it could merge with another airline and have a new name. That would solve the problem.

10:47 pm edt 

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Flight Too Long

 

There will now be direct flights from Boston to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific Airways. The new route will provide a much needed service for the 330,000 passengers who make the trip annually between the two cities.

I can't imagine sitting on an airplane for 16 hours. It would be torture for me because I could never sleep on a flight.

The schedule sounds very challenging with a 1:45am departure from Boston and arriving in Hong Kong at 5:35am the following morning. The return trip is just as bad with a 6pm departure and a 9:30pm arrival the next day. 

This flight will be the ultimate test of jet lag, but it's one of those things I'll never do in my lifetime. 

1:22 pm edt 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Their Burning Desire

 

It was inevitable that the Ice Bucket Challenge would create others ones of dubious distinction. The Fire Challenge is a disaster waiting to happen. 

Kids have been spraying flammable liquids onto their clothing or hair and then lighting it on fire. Someone is there to put out the flames, but it's only a matter of time before there is a tragedy.

If something bad happens, it will be recorded for posterity. That's how people roll these days. Everything must be on video. 

1:17 pm edt 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Not Part of the Exhibit


It's not good to hear about rats taking over the lawns of the Louvre Museum in Paris. They shock visitors and tourists with their brazen approach to them. Officials are trying to get rid of the rodents.

Naturally, this has attracted the attention of animal rights groups who are protesting  against it. I don't understand some of their tactics.

Rats are dirty and carry disease. They have no redeeming social value, but certainly have their advocates. 

11:27 am edt 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Game of Chicken

 

You can make a strong argument for allowing people to raise chickens in their backyard for fresh eggs. Healthy eating is so important.

I think the location is very critical. It should not be done in a crowded urban environment where homes are near each other.

That didn't stop a local community from allowing residents to possess chickens in their backyard. They will need to be inspected by the Board of Health and pay a $10 annual fee. The number of birds will also be limited. 

This is a bad idea from the start. It should be done in a rural setting. Having chickens in a thickly settled urban area will effect the quality of life for the neighbors who must deal with it. 

2:17 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bet Against The House

 

I don't expect Massachusetts voters to repeal the casino gambling law. Many think that casinos are a way of lowering taxes. There are too many of them around the country now. They can't all survive.

New Jersey is a great example. At one time, they owned the casino market along with Las Vegas. Over the years, states passed their own casino bills. Massachusetts will soon have three, along with a slots parlor to compete with Connecticut.

The Revel Casino in Atlantic City will close within the next three weeks after only two years of business. The 57 storey building is the second tallest in New Jersey and cost over $2 billion. They will lay of 3,100 employees and become the fourth AC casino to close this year. 

What is the over and under for the ones in Massachusetts if they all get built? 

 

12:02 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Old Water


The indoor swimming pool at the local high had a much needed overhaul this summer. It's hard to believe that this was the first time the pool was empty of water since it was built in 1972.

Among other things, it got a much needed coat of paint which could not have been done with the water there. The empty pool looked very stained and dirty.

It was refilled by several tanker trucks to the tune of 100,000 gallons. If they keep the present maintenance schedule, it will be emptied and painted again in 2056, but I won't be around to see it.

4:45 pm edt 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Washing Their Hands

 

Some people are so irresponsible when they buy pets. They make bad decisions and realize that they cannot take care of them. The local MSPCA shelter is filled with abandoned animals. They try to find home for them.

This year, they have been inundated with pigs of various ages and size. They usually get about ten at this time of year, but so far, they have seen thirty.

Why would a person buy a pig unless they have a huge yard? Many think they are small piglets. They are shocked when they see how big these animals can get. 

We live in a throw away society. People just bring them to the shelter and wash their hands of the problem. It's not fair to the animals, but it happens all across America. 

11:37 am edt 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Just Being Elite

 

Some of the wealthier communities come across as being snobby  with their zoning laws and other restrictions. One of them wants to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21.

What are they trying to prove? It's another example of "helicopter" parents. They want to manage all aspects of their kid's life. 

Once you turn 18, you can enter the military, vote, serve on a jury, enter into a contract and the list goes on. Does anyone seriously think that changing the age to 21 will make any difference? 

2:31 pm edt 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Post Could Be Better

 

I love the New York Post. Newspapers are near their end. I go out of my way to buy it daily at convenience stores. They do a great job reporting the news at all levels.

They are noted for their front page sensational headlines. In recent years, they have gone to the "split page" approach. 

That was how they did it with actor George Clooney and his future wife. They published a picture of them together in Italy while kissing.  

Why is this on the front page news? This reeks of tabloid journalism. The Post is better than this type of stuff.

11:26 pm edt 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Curtain Time

 

Nothing lasts forever, especially shower curtains. I replaced them today after eight months of use. It needed to be done in light of the mildew on them.

I buy cheap shower curtain liners at Walmart. They seem to work until the mildew sets in. It's hard to prevent it. They look great for a few months. By the time I replace them, they really need it.

12:31 pm edt 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Day In Central Park


It was disheartening to read the story of a 75 year old jogger who was struck and killed by a cyclist in Central Park in NYC.

