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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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Monday, April 30, 2018

Time Off The Clock

It's hard to believe that we have reached the point where kids can no longer tell time on a clock.
In the United Kingdom, schools are replacing traditional clocks with digital ones.
It's a reflection of the times. 
11:02 pm edt 

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Longest Commute

According to the Census Bureau, the average commuter spends 26 minutes each way getting to work. I found this to be my case when I was working.
Recent years have seen the increase of super-commuters who spend more than 90 minutes each way.
Stockton, CA leads the nation with 10% of its workers spending more than three hours in the process. Metro New York checks in at fourth with 6.7%. 
People do what they need to do, but I can't imagine spending that much travel time, especially in a car. 
11:01 pm edt 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Can I Post This?

I wish I knew why I can't post to this web-page. There is never a guarantee that it will be successful.
Let's see what happens now after various issues. 
11:57 pm edt 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Ford Cars Gone

It's hard to believe that Ford will stop making sedans after 2020. They will focus on pick-up trucks, SUV's and cross-over utility vehicles.
It's probably a good idea. Their cars were not selling that well. They need to put their best products out there. Concentrating on those vehicle lines will be better for them. 
10:53 pm edt 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Bad Food List


I go great extremes to avoid fast foods. They are bad for all of us. Their nutritional content can cause health problems. 

I just reviewed a few items I eat periodically. The numbers can get shocking. From this point forward, I will make every effort to avoid them. 

3:31 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Sweeping Away Complaints


Most towns and cities do their street sweeping late at night. It makes more sense when there are fewer cars and people. 

It has been going on late at night where I live, but that hasn't stop people from complaining about the noise. 

They should realize that they can't have it both ways. They should be happy that the streets are getting cleaned.

It only happens this time of year.

10:25 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

First Round of Golf


It was a beautiful spring day today. We are expecting rain tomorrow. It was the perfect day for a round of golf with some friends.

The condition of the course was better than expected. It was wet in a couple of spots. 

I actually played reasonably well. 

11:33 pm edt 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Disaster In The Sky


I have not flown since 2000. I was a victim of turbulence which took the joy out of flying. 

The latest incident with Southwest just made it worse. Nobody ever thought that a female passenger would get partially sucked out of the fuselage after a piece of metal from the engine broke away and made a hole. The victim died, in spit of life saving efforts by passengers.  

How could this happen? It was such a freak event. The victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it could've been someone else.

This incident doesn't raise my confidence in flying, although I realize it's the safest way of transportation. 

6:20 pm edt 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Stuff In The Fridge


People amaze me when they clean out their refrigerator and post pictures on Facebook. They seem to accumulate food that never gets eaten and is eventually forgotten. 

I saw of post with a picture of bacon that expired in December 2015. Do people have that much in their fridge? How does that happen? 

I live by myself, so I guess it's worse if you have kids. 

11:33 pm edt 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

No Cars In Park


As of June 1st, all cars will be banned from New York City's Central Park. This should've happened a long time ago. It never made sense that walkers, cyclists and runners had to deal with them.

They added pollution to place where people seek refuge. Hopefully, a future mayor doesn't reverse this decision.

7:32 pm edt 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Screen Test 2018

The screen on my cell phone was cracked.  I found a local place that could fix it for $100.
When I went there today, they said it was only my screen protector that was damaged. They replaced it for $25. What a great deal.
This business was a little hole in the wall place with a guy who really knew what he was doing. 
11:48 pm edt 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Boring Parents


You can always count on parents to exhibit boorish behavior at sporting events involving their kids. I have personally witnessed it.

Some took it to a new level at an area high school lacrosse game. A couple of parents from opposing teams started to say things to one another. A fight eventually broke out and police had to be called.

These parents should be ashamed of themselves. Their behavior was so outrageous. I'm sure they thought they were justified in their actions. 

2:37 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Connected Once More

I lost my internet connection last night and spent way too much time trying to fix it. No matter what I did, it would not work. It was very frustrating.
The problem continued this morning as I repeated the steps. I tried one more thing in my Norton security program. I'm not sure what happened, but I now have connectivity.
This was really strange. 
11:23 am edt 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Battery Dead When Needed

The Boston Marathon was run under atrocious conditions with cold driving rain and wind. I took great care to secure my cellphone. I shut it off before the start when it was charged at 80%.
When I finished the race, it was at 1% and then shut down. I was unable to make any calls or do anything with it.
I was surprised how the battery reacted. Samsung needs to do a better job with them, but they won't.
11:55 pm edt 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Trying To Stay Dry

I plan to run the Boston Marathon tomorrow and hope to finish it for my 45th time. The weather forecast is for horrible weather.
It will be in the 40's, with wind and rain. There is nothing we can do about it. Every runner, volunteer and spectator will need to deal with it.
I have some new running gear which should keep me dry. I have poured water on both items and they stayed dried.
It will be a big test for the hours they will be exposed to the elements. I'm betting my race on them. 
6:09 pm edt 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Two Rising Cities


I spent a few hours today in Boston's Seaport District. There is so much building going on. Another new neighborhood of the city is being created. It's quite exciting to see it all come together.

