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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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Thurs, Mar 21     Soho Asian Restaurant

                            89 Lowell Rd.  Hudson, NH  7:30pm

Sun, Mar 31       Pinata's Mexican Restaurant

                         251 Main St.  Tewksbury, Mass  7:30pm 

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Cold Days of 2019

 

It was so cold today as predicted. By next week, it could be in the 50's according to the weather people.

It changes day to day. Nobody can ever get it right all the time. 

11:41 pm est 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Cold Air 2019

Parts of America are experiencing their coldest temperatures ever. It all gets worse with the wind-chill factor.

These are very extreme temperatures that don't last long.

When they are here, it's so very cold. Spring is seven weeks away.

11:41 pm est 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Reciprocity Needed

 

Most states have electronic toll collecting, but don't always have reciprocity agreements with states for delinquent accounts.

Massachusetts has been owed $26.8 million since 2016. Much of it might never be collectible because there is no incentive for motorists to pay.

States should force delinquent drivers to pay their tolls before they can register their car or renew their license.

Connecticut has no agreement with Massachusetts, leaving their rivers on the books for $5.5 million.

12:15 pm est 

Annual Budget Issues

 

The MBTA is proposing a 6.3% fare increase for subways and buses. There is great push-back on this, but some type of increase will happen. 

So many people depend on the MBTA. It doesn't always provide the best service, but it's hard to do anything about it. 

The cost of rides would be more if not for public funding.

11:22 pm est 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hurting Value

 

Most people who live near the ocean do so because they want to be there. They need to know the risk to their property from storm damage. 

Every year, we see the results of weather raising havoc in their neighborhoods.

It should come as no surprise that property values have not gone up in those places. It's only a matter of time before there is another storm.  

5:07 pm est 

Gator Stories

 

I watched a story on the news tonight about an older guy who has an alligator for an emotional support animal.

It seems to work for him. The gator is small/medium size.

I would never trust a gator anywhere, although I've never spent time with one.

11:20 pm est 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Don't Store Things There

 

People who own houses can store things all over the place. If they have a garage, that's even better. 

An attic is nice to have as long as the roof doesn't leak.

I just saw a post on Facebook from someone who had a flooded cellar after the recent rain.

I would never put things that I didn't want to lose in the cellar. It can only end badly after a "weather event". 

 

11:10 pm est 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Say No To Fried

 

The local news did a story on the harmful effects of fried food on women. They quoted from the study of this group. 

It should be no surprise that fried food is harmful. It has been well documented. It might taste good, but it's so bad for you. 

 

6:24 pm est 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hold The Sandwiches

 

People can always be counted on to do foolish things when it comes to wildlife. No matter how many times you tell them not to feed the animals, they turn around and do it. 

Some of the treats are not part of their normal diet and can hurt them.

One story showed people feeding seals peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They had good intentions, but it's bad for the seals. 

 

6:27 pm est 

The Mill

  

There is an old local mill building that has almost every window busted. There is a proposal for this building to be redeveloped it into housing.

Let's hope it works out. This is such a grand mill complex that should never be lost. 

11:59 pm est 

Monday, January 21, 2019

So Cold

 

It was so cold today, with a wind chill factor below zero.

I had no plans to run today because of a lunch get together.

Runners need to be so careful on the snowy roads.

It was so much easier last week. 

11:57 pm est 

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Mild Storm

 

Most snow storms do not live up to their hype. It was one of the lead news stories of the week.

We were suppose to get up to 24 inches, but ended up with about eight.  

It's very difficult to predict the weather. It's even a bigger challenge to get depth of the snowfall right. lt can be just a guess. 

4:46 pm est 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Trying To Avoid Closure

 

A number of small private colleges are fighting to stay alive because of financial and enrollment issues. 

Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass is looking for a partner to merge with. They are thinking about not admitting a freshman class this fall because of their situation. 

No school has stepped forward to partner with them. It might only be a matter of time before they reach the end. 

7:01 pm est 

Will It Snow?

 

It will be interesting to see how much snow we get this weekend. The forecasts vary so much.

I think it's really difficult to get the weather right for any day.

11:49 pm est 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

A Good Bet In The Future

 

 

I think it's a great idea that the Governor proposed a bill that would allow professional sports gambling in Massachusetts.

The three licensed casinos would be the only ones who could accept wagers and would not allow any action on high school and college games.

A separate part of the bill would allow for betting on sports fantasy websites.

The state would get a piece of the action which could be as much as $30 million annually.

People are going to bet. Why not let the state make money on it. 

11:13 pm est 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Snow 19

 

The weather people owned the news the last two days with their forecast of snow on early Friday morning. Will that really happen? 

Some people really react too fast to what they hear. All you can ever do is keep listening and get updates.

