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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 

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Pet Projects

 

Candidates running for public office are so hypocritical when they say they will eliminate wasteful spending.

People who live in a district, city or town that gets extra money don't feel that way. It's all about bringing money back to their constituents.

It's been like that forever and won't be changing any time soon. Our local state representative has been a master in getting extra funding for various local projects. Nobody living here is complaining about it.

11:59 am edt 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Sick Tree

 

Back in 1980, my street was reconstructed. Several tress were planted along the sidewalks. After all these years, one of them is showing signs of severe stress.

The bark is pealing off and the leaves are already falling. It looks bad. I wonder if it will make it through the year.

Once autumn is here, it will be hard to tell the difference between live and dead ones. 

11:13 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Unpopular Games

 

Now that Boston is no linger part of the 2024 Summer Olympics process, the blame game can start. The USOC has already started with their accusations.

It doesn't really matter to me what they say. The Games did not enjoy popular support in Boston and throughout the state. Like anything else, it is hard to get to the truth.

The most important thing is that they are no longer on the scene. It was a bad idea from the start. 

12:40 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Not Knowing

 

I believe the expression; "You don't know what you don't know". The last few days have been a bit of an enlightenment when it comes to some aspects of pc's, tablets and cell phones.

You can never know enough. I try to learn every day. There is always something new. 

11:42 pm edt 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston Wins

 

I commend Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston for refusing to sign a contract with the US Olympic Committee that would have left taxpayers on the hook for any cost overruns associated with the 2024 Summer Games.

The USOC wanted his answer today, without providing him with the complete bidding document. Governor Charlie Baker also refused to bow to the USOC.

The bid was a disaster from the start. It was all smoke and mirrors. Taxpayers would have been on the hook for billions. It's a great day for Boston.

3:08 pm edt 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Car Talk

 

A Boston radio station has an interesting segment on traveling. It covers various topics, especially airports. They had an interesting observation yesterday concerning rental cars. 

The host advised travelers to get their cars at the airport rather than traveling into town where they might be cheaper. This was not a profound insight by him.

When I have rented a car, it was always at the airport. It was more efficient and saved time, especially before departure.

I assume everyone who rents a car does the same thing. 

 

3:50 pm edt 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Gator Time

 

People are so irresponsible at times. Why do they try to keep exotic animals in a residential neighborhood?

A three foot alligator was seen roaming the streets of Manhattan today. It must have been released by someone who finally realized the reptile was getting too big.  

Rather than bring it to a shelter, this person just released it to the streets to let someone else deal with it. The gator made a nice cute news story, but his freedom proved to be be fatal to him according to animal control officers. 

5:32 pm edt 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Playing Chicken

 

I'm not a big advocate of people raising chickens in a residential neighborhood. It seems to becoming more common. Many treat them like pets and let them roam their house.

The Center For Disease Control is warning owners not to kiss their birds due to the possibility of salmonella. This is a real issue with some people.

I think chickens belong in a rural setting or on a farm. 

12:57 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bad Day For Eating

 

The last thing people should celebrate is a National Junk Food Day, but we had one yesterday. Americans have a horrible diet. It starts very early with kids and fast food. There is too much saturated fat and calories in the average diet.

Obesity is a major public health issue. People don't need a special day to recognize junk food. It's all around us.

4:42 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

For 50 and Over

 

Yesterday was the 46 year anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. For the most part, it got no mention in the news feed. It was so long ago.

Sooner or later, everything becomes history. It's all in the past. People who are alive today might not have been around then. 

You would have to be over 50 to have any memory of the event. 

 

10:16 pm edt 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Consistent Whiners


It looks like we might be getting a heat wave. It reached 90 degrees today with humidity. It looks like the same for tomorrow.

Some people get so dramatic about it. This is New England where we have four seasons. This is totally normal weather.

The people whining now are the same ones when we were getting buried in snow. 

6:16 pm edt 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Space Trash

 

It seems inevitable that the International Space Station will be hit by a piece of space debris. There is another story in the news about astronauts getting ready to abandon ship.

It was so close the other day that the American and two Russians were forced to seek shelter in their docked Soyuz capsule. This was the fourth time in the 16 years of the space station that emergency procedures were followed. 

NASA tracks thousands of pieces of space debris left by humans. It's hard to believe that there is no process in place to capture some of this stuff or do something with it. They are pushing their luck.  

12:58 pm edt 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Costly Stadium

 

It's laughable that the organizers for Boston 2024 feel they can build a removable stadium for the Summer Olympic Games for $500 million.

Tokyo just pulled the plug on their $2 billion fiasco for the 2020 Games after the cost nearly doubled. They will start with a new design and a sense of urgency to get the stadium done in time.

We should know by September whether the Boston bid will go forward. It looks worse every day. 

3:07 pm edt 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wildlife Hanging Out


What do we do about wildlife entering residential neighborhoods? In many cases, it is the result of people moving into areas that were home to animals.

Coyotes have been spotted in Lower Manhattan. They make a cute story in the news, but they also have been observed near the runways at LaGuardia Airport.

There seems to be a lack of consistency on how to handle them. Can experts remove the ones by the airport safely? One of them walking across a runway could prove catastrophic.

7:55 pm edt 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bikes All Around

 

Bike sharing is very popular in cities all around America. Should government regulate any part of it?

Some people are so careless when they ride. They put the public at risk by their actions. How does government respond to that?

Should every bicycle and rider be registered? That seems rather Draconian, but things happen and people get hurt.

