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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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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Just Say No To Woodstock

It looks like the 50th anniversary of Woodstock will not be taking place this summer.
 
This was such a lame idea form the start. How could you recreate a once in a lifetime moment?

One investor said that they could not guarantee an event worthy of the Woodstock brand. They certainly got that right. 

Let it rest. 
11:44 pm edt 

Monday, April 29, 2019

Stay Out of Caves

I would never attempt to explore a cave. There are so many ways it could end badly.
 
Over the weekend, five men were trapped underground in a cave in Virginia. They were finally rescued by first responders who had to put themselves in harm's way to save them.
 
It also sounds like the men were very poorly prepared for their ordeal. It was selfish on their part to be so careless.
10:52 pm edt 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

It's The Same Thing

It seems like the US NAVY is finally recognizing that there are UFO's out there.
 
We have seen so many instances of things that can't be explained.
 
I'm not sure why they decided to change the classification to "Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon".
 
It's the same thing in the end.
11:42 pm edt 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Do They Need It?

The Kraft family owns the New England Revolution and the Patriots. For the longest time, they have wanted to build a 25,000 seat soccer venue in the Boston area.
 
Some of the best parcels  are no longer available. Construction costs are now estimated to be $400 million and climbing.
 
Will this ever get built? To make it financially feasible, they will need to use it for more than 18 soccer games. Location is so critical, but the list is getting short. 
2:58 pm edt 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Weather or Not

It is raining so hard tonight.  Warmer days are ahead.

The temperature changes so fast.
 
Nobody knows what will happen when it comes to the weather.
 
We can only try to make plans.
11:48 pm edt 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Spring 2019 Is The Same

Today was such a beautiful spring day. It was in the low 60's.
 
The weather for tomorrow doesn't look good. They hype it up so much.
 
People will complain if it rains. They will say there is no spring. 
11:47 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

No Need To Look Up

Drivers always need to be aware of pedestrians. They can come out of nowhere at the last minute.
 
As I approached an intersection today, someone was walking towards the crosswalk. I stopped and waited as they approached. They never lifted their head from their smart phone to look around.
 
How could they be so careless? As a pedestrian, they have some responsibility to pay attention. That doesn't always happen these days. 
5:44 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Not A Fountain

There are so many superstitions in this world. People do things for various reasons.
 
In China, some are throwing coins at airplanes for good luck. They mean well, but coins are getting into the engines.
 
A recent situation caused a 78 minute delay. I wonder if the passengers knew. 
11:42 pm edt 

Monday, April 22, 2019

That Printer

My printer/scanner and a fax (which I never set up) still do the job, but are so outdated.
 
My HP goes back to 2006 when it was very state of the art, but now looks like a hulking dinosaur.
 
I have paid for it several times over with the price of ink cartridges. 
 
It takes forever to scan anything. That needs to get better. 
11:26 pm edt 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Enjoy Spring 2019

We are in the last third of April and headed so fast to May. Summer will be upon us before we know.
 
We have cold and warm days. it's no different from the past.
 
Spring is happening before us. 
11:37 pm edt 

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Can't Wynn Them Over

The $2.6 billion Wynn Resorts casino in Everett is scheduled to open in June. It's located on a former hazardous waste site which underwent a huge cleanup.
 
It should have a positive impact on the area economy, but not everyone is happy over its appearance.
 
Some people have decided to become architectural critics. They say the place looks too much like the Wynn properties on the Las Vegas Strip.

 
They are certainly correct about that. The company makes no apologies for using their classic look.
 
It wouldn't matter what the place looked like. Some people would never be happy. 
1:43 pm edt 

Friday, April 19, 2019

The Slow Reader

My local library is so awesome with its access to the regional catalogue of everything. 
 
I have five items checked out. My account has been flagged because I owe 75 cents. I will pay it the next time I'm there.
 
I wish I could read faster. It would make things so much easier. 
 
It takes so long for me to read anything.
11:02 pm edt 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

More Will Follow

Electric scooters are accidents waiting to happen. A 24 year old local man was killed last night when he struck a SUV head on after crossing the solid line. He wasn't wearing a helmet and died at the scene.
 
It was a very unfortunate situation, but it won't be the last. Many operators are careless and place themselves in risky situations. 

1:35 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dodging One In NYC

We live in a crazy world where things suddenly happen and impact many.
 
It was shocking to hear about the incident at St Patrick's Cathedral in NYC where security stopped a guy with two cans of gasoline and a lighter.
 
I've been to the cathedral countless times and know the exact spot where he came in contact with the bag check.
 
Security did a tremendous job. At any given time, there are a few hundred people in the place. 
11:06 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Trees Down In Cemetery

The cemetery down the street from me did a great job cutting down some pine trees that had been there too long. It looks so much better now.

They really blocked the view of the memorial wall of cremation internments. 

The cemetery worked so well to build and blend it into the landscape They will continue to sell the 1,500  places over the years.
 
It was a great money making idea.
 
 
 
11:39 pm edt 

Monday, April 15, 2019

The Electric Nightmare

Bike sharing services are seen as a way to relieve traffic congestion in cities. It's an idea that has some logic behind it, but the reality is different.
 