11:44 pm est 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Endless Project

 

Whenever a public works project is outlined, you can guarantee that it will never be done in time or at projected cost.  

Mass DOT unveiled their plan to straighten a portion of the Mass Turnpike in Boston and free up a former train yard for redevelopment.

It would also create a viaduct for Soldiers Field Road to free up more green space. It all sounds like a great idea.

The only flaw with the project is that it will cost $1.1 billion and take eight years to complete. 

There is no way an eight year project will only cost $1.1 billion. Nobody really knows the final cost or construction time involved.

11:20 pm est 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Another Year of Thin Ice

 

You can do the same story every year at this time when we go through a series of cold days with very low temperatures. 

People foolishly think that the water has frozen on their favorite skating spot.

The news had two stories of people falling through the ice and being rescued.

I have not seen any safe ice around here. What they showed on the news certainly confirmed this.

People make some really bad decisions when it comes to frozen bodies of water. 

 

11:21 pm est 

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Hold The Balloons

 

I don't think it's a bad idea to ban the release of balloons.

You never want to disrespect anyone, but this thing has gotten old.

The balloons always fall to earth and have some type of impact.

11:18 pm est 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Betting Time

 

I don't understand why there is no support for allowing betting online on various games.  

Every state could regulate it and take a cut of the proceeds. 

There is so much money to be made here. Let the states regulate it. 

11:55 pm est 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Always Check The Weather

 

Only fools would think that we won't get any snow this winter, based on the weather now. They are so wrong. It can change so quickly.

Nobody can predict the weather. You can plan to the end and then have it all messed up because of it.

11:22 pm est 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Smaller Newspapers

 

I was rather surprised to see the weekly newspaper was only one section of twelve pages. They still only charge 75 cents, so it's no big deal, but how much longer can this paper survive? 

It was owned buy a business group, along with a number of other regional editions which catered to their local communities.

The group was recently purchased by a state pension plan which will be very focused on the bottom line. 

Newspapers survive by advertisement. Low revenue producers won't survive. My local weekly has a lot of ads. I wonder how much revenue they generate.

They will be judged by their profit or loss.

 

11:26 pm est 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Paper Is Better

 

In this day and age, it's hard to get a hard copy of many things.

My health insurance provider use to send a brochure annually, but now you need to request one. 

My copy arrived today. I need to review it in light of being on Medicare now as my primary insurance. 

6:52 pm est 

Sears Fighting To The End

 

Sears is trying to stay alive in spite of everything going on. Their stock is virtually worthless. 

Their name and brand have value, but how can they possibly go forward with any stores or other forms of retail.

They were the king at one time and now they fight to stay alive. 

 

11:26 pm est 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Less Would Be Better

 

Some restaurants charge too much and the portions are small. A place I was at today was the opposite.

The prices were reasonable with very big portions. I never like to waste food, so I brought my leftovers home.

I can only imagine how much stuff gets thrown out daily. 

6:28 pm est 

A Time To Wash

 

I washed and vacuumed my car today. Finally got the road sand off the mats. It's a challenge this time of year to keep it clean.

So far, we have avoided snow and slushy conditions. That could change at any moment. 

11:11 pm est 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

How Many Shows?

 

I'm trying to get a final count on my comedy shows since I started in 2003.

It should be around 971. I never wanted to miss counting a show.

11:59 pm est 

Friday, January 4, 2019

No Well

 

At this point in my life, I have never owned a house and don't know if I ever will. 

If it happens, I would want one that has public sewerage and drinking water. I have no desire to have a well or septic system.

A couple in New Hampshire is drilling their fifth well on their property after the others ran dry. They can only hope this works.

It seems so crazy that people with public water waste it so much by running the faucet when there is no need to do it. 

 

11:21 pm est 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Since 1827

 

The restaurant business is really tough. You can't stay open if you don't turn a profit.

It was almost inevitable that the legendary Durgin Park in Boston at Quincy Market would finally close after being in business since 1827.

It was owned by a restaurant group and was not performing well. The decision was made to end the run.

They still have the option to sell or lease the name.

11:17 pm est 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

They Don't Want Comcast

 

It seems hard to believe that in this day of technology that over 120 town in central and western Massachusetts do not have high-speed internet. Residents are forced to deal with dial-up or DSL modems. 

The 1,000 residents of Charlemont have decided to say no to Comcast and build their own system for $1.5 million. 

This is a big financial commitment for a town their size, but the residents wanted to be have greater control of the process. 

Will other towns follow suit? How long will it take for the entire state to have high speed access? 

1:51 pm est 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

No To Plunging

 

The news always has a story of people who plunge into bodies of water on New Year's Day. It's a tradition for many. 

People do this for a variety of reasons and causes. I commend them for doing it, but that is one thing I will never do. 

6:27 pm est 


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