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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 

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Last Days of August


The feeling of autumn is in the early morning air. At 5:30am it was 60 degrees and dark. It will get into the 80's later on. The days are getting shorter.

Plenty of nice weather is ahead. We will have many warm days, but this is all leading to winter. 

6:08 am edt 

Friday, August 28, 2015

TIME Is Early


TIME magazine is nothing like it use to be in years past. It had a huge presence in the media when I was younger.

I've had a subscription since 1966. I keep it going because they charge only $29 annually. It doesn't expire until April 2016, but that doesn't them from badgering me to renew it.

Their latest deal is to offer a $29 renewal again and a free subscription for a friend. It sounds like a good idea, but if I do that, they will bother that person to the end of the earth.

Newsweek and US News and World Report folded in recent years. Is TIME next? 



8:16 pm edt 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Price Is Never Right


When it comes to public infrastructure improvements, you can always count on them to be years behind schedule and way over budget.

The MBTA Green Line expansion into Somerville and Medford is a classic example. The latest price tag has a $1 billion deficit and counting. It should have been done by now, but it's in danger of not being completed.

There are billions of dollars worth of real estate projects waiting for this thing to get done. The line will pay for itself with the tax revenue and jobs created by private investment.

Politicians are naturally being short-sighted over the entire thing. If it ever gets done, the price will be staggering.

4:03 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting For Its Owner


For over a week, there has been a bicycle chained to a tree next to city hall where I live. It has been there around the clock.

What is the story behind it? Who is the owner and are they ok? Why would someone abandon a nice bike like this?

Nobody has bothered it during this time. I'm surprised nobody has cut the lock and stolen it. 



6:15 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Come Back In Five Years


There is a huge house at the bottom of my street that is being painted. One person has been scraping  the building for almost three weeks. So much paint had to be removed. It has needed a paint job for a few years.

It will look beautiful when it's done. How long will it take the guy to paint the place? It must be costing a small fortune. In about five years, the paint will be pealing again.

11:22 pm edt 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Losing Money Big Time


The losses on Wall Street continued from Friday. It was another disastrous day as the Dow Jones took another beating. Experts are saying that $800 billion was lost in stock value today.

How long will this go on for? They say it's related to the economic problems in China. This could get real nasty if Americans keep losing billions by the day. 

7:56 pm edt 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Too Many Strikes


I enjoy going to Red Sox games at Fenway Park, but there is always the danger of being struck by a foul ball. They already had two serious incidents so far this season.

Major League Baseball announced that there have been a total of 1,750 people hit by foul balls this season. That seems too high and unacceptable.

Fans have little time to react to a ball coming at them. I was recently at a Lowell Spinners game and several balls came too close for comfort.

The easiest thing to do is to put up protective netting between first and third bases, but teams and fans are balking at it.  

Nobody wants to have their sight line blocked. At the same time, fans sitting in this area are at prime risk of being struck.

Injuries will keep happening until something is done.

6:55 pm edt 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Boaters Are Different


Whenever I see a boat at a mooring, I always think how vulnerable the owners are to theft and vandalism. It is so easy for someone to go onto a boat and damage it or steal items.

A story in the local paper today validated my thoughts. Two boats at a public dock were released from their moorings late at night by vandals who thought it was a neat thing to do. They floated several hundred yards upstream before the local harbor-master was notified. He secured them without any further damage.

People who own boats must have a high sense of trust of others. They depend on the goodwill of everyone. That doesn't always happen. There are people out there waiting to cause damage.  

6:07 pm edt 

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Weavers


I had a ride on a motorcycle when I was 17 and never again after that. I think they are dangerous to themselves as well as the other vehicles on the road.

Two recent episodes confirmed this. One was a biker who was weaving between lanes while traveling at least 80 mph. The other involved two people on a ninja bike doing the same. The passenger looked so uncomfortable perched on the back.

Both operators had complete disregard for anyone else. 

4:03 pm edt 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

No Ride To The Station


It never made any sense that Boston does not a have a rail link between North and South Stations. You don't see things like this in other big cities. Proposals have been floated in the past, but nothing ever happened.

