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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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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Last Straw

Too much trash ends up in the ocean and other bodies of water. Some cities and towns are taking steps to ban various items.
 
Malibu, California is going much further. After banning plastic bags and styrofoam containers, they have added plastic eating utensils and straws to the list. 
 
This seems a bit excessive and a potential burden for the consumer. In a perfect world, things would get recycled or at least placed in a trash barrel rather than carelessly discarded.
 
People have created this problem by their actions. 
5:39 pm est 

Time To Sand

The apartment above me became vacant last week, but will be filled soon.
 
All the units have nice old hardwood floors. My landlord had a crew sanding the floors in the unit today.
 
I can't imagine doing that job. There is so much dust, no matter how you try to capture it all.
 
It's interesting to note that I've heard the floors being sanded a number of times over the years.
11:07 pm est 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dollars Over People In Seats

 

Hollywood is all about the money. Movies need to make a profit. So much emphasis is put on weekend box office gross.

Using the total dollar figure as an indicator of success is somewhat misleading. Ticket prices continue to go up. More revenue can be coming in, but there might be fewer patrons in the seats.

The biggest measure of a movie is how many people pay to watch it. Nobody in the industry is really concerned about attendance figures. It's all about the revenue.

1:06 pm est 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Disrepair Time

The Winter Olympics are finally over. I watched less than two hours of the coverage.
 
The big question now is what will happen to the various venues? Will they fall into disrepair like so many other host sites?
 
It's a sin what happens to some of them. So much money was spent for venues that have limited use after the Games.
 
It's easy to see why the Olympics are finding it challenging to find cities that actually want to host. 
10:37 pm est 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Just Add More Milk

 

When I was at Whole Foods market the other day, I bought two different boxes of cereal I wanted to try.  

I had the first one today. It was very crunchy, in spite of the milk I added. More milk will be added the next time to soften it up more.

3:57 pm est 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Flu Dollars

Members of Congress always come up with some crazy and costly ideas. The latest is to spend up to $1 billion to develop a flu vaccine that will prevent all types and be needed only once.
 
I have my doubts about this working. The current flu vaccine leaves a lot to be desired. Its effectiveness is not even 50%. I have not had a flu shot since 1980 because I got so sick after taking it.
 
The flu has been deadly this year. Researchers need to find something that works better. That is a huge challenge. 
6:44 pm est 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Fake Graduation Rates

The New York City public school system is a nightmare. There is violence and weapons in many schools. The high school graduation rate is a joke.
 
They recently announced that 74.3% of high school students graduated within four years. They failed to say that the standards have been lowered to the point where most students are not ready for community college without taking remedial courses.
 
There is pressure on teachers and administrators to raise the graduation rate because they are judged on that. In reality, students are not ready for the higher education if they pursue that route.
3:33 pm est 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Expensive Walkways

The $2.4 billion Wynn Casino complex in Everett, Mass should be really something once it opens in 2019. No expense has been spared.
 
With all of that money being spent, why is there such a debate over who will pay for a $23 million footbridge from the new Assembly Square over the Mystic River to the casino?
 
The state has been reluctant to pick up the cost, as well as a $10 million walkway connecting it to a subway station. 
 
Maybe it's because the original cost was estimated to be $8 million in 2009. With the way state projects go, this thing will never be built at for its 2018 price tag. The Wynn company needs to pay for most of this. 
12:20 pm est 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

All Set For Ten Months

 

I bought some fish oil supplements the other day when they were on sale. I don't like to buy in bulk, but it was a great deal. 

There is now enough to get me through the rest of the year. A 300 day supply is more than adequate. 

4:08 pm est 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Driving & Sinking

When it comes to frozen bodies of water in the winter, we always hear stories of foolish actions by people.
 
The other day, a truck went through the ice on a lake in New Hampshire. It happens every year. Why do people think it's a good idea to drive on ice?
 
It was only a matter of time before we heard this story. It will happen again next year. 
2:53 pm est 

Snow & 70

We got about four inches of snow last night. It warmed up today and melted a lot of it. They say it might be almost 70 on Wednesday. That is crazy.
 
Everyone loves warm weather, but this is not normal. It was never like this when I was younger. We had snow on the ground until spring.
 
There is no consensus on what is happening with the weather and climate, but something is up. 
11:27 pm est 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Too Many Hashtags

 

I have a Twitter account, but never posted anything. Some people link it to their Facebook account.  

I will never understand why some use so many hashtags, especially the ones that are a phrase. Do they seriously think that anyone will search for it? 

Some use over ten hashtags at times. At least they are having fun doing it. 

1:43 pm est 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Huge Jackpots Drive Sales

A winner of a $560 million Powerball lottery jackpot is trying to keep their identity from being revealed. She fears for her safety and getting all sorts of unwanted contact from strangers looking for money.
 
The state said her name must be public to ensure players of the lottery's integrity. Both sides presented valid points.
 
A letter in the Boston Globe editorial page made a strange point. I agree that $560 million is too much money for one person to handle.
 
They said the jackpot should be divided 1,000 ways, with winners each getting $560,000.
 
They failed to realize that the big jackpots drive the lottery. Without a huge prize, there will a drop in ticket sales.
 
Time after time, we have seen sales spiral out of control when there is a huge jackpot.
 
