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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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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Golden State Waste

 

I don't think it's a good idea for any city to pursue hosting the Summer Olympics. Boston was smart when it pulled out of the 2024 selection process. Only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest are left. 

The games are a financial fiasco. Rome saw the writing on the wall and withdrew their bid. Tokyo, the site of the 2020 Games, is getting nervous as costs could exceed $30 billion.

The state of California agreed to cover a possible $250 million overrun in an effort to boost the bid by Los Angeles.  

Using taxpayer money in this manner is absolutely foolish. There should be outrage by the people of California. There will be a cost overrun no matter what anyone says. 

12:25 am edt 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy News

People whine about so many things on Facebook. One person said that she would watch the news if they featured more happy stories.
 
I think the local news has too many nonsense stories that are not really relevant. With all of the things going on in America and the world, there are stories that need to be told. Some of it is tough to deal with.
 
Warm and fuzzy ones are nice, but we live in a changing world. That is the reality.
2:25 pm edt 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Slow Globe

 

I'm at the three year point of having the Boston Globe e-reader. It's ok overall, but a few things could be better.

I'm saving $300 annually with subscription. That's money in my pocket. It costs a lot to read newspapers these days.

I'm still buying the New York Post and the local Eagle Tribune daily. They cost me $545 and $312 annually. Both are avilable in the e-paper format for a price.

I found out the hard way that these applications eat up a great deal of memory on my device. Rather than download issues of the Globe I missed, I should just keep track of them and go to the archives. 

11:35 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

No Holiday Time

The movement to have a National First Responders holiday is a very worthy and noble cause. Proponents want it to become a national holiday recognized by the federal government.
 
I don't think this will happen. A previous bill in Congress failed. Now, there is an on-line petition to generate support.
 
People don't realize the enormous implication of creating another federal holiday. So many employers don't recognize the existing ones.  
10:20 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Add Soup To Salt

 

I wanted to buy some soup today because of a cold I'm fighting. I left the store without any because of the high sodium content in every brand I looked at. Even the so-called "healthy" ones left a lot to be desired.

Americans consume too much sodium in their diet. I use to buy a lot of canned soups. I finally wised up after I read the labels.

I might be dreaming, but maybe I can find a good tasting soup low in sodium. 

 

7:36 pm edt 

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Big Debate

 

It's only a few hours until the debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The hype around this event is off the charts. The viewing audience might be the biggest of any event in history. 

We can only speculate on how each candidate will act. So much is at stake. There are two more debates after tonight, but this one will really set the tone. Both need a big effort. There is so much to lose tonight. 

6:13 pm edt 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Blanket Coverage Now

It looks like tonight will the the first time a blanket is on my bed. It was cold enough last night to use it. The temperature will start to really fluctuate during the day and night.
 
I probably closed my windows too much. I have no doubt that I will open them higher at some point, but that won't last long. 
9:02 pm edt 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The First Cold

 

It seems every year I get some type of respiratory issue with the change in seasons and temperature. The change from summer to autumn and winter to spring is my prime time.

I awoke the other day with a stuffy head and a sore throat that made swallowing difficult. I also had a congested chest and cough.

Hopefully, it doesn't last that long. I bought my first cough syrup of the season. It seems to help. 

11:49 pm edt 

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Expensive Holiday

I think Halloween is very overrated. I was never into it when I was a kid. It's a big waste of money.
 
Americans will spend $8.4 billion this year on candy, costumes and decorations, but at least it's good for the economy.
 
I'm glad that my apartment building does not do trick or treat. 
5:28 pm edt 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gas Truth

A report by AAA said that Americans are wasting $2.1 billion annually by purchasing premium gas when they car doesn't call for it. Only 16% of motor vehicles require it according to their manual.
 
Why do people do this? They are only kidding themselves. It's just a myth that their car will run better with it. 
7:33 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Summer 2016 Ended

Here we are at the last day of summer. It went by so fast. That will happen also to autumn.
 
We are coming down to the last 101 days of the year. The days will have less sunlight and be colder.
 
We will have those warm days that tease us into thinking that winter won't come. 
11:40 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Too Many Passengers

 

I don't like to be a passenger in a motor vehicle. There is nothing you can do if you're in a bus, but I would never ride in a RV.

I saw a Facebook postng where the RV had ten passengers on the way to a concert. This is a recipe for disaster if something happens. 

7:08 pm edt 

Monday, September 19, 2016

UMass Leading The Charge

UMass Amherst is way ahead when it comes to charging stations for electric cars. They just installed a few dozen charging ports at their new covered facility at the Visitor's Center.
 
They are certainly looking to the future. What will it like in ten years? So much can change between now and then. They are really getting things in place for when the day arrives. 
10:04 pm edt 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Only 8%

 

I don't have a lot of faith in weather apps. They are so vague at times.

I have plans to play golf on Wednesday. It seems like there is an 8% chance of rain. That sounds like a low risk, but I guess we can go.

Sometimes, the 8% happens. 

9:51 pm edt 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Bad Night In NYC

 

While driving home from a UMass football game, I was listening to WINS from New York City. There was a breaking story about a bomb exploding in a dumpster on W23rd St, between 6th and 7th Ave.

Earlier today, a pipe bomb exploded in New Jersey before the start of a 5K road race. The event was subsequently canceled.

As I write this, another report has mentioned a second device in NYC.

Where will the investigation lead to?

Things can happen at any time. 

 

11:42 pm edt 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Posting Issue

 

I had a lot of problems trying to post to my website last night. I have no idea what happened. I rebooted my modem and router too many times to get to where I'm at now.

