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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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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Expensive Weddings

 

People spend enormous amounts of money on lavish weddings that are over in one day. There are no guarantees for a lifelong marriage. Ideally, people do it only once, but that's not the case these days for many couples. 

The news had a story about a $1 million wedding in New York City. This is not that far out of the ordinary, but it's a lot of money to spend on one day.

I think couples would be better off with the money. They could do so much with it, no matter what the cost of the wedding.  

7:52 pm est 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Season For Hot Air

 

It's hard to believe that we must listen to another nine months of presidential campaign rhetoric. The candidates say so much nonsense. They pander to the electorate with ideas and programs that will never be put into place. 

Do they believe some of the stuff they say? They seem to forget that Congress makes the laws in this country. The president can't just issue Executive Orders for everything. 

2:55 pm est 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Hanging On The Edge

 

The coast of California has some of the most incredible scenery I have ever seen. People like it so much that they build homes on cliffs overlooking the ocean.

A group of homes in Pacifica is about to lose their battle with the erosion of the cliffs they are on. Several no linger have a yard. It's only a matter of time before they topple over onto the beach. 

People who live in the state seem to have no problem with risky areas. Houses burn down from wild fires and get rebuilt. It's a way of life out there. 

2:50 pm est 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

They Can't See You

 

Trucks are all around us when we drive, especially on interstate highways. Some of them drive over the speed limit and too close to other cars. I try to keep a safe distance from them because they can cause a disaster very quickly.

I was behind a truck today that had a sign on it's back doors saying: "If you can see my mirrors, I can't see you". It made a lot of sense to me.

I just try to get by them on the highway and keep my distance. 

2:39 pm est 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Longest Ride

 

I'm not a big fan of long trips in a car. I can sit for about two hours before I need to get out and stretch. It's hard to imagine how people drive great distances in one day. My personal record is 625 miles, back in 1987.

I was shocked to see a posting on Facebook from someone who covered 978 miles in fifteen hours, an average of over 60 miles per hour.

How many stops did they make and how often? I would never be able to do that. 

2:41 pm est 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

No Open Door Policy

 

Delivery truck drivers usually have a schedule to adhere to. Every minute counts during their day. Some try to save time by keeping the driver's side door open.

I think this is a foolish thing to do and should be outlawed. The time they save should not compromise personal safety. It wouldn't take much for them to fall out of the truck. 

5:49 pm est 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Snowless Times

 

We dodged a big storm over the weekend. New York City and Washington DC got hit real hard. We had nothing where I live.

People are starting to get complacent about the lack of snow this winter. We got buried last February. The same could happen this year. 

There is always a fine line between rain and snow. The temperature can make all the difference. 

10:11 pm est 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

On Thin Ice

 

Every year at this time, we hear about people falling through ice. It happened locally yesterday to three men fishing at a local pond. 

People make foolish decisions about going out on ice. The weather has not been warm enough to make it thick. Over the years, I have seen many people who were taking needless risks.

I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. 

7:24 pm est 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Bright City

 

It looks like we will escape the blizzard that is coming up the east coast. New York City will get over a foot.

The pictures I have seen of the city look amazing. It looks so strange to see snow on Broadway. Central Park looks beautiful.

Years ago, I was in Manhattan when it started to snow during the evening. Between the snow and the lights of the city, it was a bright as during the day. I have never seen anything like that since. 

I'm sure the Big Apple will be very bright this evening. 

11:11 am est 

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Changing City

 

I'm reading a book about the changes in New York City during the period of 1840-1920. It was a fascinating time of growth in many different ways.

The city saw a huge influx of immigrants and a building out of the neighborhoods. So many things happened during that time. The book reveals many details I didn't know.

New York City continues to evolve. The city of today will be different than the one twenty years from now. I hope the building preservationists are able to save some of the past. So much of it is gone now. 

3:33 pm est 

They Are Never Wrong

 

It appears that a large portion on the east coast from New York City to North Carolina will be hit by a big snow storm on Saturday. It looks good according to the weathermen. They have been on this storm all week.

