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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. )

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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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)

 

  

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Tues, Oct 15      Winner's Circle

                           211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass.  8pm 

Thurs, Oct 17   Strange Brew Tavern 

                         16 Market St.  Manchester, NH  9pm

Thurs, Nov 21   Soho Restaurant

                          89 Lowell Rd.. Hudson, NH   7:30pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Expensive Link

 

Cities need to make long range plans, especially with infrastructure and public transportation. 

It seems like planners have discussed a rail link between North and South Stations in Boston forever. Numerous studies have been done to access cost and potential ridership by commuters.

It makes a lot of sense to have a line, but at what cost? One study mentioned $4 billion, while another estimated it to be between $12 billion and $21 billion.

With such a range in the price, there is no doubt that it would cost more and take longer than planned. 

Will this ever get built in the next 20 years? 

2:02 pm edt 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Too Much Hot Air

 

I have never been a fan of hot air balloons. I think they are so overrated. They might be colorful and all that, but they are at risk whenever they go up.

Periodically, we hear of a tragedy when they go too close to power lines. They are hard to control.

One recently landed in a yard in a nearby town. As it descended, it skimmed the tops of several trees before landing on private property.

The owner of the balloon quickly stopped by to pick it up. The homeowner received a bottle of champagne and a thank you card for the use of their yard as a landing area.

This is another example of the recklessness with how they fly. They just drop down in someone's yard and act as if the homeowner should be thankful for their presence. 

12:15 pm edt 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The New 120

 

The Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii is having a profound effect with its destruction of 61,000 acres of land and buildings. 

The lava reaching the ocean has created 120 acres of new land. Ownership will be split between the federal government and the state.

One outcrop of land stretches almost two miles into the ocean. It's only a matter of time before more land gets created. 

 

 

9:43 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Dangerous Stroll

 

I never run with my back to the traffic because I don't trust drivers. It's better to see what is coming at you. 

Today I saw a man pushing a baby stroller on a heavily traveled road with the traffic on his back. This looked very dangerous for him and his child. He could never react fast enough if one of the cars got too close.

I don't know why people take such a great risk.

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10:11 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Not Ready To Wash

 

There was a story in the news about a woman who has not washed her hair with shampoo for over eight months. She has been using a combination of baking soda and water to rinse it out daily.  

She claims her hair is healthier with the elimination of conditioners, coloring and shampoo. This is a good point, but the key is to control oils and dry scalp. 

1:28 pm edt 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Worms Are Free

 

I have been eating frozen cauliflower for many years. I buy the same store brand every time. Although it originates in Guatemala, I never gave it much thought since food comes from everywhere.

I was preparing a meal today when I noticed something strange with my cauliflower. It turns out the dark spot was a two inch worm. I assume it was harmless, but that didn't help.

When I went to the market today, I bought another package because I assume this was an isolated incident. 

 

6:13 pm edt 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Never Over 40

 

It's never a good idea to leave a cellphone in a car on a very hot day. The battery can get damaged very quickly. I try to avoid doing it. 

A story indicated that 40 degrees Centigrade was the maximum temperature for a cellphone. To fully understand it, I had to research what that converted to at Fahrenheit.

It turned out to be 104 degrees. That would effect just about anything, especially electronic devices. The story made more sense to me once I did the conversion of the temperature.  

Back in the 1970's, we were suppose to go totally metric within 15 years. How did that work out? All these years later, we still need to convert Centigrade to Fahrenheit. 

 

8:53 pm edt 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dog In The Street

 

I thought it was strange to see a dog standing in the middle of the street as I was driving towards it. I slowed down and blew my horn, but it just stood there. 

The dog looked old. I wondered if they could still hear. It wasn't the first time being out in the street. 

The owner needs to be more careful. 

9:17 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Third Row

 

I always enjoy reading stories of those who try to row or sail across the Atlantic Ocean. It's such a difficult and challenging thing to do.

A Scottish man just failed in his third attempt to do it alone in a rowboat. He was 500 miles into the 3,400 trip before he was rescued by a Dutch cargo ship after his boat started to take on water in rough seas. 

It was his third attempt since 2010. It must be getting frustrating. 

10:04 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Interstate Parking Lot

 

The storm last night created a great deal of havoc all over the state. Earlier today, power lines fell across Rt 495 in Westford, resulting in the closure of the road in both directions.

I was traveling in the area and saw a five mile backup on the southbound side leading up to it. Some cars didn't move for over three hours.

I can't imagine what was going through the minds of the drivers. It was such a random incident that people had no control over. 

Everyone had their own destination, but plans were altered in a moment. 

6:11 pm edt 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Are Three Better Than One?

 

California has always been on the cutting edge for various issues. They have often been a trend setter for the nation.

Their latest idea is to hold a referendum in November to determine if the state should be split into three separate ones. 

It would require the approval of the State Legislature and Congress. It seems like a crazy idea, but is it?

I don't think it will ever happen, but you never know. 

7:34 pm edt 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dealing With The Wind

 

I ran a race to the top of Mt Washington today. It was my 40th time doing it.