From my own experience, I have been very careful crossing streets that have dedicated bike lanes. Riders are often reckless and have no regard for traffic laws.
 
The push to have electric bikes looked like a bad idea from the start. That has been the case as cities like San Francisco, Washington DC and New York City have pulled them from the streets after several mishaps.
 
There have been fatalities across the country with the shared bikes. The electric ones will only make things worse.
12:48 pm edt 

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Replacing Radio Shack

A few weeks ago, I got a new surge protector for my computer, monitor, router and printer. The old one had an issue.
 
Today, I bought another one for my smart TV and DVD player. It was way overdue because it was a Radio Shack product at least 15 years old.
 
Everything is up to date now. 
5:36 pm edt 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Leaning Towers

I wonder what will happen to the 58 story condo tower in Manhattan that isn't finished, but is already leaning three inches forward.
 
The greedy developer decided not to drive piles into the ground in order to save $6 million in construction costs. The tower sits on a concrete foundation, but it's not working out.
 
Experts say that tenants can expect doors to suddenly open at random. How do they expect to sell the units with this issue at hand?
 
There is a building in San Francisco that has the same problem, but people are already living there. I imagine it must be difficult to sell those units.
 
This is all a result of greed by those involved. 
 
 
9:11 pm edt 

Friday, April 12, 2019

Boring Drones

Why did someone fly a drone over Fenway Park last night during a game? That was so dangerous and could have resulted in injury or death for players and fans. The FAA is investigating.
 
It seems like a lot of people who fly them don't care about how it could effect others. They exhibit very selfish behavior. It hurts the ones who fly them responsibly. 
 
11:25 pm edt 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Paper Forever

I have been working on my taxes tonight. There are many changes to deal with, but things make sense if you take the time to analyze it.
 
Most taxpayers and paid preparers file electronically. I still do it the old fashioned way on paper forms. They are my preference.
 
I don't think we will ever get to a point where paper is eliminated.  
11:44 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Don't Toss The Axe

People come up with many bad ideas.
 
It seems like axe-throwing in bars has become popular. People who do it say it's a great way to relieve stress.
 
A video on social media showed a woman throwing her axe at a target. Unfortunately, it bounced back and almost hit her in the head. She dodged a direct hit .
 
One of her friends filmed and posted it to social media.
 
It was a big hit because nobody got hurt. What would've happened if she got struck and injured? Everything is great until someone gets hurt. 
9:36 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

DSL Time

I had my longest call ever today at 45 minutes with a Verizon customer service representative.
 
It was a complex issue involving more than just my internet service. It turned out that my power strip needs to be replaced. I will also be getting a new DSL/router from Verizon at a cost of $65.
 
My current DSL goes back to 2006. It was time for an update. That's a lifetime ago in the world of technology.
11:41 pm edt 

Monday, April 8, 2019

By May 1st

April weather is so unpredictable. In the last week, it has varied from the 30's to the high 60's.
 
This evening I was out and it was rather cold at 37. I was dressed in layers because I'm trying to wean myself off my winter coat before taking it to the cleaners.
 
I wonder when I will wear it for the last time. It might not be until May. 
9:44 pm edt 

Friday, April 5, 2019

More Business For The ER

The town of Brookline unveiled its electric scooter rental program. This is an accident waiting to happen.
 
Proponents say they are great for the environment and will take cars off the street. They are right about that, but dangerous to operate.
 
During a press briefing, a rider demonsttrating a scooter fell off and suffered a cut that required stitches. That person will be the first of many to get hurt. 
7:15 pm edt 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Storing Stuff

People want something done with abandoned stores at shopping centers. They have wishful ideas for stores that can never survive on a long term basis.
 
A local plaza has a huge eyesore that people complain about. There is a proposal to renovate the building into a high-end storage unit facility. It looks very nice in the renderings.
 
No matter what is proposed for the site, some people will never be happy.  It will bring a big improvement to that part of the plaza which looks quite decayed at this point.
11:13 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Nobody Wants Trash

I drove by an enormous recycling facility today. It was filled with bundles of recycled waste.
 
I'm not sure how long it has been around, but the news is filled with stories about the demise of recycling.  
 
Many of our products being sent to China get rejected by them for various reasons.
 
Some communities have ended recycling and send their stuff to landfills.
 
Only a small part of trash actually gets recycled. The future of the market doesn't look very good. 
7:36 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

No To The Farm

A proposal for a two acre local solar farm was shot down because of opposition from neighbors.
 
Located in a rural part of town, the farm would generate enough electricity to power 40 homes. 
 
Solar farms have their purpose, but are a blight on the landscape. They should be confined to former landfills and other sites that cannot be used for other purposes.
 
Parents won't take their kids to play on a field that was a former landfill. A solar farm is the best use for the land. 
10:53 pm edt 

Monday, April 1, 2019

How To Burden The Public

 

Politicians come up with some really bad ideas. It happens everywhere. The decision by the New York State Legislature to implement "congestive pricing" in Manhattan will be a financial burden for individuals and businesses.

Any vehicle traveling below 60th St will be subject to the undetermined assessment. Revenue raised will go towards public transportation.

New York City has a massive traffic problem, but I don't think this is the best solution. 

 

8:19 pm edt 


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