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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)

 

  

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Tues, Oct 15      Winner's Circle

                           211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass.  8pm 

Thurs, Oct 17   Strange Brew Tavern 

                         16 Market St.  Manchester, NH  9pm

Thurs, Nov 21   Soho Restaurant

                          89 Lowell Rd.. Hudson, NH   7:30pm 

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

I Did My Share

The other day I was golfing at a course in New Hampshire. It's been open for five years. One of the Par 3 holes has a water hazard that takes a drive of 170 yards to clear. It's a graveyard for golf balls. Every time I play, I put one onto the water. This time was no exception.

After we finished, we were talking to one of the course rangers. He mentioned that a diver had recently gone into the pond and removed over 14,000 balls! There is a big market for second hand balls so they they get recycled.

I've played there around 10 times. It's nice to know I did my part and put at least 10 balls into the drink.
10:52 am edt 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

They Made Me Run Faster

Tonight I ran a 10 mile race in Newburyport that started at 6:35pm. It's hard to run a race of this distance at the end of the day, especially on a hot summer night.

I ran a very consistent race and had a strong finish, passing many runners over the last three miles. As you run the race, you start to see some of the same people around. I was running in the vicinity of three women who appeared to be in the last 20's. For about three miles, I always heard them talking.

One of them was conducting an overview of President Obama's health plan. She was going on and on about the minute detail of the program. I was amazed at how much she knew about the program. Although I found her very educational, I had to get away from them.

I was able to gain some separation after 6 miles and never saw them again. I ran better at the end of the race than the beginning. Maybe the health plan helped.
  
12:41 am edt 

Sunday, July 26, 2009

33 or 34 or Both


Since I retired, I have been able to lose seven pounds and keep them off. As a result, my size 34 pants don't fit as well as they should. Should I go down a size?

Yesterday, I was at the mall and finally found some Docker khaki shorts. They has size 33 and 34 on sale. I'm optimistic that I will lose a few more pounds, but realize they don't come off easily.

I decided to plan for the present and future. I bought both sizes; 33 and 34. The 34's are a little loose and the 33's are a tad tight.

Hopefully, by next summer the 33's fit just right and the 34's are loose. We shall see.
 
1:18 pm edt 

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Like the Old Days


Earlier tonight, I did a comedy show at a private club in Lawrence. Members can smoke there. The air was thick with smoke. While I was there, my throat and eyes started to get irritated. I was glad to get out of there when it ended.

When I got home, I changed my clothes. They wreaked of smoke. I realized that I couldn't go to bed without taking a shower because my skin even smelled of smoke. I took my third shower of the day.

I feel better now. I even changed the sheets on my bed. I don't know how I ever worked in a smoking environment for so many years with my former employer. I certainly don't miss the smoke from clubs or other public places.
  
1:24 am edt 

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Wild Life


It rained very hard last night and into the morning. I had plans to play golf around noon. We decided to go out under threatening skies. The course was empty. We were the only ones. 

I hit my first shot into the rough. As I searched for my ball, I came across a family of snakes. They were 2-3 feet long. I almost jumped out of my shoes! They give me the creeps. After I saw them, I proceeded to hit my next shout out of bounds. Later on, we came across another family of them. I hate to think that I've looked for my ball in that area in the past.

Yesterday, I was golfing at a course in Haverhill. A fox walked about 10 feet in front of us, oblivious to us being there. It was bigger than the average dog and had a pointed face. Other than its red color, it was easy to tell it was not someone's pet because it had a very lean frame. Most dogs in America could afford to lose a few pounds. This critter had zero body fat. Most pets would be healthier if they had a physique like this one!
6:53 pm edt 

Thursday, July 23, 2009

90 Minutes of Action

Yesterday, I spent 90 minutes in the chair having preparation work down for a crown for one of my molars. Time can fly when you are having fun. The procedure wasn't that bad, thanks to a huge amount of Novocaine.

A lot of drilling goes into the procedure as the tooth is reduced to a stump. On three occassions during the procedure, I needed to have a booster shot as the pain was getting rather intense. After it was done, part of my face was numb and there was a drooping on one side of my lip.
 
I had a conversation later in a store with a stranger. They must have wondered what happened to me. He probably thought I was stroke victim.

I was thinking. They don't need to water-board terror suspects at Gitmo to get information from them. All they need to do is restore their teeth with crowns, without the use of Novocaine. That will get them or anyone else talking real fast.
10:16 am edt 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Finally Talking About It


I have been doing comedy for almost six years. I always refrained from talking about my job. After being retired for six months, I think I'm finally ready to develop some comedy material from a job I spend 32 years on. Numerous comics have encouraged me to talk about it. Everyone said there was some good material there.

