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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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Thurs, Sept 26    Strange Brew Tavern

                             16 Market St.  Manchester, NH  9pm 

Thurs, Nov 21   Soho Restaurant

                          89 Lowell Rd.. Hudson, NH   7:30pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

The Big Hurricane

Hurricane Dorian is on an unpredictable path. Will it strike Florida first or head to Georgia and the Carolinas?
 
People are doing their best to prepare. The winds are up to 150 mph. So much can change before it strikes land.
 
Hopefully, it dies down and becomes a tropical storm. 
6:36 pm edt 

Friday, August 30, 2019

No Time For Donuts

Some people are willing to wait in lines for almost anything. Often there is no choice except to put up with it.
 
Popular restaurants are known for long waits. People will even stay in line for thirty minutes to buy a donut.
 
I saw that story on Facebook the other day. They had no issue waiting that long.
 
That won't ever be me. My last donut was in 1989. I don't plan on eating one soon. 
3:32 pm edt 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Not On The Water

Big cities have major transportation problems. There are too many cars on the streets and not enough dependable subways and buses.
 
Ideas are always proposed, but they often cost enormous amounts of money to make them a reality.
 
A recent proposal to increase water shuttles in Boston sounds good, but it will only appeal to a small segment of the population. Riders would be mostly from out of town and engaged in jobs where the cost didn't matter. 
5:23 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Keep Standing & Paddle

It's hard to believe that anyone could paddle board from San Francisco to Hawaii, but someone just did the 2,900  mile trip in 76 days.

No matter what, they made it with a small window to beat the record. They had enough supplies for 90 days.
 
What happens after that?
11:42 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Just Another Plan

We recently saw the latest plans to build over the Mass Turnpike in Boston. So many developers have failed before. Why will this one succeed?
 
It's a very ambitious plan that really maximizes the space. I like it, but don't think it will ever be built in this form.
 
The main goal for all is to start the job. It has never happened so far. 
11:49 pm edt 

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Last of the 19's

The auto industry spends a fortune on television ads to get buyers to their dealership.
 
Everything always seems to be on close out or end of the year deals.
 
When I bought my 2019 Toyota Corolla at the end of May, they  implied in their ads that it was all about getting them out the door on great deals for the customer.
 
I certainly got a great deal.
 
I enjoy watching a lot of the ads, but not all.  
11:42 pm edt 

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Ship Is Disappearing

There was a story on the news yesterday about the deterioration of the ruins of the Titanic.
 
An unmanned submarine recorded video for the first time in fifteen years which showed pronounced crumbling of all parts of the remains.
 
Not much can be done about it, especially at that depth. What is happening is just a natural course of events. 
11:36 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Live On Camera

After hearing a story, I checked out a website that offers live streaming services for funerals. It's a new thing in the funeral industry.
 
I think it has great potential. It gives the family the ability to digitally archive it for future generations.
 
It's not for everyone, but there is a select market out there.  
11:17 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The T Is Late

The MBTA faces a daily challenge to keep its equipment running and make timely trips for passengers. It doesn't always work out.
 
The newest plan to issue 10,000 transit passes to Boston Public School students in grades 7-12 should be interesting.
 
Kids would never want to depend on the T to get them to school on time. People in the working world are chronically late for work because of the T.
 
 
11:46 pm edt 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Just Read

I keep reserving great titles at my local library. So many great ones.
 
I will never live long enough to read the books I want to read.
 
Knowledge is important. 
11:51 pm edt 

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Loudest of 2019

In the last 30 minutes, we had a very loud and violent thunder storm. It sounded so close. I hope it didn't strike anything.
 
It rained very hard for about 20 minutes and then it was all gone. Such a strange storm. 
11:28 pm edt 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Time To Print


I wonder if they will print newspapers ten years from now. They are disappearing too soon.
 
It's all about the bottom line dollar. They need a profit to stay alive.
 
I hope they keep printing papers for a long time, but the future is very vague. 
11:50 pm edt 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Climbing Isn't That Safe

Mt Everest is so dangerous to try and conquer. Nine climbers died this year on the Nepal side.
 
People literally got sick or died from lack of oxygen while waiting in line to get to the summit. The human traffic jam was bizarre to see. It got worse when people died.
 
The Nepal government will now require climbers to show proof of scaling tall peaks, possess adequate training and provide certifications of good personal health and insurance to cover any potential rescue attempts.
 
It won't be a perfect system, but something needs to be done to prevent needless deaths during the experience of a lifetime. 
9:30 pm edt 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Can't Call The Fire Department

I saw a story of wild fires in the Arctic. It's happening in parts of Siberia, Alaska and Greenland.
 
Satellite photos show large patches of smoke from peat fires whch can burn for unimited time.
 
It's a new problem as global temperatures get slightly warmer.
 
How will it be in ten years? 
11:44 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Let's Plan On $3 Billion

I continue to believe that the 4.7 mile Green Line Extension will never be done by the end of 2021 or come in at the budgeted cost of $2.3 billion.
 
