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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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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In Plane View

 

Back in the early 1990's, a condo development was built in Methuen, Mass, right next to Interstate 495. The places looked very nice, but were in the flight path of a nearby airport. 

Many of the take-offs and landings passed over the roofs of the buildings. It looked like a recipe for disaster. That came to fruition in 1999 when a plane crashed into one of the buildings.

Today, a pilot was flying a home-built plane when he crashed into one of the buildings. He was killed on impact. A number of residents were displaced by the damage to their structure.

Why would anyone buy a place there? Everything was fine until the planes went down. It might take another 18 years for it to happen again, but I have no doubt it will at some point. 

7:22 pm est 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Just Can't Snap

I always enjoy television commercials, but ones for banks, financial services and insurance companies can be a bit much at times. 
 
A major car insurer has a great one. They can't convince me that you can get into an accident, just snap a photo on your smart phone and everything is fine with your claim.
 
The ad also used a soccer mom with two young daughters as the "customers". They even showed a car on a lift in the background.
 
It's a great marketing strategy. I just don't believe it works, although others do.
 
Any damage to a car must be real small, otherwise you really need an adjuster to look at it. 
 
 
10:57 pm est 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Expressway Nightmare

 

It came as no surprise to hear that the Cross Bronx Expressway was named the most congested road in America. That section of Interstate 95 is an absolute nightmare any hour of the day.

I have been stuck in epic traffic jams on my trips to Manhattan. It's a rare event to have a smooth ride. There is always a breakdown or construction going on.

It convinced me several years ago to drive to Stamford, CT and take the train to Grand Central Station.

I feel bad for anyone who travels it on a daily basis. 

5:38 pm est 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Making It Easier To Lose

 

It looks like it's only a matter of time before people can buy Massachusetts lottery tickets on-line. The State Treasurer will be awarding a huge contract to design the system. 

Advocates say it's the only way to sustain growth and attract new players, especially younger ones. Opponents feel that it will hurt the corner stores that depend on the sales and foot traffic.

They are both valid points. It will also make losing dollars a lot easier. People will gamble away money they don't have.

I support the Lottery because it's a voluntary tax that returns revenue to city and towns. It doesn't take money out of my pocket. 

4:32 pm est 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Too Warm In February

 

Yesterday and today were the two warmest February days in Boston since the beginning of record keeping in 1872. We had a high of 71 degrees. 

This just isn't normal and is bad for the environment. People frolic outside like it's the middle of summer.

There are stories in the news of plants sprouting up early or blooming in other parts of the country.

I'm not a big fan of it. I prefer a traditional New England  winter.

7:19 pm est 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Budapest Wins

 

The city of Budapest made a smart move when they decided to drop their bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Los Angeles and Paris are the only two left. Boston dropped out last year.

One of these two cities will be the loser when they are awarded the Games. They will get to squander billions of dollars on venues that will never be used again.

The Games are a colossal waste of money for the host city. It's easy to see why cities kept dropping out of the competition.

I'll put my money on Paris. 

12:56 am est 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stupid Selfies

 

You can always count on people doing foolish things when they take selfies. When you combine that with thin pond ice on a day in the 50's, it can be a recipe for disaster.

Seven teens plunged through the ice in New York's Central park as they were posing. It was such a foolish thing to do, considering the recent warm temperatures.

Why do people venture onto ice in warm weather? It doesn't make any sense and happens all the time. 

10:46 pm est 

Those Drivers

People take great responsibility when they drive a car. Everyone should obey the rules of the road, but that doesn't happen.
 
There is always the one driver who needs to speed and weave across lanes without signaling.They are a menace to the safety of others.
 
It never changes. 
11:27 pm est 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Grade For Carts

 

I think it's a good idea for restaurants to receive a grade based on inspections by the Board of Health or other authorized agency. They force eating places into compliance on health standards.

Food carts are able to avoid all of this. They can be some of the worst offenders.

NYC wants to start giving them grades, but there is a great deal of resistance.

I have seen many food carts in my time in the city. The food looks really good, but I would never eat from one unless I had no other option. 

