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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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Sunday, June 30, 2019

No Match For Lightning

I was all set to walk out the door this afternoon for a run. Dressed and ready to go before I heard the gigantic thunder crash.

It turns out that a 175 foot historic brick smokestack about a half mile away was struck by lightning. The damage shown on the news was amazing. 
 
The power of lightning will end up bringing this historic structure down.
 
City officials ordered the evacuation of the building next to it because of the concern that it could topple over.
 
It would be great to save the smokestack, but nobody is moving back home until the threat of toppling is eliminated.
 
 
11:27 pm edt 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Bet On New Jersey

States that are considering legal sports betting should look at the success of New Jersey.
 
The Garden State has already surpassed  Nevada in sports wagers by $1.5 million with $318.9 million for the month of May. That resulted in a tax haul of $15.5 million.
 
More money will flow into state coffers as New Jersey continues to have little competition. 
 
 
2:29 pm edt 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Cape Dining

We have made it this far without a beach closing because of sharks, but we had one today in Duxbury.

Once you have a sighting, you need to get everyone out of the water. 
 
The news showed the seal population on the Cape. It's just a buffet for the sharks. They will never eat all of them.
11:19 pm edt 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Full of Water

Meat is often sold with the label "pre-cooked" weight. It's shocking how much water it contains, especially chicken.
 
When I buy ground beef and chicken, I always buy the same amount, but factor in shrinkage. That way my meal will be the right size.
6:10 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Another Strange Computer Issue

I think my problem of updating this website has been resolved. I was unable to access the host last night for whatever reason.
 
The problem continued this morning. I finally reset my DSL modem. Things appear to be fine now. I have no idea what caused this. 
12:41 pm edt 

Monday, June 24, 2019

A Bunch of Hot Air

I have never been a fan of hot-air balloons. They are dangerous to the passengers and those on the ground. Pilots often have little or no control over where they land. 
 
The news showed video of a balloon mowing down a crowd at an event in Missouri. People were knocked aside by the basket as the pilot attempted to land it. Fortunately, nobody was killed.
 
A year doesn't go by when we don't see a story of a crash into power lines or some other freak accident. 
2:41 pm edt 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Wear Your Seat Belt

You can't force people to wear seat belts, but it's never a bad idea to use them. Some don't believe that government should be involved in this decision.
 
Massachusetts has a compliance rate of 81.6% compared to 89.7% nationally.These numbers remains constant.
 
One number that keeps changing is the amount of auto fatalities in the state.  In 2017, 217 people were killed on Massachusetts roads. Over 62% were not wearing a seat belt. 
 
People can believe whatever they want about passenger restraints, but the numbers don't lie. 
8:20 pm edt 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Encore Time 2019

The Encore Boston Harbor Casino opens tomorrow at 8am after all these years and $2.6 billion cost.
 
How will the traffic be? Nobody really knows as they are trying to have customers rely on "public transportation"
 
How many cars can they really park and deal with? A lot will happen tomorrow.
 
11:37 pm edt 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Lot of Countries Out There

There are 195 countries in this world. That number could change in either direction in future years.
 
The news had a great story of a guy who made a lifetime commitment to visit every country. It took him 36 years, but he finally finished.
 
What a lifetime of memories for him. 
11:33 pm edt 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Spring 2019 Ending

Summer begins tomorrow at 11:54am. We are in the final minutes of the last full day of spring.
 
It went by fast. Summer will pass quickly. Daylight will begin to decrease. It always happens. 
11:50 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Trains Not Moving

I have always been a fan of Amtrak and used it for travel to New York City. I still want to travel to Portland on the Downeaster.
 
It was disappointing to hear of the trains shutting down this afternoon between New York and Philadelphia for almost one hour because of a "voltage issue".
 
We all want public transportation to be dependable, but you never know once you step on board.
11:55 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Can't Stay On Track

The MBTA continues to be a great example of a poorly run urban transportation system.
 
Their latest problem involved two separate train derailments. Nobody was hurt, but service was disrupted. One incident is still causing delays because of issues with the track signals.
 
One of the derailed cars was 50 years old. The T admitted that they have over 70 cars in service that age.
 
They certainly got their money's worth from them, but they have outlived their useful service life.
 
Ordering new cars takes forever before they are finally delivered. Most of them are made in China. 
11:20 pm edt 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Lights Out

I wonder why the power went out for about five minutes tonight around 10:45pm.

Things went dim for a second before a total blackout which went away quickly.
 
I will probably look at the local community Facebook pages while sifting through all the stupid comments.
 
11:17 pm edt 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bug Time

Bug bites can be tough. I got bitten by a black fly while running up Mt Washington yesterday. It left a mark on my forehead.
 
The bugs were all around everyone, even the people going down. They were really out there. 
11:23 pm edt 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

So Many Different Beers

I don't drink craft beers, but I bought some today to bring to a cookout tomorrow. The store I went to was rather small, but had a huge selection.
 
I wonder if there is a list somewhere of all the ones on the market. That would be quite a challenge as so many are regional brands.
 
It's a big industry that keeps growing. 
8:42 pm edt 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Finish by 2026

Cathedrals often take decades or even centuries to complete. It's a very long process in most cases, often being delayed by the events of their time.
 
Barcelona has approved a building permit through 2026 for work being done on La Sagrada Familia Basilica which originally began on March 19, 1882.
 
Work is in full progress with cranes on the site. There is considerable desire to finish the project this time after undergoing design changes through the years.
 