Someone needs to explain that to the letter writer. 
1:51 pm est 

The No Name Car

My car loan is through Toyota Financial Services. It was a year ago yesterday that I got it.
 
They sent me an email inviting me to answer some questions so that my car could have a name.
 
I thought it was a weird idea. The message was deleted because I don't give names to cars. 
11:47 pm est 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Good Until 2028

I am a big supporter of NASA and the US space program. Every dollar we spend is so worthwhile. The proposed budget for FY 2019 is $19 billion, but that only gets so much.
 
I totally support the involvement of private industry. SpaceX has done so many great things and is leading the way to the future.
 
NASA has invested $100 billion in the International Space Station. Funding is scheduled through 2028. The future is cloudy after that.
 
There is talk about privatizing it. That is an option under the right circumstances. 
 
I have no doubt that we must get private industry involved for the future of space travel and exploration.
 
 
11:05 pm est 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Presses Still Rolling

 

The Boston Herald is a great example of a newspaper fighting to stay alive. It recently filed for bankruptcy and was auctioned off today with a wining bid of $12 million. 

What is the future of the paper? Will it be publishing in a hard copy format five years from now?

The Boston Globe needs to have competition, but both of them are facing trying times. 

10:25 pm est 

Those Magazine Renewals

I renew a couple of magazines through an automatic on-line program. It doesn't stop mail from coming to me with various offers. They don't seem to know that I already paid.
 
This happens all the time. I have no idea how to end it. You can call and talk to someone, but that only goes so far. 
11:50 pm est 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Money Didn't Matter

 

I never play any type of lottery games, especially those involving large jackpots. Winning all that money causes problems for some people. 

A man from New York won a million dollars on a scratch ticket in early December. He didn't have health insurance and was unable to see a doctor for his back ache. 

With his new found wealth, he went for an examination, only to find out that he had stage four cancer. He died last week, leaving behind the remainder of the $661,800 that he won. 

3:46 pm est 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Going Digital

 

I started a digital subscription today to my local newspaper. They recently had a 50% price increase to $1.50 for the daily edition.  

I will be paying $21 monthly, compared to $52 if I bought it at a store, for an overall annual savings of $372.

The digital version is slower to use than the actual paper. It's always easier to read a hard copy, but it was getting to the point where the print version was too costly for the small content. 

2:18 pm est 

No Cruise

I just saw a commercial for one of the major cruise lines. There was also a radio ad I heard today.
 
No matter what, I have no desire to ever go on a cruise ship. I can't imagine what it would be like in rough seas. That is one place I don't want to go.
11:26 pm est 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Winter Olympics 2018

 

The 2018 Winter Olympics start tonight with the opening ceremony on for tomorrow. They are halfway around the world in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  

I'm not the biggest fan of the Olympics. They are over-hyped and a financial disaster for the host country and city. There are too many events. Venues are often filled with few spectators.

This will go on for two weeks. Eventually, it will end. 

 

7:21 pm est 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

All In The Bag

I would never knowingly eat a salad from bagged lettuce at the grocery store. It never looks good when I check it out.
 
A woman in Maine was eating her salad when she suddenly found a dead three inch lizard. How did it ever get into the bag? How sanity is the entire process?
 
She was quite concerned about getting ill because the lettuce was potentially contaminated by bacteria associated with the lizard. 
2:20 am est 

No Big Wave

It was pretty crazy when the people of Hawaii got a warning abut a missile attack from North Korea. All it took was one employee to mess up the  warning system.
 
Today it was about a tsunami on the east coast. How did that happen? It certainly scared the people who got the warning.
 
At some point, people will not trust these warning systems. 
11:30 pm est 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Another Stadium Subsidy

 

Super Bowl LII was played at the new $1.1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It's a beautiful place, but taxpayers were forced to  pay $500 million of the cost.

Public funds should never subsidize a stadium or arena. Sports teams are private businesses. They should do this on their own or with other partners. 

2:18 pm est 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Hidden People

 

Boston conducted its homeless population census the other night. An army of volunteers attempted to locate and count the people who fall through the cracks. 

Whatever number they come up with is never 100% accurate. They do the best they can, but miss people in various parts of the city who go to great extremes to stay under the radar.

Every city in America must deal with homeless people. It's not unique to cities and urban areas. 

6:03 pm est 

No Days Off

 

There will be a lot of tired people on Monday morning because of the Super Bowl. One Massachusetts high school announced a three hour delayed opening because students might be tired.

Several other school districts also delayed or canceled classes. What will they do if the Patriots win and have another Duck Boat parade in Boston?

I'm a huge fan of the Patriots and NFL, but I think it sets a bad precedent to cancel classes. School districts have already had several snow days. They don't need to cancel any more. 

11:14 pm est 

Friday, February 2, 2018

They Notice Me

 

AARP is a powerful voice for older people. They have a big lobbying presence in government. They are also relentless in keeping their members.

I paid my one year membership last July. I just got my renewal notice, five months ahead of time. I have no plans to pay up so soon. These notices will continue until I put a check in the mail. 

 

1:23 pm est 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Controversial Water

I never heard the term "raw water" until I read a story today about a company in Maine selling it untreated and unfiltered. They claim all sorts of health benefits.
 
It doesn't come cheap at $3 per half litre. Critics say it's only a matter of time before someone becomes ill from drinking it.
 
I agree with them. There is much controversy about bottled water. This only adds to it. 
2:38 pm est 


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