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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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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New In 2015

 

It seems like a tradition that people make resolutions for the new year. They only last for a short time. It's tough for people to change in some aspects.

One of the things I would like to do in 2015 is paint my apartment. That sounds easy, but it's rather complicated. I need to clean this place from top to bottom. There is so much dust. Even the walls need to be washed down. I also need to go through a lot of stuff. 

This is a process that will be ongoing and won't be done anytime soon. 

 

6:21 pm est 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dry Hands Again

 

It's only the first week of winter and I already have dryness around my fingernails. I usually get dry and itchy skin on my legs. That has not happened, but the middle finger on my right hand has cracked skin around the nail. 

I started using a hand cream. That seems to help. I always wear gloves when I run, but need to use them whenever I go outside.  

1:59 pm est 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Reading in Bed

 

I never believed in going to bed at the same time every night. People do it all the time and suffer from insomnia. A recent studied showed that people who use e-readers tend to have broken sleep cycles.

I never read or watch television in bed. I think it's a bad way to try and fall asleep. Any reading I do at night is done in my chair. When I feel tired, I think of going to bed. 

Getting a good night's sleep is not the easiest thing to do for many people . 

4:49 pm est 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Things To Copy

 

It seems to take Congress forever to pass any laws, but they got one done. The law will address the issue of Chinese copies of rare gold and silver US coins. 

China is the king of knockoffs. They decided to try their hand at antique coins. They have flooded the market with copies which cost $30 to make, but sell for up to $1,200. 

In the future, these coins will need to have "Copy" stamped on them. There is no word on how this law will be enforced. 

5:25 pm est 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Holiday Plans

 

I wanted to update this website last night. Apparently, the host company decided to do system maintenance on Christmas. I tried several times, but kept getting the same message. Whatever they were doing, took all day.

It was probably the best time for them to do it. I assume it was scheduled. They just didn't let anyone know. I wonder if they have any plans for New Years Eve. 

12:45 pm est 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's In The House

 

I started a project at home that turned into something much bigger. I need to find a few items related to my running. I have saved all of my numbers, entry forms, newspaper articles and anything else associated with it.

It started first with several very well organized scrap-books in high school and college. From there, it became folders by the year. For the last ten years, my stuff has been in Rubbermaid containers. I have three large ones to go through to find the things I'm looking for. 

It will take a lot longer than I planned, but I'll find them.


6:22 pm est 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Light It Up

 

We always hear examples of government trying to regulate all aspects of life. Some laws and regulations are for the public good.

I support the bill working its way through the Massachusetts legislature that would require drivers to turn on their headlights during inclement weather.

Many people don't seem to know the rules for lights at dawn and dusk. Some cars are very hard to see under certain conditions.

It won't cost people any money to put their lights on. They might save themselves or someone else an accident in the future.  

4:02 pm est 

Worthless News

 

Local television news coverage continues to get worse. The three major Boston network affiliates do a poor job covering stories. 

I can understand their reasoning in letting the networks cover major news stories during their broadcast. If it's a major event, the locals will touch upon it.

I think they do too many "puffy" pieces. Some of this stuff is not news. They waste precious time covering their network shows like "Dancing With The Stars" and "The Voice". It's almost not worth watching. 

11:50 am est 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Too Many Kids

 

I read an interesting story about very large families. I can't imagine having 15 kids in a household. One of them had 18. That family had a total of 102 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Why did those couples have such large families? It must have been a great financial burden. How do you give attention to all of them? When you have 102, do you even know their middle names?

6:22 pm est 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Spring Is Near


Today is the first day of winter and the shortest for sunlight. Days will start to get longer. We already had some snow, but how will the weather be? We are down to the last ten days of the year. Once January rolls around, we are really into winter.

All of the seasons last the same amount of time. It seems like winter is long and summer is short. We are already moving onto spring. 

5:29 pm est 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NASA Lost Two


Commercial space flight is in its infancy. The recent explosion of Richard Branson's Space Ship Two has set it back. It still remains a risky venture for sub-orbital flights. Over 100 people have paid the $250,000 fee for a future flight. 