Nothing can compare to Hudson Yards in New York City with it's $25 billion in construction. 

Both cities are being transformed and will never look the same. I think it's all positive. 

10:46 pm edt 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Only Four Made It

I don't buy eggs very often, but I purchased a dozen today. At the store, I joked with the bagger about getting them home in one piece.
As I brought all my bags into the kitchen, the one with the eggs slipped from my hand and fell to the floor. When I examined them, I found that only four survived the fall.
I made another trip to the store for another dozen. I have never owned 16 eggs at once. 
10:36 pm edt 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

No Room For Me There

I would never stay at a residence found on a home sharing app. It just seems like a bad idea to stay with strangers.
There was a posting on Facebook from a friend who spent a night in Oklahoma. The room was in a garage that had a small bathroom. It didn't take much effort to create a room from that space.
The cost was low, but it looked so uninviting. Hotels and motels also have their issues, but they appear to be more legitimate. 
10:33 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Striking Out With Fans

Most Major League Baseball teams have an issue with attendance. Their announced figure is usually based on the amount of tickets sold, rather than actual fans in the seats.
The Chicago White Sox are a great example. During a recent day game, they claimed the attendance to be 10,377 while the real amount of fans was 974. Photographic evidence backed it up. The stadium was virtually empty.
Teams generate a huge amount of revenue from broadcasting rights. Television ratings are down significantly, especially for people under the age of 45.
It costs too much for a family to attend a game. They start too late and last longer than they should.
MLB has a problem, but as long as the money keeps flowing, it's business as usual. 
10:44 am edt 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Just Drive In


There seems to be too many car accidents where drivers end up going through the windows of stores or offices.

This never happened years ago. Why is it now? Most of the drivers are elderly or impaired, but not all.

It's a problem that is only getting worse. What is the solution? 

4:17 pm edt 

Monday, April 9, 2018

The Tree Encounter


We never know when disaster might strike. It could be at any moment. Fate intervenes. We have no control over that.  

A local man was killed yesterday when a tree fell on him while he was trying to remove debris from the recent storms. It was too heavy to lift by first responders.

His adult son was with him during that final moment. The victim never had a chance. 

3:06 pm edt 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Enough To Rattle You

A friend who lives in Arizona just posted a picture of a "baby" rattlesnake on their patio.
I realize they were there before people moved in, but I would have a hard time with that.
What do you do? What happens if it comes back as an adult?
I have never been a fan of snakes, but they have their place in the ecosystem. 
10:33 pm edt 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

They Want Money

I have a hard time crying for casinos that are failing. We are seeing that in the sate of New York where recently built places want to change their allocation of revenue to the state.
They threaten to close and lay off hundreds of employees, while complaining about Indian casinos working under different rules.
11:41 pm edt 

Friday, April 6, 2018

One More Brush With Snow


You never know with the weather around here. The temperature has been stuck in the 30's and it snowed today. We didn't get much, but it was enough to cover my car.

I never thought I would need my snow brush on April 6th. It's a good thing I never put it away for the season.

Will I need it again? 

6:21 pm edt 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Ten Days of Nonsense

Weather people think they know everything and love all the attention they get when it gets stormy.
How can they be serious about a ten day forecast? The only time I would pay attention to that would be if they predicted a hurricane or blizzard.
I plan to run the Boston Marathon on April 16th. How does anyone predict the weather that far ahead? 
11:51 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tress and Branches Fall

There was a story on the local news tonight about communities suffering from tree damage during the recent storms.
Most of the coverage was related to fallen trees and branches on private property.
What is the responsibility of local government to help citizens when that happens?
Insurance regulations prohibit public employees from entering private property to assist. Residents can cut and bundle the branches and leave them out like trash, but not everyone can do it.
It's a difficult problem that frustrates many people, but has no easy solution. 
5:30 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

No Pressure


Earlier this evening, I attempted to take a shower, but found out there was no hot water. The pressure was fine for cold.

It lasted for a couple of hours before it cleared up. I have no idea what happened. 

My apartment building has 18 units, but has experienced problems with the hot water heaters in the past. 

10:12 pm edt 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Hold The Sugar

People post a lot of interesting recipes on Facebook, but so many have unhealthy ingredients.
I saw one today for a cucumber, tomato and onion salad with apple cider vinegar.
There is no way I would ever add the suggested two tablespoons of sugar to the mix. It doesn't make any sense to ruin it with all that. 
3:09 pm edt 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

It's April 2018

As the first day of April ends, we have been told to expect snow on the ground tomorrow.
Will this really happen 11 days into spring?
Weather is crazy these days. Nobody can really predict it.
11:12 pm edt 

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