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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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Friday, March 31, 2017

Make Way For Selfishness

 

A person on a local community Facebook page was complaining about the Board of Health for not allowing her to have ducklings in her backyard.  

It doesn't matter that she lives in a very congested neighborhood where it would impact others. She was more concerned about explaining it to her kids. 

I totally agree with officials.  People try to raise all sorts of animals in places where they don't belong. If she wants ducklings, move to a rural community where they would be a better fit and not bother others. 

5:27 pm edt 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Pictures To Die For

 

People do a lot of stupid things when it comes to taking selfies. Some of the stories are really crazy. Things can get really out of handle quickly.  

According to Carnegie Mellon University, at least 127 people have died while taking selfies since 2014. How could that happen? Why are people so stupid when it comes to this?

A lot of bad decisions are made along the way. 

10:03 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Quick Scan

 

I had a CT scan for an injury today that happened after I was attacked by a dog. I set a new personal record for xrays. I lost count, but it was in the teens.  

I was surprised that the scan took less than ten minutes. MRI's are so much longer. I've had seven of them over the years. 

10:10 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Can't Keep Them Away

 

Just because you own land, it doesn't mean that you can prevent people from coming onto your property, especially to hunt. Many states allow hunting, unless "no trespassing" signs are posted very conspicuously. 

Maine is looking at a bill that would prohibit people from foraging on private property for wild plants, without written permission from the owner.

I think it's a great idea, but I have no doubt that it will never become law.

In some respect, you never really own your land. 

2:12 pm edt 

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Death of Language

 

The Boston Globe had an interesting story about the Wampanoag language which was the first spoken word in Massachusetts by the Native American tribe. It was almost on the verge of becoming extinct because nobody was being taught to speak it. 

That is changing now due to the efforts of one women. Sadly, there are 573 languages in a database that are considered extinct.

Experts say that 40% of the languages of today could disappear in another generation if something isn't done to preserve them.

It's important to keep languages alive for many reasons. It's a shame that there are 573 that are extinct and more to be added to the list. 

2:09 pm edt 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Shedding Light.

 

A local intersection has been a problem with their traffic lights for at least ten years. Nothing ever seems to get done to correct the situation which involves periodic short light cycles.  

Today, they were just blinking. Drivers were forced to make their own rules. It got pretty chaotic. It's a good thing it was on a Sunday.

I hope it's not like that tomorrow. 

8:26 pm edt 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Slow Battery Death

 

My four year old Samsung Notebook is four years old which is ancient in the world of electronic devices. The battery is taking longer to charge. At some point, it will need to be replaced. 

As it turns out, this won't be so easy or cheap. My options are to do it myself or take it to a specialized battery store.

Everyone says that these devices are built to last about four years. After that, they become obsolete. They are right about that. 

I think I will wait until the battery dies before doing anything. 

 

 

 

6:39 pm edt 

Friday, March 24, 2017

More Calls Coming

 

Government at all levels often make promises they can't keep. The latest statement about robo-calls from the FCC is a complete joke.

They said they plan to crack down on the obnoxious calls that people get at the wrong times. They will work with the phone companies to resolve this problem.

I have no doubt that this will be a useless effort. Good luck to them. 

1:19 pm edt 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Floating Drinks

 

I have never been on a cruise and don't plan to ever take one. They are so popular with some people and have a very loyal fan base.  

It sounds like a lot of eating and drinking. That can get old after a while. You can only eat and drink so much. I'm not sure how I would handle the motion of the ship.

I heard a commercial today for Norwegian Cruise Line which offers unlimited alcohol in their package deals. That's a big deal for some people and makes it easier, but cruise lines know how much to charge in order to make the best profit.  

The are not giving away booze at a cheap price. 

9:57 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Plane Story

It's very unfortunate to hear the plight of the residents of a condo complex who were displaced after a small plane crashed into their building. They could be kept away for up to four months while repairs are made. Several units suffered severe damage from the crash and subsequent fire.
 
