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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



Here is an interview I did with a local newspaper about my running.


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

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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Dreaded Extended Warranty

I don't like extended warranties and never purchase them. I was looking to by a headset for my cell-phone. Verizon doesn't sell the type that rests on your ear. I don't like to stick a plug in my ear canel. My only option was to go to Radio Shack.

That's the last thing I wanted to do. I bought two headsets there in the past and they both stopped working. Both times, I rejected the extended warranty. Today, I got smarter. I paid $29 for the headset and $11 for the 2 year extended warranty.

I have no doubt that I will use it, as Radio Shack makes a real junky headset. Why do they irritate you further by collecting all sorts of demographic information about their customers?
6:47 pm edt 

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Farrah & Michael

It's amazing that Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died today. I was having lunch at home when I heard about Farrah. When I heard about Michael, I was in the clubhouse having an ice tea after playing 9 holes in my golf league.

Michael's death could have also been predicted, given his many physical issues. It's still a surprise when you hear it. He was only 50.

Farrah fought a valiant battle that she documented in her recent NBC special. I saw it that night. It was very powerful. Her "diary" of her struggle showed  a courageous person facing a battle against all odds.

I as write this, I have the tv on in the background with Access Hollywood. It's all Farrah, with a "Breaking News" story on Jackson.

There will be a two hour special on Dateline NBC at 9pm. Kind of a twofer. The media always puts together some amazing specials. They certainly have two interesting lives to deal with.

7:40 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

It's Only a Test..........ya right

After three weeks, I can finally discuss my recent colonoscopy. If anyone ever says it's a routine test, tell them you know a guy with a story. It was anxiety that delayed me for five years. Stupid, but true.

It's a test everyone should have. Sure, the prepping is the worst part, I guess. The procedure lasted less then one hour and I was totally out. The doctor removed three polyps, which turned out to be the harmless type. Having to wait a week to get the results, wasn't the best thing to do. You realize that you are not the only patient.

When I was in recovery, the doctor said I tolerated the procedure very well. He mentioned the three polyps. He also discussed how he had to "stretch" me because of my "small opening". I never realized what this would entail. I also had a small internal hemorrhoid.

It's taken me three weeks to get back to normal. No running in that time. Just some walks to the store. Sitting has been a challenge at times. I had to miss my annual run up Mt Washington because of my discomfort.

I guess there are a few lessons to be learned here. Medical tests are important and should not be neglected. Everyone has their own set of circumstances. I'm glad I did it, but I never thought I would have to go to hell and back in the process. In my opinion, tests are not always routine.

If anyone has any questions about this procedure, please let me know. Hopefully, I'm all set for the next ten years!
3:46 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Business is Booming Here

I was at the mall late this afternoon. The crowds were quite thin and stores had few customers. There was one exception: Verizon Wireless. There was no economic crisis there! The store was packed. I had to get into a queue just to ask a question about an accessory. If every store was like this, we would reverse our economic problems. I don't think you see this type of floor traffic at GM or Chrysler showrooms. They must wish this in their dreams.

7:00 pm edt 

Thursday, June 18, 2009

They Never Let Up

No matter what I do, I still get calls from tele-marketers. Recently, I've been getting them from companies doing surveys. I always hang up on them. In my mail today was a letter from one of the survey companies. They said they were sorry for bothering me and enclosed a one dollar bill. They invited me to contact the company and learn about their surveys. I'm one of the 200,000 selected households in America. I am so fortunate that they want my opinions. I'll give them a call right away.....yeah right......I'll keep their dollar.
4:40 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What a Drain

It's always a bad feeling when you let the water drain from your bathroom sink and it causes a back-up into the bathtub. Such was the case last night. This looks like an opportunity for Liquid Plumber. The plunger didn't work. There is still water in the tub. I better get two jugs of the stuff because it never works like it does on tv. One time it took three. Why don't they show that in the commercial?
7:49 am edt 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What a Jump

Former President George H.W. Bush made the news Friday when he completed a tandem parachute jump on his 85th birthday. He made similar jumps on his 75th and 80th birthdays. He started his jumps in 1997 to fulfill a lifelong vow that he would jump out of an airplane under better circumstances than his first time.

In 1944, Bush's plane was shot down over the Pacific Ocean while on a bombing run during World War II. He survived a 1,500 foot jump. His two crew-mates perished. Bush vowed to make another jump under happier circumstances.

After his jump, Bush noted that he did it to motivate older people. Perhaps his best line was: "Just because you are old, you don't have to sit in the corner drooling." 

Those are words certainly worth remembering!
11:57 am edt 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Voice

Some people have a very distinctive voice. Such is the case with Rachael Ray. I actually enjoy watching her shows on occasion. There is something about her voice. I read that she is a pretty heavy smoker. Last fall, she had some treatments for polyps on her throat.

Her voice seems to be a perfect match for her ever-present smile. I don't imagine that she is always that perky. The tabloids have reported that she and her husband have had some loud arguments in public. She always seems so upbeat on her shows.

I bet she wouldn't be if she had to clean up after one of her cooking demonstrations. She always has all the ingredients ready and makes it look so easy. She probably doesn't even load the dishwasher.
10:36 am edt 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Two Strikes

I have always watched the Tonight Show and was sad to see Jay Leno leave. At least he will be back in September on his new show at 10pm. I have no problem switching to David Letterman, but I always preferred Leno over him, given the choice.

Now comes the hard part. Do I stay with Conan O'Brien? I watched his show the last two nights. It got great ratings around the country, but I think it was due to the curiosity factor. I can't say I'm thrilled with it. It's a step down from Leno. Do I switch to Letterman? How many more times do I watch Conan? If I was that thrilled with his show, I wouldn't be having these thoughts.
3:35 pm edt 

Monday, June 1, 2009

Something to Develop

I get a lot of my ideas for my comedy material from things in the news and everyday events. I write a lot of ideas in a journal. Often, they never get developed for a variety of reasons. Some of them are used in my act and they have different degrees of success.

I saw something today that I must develop. I was finishing a run on a beautiful spring day. I was doing a cool-down walk up the hilly street I live on. My place is two doors away from a funeral home. It's a large and elegant Victorian mansion that I always admire. Over the years, I have become acquainted with some of the workers.

As I walked by the home, one of them was standing in a doorway having a cigarette. I guess even funeral workers must seek a smoking area these days. It just looked odd. Here I was, feeling the exhilaration of a morning run and here was a guy smoking a cigarette who also happens to work in the funeral business.

I think there is something here. I just have to figure out a punch-line. Hopefully, it will be funny if I ever use it.
11:41 pm edt 

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