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This site is created by Jim Laprel; avid runner, comic and blogger. See my schedule below for my latest stand-up comedy appearances. Scroll down to see my latest thoughts on various things, the New England Patriots and NFL.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
                          Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher ( 604-531 B.C. )

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Nov 4, 2018 at the 22 mile mark 

Doing a set at Strange Brew Tavern Nov 26, 2018



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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Think Cream


So many of us never think to apply any type of skin cream in cold weather. I got quite a bit of windburn the other day when I was at UMass Amherst for a football game.

It was 32 degrees, but I was dressed for the cold. We sat on the shady part of the field. My face got far too much color. It's a good way to cause skin damage.

I need to do a better job at this. 

8:26 pm est 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Pardon The Waste


The federal government can waste money very easily. It doesn't matter if it's a few thousand or billions.

Every year, the President pardons a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys in a photo opportunity that has been a tradition for many years. 

I don't have an issue with the ceremony, but the cost was too high. The birds were brought from Ohio and kept in a suite at the Willard Hotel in D.C. for $3,500 a night.

This seems rather extravagant for a pair of birds who will spend the rest of their time on a farm.

Couldn't they find a cheaper room? 

5:04 pm est 

Toes Got Cold


I went to a football game at UMass today in 33 degree weather. It felt real cold at the end of the game after 4pm. The sun was going down. There was a slight wind.

It's amazing how cold you can feel. We were standing in wet concrete stands. My woolen socks got damp through the soles of my boots. My toes got cold and were going slightly numb.

The walk to the parking garage made my feet warm again.  

11:10 pm est 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Expensive News


Printed newspapers are fighting to stay alive. Younger people don't buy them. The local paper charges 75 cents for a daily, but jacked it up to $2.50 today because of all the inserts.

I think the paper's ownership is taking advantage of the readers because many want the store circulars that are the annual staple for the Thanksgiving edition.

They make money on this day. 

10:11 pm est 

Plows Out


We got about three inches of snow here. That brought out the plows who are required to get paid for a certain amount of hours once they are called out.

They plowed with great diligence in my neighborhood, but here was nothing to plow after the snow first started. At some point, they need to stop plowing the pavement. 


11:11 pm est 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Not Moving


The weather forecast has a big storm for tomorrow. Holiday related driving will be a nightmare for those involved. It was crazy out there.

An accident involving a truck messed up the Mass Turnpike. By evening, there was a backup stretching over 50 miles. I can't imagine being in that. 

10:40 pm est 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Travlers


I have never done any holiday traveling. I always kept it local. It must be difficult for those who travel great distances. 

I can't imagine being on the highways over the next few days. The traffic will be so heavy. On top of that, we will be getting a mixture of snow and rain on Wednesday.

That will make the trip so much worse, especially when it's more than 100 miles.

8:50 pm est 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

They Come With The Lease


Tenants are finally moving into the New World Trade Center in New York City. The construction was years behind schedule and billions over cost. It was built with the highest security standards.

One thing they didn't plan for was the infestation of rats. One of the tenants is having issues moving their employees onto the 25th and 26th floors.

How could such a costly building have a rat problem? Once they get inside, it's hard to get rid of them. The building is having a difficult time finding tenants. Rats won't help with the leasing.  

12:20 pm est 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cookies and Stamps


You can never really determine the annual deficit of the US Postal Service. It was at least $15.9 billion last year according to published sources. So far this year, we are hearing a figure of $4 billion, but it will only grow more once all the final numbers are in.

I had to stop by the main branch in my city today. They had an informational display about mailing requirements for holiday packages to ensure timely delivery. They also had free cookies, fudge and bottled water. 

That was an interesting outreach to the community. I wonder if anyone complained about it. 

9:34 pm est 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Some Can't Get Sick


I spent my working career in a government job that had very good benefits including a pension, medical insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. It always worked out for me. When I retired, my sick leave balance was credited to my overall service time.

Recently, the voters of Massachusetts and other states voted to determine whether employers should be mandated to pay some type of sick leave benefit. 

It's not a big deal for a larger company to pay this, but what about the small guy? How does he stay in business by being forced to pay an additional benefits mandated to him?

I had very mixed emotions about this. I'm all in favor of helping the workers. Many times, they have no option except to show up to work when they are sick.

Small businesses really take a beating from government regulations. Many are necessary, but others should be left to the employer. 

5:34 pm est 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Birds Are Free


I never buy food from a pushcart vendor. I think they are dirty and filled with germs. They are very popular in New York City, but I never tried one during my trips there. 

There was a picture in the New York Post showing a well-known cart along W49th St and Sixth Ave. The vendor had stepped away for a few minutes. Two pigeons descended on the grill and were nibbling at the meat.

I wonder what happened when the guy returned. Did he get rid of the food? I bet he didn't 

3:39 pm est 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cruise To Nowhere


I have no desire to ever take a cruise. I think I would be bored and feel confined. People just eat and drink all day.

There always seems to be a story in the news about passengers getting some type of intestinal bug. It happened again this week to the same ship for the second time this year when over 170 passengers became ill. The ship had to make an emergency stop in Los Angeles.

Why does this happen on cruise ships? There appears to be a problem with the food handling that never gets corrected. 

10:27 am est 

Warm Days


The weather has been so cold the last few days. It seems so frigid. Will it ever get warmer again? It's only November. We might have snow soon.

Maybe at the end of January, it will get up to 70 degrees. You never know. 