Back in the days of the Big Dig, space was planned for a tunnel, but the $8 billion cost precluded that from happening. Experts are now saying that it could be done for $2.7 billion because of new construction technology. 

It's hard to imagine that the price could decrease so much since the estimate in 2003. There might be more public and political support if they could come up with a price tag, but that never happens in public works projects.

I don't think this will ever be built. 

12:59 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Booze and Casinos


The New Hampshire State Liquor Commission announced that their annual sales exceeded $642 million. The state nets about $100 million which goes towards general government expenses.

It seems rather Draconian for a state to control the sale and distribution of distilled spirits, but 17 others do it also. Other than financial reasons, I never understood the rationale.

Why doesn't New Hampshire allow gambling casinos? For a state without a personal income tax, it would be a great way to raise money. 

6:25 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Not Falling Over Uber


Ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are having a dramatic impact on the cab industry in New York City. According to a recent report, ridership is down by 10% for the 13,587 medallion cabs.

I've taken numerous cab rides in the Big Apple. Some operators are unfriendly or drive too fast, but at least  the industry is regulated by the city. 

I have no desire to ever try a ride sharing service.They need to face the same regulations as yellow taxis. 


6:54 pm edt 

Monday, August 17, 2015

People and The Heat Wave


We have officially experienced a heat wave, with three days of more than 90 degree temperatures.

The people grousing now are the ones that we will hear from when we get a foot of snow in February.

It never fails. It's summer and it's hot. It might snow in February.


11:32 pm edt 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Secure The Door


A friend on Facebook posted her frustration about their doggy door. Apparently, it attracted a neighborhood dog who invited himself into their house. They were familiar with the dog, but wanted it to leave.

That's the problem with doggy doors. I can't believe people install them. It only can lead to unwanted critters into your home.

In some cases, a small burglar could crawl through. 

11:26 pm edt 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Reality of the Show


Reality televisions shows are very popular, but can get ridiculous at times. A lot of them are useless and have no redeeming value.  As long as they get decent viewer ratings, they stick around.

I don't think hospital emergency rooms are a place for a show. People are getting entertainment at the expense of the less fortunate.

The Greater New York Hospital Association has announced they will no longer allow filming on their property. I think this is a great idea, although it's a little late. 

3:51 pm edt 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Coaching Nonsense


Parents get involved too much when it comes to youth supports. They all think that their kid is going to the Olympics or will get a college scholarship. They are only kidding themselves.

There is an ad on the radio about a personal coaching service for kids. It gives them access to one on one instruction. They try to sell it to the parents as a way of their kid getting ahead of their peers.

Of all the kids in youth sports, only a small percentage get a scholarship. Parents think their child will be the chosen one. 

7:33 pm edt 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Drawing The Line With Brady


The late Andy Warhol once said that everyone is famous for fifteen minutes. We saw that yesterday with the courtroom artist who sketched Tom Brady in federal court.

The drawing was of those involved in his case against the NFL. He was just once face in the crowd. Fans objected to the way Brady looked. The comments and photoshopped images went viral.

The artist has been sketching in the courtroom for over 35 years. She has done many high profile cases. I just watched an interview with her. She is shocked at the attention the drawing has received and apologized to Brady's fans.

I still wonder why courts use this method for news coverage. The drawings are usually mediocre at best.  

6:26 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Los Angeles Steps Up


The mayor of Los Angeles said that his city will submit a bid to the US Olympic Committee for the 2024 Summer Games now that Boston has withdrawn. He also guaranteed taxpayer funding if revenues fall short.

Los Angeles should have been selected by the USOC when cities were first submitting their proposals. Boston never had the public support it needed. 

This would be the third time the city has hosted the Olympics if they are successful. They will do a good job if selected.

Boston is still the winner in this drama. 

6:45 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Town Resurfaces


The drought in the West seems to have been going on forever. Lake Mead is one of the vital sources of water for the region. When I last saw it while on a trip to Las Vegas in 1995, it was already quite low.