The visibility was awesome. The wind gusts the last few miles were pushing 50 mph, with a wind chill in the 30's.

The wind alternated between almost lifting me up or stopping my forward progress.

The weather is so extreme up there. 

 

7:43 pm edt 

Friday, June 15, 2018

What's Their Name?

 

Kids of today have so many first names that were never used when I was younger. It's normal that things would evolve over the years, especially with the change in population demographics.

Many names have various spellings. On top of that, some are very difficult to pronounce. 

I don't think parents are doing kids a favor in giving them a name that will be mispronounced or misspelled.

Whatever their name is, they will need to deal with it for the rest of their life. 

7:24 pm edt 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Promising Too Much

 

It's easy to get cynical when it comes to politicians. I got a letter from a candidate for Congress who has very lofty ambitions and goals. 

If he does everything he claims, he will be the greatest politician of our time.This is very unlikely. 

5:34 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Longest Swim

 

I enjoy reading about physical and stamina feats. There are many great stories. It's all about accomplishing something.

A 51 year old guy from France plans to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Is this even doable?

He plans to swim from East Japan to San Francisco, a distance of over 5,600 miles. How far can he really swim during his eight hour daily effort?

I have no doubt that he will never make it. If he does 1,000 miles, he can write a book and do the talk show circuit.

I hope he does well. It would make for a nice story.

 

9:51 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Particle Building

 

There is nothing wrong with modular construction as long as they use good building materials.  

When I drove through Somerville, Mass last week, I saw a five storey building rapidly rising. A large section was being prepped before being hoisted by a crane.

It was a nice looking structure, but they were using particle board instead of plywood. That's a sign of cheap construction.

I have no doubt that it will cost a small fortune to buy a unit or rent there. 

6:37 pm edt 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Nobody Runs

 

I think it takes a certain personality to run for public office. Those who do, often try to stay forever. 

Government at all levels has lifetime politicians. Massachusetts is no different than other states.

A report showed that 22 of 40 state Senators are running unopposed, while 83 of 160 members of the House will already get another term because nobody chose to run against them. 

There is no easy solution for this. It's just a sign of the times and the cynicism about politics. 

 

 

 

6:16 pm edt 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

How To Dress

 

There doesn't seem to be any type of standard on how to dress today for events.

I wore a suit to a sports banquet last night, but felt overdressed compared to others. Almost anything goes today.

I plan to attend a wedding in two weeks. I will wear my suit again, but I'm sure others will be more casual. 

9:00 pm edt 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

In Such A Rush

 

People are in such a rush these days. There seems to be an app for almost everything if it involves saving time. 

When I was in a Dunkin Donuts yesterday, I saw a special rack that held beverages ordered through their app. They were already paid for and held a receipt.

I saw several customers come in and grab their drinks. They left very quickly, drinking on the run. 

2:42 pm edt 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Higher Price & Smaller Sandwich

 

When I was in Boston today, I bought a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on a bagel at Dunkin Donuts. I expected it to cost a little more and it did by 25 cents. 

I didn't expect the sandwich to be smaller than what I usually buy. The bagel was not the same size as what I'm use to.

Rather than raise the price even more, they just made the sandwich smaller. 

5:58 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fresh or Frozen

 

I enjoy eating broccoli, whether it is fresh or frozen. I prefer to buy it fresh, but it doesn't always look that good at the market. 

When I had it today, it was a combination of steamed fresh and frozen. I could not tell the difference.

There is always a bag of frozen in my freezer. 

9:24 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Summer Is Quick

 

I had the opportunity today to drive along the ocean on a stormy day. It was something to see with the high waves.

The temperature was in the 50's. It was not a beach day for catching rays.

Soon it will be a hot day in July or August. Summer will have such a short season and be over before we know it.

10:47 pm edt 

Monday, June 4, 2018

No Ice Cream

 

I just saw a slogan that said: "ice cream for daily happiness". What does that really mean? 

Should you eat ice cream daily? It's not the healthiest food out there. People should eat less of it for health reasons. They might be happier with their decision.

9:42 pm edt 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Temp Days

 

The temperature has varied so much over the last several days. It's hard to figure out a 40 degree change happening over 24 hours.

That's how it is these days. Do we have climate change? Who knows?

It's rather strange these days.
 

11:22 pm edt 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Slow Turtle

 

It seems like every golf course is inundated with Canadian Geese. I saw many of them today when I played.

It was pretty neat to see a big turtle making his way along the fairway to a nearby pond.

I wonder how old he was. He looked like something prehistoric with such a large shell and reptile look. 

8:17 pm edt 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Bridges Are Never Cheap

 

The Longfellow Bridge in Boston reopened to traffic today after a five year reconstruction at a cost of over $300 million.

The original completion date was two years ago and $50 million cheaper.  

They went to great length and extra cost to adhere to the historical design of the bridge. I'm looking forward to seeing it at some point during a walk in Boston. 

Like any public works project, there are items that still need to be completed. 

4:49 pm edt 


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