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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, December 31, 2019

The End of The No Name

The restaurant business is very competitive. It can be a challenge to sustain it for the long term. Places open with great fanfare, but eventually fade away.
 
It was a huge surprise to hear of the closing of the iconic No Name Restaurant in Boston which served great seafood since 1917.
 
It ended with a note on the door and stories of their huge financial debt and Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. 
 
I really enjoyed eating there whenever I did. I was there during the summer of 2017 
8:14 pm est 

Seasonal Means It

When a sign says the road is seasonal, they really mean it. I saw that in my trips to California years ago.
 
The news had a nice story of a family that went down one of those roads in northern New Hampshire and got stuck after several miles. They said they were just following their GPS. 
 
When I took a car trip to Vermont a few months ago, I traveled on roads that you wouldn't want to during winter. 
 
The story ended well for the family after getting towed out and they made the 11pm news. 
11:52 pm est 

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Electric Only

Ride share services inundate cities with more cars and emissions.
 
Los Angeles wants to do something about it by requiring companies like Uber and Lyft to use electric vehicles.
 
This would have a profound impact on the industry, especially with the drivers and how they approach the job. 
11:25 pm est 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Keep It Under 30

New York City is trying to be so bike friendly with their many miles of paths. The results are rather mixed.
 
How do you explain 29 cyclists dying on the streets of the city so far this year?
 
That is so unacceptable, but it never gets any attention from the media.
11:47 pm est 

Friday, December 27, 2019

Controlling Smoking 2019 Version

The health dangers from using tobacco products are well known. Nicotine is a very addictive drug. Smokers start at a very early age.
 
The federal government has raised the age to buy tobacco and vaping related products from 18 to 21.
 
As much as this change is made to protect children and young adults, I think it's an over the top move by the federal government. A number of states already had the 21 rule in place.
 
All it does is to make procurement of the products more difficult. In the end, those under 21 will find a way to get it. 
3:23 pm est 

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Don't Plan On April 2021

The $2.3 billion MBTA expansion of the Green Line is progressing well. They just announced that the Leechmere station will be closed from May 2020 until April 2021 while new tracks are being put down and work is done on the viaducts.
 
One big question is whether the work will be completed on time. This project is years behind schedule and way over cost.
 
Why does anyone think that the work could be done on a timely basis? 
6:03 pm est 

The Last Hours of Christmas 2019
 
People move on from the holidays. A new year starts next week.
 
How long do decorations stay up? I never decorate, so I don't know.
 
I saw a Facebook post of a couple who had everything down and the rug vacuumed by 4pm.
 
They never made it into the evening. 
11:33 pm est 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Look At The Third

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that it will study the viability of issuing a license for a third casino which would be in the southeastern part of the state.
 
Previous proposals have failed to gain any traction. The other two casinos and one slot parlor have failed to reach any of their revenue projections. They have impacted the ones on Connecticut.
 
People want facilities close to them, but can they all survive economically? There are only so many gambling dollars out there.
 
 
5:24 pm est 

Those Costly Games

The latest cost for the Tokyo Olympics is said to be $17.1 billion, up from $12.6 billion. The cost will never end.
 
There will be a higher final figure at some point. What is the over and under on that? 
11:50 pm est 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Leechmere 2022

The MBTA Green Line station at Leechmere will be closing for at least one year while construction continues on the extension.
 
It sounds like they are going to finish this to the end no matter what.
 
Trains will stop at North Station. I bet this will go on for at least two years. 
11:55 pm est 

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Moving Ships

 

It was shocking to see the video of two cruise ships collide while docking. A small amount of damage was done, but no passenger should need to deal with that.

I have no desire to board one of those ships.  

12:00 am est 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Is It Strike One?

Politicians love to jump aboard the band wagon when they can get maximum benefit at little risk.
 
We are seeing that with the great concern that some of them have over Major League Baseball's plan to eliminate 42 minor league teams.
 
Their rationale is that very few of these players ever make it to the show. It would be more efficient to have fewer teams and focus on the development of a core group.
 
Disbanding teams would have an economic impact on the cities and towns that host them between the use of stadiums, food concessions and the support people the teams employ.
 
Minor league baseball is affordable family entertainment that means a great deal to fans. It's easy for politicians to embrace the cause and score points with their constituents.
 
What will be the ultimate result of this proposal? 
4:53 pm est 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The Big Easy Wipeout

The cyber-attack on city computers in New Orleans is a great example what can happen in the future.
 
The action caused over 4,000 computers from various agencies to be disabled since it happened last Friday. 
 
It will be interesting to see if the cause is ever found. 
11:53 pm est 

Monday, December 16, 2019

Trees Drinking Up

I saw a story today about the amount of water a live Christmas tree needs daily. It can be up to one gallon, depending on the size.
 
I never knew that because I never put one up. It didn't seem to use that much water when I was a kid. 
11:49 pm est 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Moving From Times Square

New York City has attempted to deal with the costumed characters that pester tourists in Times Square. They attempt to get money from the public in exchange for taking a picture with them.
 