I know the exact spot where it happened. The marathon goes by there in the opposite direction. Running in park can be a challenge with the cyclists. They make me very nervous at times because of their speed and weaving.

10:13 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Not Ready For Assignment

 

Bad ideas are all around us. There is a proposal to charge local high school students $25 to park their car at the school. This sounds reasonable, but an unnecessary way to raise a small amount of money.

It's a bad idea to assign students individual spaces. This will never work and be unenforceable. What happens if someone parks in your spot? Do you report them? When will the offending car be moved? 

Adults have a hard time with assigned parking spots. Kids won't do any better.  

11:11 am edt 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Buckets

 

In the final hour of the day, the current trend of ice bucket challenges is out there. It has raised a lot of money for ALS. That is so awesome.

I want people to know what ALS is all about. I don't think I'll ever succeeed at it.

11:33 pm edt 

Monday, August 11, 2014

No Soap or Candles

 

Roadside farm stands usually have a small selction of vegetables that are overpriced. The quality is excellent, but you could go broke shopping there.

We have a local farmer's market on Saturdays. It started off as a small group of vendors selling produce. It has grown to include pet food, candles and soap. It draws a big crowd, but I have never gone to it.

The expanded amount of items brings in the foot traffic, but I'm only interested in produce. 

10:19 am edt 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Monument To Inaction


You can always count on things to happen at a slow pace in Washington DC even with the best intentions. The monument to President Dwight Eisenhower is a great example. 

It has been 15 years since Congress approved the funding, but ground has not been broken. The controversial design has eaten up $41 million.

After reviewing it, I think they should start with a new design. They need to get it done right the first time. Monuments are usually controversial, but this one looks out of place.

It will get built eventually. The one for FDR took 41 years before it finally opened.

10:25 am edt 

Friday, August 8, 2014

See You At The Tunnel

 

It was inevitable that the "squeegee men" would return to the street corners of New York City in light of the ongoing NYPD "stop and frisk" policy. 

How will be DeBlasio administration respond to this quality of life issue? Critics say that New York City is headed back to the violent days of 20 years ago. 

It's all about the crime numbers and statistics. Even police work is driven by the numbers. It can get very political when they don't look good. 

10:21 pm edt 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bread In Aisle 5

 

The ongoing corporate feud at Market Basket has caused customers to seek alternatives. I was surprised about the prices on food at Walmart. The items I bought were all cheaper than Shaws. 

I would never buy produce at Walmart, but I did save money shopping there. It would be better if I could buy in bulk, but I don't have a garage, cellar or extra closet space. 

6:34 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Full of Gas

 

It's strange that gasoline prices dropped almost twenty cents in the past ten days. Experts say a gallon might go for less than $3. What is causing this? 

We have flirted with $4 gas prices locally, but it never happened. This is the heavy time of the season for consumption, but prices are falling.

Somehow, it always seems like the price is being manipulated.

7:12 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

One of the Group

 

Apparently, I'm one of the estimated 12 million Americans who seek medical treatment annually for ear wax. I have a chronic problem with itchy ears. I see a doctor every three months who removes the wax. That makes me part of a smaller group of 8 million who need to have it done. 

I made the big mistake years ago of inserting a Q-tip in my ear. It plugged it up very badly. That was 41 years ago. I never did it again. 

6:41 pm edt 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Will They Finish Rt 93?


I enjoy driving Rt 93 in southern New Hampshire. For about 18 miles, there is major construction to add lanes on both sides. It should be finished in about four years. It's all based on money from the Federal Highway Use Tax, funded through the purchase of gasoline.

There are so many worthwhile projects across America. This one has been partially funded and is more than "shovel ready".

The Congressional delegation from New Hampshire needs to ensure that their state gets the appropriate federal funding. The project needs to be finished. 

10:33 pm edt 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

No Plate For Him

 

Ohio basketball fans were overjoyed when hometown hero LeBron James resigned with the Cleveland Cavaliers after departing the team for Miami. His return included billboards and over the top discussion on sports talk radio.

Professional athletes don't deserve to be treated as heroes or role models. They are in the entertainment business. They might be overpaid, but it goes with the territory.

I thought it was absurd that an Ohio legislator would introduce a bill to have a commemorative license plate issued in LeBron's honor. It was wrong for so many reasons.

12:20 pm edt 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Phone Deal

 

I bought a new phone the other day with the Samsun Galaxy S5.  It's a great phone with many options. I hope I can grasp all of the good things with this phone.

I last upgraded back in Jan 2010. I'm glad to have a new phone.

11:43 pm edt 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Did They Enjoy It?

 

Graffiti is nothing but a selfish form of vandalism whether it's done on public or private property.  The taggers think that they are right in what they do. I won't deny that some of it could be considered art, but property owners didn't ask for it.

There was a great example locally the other day. Someone sprayed "Enjoy Life" on a concrete wall next to a home. It was done in cursive writing style, but was still inappropriate. A complaint showed up in the police reports. 

The owner will need to spend time painting the wall or cleaning it.  Some selfish individuals thought it would be a cool thing to do. 

3:52 pm edt 


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