Surprisingly, the FAA has no oversight. The only safety standard is making passengers aware of the risk of re-entry into the atmosphere. 

This is probably one area where we need more government rules and regulations. When NASA was flying the space shuttles, there was an assumed risk that one out of 90 flights could result in a fatal disaster. They had two over a course of 135 flights.

People really need to be aware of the risk involved. Many of the paying riders are treating their future flight as a lark. 

5:53 pm est 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ensured To Have Problems

 

I just read a terrible story about a couple who built their dream home themselves and did it without getting a mortgage. Unfortunately, it burned to the ground and they didn't have insurance. 

I don't understand why they didn't insure their property. It doesn't make any sense to me. I can understand renters not having it, but it would be prudent for a home owner. 

Some states allow drivers to skip insurance. That doesn't make any sense to me at all. 

1:11 am est 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time To Drop Out

 

It looks like we will be forced to endure the ongoing bid by Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The US Olympic Committee decided to submit one.

Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and San Francisco have until 2016 to make their formal application. A final decision will be made in 2017.

I don't see any upside in hosting the Games. No mater what we hear, billions of taxpayer dollars will be spent. It's ludicrous to assume that a temporary stadium for 80,000 spectators could be built at a reasonable cost. We only need to look at the stadium in Atlanta to see what a financial fiasco they had there.

Proponents say the Games will be centered around public transportation. The subway/trolley system in Boston is a joke. Hopefully, Boston will drop out at some point. 

 

3:45 pm est 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Long Time Charging


My Samsung Galaxy Notebook has paid for itself with the savings I get for reading the Boston Globe e-paper. I save $50 per month, but it takes a little longer to read the paper.

The application is a big drain on the battery. It's being recharged  overnight because it was already 80% drained.

It takes longer to recharge when the battery gets this low. I'll leave it plugged in for at least 6-7 hours. The charging time is slower when the battery gets this low. 

1:07 am est 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Folders To Organize

 

I have all sorts of papers to go through from over the years. Some of my folders are very disorganized with all sorts of things mixed together. It's a very daunting task. I need to separate the stuff by topic and then do a further review.

I'm finding some very interesting items as I go through it. 

5:03 pm est 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Challenge of Eating

 

My diet has changed over the years. I eat a lot of steamed vegetables daily, but could do better on fruit.

I was such a fussy eater growing up. I never ate the crust on bread until I went to high school. We never had a salad with our meal. It was just canned veggies that I never cared for. The only thing I drank with my meals was a glass of milk. I stopped drinking it in 1993.

There is too much hysteria over what kids eat. There is a weight problem with many of them because of the fast food restaurant diet, but the government should not be setting the nutritional guidelines in public schools.

A recent study showed that only 14% of 6-8 year old kids took a bite of their veggies from a public school cafeteria meal. That doesn't surprise me. I would have been one of those 86% that wanted nothing to do with carrots or squash.

No matter what the age is, people struggle to eat properly. 

1:01 pm est 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

All Kinds of Paper

 

I went through some papers in a big draw in my desk and was able to toss out a lot of stuff that was old and obsolete. It freed up some space for some other folders.

There is a huge bag on my living room floor that has the papers I recycled today. I even got rid of the paperwork for my RCA XL-100 Color television that I bought at Leechmere's on Sept 22, 1985. It was my first time with color.

It lasted for 17 years before I bought my current set in 2002.

9:37 pm est 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Not Up In The Air

 

The Boston Globe had a discount coupon for a hot air balloon and glider ride. I wouldn't go on them if they were free.

I have no desire to be riding in a basket that could eventually crash into a tree or power line. I have not been on a plane since 2000. I'm not about to ride in something that doesn't have an engine.

I'll leave the thrills for someone else. 

11:42 am est 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snow Or Rain

 

It has rained for almost five days with close to six inches of rain. That's really bad for many basements, but it would have been about five feet of snow.

You can't pick one over the other. The snow would have been overwhelming.

Floods from rain are really bad.

