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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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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Change That Password

I was trying to post to my website on Tuesday evening, but I had problems with my login.
 
After all these years, I needed to change my password.
 
I wonder what prompted that. What it really random?
 
 
12:11 am edt 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Long Wharf Water
 
Should we be concerned that Long Wharf in Boston had some water from the so-called astronomical high tide?
 
It was one of those King Tides. They showed the graphics on the weather, but there was water on their outdoor cafes.
 
The Boston water front and the Seaport District have such low sea level.  A huge tide could have a major impact and cause damage.
 
Water in a business is never good for the bottom line.
11:54 pm edt 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Bad Selfies

According to a news report, more than 250 people have been killed while taking selfies since 2011. Many of them put themselves at great risk to get their photo.
 
A woman was recently given a lifetime ban by a major cruise line for climbing on top of an outside rail to get one.
 
It was a very foolish thing to do, but at least she lived to take her punishment. 
11:35 pm edt 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

No Signal To The Box

I got home late this evening to find out that my cable box isn't working. I have no idea what happened.

I hope Comcast didn't disconnect me in error. That has happened before, but not for a few years.

At the last minute, I tried using an older remote. Everything is fine now.
11:41 pm edt 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Hold The Labels

I belong to three environmental groups and end up getting way too much junk mail from other organizations who got my name.
 
Today, I received a very interesting survey about trees, but I passed on doing it.
 
They even sent me address labels. 
 
11:49 pm edt 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Can Never Buy Enough Computer

I bought my first computer in August of 1999 with my first Gateway for $1,619. Adjusted to inflation the price spiraled to $2,452.
 
It was a lot of money back then. I bought extra RAM because you could never have enough.

There was talk back then that a cell phone would become a computer. It sounded like a great idea.
11:43 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Dangerous Parking Lots

Some people drive too fast in parking lots. They are in such a hurry with their own agenda.
 
I try to watch for every car. They start up and move so fast.
 
Just get out of their way. 
11:31 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Memory Issues

I deleted the Uber app on my cell phone to free up more memory. It only gave me another 253MB, but I have a real problem with the long range storage on it.
 
The device is maxed out. I had to delete or shut down many apps to keep it running.
 
The memory on this phone was once the best, but not now. The newest devices on the market will eventually become obsolete.
11:40 pm edt 

Monday, October 21, 2019

Stupid Car Alarms

 
I hate to hear car alarms, but one went off for several minutes tonight. I never looked out the window to see what was happening.
 
It's always a false alarm. Does anyone ever dial 911 when they hear one?
11:31 pm edt 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Driving Fluctuates

I keep a log of how many miles I drive weekly. I've done it for many years. It allows for a lot of interesting observations.
 
Any type of road trip can add on miles. It balances out in the end, as I drive around 14,000 miles per year.
11:28 pm edt 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Dust Days

I will never understand why I have so much dust in my apartment. I can never keep up with it.
 
It's important to always keep cleaning. 
 
I will never be done. There is always so much more to do.
 
11:37 pm edt 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Bad Maps

I get a lot of unsolicited things from charities. The list is long with calendars, address labels, note pads and so many other things.
 
Today's mail included a map of America with the Interstate Highway System and most routes.
 
Upon review, it missed almost all of the routes that bypass major cities. My Local Rt 495 was not included.
 
This map ended up in my recycled paper. It's not relevant. 
11:36 pm edt 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Battery Time

I bought a new battery for my cell phone the other day. It had reached a point where it was draining too fast and taking too long to recharge.
 
The previous one lasted two years. That's a long time in the life of electronic devices.
 
The bigger issue is the lack of memory available in my device. I may need to uninstall a few apps to free up space. 
6:49 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The No Storm

We are facing another predicted heavy storm tonight again for the second time in two weeks. Nothing seems to really happen.
 
How much will the wind blow later tonight? Will it rain as much as they say?
 
We shall see. Could be another big hype by the weather people who get more than their 15 minutes of fame.
11:40 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Grinding It Out

I live on a hill in a neighborhood with many large old houses. One owner recently cut down five trees on his property. It has created some views we never had before.
 
It must have cost a small fortune to do the work with all the heavy equipment they had there. Grinding down the stumps makes it look so much better. 
11:40 pm edt 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Cast Iron

I bought a cast iron griddle today. It's a great product made in USA.
 
Cast iron is such a great cookware and will last forever if treated properly.
 
