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This site is created by Jim Laprel; avid runner, comic and blogger. See my schedule below for my latest stand-up comedy appearances. Scroll down to see my latest thoughts on various things, the New England Patriots and NFL.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
                          Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher ( 604-531 B.C. )

New York City Marathon

Nov 4, 2018 at the 22 mile mark 

Doing a set at Strange Brew Tavern Nov 26, 2018



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Friday, June 30, 2017

Can't Charge For Long


Electric cars are still in their infancy. The battery needs to last longer. The Chevy Volt says it can go for 280 miles on a single charge. 

The retail cost of the vehicle is starting to come down, but the battery range between charges is still a major issue.

They need to develop a battery that lasts longer than the one in cell phones. Until that happens, people will continue to pump gasoline into their fuel tanks. 

9:45 am edt 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Wheel Problem


I always had my doubts about the tallest Ferris-wheel in the world currently being built on Staten Island in New York City.

The $300 million project was suppose to be the catalyst for a huge waterfront development. It all sounded good until construction delays put the wheel a year behind schedule and way over budget.

Nobody knows what the final cost will be, but it's getting out of control. It remains to be seen if this thing ever gets finished.

10:56 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

What Would Walt Say?


Disneyland in California recognized a patron who visited their park for the 2,000th consecutive day. They started their streak on Jan 1, 2012.  

This is quite an accomplishment in so many ways. To do anything for 2,000 consecutive days is no easy feat. The person plans to keep the streak alive for as long as possible.

I can't imagine doing this for so many reasons. 

4:14 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pockets Are Extra

I recently bought several workout tops and  pants from a local running store.
Unfortunately, one pair of shorts had no pockets.  I don't know how I missed that.
It's always better to have pockets.
11:21 pm edt 

Monday, June 26, 2017

No Books or Movies

It was in the news today that the Harry Potter books made their debut twenty years ago on this date. The movies and books have been a huge financial success.
I have never read one word of them or seen a movie and have no plans to do so in the future. Fiction is not my thing. 
5:57 pm edt 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Power To The Trees


The best spot for a solar farm should be at a former landfill or industrial area. A lawsuit in New Jersey showed how bad it can get.

A Six Flags Amusement Park wants to build a 21.9 megawatt facility to power all of their needs. This sounds like a great idea, but 15,000 trees would be cut down. 

This doesn't make any sense. They need to find another location. I have seen a number of facilities located in places that destroy the view and landscape.

10:10 am edt 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Give Him Another Z

Nobody likes to have their name spelled or pronounced the wrong way. It happens all the time to some people.
The Verrazano Bridge in New York City was built over 50 years ago, but now people are realizing that there is a spelling error.
The Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrrazzano discovered New York Harbor in 1524. When the bridge was opened in 1964, nobody made an issue of the spelling of his name.
Recently, a Brooklyn College student started a petition to get the spelling corrected in deference to Italian-Americans. A bill to make the change is tied up in the New York State Assembly. Officials cite the millions of dollars it would cost to fix everything. 
Mr Verrazzano probably went through life with his name spelled wrong. 
3:20 pm edt 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Church Is Over

It was quite controversial, but a local church built in the 1850's was finally torn down to make way for a pizza shop.
The church had been on the market for 15 years and was preventing members from building their new structure. Their old place needed almost $1 million in repairs to bring it up to code.
Although some people wanted to save it, nobody came forward with a viable plan. The building had been altered on the outside to the point where it had lost most of its architectural details.
Church members fought all efforts to place it on the National Historical Register because they were ready to move on. 
1:46 pm edt 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Release No More


The New Jersey state legislature is looking at a bill which would prohibit the release of helium-filled balloons to the sky.  

At first, I thought it was another effort at government interference into something that looks harmless. 

I agree that there is an issue with all of the balloons that eventually fall from the sky and land some place. They also pose a hazard to birds, animals and power lines.

The law carries a potential $500 fine for releasing a balloon.

Balloon advocates and supporters certainly don't want this to pass. 

9:44 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ships Leaving

The great Tall Ships are leaving tomorrow from Boston.
I never saw them when they were here. Never made a effort to visit them  in the crowded port.
11:38 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Drinking To Raise Money


I don't agree with the proposed tax in Massachusetts on soda and sugary drinks. Advocates say that it would address a major public health issue with the consumption of sugar.

I think it's heavy-handed with two cents per ounce for drinks in excess of twenty ounces. Anything less than that would be at a one cent per ounce rate.  

It would add a considerable cost to the drinks. On the other hand, it would raise a ton of money that could be put to some other use.

10:50 pm edt 

Monday, June 19, 2017

No Time For Sprouts


I have never been able to embrace brussel sprouts. The ones I had tonight at a restaurant were horrible. It's a rare occasion when I leave something on my plate, but I did with these things.

The few times I prepared them myself, they were awful. They only seem to taste good when roasted.

10:31 pm edt 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

In Bad Taste


I had a feeling that the bottle of "maple water" would not taste well. I was 100% right on that one. It lasted for only one sip.

Maple flavored products don't do anything for me. Last year, I had a sausage patty that tasted horrible.

At least I know to never drink that type of water again or try any maple flavored products. 

