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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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Monday, July 31, 2017

No Binge Watching Here

We hear people talking about binge watching a television series. I've never done it because there is nothing I want to view that badly.
 
Some gas stations fill the time of their customers with "Gas Station TV". It's a series of ads, weather and other information. It only works while you pump gas.
 
I wonder how long their actual programming lasts. Someone had a brilliant idea on how to make money. 
4:02 pm edt 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Need More Cranberries

It's hard to develop a taste for raw cranberries. Their taste is tough to deal with. They are so healthy for us.
 
Recently, I bought a 12 oz. package of frozen ones and began to use them in my smoothies. I finally used up the package and bought another one today.
 
I never thought I would see the day when I needed to buy more cranberries.
11:20 pm edt 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

It's All In The Eyes

I could never wear contact lenses. I can't touch my eyeball with my finger. It seems so unnatural to do.
 
A 67 year old British woman was undergoing cataract surgery when the ophthalmologist discovered a "blue mass" in her eye.
 
It turned out to be a clump of 17 contact lenses. They later found another ten in the same eye. She has been wearing disposable lenses for over 35 years.
 
How does something like this happen? This appears to be so bizarre. 
8:11 pm edt 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Collect Phones

 

Cell phones for kids are a way of life now. Should they be allowed in classrooms? It's a very controversial topic.

I would like to see a system where phones are collected at the start of class and held until the end of the period. I don't think anyone would be inconvenienced. 

Kids have too many distractions with social media. They need to pay attention in class and not be playing with their phone. 

1:07 am edt 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Standing Train

The subway system in New York City has been inundated with problems this year. Travelers face all sorts of delays caused from a variety of issues.
 
Commuters must deal with crowded trains on a daily basis. One proposal would be to remove most of the seats on selected lines which would allow up to 25 more passengers.
 
This sounds like a way to move more people, but it's a big step backwards. As a tourist, I have been on severely crowded trains while standing up. It's no fun with people packed in around you. It's always a comfort when an empty seat opens up.
 
By eliminating seats, the MTA would be treating their customers worse than they already do.
12:42 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Raise of Hot Air

It's very easy for politicians to be insincere, especially when it comes to voting for their own pay raises. It comes natural to them.
 
For some, the strategy is to protest against it, even when they know it they will get it.
 
This happened with my local city council when they voted 6-3 for it. Some said they will donate it to charity. Others said they didn't need it, but we all know they will take the money.
 
We always hear about politicians saying they will donate their raise to a charity. We just never see them doing a photo op with a check in hand for a worthy charity. That's because they never donate. It's all a charade.
6:52 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

They Won't Build It

 

It seems like most towns and cities have a community Facebook page. Some people post some really outrageous comments at times.

My Haverhill page recently had a discussion about the Pawtucket Red Sox. The owners of the team claim they will move it unless they get a new stadium deal, partially funded by Rhode Island taxpayers.

This resulted in people coming up with some crazy ideas. They want the team to come here, but what about a stadium? The one proposed in Rhode Island will cost $70 million. Who will pay for it if they build it here?

These sites often generate a lot of ideas and discussion, but some of it is not rooted in reality. 

4:45 pm edt 

Monday, July 24, 2017

No Money Train

 

A recent story shows that the MBTA Commuter Rail system is as bad the bus and subway lines.

Officials admitted that conductors failed to collect over $30 million in fares from passengers last year. The entire ticketing system needs to be evaluated. Conductors have failed to collect fares from many passengers.

Everyone should be asked to show a ticket. It's easy to see why their annual deficit is so big. 

 

7:18 pm edt 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Lucky Dog

There was a wonderful story in the news about firefighters who revived an unconscious dog after a house fire.
 
The dog initially had no signs of life, but was quickly revived. I wonder if there was any brain damage. There is no way to measure it.
 
Humans can have some really bad consequences after this. 
 
