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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

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Dry December Coming

I saw a dermatologist the other day for my annual exam. I asked for a prescription level type of lotion for dry skin around my ankles.
 
Winter is still three weeks ago and I already have my annual problem of extra dry skin. My hands are a mess tonight. 
11:29 pm est 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Dress Warm For The Meal

It's hard to believe that outdoor dining will be available in some places through the end of the year. That would not be my first choice for eating out.
 
I'm sure the atmosphere is different. Some New York City restaurants have elaborate sheds. There is no consistency among cities for allowing this.
10:48 pm est 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

On Central Park West

I was able to watch a few minutes of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was nice to see the buildings of Central Park West (8th Ave). 

The route was the same three weeks ago when I exited Central Park after finishing  the New York City Marathon.

It took us down to Columbus Circle before I would've split off to get to my hotel.

New York looked great as always.
 
11:58 pm est 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

A Better Vacuum

My new vacuum cleaner has worked great until recently. Apparently, I needed to clean the air filter system. It was very easy to do.
 
I think this should make the suction a lot better.
 
The hour is too late in the evening to try this out in my apartment building.
  
11:22 pm est 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Crumbs Every Day

One thing for sure about multi-grain bread is that it leaves behind many crumbs in the toaster. I need to clean them out every other day.
 
If you let them sit too long, they eventually heat up and send out an odor like something burning. The last thing I want to do is to set off my smoke detector at night when toasting a bagel. 
1:04 pm est 

Monday, November 22, 2021

JFK 58

Historical moments eventually get to the point where nobody was around to witness them.
 
Today was the 58th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. It was the biggest news event of my lifetime when I was 10.
 
People over 58 lived that moment. The story gets minimal coverage these days.
11:51 pm est 

Sunday, November 21, 2021

When Is A House Sold?

Real estate is really hot right now,especially the sale of single family homes. They get picked up so fast by eager buyers who often bid over the asking price.
 
Someone on Facebook posted that they sold their house almost instantly after putting it on the market.
 
Does that mean they had a closeout? A sale never happens until you get to this point. Too many sales never get to the end with the closeout. 
11:50 pm est 

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Santa's Early Date

Whenever a date is set for a public event, there will always be some people who complain about it. There is no way to please everyone.
 
We are seeing that with the local Santa Parade which is being held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Some wanted it next Sunday which was its traditional time.
 
Dates change for many reasons. I'm sure the parade committee had their reasons. Usually it's the availability of some of the participants.
 
No matter what, those who attend with their children will enjoy themselves. 
8:26 pm est 

Friday, November 19, 2021

Login Too Old

I wanted to access the benefits website for my former employer to get some information on health insurance. It has been a long time since I used my login and password.
 
It turned out they had no record of me and to contact an 800 number. Upon reaching them, I spoke with a very helpful person and resolved my problem. I can now access the information.

A login and password from several years back is a recipe for being denied access to the system.
10:00 pm est 

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Not Winter Yet

It was almost 70 degrees today. The weather has been fluctuating like crazy, especially with temperatures in the 30's a few days ago.

I'm not a big fan of these weather extremes, although it worked out fine today because I had to attend a funeral.

At least we didn't need to dress like it was the middle of winter. 

 

11:57 pm est 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Can't Charge $3

Print editions  of newspapers are fighting to stay alive in the ever changing media landscape. The last thing they need to be is expensive.
 
Any newspaper that charges $3 or more for a weekday edition is looking to lose subscribers and eventually go out of business.
 
They cannot make up for loss revenue by increasing the price. It's a recipe for disaster. 
11:56 pm est 

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Checking The Costs

I got a statement from Medicare that showed a breakdown of my health costs and how they were paid. I also have a secondary insurance through my former employer which covers the rest.
 
It's interesting to see the difference between submitted charges and what is actually allowed by Medicare. It's all part of a very complex, but crucial industry.
  
10:49 pm est 

Monday, November 15, 2021

A Natural Increase

I finally pulled down the storm windows in my bedroom. The nights are getting so much colder now. My building is drafty and the windows are the originals from the 1920's
 
I keep the temperature comfortable. Up until now, the cost for gas heat has never been reasonable. I'm not sure about the next few months.
11:02 pm est 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Always Paying Stadium Cost

It's never a good idea for government at any level to get involved with the funding of stadiums for professional sports team. It can cost a lot of money over a long period of time.
 
We are seeing that in Cleveland where the owner of the MLB team wants the county ownership group to fund the majority of another $205 million in stadium improvements. 
 
The cost will be spread out over a long period, ensuring that the stadium will never be 100% debt free
11:47 pm est 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Missed It By One Hour

Timing is everything when it comes to the weather and making plans. I attended a football game at UMass today with a noon kickoff. 
 
The weather forecast was for heavy rain and a possible thunderstorm between 4 and 7pm.
 
We made it through the game without issue, but there was a thunderstorm and heavy rain about one hour after. 
 
With the normal 3:30pm kickoff, we would have faced very bad conditions. Once the lightning came, the teams would have been pulled from the field and fans would need to seek safety under the stands. 
11:53 pm est 

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