They are already falling behind schedule due to the plan to move a set of train tracks being used. Any unseen delays will push the opening time back.
 
Delays mean more cost. By the time it's finished, I bet it will cost over $3 billion. 
11:23 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Prune Time 2019

The owners of my apartment building started pruning the shrubs today. It will take almost three days with two buildings.
 
It was starting to look very ragged. Stuff grows so fast.
 
It's a big job for one guy. 
9:25 pm edt 

Monday, August 12, 2019

The Final 23

Someone shared a video on social media about it being 23 weeks until Christmas on Wednesday. That time will pass quickly.
 
There was a time when I had 23 weeks until the New York City Marathon, but I'm down to my last twelve.
 
We are facing the last six weeks of summer. These are some of the best for good weather.
10:38 pm edt 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Not Free On Holidays

The MTA in New York City is like a black hole that burns through money. Fares cannot take care of the cost of running the system. A taxpayer subsidy is part of the annual state budget.
 
Fare jumpers cost the system at least $275 million annually. Now a Brooklyn city councilor wants to offer free fares on six different holidays as a way to market the system and thank patrons for their business.
 
This doesn't make any sense as it would cost $8 million for each of the days involved.
 
More effort is needed on the fare evaders and providing timely trains. 
11:15 pm edt 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Not On My Wall For 2020

The year is almost two thirds over. There are only six weeks left to summer.
 
I started to receive 2020 calendars from charities a few months ago. They are relentless in their solicitations for money. 
 
The one I got yesterday had a suggested contribution starting at $35. They make potential donors feel their money isn't good enough. 
 
It ended up with my papers to be recycled.
2:02 pm edt 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Buying UMass Stuff

I was sorting some t-shirts tonight. It turns out I have 16 from UMass, one sweatshirt and a hoodie.
 
I also have few shirts that "retired" many years ago. They should be part of my final count.
 
In the end, I will never have a final count as I'll keep buying UMass stuff. It's always nice when you get free things at games.
11:43 pm edt 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

People Just Say It

Social media allows people to get on a soap box and spew their rhetoric for all to see.

Everything is instantaneous now. People say whatever is on their mind. They are able to hide behind the keyboard.
 
All of this technology has been a blessing and a curse. The world is changing because of it. 
5:54 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lightning Happens

There has been a lot of thunder and rain this evening. The news showed a story of lightning hitting the chimney of a house.
 
Lighting can show up real fast. You never want to be caught in a bad place.
11:27 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

No Pool For Me

I will never be able to end the stream of junk mail I get. Although I'm a renter, I get solicitations as if I owned the place.
 
I received an offer today for in-ground pools. I'm not a big fan of pools. They are a poor return  investment and don't do much to add value to the property.
 
In my case, I can't do anything as a renter. It's a waste of time to send this to me, in spite of having my apartment number in the address line. 
 
 
11:31 pm edt 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Can't Keep Them In The Classroom

New York City public school teachers face a number of challenges daily. The classroom can become a dangerous place real fast. Housing costs are out of control in the city.
 
It's easy to see why there is a teacher retention rate of less than 41% after five years. This has been a constant since 2008.
 
The pay doesn't help either with a starting salary of $57,000 for a bachelor's degree and $63,000 for a master's. They soon find out that they can do better in the suburbs. 
11:38 pm edt 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Library Forever

 

There are many great books about the history of libraries throughout civilization. They always existed and were very controversial.

The contents of most no longer exist. Whatever stays alive is a great look into the past. Museums do a great job in preserving whatever they receive.

11:32 pm edt 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Earmarks For All

Every politician loves earmarks for their district, city or town. They support them in federal and state budgets. It's a way to fund pet projects and get money to the people they represent.
 
The Massachusetts state budget of $43.3 billion for FY 2020 has a little bit for everyone. They impacted police, fire departments, veteran services, community programs, athletics and a host of other areas.
 
Locally, $300,000 was received for a veterans outreach center, $200,000 for a high school track and $250,000 for debt service on a former city run hospital. 
 
Some people complain, but everyone wants their fair share. 
2:30 pm edt 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Not In This Place

The cathedrals of the world are amazing structures that should be appreciated for their beauty and history.
 
It's hard to believe that many were built during a time without any power tools or use of electricity. Everything was done by hand. Europe is filled with beautiful ones.
 
I don't understand why a miniature golf course was set up in Rochester Cathedral, the second oldest one in Great Britain.
 
Those involved in this bad decision say they used a "bridge" theme to educate the children of the community of its history. 
 
They meant well with their actions, but this was not the place to do it. 
4:28 pm edt 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

They Lasted Until 1959

Someone posted a very interesting video on Facebook of an interview with some Civil War soldiers back in 1929. 
 
The men were in their late 80's and early 90's, but had great recall of their times back in the early 1860's.
 
It reminds me of the veterans of World War II. Eventually, the last one will pass away. It happened in 1959 for those from the Civil War. 
11:02 am edt 


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