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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)

 

  

                                                            Comedy Shows

 

No shows scheduled because of Covid-19. I keep this show as a placeholder

because the schedule was so difficult to format when I first designed this website.

 

Tues, April 27    Saydie's Restaurant

                          136 Cluff Crossing Rd   Salem, NH  7:30pm

Tues, May 18    Saydie's Resaurant

                                     136 Cluff Crossing Rd  Salem, NH       7:30pm 

  

  Random Thoughts About Things

Sunday, April 18, 2021

A Great Deal Even Now

Public works projects have always been costly. It's hard to compare the final bill between different times without taking inflation into account.
 
I'm reading a book about the construction of the 362 mile Eire Canal which took eight years to finish by 1825.
 
At a cost of $7,000,000, it would equate to $145,000,000 in today's dollars using an inflation calculator app.
 
No matter what, it sounds like they got their money's worth. New York state paid for the entire cost, but recouped the money in all the tolls collected on boats. 
11:44 pm edt 

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Quite A Viaduct

When I drove into Boston today, I cut through Somerville and Cambridge. I drove along the new construction of the Green Line trolley extension.
 
The new viaduct in Leechmere Square is very impressive. They are also renovating the one from 1910.
 
The project will come in over budget and late, but it seems like it's getting there.
11:09 pm edt 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Snow On April 16th

It snowed today on April 16th. We had a cold rain mixed with snow. I had at least two inches of slush on my car.
 
I was planning to take my shovel and scraper out of my trunk two weeks ago, but decided to leave them just in case.
 
It's hard to believe that I have already played golf twice this year on very nice days. 
10:01 pm edt 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Back Running

After another issue with this website, the need to upgrade it has now has become urgent. The rebuilding process will take time, but the company that hosts my site has strongly urged that I do it now.
 
I have no idea what caused the problem last night, but it appears to be working now. 
12:39 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sleep Tracking

The Fitbit is amazing technology. It does a nightly analysis of my sleep by the various stages and time spent in each one.
 
It's interesting to see the graphics display of the data. Incredible technology which will continue to evolve. I got mine back in November 2019.
11:10 pm edt 

Monday, April 12, 2021

They Stay Off


A recent survey showed that 7% of Americans don't have internet access. This is quite an improvement from 2015 when the figure was 15%.

The number is higher for those 65 and older with 25% saying they never go online. In comparison, only 4% of those between 50 and 64 stay off.

Why is there such a drop after 65? Is it greater after 70 and 80? Many of these older people didn't exposed to the internet until late in life. 

11:58 pm edt 

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Stuff Not Shown

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts has amazing collections they display, but that is just a small fraction of their holdings.
 
Every museum is like that. The way they collect things is quite a story that is unique to every artifact. 
11:36 pm edt 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

New For Now

I bought a new Samsung S6 tablet today. My other one was seven years old and running slow. The battery was taking forever to recharge, but it was a problem with the power supply.
 
So much has changed in tablets over the last seven years. This one will become outdated at some point.
11:14 pm edt 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Didn't All Go there

The local newspaper prints some obvious press releases.
  
A local property management firm told their story of a $5.3 million renovation to a big apartment complex  which they said came to $13,500 per unit.
 
They rehabbed many of the common areas including the swimming pool, basketball court and fitness room.
 
How many of those dollars actually went inside to each unit? Replacing carpeting and painting can certainly add up.
 
These projects tend to be quite expensive for what they do. 
11:23 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Trains Were There

The local rail trail is expanding. The path has been cleared for several hundred yards more.
 
There is a ton of work to do, but they have a design plan. I wonder how much of the brush will be cleared.
 
It's so overgrown. People have lived there in the past.
 
I remember when it was an active train line going onto the 1970's 
10:57 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Three Week Change

When I played golf today, the course was starting to look better. There were wet areas to stay away from. The greens were good.
 
In the next three weeks, we will see many changes in the way the trees look. They are still bare now, but that will change real soon. 
11:21 pm edt 

Monday, April 5, 2021

March Money Madness

March Madness is finally over after Baylor defeated Gonzaga for the NCAA National Championship.
 
This is really a multi-billion industry. Nobody knows the true value because of the legal and illegal amounts of gambling.
 
It could be up to $9 billion. 
11:47 pm edt 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Better In The Bowl

I buy frozen strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries which I eat from a bowl in the evening after they thaw out.
 
In the past, I would put them in a blender with water to make a smoothie.
 
After switching to eating them out of a bowl, I find they taste so much better. 
10:39 pm edt 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Very Old Things

I went to the Museum of Fine Arts today in Boston to view their exhibit of Ancient Egyptian Art. It was amazing to see so many artifacts from over 6,000 years ago.

Much of it came from an archaeological dig from 1902-1947 in a joint effort between the museum, Harvard University and Egypt.

The leading researcher devoted most of his adult life to this endeavor. It was quite remarkable to see.
11:32 pm edt 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Fool At The Zoo

Parents do foolish things with their kids that often place them in danger.
 
A father decided to climb into the elephant exhibit with his daughter at the San Diego Zoo in order to take a picture.
 
The elephant was extremely angry and charged the father and child. They just made it out and escaped injury.
 
This was such a foolish and selfish thing to do, but it will happen again somewhere else. 
11:55 pm edt 

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