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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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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bird Strike

 

I can't imagine being on the plane that left Logan airport and struck a bird shortly into the flight. The plane was bound for LaGuardia, but made a safe landing in Boston.

The news coverage showed the plane with blood splattered all over the windshield. It must have been frightening for those on board. 

There are too many bird strikes at airports around the country. Something must be done to address this. The solution might not make everyone happy. 

11:43 pm edt 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Six Years Too Late.

 

I keep getting junk mail that will outlive me. I received a letter about it being my last chance to get an extended warranty on my 2011 Toyota Corolla. 

It looks like a reasonable deal, but I traded the car back in 2013. I wonder who owns it now. 

5:52 pm edt 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Taken For A Ride

 

Public transportation gets a subsidy from the government no matter where it is. Subways and bus systems could not provide affordable rides without public help.  

The water taxi program in New York City seems to be out of control. The current program attracts few riders along its routes, especially during cold weather. Each ride already gets a subsidy of $10.73 per passenger.

Plans to expand the system with more shuttles and routes will increase the subsidy to $24.75 per ride.

This doesn't seem to matter to City Hall. By 2022, this is expected to cost the city $638.5 million.

1:09 pm edt 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

They Just Barge In

 

New York City has always been the king of neon signs. Now it's all about LED's. Bigger is always seen as better.

The latest controversy involves large LED displays being towed on barges on the East and Hudson Rivers.  

City officials consider them to be a nuisance and in violation of zoning laws. Any effort to curb them would present interesting legal issues. 

1:38 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Making It Look Better

 

Empty store fronts are always a bad economic indicator. In some instances, there are too many retail places.  

Art is now popping up in some of these empty spaces. It's not the solution, but the displays dress up the empty windows and make for a better appearance. 

12:53 pm edt 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Plastic Stomachs

 

There is no doubt that plastic in the ocean causes all sorts of problems for anything that swims in it.

After a 15 foot whale washed ashore in the Philippines, its 1,100 pound carcass was opened up. Inside the stomach was 88 pounds of plastic.

Whales especially love bags because it gives them a sense of having a full stomach.

In the end, it was the cause of death. There are probably many other whales out there with stomachs full of plastic waste. 

6:09 pm edt 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Shop & Drink

 

Should "upscale" food markets be allowed to serve small amounts of alcohol to shoppers? It's a great way to bring people through the door.

11:30 pm edt 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Safe Crossing

 

Many proposed laws never see the light of day. Some of them are too crazy, but one in Connecticut should be looked at.  

There is a proposal to allow pedestrians to be ticketed for "distracted walking" if they are looking at their phone while trying to cross a street.

People are so into their devices that they can't put it aside even for their own safety.

Drivers always need to keep an eye on them, but pedestrians need to do their part. 

1:03 pm edt 

Friday, March 22, 2019

House of Moss

 

There are some nice old houses in my neighborhood.

For many years, a small 60 year old Cape with moss growing on the roof, looked in distress.

The last couple of days have seen an industrial dumpster there and a guy carrying bags out of the house and tossing them in.

I have no doubt that it will have a total rehab and more.

It will look awesome in the end and make a profit for the seller.

11:27 pm edt 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Old Yogurt

 

Everyone feels differently when it comes to expiration dates on food products. 

Someone on Facebook mentioned that they were eating yogurt with an expiration date back in November. Several mentioned yogurt products older than that.

I don't willingly eat stuff past the expiration date because I feel some food goes bad. 

11:31 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Spring 2019 Is Here

 

The first day of spring is in its final minutes. The season has so much potential. 

Will we have the great spring that everyone wants?

People always complain about the associated bad weather. Who knows how this will transition into summer? 

11:53 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

They Want New Ones

 

Many communities are suddenly declaring schools built in the 1950's and 60's as obsolete. 

A local regional school district wants to replace their junior and senior high schools which were built in 1967 and 1956 for a total cost of $146.3 million.

The two schools located on the same campus would become a three storey building for grades 7-12.

There doesn't seem to be any discussion about fixing the older buildings. People want new schools for their kids. 

6:04 pm edt 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Big File Loss

 

I was never involved in MySpace. It had a brief run before losing out in popularity to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

It has lost considerable value in recent years while being sold several times. It became a hosting site for musicians and their music. 

Today they announced that a server problem caused the loss of all files from 2003-2015. This included 50 million songs from 14 million artists.

Nobody really knows what the next step is, but any recovery of the lost material is very doubtful.

 

1:57 pm edt 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

No Vaults

 

I was surprised to see such a blatant reporting error in a story on the Boston 11pm news tonight. 

It was a nice bit on a 84 year old woman who competes in track and field events. They were talking about her pole vaulting, but showed video of high jumping with a graphic indicating a vault.

The woman was amazing. It's too bad they couldn't get the story right. 

 

11:32 pm edt 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Old Pipes Break

 

There are so many old water and sewer pipes under our streets. It's a constant challenge to address the problems when they break. 

The other day a two foot section of a 16 inch water main ruptured and created a major flood in the Back Bay of Boston. 

