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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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Thurs, Mar 21     Soho Asian Restaurant

                            89 Lowell Rd.  Hudson, NH  7:30pm

Sun, Mar 31       Pinata's Mexican Restaurant

                         251 Main St.  Tewksbury, Mass  7:30pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Flowers of Kenya

 

I always thought that roses were grown domestically. I never gave it much thought, but a recent article in the New York Post proved otherwise.

Kenya is the world's fourth biggest producer of them after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Columbia. The US imports most of the roses sold here. Kenya is the sixth leading exporter of them to America. 

Roses are a big part of the Kenyan economy, employing over 500,000 people. The growing conditions are very favorable. Valentine's Day is especially good to them because it happens during their dry season.

5:21 pm est 

The Driving Force

 

TIME magazine has a cover story about driver-less cars. It's hard to believe that this might become a reality. I can't imagine it happening, but look at all of the changes with computers and smart phones in the past ten years. 

Technology changes so quickly. Ten years from now, this might not even be a news story and will be commonplace. 

11:11 pm est 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Power Out

 

I have lived in my apartment for almost 40 years and lost power on very few occasions. Today was one of those days when I lost it for almost two hours starting at 2:30pm.

After it happened, I went out for a run and saw that it was widespread around town. I saw a couple of work crews on a major street who looked like they had been there all day. Did they cause the problem? What happened?

10:41 pm est 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Expensive Payment

 

My city's website makes a big deal about how much can be done by on-line, including paying real estate and excise taxes. 

I decided to pay the bill for my car using a credit card that I earn points on. The transaction was never completed because there was a $7 convenience feel involved.

This was a complete ripoff. I can understand charging a smaller fee, but this was too much. I ended up writing a check. 

 

8:00 pm est 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Circus Party

 

The GOP Presidential debate will start in a few minutes. It should be exciting and out of control. There will be numerous outrageous statements by all the candidates, especially Donald Trump. 

We are watching history being made with Trump. The age of social media has certainly helped to shape this election.

George H.W. Bush, Barbara, Jeb and wife are in the audience. I wonder if Trump will unload on George W or Jeb. 

You never know where the questioning leads. This should be interesting. 

8:20 pm est 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Totally Overpriced

 

The newly opened PATH commuter-rail station at the World Trade Center in New York City might be the ultimate white elephant. The station is ten years late after construction delays and $2 billion over cost.  

The $4 billion site will only serve 50,000 commuters daily. It has a 56,448 square foot open space that will remain empty. There will be no newsstands, information kiosks or anything else that is usually found in a place like Grand Central Station. 

The place is an embarrassment to the city. The design is so different that it will always be controversial. It will be interesting to hear the comments from commuters as they begin to experience it.  

 

 

5:01 pm est 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Candid Nonsense

 

Candid Camera was a popular television show in the 1960's which featured unsuspecting people having pranks played on them while being filmed.

People still take videos of people doing silly things. I thought it was a bit outrageous that someone would dress like being from the Middle East and leaving a bag some place and walking away. 

People reacted immediately, often running away before the situation was revealed to be all in fun. In this day and age, it's in poor taste to do stuff like this. 

7:34 pm est 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Unsafe Porches

 

Triple-deckers are a very popular form of housing stock. There are numerous ones in my city that were built around the same time. They usually feature a porch in the front.

Several buildings seem to have sagging porches that look unsafe. Periodically, we hear about a porch collapsing in some city. It looks like some of them might fall at any minute. 

7:36 pm est 

Land-Grant Colleges

 

I graduated from UMass Amherst in 1975, but never really left the place. I was out there today to meet up with a former classmate and attend a basketball game. I've done this many times over the years. 

It's so exciting to see the new buildings on the campus. They will never run out of land to build on.

UMass is one of the original  Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862. It's been a long road from Mass Aggie. 

11:27 pm est 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Watching History

 

I have been watching the CNN coverage of the Republican Presidential Primary in South Carolina. I was expecting to see some candidates shut down their campaign.

