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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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Tues, July 23  Winner's Circle 

                       211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass  8pm 

Thurs, Aug 8    Fody's Tavern

                         16 Clinton St.  Nashua, NH  8pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Leaking All This Time

During World Was II, German U-boats sunk over 148 tankers and other ships off the East coast.
 
One tanker near Southampton, Long Island has been leaking oil. When it sank in 1942, it had two million gallons of it. So far, they have drained 62,000 gallons. 
 
How much has leaked? How much is left? Nobody really knows.
11:06 pm edt 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

That PC

Is my computer too old at this point? It goes back to 2013 which is so long ago.
11:58 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Can't Jump The Bridge

Life is full of bad decisions. Some of them have very dire consequences.
 
Two men in Louisiana thought they could imitate the famous scene in the "Blues Brothers" movie where they drove a car up and over an opening draw bridge.
 
It worked out great in the movie, but in real life, the car failed to make it to the other size and promptly sank with the occupants inside.
 
It was a sad ending for two lives. What were they thinking? 
4:42 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Only On Sunday

It should be quite a scene in Times Square on Sunday, June 23rd when daredevil Nik Wallenda attempts a 1,300 foot high-wire walk 25 stories about the streets of Manhattan.
 
His sister will start walking from the other end before they meet somewhere in the middle.
 
It will take place during a two hour live TV broadcast. Unspecified safety measures will be in place.
 
The Wallenda family has done amazing feats, but this one should be very challenging with all of the distractions in Times Square. 
11:25 pm edt 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Swiming Too Far Out

You never want to hear the story of a 65 year old guy who was killed by a shark in Hawaii.
 
He was swimming very far from the shore when he was attacked.
 
It ended very badly. You can't trust the water these days. 
11:38 pm edt 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

It Got Hot

After all the rain in the last several weeks, we had a hot one today by a lot of standards.
 
It will only get warmer. People need to realize that. 
11:51 pm edt 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Whiten Them Up

I am trying tooth whitening strips for the first time with a ten day set. 
 
They feel a little awkward in my mouth. I can see why they tell you not to eat or drink during the 30 minutes of using them. They also create a lot of saliva.
 
We shall see how they work in ten days.  
10:53 pm edt 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Crazy Everest

Hikers spend enormous amounts of money to scale to the summit of Mt Everest.
 
This year only 380 permits were issued, but that didn't stop 320 of them for trying to get to the top all at once
 

Some spent too much time there and had trouble climbing down. They developed breathing problems and died.
 
So far, 17 have perished this season with 7 in the last week.
 
That is so unacceptable, but those who get a permit freely go into this and accept the  potential consequences. They wouldn't have it any other way. 
11:36 pm edt 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tale Of The Vape

The e-cigarette and vaping industry has exploded in recent years. Kids under 21 prefer them over cigarettes.
 
One of the biggest companies has been running radio ads advocating to change the age of purchasing the products from 18 to 21.
 
It seems like just a public relations ploy. So much of their business comes from kids. They don't want the cash faucet to shut off. It's easier to make a little noise about raising the age, but they will be sorry if it happens. 
 
 
6:25 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Air Was Free

I was surprised when I left around 7:15 this morning to see the low tire pressure light on. My left rear tire needed ten pounds of air.
 
This has happened in the past during times of extreme temperature shifts and humidity levels. It's a product of the tech cars of today. 
 
I was shocked to get free air at a local gas station. Never expected that. 
10:19 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Gambling On Less Revenue

Every state with casino gambling always ends up with too many facilities that fail to live up to their revenue projection.
 
We are seeing that here in Massachusetts with the two already open and the $2.6 billion Encore Casino in Everett scheduled to host customers  by the end of June.
 
The Wynn Company is now engaged in talks to sell it to MGM Grand which owns the one in Springfield. Massachusetts law only allows for one license per entity. MGM would need to sell in order to complete the transaction.
 
Mohegan Sun in Connecticut tried to get a license in western Mass at the time, but they lost out to MGM. They have been taking a hit on their revenue since then. What would they do with Springfield?
 
It seems a little late in the game for this action. The Gambling Commission would need to approve any decision. Meanwhile, the city of Everett and the 5,000 potential employees are waiting to see what will happen.
 
