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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 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Race Ended

 

The IndyCar race scheduled in Boston for Labor Day weekend has been abruptly canceled. The organizers had almost all of their permits before they gave up. What happened?

Did it have anything to do with the ongoing federal investigation at city hall? It will be interesting in the days and weeks ahead. There is a story behind this.

1:35 pm edt 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Not My Pet

 

I don't find mice or rats cute. I trapped six mice in my kitchen back in 2013. We had a problem, last summer by our dumpster with rats. It was disgusting.

A friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook of a baby mouse she found. She was treating it like a pet. It sounds like she might keep it. 

Some people have no problem doing that.

  

8:42 pm edt 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sandman Spending

 

People who live along the ocean run the risk of having their homes damaged from storms. Locally, parts of Salisbury Beach took a big punishment from one of the winter storms. 

For the third consecutive year, the state will spend money to repair parts of the dunes that got washed away. I saw the damage and it looked pretty bad. 

The federal government is chipping in with $350,000. I'm all for saving homes and protecting property, but there needs to be a long range plan to address the dunes.

I won't hold my breath on this. I'm sure the dunes will be in the same situation next year. 

11:35 am edt 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ride Needed

 

I was out driving tonight and saw a hitchhiker, something you never see. He looked to be in his 40's and was carrying a large pizza box. Moments later, a police cruiser pulled up to talk to the guy. When I drove by ten minutes later, he was still there. I wonder what was going on. 

When I was younger, it was no big deal to be a hitchhiker. I did it to get a ride home from UMass many times. My last time was in 1973. 

It's a relic to the past. When you see someone doing it now, they look scary.  

8:06 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Casino Losses

 

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting today to discuss a proposed a casino in Brockton. When will this madness end? It's foolish to keep building these places. 

The slot parlor in Plainfield has only produced about half of the  projected revenue. A Native American one is being built in Taunton. The two in Everett and Springfield will eventually open. They will compete with the two in Connecticut and one in Rhode Island.

This will end up like Atlantic City. The Commission should eliminate the plan in Brockton. These facilities are too close together. They can't all possibly survive. There are only so many gambling dollars out there. 

 

1:38 pm edt 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Bothering Diners

 

I support the right for people to have their service dog with them in a restaurant. New York City has carried it a step further by allowing restaurants to decide on their own whether to allow other customers in with their pet.

I think this is a bad idea. It infringes on the rights of diners who don't want to be around dogs while they eat.

How long will this last once a diner gets bitten by someone's pet?

9:23 pm edt 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Stop The Race

 

I thought the city of Boston was done with pursuing bad ideas once they gave up on hosting the Summer Olympics. The proposed IndyCar race on a 2.2 mile course in the Seaport district is a terrible idea.

Residents will have their lives disrupted over Labor Day weekend while race cars and fans raise havoc in the neighborhood.

The mayor is a big supporter of it. Race officials have received the necessary permits from the city and state. The only hope now is the Boston Conversation Commission. They have a say because the race course is on the city's flood plain.

Boston is a great city and doesn't need anything like this. 

 

2:15 pm edt 

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Machines Steal

 

I always thought those coin changing machines were a rip-off. You just pour your coins into it and get a coupon for their net worth. Some charge up to a 10% handling fee.

A major bank faces a lawsuit from customers claiming that they were under-counted by 10-15%. The bank naturally denied any problem. 

I have been thinking about cashing in my change. It seems like a waste to count it before, but I don't trust the machines either. 

12:30 pm edt 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Turn Off The AC

 

It's so hard to dress for this time of year. It was almost 80 degrees when I went running today. When I went out this evening, I wore a light sweater and brought a jacket with me.

It was a lovely evening, but when I went inside the restaurant for a comedy show, they had the AC on. There was a chill in the air. I went back to my car to get my jacket. Eventually, they adjusted the temperature.

This is the start of the season where the temperature inside can never be regulated properly.

11:20 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

They Do Something Positive

 

I will never use the services of Airbnb in New York City. I could save quite a bit of money if I stayed in a stranger's housing unit, but I don't feel comfortable doing that.

One positive benefit of Airbnb is that hotel room rates have lowered. I noticed that in the past year when I booked rooms.

8:33 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

No Room In The Bin

 

I have several bags of papers that I want to recycle, rather than throwing them into the dumpster where I live. I could bring them to the local recycling center, but drove to a bin that benefited a charity.

I got a bad feeling when I got there. The bin was totally stuffed. I turned around and went home. I'll end up going to the recycling center because my trunk is full. 

7:44 pm edt 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Stupid Drones

 

It was inevitable that a personal drone would crash into a commercial airliner. It happened yesterday at Heathrow Airport, outside of London.

There are 2.5 million drones in America registered with the FAA. We can only imagine how many fall through the cracks.

Some people are stupid when they operate these things. What is the story behind Heathrow? I hope it was someone acting like a fool instead of the alternative.  

11:30 pm edt 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Human Dominoes

 

People try every gimmick possible to get into the Guinness World Record book. Some of the records are established under a new category. No previous one was broken.

A group of 1,200 people in Maryland can now claim the record for the largest human mattress domino chain. They lined up with their mattress strapped to their back and became human dominoes. What size mattress did they use?

I never heard of this one. 

7:27 pm edt 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Keep The Price Right

 

We often hear criticism about farm subsidies, especially those which happen in other parts of the country. It seems like money is being directed toward another special interest group.

