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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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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Price Is Not Right

They don't make it easy to recycle old televisions. There are businesses that will take them, but they charge quite a bit.
 
Best Buy will take it off my hands for $25. I wonder where it finally ends up. There is so much of it every day.
 
It's good to see the company being very proactive with their customers when it comes to recycling consumer electronics. I just wish it was cheaper. 
1:29 am est 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Should Have Called Sooner

When I bought my first ever HD television, I thought it would be plug and play. I purposely bought a "smart TV" at Best Buy and got a great deal there.
 
Apparently, they no longer include user guides. After I went to Comcast to upgrade my cable box, I thought it would be easy.
 
I was determined not to call customer assistance, but finally relented after three hours into it.
 
After 30 minutes with a live person, I finally was able to watch programs.
 
So much for plug and play. 
7:37 pm est 

Bag of Bad Ideas

Now that there is a new Boston City Council for the next two years, the proposal to put a five cent tax on plastic bags has emerged again.
 
I think this is a bad idea for a number of reasons. It's an unfair tax on consumers, as well as an inconvenience. There is doubt of the environmental impact and reducing the number of bags.
 
This has always been controversial. Nobody has to worry about an election for the next two years. It came back because there is nothing to fear from the voters. 
11:26 pm est 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Bought It Once

Everyone seems to love bacon and sausages. It's all very tasty. I have not had bacon in many years, but eat sausage patties when I go out for breakfast.
 
I can recall buying bacon when I was 23, but never again. I have never bought sausages for consumption at home in any form.
 
I would eat bacon if I cooked it. Pork is a great meat, especially the sirloin. 
11:32 pm est 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sauce Day

I made pasta sauce for the second time today. It was a big improvement over my last effort.
 
It still needs to taste better. There might have been too much tomato paste in the recipe.
 
It was a lot of fun making sauce. Just keep making it better.
11:41 pm est 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Today Is 64

I turned 64 today. Birthdays are a time to reflect. Another year has passed. Time marches on.
 
My favorite Hallmark card said: "This is the oldest you have ever been, but you'll never be this young again".
 
This is such a true statement. 
11:12 pm est 

Friday, November 24, 2017

More Goat Cheese

I went to a Whole Foods store today. I wish they had one closer. Some of their product prices are much higher than what I pay.
 
They always give out free samples of cheese and crackers. I enjoyed some nice goat cheese.
 
I ended up buying everything needed to make my own pasta sauce.
 
That is my next plan.
11:28 pm est 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Late Night Shoppers

Shopping all night has become a Thanksgiving tradition for some. People who go out certainly enjoy doing it.
 
We hear stories every year of outrageous behavior by customers. Nothing ever surprises me.
 
Hopefully, everyone stays safe. 
11:07 pm est 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

54 Years For JFK

President John F Kennedy was assassinated 54 years ago today. You would have to be over 60 to have any memory of the day. It was one of the biggest events in my lifetime.
 
Like everything else, it has faded with time. It got a ten second mention on the nightly news and was buried in the newspaper.
 
I have always said that 9/11 will fade away in the coming decades. Anyone under 21 would have no recollection of what really happened on that day. 
6:38 pm est 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wreaths For The Right Price

A nearby town has a great way to pay for holiday wreaths hanging from light poles. They allowed citizens to sponsor them and have their name placed on a tasteful metal sign. 
 
It doesn't distract from anything, but could be a safety hazard if drivers try to read them while in motion. 
7:24 pm est 

They Love Stadiums
 
I just watched the video of the implosion of the Georgia Dome. It was opened in 1992 and is gone now.
 
I was there for basketball games at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
 
The Olympic Stadium is also gone. It was retrofitted to Turner Field before it finally ended with the Atlanta Braves playing there.
 
Mercedes Benz Stadium is the place now. I hope it lasts for at least 30 years. Is that even possible?
11:40 pm est 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Bad Commercials

 

The holiday season is upon us starting this week. There is too much consumerism. The point of this season was lost a long time ago. 

Some television commercials really irk me, especially the ones involving high-end cars. They imply that life will be better if someone gives you a car like this for a present. 

They try to portray the perfect life and family. There is no such thing. 

3:49 pm est 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shopping Madness

 

Retailers are caught in a situation that has no easy solution. They are forced to open on Thanksgiving Day because consumers want to shop. Employees are often forced to work that day, rather than be with their families.

The easiest solution would be for shoppers to stay home, but that won't happen.  It's only a matter of time before some start opening at noon or earlier. 

