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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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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Moon Caused It

 

People waste too much time ranting and complaining on social media.

One person decided to rant that her life has taken the same path as predicted in her horoscope. 

There is nothing wrong with believing in astrology, but people need to think before complaining on social media. Otherwise, they can look foolish.  

3:29 pm edt 

Monday, July 30, 2018

All In The Pocket

 

My cell phone often gets turned on by accident while in my pocket. Today, it went to a new level.

I accessed a ticket website and was shown options to a National League baseball game. It even got down to a view from the seats.

You never want to buy something by accident. I will never understand why this happens so randomly. 

6:42 pm edt 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Annual Fires

 

The wild fires in California are terrible with the loss of life and property. It happens every year. Nothing ever changes in this regard.

During several of my trips out there, I saw the first-hand destruction of the fires, especially at Yosemite National Park and Malibu.

No part is ever safe. 

5:43 pm edt 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Construction Forever

 

When I drove up Rt 93 to Manchester, NH last night, I encountered a big slow down over my last three miles to the Rt 293 exit.  

They are widening the road and part of a long term project over the next few years.

I should seek alternative routes off Exit 5 to get to Manchester. 

10:53 pm edt 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Just A Rumble

 

Weather can change real fast, especially when thunder and lightning are involved. 

When I went out for a run today, the sky was getting darker. A torrential rain soon started. It felt nice on this hot and humid day. 

Things were going fine until I heard the rumble of thunder in the distance. I decided to cut my run short as the storm was getting closer. 

The sound of thunder turned out to be just that, but you can never be careful enough around lightning. 

6:53 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Time To Flicker

 

Lights bulbs never last as long as they are intended. You never know when the bulb might die.

It happened earlier today when I turned a light on in my living room. The bulb flickered for several seconds before I shut the light off.

When I flipped the switch again, it was gone. I'm not sure how many hours I got, but I'm sure it was less than what was stated on the box. 

 

 

6:26 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Bad News For The News

 

The New York Daily News has been struggling to compete against the Post and Times. Competition is good, but it might be too much for the tabloid.

They announced a newsstand price increase and slashed 50% of their staff. The extra revenue will help, but the quality of the product will continue to suffer. 

It might only be a matter of time when it comes to the paper's survival. 

10:42 pm edt 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Duck Boat Fiasco

 

I have never been a fan of the Duck Boat tours. The recent incident in Branson,MO is a disgrace.  

So many bad decisions were made that resulted in the deaths of 17 passengers.

There has been talk about banning them. That's not a bad idea. You couldn't pay me enough to go on one. 

6:51 pm edt 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Cheap Charger

 

Whenever you get something free or at a cheap price, it's probably not the best stuff. 

I was happy to receive a free portable cellphone charger. It's actual value was around $6.

It's nice to get something for free, but this is not the best charger. The battery wears down very fast and discharges my phone.

10:37 pm edt 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Let's Just Open The Store

 

My community has several Facebook pages. I monitor them, but I would never post a comment because people go off the rails when they disagree.

Someone mentioned that we should have an arts and crafts store. That is a no-brainer, but who is going to open it and where? 

People have no clue of the business process. The whole idea is to make a profit and not lose money. 

 

 

10:07 pm edt 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Just A Temp

 

I had a major problem accessing this website last night. I spent about 90 minutes on it between my own efforts and calling customer service. They even gave me a help ticket number. 

After not hearing back all day, I called and finally spoke to someone who walked me through a temporary fix. Other work needs to be done on their end.

The person I spoke to said that there had been some glitches recently in accessing the websites in the administrative mode by the owners.

No kidding. 

8:53 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Moving To Another Spot

 

Once Canadian Geese find a spot they like, it is very hard to get rid of them. They love to hang out by water on golf courses.

When I played golf today, the flock had moved about 100 yards to another hole. They had been in the same spot for about 20 years. I wonder what happened. 

9:21 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lightning Will Do It

 

Today's thunder and lightning created a lot of havoc with cell phones and the Internet. 

I had problems with my phone and wifi at home. The lights flickered a few times which was sign of what was going on. 

11:51 pm edt 

Monday, July 16, 2018

They Must Smoke

 

People throw litter wherever they feel like putting it. They assume that someone else will pick it up. Those who litter have no regard for others.

