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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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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Rate Issue

 

High school graduation rates are a joke. Their numbers are often inflated by school systems that push students through.  It looks bad on the administration if the rate isn't high. It doesn't matter if they are not proficient in subject matter. 

It gets worse in some urban areas. One school in the Bronx blows their horn about a 76% rate. They never talk about the 96% who fail to meet the readiness standards for community college.

It becomes someone else's problem. 

  

 

6:54 pm est 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sears Nears The End

 

There comes a point with any business where they can no longer sustain losing money. Sears is reaching that point.

They were once the iconic retailer in America, but are on life support right now. They burnt through $1.6 billion last year and will lose another $1.8 billion in 2017. These losses are not sustainable. 

They sold their Craftsman label and need to do something with their ownership of Kmart. They keep losing money no matter what they do. It's only a matter of time before the company dies. 

 

7:00 pm est 

Train or Car?

If Interstate Rt 11 ever gets built between Phoenix and Las Vegas, now is the time. There will be infrastructure money available soon from the Trump administration.
 
There is no doubt that the cost will spiral out of control. There are advocates for a rail corridor along the way. That will drive up the cost, but it's a great idea.
 
Why can't they do both at he same time without it becoming a financial fiasco? 
 
 
11:39 pm est 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Trying To Look Good

 

Politicians always know when to grandstand. One local state representative voted against a pay raise for themselves. They claimed that calls from constituents helped to make their decision.

They got some positive coverage in the newspaper and looked good in the eyes of the voters.

This was just a charade. The pay raise has enough votes to override a veto by the Governor. They will all get their money. It was an easy way for this rep to look good. 

 

 

11:13 pm est 

Friday, January 27, 2017

The No Train

All of a sudden there is a realization that here is an interest in having an interstate highway between Phoenix and Las Vegas. It's about 385 miles.
 
Will a highway ever be built? There are those out there who advocate high-speed trains. I don't think it will happen in my life.  
 
Maybe they will start the road ten years from now. 
11:47 pm est 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Don't Stain It

My neighborhood has many stately old Victorian homes. The owners face a huge challenge and expense to maintain them. Many have been turned into multi-family dwellings over the years.
 
One huge house recently had its clapboards replaced with shingles. It was probably cheaper, but at least it wasn't vinyl siding. They have ruined the look of the house. It still has not been stained or painted.
 
The house has a long history and will outlast all of us. 
10:49 pm est 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Doing Dishes

I thought it was a little condescending for someone to post on Facebook about whether any people still wash dishes by hand. This person just assumes that everyone can afford a dishwasher or even has the space for one.
 
My apartment doesn't have enough room in the pantry. I've been doing them by hand my entire life. If you don't let them build up, it's not that big of a deal. 
10:07 pm est 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dollars For Building

 

I'm a big believer in federally funded infrastructure projects as a way to create jobs and rebuild America. It doesn't matter who is in office. 

Two big projects could get those federal dollars. They are certainly both needed in the region.

Maybe the eternal job of expanding Rt 93 from the Massachusetts border to Manchester could finally get completed. This has taken forever because it's being built in segments due to funding. 

The MBTA Green Line expansion into Medford is ready to go. This is the perfect job to draw billions of dollars into the regional economy. The projected cost will never be realized. 

 

9:22 pm est 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Better Bus Time

 

There is no disagreement that the MBTA provides poor subway and bus service in the greater Boston area. The agency is drowning in financial debt and criticism from its riders.

Public transportation advocates unveiled a plan to make buses more attractive to riders.

This idea is silly. If they want to do anything, the buses should arrive on schedule 100% of the time, instead of the current 10%.

Buses are often seen as the only means of transportation for some. They don't need to look better. They just need to arrive timely for their passengers. 

6:44 pm est 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Expensive Dome

Some professional sports teams threaten to leave their cities if politicians don't pay for overpriced arenas and stadiums.
 
The last NFL game was played in the Georgia Dome today. It had a short life of only 25 years before the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens at the end of the summer.
 
Both were funded by the state-run Georgia World Congress Center Authority. They have the ability to sell bonds to fund the construction.
 