2:43 pm est 

A Different Setting

There are times when I lose my Wi-Fi connection when I'm home. I have no idea why that happens. It always comes back when I shut everything down.
 
It wasn't happening today. I tried several reboots, but still couldn't get any connection on my cell phone.
 
I finally resolved the problem by going into my phone's settings. The Wi-FI connection had been turned off. I have no idea how that happened. 
11:23 pm est 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

That Special Day 2017

Thanksgiving is one week away. Then we have the Holiday season before we become 2018. It goes by so fast.
 
It's all about Christmas. That big day will pass too soon.
11:40 pm est 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

On Your Property

 

I would never venture into the woods to walk or run during the hunting season. It's just too dangerous out there.

A home owner in Maine was killed last week by a hunter while in their yard.

I would never want to live in a rural area where hunters can come onto your property. It's a recipe for disaster. 

11:12 pm est 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

They Say Too Much

 

People say too much on social media. I can't believe what I hear. A friend on Facebook is divorcing herself from her family. She had quite a rant about it. I would never question her sincerity.

It doesn't matter what people throw out there. They say whatever they want and have no problem with it. 

9:16 pm est 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Third Notice Nonsense

I subscribe to "Consumer Reports On Health". Their 10-12 page newsletter has a lot of useful information.
 
My subscription expires in July, but they have already sent me a "third notice". How many will I get? I plan to renew it by April. It seems like such a waste to send these notices so early.
7:14 pm est 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Dubious Tradition

 

Every time I run a marathon, I seem to come down with some version of the flu within a few weeks. This time, I got it after the first week. 

I kept waking up last night because my throat was so sore. I have a dry cough and body aches. They say you can't catch a cold by being cold, but I totally dispute that.

I must carry the cold virus in my body 365 days a year. This is the reason why I never get a flu shot. I would not want one right now. 

 

 

5:30 pm est 

Strange Things In The City

 

I saw a lot of strange things when I was in New York City last weekend. Nothing ever surprises me.

There are now so many miles of bike lanes. I don't think it's a good idea to take a selfie while riding a bike, but people do.  

I also saw a livery car driver enjoying a bowl of soup while making a turn. That's probably not a safe thing to do, but I'm sure it' wasn't the first time for him.

11:41 pm est 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bag of Bags

We get a plastic bags for every purchase. I hate to throw them out because it seems like such a waste. I use them for my trash.
 
My local food market has a recycling program. I decided to take the ones I have and drop them off.
 
There will never be a shortage of bags for me. I plan to recycle 60 white ones and start all over again.
 

 
 
12:19 pm est 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

No More Drivers

 

I am very skeptical about driverless vehicles. It's being forced upon us too quickly.

Those involved try to ensure us that everything about it is safe. Test vehicles have an operator to monitor it all.

A driverless vehicle was involved in a small crash in Las Vegas yesterday with a truck. There were no injuries, but it's another bad sign for this process.

The technology is there, but I don't think this will ever work unless every vehicle is driverless. The human element is too big of a factor. 

1:44 am est 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Getting Towards Winter

 

Last weekend when I was in New York City, the temperature was in the 70's. It will be very cold this weekend when I attend a UMass/Maine football game at Fenway Park.

I wore my first sweater of the season last night and will do the same tonight when I head out. Temperatures can really fluctuate, but I plan to pull down my storm windows.

We are headed towards winter. It just isn't here on the calendar. 

 

7:21 pm est 

The No Vote

 

Turnout was very low across the state for today's election. Most contests were local ones. People didn't feel it was necessary to vote. 

I don't understand why people need to take a picture of their ballot. One person on Facebook wrote-in her 11 year old son and posted a photo of the ballot. 

It never surprises me what people put on Facebook. 

11:43 pm est 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Buying Toys

 

The holiday season is too early, but retailers like it. Brick and mortar stores are trying to stay alive, in spite of on-line shopping.  

On Thanksgiving Day, Toys R Us will be opened from 5pm on Thursday until 11pm on Friday. They think they can own Black Friday, but they won't.

Too many stores will be open. They are all fighting for the consumer dollar.

11:19 pm est 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Whine With The Headlines

 

The recent rain and wind storm caused a lot of damage around here. Numerous power lines and trees were down. School was canceled for two days. It caused hardship for some people.

The local newspaper decided it was a good idea to go with a headline that appeared like they were whining. They showed three children with sad faces because Halloween and trick or treat was rescheduled for this weekend in some communities.

This was nothing compared to what went on in other parts of the country with the recent hurricanes. Nobody died around here. Some people lost power for two days, but it was not a disaster here.

10:34 pm edt 


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