The pilot of the home-made plane was killed upon impact. The condos were in the flight path of a nearby general aviation airport. Residents knew the risks involved living there.
 
I have no doubt that there will be a civil lawsuit brought against the estate of the deceased pilot. Hopefully, for all involved, it doesn't drag on for years. 
 
 
1:25 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Billions Wasted

 

I just saw some amazing photos of former venues from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. After seven months, many are just going to waste and falling into disrepair.  

So many billions were spent on venues that had no practical use after the Games ended. 

People should be so glad that Boston pulled out of its bid to host the 2024 Games.  

11:02 pm edt 

Monday, March 20, 2017

No Cold Light

Light bulbs never last as long as they claim. I was surprised the other night when I opened my fridge and the light blew out.
 
The replacement cost $2.49 at the local hardware store. The old one lasted five years. That seems like a reasonable amount of time. 
 
You never know when a light bulb is going to stop working. 
9:31 pm edt 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Train Is Coming

 

I heard a good PSA today on the radio while in my car. Last year, over 230 people in motor vehicles were killed at train crossings.

That is so crazy. Why does it happen? People should never go around gates, but they do. It can end badly.

Drivers need to respect every train crossing, whether or not it has a flashing signal and gate.

11:00 pm edt 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Watch For Eruptions

 

Mount Etna in Italy has experienced volcanic activity in recent weeks, but that didn't stop a group of people from checking it out the other day.  

They had all they could handle as the mountain started to erupt. It got very dangerous as they had to flee for their lives. Nobody was seriously hurt, but why would they do this? 

Nobody can predict volcanic activity. This was such a foolish thing to do. 

5:01 pm edt 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thieves On Both Ends

 

Some thieves will steal anything. They want to profit at the expense of others. Someone swiped a pair of 350 pound coin operated binoculars in Florida, Mass along a scenic part of the Mohawk Trail.

In all likelihood, they will try to sell the bronze and other valuable metal at a scrap yard for pennies on the dollar. It doesn't matter to them. They just want the money.

The scrap yards are part of this crime too. Some of them have no problem taking things that they know are stolen. 

12:36 am edt 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Trains Might Not Leave

You can always count on the MBTA to provide mediocre train service and for the agency to be drowning in debt. Many people rely on their unpredictable buses, subways and commuter rail service.
 
There is a proposal to eliminate weekend service on some commuter lines in order to trim the budget deficit. This is very short-sighted and a bad idea.
 
What type of service are they providing if they can't do it seven days a week? 
2:35 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Auto Projectiles

 

I'm glad I shoveled around my car yesterday during the blizzard. I had a two inch layer of frozen snow covering the vehicle. It was difficult to remove.

Too many drivers don't clean their car. They are a menace to others because the frozen snow eventually gets warmed and breaks off. 

There are always some outrageous examples every time we get a storm like this. 

8:28 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

They Like Their Whine

 

Facebook and other forms of social media give people a forum to complain about anything. Our blizzard today certainly made people rant over stupid things. 

It snows during the winter even though we are days away from spring. As long as people are safe, there is no reason to complain about the weather. They look so foolish in the process. 

6:20 pm edt 

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Better Band

My TIMEX Ironman sports-watch is a great product, but has a very poor band. The strap recently broke and is impossible to replace. I ordered one on-line, but gave up trying to get it on.
 
I bought a replacement watch today at Walmart for $35. It has a Velcro strap. This should solve the problem of it breaking eventually from continual use.
4:19 pm edt 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Will It Snow On Tuesday?

 

We are under a " Blizzard Watch" going into Tuesday. The forecast has been hyped to death for all along the east coast. We can expect to get 12-18 inches at some point.  

The weather people love to be the lead story. It's also good for ratings, but they whip up the public into a frenzy about the storm.

I have no doubt it will snow, but no idea how much we will get.

Will this be the final snow of the winter? 