It just ended for Jeb Bush. Who will be next one to fall? It will happen to almost all of them. The race will get smaller. 

Who will be the Republican candidate for President? We are watching the writing of history right now with this election.

9:48 pm est 

Friday, February 19, 2016

No Stout

 

A report on the news had a discussion about the popularity of stout beers. I think they are the worst tasting beers out there. I tried a sip of Guinness once, but didn't like it. 

Some people are really into stouts. I wouldn't drink them if they were free.

12:01 pm est 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ocean Getting Closer

 

The recent storm did a great deal of damage to the dunes at Salisbury Beach. I saw it yesterday when I took a walk along the water.

The ocean is getting closer to homes there. A large amount of sand has been washed away from the beach.

There will be a lot of rhetoric on what to do in order to prevent more damage.

It's hard to fight nature. The shoreline is changing all along the east coast. What happened in Salisbury is not unique. I'm not sure what the long term solution is.

I would not want to own oceanfront property. 

3:36 pm est 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Rules of Engagement

 

I'm not impressed with people who wish to share their marriage proposal at a public event. I think it's rather lame, especially considering the divorce rate in this country. 

I recently saw some videos on Facebook about proposals that didn't work out. It created a very awkward moment for everyone.

I have never been married or engaged, but I guess you must think they will say yes before you ask. People don't have a plan if their partner says no.

5:04 pm est 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Cost Goes Up

 

You can always count on a public works project to be way over cost and behind schedule. The improvements to LaGuardia airport in New York City are no exception.

When plans were first revealed by the NY/NJ Port Authority in 2014, the cost was estimated at $3.6 billion. Now it has risen to $4.2 billion, with a revised completion date of 2021.

Since no work has started, it is doubtful that the cost and date are realistic. If they ever finish the project, the final bill will be astronomical. 

3:29 pm est 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Not Seeing Grammy

 

I have no plans to watch the Grammy Awards tonight. I was reviewing the nominations. There are so many songs and artists that I'm unfamiliar with. 

I have never downloaded a song. I listen to news and talks radio. I play my own CD's in my car. The list of nominations reminds me of how out of touch I am with today's music. 

7:07 pm est 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Another Freak Accident

 

A driver was killed yesterday on Rt 93 in Boston when a 200 pound manhole cover became airborne and crashed into her windshield. How did that happen? That was such a freakish event.

I have driven that stretch of road many times. A few years ago, a women was killed while driving through a tunnel when a ceiling panel fell on her car.

These two accidents could have claimed anyone. Sometimes, it's a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  

7:10 pm est 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Everyone Stay Inside

 

Sunday might be the coldest day in years according to the weather people. Whenever they say stuff like that, it usually doesn't happen. 

A local community issued an Emergency Alert warning residents to stay inside on Sunday. I think this is a bit over the top. People need to get out and do things. Some even go to work. 

We live in a "nanny" state at times. The evening news is getting boring with all of their advice on how to dress in layers. They must think people are idiots, although I'm sure some will walk around without a jacket on.

I saw a neighbor today when it was 20 degrees. He was only going to the dumpster, but I would have worn a coat. 

8:35 pm est 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Late Correction

 

Reporting errors happen all the time in newspapers and magazines. A small blurb is usually posted under "Correction" somewhere in the publication.

I saw one today concerning a death notice. It caught my eye as I flipped through the pages of the Boston Globe.

I wonder what the error was. It was unfortunate for the family. They paid money for the notice. The newspaper should at least get it right the first time. 

3:28 pm est 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Public Figures

 

It's difficult to get an accurate count on the amount of homeless people in large cities across America. Many cities take a yearly census done by volunteers. They fan out into the night looking for people.

New York City is doing a great disservice with the way they count. They exclude those who are in private places such as a fast food restaurants or the vestibule of an ATM machine. They only count those in public places.