12:12 am est 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Hard Count

 

Cities should conduct a census of their homeless population annually. The results are very revealing. So many individuals and families live in shelters and hotel rooms paid by the state and some cities like New York.

No matter what, the true count can never be determined. There are many invisible people out there who are able to avoid detection. They know where to go. Some of these are the real hard-core who refuse the help of social service agencies. 

Government at all levels should make a better effort in helping people who face this hardship.

6:54 pm est 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Slower Trains Forever

 

High speed rail is something that will never happen in the Northeast Corridor between Boston, New York and Washington DC. There are too many obstacles to overcome, without even considering the financial cost.

The latest plan involves a new route through part of Rhode Island to straighten out the ride in order to facilitate speed. It makes a lot of sense until the impact is considered. 

Whenever you talk about taking property through eminent domain, the line in the sand is drawn. Environmental impact is another can of worms. 

7:42 pm est 

Snow Predictions

I will never understand why people get so worked up about snow in New England.
 
Saying that you hate it is such a waste of time.
 
Snow is so unpredictable. We might get more or nothing at all.
 
What type of spring will it be?
 
Who knows? 
 
11:26 pm est 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

No Dice

 

Every year, the New Hampshire State legislature considers a bill to allow casino gambling. It always fails to pass, in spite of a deal deal of support. 

Studies show that the state would gain $195 million in additional revenue. Support towns would see $25.2 million.

Why don't they pass the bill? The state controls the sale of distilled alcohol. Why don't they make some extra cash on gambling? 

6:53 pm est 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Don't Ride The Ice

 

Every year at this time, we hear another tragic story involving snow mobiles crashing through the ice on a body of water. It doesn't matter if it's a river, pond or lake. The results are always the same. 

This time it happened at Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and resulted in the deaths of two and injuries for two others. One person remains missing.

People put too much trust in ice. They are fooled into thinking that crossing frozen ice is a safe thing to do. It works out fine until there is a tragedy.

Before winter is over, we will hear a story about a truck crashing through the ice. It's only a matter of time. 

 

 

11:14 am est 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Magic Money

 

I went to Disney World once and would never go back. I thought it was very overpriced and overrated. It's probably better if you do it as a family.

They just raised their prices again. It's an annual event for them. People will wait in line to pay more money. They have very loyal fans.

Depending on the time of year, an adult single-day pass will vary between $107 and $124 at Magic Kingdom. 

There is nothing cheap about the place. I'm not concerned about the price increase because I'm one and done. 

11:20 am est 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Snow Time 2017

 

Snow is so unpredictable. You can go an entire winter without it, but it can happen real fast like it did twice in the last four days.

Two weeks ago, we had a huge rainstorm that dropped almost two inches of water. That would've been 20 inches of snow.

There is a very fine line between rain and snow. 

10:20 pm est 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Most Expensive Cup

 

One of the great marketing schemes with food and beverages is to price something so high that it creates an artificial demand.

We are seeing that with a cup of coffee going for $18 at a place in Brooklyn, NY. It has the perfect location in the neighborhood of Sunset Park, a hipster haven.

The coffee is made from Ethiopian Arabic beans and brewed in a $7,000 machine. Drinkers rave about it.

If people are willing to spend $18 for a cup, there is money to be made. It's a great business move and a profitable one. 

1:05 pm est 

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Train To Hell

 

I can't imagine being stuck on train for five hours without power, heat and working bathrooms, but that happened last night.

The Amtrak train from Washington DC to Boston left Penn Station in New York at 2:40am this morning. Shortly after, it encountered frozen wires in the Bronx and things got bad. 

Based on the comments on social media, it sounded like a total fiasco. Amtrak was horrible in their response to customer complaints.

I got stuck once on a trestle for about 30 minutes in the Bronx. We were minutes from Penn Station.

You roll the dice when you take a train. You hope it gets to its destination on time and without incident. 

12:40 pm est 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Parking Failure

 

My city's downtown is a great example of paid parking gone wrong. They hired a private firm to install solar powered kiosks on several streets. 

Many of our leaders thought this would produce revenue and make parking better. They were wrong on both counts. 