I thought it was very odd that someone threw three empty packs of cigarettes to the ground of my gym parking lot.

I wonder how many members use tobacco products. 

 

7:11 pm edt 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Day Of The Week

 

I had two parties yesterday. It's hard to believe today was Sunday. It felt like Monday. What will tomorrow feel like?

It all merges together at some point. 

10:23 pm edt 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Infamous Virus

 

Last night, I had one of my worst computer issues. I wasted almost three hours trying to connect to the Internet before I went to bed.

I kept running virus scans and more agressive options, but to no avail. Things were fine this morning. 

I have no idea what caused this. It was so random. 

11:30 pm edt 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

No Duck Tours

 

I never understood the hype about the Duck Tours in Boston. I have never been on the amphibious vehicles. 

They are very popular with tourists in light of their ranking of 8th for things to do in different cities according to a travel business website.

I think they are overpriced. If I got a free ticket I would consider doing one, but I'm all set otherwise. 

 

2:01 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Shark Time

 

There was a story in the news today about the dangers of trying to feed or swim with sharks.

I don't think it's a good idea to be doing anything with them, but that's just me. 

10:32 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Back To The State

 

The Massachusetts State Lottery does a great job distributing money to cities and towns from the revenue they generate.

The majority of the cash goes back to the players. Some prizes are never claimed and end up in the state treasury.

Some want this to change and give the money back to cities and towns. I understand their point, but unclaimed prizes have always gone back to the state.

No matter what, the money will be spent. 

2:30 pm edt 

Monday, July 9, 2018

No Video Games

 

I think the Olympic Games serve a real purpose, but cost too much to hold. They always lose money for the host site and country.

It was very strange to see that video games might be a competitive event in the future.

I understand the need to market the Games to a younger audience because they will be the ones who watch them.

Video games don't belong there. It's not in the spirit of the Games. 

11:44 pm edt 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Spire Not Missing

 

When I was in Boston today, I tried to see the restoration work being done inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. However, it was already closed for the day.

It's a very impressive structure dedicated in 1875. One thing that stood out was that it looked like it was missing one of its twin spires. I thought it may have been removed at some point.

It turns out that it was in the original plans, but never built.  

 

8:55 pm edt 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Annual Fires

 

It doesn't matter what year it is. There are always fires raging out in California during the summer. It's no different in 2018.

People around Santa Barbara are facing a big threat. Some have already lost their homes.

There is no guarantee in California that fire will not come to the door.

11:24 pm edt 

Friday, July 6, 2018

No Free Parking

 

The MBTA is an agency that is drowning in financial losses. It has always run at a deficit ,while providing a critical service of public transportation.

They recently raised the rate at their parking facilities. Many users are quite upset as they are already paying enough and want free parking.

This will never happen. Their best hope is to keep the increases down. 

 

10:06 pm edt 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Keep The Old Menu

 

When I logged into this website tonight as the administrator, I encountered a new menu that was difficult to navigate. 

I hope it's only temporary. It was not any type of improvement.

That was my first impression. 

10:16 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Pick & Wash

 

I don't think you should eat unwashed fruit or vegetables. I frequently see people nibbling on grapes at the market.

Someone posted a picture on Facebook of their kids picking strawberries at a farm and eating them. People do the same thing when picking apples.

It's not a good idea.

10:10 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hours In The Ocean

 

It seems like people are always falling off cruise ships. It happens much too often.

A recent news story told of a cruise line employee going overboard and treading water for 22 hours before being rescued by a passing ship.

How does anyone tread water for 22 hours?

He has quite a story to tell.

11:45 pm edt 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Piling On

 

I will never understand why athletes jump on top of each other to celebrate. It looks like a very easy way to get injured. 

One of the recent highlights of the World Cup coverage was the huge piling on by several players from a winning team. The guy on the bottom had over 1,000 pounds on top of him.

It must have been hard to breath. 

8:12 pm edt 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Falling On The Belt

 

Freak accidents hurt and kill people all the time. So many of them are senseless. It's all about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  

A driver in Brooklyn, NY was critically injured yesterday when a tree branch fell and struck his car. It pierced the roof and impaled his body through his abdomen. 

It happened at 7:45am as he drove along the Beltway. It was such a random act which nobody could have predicted or prevented. 

8:18 pm edt 


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