It will get a great deal of use, especially for conventions and other events. It will create economic growth for the Atlanta area.
 
In the end, it was not privately funded. The taxpayers are on the hook in a worst case financial scenario. 
6:23 pm est 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Big Serving

 

I have a goal with Blue Cross to lose ten pounds by June 1st. This is proving to be difficult. Weight goes on very easily, but comes off much slower. 

In the end, it's all about eating properly. I feel I do a good job at that. With me, it's more about portion size.

I'm going out tonight to a dinner party. I will try to have self-control over how much I eat. 

4:14 pm est 

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Trip In The Past

 

After watching the Presidential Inauguration, it reminded that that I have not been to Washington DC since 1998. Prior to that, it was for a few days in 1988.

Much has changed in the city. There are many new monuments and museums. It's a great place to visit. I should get back there at some point. I just don't know when. 

1:09 pm est 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Phone Please

I read an interesting article about whether kids should turn in their cell phone when they enter the classroom.
 
They are a big distraction. Every student has one these days. It's an issue that needs to be dealt with, but nearly impossible to implement a policy that pleases everyone. 
 
We live in a world where everything is so instantaneous. Nothing can wait until the end of class. 
10:11 pm est 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Goal Achieved

 

Some people will do anything to get on the news. We live in a world where everyone has an opportunity for their fifteen minutes of fame.  

The Guinness Book of World Records is filled with people who went to extremes to get their name included. Some of it is rather strange.

It probably won't qualify as a record, but one guy recently ran a marathon in England with a life-sized teddy bear strapped to his back. 

He accomplished his goal because I read about it in the New York Post. 

6:28 pm est 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Date With November 5th

 

Life is like a train that rumbles down the tracks. It stops for nobody. Time passes too quickly. We measure time by events in our life.

Today, I entered the 2017 New York City Marathon on November 5th. A lot will happen between now and then. Winter, spring and summer will pass halfway into autumn.

I have been fortunate to finish the race every year since 1978. It was cancelled in 2012 because of Hurricane Sandy.

You never know what might happen. 

 

1:08 pm est 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Too Young To Skate

 

I think it's good that kids get involved in sports. However, some parents carry it to a great extreme. They think their kid will either be in the Olympics or make it to the pros. They live their life through them, but they are only kidding themselves.

A friend on Facebook posted pictures of her son at a hockey clinic for skating lessons. He is two years and nine months old. Many thought it was so cute. 

I personally believe that this is much too young for anyone to start a sport. He will have no memory of doing this. I remember my fourth birthday, but only a few things prior to that. The kid can't even tell his parents  whether or not he wants to do this. 

 

5:53 pm est 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Who Hates It More?

 

My apartment building has two washers and dryers in the basement. They get a lot of business from the tenants.

There is nothing worse than having to take someone's clothes out of the washer because they left them there too long. I've seen people leave them overnight. 

I hate touching wet laundry belonging to someone else. I'm very careful  about monitoring my load because I don't want anyone removing my stuff. 

6:19 pm est 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Doesn't Make Cents

 

Periodically, we hear stories about the possible demise of the penny. They cost two cents to make. People hoard them, rather than cash them in at a bank. We all have them.

I don't think it will happen if it ever does. Pennies are made from zinc. There is a very heavy lobbying effort in Congress by the zinc industry. 

Pennies will be around for the foreseeable future. 

8:13 pm est 

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Ice Decision

 

Predicting weather can be very uncertain. On the news tonight, it was obvious that the Midwest will get hit by a monster ice storm. It's a question of when.

The NFL has gone out on the limb and changed the time of the playoff game in Kansas City from 1pm to 8:15pm. They are gambling that the storm will strike much earlier and allow time for the proper treatment of the roads.

It's all being done for the reason of public safety. It makes a lot of sense. NBC will be broadcasting the game. They are probably happy because it will dominate the evening programs. 

7:17 pm est 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

No More Staples

 

Over 500 Staples retail stores will no longer be providing shipping services for the US Postal Service. I think it's a good move for the USPS and their employees. 