This results in a lower count which looks good for political reasons, but hides a real problem that effects so many people.  

6:46 pm est 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Waiting To Vote

 

Voters in New Hampshire are going to the polls today for the first presidential primary. Many towns have one central place to vote. The news mentioned that some sites have long lines.

Will this keep people from voting? What is a reasonable time to wait to cast a ballot? This situation is not unique to New Hampshire. It happens all across America. 

Small towns don't always have the resources to open more polling places, but they have an obligation to ensure that the voting process goes smoothly. 

5:42 pm est 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Very Small Towns

 

The Boston Globe had a great article about the problems facing very small towns in Massachusetts. They are similar to those faced in other states.

I have lived in the same city my entire life. The population has grown from 46,000 to over 60,000 in the last twenty years. 

It's hard to imagine that there are towns with so few people such as Gosnold (77), Monroe (124) and Mt Washington (164). Many of these are in isolated parts of the state. It must be hard to keep younger people there without major employers.

It's certainly a different way of life.

2:11 pm est 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Smoking Cars

 

Some elected officials never file a bill or take a stand on an issue. Others go for the easy stuff that generates a buzz.

A member of the Connecticut legislature filed a bill to prohibit smoking in private automobiles if there is a child in it. This law has good intentions, but how would it ever be enforced? It's naive to think that police officers would spend their time looking for drivers smoking in the car with a kid.

I hope this elected official has more than this to show on their record. 

2:57 pm est 

Freak Accidents

 

You never know when it might happen to anyone. Accidents happen and can be fatal. The news had two horrible stories today.

A six year old girl was killed after the snow storm when she was struck by a falling branch in her backyard.

A man was walking on a street in New York City when a crane suddenly toppled and struck him fatally. 

What are the odds of these two events happening? Fate plays a role that we never fully understand. Bad things can happen at any moment. 

 

11:50 pm est 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hot Seafood

 

There was a story in the news about some arrests involving a seafood theft ring at a local plant. It involved mostly lobster meat which was sold to area restaurants.

I wonder if the businesses knew they were buying stolen property. Did they ask any questions? Did anything seem out of the norm?

My biggest concern would be about the handling of the seafood. Was it frozen and then thawed? Did anyone ever get sick from eating it? 

We never know the real story behind some of the food we eat. 


5:20 pm est 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Off The Table

 

With only a few hours to go, nobody has stepped forward to claim a $63 million lottery jackpot in California. The ticket will expire after 5pm local time.

I don't think anyone will claim it. I wonder what happened. Did the person die, lose the ticket or just forget about it? We will never know, but the state is about to get richer. 

3:34 pm est 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Time To Quit

 

The presidential primary process has changed so much over the years. Some of the Republican candidates are basically finished. It's only a matter of time before they start dropping out. 

Back in 1968, Robert F Kennedy did not declare his candidacy until late March when President Lyndon Johnson announced that he would not seek re-election.  

It's a different time know with 24x7 news coverage and social media. I have no doubt that some candidates will quit after next week when New Hampshire holds their primary. 

7:30 pm est 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It Still Sticks

 

Infomercials on television are often misleading about their products.They work great in the ad, but it's a different story at home.

I have a "non-stick" frying pan which is suppose to clean very easily. When I cook eggs, the cleanup is relatively easy, but it's a real challenge when I fry fish in olive oil.

After I finished cooking tonight, there was a layer of bread crumbs stuck to the pan. I filled it with water and let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes. I was able to wipe the crumbs away with a paper towel. The pan is now soaking in dish detergent. 

It will look fine after I scrub it with a sponge, but they didn't need to do that in the infomercial. 

 

6:15 pm est 

Bad Combination

 

I thought it was a joke when I saw it, but a local food store is selling chocolate raspberry bacon on a stick. It sounds so unappetizing to me. 

I don't eat chocolate and would never mix it with other food. I'll never understand the popularity of bacon. It's one of the worst foods out there. 

11:33 pm est 


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