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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)

 

  

                                                            Comedy Shows

  

Tues, Sept 21    Steve's Pinehust Tavern

                                   786 Boston Rd.   Billerica, Mass  7:30pm 

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Rotate Time

When I bought my bed last year, they said to rotate the mattress every six months. I finally did it yesterday, a few weeks late.

The mattress is bulky and awkward to work with, but I got it done.

We can do it again in March.
11:10 pm edt 

Monday, August 30, 2021

A Change In Pressure

Most new cars have indicator lights to show when there has been a change in tire pressure. Temperature swings can impact the amount of air.
 
When I got into my car yesterday, the light came on. My left front tire and the right rear one both needed about five pounds of air.
 
This seems to be a seasonal thing. It can come at a time where it's no big deal or like last year when I was around 30 miles from home and needed to call AAA because of the late hour. 
12:09 pm edt 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Three For All

I played golf today with a friend who was in town to visit family. He never plays so we went to a  Par 3 course where whey had nine challenging holes that you would see on a regulation course.
 
We had a 2:10pm tee time, but ended up pushing it to 2:50 because of the rain.

The weather was fine in the 80 minutes it took to play. The grass was very wet. My shoes will be damp tomorrow night.

I'm glad we were able to play.
11:49 pm edt 

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Donating Trash

Local thrift stores do a great job selling donated goods to needy families. They have guidelines on what they will accept, but that doesn't stop some people for dropping off stuff that should be in the trash.

Some people don't care. It's easier for them to drop it off after business hours.

Unfortunately, the stores often need to pay to have things removed because they can't be sold.
 
This is an ongoing problem and nothing new. 
11:55 am edt 

Friday, August 27, 2021

Not A Fun Anniversary

 

Anniversaries are not always a reflection of a good time. Some are very somber such as September 11th.

The eastern coast of Louisiana is bracing for a hit by Hurricane Ida which will be on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Hopefully, this one isn't as bad. 

3:26 pm edt 

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Late October Concerns

Some people say the strangest things on community Facebook pages. With all that was going on in the news today, someone was concerned about the date of Halloween.
 
I realize that it's important to families with young children, but can the world get past Labor Day before this becomes a concern for some. 
10:58 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Going From Four To Five

Some parents push their kids too much at an early age. They get them involved in various activities with the assumption that the child will grow to love it.

A Virginia couple just completed a hike of the 2,100 Appalachian Trail along with their five year old son.
 
They began the walk in January when he was four and finished last week in Maine after 209 days.
 
They averaged over ten miles daily. It wasn't like they were walking on a paved street. The hike is a challenge for the best trained.
 
What will he do for an encore? 
11:09 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Stores They Want

Some people say the craziest things on community Facebook pages. They give their thoughts without thinking of what they are saying.
 
Someone started a rumor about a super Walmart moving into a long vacant building at a local shopping plaza. It immediately began a discussion of what other businesses they wanted to see in its place.
 
Some wanted a food market which would compete with another tenant. Others wanted highly specialized stores. 
 
They don't seem to realize that it will be the businesses that decide what is built. Nobody is going to open a store if it's not a good business move. It doesn't work that way. 
12:00 pm edt 

Monday, August 23, 2021

Steps To Getting Hurt

Internet crazes come and go like passing fads. How long will the Milk Crate Challenge be around?
 
It looks like an easy way to get hurt. Just build a six-step pyramid staircase made of upside down milk crates.
 
People are getting filmed as they try to go six steps up and then down. It often ends with a terrible collapse.
 
Nobody gets hurt in the videos. If they do, they don't show it.
 
How could you not get hurt? 
11:20 pm edt 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Summer Rain NYC 2021

Hurricane Henri impacted places differently. New York City recorded 4.45 inches of rain yesterday, including 1.84 between 11 and 12pm.
 
A rainy day in New York City is a classic scene. It's kind of fun on a hot summer night, but that amount was a bit excessive and overwhelming.
11:47 pm edt 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Henri Shows Up

We are faced with some type of storm tomorrow from Hurricane Henri. How much wind and rain will we get?
 
The weather people were over the top tonight with a five color map of projected rain expectations.
 
It looked very nice and technical, but will they be right?
 
This is like the snowfall projections. 
11:31 pm edt 

Friday, August 20, 2021

See You Later In The Winter

Some people bring exotic animals and reptiles into their home and later realize it was a bad idea. They often release it into the wild without regard to what might happen.
 
An alligator was photographed in the Connecticut River the other day in western Massachusetts. It was a cute news story, but overlooked the bigger problem of how did it get there.
 
A selfish person decided they needed to have an alligator and removed it from its natural environment. For whatever reason, they decided it was no longer viable to keep it.
 
What is the future of this reptile? It will freeze to death in the river if it stays here for the winter. 
7:25 pm edt 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

The Glue Quit

I wore my black dress shoes to a wake today, but didn't realize the sole was separating away from the upper.
 
After almost eleven years, it appears the glue dried up and pulled apart.
 
I'm not sure if I can get this fixed as shoe repair is a dying business. 
11:14 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Maybe By 2100

I'm a big supporter of infrastructure projects involving roads, bridges, tunnels and public transportation.

Amtrak will certainly get more than their share for projects that are rather dubious.
 
The latest plan to improve high speed rail between New York City and Boston involves the trip leaving the Big Apple.
 
The infamous North Atlantic Rail Project proposes to have trains travel east before entering a newly built tunnel under Long Island Sound. They would then head to New Haven, Providence and Boston to complete the trip in one hour and forty minutes.
 
There are no plans on paper, but the estimated cost would be $100 billion and take twenty years.
 
Where do they get these numbers? They will never deliver it for that price in today's dollars. A project that takes twenty years is bound to be a black hole for money. 
5:58 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Cub On Ice

Melting ice in some parts of the world from the Ice Age has revealed some amazing discoveries.
 