11:12 pm edt 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

No More Gas

Volvo made a bold statement the other day when they said they would stop making gas-only cars starting in 2019. They only will manufacture hybrids and electric cars.
 
It's inevitable that other car companies will follow. It might take ten years, but gas-powered cars will be history.
 
I find it hard to believe that there will be driver-less cars, but who ever thought that a cell phone could also be a computer in your pocket. 
6:23 pm edt 

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Moon Is Fading

 

Yesterday was the 48th year anniversary of America landing men on the moon. It was one of the biggest stories of my life at the time, but hardly got any mention in the news all these years later.  

It's another example of infamous dates that fade into memory. The same has happened for President John F Kennedy's assassination in 1963. You would need to be over 60 to have any recollection.

Eventually, 9/11 will fade away.  It happens to every date. There is nobody around to remember it. 

5:32 pm edt 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Most Markers Left Behind

When I went to the Red Sox/Yankees game last Saturday at Fenway Park, there was a placard and black magic marker taped to each seat. The team was honoring Viet Nam veterans and held a very impressive pre-game ceremony for them.
 
Fans were instructed to write their own message or a person's name to honor. All the fans raised their placard at once when instructed to do.
 
After the game was over, the stands were loaded with magic markers left behind. With over 35,000 fans in the stands, I wonder how many took their marker home. I scooped up several, but most were left behind with the empty beer cups and peanut shells.
 
It's a shame that they were wasted and not donated to a charity. 
7:23 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Not Ready To Dive In

People went swimming in the Charles River in Boston last week as park of a public awareness campaign.
 
Nobody would've done this twenty years ago. The river was one of the most polluted in the country.
 
There is talk about trying to create a public beach for swimming. You will never see me there. 
11:15 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Frozen Test

I love fresh asparagus, but it's hard to get sometimes. I always wanted to try the frozen stuff to see how it tasted. Today was the day for that.
 
I was not impressed with it. The spears were too long and tough to chew. 
 
I'm not sure what happened with this stuff. This is the first time I ever had an issue with a frozen vegetable. 
9:30 pm edt 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pipes Gone Bad

I saw a great example of the collapse of America's infrastructure when a 400 ft sewer pipeline failed.
 
It's so hard to believe that this pipe is under the sidewalk. How does that happen?
 
We were always told that everything runs down the middle of the street. 
 
11:58 pm edt 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gone In A Flash

 

The news is always filled with examples of how life can change in one moment. A flash flood in Arizona today swept away 14 people who were swimming at a camp ground. It wasn't even raining there, but it was about eight miles away. 

A recent wildfire had wiped out the trees and vegetation on a hillside. There was nothing to prevent all of the water from flowing into a river and creating a wall of water. Nobody had a chance to react. 

Things happen without any warning. It can lead to really bad results at time. 

 

7:15 pm edt 

Friday, July 14, 2017

South By North

The other night, I was driving on Rt 93N while it was raining. I noticed a New Hampshire State Police cruiser stopped in the outer travel lane, along with a car which was pointed in the southern direction.
 
Why was the car pointing south when it should be going north? Was the driver traveling in the wrong direction or did they spin out because of the rain?
 
I hope it's the latter scenario. Years ago, I had a car approach me while they were on the wrong side of the road. Nothing happened, but it could've been real bad for both of us. 
10:04 pm edt 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Year, New Fires

 

Wildfires out west happen every year. They consume thousands of acres and many homes. It never seems to end.

During several of my trips to California, I witnessed the devastation that they incur.

I heard a story about the most recent fire. I wasn't watching my television, but it could've been any recent year. 

There will be fires ten years from now. There is no easy solution to preventing them. They always happen somewhere.

I always feel bad to hear about property damage. 

 

5:51 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The One Night Rental

 

People ask for a lot of different advice and recommendations on Facebook. I often wonder how they end up doing.

One of the strangest ones was for a one night summer rental along the coast.  