I get a little skeptical when they draw the snow line. No matter what they do, they are never wrong because they can always explain their way out of it. 

 

11:25 pm est 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Horse Sense

 

It looks like New York City might finally have a resolution to the controversial plan to eliminate horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan.

I have never taken a ride on one. I think they are a rip-off. They are too dangerous to be driving through the streets near Central Park. 

Under the new proposal, they will shrink from 180 carriages to 96. A stable will be built in Central Park for 68-75 horses. All rides will happen within the confines of the park.

This seems to be a reasonable compromise. Hopefully, they don't interfere too much with the walkers, runners and cyclists. I assume there is a plan to keep the roads clean.

 

7:35 pm est 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blowing Their Savings

 

I never play the lottery, daily number or buy scratch tickets. I think they are a waste of money.

People were falling all over each other last week to buy tickets for the $1.58 Powerball. The odds of winning were one in 292 million.

Some people spent money they didn't have on tickets. One person blew her savings and now has nothing to show for it. She set up a "GoFund Me" page, hoping to recoup her losses.  I doubt if people will be contributing to her. 

6:24 pm est 

Monday, January 18, 2016

The Big Discount

 

I saw a posting on Facebook by someone who bought holiday cards next year at a 90% discount. This is a good deal, but did they jump the gun?

My life experiences have taught me that it's difficult to have long range plans, especially if they involve spending money. I think about it before I take out my wallet.

I wonder what the markup is on greeting cards if they can sell them at 90% off. It must be huge. Stores need to make room on their shelves. They don't give the stuff away to lose money. 

5:27 pm est 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Small Fixes

 

While driving over a highway bridge tonight, I noticed how much of the concrete decking had been replaced. Crews working on the bridge appear on a regular basis in the evening. They are usually jack-hammering sections down to the iron rods.

The bride was built over 50 years ago. At some point, they will need to do a major overhaul. There will be huge traffic delays, especially during rush hour. 

The state continues to do patchwork repair jobs because it's cheaper and more convenient. 

10:53 pm est 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crazy Winners

 

I didn't buy a Powerball ticket for the recent $1.58 billion drawing. I think a person's life changes too much after winning so much money.

One of the three winners decided to take their ticket to New York City and appear on the Today show with it. This seems like such a bizarre thing to do.

They let the world know that they won $533 million and cleared $327.8 million after taxes. Now, they will have everyone asking them for money.

How did they protect the ticket while being in New York City? What were they thinking?

After they got home, they went to the Tennessee Lottery headquarters to claim their prize. They should have done that in the first place. People are different.

1:21 am est 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Kids Don't Walk

 

A news story indicated that 13% of kids walk to school these days. That seems a bit high to me. I never see anyone walking. School buses stop at almost every street to drop off kids to their waiting parents.

How did they come up with this figure? Walking to school is something from another era.

3:51 pm est 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Job Shuffle

 

The mayor of Boston announced that General Electric will move their corporate headquarters and 800 jobs from Fairfield, CT to the Seaport District. This is very exciting news for the city and for the future development of that area.

Where does this leave Fairfield? The company has been there since 1974. Will 800 employees be moving to Boston? In all likelihood, this move was greeted with mixed emotions. Career employees need to decide whether or not to uproot their life and family

There are always winners and losers when companies move. This is a big blow to Fairfield and Connecticut. Nobody seems to acknowledge that. 

2:23 pm est 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Name That Bridge

 

Public buildings and structures often get named after somebody. It seems like every bridge or parkway has a name attached to it.

When we think of the enormous Tappan Zee Bridge, the name of Governor Malcolm Wilson is usually dropped when talking about the structure.

A replacement bridge is scheduled to open in 2018. Already, there is discussion about changing the name. In the world of today, I can only imagine the final outcome. 

9:11 pm est 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Crude Talk

 

People don't often realize how the world's economy is so inter-connected. The drop in crude oil prices has resulted in cheaper gasoline and  heating oil which has put more spending money into everyone's pocket.

