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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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Tues, July 23  Winner's Circle 

                       211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass  8pm 

Thurs, Aug 8    Fody's Tavern

                         16 Clinton St.  Nashua, NH  8pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Building Laundry

 

I never mind doing laundry. There seems to be no end to it for me. Whenever I do it, it's only done for that moment. It starts to build up again. 

I just did a load of darks. I thought I had them all, but I left two items behind. I will just add to them to the pile that keeps growing.

7:10 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Board Games

 

The committee for the 2024 Boston Summer Olympics continues their relentless effort to force this on the city of Boston. Their latest move is to brag about their new board of directors that include several celebrity athletes.

Do they think people will support Boston's bid because Larry Bird and David Ortiz are on the board? How much are these people involved other than allowing their name to be associated with this endeavor? This is just a charade. 

10:47 am edt 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Those Sweetners

 

I'm trying to drink less a when it comes to artificial sweetners.

I had too many of them over the years. I really need to end our relationship.

Crystal Light Pink Lemonade has Aspertame issues. I need to move on past sweetners.

11:44 pm edt 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Price Cruising

 

The AARP magazine had an interesting section on cruise ships. I have never been on one and never plan to. I would be very bored.

I saw a story about a three month and thirty port "cruise around the world". I can't imagine being away that long, especially on a ship half-way around the world.

It would be interesting to see the type of person who goes on a cruise like this.

Prices start at $41,380. I wonder what it finally costs after you include spending money.

 

 

11:24 pm edt 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wile E Coyote Hits Manhattan

 

The New York Post had an interesting story about a coyote who wandered the streets of Manhattan for a couple of days before he was finally captured by police and taken to a safe area. 

How did he get onto the island? It had to be over one of the lesser traveled bridges. Was he living with other coyotes in the wooded area of the northern portion of Manhattan? I think that might be the case. Someone would have seen him on a bridge coming into the city.

The animal was observed in a number of places on the west side and roamed through traffic on West 62nd street. He made it down to the southern tip of the island before his capture.  

There are parts of Manhattan that would support this type of wildlife. Sightings of coyotes are happening more often. 

4:19 pm edt 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Life of a Sub

 

I don't think I'll ever understand Subway Restaurant's latest contest: "Get free subs for the rest of your life".

Yesterday, I saw a poster in one of their places and decided to read the small print. You get a check for a very odd amount of $26,600+. It sounds like they don't give you a food voucher.

I never saw what they defined as the interval of getting sandwiches. It sounds like one per week, the small 6 inchers.

If they did that, it would take almost 30 years to spend the money they give you in the check. 

7:23 pm edt 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Not Really Appreciated

 

The MBTA held a phony Customer Appreciation Day by giving free rides on their trains and buses. This was done to address concerns raised during the winter snowstorms.

The system shut down for a few days and provided sporadic service on some lines. Many commuters were greatly impacted. People with weekly or monthly passes lost money as a result.

The MBTA whined about losing $5 million in fares today. They didn't really want to do this, but they were facing mounting criticism from so many.

I feel bad for anyone who depends on this agency. The level of service should be much better. 

9:45 pm edt 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Japan As Usual

 

Japan leads the world when it comes to high speed trains. They set a very high bar that America can't even look at. We are nothing compared to them.

I saw a video of their Maglev train which goes 373 mph. Magnetic levitation is the future. It doesn't exist in America. We can't even get Amtrak right. 

Japan's train runs on magnets, four inches above the rails. They have dedicated train corridors. That will never happen here. 

9:46 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Too Many Miles

 

I wore my Fitbit tracker during the Boston Marathon. I love how it counted my 61,618 steps before, during and after the race.

This device has never correctly measured my distance covered. It's always too high. I have calibrated it against a GPS watch on a running track.

The program determines the length of the stride by using norms based on age and sex. I have a very short stride for any age. 

There is no way I covered 32.95 miles, based on my past calculations. It should have been about 28.2 

8:03 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Losing The Sole

 

Running shoes don't last like they use to. The outer soles wear down too fast. I proved that yesterday in the Boston Marathon. I might need to retire these shoes after too few miles.

