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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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Saturday, February 29, 2020

See You In 2024


It's February 29th and we won't see this date again for another four years.
 
That's how it is with the Gregorian Calendar and Pope Gregory XIII. 
 
People born on this date always have a special birthday.
11:14 pm est 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Corona 2020

So much has happened in 2020 as we approach the end of February in a leap year.
 
Where will be in thirty days from now with the corona virus? Nobody really knows.
 
There is so much information out there, for better or worse.
 
 
11:38 pm est 

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Prone To Flooding

Some real estate deals seem too good to be true. There is usually some catch like the the story of the island off the coast of Wildwood, NJ.
 
The uninhabited 19 acres is on the market for  $200,000. It has great views, but one major issue. The highest point is only three feet above seal level and parts often disappear at high tide.
 
Before a developer can even think of building, they would need to go through a lengthy permit process to raise the level of the island.
3:52 pm est 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ice Break 2020

We hear the same story every year about people walking out on thin ice and falling through. It often involves someone who let their dog run free onto the ice before they needed to be rescued.
 
People should not even think of venturing out on ice if the temperature is above 32 degrees. It's very difficult to convince people of that. 
12:50 pm est 

Rolling Off The Deck

Freak accidents happen all the time, but can have dire consequences.
 
The news had a story of two women who drowned in their car after it rolled off the deck of a ferry in Florida.
 
The driver apparently did not put the car in "park" or might have stepped on the gas pedal. Their car was at the front of the ferry which only had a fabric as a barrier.
 
There will probably be a lawsuit, but it can never bring the victims back to life. 
11:14 pm est 

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Can't Label It

My Fitbit stopped working after only two months of use. The company sent me a new one after my efforts with customer service.
 
It took over two weeks before they finally mailed it. They made a big deal of a shipping label for sending the old one back, but never sent it.
 
I will wait a few days before contacting them. 
 
 
1:14 pm est 

Just Glide In

There was a story in the news of a paraglider who crashed into some utility lines in California.
 
He was stranded in the wires for over three hours before getting a complicated rescue by the fire department.
 
It's great to see that it worked out for him. 
11:37 pm est 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Wind Not Needed

Wind turbines always seem to have controversy around them. The Plymouth Board of Health has ordered three of them removed from private land after numerous complaints from neighbors.
 
People were saying the 500 foot tall turbines were noisy and caused their homes to vibrate. They also cited potential health concerns.
 
They were a source of complaints since their installation in 2016. 
5:09 pm est 

Just Bag It

The elimination of single-use plastic bags has not been without its challenges.
 
There is a sudden shortage of paper bags in America. Manufacturers cannot keep up with the demand.
 
New York City will be forced to bring its ban along slowly because of the demand for paper bags.
 
One major producer of them said it would need to devote 52% of their North American production capacity in order to supply New York City with the four billion bags needed to replace plastic. 
11:13 pm est 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Too Many Floors

Land is so valuable in New York City. Developers want to put as much building as possible on their land area.
 
It seems hard to believe that a building under construction could have some floors removed because of the height restriction in the neighborhood.
 
This is a hard story to follow. How could things get to a point where  deconstruction is a possibility? 
11:24 pm est 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Same Story In 2021

Every year we hear stories of people crashing through thin ice. They venture out there for whatever reason.
 
The news had a nice story tonight of a successful rescue of four people who went into a cold pond while trying to help someone.
 
It will never change. There will be another story next year.
11:09 pm est 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Built In Ten Days

Prefabricated buildings can be constructed in less time and usually at a cheaper cost.
 
China showed the world how to do it when they built a 1,000 bed hospital in just ten days.
 
The critical need arose from the coronavirus epidemic. 
 
It went up so fast and already has patients. 
4:05 pm est 

Job On

Nobody wants to do a bad job in whatever they do. I think people believe that and try to do their best.
 
It just doesn't work out in some cases.
11:59 pm est 

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Machine Won't Take Breaks

When customers go to casinos they want to have it all, including making a profit. Many venues entice players with free drinks of any type.
 
Encore Boston has received negative feedback because of the amount of time it takes to get drinks to customers. I experienced it myself when I asked for hot tea during a recent trip.
 
The casino has been given approval from the Gaming Commission to replace 29 bartenders with drink making machines. This will not effect employees who have face to face contact with the public. No jobs will be lost according to sources.
 