No matter the outcome, gambling revenue will remain stagnant. There are only so many dollars out there. It's a very hard industry to grow. 
11:54 am edt 

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Dangerous Trail

Those who hike along the Appalachian Trail really take a personal safety risk.
 
That was emphasized the other day after the story of an attack on a group of hikers which resulted in the death of one.
 
Some guy with a history of mental issues decided to attack the group while they camped overnight.
 
I could never sleep in the wilderness. I would spend all night worried about the wildlife and getting attacked by someone crazy.
 
It's amazing how many people complete this hike on the own or with others. 
10:24 pm edt 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

They Just React

 

Social media gives some people an opportunity to react before knowing all of the facts or asking questions. 

Yesterday afternoon, a car struck a utility pole and knocked out power for a few thousand customers. It was restored after about an hour.  

That didn't stop a local resident from going on a community Facebook page and bashing National Grid for the disruption on a beautiful spring day.

If they had scrolled though the page, they would have seen a notification from the local police about the incident. People were also posting about an accident being the cause. 

 

9:38 pm edt 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

They Want Our Rain

People who complain about the rainy spring around here should feel embarrassed in light of the 30 tornadoes in the mid-west today.
 
There might be more tomorrow. Some have been very destructive. So far people are safe, but that can change real fast.
 
I'm sure those people wouldn't mind having our weather this spring.
 
 
11:17 pm edt 

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Price Is Higher

The city of Lowell is still trying to determine whether to build a new high school or renovate the existing one.
 
Available land to build on is a challenging issue. The cost continues to climb, no matter which plan is selected.
 
The price of the renovation is $346 million at this point. Any estimate is usually wrong. A new school will cost more, but the price keeps getting higher.
 
You should be able to build quite a new school for $346 million, but public projects never work out that way. 
2:10 pm edt 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

They Say It's Healthy


You can try to eat healthy, but it's easy to get off track even trying to eat the "healthy menu" at restaurants.
 
How is the food prepared?
 
Everyone makes their own decisions on what they eat. It varies person to person.
 
For some people, they can eat anything they want without a negative effect on their health.
 
How do they do that?
 
 
11:39 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

It Went Down Fast

The news had a story and video of a helicopter crashing after taking off in Manhattan.

Fortunately, only the pilot was on board. He suffered minor injuries, along with a worker near the landing area. He was refueling and repositioning the aircraft before it suddenly went down.
 
I have never flown in one and have no desire. There are too many things that can go wrong. 
6:36 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Watch Out For Bricks

People in cities should feel comfortable walking on a sidewalk without fear of being struck by falling pieces of a building.
 
Last week, a Boston resident was struck by bricks that became loose from a facade.
 
It's almost impossible to check every building to determine their structural integrity. The burden is on the owners who often look the other way in order to cut costs.
 
It might not end well the next time it happens.
 
 
7:10 pm edt 

Monday, May 13, 2019

For The Future

The weather always gets the top billing on the local news stations. After the opening headlines, they give some time to the weather person who does a quick tease.
 
We have gone from having a forecast to a "future cast". That name got a life on its own in recent years.
 
So many stations use it now. No matter what they call it, they are not always accurate. 
5:43 pm edt 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Summer 2019 Is Too Hot
 
People waste too much time commenting about the weather.
 
There is nothing anyone can ever do about it. You never want to see a natural disaster, but a rainy day isn't that bad. It rains this time of the year. 
 
It's only a matter of time before they complain about a hazy, hot and humid day in the summer of 2019. 
10:45 pm edt 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

How To Ruin It

Building a tramway in the Grand Canyon is a terrible idea. It keeps resurfacing every few years. It's back again to take up space in the news cycle.
 
It would be an environmental disaster to build this.
 
We need to protect the canyon from ourselves.
11:39 pm edt 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Losing From The Start

Companies that only lose money are never a good investment. Ride share companies Uber and Lyft are now being publicly traded.
 
Since their initial IPO, both stocks have gone down in price. Neither company has ever shown a profit.
 
This should be a signal to investors, but many think they know something that others don't. 
5:58 pm edt 

Thursday, May 9, 2019

How To Waste $6.9 Billion

The Olympic Games cost too much money. The cost far outweighs any future economic benefit for the host city.
 