Are the shoes of today better than 30 years ago? That's a good question. They certainly don't last long. 

10:58 pm edt 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Tough Running Conditions

 

So much happened during today's Boston Marathon. It rained for the first time in many years. It was in the 40's, windy and raw. I hope we don't have another day like this for a long time.

On the other hand, it could be 85 degrees next year. Heat can be a challenge, but cold certainly has its own problems.

11:46 pm edt 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The New Neighbors

 

Yesterday, I was walking on Beacon St in the Back Bay of Boston. The townhouses and mansions are stunning. Each one of them is magnificent by itself.

I saw one big old mansion that was being redeveloped into six condos. Each unit looks like it has great potential. The neighborhood is beautiful.

Two doors away is a fraternity house for Boston University. I don't know what type of neighbors they are or whether they make a lot of noise. I just wouldn't want to spend millions of dollars to have them nearby. 

10:58 am edt 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jammed In

 

Some people don't care where they park in Boston and then wonder why they got a ticket. I always look for a legal space. I found one today when I ventured in.

The spot was about twenty feet from a tow zone. I checked it out several times before making my decision. When I returned to my car, another person had pulled in front of me. They were about three feet into the tow zone, but that didn't seem to matter to them.

They made it difficult for me to get out of my parking space. I finally did it after several twists and turns.

I bet that person has been towed and ticketed in the past. 

5:22 pm edt 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Need More Sauce

 

I have not eaten much pasta in recent months. I can't seem to find sauce that is low in sodium. People who make it at home use ingredients loaded with sodium.

I cooked some tonight and used Barilla tomato and basil sauce. The amount of sauce was less than usual to cut down on sodium, but pasta without a lot of sauce is flat.  

10:01 pm edt 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Career Fund Raising

 

I willingly donate small amounts of money to selected charities. I feel good about it. However, it never seems enough for some of them.  

They try to shame donors into making additional contributions by sending coins in the mail.

Yesterday, I received a nickel, quarter, writing pad and address labels from a group I just donated to.

Their organization was cited by the United Way for having high administrate costs. I can see why. I expect to receive several more letters this year. It keeps people busy in their office and is great job security for employees. 

I wonder what the CEO gets for a salary. I'll continue to donate annually and keep the unsolicited stuff they send me. It will never stop. 

1:03 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Always A Last One

 

The Boston Marathon bombing will always be a day of infamy, much like Pearl Harbor and 9/11. People will remember where they were.

It has only been two years since the bombing. Time will eventually change things. It has been 73 years since the attack by Japan and 13 since that day in September.

The amount of surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor is decreasing annually. Eventually, none will be left. You can say the same about the marathon bombing victims. Some day, the last of the 260 injured will pass.

The assassination of President John F Kennedy was one of the biggest events in my life, but you would need to be at least 55 years old to have lived through it. Time passes everyone.  

11:24 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Big Relief

 

I wish I could sneeze more. It's such a relief when I do. The changing weather gave me  a stuffy head. It feels so good when I sneeze.

That's why I never say anything when people sneeze. I'm happy when I sneeze. I try to be real careful if it happens while I'm driving. 

10:33 pm edt 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Transition

 

The temperature today was close to 70. It is getting warm too soon. I wish the transition was slower. 

When I went out this afternoon, I was definitely overdressed. I would rather be a little warm than cold. It won't be like this for the rest of spring. We will have some cold and rainy days. 

I finally pulled up my storm windows just to get some fresh air into my place. I'll keep the three blankets on my bed, but fold the quilt back. The blankets will be removed one at a time.

5:50 pm edt 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Battery Life

 

Batteries for cell phones and tablets need to last longer before needing a recharge. My Samsung Notebook drains very quickly when I read the Boston Globe epaper.

I always check the settings to determine the battery level. I usually recharge it when the level is less than 40%. It can take about six hours to complete.

Yesterday, the battery drained down to 18%. The recharge was very slow and ended up taking sixteen hours.

I'll try to keep that from happening again. 

