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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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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Didn't Care About Winning

I bought a lottery ticket yesterday for the $521 million Mega Millions jackpot. The only reason I did was because a clerk in a store kept encouraging me to do it.
 
There was one winner from New Jersey. Good luck to them. Winning that much money can only complicate life. It's never the same after that. 
 
I have no plans to buy any in the future, but think the lottery is a great idea. It's a voluntary tax paid by the participants, with the proceeds going to cities and towns. 
7:33 pm edt 

Friday, March 30, 2018

The Big Impact

 

Easter will be here on Sunday. It means a lot of different things to people.

It certainly has a big economic impact, with an estimated $18.4 billion to be spent on everything related.

Holidays always have a big impact financially, some more than others. 

5:51 pm edt 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Take A Break

I guess my 2017 Toyota Corolla is a very smart car. The technology is amazing, especially the safety features and collision avoidance system.
 
When I left Boston the other night, I decided to take Route 1 home instead of my usual way. It was a big mistake as I encountered construction, reduced lanes and trucks.
 
As a result, I had to make some quick decisions when moving between lanes. My lane detection system interpreted my moves as "swaying between lanes".
 
I quickly got an indicator light on my dashboard telling me to take a break from driving. It stayed on until I got home.
 
Hard to believe, but my car was looking out for me. 
 
 
11:16 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Stay On 93

My Garmin GPS is from 2006 and disappointed me last night during a trip into Boston.
 
I was headed to North Beacon Street in Brighton, an area I was very familiar with from years past. I have not been in there for several years. There is so much new construction and change.
 
The GPS took me to Rt 16 East in Medford and through Davis Square in Somerville. I knew where I was at all times, but took exception when it lead me down the wrong street.
 
After that, I went on my own. In the end, I should have taken Storrow Drive. It would have been a lot easier.
 
11:37 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

No Cable Options

 

There is no competition in many communities when it comes to cable television and high speed Internet service. Comcast has a monopoly where I live.

I'm able to get around the Internet part by using a much slower DSL modem through Verizon.

For years, I have read complaints from local citizens who want more options. The other day the mayor held a meting with representatives from Verizon and RCN to explore options.

I'm glad they met, but I don't think anything will come from their summit. We always hear how expenive it would be for another company to start up here. 

2:05 pm edt 

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Last Days of Snow

We are finishing the first week of spring, but winter is still hanging around. Snow still covers large parts of the ground. Some piles will last until May.
 
The snow will disappear fast if we get warmer temperatures . A rain storm will clear it all out. 
11:06 pm edt 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Fiction Can't Be History

 

I have no desire to read works of fiction. They don't interest me in any way. 

I saw a Facebook posting from someone who just read a 1,036 page novel about the history of Hawaii. If it's a novel, how true can the history part be. 

The author was probaly liberal in their interpretation of the truth. It's hard to separate fact from fiction. 

10:53 pm edt 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Where Does It Land?

 

China launched its own space station back in 2011, but they abandoned it by 2013. It now appears that the 9.4 ton craft will come crashing to earth on April 1.

The only problem is that nobody knows where it will land or how much will burn up when it enters the atmosphere. 

It will be just a blip in the news cycle if it lands without incident. Hopefully, it doesn't become a big news story because it hurt people or did damage. 

8:12 pm edt 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Book Sail

I just read an interesting book review of a young British couple who decided to sell everything and travel around the world on their sailboat with their three young children.
 
They were certainly adventurous while facing many challenges and danger during their time at sea.
 
The husband recently wrote a book. I have it on reserve at my local library. It sounds like an interesting story.
8:28 pm edt 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Not Ready To Scream For It

I eat ice cream a few times annually. I never go out and buy a cone. It's not the healthiest food out there.
 
A local ice cream stand opened for the season the other day. A picture on Facebook showed 60 people waiting up to 45 minutes in 23 degree weather to get their first cone of the season.
 
That's one thing I'll never do. 
7:06 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Not Like California

 

The snow tonight won't be that bad compared to what is going on in Southern California.  

Torrential rains are creating mudslides that threaten many homes. Some areas are under mandatory evacuation.