The pipe had been there since 1875. 

7:10 pm edt 

Friday, March 15, 2019

It Starts With The Third Floor

 

Malls are closing on a regular basis all across America. There are too many retail stores and not enough sales to keep them all viable. 

The CambridgeSide Galleria is closing its top floor and converting the stores to office rental. With its close proximity to Kendall Square, there is a great need for office space.

This is probaly the first step to the eventual closing of the mall. It has struggled for years. 

5:34 pm edt 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The End of Winter 2019 Is Near

 

As we head into St Patrick's Day weekend, the end of winter is before us. By this time next week, it will be over. 

Spring will certainly have its issues. Weather is always a factor and can influence plans.

Only a fool would think that we could never get another bit of snow again. I've seen some pretty crazy weather over the years. 

 

 

11:30 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Feeding The Sharks

 

Shark sightings off the coast of Cape Cod were a light story in recent years until there was a fatal attack last summer.

It was inevitable because of the large seal population which provided an endless food supply.

Officials are taking a stronger stance in trying to educate the public about the dangers in the water. Some people think they can peacefully coexist with the sharks. 

Will it happen again? Nobody ever expected a fatal attack. 

5:47 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Not In Hot Water

 

My apartment building lost hot water last night when one of the heaters failed. My landlord wasn't able to fix it today, so we will wait until tomorrow. 

I showered at my gym today. The cold water in my bathroom was just too much.

We have been having trouble with hot water for the past month. It looks like it finally came to a head today. 

8:48 pm edt 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Planning Lunches

 

I think people keep food for too long. Some do it out of necessity. Healthy eating is a challenge, but just having enough to eat can be a bigger one.

Many people have no problem preparing their Monday through Friday meals ahead of time. Kids school lunches are done for the week. 

Some think cold cuts last forever. 

11:27 pm edt 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Drive To Nowhere

 

When I was younger, kids couldn't wait until they became old enough to drive. 

For the last few decades, there has been a consistent trend for younger people not getting their license.

Back in 1983, 87.3% had one by the time they were 19. In 2014, that figure dropped to 69%. 

What is the cause of this? We see it in other age groups too. Trends like this certainly impact car sales among other things. 

 

2:10 pm edt 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Taken For A Ride

 

Uber and Lyft dominate the ride sharing market, but also lose a ton of money.

Lyft will be raising cash through an IPO. Documents released show the company lost $911 million in 2018. Uber also had huge loses.

At what point will these companies be profitable? Buying stock like this is a risk for any investor. Nobody likes to lose their money. 

4:41 pm est 

Friday, March 8, 2019

A Pile of Bricks

 

Deteriorating buildings are a blight on a neighborhood and can lower the value of surrounding properties. 

I'm a big supporter of historic preservation, but some have no connection to it.

A local home has been an eyesore for decades. Nothing was ever done to address the problem. The house was beyond repair and had also been used for car repairs.

When I drove by today, the structure was a pile of rubble. I have no doubt that a duplex will rise from the site, but the soil on the lot is probably contaminated to some extent from the years of automotive fluids.  

4:44 pm est 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Age of Adults

 

There is a proposal to lower the voting age to 16. What is the proper age for adult things?

The age limits on buying alcohol and tobacco products don't make any sense if they lower the voting age.

You can join the military at 18, but can't buy a smoke or a drink. 

When are kids considered adults? 

2:55 pm est 

They Drive Too Fast

 

It's hard to believe that Maine had it's 9th snowmobile death of the season. That is far too many, but what can we really do about it?

People drive their machines much too fast. They want to do it. It's part of the whole experience of being out there.

11:11 pm est 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Ready For Beer Sales

 

After 162 years, the town of Rockport, Mass is finally allowing one store to sell beer and wine.

All efforts in the past to get a liquor license have met with failure. 

The town has a long history of being dry, but it seems odd that it would ban the stores in light of its big tourism industry.

3:40 pm est 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Providing Their Own Ride

 

NASA and SpaceX had a huge accomplishment the other day when they launched their Dragon capsule for a trip to the International Space Station.

It's one of the final steps before NASA is able to send astronauts on missions without paying Russia $82 million for a seat on one of their rockets.

The $8 billion invested by NASA is a great example of partnering with the private sector in the space travel industry. 

1:50 pm est 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Giving Up Jackpots

 

Every state that has a lottery has unclaimed prizes. It happens for whatever reason. They usually give players one year to come forward and claim their money.  

Massachusetts has two prizes of $100,000 each that will be forfeited in the next few weeks if nobody comes forward. The money will revert to the state treasury. 

Each unclaimed ticket has a story behind it.   

1:04 pm est 

Friday, March 1, 2019

Time For New Shoes

 

Running shoes are overpriced and never last as long as they should. My latest pair was no exception. 

Upon examining them before my run today, I decided the outer sole wear was sufficient enough to stop wearing them. This was after about 450 miles.

My running style promotes wear on certain parts of the heels to the point where the shoes need to be replaced.

7:11 pm est 


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