A 28,000 year old body of a tiger cub was recently found in Siberia. It was fully intact with its claws, fur and whiskers looking like it had just died.
 
Another cub was found nearby, but it was found to be 43,000 years old, based on using  the carbon dating method.
 
That's 15,000 years apart.
2:30 pm edt 

Monday, August 16, 2021

Installation Extra

Public buildings should have backup generators, especially city and town halls.  
 
There has been a local purchase for one that came with a price of $57,000. Installation will be an extra $119,000 for a total cost of $166,000.
 
Taxpayers must be wondering why it's so expensive to install. Officials should detail the costs to avoid further complaints about the high price. 
 
11:53 am edt 

Sunday, August 15, 2021

River Sounds

A local boating club on the river has bands playing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Their sound travels across the river to where I was running yesterday.
 
There is no buffer zone to control it. They usually do this into October if the weather is good.
 
They have been doing this for a few years without major issues. The music is pleasant.
 
9:51 pm edt 

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Made It Taste Better

Many foods taste better when they are prepared or cooked in unhealthy ways. We see it all the time in restaurants and fast foods.
 
I had some broccoli the other day at a place that tasted so good. I asked the waiter about the preparation.
 
It was the melted butter, salt and pepper that made the difference.  
11:18 pm edt 

Friday, August 13, 2021

The Bad Cars

The MBTA is a dysfunctional public agency that loses money all the time. Their equipment replacement program is filled with problems.
 
A number of their new expensive rail cars have problems from poor construction. Many on order are years behind schedule.
 
It's ironic to think that the 40 year old ones they are replacing are very dependable for the most part. 
7:49 pm edt 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Boneless Dogs

When I was a kid, we always had a dog who loved nothing more than getting a big soup bone to chew on.
 
Over the years, things changed to the point where owners are told  to never give one to their pet.
 
The news had a story of a dog who had two pounds of bones removed from their stomach after becoming severely bloated. The x-ray looked horrible.
 
Giving bones was a normal thing to do years ago, but not now. 
5:12 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A Good 5K Time

Robotic technology continues to evolve with great accomplishments.
 
A group of students at Oregon State University designed a bipedal robot that used machine learning to navigate its way through a 5k race course.
 
It was able to deal wit the various terrains to complete the distance in 53 minutes. It was a great advancement in legged locomotion.
11:45 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Best Phone Plan

I have an old cell phone with an annual plan that gives me 400 minutes for $100. I take it with me when I go running because it's so small and light. The unused minutes roll over into the next year.
 
The carrier is now changing my contract to a monthly billing of $5, plus taxes. Since I have so many minutes, they will allow me to use the value of some to pay the monthly cost.
 
This is a great deal for me because I only make a few calls on it. It was reaching the point where I didn't think I would ever use the minutes. Now, it pays for itself.
11:19 pm edt 

Monday, August 9, 2021

Nice View of Wall

I enjoy watching buildings under construction or renovation.  A duplex is being built on a vacant lot on a hillside along a street.
 
They are certainly maximizing the value of the land. They need to as they carved out the back hillside of their property line in order to build a tall retaining wall.
 
The views from the rear will be horrible, but I'm sure they will sell quickly. 
10:33 pm edt 

Sunday, August 8, 2021

California Burning 2021

It's hard to imagine the size of the Dixie Fire in California. When you look at a map, it's easy to see why 463,477 acres have burned since July 14th.

The are only a few small towns in that part of the state. The National Forest there provides an endless supply of fuel for the fire.
 
It's the second largest in state history. It makes you almost forget the one last year that claimed over one million acres. 

This won't be the last large one. 
11:16 pm edt 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Here Comes Traffic

I'm getting ready to leave for a night out. The traffic report on the radio doesn't sound too good. There is a three mile backup on the road I'm taking.
 
I'll be going by there in about 90 minutes. I hope it's cleared up by then. There are not many alternate routes. 
3:30 pm edt 

Friday, August 6, 2021


I don't believe in buying publication subscriptions for longer than one year. They always offer a better annual deal, but who knows what the future is with print media.
 
One of my health newsletters is good through July 2023. By renewing a gift subscription which I was intending to do, they will give me another year of my own to get me to July 2024.
 
I would be closer to 71 at that point. 
10:00 pm edt 

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Just Add Strawberries

I read labels on food all the time. It's amazing to see what we put into our body. Americans consume way too much saturated fat and added sugar.
 
When I was buying some frozen fruit the other day, I saw a container of sweetened strawberries. The amount of added sugar gave the consumer over 50% of the recommended daily intake.
 
It seems odd that eating such a healthy fruit would be ruined by all the added sugar. It's like that with so many other things.
11:07 am edt 

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Bike & Text

People should never text and drive, but some will do it no matter what. Others walk around with their head down looking at their phone, unaware of their surroundings.
 
I saw a guy today checking his phone while on a bike in a lane facing traffic. It wasn't the safest thing to do. I'm sure he has done it many times. 
10:29 pm edt 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Turtle Journey

I saw a small dead turtle the other day while I was out for a run. It was a long way from water. I wonder where it came from.
 
There is a pond about a half mile away, but that would be a very long and slow crawl to get to where it was struck. 
10:48 pm edt 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Like The Slow Train

One thing consistent about Amtrak is that money problems are part of it. They operate on a deficit that could never happen in the real world. Government subsidies have kept the trains rolling.
 
There are huge plans in the federal stimulus bill. I think the priority should be to improve existing lines and equipment.
 
I assume any new routes would run on existing tracks. I can't imagine the cost of trying to lay a new line.
 
Will we ever see all these improvements? 
11:46 pm edt 


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