Of the 41 kiosks, 8 are not working and will need to be hard-wired at the expense of the city. It has been one problem after another.

They don't want employees of businesses taking up the spaces. There is also a nearby commuter train station.

The whole situation is a mess. They need to revisit this entire plan because it's not working. 

1:34 pm est 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Not Just For Airplanes

 

You learn something new every day. I never knew what "Airplane Mode" did on my phone. I assume it was to be used when flying. Little did I know that if you activate it, no calls, texts or emails will come in.

Last night, I was doing comedy and a guy did a rap song with music provided from his phone. The music came to an abrupt end when he got a phone call from his family.

He apologized to the audience for not putting his phone on "Airplane Mode". I asked him about it after. He explained it all to me.

I never knew about that. 

6:19 pm est 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Conventions Again

 

It's good to see that the Texas Historical Commission has declared the Houston Astrodome as a landmark. After being vacant for 18 years, it will have a new life as a convention enter and a parking garage.

The place had become obsolete once the nearby NRG Stadium was built. It faced the wrecking ball and was never going to be a sports arena again. 

When it opened in 1965, it was dubbed "The 8th Wonder of the World".  It was the first domed sports facility. It ushered in the era of stadium construction in many American cities.

The Astrodome will live again for years to come. 

   

11:50 am est 

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Techno Car

 

I can't believe the amount of technology in my new 2017 Toyota Corolla. Cars have used Black Boxes for a number of years to record driver data. This car takes it to a new level.  

There is a camera in the front hood to monitor crossing over travel lanes.

It takes a skilled technician to work on the car. The owner's manual in almost 600 pages. There are things I really need to know.

I finally got my radio stations set up properly 

9:14 pm est 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Shortage of Fat

 

I don't understand what all the hype is about bacon. People talk like it's the greatest food on earth. It's popularity is off the chart.

I can't remember the last time I had it. It's nothing but meat attached to fat. No doctor would ever tell you to consume more bacon, especially with its saturated fat content.

However, there is a borderline bacon shortage in this country. The 17.8 million pounds on stock is the lowest since 1957.

Will they need to ration it soon? If they do, someone can have my share. I have never bought bacon at the market. 

10:40 am est 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Don't Remind Me

 

People are too dependent on their cell phones and other devices. I love all the technology, but still do many things the old way. I can't see putting my entire life into a device. 

There is an app for everything. Some of it gets way over the top. People can't do anything on their own. Facebook dominates too many lives.

I recently saw a reminder from them to make sure I had snacks for the Super Bowl. What do they want me to eat? I don't need a reminder from them. I can make my own decisions. 

10:26 am est 

Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Toyota Corolla

 

I traded in my 2015 Toyota Corolla for a 2017 model. This is my sixth one. It's a great car. I felt I got a good deal.

It's always difficult to state the exact cost. There is the basic sticker price, but also several  fees added on. State sales tax is always a hidden cost. Dealer prep is a ripoff. You can't do anything about it.

The best hope is that you walk away feeling good about it. 

10:09 pm est 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pets Can't Say

 

Pets are very special to their owners. They are like family in many instances. People go to great extremes and expense to care and keep them alive.

I read a sad story of one owner whose dog just underwent its fourth round of chemotherapy. I applaud them for their dedication and care, but is this the best thing for the dog?

Unfortunately, the pet can never say how they feel. Do they really want to keep it going? They are like people in many ways.

Sometimes, the treatment is worse than the illness. At least a human can share their feelings.  

4:24 pm est 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sign of The Shirt


Professional sports teams provide fun and excitement to their fans, but are also a business that exists to make money. You can't run a team as a hobby. 

The NBA has decided to allow teams to partner with corporations and add a sponsor logo to the front of their uniform shirts. The Boston Celtics chose General Electric. They will also become the team's tech partner in a deal worth millions.

European soccer players and NASCAR are billboards in motion. Some of it gets unsightly, but there are dollars to be made.

Hopefully, the NBA doesn't get out of control. The NFL, MLB and the NHL are closely watching. 

1:15 pm est 


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