 
11:59 pm edt 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Hold The Sugar

I have not eaten desserts for many years. Most of them are far from being good for you. Many contain way too much sugar.
 
Someone shared their apple pie recipe on Facebook. They used a half cup of sugar among other things. This is way too much to make the pie have any nutritional value.
 
People love their sweets, but you will never find a doctor who recommends having more of them. 
6:17 pm edt 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Building Collapse

 
It was horrible to see the building under construction collapse in New Orleans. Sections of the 18 story Hard Rock Cafe pancaked in the classic pattern.
 
Something really went wrong here. I am always amazed at how concrete and rebar make up so many tall structures. There seems to be a lot of less steel framework.
11:42 pm edt 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Don't Pick Up Strangers

You never see anyone hitchhiking anymore, but I saw one tonight while driving on a dark state highway in New Hampshire.
 
It made me think of when I did this when I was at UMass. I can't believe I actually did it, but so many others took their chances on the road.
 
I wonder where this guy was headed. I assume someone picked him up eventually.
 
 
11:43 pm edt 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Computer Time

Computer issues can take up a lot of time to resolve. They can happen very suddenly as it did today.
 
After a virus scan and a restart, I still needed to go into my settings to resolve the issue.
 
I was trying to printed from a trusted website, but the font size changed on all my apps. 
 
It took 30 minutes to find the resolution. It could have been a lot more.
 
  
11:38 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Average Commute

The news had a story about workers with long commutes. Some are excessive, but they do what they need to do.
 
They said the average commute is 27 minutes. I'm not sure what data they used, but that's about the amount of time I needed when I did it until the end of 2008.
 
There is a lot more traffic now. It can get pretty crazy at any moment. 
11:05 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

City Driving 2019

I was driving in Cambridge and Boston recently. There are so many more bike lanes now. Cars and riders are so close to each other. So many pedestrians.
 
I can't imagine driverless cars operating in this scenario. There are so many things to pay attention to. 
11:35 pm edt 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Holiday Displays

Every year, there is a story in the news about over-sized holiday displays and how they impact the neighborhood.
 
A story tonight showed a Halloween display with lights and all sorts of inflatable objects. It has created a traffic problem for those living on the street.
 
Communities need to set some type of limits of what is acceptable. Large displays are nice, but what about the rights of those who must deal with all the noise and traffic? 
11:37 pm edt 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Those ATM Fees

Banks continue to charge high fees for using an ATM outside of their network. Nobody ever wants to pay a fee to get access to their money.
 
According to a recent report, the average charge for going outside of the network was $4.72. I can understand charging one dollar, but this is crazy.
 
People who use small local banks are setting themselves up for a huge shock when the time comes.
7:37 pm edt 

Friday, October 4, 2019

Building Bridges

Getting to Cape Cod is always a hassle for drivers. The traffic jams at the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges are legendary. Studies have been done over the years to address traffic congestion.
 
The US Army Corps of Engineers who own and maintain the 84 year old spans has recommended that they be replaced at a cost of $1.5 billion.
 
Will this ever happen? Nothing is funded at this point. The estimated cost is for today. If they ever get built, who knows what the final price will be? 
2:23 pm edt 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Three Signs of The Season

It's only October 3rd and I have three firsts for the season.
 
It was a cold and raw today with light rain when I ran. The 50 degree temperature made me made wear a winter hat over my ears for the first time. I finally wore long pants for my workout at the gym.
 
Turning the heat on tonight says a lot about where we are headed.
11:47 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Do They Crash More?

A World War II vintage B-17 airplane crashed at Bradley Airport today in Connecticut. There are fatalities from the flight that reported an issue five minutes after takeoff. It had ten paid passengers on it.
 
Do vintage planes have a higher crash rate than other private aircraft? It certainly makes the news when it happens because someone is usually killed. 
 
The people who were involved probably never thought their day would end up like this.

I'm not sure if this is the safest thing to do. I once had a chance to take a flight on a vintage open cockpit biplane, but I turned it down. 
1:32 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

No Doctor For Them

I was talking with someone the other day who has not been to the doctor's in 20 years. They are turning 50 soon, an age when people should pay attention to their body.
 
When I asked for their reason, they said the doctors and insurance companies are in a conspiracy to take advantage of patients through unnecessary tests and appointments.
 
If they really feel that way, nobody is going to convince them otherwise. 
6:27 pm edt 


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