The state of Maine got a piece of the action the other day when the USDA announced it would buy $13 million worth of the wild blueberry harvest. The abundant supply of the berries and competition from Canada have decimated the wholesale price. 

The government's subsidy will stabilize the price and help small farms. The USDA will use the berries in its food-assistance program.

People never seem to have an issue with "ear marks" and subsidies as long as they stay local.  

2:01 pm edt 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Book's Last Chapter

 

My local library had their quarterly book sale last week. I always find a lot of of stuff worth paying $1 for on Friday or $5 for a bag on Saturday.

I actually saw a book I donated. Someone gave it to me several years ago, but I never wanted to read it. Hopefully, somebody bought it and it gets another home. 

Some books never get sold. They end up with the guys who come in on Monday and haul the leftovers away. Nobody really knows what happens to them. You hear different stories.

11:04 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Time Flies

 

After watching a story on NBC about flight delays at airports, it seems like getting aboard the plane is a nightmare. I have not flown since 2000. It was a different experience back then.

Numerous airports have a shortage of TSA screeners. Lines can get very lengthy. Passengers end up missing flights. There is no consistency among airports. 

TSA employees have a huge turnover. The agency has resorted to hiring private contractors for some steps of the screening process.

I'm in no hurry to fly. 

 

7:05 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Not Ready To Retire

 

I think a person is very lucky if they can find a job they really love. A 90 year old woman in Oakland, CA just celebrated 70 years at the same job since 1946.

She work four days a week in a hospital as a patient relations specialist. Her attendance is remarkable, with only four days of sick leave taken in her career.

I don't know what type of pension plan she has, but at this point, she is not working for the money. She is amazing.

7:20 pm edt 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Name That Building

 

It must be nice to cut a check to a college and get the naming rights to a building. Some anonymous donor gave $30 million to George Mason University to rename the law school in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia.

Do schools set a price in order to dedicate a building to someone? Would $10 million be enough? I'm sure it depends on the school.  

12:47 pm edt 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Great USPS

 

Only the US Postal Service could lose $5 billion annually and stay in business.They had a profitable quarter to end 2015 because of holiday shipping. 

They are the best shipping company. I only want to get things via USPS. They are the best.

11:47 pm edt 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Just Peachy

 

A story in my local newspaper indicated that a couple of local farmers lost their peach crop due to the very cold temperatures in April. They said it happens about once every five years. There will be no harvest for them.

I was unaware that peaches grew in this part of the country. I assumed they needed a warmer climate like in the southern states. I was wrong on that one.

7:24 pm edt 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Selfish Readers

 

I borrowed a book from my local library after requesting it through their lender network. It's a famous text on criminology. I was very disappointed to see that some reader decided to treat it as a textbook and underline numerous passages.

This was so selfish of whoever did it. Why do people do things like this? Didn't they think that someone else would read the book? I find it distracting to look at their notes in the margins and check marks.

They probably thought their brilliant insight would help other readers in the future. They were wrong. 

7:31 pm edt 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Worst Roommate

 

Someone I know on Facebook has been detailing her efforts to get rid of her roommate who has turned her life upside down. It's a lot more difficult than she thought. 

I will never understand why she or anyone would look to Craigslist for a roommate. That seems like the worst possible idea. It certainly was in this case. Why would anyone choose to live with a total stranger? 

5:44 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Sticker Time

 

We all make mistakes, but sometimes they can have dire consequences. More often than not, we just move on.

As I was in my car today, I suddenly realized that my inspection sticker had expired recently. I went to a service station and got an updated one. 

I'm still trying to understand how this happened. I don't have a reason

11:21 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Cavity Shows Up

 

I went to the dentist today for my six month examination and cleaning. Much to my surprise, I had a cavity under an old filling. The dentist gave me some Novocain and took care of it.

A few hours later, I still have some numbness in my face. When I ate dinner, I had to chew on the other side. It felt awkward.

Things should be normal by tomorrow

8:11 pm edt 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Snow On April 4th

 

Once again, we see that snow can happen in April. It was almost 70 last week, but today gave us about four inches of the white stuff. This has happened over the years. We got almost two feet back in 1997.

The temperatures are really bizarre these days. We had a lot of precipitation this winter, but it was mostly rain. I never doubt that there is something wrong with the atmosphere that people have contributed to. 

5:24 pm edt 

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Bad Day For Amtrak

 

Amtrak has always struggled over the years financially. It remains popular, but so much needs to be done to make it more competitive.

Their cause was not helped today when a train derailed near Philadelphia after striking a backhoe on the tracks. Two passengers were killed and many others were injured.

Train derailments don't happen very often, but they are a big story when they occur. It's even worse when there are injuries and deaths.  

12:26 pm edt 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Juice Mobile

 

There is a great deal of hype over the new electric car introduced by Tesla. Their latest version retails for $35,000. In the first 24 hours, they received over 200,000 orders.

Although the price has come down, they still need to work on the range of the vehicle. It can go 215 miles before needing to be recharged. It is still not practical for my consumers. The recharging also takes too long.

As time goes on, improvements will be made. This is a starting point. 

4:49 pm edt 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Don't Shop and Drink

 

The news had an interesting story about late Friday night on-line shopping. The sales figures are staggering compared to the rest of the week. It seems to be influenced by women having a few glasses of wine.

This is great for retailers, but people might wonder about what they did when they wake up in the morning. 

6:54 pm edt 


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