I certainly wasted time. It comes with these great devices. They are so awesome.

1:05 am edt 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Never Five

I don't eat food that falls on the floor. I don't believe in the "five second rule". People foolishly think that food can't get contaminated by bacteria in such a short time. They are only kidding themselves.
 
I would never knowingly eat anything that contacted the floor. Why do people think this is ok? 
1:38 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

How To Lose Customers

I have a Samsung Notebook and Galaxy S5 phone. They are both good products, although the Notebook could use a longer lasting battery.
 
The company is facing a nightmare after they were forced to recall their new Samsung 7 phone because batteries exploded in a few instances.
 
One time is too many, but several can ruin a product. I can't imagine buying a phone and then having to return it for another one. That's how you lose customers forever. 
1:17 pm edt 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fixing Roads

I think it's great that all these roads and bridges are being resurfaced or rebuilt. The infrastructure of America needs so much work. There will never be enough money dedicated to this.
 
All levels of government need to allocate more to these projects. It's a great opportunity to create jobs. The long range benefits justify the spending.
 
 
11:41 pm edt 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Five and Ten Year Mark

Today is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. It is filled with the slogans of "Never Forget" and "Always Remember", but time changes everything.
 
Kids in high school and younger have no connection to the day because they were not around. It's like that with most historical events like Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy's assassination.
 
Whenever there is a round number like five or ten years, there is always a big deal made. The events will be different next year because it will be 16 years.
 
People would need to be at least 58 to have any memory of JFK's killing. Only people 80 or older have any memory of Pearl Harbor.
 
It will be like that eventually with 9/11. 
 
7:23 pm edt 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

More Papers To Read

 

It doesn't take much to get behind in reading my three daily newspapers. The Sunday papers will put me further behind.

One good thing is that I can read them a bit quicker, although there are always articles which need to be read in their entirety. 

It's a constant challenge to keep up with them.

9:44 pm edt 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Too Many Barriers

 

The Boston IndyCar race scheduled for last weekend in Boston was a bad idea from the start. I will never understand how the proposal even got off the ground.  It was canceled after organizers were unable to secure all of the necessary permits.

Things only got worse when the organizers filed for bankruptcy protection. As a result, various assets associated with the race were auctioned off to the public.

The sale didn't go as well as expected. Nobody bid on the 11,009 concrete barriers which were to line the 2.2 mile course. They are currently stored on land owned by Massport. Moving them will cost more than they are worth. 

Finding them a new home will be a long process. 

8:27 am edt 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Keep Them Guessing

 

Some people share way too much information on Facebook. Others like to give vague details about something and keep people hanging. 

I saw that today when someone posted a picture of themselves in the hospital with a bruised face and a cast on their hand and leg. No other details were given, other than saying she had been in the hospital for nine days.

She received many comments inquiring about her condition. She certainly has the right to privacy, but if you post a picture like this, people are going to ask questions. 

2:14 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

His Name Showed Up

 

I always make sure I read the local daily newspaper, even if I need to go to the library for an issue I missed. You never know what might be in the paper. 

I was at the library yesterday and saw an obituary for someone I didn't know personally, but had seen around locally for decades.

I never knew his name. He as a few years younger than me. When I saw his picture, I knew it was him. I never would have known that if I skipped the paper that day. 

4:50 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Nobody Playing Soccer There

 

There is no better use for a former landfill than a solar farm. Who really wants their kids playing on fields built on a toxic waste site.

Solar farms are not pretty. They can really destroy the landscape. The one in my community would've covered the local landfill, but the deal fell apart. It would also ruin the view along the river.

Where do you draw the line? There is limited use for a former landfill. Another nearby town will be dedicating 30 acres of their former dump to a solar farm.

It will never be soccer fields. 

11:25 pm edt 

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Chance To Be Relevant

It doesn't look like we will get much rain from tropical storm Hermine. Other parts of the east coast were greatly impacted.
 
I think these storms are so hard to predict. I don't blame the weather people. They love to be relevant with a big storm.
 
It's good for job security.
 
 
11:30 pm edt 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Longfellow Long Project

 

It was foolish for anyone to think that the work on the Longfellow Bridge in Boston would be completed on schedule. It had a completion date of this summer when it was started three years ago. 

The date has now been moved to September 2018. If they need two more years, will it even be done by then? The cost is another story. 

Does anyone believe that it will come in at its alleged price $303 million? The final cost will be much higher. I have no doubt. 

8:24 pm edt 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Who Was Hermine?

 

Tropical Storm Hermine is hard to figure out. Will it impact where I live?  Everyone says that.

When I listen to the weather people, I wonder if I live in southern New England or northern. The lines get blurred.

It makes a big difference when it comes to the rain line.

 

11:03 pm edt 

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Big Backup

 

It's Friday afternoon of Labor Day weekend and there is already a 15 mile backup on Rt 95 in New Hampshire up to the Maine border. 

This happens every holiday weekend because both states need to collect their tolls from drivers. It doesn't matter how much traffic is delayed.

The high speed toll lanes don't help. Drivers slow down because they think they need to.

The backups will get worse tomorrow morning. On Sunday and Monday night, they will be in the other direction.

New Hampshire and Maine will keep counting the dollars collected. 

3:05 pm edt 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Selfish Selfie People

 

People do some very stupid things when it comes to taking a selfie. They don't care about their actions effecting others.

A person recently shut down a subway line in Boston after they were spotted in a tunnel taking a selfie. Many people were delayed in their travels because authorities didn't want this person to get hurt.

I'm sure they were proud of their selfie. They could care less about others. 

2:56 pm edt 


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