Every cathedral in the world has their own story to tell from start to finish. 
7:56 pm edt 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cutting Car Congestion

 

New York City is finally doing something about the proliferation of Uber and Lyft vehicles on the city streets. They have decimated the taxi cab industry.

The city will now cap the total drivers at 86,000. They provide over 800,000 daily rides, but add to the congestion when they drive around without passengers.

The empty cars contribute to a third of the vehicles below 60th street. They will now be prohibited from cruising in the central business area. It should help alleviate the nightmare of traffic that is a daily routine. 

 

6:41 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

That Great Ship

The Boston Globe had the obituary of a former US Navy officer who served aboard the USS Massachusetts and USS Missouri during World War II.
 
My father and him served time together in the early days of the war. I wonder if they ever interacted before he moved on to the Missouri.
 
It's hard to believe that 1,500 men lived on those ships. 
11:44 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

That Car Costs More

My 2019 Toyota Corolla has worked out well. I brought it back to the dealership today to address a paint problem on the front black grill. They ended up replacing it.
 
I was given a free rental today of a RAV4. Such a nice vehicle. Very different from what I drive and more expensive.
11:28 pm edt 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Don't Fly Zone

I never thought it was a good idea for helicopters to fly over Manhattan. With the exception of law enforcement, they should stick to routes along the rivers.
 
A pilot picked the worst time to fly today with the fog and rain. He crashed onto the top of a building on 7th Ave near 52nd St.  
 
It proved to be fatal for him, but nobody else was hurt. Why was he flying in such bad weather? it makes no sense and we might never know. 
8:00 pm edt 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Walk Of His Life

A 71 year old veteran from Newburyport began his attempt to walk 3,700 miles across America to raise awareness over veteran issues.
 
He expects it to take several months to finish. I wonder if he will be successful. How do you measure it? What happens if he does only 2,000 miles?
 
 
11:02 pm edt 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Too Much Driving

I know someone on Facebook who is a charter bus driver. He has a lot of postings about his various trips.
 
It sounds like he drives too much. He can legally be on the road for ten hours which seems like quite a bit.
 
He has so much responsibility and must be alert at all times. 
11:12 pm edt 

Friday, June 7, 2019

It's Only Phase One

The opening of the Encore Casino in Everett is so close to happening. Now we hear of a parking issue for employees.
 
This should have been resolved long ago. They want spaces in the Wellington T Garage that commuters use.
 
When it comes to actual parking spaces, nobody knows the real number. Space counts are very flexible.  

At some point, the casino will need to propose another parking garage and deal with community objections. 
11:16 pm edt 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Not The Place To Live

Developers are willing to build housing almost anywhere as long as the area is zoned for it. They will do their best to change the zoning code if necessary.
 
The other day, I drove by a series of multi-story buildings on land that was always zoned for commercial structures. Apparently, they were able to get it changed for housing.
 
The buildings look very nice and should be filled up quickly. The only issue is that some of them are in a direct line for the flight path of a general aviation airport.
 
Many small aircraft take off and land on an hourly basis, but the runway is long enough to handle small jets.
 
Everything will be fine until there is an incident. A few years ago, a pilot was flying a small plane and crashed into another set of building. He was killed, but some of the residents were displace for several months.
 
Both developments are too close to the airport, but that doesn't seem to matter these days. 
 
 
4:54 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Pitching Decision

The news had a story of an area high school baseball player who was drafted by the Red Sox today in the 11th round. What should he do?
 
He can sign for some quick cash, but what happens after that? He can also go to Northeastern where they have a good program.
 
As a pitcher, his career is his arm. What happens if he gets hurt in college? 
 
It's the biggest decision of his life. 
11:13 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Climbing Around Them

This climbing season at Mt Everest has been horrible with 13 fatalities so far. Too many permits have been issued which has resulted in overcrowded conditions at the summit. Deaths often occur when climbers run out of oxygen cannisters.
 
The warming temperatures have revealed a grizzly scene. Bodies of deceased climbers are now being exposed after decades of being buried and frozen.
 
Since Edmund Hillary conquered the mountain over 60 years ago, more than 300 have perished. Their bodies have been left in place due to the danger in bringing them down. Many of them now weigh over 300 pounds due to their frozen condition.
 
Unless the victims are at an elevation of less than 21,000 feet, they are left where they fell. Climbers often report having to navigate around them.
 
A recent cleanup hauled away a couple of tons of trash left by climbers. The entire scene needs to be examined. Something is very wrong there. 
6:18 pm edt 

Monday, June 3, 2019

Two Monthly Bills

I keep track of my utility bills. My electricity averages about $40 per month.
 
I cook and heat with gas. My cooking cost averages $14 per month, while I spent about $350 in 2018 to heat my apartment. 
 
My heating costs have always been reasonable to me. 
10:14 pm edt 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Making Mistakes For Money

I still do my own taxes and use paper forms. As careful as I am, it's easy to make a mistake. I checked my computations multiple times.
 
When my refund finally showed up in my checking account, it contained an additional $200. I received a notice from the IRS saying that I had made a mistake computing my tax using a worksheet.
 
After examining my copy, it looks like I made a real basic error. I don't understand why I never caught it. 
6:07 pm edt 

Saturday, June 1, 2019

All About The Sox

It seems like the city of Worcester has a cut a deal to host the former Pawtucket Red Sox.
 
The new ballpark is expected to light a fire for development. Hotels are on the way.
 
This is so great for Worcester. 
11:01 pm edt 


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