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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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Tues, July 23  Winner's Circle 

                       211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass  8pm 

Thurs, Aug 8    Fody's Tavern

                         16 Clinton St.  Nashua, NH  8pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Plane Bump

 

I don't fly because of my issues with turbulence. A story in the news today was a great example.

A flight from Houston to London was diverted to Ireland because of a severe situation over the Atlantic. A number of passengers suffered broken bones. The pilots did a great job with the plane.

I can't imagine going through something like that. My flights were bad enough.

7:01 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The 20% Storm

 

There are a series of tropical storms that might impact us over the weekend or not matter at all. The weather people are ecstatic over it.

Forecasting is difficult, but they can never be wrong. What does 20% chance of rain really mean? 

11:35 pm edt 

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Impossible Trip

 

I can't imagine taking a long car trip to Florida or any place else. My 234 mile drive to New York City is a big enough challenge and seems to take forever. I can only last about two hours before I need to stop.

I saw a posting on Facebook from someone who drove 615 miles on their way to Florida in less than 10 hours. They must have made very few stops or encountered little traffic. I assume they left around 2am.

How do people drive that far? It doesn't matter if you have more than one driver. I would be so uncomfortable. 

11:59 am edt 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Flying Drunk

 

For the second time in a week, we are hearing about a pilot being taken off a flight for allegedly being intoxicated. This time, it was on a trans-Atlantic flight. Passengers faced a ten hour delay until another flight crew arrived.

I wonder how many pilots get away with it. We never hear until someone is caught. I think it's a problem that has been around for a long time.

 

2:04 pm edt 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Brown Grass of Summer

The current drought has reduced water levels to historic lows. The ground is so dry. All bodies of water are showing the effect.
 
When I was golfing yesterday, I was shocked to see the dryness in the fairways. The grass was brown and looked dead.
 
Rain is the only thing that will reverse it. Will we see green grass before winter comes? Will we make up for this with snow? 
7:53 pm edt 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Playing Chicken

 

Charity golf outings always charge a certain price for golf, food, shirts and prizes. It can be a real challenge to keep the cost down.

I played in an outing today that changed caterers a few years ago. The food was better back then. The cost of meals can easily get out of control.

I try to eat a lot of chicken. It's always breast tenders for me because it's the healthiest meat. The leg and thigh served today never had enough meat on it. The barbecue made it such a mess.

Grilled chicken breasts might raise the entry fee. I would be ok with paying another $10 to get better chicken. 

10:43 pm edt 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The White Ring

They always say to wear light colored clothing on hot and humid days. I decided to go with a dark blue polo shirt while golfing today.
 
I was comfortable out there, but when I finished, I had big salt rings on my shirt.
 
We went out to eat after. I would have looked better with a dry shirt. 
8:40 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bones To Pick

 

We always hear about salmon being so good for you. It's better fresh rather than previously frozen or farm raised.

I stir fried my piece in olive oil tonight. I was surprised to take out ten bones almost an inch long while cooking it. I had another two while eating.

Will I have this many bones in my next piece? 

11:12 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Temporary Landing Strip

 

Flying single engine planes can be dangerous and leaves little room for error. Emergency landings can lead to catastrophic results.

A pilot was lucky today when he was forced to land on a sandbar in the Quabbin Reservoir. The recent drought has caused historic low water levels. 

This guy was really lucky because he had few options to land. Without the low water levels, his landing may have been fatal. It was either touching down in the Quabbin or in the trees.  

11:15 pm edt 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Th 60 Year Storm

 

Natural disasters are so devastating to people. I've been watching the news about the destruction in Central City, Louisiana from flooding caused by rain.

The city of 27,000 had about 90% of its residents effected. The area had not experienced a flood in over 60 years.

How will the federal government respond? Things are not off to a great start. 

10:44 pm edt 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

They Bad Idea Zone

Many bad ideas often end up becoming policy and law. We can see that with a proposal to move Massachusetts out of the Eastern Time Zone and into the Atlantic. This would eliminate Daylight Savings Time, but also put the state at odds with the rest of the eastern states. 
 
There is some logic behind this idea, but it would cause great havoc with business and commerce. Things would get so confusing for those entering and leaving the state.
 
This idea needs to be buried with other bad ones.
7:32 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Short Story

 

Last week, the mayor of Boston was called out for wearing cargo shorts in public. I don't understand the big deal doing that on a Sunday. He was criticized as a fashion disaster. 

I have never owned cargo shorts because they always look so wrinkled. They were in style a long time ago, but I never wanted to look like I slept in my clothes. 

5:19 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Land Status

 

I have never been so close to changing my internet provider. I could end up canceling my land line. That would be a huge step. 

It would be a no-brainer. I could save even more money by eliminating a line I never use.

It would feel real strange to give up a phone number I've had for over 40 years. 

10:38 pm edt 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Calling The 800 Number

 

I had a question about my health insurance benefits so I decided to check the on-line guide. I thought it would be easy.  

After my login, I was told to change my password to eight characters, including the usual upper case letter, symbol and number.

That went well until I had to verify my email address. I was told to type in a key code from an email they sent me. I never received it because it went into my spam folder.

I should have checked it, but I ended up calling customer service. My login issued was resolved and they answered my question about my benefits. 