10:05 pm edt 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

One Less Hour

 

We will lose an hour of sleep tonight when the clocks get turned ahead for Daylight Savings Time. On the other hand, we will have more sunlight.  

Years ago, we waited until the last Saturday in April to do this. It was a great idea to move it to the second Saturday in March. Everyone loves more daylight in the evening. 

3:28 pm est 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Time For TIME

TIME magazine has seen better days. It fights for survival these days. I've been reading it since I was 13. It was a much different publication back then.
 
My subscription expires soon. They keep sending me letters to renew for $34.75 annually. It comes out to about 70 cents per issue. It's not a bad deal, but if I let it expire, they usually give me a better price.
 
I tried that a couple years ago and they gave me a rate of $20. I'll do it again. 
1:29 pm est 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Plain Location

A local developer plans to convert a building into apartments. It's a great improvement for the neighborhood. The location on the Merrimack River should be a good selling point.
 
There is always the possibility of a flood under very extreme conditions. It might take 50 years, but we had one of those situations a few years ago.
 
You roll the dice when you live on the flood plain. 
3:09 pm est 

Have Neither

Saw a story in the news about Netflix being  more popular than using a DVR. It was by a small margin.
 
I don't have a DVR or Netflix,
 
How do I count in the survey? 
11:52 pm est 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Donate To Executives

 

It's easy to see why people get so cynical about non-profits when they see the financial compensation for some officials.

The Wall Street Journal reported that 93 executives from Massachusetts charities were paid in excess of $1 million last year. Nation-wide the figure was 2,692. The highest official made over $17 million.

Hearing stuff like this makes people not want to donate once they realize their dollars will go into the pockets  of executives. 

Too many charities have excessive administrative costs. It seems like they exist just to raise money and pay high salaries to their staff.

What is a reasonable compensation for these people? 

  

2:10 pm est 

Monday, March 6, 2017

No Rating

I'm not into giving feedback on-line about a product or service. I've done it for my car dealership and a hotel reservation site.
 
I just got another request from an independent car rating service. I have no intentions of providing any comments. My opinions don't real matter to anyone.
 
People will always find something to complain about when rating a car or hotel room. My comments are not necessary. I never read ones made by others.
 
2:55 pm est 

Trees Falling

 

We often hear the expression "being at the wrong place at the wrong time". It can have dire consequences in some cases.  

It was so true in the last few days when two people were killed by falling trees in two separate incidents.

People were driving their cars on a very windy day when they were suddenly struck by a falling tree.

What are the odds of that happening? How did fate lead them to this point? It proves that anything can happen at any time to anyone. 

 

11:45 pm est 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Driving Donations

 

I find it hard to believe that we will get to a point where the roads will be filed with driver-less cars. There are so many issues that need to be resolved. 

One item recently mentioned is the potential impact on organ donation. Apparently, 13.6% of donors were killed in a motor vehicle accident. If there are fewer auto fatalities, the pool of available organs will shrink. 

It's a strange issue to deal with. 

7:18 pm est 

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Peak Cold

 

This weekend might feature the coldest days of the winter. That seems very odd, considering we had the warmest February since 1872.  

It's less than three weeks until spring. The snow is gone, but there is so much sand left behind. When the winds blow, it goes all over the place.

It should be warmer at the end of next week. It's such a strange winter.

9:06 pm est 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Never To Be Built

There is a proposal to spend $2 million to study the feasibility and cost of an underground rail link between North and South Stations in Boston.
 
It's hard to believe that people can't travel between the two stations. A link has been talked about forever. I don't think it will be built in my lifetime. The biggest farce is that the cost ranges from $2-8 billion.
 
If you can't come up with a firm price, nobody will take it as a serious plan.
 
No matter what the estimate, it will never be built at that price.  
2:40 pm est 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Club Fire

 

I was very surprised this morning to see the news reports about a major fire at my health and fitness club. It looked pretty bad.

I had plans to go there today. How long will it be closed? It has a very loyal membership that will be waiting for the word of their re-opening. 

11:29 am est 


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