This is obviously the busiest time of the year for rentals. I'm sure there are some vacancies.

People make a lot of strange deals on social media. 

6:04 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Use Before 2023

 

I bought a package of AA batteries today with an expiration date of July 2023. Six years seems like a long time away. It will be right before the time I turn 70.

Some of these expiration dates are not accurate. I can't imagine owning these batteries for six years. My next package will have a further date in the future. 

11:29 pm edt 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Drive Like It's Not Old

 

I saw a posting on Facebook where someone was complaining about the requirements from Uber and Lyft about the age of the driver's vehicle.  

This guy wants to be a driver, but was turned down because his car is older than 2003.

I understand the point of the companies. They want their drivers to present a professional appearance when it comes to the vehicle.

Cars prior to 2003 might be in great condition, but the company needs to have some type of universal standard.

As a previous owner of old cars, I can testify that they have all sorts of problems. You don't want to be picking up passengers if you have holes in the floor. 

6:40 pm edt 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Drone Talk

 

Amazon wants to use drones to deliver packages to customers. Although the technology is constantly changing, I don't like the idea of drones buzzing around. It can only lead to accidents. 

Some have already flown too close at major airports on many occasions.

One selfish operator wanted to be on the front-line of a wildfire out west. He flew into restricted air space and prevented airborne water tankers from saving homes. 

When used properly, they have tremendous potential, but there is no regulations of users. It's so chaotic right now. 

 

10:58 pm edt 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Trying Not To Become Extinct

 

Sears and KMart are on the verge of becoming extinct. They are a great example of the issues facing retail stores these days.  

They just announced that another 43 stores will be closing around the country to cut down on operating expenses. Sales have been stagnant due to the competition, especially from on-line options.

Their ten year plan is not too promising. They might not make it that far. 

 

4:05 pm edt 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Keeping Writers Busy

 

The Hallmark Channel is very popular because of their Christmas movies. I never watch it, but have seen many postings on Facebook about it.  

They just announced that they plan to release 33 new holiday movies this year, in addition to the 26 they had last year. That's a lot of writing, creativity and plots.

It must be a challenge to come up with good stories that differ from one another. 

3:28 pm edt 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Greatest Tape Ever

 

I find some infomercials to be very entertaining. Their products are a bunch of distorted facts, in some cases. They make me laugh. 

I saw one tonight about some miracle adhesive tape that patches water leaks and works underwater.

It looked real in the commercial, but I really have my doubts. 

 

10:42 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Fast Craft

 

I saw a picture of someone on Facebook who was so happy to be on their jet-ski. Their posting emphasized the love of speed. 

Every year, we hear stories of people getting killed while riding these things. Massachusetts doesn't require any training to operate them. All you need to do is hop on and speed away.

Maybe there should be more regulations for operating them. 

7:12 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Balloon Down

It never surprises me to hear another story about a near disaster for a hot-air balloon.
 
This one happened in Florida today after the pilot was forced to ditch the balloon in a pond to avoid power lines and a highway.
 
Nobody was hurt. It could have been so much worse. You could never get me on one of them. 
2:53 pm edt 

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Big Dud

 

I only heard a couple of firecrackers last night. My neighborhood was quiet, but things could be different tonight. 

It will get loud with the local celebration after 9pm. I never understood the hoopla around fireworks. They don't do anything for me. 

4:27 pm edt 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Chosen Cities

 

I often wonder how selections are made for the best places to live. Three cities were mentioned as the best places for retirees, but no source was referenced.  

Naples FL, Nashville  and Seattle were selected as the tops in their categories of small, big and large cities.

I'm sure they are nice places to live because we were told this. 

3:03 pm edt 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

It's All About The 4th

It's a five day 4th of July weekend going from Friday through Tuesday.
 
It's now Saturday night and I'm hearing my first fireworks. They were so loud. I'm not a big fan of them.
10:56 pm edt 


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