11:37 pm est 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Don't Look For Soda


Parents seem to manage every aspect of their kids lives. Some of it is way over the top. I was surprised to see that one of the dining commons at UMass Amherst doesn't serve soda. 

I found that out the other night when I ate there before a football game. I looked all around before I asked a worker. She politely said that they don't serve any sugary drinks. 

I understand their point. Doctors will never tell you to consume more sugary drinks. I just think we should decide that for ourself.

I have no doubt that parents were involved in this. They don't trust their kids to make their own decisions. 


6:12 pm est 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Chill Fest


It seems like you can't use the word Christmas without the risk of being offensive to someone. The local Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a Christmas Stroll for many years. They do it on a Friday evening in the downtown area.

It will be back again this year, but will now be known as the "Chill Fest". I wonder how they got to this point. I'm sure a lot of thought was put into naming it "Chill Fest".

Apparently, Christmas was no longer appropriate.

8:17 pm est 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Long Season

Six weeks from yesterday, Christmas will be history. In this day and age, we shouldn't even say that word because some people get offended. We need to refer to them as "the holidays". 

There is so much hype to deal with over the next six weeks. Black Friday and shopping on Thanksgiving night is over the top. A local food market has a bell ringer who sings all of the holiday classics in a mediocre voice.

It's hard to believe there is only seven weeks left to the year. It will go by fast but not without all the craziness of the holidays. 

2:19 pm est 

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Salt Pile


I bought a package of stuffed grape leaves. They were very tasty, but so high in sodium. Why do foods cook and prepare with that? Sodium is such bad part of our diet.

There are so many tasty foods that have a real problem with sodium. No doctor will ever tell you to eat more foods high in sodium. 

9:04 pm est 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Don't Let Them Thaw

We always hear stories this time of year of food drives for Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful thing that families get a turkey, no matter their level of income.

I always wonder how they keep the birds frozen. Do they ever partially thaw out? I find it hard to believe that they don't. In some instances, they get handled several times. You should never refreeze poulty. I wonder if anyone ever gets sick.

1:18 pm est 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dying For Lights

The cemetery down the street from me decorated a massive evergreen with Christmas lights. They never did it before. It looks very nice, but out of place. They also turned on the lights too early. Christmas is six weeks away. 

I never saw a tree decorated at a cemetery, but there is a first time for everything.

11:12 am est 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Playing With Fire

There was a horrible fire locally in the inner city neighborhood. It was very bad for a six unit place. Everyone was ok, but the place was destroyed. 

Fires can happen at any place and any time. You never know.

9:51 pm est 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Not Hearng It


I recently received a free down-load for an audio book, but I have no plans to take up the offer. I have no idea when I would actually listen to it. It would never be while I'm driving or out for a run. 

I don't know how people listen to audio books. It takes too much concentration and would interfere with my driving. I don't believe in wearing head phones while running.

This is a down-load offer I'll never use. 

3:05 pm est 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Berkley Checks In


The voters of Berkley, CA voted to impose a tax on soda and other sugary drinks. This was done as a ballot initiative and the people  have spoken. There will be a one cent per ounce tax on the drinks. 

I think this is going too far for social legislation. Berkley was the first city to ban smoking in restaurants and mandate sidewalk curb-cuts for the disabled. These were good ideas.

Will other locales pursue this tax? Some ban water sold in plastic bottles. There is too much micro-government out there. 

6:45 pm est 

Friday, November 7, 2014

No More Servings


Bacon seems to be be very popular on social media. I see all sorts of comments and stories of the love people have for it. I don't understand the hype.

I rarely ate it when I was a kid. I have never bought and cooked it myself. I had two strips the other day while out at breakfast. It was my first serving in several years.

It's not the healthiest food. The stuff I was served had a lot of fat. I'm not in a hurry to eat it again. 

5:49 pm est 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The New Blade

I like to keep track of things by writing down dates. I recently replaced my razor blade after six months and 26 days. I almost made seven months, but it was the right time.

This is the longest I have used one blade. It started back in April and went through the summer and part of autumn. My new blade should get me into April.

A lot can happen in the world and my life between now and then. 

5:56 pm est 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Isn't Always Good


I do some of the same things on a repetitive basis. I like to try something new, but always find comfort in what I'm familiar with.

Today, I tried out a new place for breakfast. I heard a number of good things about this one. The food at the usual place is excellent, but I wanted to check it out.

I ordered the same meal as usual. It wasn't as good. I'm glad I tried it because I wanted to for a long time.

There is a first and last time for everything.

1:49 pm est 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The View From The Train


I don't ride trains very often. It was a year since I was on the Metro North train from Stamford, CT to Grand central Station in NYC.

Rail line corridors are very fascinating. I really enjoy looking out the window at all of the stuff along the tracks.  People like to use it for their private dump. There were so many car tires in certain sections. When workers replace the rails and cross-ties, they often leave the old ones next to the tracks.

You could hire an army of people just to clean up the trash. 

10:03 am est 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Expensive Calls

There was a time when the telephone in a hotel room was a vital link to the outside world. Cell phones have almost made them obsolete, other than for a wakeup call or housekeeping. 
The cost of a call is prohibitive. They charge $1 for the first minute and 5 cents for each additional one. Long distance rates are ridiculous. There was a time when I used a calling card. It was a cheaper way out.
The hotel makes up for it by charging high amounts for a wifi connection.  They still rip you off.
3:25 pm edt 

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