1:04 pm edt 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Let's Burn

I made a big mistake today when I failed to put sun- block on parts of me when I ran a race up Mt Washington. I rubbed lotion on my face, but paid no attention to my arms or legs.
In the end, I now have a sun-burn on those areas. It could have been prevented, if I took different actions. 
11:49 pm edt 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Can't Read The Note


It's a shame that most public schools don't teach cursive writing. It has became a lost art.

A teacher I know posted a note on Facebook from one of his students. The printing was horrible. It's obvious that schools don't place any emphasis on the ability of students to write a note that is readable.

I have seen too many examples of poor printing. Most people can't even sign their name in a legible format. 



5:26 pm edt 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Skunk In The House

I don't believe in having a doggy-door because other unwanted creatures could gain access to your house.
A family in Pennsylvania found out the hard way when a skunk entered their home and sprayed everything. The odor was so bad that they had to throw out everything they owned and rip the insides down to the studs.
To make matters worse, their insurance company refused to pay their claim because they cited their pollution exclusion. 
I will never understand why anyone has one of these doors. 
2:26 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Leaving One By One

It was inevitable that the 119 year old family pharmacy would finally close. The 11pm news did a great story on the inevitable.
They can't compete with the national chains. The family cited insurance paper work just to do what they do.
11:54 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

No Place To Stay


There is no doubt that Airbnb needs to be regulated better. The state should be able to collect tax on the nightly room rentals. There is much controversy around that issue. 

I have no plans or desire to ever use the service. A recent posting on Facebook confirmed my beliefs. While in NYC, this person had a horrible experience. It doesn't sound like it was any fun. 

Supporters of Airbnb say it's a great way to travel and save money.

I'll stick to the hotels. 

12:07 pm edt 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Get The Wrinkles Out


I finally started to wear my polo shirts. They have been in a plastic container since last fall.

My plan is to throw them  into the washer because they are so wrinkled. It's the only way to get them to look normal. They have so many wrinkles after several months.


6:12 pm edt 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Shorter Daylight Ahead

On the hottest day of the year so far, we are naturally hearing comments about the temperature. People need to realize that summer is in less than ten days. It should be hot like this.
Days will continue to heat up. Unfortunately, they will also start to get shorter once summer starts. The days have been getting longer since the start of winter. We will now go in reverse.
I always enjoy the longer days of sunlight. 
4:40 pm edt 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Truck Stops


I would never eat from a food truck. I don't think they are clean and sanitary. Their popularity has increased in cities.

Boston health inspectors turned up numerous violations when they conducted recent inspections. A number of them were pulled from the road.

One of the most common problems was the lack of running water for employees to wash their hands. These trucks are a public health issue. 

12:32 pm edt 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Dating Food


I always pay attention to expiration dates on food products. It can only last so long.

There is an ad on the radio for a company that sells vacuum-sealed food, with a shelf life of 25 years.

I wouldn't mind tasting it, but not ten years into it. What happens if you go a month past 25 years? 

7:34 pm edt 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Mow The Runway


I have no desire to ever go on a small airplane. I saw them today when I drove by the Plum Island Airfield.

It's a runway on a grass field. The landing has great potential to be bumpy.

I will never be a part of this. 

11:13 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Unwanted Bike


I first saw the old ten-speed bike four days ago. It was unsecured and leaning against a fence in the parking lot where I live. 

It has remained untouched, in spite of being very close to the street. I thought someone would have taken it by now.

Maybe they want something better. I assume it works ok. You never know. 

9:44 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Disaster On Deck


I just watched a video of a man flying a drone himself. They are expected to be for sale in 2018. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. At this point, a pilot's license is not required.

The operator in the video was obviously skilled in what he was doing. We can only imagine what will happen when a bunch of amateurs are turned loose. I have no doubt that there will be injuries and deaths.

2:36 pm edt 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trillion To Spend

We hear how the federal government wants to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure improvements across America. 
I support every effort to get projects in place for funding. There will never be enough money, but I look forward to seeing everything being built.
11:46 pm edt 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Dying To Shop


There was a time when shopping malls replaced the classic American downtown. Everything was indoors and air conditioned.  

We are watching malls die a slow retail death. At one point, over 5,000 malls were spread across America. Only 1,100 are left.  In the next few years, another 400 are expected to close.

Retail jobs account for 10% of the workforce. Consumers have migrated to on-line purchases. The growth in that sector is phenomenal.

What will the retail look like in ten years? 


5:05 pm edt 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Find That Channel


People have the strangest questions on Facebook. Why would you ask which channel a program was on? It might be quicker just to scroll through the channel guide, assuming they have it. They could also look for it on the Internet.  

I hope they find out before the game is over. 

8:11 pm edt 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Not Going Back


I just scrolled by a live Facebook broadcast from somebody at Disney World. They have been there many times. I was there once, but have no plans to ever go back there.

Disney has a huge base of loyal fans. They love going there. The person who made the video goes every year with his family.

It has grown so much since I was there in 1982 during the off-season. It must be crazy during school vacations and holidays.


9:16 pm edt 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Keep Expanding

I really enjoy watching RT 93 in southern New Hampshire being expanded while still hosting traffic.
It's a constant work in process. I've seen some of the completed parts that came out really nice.
The scope of the project is very impressive. It's amazing to see them taking down hills of rock.
It's a very slow process, but they get it done.
11:18 pm edt 

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