The postal labor union fought this from the start. They felt it was taking work and jobs away from the agency. Staples finally realized that it wasn't worth the hassle.

The USPS loses at least $5 billion annually. That's a whole other issue. We need a strong postal service in America. Outsourcing services is not the best way to do ensure that.  

10:35 am est 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Talking To The Driver

 

Only 4% of the cab drivers in New York City were born in the USA. The others come from 167 different countries.

Mayor Bill DeBlasio recently signed a bill eliminating any type of test for English proficiency.

Is this a good idea? Cab drivers make a big impression on visitors to the city. I have taken numerous rides in cabs. I engaged them in conversation. The drivers I encountered always knew enough to get by. 

I'm not sure if this is an issue. 

  

1:55 pm est 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Annual Fools

 

It's the same story every winter. Foolish people walk onto the ice and fall through. Rescuers respond and save them from drowning.  

It ends up the news. Things never change. You can't convince people to stay off the ice. The season for solid ice around here is very short. 

7:28 pm est 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Charging Bench

 

They built a beautiful boardwalk along the Merrimack River in Haverhill. It should draw a lot of people. The city installed a solar bench, funded by a $3,800 grant. 

The bench will allow people to recharge their phones and tablets. Hopefully, it doesn't become a victim to vandals. The place will be under camera surveillance, but that won't stop some people. 

6:25 pm est 

Storm of Today

This was a very strange snow storm. It was nothing as weather two days ago, but turned into something.
 
We got about six inches where I live, but it felt a lot worse with the wind and cold. Other parts of Massachusetts got so much more.
 
It's always fun to have a snow storm. It might be all gone with the next rain storm or maybe we will get a blizzard if it's cold enough.
 
You never know. 
11:09 pm est 

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Tip On The Q

 

I like to read health and nutritional tips on Facebook and other websites. There is a lot of useful information.

One thing that made me laugh was the one that said to never use a Q-tip to clean your ears. 

I can testify that it's the worst thing you can ever do. When I was 19 at UMass, I had a problem with ear wax. I used one to clean my ears. It ended up compacting the wax and made it bad enough that I had to visit the infirmary. 

The nurse cleaned my ears out. The amount of wax was incredible. It was hard to believe I could have that much.

That was the last time I ever put anything in my ear. 

12:45 pm est 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

No Competition Means Expense

My local newspaper had a great commentary about the monopoly that Comcast has over our community. They are the only deal in town when it comes to television. If you want to watch anything, you need to have it and pay their high prices.
 
They also have a monopoly on high speed internet. I refuse to buy from them. Instead, I have a much slower DSL connection through Verizon.
 
In this day and age, I will never understand why they continue to be the only one in town. There should be competition and choices. 
8:45 pm est 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Maybe See You In May

 

It didn't surprise me to see so many cars in the parking lot at my gym today. Many are trying to follow their New Year's resolution to get into shape and lose weight.

I hope they are still going there three months from now. The place is like this every year. People have the best intentions, but motivation is difficult for some. It needs to be important to them for it to work. 

7:32 pm est 

The 30 Year Ride

 

Amtrak has a very ambitious plan to upgrade the Northeast Corridor. Many improvements are expected. We will finally have high-speed trains between Boston, NYC and Washington DC. 

One problem is the cost, pegged at $120 billion. It will never come in at that price. The biggest issue is that it will take place over 30 years. That is too long and doesn't make any sense. 

It remains to be seen if this ever gets off the ground. 

11:03 pm est 

Monday, January 2, 2017

The New Train

 

I'm glad to see the Second Avenue Subway finally open in New York City after almost 100 years of planning and procrastination.  The final price may never be determined although they say it's $4.5 billion.

It was long overdue. The three stations at 96th, 72nd, and 62nd will drive up the prices of real estate in the neighborhood.

It's a very exciting time. 

 

11:19 pm est 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Outdated Notebook

 

It really looks like my Samsung Notebook 10.1 is so outdated after buying it three years ago. That's a lifetime in the world of computer devices. 

This Notebook was so awesome when I bought it. I'm beginning to think it's behind my problems with the Boston Globe epaper. 

10:06 pm est 


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