People complain about the snow around here, but it will soon be gone with the warmer temperatures.

Cellars might get flooded, but it's nothing compared to having your home wash away in a mudslide. 

Those who live along the coast here do so at their own risk. They know how bad it can get. 

6:58 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cute Storm Name

 

Today was the first day of spring, but we are facing another big snow storm tomorrow. It will be the fourth one in recent weeks. 

The weather people love it because they get top billing on the local news. Everyone wants to hear what they have to say even if they are wrong.

Someone decided to coin the term Four'easter to describe this storm. The media loves it.  

11:15 pm edt 

Monday, March 19, 2018

Driverless Victim

It took a pedestrian fatality in Arizona by a driver-less Uber car to shed a spotlight on this crazy endeavor.
 
It a appears the victim was crossing a street, but not in the crosswalk. There was a person in the car, but it was on autopilot. Uber said they will put a hold on the testing.
 
I don't think this concept is a good idea in congested areas. There is great technology involved, but you can't predict what people will do. 
7:48 pm edt 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A Ride That Won't Start

When it comes to urban planning, there are many foolish ideas that get consideration.
 
The Seaport District in Boston is a massive development that is changing the face of the city.
 
Many new buildings will bring thousands of workers and complicate the parking and transportation problems.
 
One idea being floated is to have a series of gondolas from South Station to various stops in the district.
 
This sounds reasonable, but the renderings of the towers would certainly mar the landscape and be unsightly.
 
I can't imagine this getting approved, based on its appearance. Boston is always concerned about things looking nice. 
2:06 pm edt 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Worst Ride

I would never use a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft. Drivers take a risk picking up strangers. There are stories of robberies and violence. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's usually bad.
 
A driver was robbed in New York City of $23. He was shot several times and was critically wounded.
 
The system is meant to be safe and secure, but things can go wrong. 
6:50 pm edt 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Losses R Us

A company can never stay in business with financial losses and increased debt. It's always a recipe for disaster.
 
Toys "R" Us will be facing the inevitable when they close 800 stores across America and another 800 around the world. Their business model could not compete with on-line retail.
 
The biggest shock to me was that the company has been around for 70 years. I never heard of them when I was younger. I thought they were about 30 years old. 
8:10 pm edt 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Step From Disaster

 

Two stories in the news tonight show how life can change in a moment.

Last night, a tow truck driver was killed on Rt 495 while he was getting ready to remove a car. The man had been doing if for decades, but in that one moment, it all ended. 

In Boston, a man was outside his home shoveling snow when he was struck by a falling limb from a tree. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.

How do these random events happen? Both men were at the wrong place at the wrong time, but fate took them there.

We never know day to day. 

11:18 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Broken Book

I will be returning a book tomorrow to the local library. They have an automated return service that I always use.
 
Unfortunately, the book fell off a table and broke its spine. I thought of fixing it with glue, but decided against that bad idea.
 
I will let the people at the front desk know about this.
 
That book was so fragile. 
11:19 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring 2018 Is Next Week

 

We got another 15 inches of snow today in a big storm. Spring is next week. There is also another one in the forecast by then.

People keep me entertained with their whining and rants about the weather. They have a need to express their feelings no matter what.

I went out for a walk today around 4pm when it was snowing hard. It was so beautiful and quiet out there. 

By this time tomorrow night, the snow will be dirty. We are so close to spring. 

 

11:45 pm edt 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Just Call It A Storm

 

We will be getting a huge snow storm tonight and into tomorrow. It could up to 15 inches. This will be our third one in less than two weeks.  

I never refer to the storms as a "nor'easter". I think that term is so lame and overused. Nobody says "northeaster". I won't use either term. 

7:44 pm edt 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

News Is Too Live

I enjoy reading my newspapers, but social media can really get a story out.
 
I saw a video on Facebook of a helicopter crashing into the NYC's East River one hour after it happened. Whoever took the video was there on the spot.
 
So far, two passengers are dead and one missing. Another made it out.
 
