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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, May 18    Saydie's Restaurant

                          136 Cluff Crossing Rd   Salem, NH  7:30pm

Tues, June 1    Saydie's Resaurant

                                     136 Cluff Crossing Rd  Salem, NH       7:30pm 

  

  Random Thoughts About Things

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Expensive Wood

Anyone involved in home building, renovation or improvement projects knows about the shortage of limber and its high prices.
 
There has been a 130% price increase which has added about $24,000 to the cost of an average new home.
 
One writer had their own suggestions on how to address this problem. They said to use scrap lumber or pallets for smaller projects, in addition to seeking alternative building materials.
 
It's hard to believe that these were written in a serious note, but they apparently were. 
5:07 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Short Pool Season

I saw my first Facebook posting from someone talking about their outdoor swimming pool. They had it uncovered and ready for swimming, although the temperature won't get out of the 50's today.
 
The pool season is so short around here. They will get 6-8 weeks of hot weather if lucky. The water will be too cold until the end of June unless they have it heated.
 
Lounging on the deck area or in chairs is another story. That season lasts much longer. 
3:26 pm edt 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Smaller Fleets

There seems to be a shortage of rental cars at agencies across the country. Many of them sold large portions of their fleet during the pandemic.
 
Some places could have car shortages this summer. Need is expected to be high as people finally start to travel.
 
Agencies will need to get more cars into their inventories and try to deal with the cost. 
10:49 pm edt 

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Cranes In The Sky

As I drove down Rt 93 through Somerville and Cambridge, I counted nine cranes in the sky between those communities and Boston. There are definitely more that I didn't see around the rest of the city.
 
There is so much being built, especially along the new MBTA Green Line Extension and the North Station area.
 
This will have such an impact for the future. 
10:26 pm edt 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

May 1

Here we are on May 1 with summer right around the corner in seven weeks. Time is passing so quickly. The trees continue to blossom. We can finally smell freshly cut grass.
 
Weather changes so quickly, but warmer temperatures are coming. 
11:32 pm edt 

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Quick Cube

It's always impressive to see someone solve a Rubik's cube in a short period of time.
 
I saw a video today where it took only 47 seconds to finish it.
 
There must be a secret to doing this. Some people have a special talent to figure it out and make it look so natural.
11:20 pm edt 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Electric Ones

New York City can get pretty crazy with all of the rental bikes on the streets. Now, they can choose from a privately run fleet of all-electric ones.
 
Their $49 monthly plan that provides unlimited rides will appeal to many. Hopefully, they don't make the streets worse with accidents. 
11:22 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Egypt Discovery

It was very exciting news in the world of archeology to hear of the recent discovery of ancient Egyptian tombs.
 
Some of the graves which contain human remains go back to 6000 BC to 3150 BC. Other sites from 3200 BC to 3000 BC. 
 
They found a total of 110 tombs in a Nile Delta province. It's hard to believe they were lost all these years.
11:41 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Expensive Extras

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy tablet. I thought I got a deal on it at Best Buy. They make all their profit selling the screen protector and case.
 
They were unable to order me the case I wanted, but finally got one at Staples for $24. The protective screen was $35, plus $15 to install.
 
As I watched the technician do it, I realized that it would have been a total disaster to install it on my own.
 
Like buying a car, the accessories always add to the hidden cost.
11:44 pm edt 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Papers To Read

It's easy to get a few days behind in newspapers. It's something I need to stay on top of daily, but doesn't always happen.
 
Once you start to pile up papers, it can get out of hand. 
11:04 pm edt 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Two Avocados

I had an avocado the other day with my tuna fish sandwich. It added a lot to the meal.
 
When I tried it again today, there was an issue with the ripeness. It needed more time and was very hard to cut.
 
My first avocado had just the right consistency. 
 
 
11:21 pm edt 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Nobody Living There

The local city council decided to uphold their ruling which prohibits residential units on the first floor of downtown commercial property.
 
A large apartment building on the edge was trying to place three units in former business space which had been vacant for years because of bad parking.
 
I think it would be awkward for the people on the floor to open their living room to the public. 
11:22 pm edt 

Friday, April 23, 2021

Not Yet 2022

I belong a few environmental groups related to National Parks and historic preservation.
 
As a result, my name ends up on mailing lists for way too charities.
 
I get all sorts of things I don't need like writing pens and little pads of paper.
 
Heading into the final week of April, I received a 2022 calendar in the mail from a Yosemite National Park group that I belonged to years ago.
 
I think it's too early to send out a 2022 calendar.
 
11:32 pm edt 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Floating Price

The price of gasoline has gone up significantly in the last six months. It's amazing to see the prices station to station even with the same brands.
 
I filled up today at a chain that charged 12 cents per gallon more than another one that was eight miles apart.
 
It was still the lowest price around. 
 
 
10:51 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

They Do Tickets

The city street sweeper machine went through my neighborhood today. It was a real challenge with cars parked in the way at times. They couldn't do a complete job.
 
They certainly swept up a lot of sand and small pieces of trash. It easy to see why they ticket cars in big cities in order to get this done. 
11:01 pm edt 

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