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This site is created by Jim Laprel; avid runner, comic and blogger. See my schedule below for my latest stand-up comedy appearances. Scroll down to see my latest thoughts on various things, the New England Patriots and NFL.

"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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Tues, Sept 21    Steve's Pinehust Tavern

                                   786 Boston Rd.   Billerica, Mass  7:30pm 

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Helmet Save

A person I know on Facebook posted a picture of their fractured bicycle helmet from an accident yesterday.
 
They were involved in a group ride when it happened. Her helmeted head hit the ground. She suffered a concussion, but lived to tell about it.
 
The helmet absolutely saved her from further injury.
11:44 pm edt 

Friday, July 30, 2021

Inspect Before Buying

In these crazy times, it has become a seller's market when it comes to homes and condos. They are drastically overpriced and only stay on the market for a short time.
 
Buyers have been in bidding wars to the happiness of the owners. Many have waived the right to pay for a home inspection.
 
I would draw the line here. I don't own any real estate, but still believe it's one of the biggest purchases in your lifetime. To move forward without a professional home inspection is risky. Things can happen, but buyers are willing to put up with them. 
7:58 pm edt 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Put Down The Drink

New York City is looking into allowing the consumption of alcohol in public parks. This sounds like an idea that can only turn out badly.
 
People drink alcohol openly in parks, but many try to hide it. This has been going on forever. We are seeing the results right now in some of the crazy stories coming from the city about late night parties.
 
Alcohol, late closing hours, public drinking and the concerns of local residents are never a good mix. 
 
 
7:49 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Summer Fires 2021

It looks like we might set an all-time record for rain in July with the way the month is closing out.
 
This is so opposite of what is happening out west, particularly with the uncontrolled wild fires.
 
These comments could have been written during any of the 12 years I've been writing on this site. 
11:39 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Doorless Day

People who drive Jeeps really like their vehicles. Many like to take the doors off in warm weather and drive around.
 
I saw someone today without a driver's side door or seat-belt.
 
I'm sure it was normal for them. 
11:55 pm edt 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Printer Down Again

My printer stopped producing clear copies today after my system got a Windows 10 update. This has been identified as a problem by Epson in the past.
 
This shouldn't keep happening. They don't seem to have a long term fix. 
10:14 pm edt 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Little Plane Delivery

The media can hype up any story to make it look better. They did it today with a story about UPS testing small electric aircraft for package delivery.
 
It  sounds like a great idea and the way of the future. It's interesting to note that they expect to be using it by 2024.
 
Will this happen three years from now? 
11:39 pm edt 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Tokyo Storm

The Olympics are off to a questionable start with some athletes testing positive for Covid, but it hasn't stopped the competition.
 
There is a tropical storm in the forecast next week which could impact the Tokyo area. Bad weather could mess up the schedule of events and impact the broadcast partners.
 
 
3:25 pm edt 

Friday, July 23, 2021

The Games Go On

The Summer Olympic Games had their opening ceremony today in front of an empty stadium because of Covid restrictions.  A number of athletes have already tested positive and have been ruled out of the competition.
 
Some have called for the cancellation of the Games. They seem to be hanging by a thread, but there is $3-4 billion on the  line right now in broadcasting rights and fees.
 
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out. 
 
12:07 pm edt 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

No Happy Times

The Massachusetts legislature is looking at a number of bills, including one that would bring back alcohol "happy hours".
 
This happens every few years, but always fails to gain enough support. It was banned almost 40 years ago as a result of some high-profile incidents.
 
I'm not sure what has changed. Some people drink without regard for others. 
 
It probably won't go anywhere for now.
1:33 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Same Old Ship

I just saw a story about the ongoing struggle to save the legendary cruise ship SS United States.
 
After launching in 1951, it set a world record for an Atlantic crossing by a cruise ship in under three and one half days.
 
The popularity of flying forced it into retirement in 1969. Since 1996, it has remained docked in Philadelphia at a cost of $60,000 per month, paid by the charity that owns it.
 
After sitting for 25 years, there is the usual talk about possible uses. The story showed some of the deck areas.
 
There is no doubt the ship has a great deal of potential. It's enormity is quite an attraction with its 1,000 ft length and 175 ft height 
 
What do you do with it? I can't imagine the cost to do whatever is finally done. 
10:37 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Name That Water

I bought a bottle of FIJI water tonight at a bar where I was involved in a comedy show.
 
It cost $3 and with a $3 tip became a $6 bottle.
 
What makes this water special? It looks nice in the four-sided plastic bottle.
 
The bar loves to sell it because it's almost all profit.
11:43 pm edt 

Monday, July 19, 2021

Time Finally Stopped

The life span of a digital sports watch all depends on the battery. My current one is over two years old and the battery just died.
 
Will I be able to replace it for a reasonable price? It's hard to find anyone who does this. The watch coast $35 when I purchased it. The battery will be at least $10 if I can find someone who does that type of repair.
12:15 pm edt 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Boat Over

The news had a story of three people who were rescued by the Coast Guard while clinging to their capsized sailboat. They were so lucky to be spotted.
 