 

12:01 pm edt 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Ultimate Walk


There are so many books to read. I try not to buy any additional ones. I get a lot from the local library and keep building a list from book reviews.

Last week when I was in Harvard Square, I bought one written by a guy who walked all 6,000+ miles of the streets of New York City in the five boroughs. 

It looks like a great read at 400 pages. I decided to buy it and take my time reading it. 

9:51 pm edt 

Friday, April 10, 2015

End of Watch

 

My TIMEX Ironman sports watch timer stopped working today after I had the battery replaced. I'm not sure what happened.  

You can't replace the battery on your own. The jeweler I went to struggled to do the job. It was not his fault. Replacing the battery took a lot of time.

I gave him a tip in spite of having a problem.

10:22 pm edt 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Snow On April 8th

 

I almost took my snow shovel and scraper out of my car yesterday, but I thought differently when I heard the weather forecast.

It's a little unusual to have snow on April 8th, but we had it today. It covered the ground, trees and cars. I had almost an inch to brush off. It was very wet and heavy. 

Will we get snow again? The temperature is expected to be in the 60's this weekend, but you never know. 

6:56 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Costly View

 

The observatory at the recently opened World Trade Center in New York City will soon become one of the city's biggest tourist attractions.

The three levels, starting on the building's 100th floor, will offer spectacular views as well as a number of dining options.

It seems a bit out of line to charge an admission fee of $32. I find this to be outrageous. I don't expect free admission, but a more reasonable price would be $20.

This is just another example of greed and trying to get the last dollar from people. 

7:25 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How Many Stars Are There?

 

High school all-star teams have no credibility to me. The local paper just published their teams for the winter sports season. The listing is a joke.

Nowadays, every kid has to be a star or at least get honorable mention. Having too many stars decreases the value of being on the team, but every parent wants their kid to be recognized. 

The boys basketball team was a good example of too many players. They had 16 on the first team, while another 36 made honorable mention. The girls team were just as bad. 

No matter how many kids get selected, there are always parents who gripe about their child being omitted. 

3:42 pm edt 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Into The Water

 

I thought we would make it through winter and early spring without reading a story about people being stupid with snowmobiles.

Why would anyone try to cross a pond at this time of the year? They tried to do it in southern New Hampshire and ended up getting submerged.

People don't use logic when riding these things. Anyone with common sense would realize that crossing a pond this time of the year can only lead to disaster. 

11:19 pm edt 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Turn The Lights On

 

People complain about the government making too many laws to control all aspects of life. Massachusetts just passed a law requiring a car operator to turn on their headlights if the windshield wipers are in motion.

This law makes a lot of sense and is geared towards public safety. Some will see it as another intrusion by the government into our lives. I don't believe it is. 

1:22 pm edt 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

It Was Electric


I keep getting offers to change my electricity provider. I'm quite happy with things right now. I can't convince those companies.

The other day, I answered a tele-marketing call from a company that calls me every day. I asked them to stop calling me. I don't know if that will do any good.

Now, I have a letter from a company that partnered with the UMass Alumni Association to offer members alternatives to their electricity provider.

They never let up. 

8:06 pm edt 

Friday, April 3, 2015

Plant Closing

 

After 15 months, it's time to toss out one of my house plants. It was doing well until a month ago. The leaves were turning yellow and partially black. They didn't look healthy.

Was I hydrating it properly? I'll never really know. My other plant is doing well, but you never know.

9:07 pm edt 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bad Roads

 

Anyone who drives a car will be lucky if they don't hit a pot hole and suffer tire damage or more. The roads have some big holes in them. Public crews try to keep up, but they are fighting a losing battle.

Every town and city in America has infrastructure issues that will cost untold billions. The final figure is in the trillions and will take decades to finish, if they ever do. 

 

8:31 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Tab Starts

 

Support continues to dwindle for plan to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston. The US Olympic Committee is looking for more positive public reaction, but it's not happening.

Taxpayers were told that the state would never be on the hook for any money. That didn't last long as a consultant was recently hired to assess the entire proposal.

A report will be issued shortly at a cost of $250,000. It's only a matter of time before more tax dollars are spent. 

5:28 pm edt 


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