10:28 pm est 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Excessive Compensation


It's easy for people to get cynical about some charities and non-profits. So much of the money raised goes to administrative costs. Executive compensation can be excessive.

My primary care doctor works for one of those gigantic "non-profit" hospitals. I just received a letter from them asking for an end of the year donation.

I went on-line to see the compensation of some of the hospital executives in the Boston area. They are certainly paid well.

They won't be getting a penny from me as long as they pay out big bonuses. I bet the employees doing the grunt work are paid poorly.  

12:32 am est 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Late Train

 

The MBTA Green Line expansion into Medford was scheduled to open this year, but is still trying to get off the ground after years of delays. It was mandated by the Big Dig, but things have a way of never happening in Massachusetts.

The cost has ballooned to $2.3 billion of which the federal government will pay $1 billion. The new completion date is 2020.

I find it hard to believe that it will be done by then and within budget. I'll bet that the cost swells up to over $3 billion before it's done. 

4:57 pm est 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tuesday Weather


The weather people forecast rain storms over the next two days. Will that happen? They are saying 2-3 inches of rain for us. If it got colder, we could get three feet of snow.

Nobody can predict the weather. It's very complicated.

I like rain as long as it doesn't flood and hurt people. 

10:52 pm est 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

No Support For Them

 

You can always count on the federal government to issue regulations that don't make any sense. Their 2012 guidelines for support animals is a great example.

There is a need by some for these animals who provide important emotional comfort. Most people think it involves dogs and cats, but it can also include monkeys, miniature horses and pigs.

Last week, someone brought a pig aboard a USA Air flight. It caused quite a disturbance when it started to act up. The passenger and the animal were escorted off the plane.

Where do yo draw the line on these animals? Allowing a pig on a commercial flight is just another example of how things can get out of hand. 

7:43 pm est 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

No Sale


I got an email from my Toyota dealership for a deal I let pass. They need to do better than this if they want want me to buy a 2015 Corolla and my trade-in my 2013. The prices are crazy. They offered a 4.29% rate and 72 month financing which is unacceptable to me.  

I am ready to buy a 2015 Corolla, but not under these terms. I'm not ready to walk into the dealership unless the deal gets better.

It's like being in shark infested waters. They bring three people together to try and close out the deal. They are relentless.

Maybe it might happen on President Day sales. You never know. 

 

10:39 pm est 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Just Another Day In California

 

California is a beautiful state for driving. I was fortunate to have seven trips out there and have been around many parts of the state. The climate is very attractive. 

However, there always seems to be something in the news about it. There is the daily threat of an earthquake and the devastating wild fire season. The state has been experiencing one of their worst droughts in history and dealing with outdoor water bans.

Now, they have the threat of mudslides after getting six inches of rain. Nothing seems to phase the residents of the state.

 

1:05 pm est 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

News Not Looking Good

 

I have saved some newspapers and clippings from over the years. Some go back to when President Kennedy was assassinated. I was looking at some yesterday and was shocked at how badly the newsprint had deteriorated.

Newspapers of today are printed differently than in the past. Some of the papers from 2007 look like they are 100 years old. The pages are turning brown.

I wonder how they will look in ten years. They might not make it to that point. What will newspapers be like in the year 2024? 

5:28 pm est 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

They Need Your Property

 

The plan to have Boston submit a proposal to host the 2024 Summer Olympics lives on because of the powerful people behind it.

The Boston Globe did a story today about the potential site for the Olympic Stadium. It would force the displacement of the wholesale meat and poultry businesses that supply most of the restaurants in the area.

They could potentially have their property taken by eminent domain. They won't be the only property effected if Boston gets the Olympics.

This is such a bad idea. 

10:22 pm est 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Too Many Choices

 

Social media has really changed the way people interact with each other. One of my friends on Facebook posted a typical message the other night when he indicated at 2am that he couldn't sleep and was bored.

There was nothing on TV accoring to him in spite of having over 200 channels. He asked for people to "entertain" him. What were they suppose to do? 

It's not anyone's responsibility to keep this person entertained. People have too many options these days and don't know how to make a choice. 

2:22 pm est 


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