These stories don't usually have a good ending. I can't imagine what went through their mind while in the water. 
11:28 pm edt 

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Those Long Car Trips

I saw a comment on Facebook casually remarking about the 16 hour car trips they take to see family.

People go to great extremes to see their kids and everyone who is considered family.
 
When people drive that long, do they take fewer breaks?  I can't imagine being in a car that long.
11:00 pm edt 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Driest Soil

It's so dry out west right mow. We have been getting so much rain, but they have their usual drought which makes it perfect for a fire.
 
When I was visiting there years ago, I was shocked to see the dryness in the soil and vegetation. 
11:46 pm edt 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

A Ball of Lightning


The news had an amazing video of a golfer hitting a ball at a driving range and it being struck by lightning in flight.

It was a very unlikely event, but one that showed the destructive power of nature.

The golfer called it a day at that point. It's never a good idea to be around lightning if you're holding a golf club. 

 

4:27 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Street Camera

I watched a few videos of people walking through the streets of New York City. It was interesting to see parts of Upper Manhattan that I haven't been to.
 
I don't know what type of camera they were using, but the quality was good and not bouncing around. 
11:29 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

The Deep Station

This part of the country got a huge amount of rain recently, but it was shocking to see that flooding of the New York City subway station at W157th St.
 
The news had a video of commuters wading through waste deep water at the bottom of the stairs to get to the platform.
 
The water was dark and looked filthy, but commuters plowed through it to their destination.
 
This won't be the last time it happens. 
10:44 pm edt 

Monday, July 12, 2021

The Party District

New York City is a pretty crazy place these days. There is so much noise in a city that never sleeps.
 
Clubs and bars can serve alcohol until 4am and most places try to be empty within the hour.
 
The city government seems to support the creation of a 24 hour party district. Where would that be? Does anyone live around it?
 
This seems like a bad idea from the start. 
10:33 pm edt 

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Sinking Buildings

The Millennium Tower in San Francisco is becoming one of those questionable buildings for those who live and work there.

Since it opening in 2009, the foundation has settled 18 inches. This is a source of concern to the point where the structure will have piles driven to bedrock to give it a better anchor.

Will this address the issue?
9:23 pm edt 

Saturday, July 10, 2021

The Empty Games


It's now or never for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. They were already postponed last year.

In light of the pandemic concerns, there won't be fans in attendance for any event.

Loss of ticket revenue will have a huge economic impact, but there is $3-4 billion on the line right now to make this happen.

11:23 pm edt 

Friday, July 9, 2021

The Old Road

I saw a story about a town in rural Indiana that has been surfacing roads with gravel and tar instead of asphalt.
 
Residents have complained that the roads don't last as long, but town officials say it's cost effective.
 
When I was a kid, this method was used a lot. I remember my childhood street getting fresh gravel and tar.
11:34 pm edt 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Storm on Friday

The weather forecast for Friday is some type of tropical storm from Hurricane Elsa. It sounds like we will get a lot of wind and rain over a period of several hours.
 
Nobody can really say how this will play out. We don't even know the starting time.
11:14 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

The Plane Field

Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Nobody can ever predict the future.
 
The story I read was about someone cutting grass at a small private airstrip 37  miles north of Montreal. They were struck by a small plane landing.
 
There are small airstrips like that all over the world. This one had grass and was being maintained.
 
It will be interesting to see what the investigation shows. 
10:01 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Heading To Florida

It looks like Hurricane Elsa will strike Florida. Things change quickly, but it's headed that way.

I hope it works out well for the people there.

Some of those storms get so bad. 
11:56 pm edt 

Monday, July 5, 2021

The Deep Hole

The Science Channel has a great story about sink holes. They show the extreme ones that swallow up property and cause great damage.
 
Some of this is related to the ground water levels. That's a tough issue that needs to be addressed.
10:32 pm edt 

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Less Bang In 2021

The sun came out very bright this afternoon after so much rain.

However, we got another shower this evening which didn't stop the fireworks.
 
I think many are saving it for Monday night. There is usually a lot more noise.
 
I'm not a big fan of it. They don't do anything for me.
11:43 pm edt 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Summer Rain 2021

It has been raining hard for the last several hours. We have received over three inches of rain in recent days.
 
This will be great for the greenery and water bodies. We needed it. You just don't want anything damaged.
11:49 pm edt 

Friday, July 2, 2021

Change of 41 In 48

The heat wave certainly broke today. It was 99 degrees when I went to the gym on Wednesday, but 58 today. That was a 41 degree change in the course of two days.
 
Although I wore a long sleeve top, I was cold when I wasn't in my car. The sun never came out.
 
People really roll the dice when the book a beach vacation this time of year. 
11:11 pm edt 

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Desktop Wins

I think many computer tasks work better with a desktop computer. I tried using my cellphone to conduct a transaction with my health insurer to get benefits on my Wellness card.
 
After several tries, it wasn't going to work. When I went to my desktop, the transaction was completed without any issues.
9:42 pm edt 


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