Low petroleum prices have also effected the stock exchanges, especially the portfolios of institutional investors.  Money continues to be shifted around.

The price of oil is so hard to understand at times. 

7:27 pm est 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Power Bore

 

The Powerball lottery will grow to $1.4 billion by the time of its drawing on Wednesday night. I never play, so there is no chance of me winning it. 

Whenever there is an enormous jackpot, we always hear the interviews of what people would do with the money. Those people  bore me. Most winners end up burning through their money within five years.  They are also inundated with requests for cash from people they don't even know.

The best thing about Powerball or any other lottery game is the revenue that it brings to the participating states. It's a form of voluntary tax for those who play. 

12:11 pm est 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Pay To Be Loud

 

Many businesses send out mass mailings to drum up business. I get them all the time. The other day I got one for customized exhaust work on my car.

Why do people pay money to make their car sound louder? It never made any sense. You can hear them from far away. 

3:56 pm est 

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Hover Bored

 

I don't understand what the big deal is with hoverboards. They are grossly over priced and have injured a number of people when they fell off. The stories of the lithium battery fires is enough to turn anyone off.

I think they are just a passing fad. I can't imagine them making a major impact. The Segway came with a lot of hype, but never lived up to it. 

7:21 pm est 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Serving At 18

 

The New Hampshire legislature is considering a bill to lower the legal drinking age to 18. They cite the old argument of being old enough to fight for our country.

I fully support this proposal. An underage GI returning from overseas could cause a liquor violation if they got served in a Veterans club. It would be very awkward to bust a wounded veteran for being a minor is possession of alcohol. 

We live in a very overprotective society. 

5:27 pm est 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Not In The Cards

 

I saw a posting on Facebook from someone complaining about the problem of cashing a check at their bank, in spite of having a valid ID and a checking account there.

Apparently, he has never had an ATM card. I can't imagine not having one. They are so convenient, as long as you know how to manage them. Writing a check at the grocery store or going to the bank for spending money is so dated. 

4:58 pm est 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The Delivery Nightmare

 

I stopped buying the Boston Globe over two years ago because of the high cost of daily purchase. Home delivery has never been an option because I live in an apartment building. The paper would end up everywhere except at my door. 

I save over $400 annually by having an e-paper subscription. The format is the same, except I read it on my tablet. The recent nightmare over home delivery has reinforced my decision to always read it this way in the future.

I often wonder how the paper makes any money. Many customers have cancelled their subscription because of the problems. Home delivered newspapers are on the verge of extinction. The Globe really needs to resolve their problem before they lose more customers. 

 

1:14 pm est 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

House Losing

 

The Plainridge slot parlor is a shining example of too much gaming competition. Its location is too close to Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, RI which offers more machines as well as gaming tables. 

Casino advocates always have rosy revenue predictions. Plainridge was no exception. When it first opened, there was a $300 million annual revenue forecast.  It was later reduced to $210 million and could go as low as $160 million. Casinos in Everett and Springfield are on the horizon. 

All of this will leave the state with less gaming revenue. Can all of the facilities survive? There are only so many gambling dollars out there.  

3:24 pm est 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Not That Expensive

 

It will be very cold over the next few days. I like to keep it warm in my apartment. The place is small, with only the heat on in my living room.

For 2015, I used about $450 in gas for heat and cooking. When my heat was off, my bill averaged about $12 per month. Based on that figure, I spent about $300 on heat.

It was a bargain, considering I kept it warm. 

12:55 pm est 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Poor Fit

 

It's amazing how much clothing is returned to retailers this time of the year. Industry sources said that twice as many on-line items get returned compared to those bought in a store.

I would never buy clothing on-line. You can't try them on until you receive them. It just seems like a bad idea that creates more work for all.

5:46 pm est 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Cold Dip

 

More and more people are taking a plunge into the ocean or lake as part of a New Year's Day tradition. The annual road race in Salisbury had an optional ocean plunge. 

I know several people who did it. I can't imagine going into the ocean after running a race on a winter day. The cold water would be too much of a shock to my body.  

So many do it without any problems. 

9:58 pm est 


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