In all my trips to the Big Apple, I have never had the urge to go on a helicopter tour of the city. 
11:25 pm edt 

Broken Branches

So much damage was caused by the recent snow and wind storm. Thousands lost power. Not everyone has it back.
 
Many trees were uprooted and toppled onto power lines, homes and cars. There will be so many insurance claims.
 
I noticed the damage to so many trees. In some instances, the broken branch will be properly sawed off and look nice.
 
In most cases, the jagged branch resumes its place.
11:42 pm est 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Waiting For The Train

 

America doesn't really have high-speed train service. Amtrak tries very hard, but has a lot of problems. We always hear about the "bullet trains" that travel over 200 mph.

The plan to have one from Los Angeles to San Francisco is becoming a financial Black Hole. The estimated cost has been revised to $77.3 billion, a $13 billion increase from two years ago. 

The construction of the first 119 miles is becoming a nightmare. Land acquisition has been difficult. Environmental impact studies add more cost and cause delays.

This small portion is scheduled to open in 2029. I find that hard to believe. How much money will be spent by then? 

 

11:42 pm est 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

They Score Too Much

A recent girl's high school basketball playoff game in Massachusetts was decided by a score of 93-7. This happens more than it should, even on the college level.
 
There are many parts to this issue, but one of the problems is having too many teams compete in post-season playoffs. There are teams with losing records involved in the mix.
 
Everyone wants to be part of the playoffs, but things like this happen when there are competitive mismatches.
7:07 pm est 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Enabling By The Media

 

People do foolish things during storms, especially when flooding and high tides are involved.  

The media acts as an enabler by showing pictures of people who want their fifteen minutes of fame.

A Boston station showed a picture of a guy standing in three feet of flood water drinking a beer. The newscasters thought it was funny. 

What is the purpose of doing this? News coverage is poor enough without giving these people attention. 

5:54 pm est 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

The News Gets Worse

Television news is poor at so many levels. A noon Boston broadcast showed how poor it can get.
 
During a recent storm, a shipwreck dated from 1750-1850 was unearthed on York Beach it Maine. It first resurfaced in 2007 and a few years later.
 
I was surprised to hear the strange comments from the two co-anchors. They obviously don't know anything about the shipwreck being protected under Maritime Law.
 
There was once a time when newscasters knew what they were talking about rather than taking turns reading from the teleprompter. 
12:45 pm est 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Price of the Globe

 

The last thing any newspaper should do is to raise their newstand price, but he Boston Globe did that.  

The daily edition is now $2.50 and the Sunday goes for $5. It comes to at least $85 per month. I read the e-paper format for $28 monthly.

Newspapers keep losing readers and money. They don't have too many options except to raise prices. They will probably lose more readers with this move. 

8:22 pm est 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Space Time Soon

 

Three private companies plan to conduct space flights for private citizens. The tickets don't come cheaply, but there is a waiting list.

One of the more intriguing trips involves a journey to the moon, with an orbit around it.

The trips don't come without a risk. Passengers will need to sign a waiver, exempting the companies from being sued if anything goes wrong.

People who do this really need to be aware  of what could happen. 

8:06 pm est 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Boring Oscars

The Oscars will be awarded tomorrow night, but I have no plans to watch the show. I have not seen any of the movies or even heard of some.
 
There are too many nominations under each category. They need to trim the lists, but that won't happen because Oscar nominations are good for the box office. 
 
The worst part of the show will be the endless political rants by the winners. The show is suppose to be an awards night, but it gets turned into a political soap box. 
7:31 pm est 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Books Unavailable

I was at a Barnes & Noble book store yesterday. Retail outlets are having a hard time competing with Amazon. Stores can only carry so much inventory.
 
I only found one title I was looking for. It's easy to see why Amazon is so successful. 
3:20 pm est 

Marching Into The Coast

This is the same story, but in a different year.
 
There is a big coastal rain and snow storm expected on Friday. There could be flooding in the same areas that always get hit.
 
People love to live near the ocean. They take their hits and come back for more. I could never go through that, but they do it very willingly. 
 
You never know how these storms work out. 
11:16 pm est 


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