The city has confined them in a small area, but they have recently migrated to Rockefeller Center in light of the street closings for the holiday season.
 
They complain they are just trying to make a living, but they are too aggressive with tourists. Something needs to be done. I have witnessed their behavior numerous times. 
7:29 pm est 

Bridges Cost Big Time

It was inevitable that we would see another version of a bridge over Northern Ave in South Boston where it crosses Fort Point Channel.
 
Something needs to happen there. The latest plan would cost from $100-120 million and address the transportation concerns of many parties.

There is no way it will ever be built for $100 million. Probably $300+ million before it's done. 
11:27 pm est 

Friday, December 13, 2019

Encore Forever

I was at Encore Boston the other day in the late morning for a few hours. It's quite a place at a cost of $2.5 billion to get to this point.
 
Since they opened in June, their revenue projections are less than expected. There is too much competition in the area.
 
There is one more casino license that can be issued by the state.
 
People want casinos close by, but it's hard for them to generate the right revenue numbers to stay viable.
11:44 pm est 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Betting Against The Train

It's easy to be skeptical about a proposed high speed rail link between Southern California and Las Vegas.
 
It would be a public/private project that would need financing approval from California and Nevada.
 
Some of the numbers sound doubtful. Can they actually build this in three years at a cost of $4.1 billion?
 
Like any high speed rail project, it is already years behind schedule. 
6:38 pm est 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

No Lights or Bells

You can never please people this time of year with holiday displays. Houses with thousands of lights and figures cause people to drive by, but those who live in the neighborhood often find it to be an inconvenience.
 
Locally, there was a bell downtown that played holiday music and would chime. Residents who live in the many new apartments and condos complained because it was keeping them awake at night. 
 
People want displays, but want it in their neighborhood. 
6:18 pm est 

Rain Is Better

It's good to have the rain we are seeing because it gets rid of the snow. Sidewalks were in horrible shape after the recent storm.
 
We are predicted to get two inches of rain this weekend. That would be 20 inches of snow if it got colder. 
11:32 pm est 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Weather 2019

You can never predict the weather around here. The experts never get it right.

They have their air time when the weather is an  issue. It certainly helps inflate their contracts.

The public wants to know about the weather tomorrow without all sorts of nonsense.
11:59 pm est 

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Those Trackers

I never believed that any exercise tracker gets it totally right.
 
My run today was over measured by the app on my new Fitbit Versa2. I have a short stride. There is no way I ran that far.

Does this invalidate all the information I see? How about calories burned?
 
 
11:22 pm est 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

New Phone

I finally reached a point where I replaced my Samsung Galaxy S5 with the S10. It was time to do this.
 
The operating system of my S5 would not support my new Fitbit. Five years with a cell phone is a lifetime.
 
 
 
 
11:57 pm est 

Friday, December 6, 2019

Free In KC

Public transportations systems in major cities operate with huge deficits. New York City and Boston are drowning in annual losses.
 
Kansas City has taken a bold step and made their public buses free to everyone after doing the same for light rail.
 
This can probably work with a smaller system like Kansas City, but the budgets of the systems in bigger cites would preclude free rides without an enormous amount of government money to subsidize the cost. 
7:09 pm est 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Phone Catches Up

Every electronic device has a life span to it. Technology changes so quickly.
 
I bought my Samsung Galxy S5 phone back in 2014. That was ages ago in technology.
 
Apparently, the operating system of the phone will not support a smart watch. The only option is to get another phone. With 10G of memory, I keep deleting apps to keep it running. 
6:55 pm est 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Must Acknowledge Call

I got a robo-call yesterday that went to all local residents informing them of a change in trash pickup.
 
Since I live where we have a dumpster, I hung up after a few seconds. It called back and repeated the process two more times before realizing I should listen to the entire call.
 
At the end, there was a prompt to press "1" if I received the call.  Apparently, it was going to keep calling back until I acknowledged receipt of the message. 
 
 
5:25 pm est 

December 2019 Snow

A snow storm changes everything for a short time. Most places around here got over a foot of the white stuff.
 
I went out for a walk around 5pm when it was dark. It looked so different out there.
 
Winter is less than three weeks away, but snow has a short life to it.
 
We get crazy temperatures these days. It feels like winter, but it might be warm real soon.
 
Who knows? 
11:16 pm est 

Monday, December 2, 2019

Autumn 2019 Snow

We ended up with 8-10 inches of snow today and might get another 3-6 tomorrow. Will it happen?
 
There are still three weeks left to autumn. We need to enjoy those days before winter.
 
Will there be snow on the ground for the holidays?
 

11:32 pm est 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

To Treat or Not

People say the silliest things on social media. Some people just like to argue.
 
Someone complained about the local streets being treated with a salt mixture to get ahead of a storm tonight.
 
They started a discussion about this being a waste, but it's snowing right now and the plows are out there. 
7:44 pm est 


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