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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 

 MORE TO COME

  Random Thoughts About Things

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Great Eire Canal

I've read some books about the building of the Eire Canal. I recently joined a Facebook page that has daily postings with pictures of it now and all sorts of historical stuff.
 
It's amazing to think that they built it by hand and with horses being essential to the movement of materials.
 
There is also some great architecture. 
11:06 pm edt 

Monday, October 25, 2021

How Fast Is It?

I have faster upload and download speeds like never before after upgrading to a high speed modem with Comcast.
 
I don't watch a lot of video so it's hard to say about the speed. Things seem to move along quicker, but it's all relative. It's the early stage here.
11:47 pm edt 

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Don't Get This

Some expressions come out of nowhere and gain popularity. In recent years, we have seen people saying "you got this" way too many times for almost any challenge facing an individual. People mean well when they say it, but it's overused.
 
I recently saw a greeting card that has incorporated it into a message promoting encouragement. It was only a matter of time before the card industry monetized it. 
6:47 pm edt 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Nobody Can Predict Life

Financial planners are all over the radio stations I listen to. They all try to sell their services to consumers. Some are better than others.
 
One ad recently had the principle saying that they are young and will be around for a long time to watch over their accounts.
 
Why would anyone say that? Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. We all hope to make it to the next day, but life is very fragile and can take bad turns at any moment.
 
I hope his investment advice is better than his projection about life span. 
2:01 pm edt 

Friday, October 22, 2021

A New Connection

I upgraded my internet access with a high speed modem from Comcast.
 
My first computer in 1998 used a dial-up modem before switching to a DSL line.
 
It was good in its time, but so much slower than everything out there now.
 
I have a landline which I use to connect to the DSL modem. If I cancel my account, I'll save over $900 annually.
11:36 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

That 20 Mile Radius

I was looking at a map app that allowed for setting up a radius from a specific point.

It's very interesting to see what a 20 mile radius looks like. It incorporates a lot of towns and cities in many cases, although in some states it's just part of a larger area.
 
Sometimes, a mile away from one's location can feel like a distant place. 
11:10 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Recycling Numbers

I just did a little research about the stuff that goes to landfills after reading some literature from an environmental group. There is a huge problem with recycling all types of plastics.
 
The statistics they used were from 2017. It's interesting to see how they come up with their numbers.
11:16 pm edt 

Monday, October 18, 2021

Less Change Needed

I found an old NYNEX calling card today in a draw. It goes back to the mid 1980's when New England Telephone merged with others and was renamed.
 
It was a great convenience to have this in my wallet. If I needed to make a toll call away from home, I could just pull out this card at a pay phone and avoid needing a pocket-full of change. They would just bill me.
11:52 pm edt 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Keys Are Extra

People leave behind all sorts of things at airports. For some reason at Philadelphia International, ten cars were left for over two years. Nobody ever returned for them. How did they get there?
 
They will be sold at an auction. The only problem is that they have not been started because there no keys and can't be driven away.
 
I'm sure someone will buy them. 
11:59 pm edt 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Batteries Available

I replaced the batteries in my smoke and CO2 detectors. It's always a good thing to do wherever you live.
 
Later, I stopped at Home Depot because I like going there and checking things out. They had a huge display of detectors and batteries. They know it's that time of the year to check those things.
 

11:55 pm edt 

Friday, October 15, 2021

No Device Advice

Whenever I post to this website, I use my desktop computer. I have never tried it with my Galaxy Tablet. It's easier to use a keyboard.
 
It's always interesting to see the difference in some apps when they are viewed on different devices.
 
Who ever thought this would be a point of discussion? 
9:25 pm edt 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Card Canceled

I was wondering why I couldn't login to one of my credit cards that I hadn't used in a couple of years.
 
The inability to get a response on a password reset lead to a call about my account.
 
It seems it was canceled last November because of inactivity. I no longer have a valid account or card.
 
It's a good idea to use a card occasionally just to show activity to avoid cancellation. 
11:30 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Nothing To Show

I had some scheduled service done on my Toyota Corolla today at the local dealership.
 
The lot was filled with cars, but many were used. The showroom didn't have much. The salesman said they expected some cars in a few weeks.
 
There is a shortage of them. 
11:34 pm edt 

Monday, October 11, 2021

Road Hazards

A motorist was struck and killed by a metal object in the road the other day while on vacation. He had just landed in Boston, along with his wife. They were headed to New Hampshire in their rental car when something fell off a truck.
 
It was a very freak accident that could happen to any of us. I'm always careful around vehicles that are hauling things or have a covered load.
 
You never know when things can go wrong. 
 
 
11:23 am edt 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Filling Air Time

The Sunday Night Football game has been delayed by over 45 minutes because of torrential rain and threat of lightning,
 
At what point do they make a decision to play? It must be driving the television people crazy. They have all this air time to fill without wondering if viewers are switching channels.
 
They are showing a lot of great highlights from today's games. 
10:57 pm edt 

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