Los Angeles has increased the estimated price by $700 million to a new figure of $6.9 billion.
 
It's a crazy amount for an event that lasts only two weeks. Venues will get built and demolished after.
 
There is one thing certain about the Games in LA. They will never get done for $6.9 billion. Nobody can predict the final price. 
6:50 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Too Many Stopped

While I was driving on a state highway today, I saw what I thought was an accident. Cars were stopped on both sides of the road. I slowed down, expecting the worst.
 
It turns out it was two stray dogs. Well intentioned people created a dangerous situation. They were all trying to corral one of the dogs.
 
Meanwhile, they scared the other dog into the road in front of my car. I jammed on my brakes and everything on my passenger seat went flying onto the floor.
 
People need to be careful whenever they stop in traffic, especially along a state highway. 
5:34 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Only Half Decided

A local regional school district comprised of three towns voted to spend $146.3 million to build a new junior and senior high school.
 
Although the building cost will be paid mostly by the state, residents will see an increase in their property tax.
 
In a sign of the times, the town with the largest turnout of voters could only get 53% of them to the polls. Overall, about 50% of them decided the issue.
 
I'm sure people had their reason for not casting a vote, but they should not complain about the final decision.
 
Voter participation in America is terrible. People have no right to complain if they don't cast a ballot. 
1:24 pm edt 

Monday, May 6, 2019

Nothing Good Happens At That Hour

The Encore Casino in Everett wants to be able to serve drinks until 4am for those patrons on the gambling floor.
 
This sounds like a bad idea from the start. Critics say that it will be mostly patrons who only want to keep drinking after the regular 2am closing for bars in the area.
 
It would be one thing if everyone was staying at the site, but people will be getting behind the wheel of their car to drive home.
 
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is evaluating the request and will issue a ruling shortly. No matter what they decide, there will be those who are unhappy.
 
As they say, nothing good happens after 2am.
11:07 pm edt 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

They Won't Be Around When It Happens

I have been a member of the National Trust For Historic Preservation for over ten years. It only costs $20 annually.
 
They have a great magazine that discusses preservation issues of various buildings. I enjoy reading it cover to cover.
 
I knew that a building had to be at least 50 years old to get landmark status. An article explained the process where the architect cannot be living. It can only be done after their death.
 
At first, I thought it was a hard stance, but it was done so that nobody could get a free marketing boost or a pat on the back. It was also to have the building looked at in comparison to their overall body of work.
 
It makes sense.
8:22 pm edt 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Maybe In 2023

It was not a surprise to hear that the MBTA's new $700 million electronic toll collection program faces a big delay.  Numerous issues will keep it from happening until at least 2021. 
 
As it stands now, many riders on the commuter rail lines never get their tickets checked. The system looses money daily from them.
 
Last year, I took the Green Line from Riverside to Boston College using a Charlie Card. The system never deducted the return ride from my balance. I still have a free trip, but in no hurry to use it.
 
If they ever get the system in place, I hope they are able to collect fares from everyone. There is so much money lost annually.
 
Getting faster and more frequent service is another story. 
11:22 am edt 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Wasting Time On Field trips

It's that time of year again for students of all ages to take wasteful field trips.
 
They like them  because it's a day out of the classroom. Most trips are of dubious educational value.
 
I think it was great that a group of local 4th-6th graders  attended a STEM presentation in Boston yesterday, but what does that have to do watching an early afternoon Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park?
 
At least they sat in the cheap seats and kept the cost down for their family. 
12:57 pm edt 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Few Do The Most

I have a Twitter account, but have never tweeted. I follow a number of different public individuals from the political and sports world.
 
There is so much over the top stuff on the social media platform. It's hard to make sense of it all.
 
A recent study reported that the top 10% of the tweeters produce 80% of the tweets, while the bottom 90% of tweeters only do 20% of them.
 
Most people just sit on the sidelines and watch the craziness. 

1:51 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Help Wanted In Paris

The French government is determined to rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral within five years. Will it happen by then?
 
The reality is setting in over the shortage of skilled labor to carry out this task. They need at least 100 stone cutters, 100 masons, 150 carpenters and 200 roofers.
 
Some of this work is so specialized that the current labor force might not have the necessary skills from another era. 
 
 
 
1:56 pm edt 


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