The water continues to disappear. A recent news report showed the ghost town of St Thomas which was abandoned when the Hoover Dam was built in 1938. It was below 60 feet of water until now.

Tourists can walk around the foundations of abandoned buildings. It's a sight to marvel at, but a real source of concern as the water problem continues with no solution near. 

6:56 pm edt 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Breaking Nonsense


The local news coverage is horrible. One channel always interrupts itself for "breaking news". It gets to the point where it's old news.

All of the network affiliates do a shameless job promoting their television shows. I can't believe some of the stuff they plug. It takes away from reporting actual news. It keeps getting worse.

6:07 pm edt 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Untraditional Breakfast


I'll never understand how people can have a Bloody Mary alcohol drink for breakfast. I never did that and have no intention.

People eat a lot of strange things for breakfast. I read a Facebook posting of someone who came back from a three mile walk at 8am and had eight Oreo cookies with a glass of milk.

Everyone makes different choices. I like to stay traditional when it comes to early morning eating.

1:11 pm edt 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Need More People


Massachusetts finally opened up a slots parlor as part of their casino process. Plainridge Casino is five miles away from Gillette Stadium. I checked it out yesterday after attending New England Patriots Training Camp.

I got here sround 4:45pm and stayed for less than one hour. The place wasn't crowded. Hopefully, it livened up in the evening.

That was my only observation. I need to be there on a weekend night. The place needs to be a lot busier or it will fail. 

11:01 pm edt 

Friday, August 7, 2015

All Aboard


A private transportation company has unveiled plans to operate a train route between Worcester and Providence, RI. No company has done that anywhere since the early 80's. 

The 45 mile route would be geared towards commuters and operate on existing tracks. Owners of the company said their startup costs would be relatively low. They plan to purchase old Amtrak locomotives and cars. 

Can they succeed with reasonable fares and no outside subsidies? It remains to be seen, but this should be exciting to watch. 

7:53 pm edt 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Get A Scan


I think everyone would agree that using tobacco products is not very healthy. People make their own decisions about it.

A local cigar shop has an interesting marketing tool. They have a rewards program that gives customers points for their purchases. Eventually, they can turn them into cash for cigars or other items.

Maybe, they should allow the points to be used for a lung scan. A smoker might need one at some point. 

3:13 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Competing In The Sewer


Rio De Janeiro has a daunting task to get their river ready for water events related to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Back in 2009 when they awarded the Games, the cleaning of the river was to be one of the legacies.

The effort to it river never got off the ground. Raw sewerage and trash gets dumped into it daily. The bacteria and virus levels are extremely high. There is a very real danger to the athletes who come in contact with the water.

In the end, it will be all overlooked. Such is the price for an athlete making it to the Games.


6:27 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Back To Beijing


Beijing will be the site of the 2022 Winter Olympics. It won out over Almaty, Kazakhstan. All of the other countries dropped out of contention over concern about out of control costs.

Beijing doesn't even have snow. The logistics will be complicated, but their government has no concern over the cost.

Who will bid on the 2026 Games? 

2:15 pm edt 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Not Toasting Them


I saw a picture on Facebook of some people toasting marshmallows by a campfire. It has been at least 40 years since my last one. I never liked the taste of them and or had the desire to try a toasted one from the fire.

I had a few when I was a kid, but  got sick once and never wanted them again. There are no marshmallows for me down the road. 


1:05 am edt 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Adding To Thirst


I played 18 holes of golf today and then went out for Chinese food with some friends. I drank a quart of water and a pint of Pepsi while on the course. During the meal, I drank another quart of water. Since I've been home, I had another quart. 

Chinese food always makes me thirsty, but I'm bringing this to a new level.  

11:07 pm edt 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Camping Defined


When people say they are going camping, it doesn't mean they are in a tent in the woods. Most have some type of RV that they park at a campsite with electricity and bathrooms.

I saw a comment on Facebook today from a person complaining about the lack of internet connectivity. The nearest hot spot was about 25 miles away.

Her definition of camping is to have wifi and all other amenities. 

1:02 pm edt 

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