We are living in a world where some jobs are trending towards automation. The process can be done cheaper and more efficiently than hiring employees.
 
How far will this go in the future? That is very difficult to determine due to changes in technology that happen so quickly. 
12:54 pm est 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

No Straight Answers

The proposal to straighten the Mass Turnpike in Allston and its impact on Soldiers Field Road leaves much to be desired. 
 
Construction could take up to ten years and cost over $15 billion. Train service along the Framingham line would also be impacted.
 
Without an exact timeframe and cost, a project like this one will just spiral out of control. 
4:31 pm est 

Our Time

 

In the end, it doesn't matter between groups. There is only so much we can do to change things.

People have very strong opinions about what they believe.

 

11:59 pm est 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Election 2020

It remains to be seen what will happen with all of the final vote totals in New Hampshire tonight. It will present a lot of possibilities.
11:49 pm est 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Ice To Go

 

We are seeing more rooftop skating rinks in high end buildings. The ice problem is solved with the use of Swiss-made polymer panels that mimic ice very well. It's hard to tell the difference.

It's more practical to install and needs less maintenance than the real stuff. You never need to be concerned about the temperature. 

 

11:48 pm est 

Sunday, February 9, 2020

They Work Cheap

Japan has the first robot bartender who costs $82,000 to maintain annually. That will be drastically reduced in years ahead.
 
It seems like the right time to outsource this job. It will not be easy and might take years.
 
 
11:58 pm est 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Too Many Notices

College student loan debt is a big issue in America. Monthly statements become part of their life.
 
The news has a story of one who got their statement and another 55,000 that showed up in 79 USPS mail bins.
 
Nobody could explain why this happened. One notice is enough.
11:55 pm est 

Friday, February 7, 2020

No Wear To Go

Every state legislature has bills that never get voted on. They get held up in committees or die on their own.
 
New Hampshire, the "Live free or die" state held a public hearing on a bill that would mandate the wearing of helmets by motorcycle riders and passengers.
 
It seems like they go through this annually, but never gets voted on. It's easy to make an argument in the helmet's favor, but nothing is going to change.
 
 
4:05 pm est 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Leaving For Earth

American astronaut Christina Koch will return to Earth Thursday, along with two others, after spending 328 days aboard the International Space Station. Her time is a record for women.
 
They will land in Kazakhstan on a Russian spacecraft. They face many challenges after that much time in a zero gravity environment.
 
The biggest issue will be the effect on their body. It must be quite a feeling to go through that.
 
Their results will certainly be helpful for future space travel. 
11:56 pm est 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Homes With Rooms

The greater Boston area has a shortage of affordable housing. That has been well documented. Rents are constantly being driven higher by the demand.
 
A recent study has shown that less than 40% of homes with three bedrooms have children living there. 
 
A lot of potential housing is going unused, but what is the solution? You can't force people to sell or make them take in boarders. 
11:34 pm est 

Monday, February 3, 2020

A Time To Clean

I bought my laser printer back in 2006. I have paid for it a few times with the amount spent on the four cartridges.
 
I had a printing problem today. The cartridges had plenty of ink, but there is alway a concern about their expiration date because they will stop working.
 
The problem was resolved when I clicked the menu option to clean the cartridge heads. It's printing normal now, but eventually the expiration dates will be an issue.
1:25 pm est 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

They Are Too Smart

When it comes to cell phones, there seems to be an app for almost anything. Sometimes, they can outsmart us.
 
I had a call on my voice mail yesterday to confirm a doctor's appointment. I was told to press 1 to confirm, but couldn't get to the keyboard to do it. 
 
If there was a way to do it, I have no idea. I spent too much time on it. It will be easier to call the office tomorrow. 
 
 
4:06 pm est 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The High Price of Trash

Boston is a great example of the changes in the recycling process from when it first started.
 
Back in 2011, they made a $5 profit for each ton of material. It was working very well until China stopped taking the stuff because of the contaminants mixed in.
 
It's now costing the city $6 million annually to get someone to take it locally. Most cities and towns across America have the same problem. A lot of it ends up in a landfill or incinerator.
 
We can all agree that it's important to recycle, but it won't happen if the cost keeps increasing.
2:08 pm est 


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