 

10:35 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pile Gone

 

The great snow pile in Boston has been officially declared melted as of yesterday. The only thing left is a mound of dirt and trash ready for removal. 

Boston did a wise thing when they created their snow dump. They had a waiver given to them by the state to dump snow into the harbor, but they chose to let it melt on land.

What a great idea that was. It kept so much trash out of the harbor. 

12:52 am edt 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Say Cheese

 

The discussion never seems to end about expiration dates on food products. I pay very close attention to them at the market. Some say they are too stringent and need to be relaxed.

TIME magazine had an article about food waste in America. It suggested that certain brands of cheese that show mold could still be eaten as long as they remove the moldy layer.

Maybe they are right, but there is no way I would willingly eat moldy cheese. 

6:08 pm edt 

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Big Split

 

There is a big old maple tree that I run by every day that has a gigantic split down the middle of its trunk. The tree has a lot of rot on it, but is full of leaves and looks healthy.

I don't think anyone is in a hurry to address the problem because it's on private property. It will take a powerful wind to knock it down. When that happens, there will be plenty to clean up. About half of the tree will be lost. It would be a shame to cut it down, but something should be done. 

4:16 pm edt 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Eight Mile Journey

 

What is the likelihood that a card mailed on Monday will get there on Tuesday, in spite of being two towns and eight miles away?

I'm counting on the USPS to deliver this timely. I'll do my part by bringing it to the post office, but I really have my doubts about it getting there on Tuesday. It will probably be Thursday. 

11:39 pm edt 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

No Reason For A/C

 

I went most of my life without A/C in my car. It's a nice option to have, but I still like to roll down the windows.

When I drove around tonight, it was so nice to hear the sounds of summer. The breeze felt nice. No reason for A/C. 

11:16 pm edt 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Checking After The Offer

 

People with criminal records often have a difficult time getting a job. Something they did 20 years ago can come back to haunt them if the perspective employer does a criminal background check.

New York City is addressing this with their new Fair Chance Act. It will prohibit employers from doing a background check prior to a conditional job offer.

Is this fair to the employer? What about the person who did a crime, but has lived an honest life since then?

This sounds like a law that will need a few horror stories to prove it to be a bad idea. 

6:50 pm edt 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Towing The Line

 

It's never a good time when you get a parking ticket or have your car towed. I learned my lesson the hard way when I was ticketed and towed once in Boston years ago.

I only park in legal spaces. If there is any doubt, I move on. For some people, tickets are a way of life. They push their luck too many times.

A new policy in Boston gives people a break. Instead of a $40 ticket and a towing, the city will issue a $90 fine to the car owner. It makes the ordeal a lot cheaper and more convenient.

However, some people never learn their lesson after having their car towed off the streets. 

12:44 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Truth Server


We don't always hear the truth about things in the news. Why did the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal all experience computer problems today?

The news is saying it was caused by a glitch in a server. Is that the truth? Were hackers involved? It will be interesting to see the final outcome, if there ever is one. 

5:14 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Shark Time

 

Sharks had their reputation ruined after the movie Jaws came out. It certainly portrayed them in a bad light.

They seem to be on a rebound with the annual "Shark Week" on Discovery. All programming is devoted to them.

The media loves sharks, especially when they swim close to the beach. It works out great as nobody gets hurt. 

11:15 pm edt 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Well Balanced

 

There was a story in the news about a 73 year old minister from Ohio who just took his 12,00th ride on a roller coaster. He has been patronizing the same amusement park since 2009.

It seems hard to believe that he did this in such a short period of time. By his account, he has made 493 trips to the park. That comes out to about 30 rides per visit.  

He must have a great sense of balance. I had two coaster rides in my life, with the last being 33 years ago. I have no intention to ever ride one again. 

11:46 am edt 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Long Game

 

I drove into Boston today with a friend to watch the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 5-4. We had a great time. MLB baseball is fun to watch, but the game crawled along so slowly.

We had to leave at the top of the 8th inning and already had 3:30 in.

 

11:10 pm edt 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Good Bang

 

Our Founding Fathers wanted this date to be celebrated with great enthusiasm. Fireworks have always been a tradition and so much a part of America.

It has been a little crazy around here all day with the explosions of fireworks. Some sound like gun shots, but it's all stuff people usually buy in New Hampshire just to have a good time. It will stop by tomorrow night.

Some people living in cities hear gun shots all the time. 

10:49 pm edt 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Need More Jam


Traffic will be crazy over the next few days. There is already a 21 mile backup on Rt 95 going through New Hampshire. Their traffic jams are legendary. 

So far, the Mass Turnpike and the Cape look reasonable. They will get bad by tomorrow. I would not want to be traveling this weekend, but people do it all the time. 

12:19 pm edt 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

House of Paint

 

The house next door is being painted. It has needed it for about the last five years. It  lasted about ten years.

The house is a big old Victorian, converted to a three family many years ago. There is still some great wood detail left.

It always had a two-color paint job. There was so much scraping to do in the last few days. It will look nice when it's finished, but will start peeling in about five years.

The painters will be back in future years. 

 

10:41 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Money Down The Drain

 

We always hear about shopping locally and supporting small businesses. It isn't always an option.

Today, I went to a small local hardware store to buy a jug of Liquid Plumber. It cost $6.99. When I went to my local food market, the same item was $3.99. The price difference was shocking.

I like going into this small store. At the same time, I don't want to pay almost twice the price. It doesn't make any sense. 

6:41 pm edt 


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