6:40 pm edt 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Living The Beat

 

A local bar in an old factory building just won approval to covert the upper floors into housing units. This all sounds good, but the bar has live music several nights a week.

The people who will live there must be acceptable of that arrangement. It will be too late to complain about the noise. Several other buildings on the street have similar situations.

I don't know how the residents do it. The constant noise would too much for most people. 

9:08 am edt 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Phone Didn't Die

I thought my cell phone might be dead after I was unable to start it up after powering it down. I left it in my car for about 30 minutes, but it wasn't exceptionally hot today.
 
I ended up going to the Verizon Wireless store where a technician removed the battery and rebooted the system. It worked fine after that. I also revised my monthly data plan and will save abut $20 per month. 
10:42 pm edt 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Don't Bet On 75%

 

Voter turnout in the presidential election has not exceeded 60% since 1968. One company decided to jump on an advertising campaign that guaranteed free purchases of their furniture if the turnout was greater than 75%.  

This election is something we have never seen before, but I don't think 75% of the voters will cast ballots. It's a low risk bet for the company and an excellent way to sell furniture.

They probably took out insurance in case the unexpected happens, but there is no way 75% of the voters will show up. 

12:50 pm edt 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Flying Objects

 

I just saw a story on the news about the dangers of things falling off cars and trucks and becoming projectiles. The examples shown were very scary because it can happen at any time.

I try to avoid vehicles that have secured loads. You never know how well they are strapped down. Some are just accidents waiting to happen.

6:46 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

See The Index

 

The weather people are going crazy about the Heat Index for Thursday. According to them, it will be very oppressive. What do they really know? They can only be so accurate on a daily basis.

They use to talk about "Triple H Weather", (hazy, hot and humid). Now it's all about the Heat Index. It's a lot like the wind chill factor.

11:53 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Don't Like Cash

 

I don't think we will ever see a cash free system in my lifetime. People will keep using paper currency and write checks as long as they can. 

I pay all of my bills on-line, except for my rent and use a credit card for purchases to earn points. It has worked out well so far. 

A food server in Boston was in the news for not taking cash, which is against state law. The owner made a strong argument in his defense.

I don't know how you can stop taking cash. It doesn't make any sense. 

11:27 pm edt 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Past The Date

 

A few weeks ago, I bought several bottles of Pepsi that were on sale. I try not to drink more then 6-8 ounces a day. I use to consume too much of it.

Today, I noticed that the expiration date on one bottle was last month. I should have checked when I bought it. The store must have known that it was reaching its date. That's why it was on sale. Where was it before then? Was it sitting in a warehouse? 

1:40 pm edt 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The $2 Head

I enjoy eating cauliflower. It's one of those calciferous veggies along with broccoli. I bought a big fresh head yesterday at Market Basket for $2.  It was raised locally in Presque Isle, ME.
 
I often wonder how anyone makes any money on farming. 
11:38 pm edt 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Phone Died

I still have a land line because of my DSL internet connection. For some reason, the display no longer workers. Everything else is fine, but the phone has reached the end of its life.
 
It was made by AT&T and I've had it almost ten years. Tomorrow might be its last day, as I will take a ride to the China Outlet (Walmart) to buy a new one.  
7:53 pm edt 

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Boring Opening

 

Tonight is the opening ceremony for the Rio Olympics. I have no plans to watch the three hours of excess hype. The program is too long with all of its pageantry. 

The Olympics cost too much money for the host city and country. Thousands of people were displaced for construction. Next year at this time, many of the venues will be rotting away from lack of use.

NBC is looking to score big tonight on the ratings. It's all about the money. 

3:34 pm edt 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Beach Time

 

I took a ride to Hampton Beach today and walked along the sand for one hour. My timing in mid-afternoon was perfect as it was low tide. It makes a big difference with walking. 

That was my first time on the sand this summer and it's already August. The season is rather short around here. Once Labor Day passes, the beach will be very quiet.

Just six more weeks of summer. 

10:40 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Shifting Down Under

We always hear about the continents of the world drifting, but who would have thought that it would impact GPS devices. It's a real problem in Australia.
 
Tectonic movement has caused the continent to shift five feet north since 1994. As a result, GPS devices can be off by a few feet. It's a real problem that needs to be addressed. 
 
As technology evolves, we will face a list of problems that nobody ever thought of. 
6:11 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Gambling With Floss

 

The news today mentioned that studies show that using dental floss daily does not reduce the chance of gum disease or cavities. They said that brushing daily is just as effective.

I totally disagree with all of this. I have been using it for over 30 years. My gums to this point are in good shape. I have a couple of spaces where food gets trapped every time I eat.

My flossing has helped saved my teeth and gums. I wouldn't want to know what would happen without it. People can make their own decisions. 

12:31 pm edt 

Monday, August 1, 2016

No Cheap Rooms

 

It didn't surprise me to read that Boston hotel room rates are comparable to New York City. Boston has a shortage of rooms, especially affordable ones. Reasonable rates can only be found on the outskirts or in the suburbs. 

New York City has many reasonably priced rooms. Rates are always dictated by time of year and special events. The high rates in Boston don't do anything to help tourism. 

6:09 pm edt 


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