I recently wrote a whole new set and its debut was tonight at a club in Salisbury. I did six minutes of material. There was a good reaction from the crowd. I listened to my audio tape of it. There are some things that can be improved on. But for now, I think I will stick with it. I have two more shows this week and will be tweaking it. I think I might have something here.
12:40 am edt 

Monday, July 20, 2009

Going to the Moon

It's hard to believe that forty years ago today, Americans first stepped on the moon. Back then, there was a great degree of excitement about the space program. Most of it was tied into the Cold War and the political events of the time.

I was 15 when it happened. Everyone stayed up late to watch it. I saw it on a black and white tv. It was the culmination of a goal that President Kennedy had set. When goals are achieved, what do you do for an encore? America went to the moon a total of six time, the last being in 1972. After that, it was a series of space probes, the Hubble Telescope and building the Space Station.

It seems like we have been building the space station forever . We have lost two shuttles in the the process. I'm a big believer in the space program. The advancement in technology has been worth it. There is talk of another lunar trip by 2020 and a possible one to Mars. Will this actually happen?

We must first find a replacement for the aging space shuttle fleet. With budget cuts and lagging Congressional support, we are falling behind in the time table to replace the fleet. With all of the money we spend on weapon systems that the military doesn't want or need, why can't we redirect some of that money to the space program? Exploration of space has only yielded positive results to America.

10:49 am edt 

Friday, July 17, 2009

Can't Proofread Enough


I recently sent out an email to a bunch of comics regarding an open-mic I was hosting tonight at the High Street Grill in North Andover. Somehow I managed to put the address of 25 Main St in my message instead of the correct address of 25 High Street

The thing that bugs me is that I always spell-check and proofread my messages. Why didn't I catch it? How could the High Street Grill be on Main St? I guess you can never check enough. We have another show there next month. Hopefully, I will get it right.

12:36 am edt 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

There Goes the Sun

I was determined to go to the beach yesterday. It started as a beautiful sunny day. The goal was to get there in the early afternoon. When I left my house, the sky became very overcast. As I drove towards Hampton, I thought that this might not be a good idea. The clouds kept getting thicker and darker. There was a steady stream of cars heading away from the beach.

When I finally got there, it was hard to determine if the sky looked worse from the north or south. As I prepared for my walk, I realized that I would not need any sun screen. There was nothing to block out.

The beach was rather crowded, considering the weather. On the other hand, a lot of these people were on vacation and determined to be there rain or shine. I stayed for about an hour before I decided to give it up.

As I drove home, it got very dark. Cars had their headlights on. I needed to take my sunglasses off as it was getting hard to see. I guess I'll have to try the beach another day.
9:09 am edt 

Sunday, July 12, 2009

No Cargo For Me

I hate buying clothing. I never enjoy it. I don't mind going to stores. I just don't want to buy clothes. So here I was on a late Sunday afternoon in Kohls, trying to buy polo shirts and khaki shorts. I found polo shirts, but only cargo and plaid shorts.

I would look stupid in this stuff. I don't want long shorts. The cargo shorts are permanently wrinkled. I don't want to pay money for stuff like that. I know it's in style, but I hate the wrinkled look. The pockets look stupid.

I need to buy Docker shorts at the mall. I hate to think that I might need to take them to the tailor and have them hemmed. I'm not going below my knees no matter what.
6:03 pm edt 

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bring Your Own Friends

Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I decided to play golf with a friend of mine. Since it was a last minute decision, we could not get a foursome. Naturally, a lot of other people had the same idea to play.
We ended up getting paired with another twosome. One of the guys had played only a few times. He was pathetic. He kept missing the ball and was having trouble getting it off the ground. We played so slow that we started to backup the course.

Fortunately for us, they were only playing nine holes. It was a relief to play the back nine without them.

I like to meet people, but the golf course is not one of the places. I prefer to play with the group of people I know. Next time, I need better planning. Otherwise, we will get stuck with another pair like these guys. It was hard to say "nice round" after we departed their company. I forced myself to say it.
5:27 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Losing by Waiting

It rained so hard today as it has for the last week. I could have gone running before it started to rain, but I procrastinated. By the time I went out around noon, it was raining real hard.
 
I was very motivated to go out the door. I like running in the rain during the summer. It feels so invigorating, but this was too much. It was so torrential. It got to the point of being stupid. I turned around and went home after not finishing one mile. My shoes are drenched. I probably should have gone out earlier....Oh well.
 
4:47 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

How Much Will This Cost?


I was enjoying my dinner last night when all of a sudden I felt a very solid object in my food. It turned out to be a piece of one of my molars. The tooth has a huge filling that has been there since I was a kid. I'm going to need a trip to the dentist. Hopefully, he can file the edge down. It's rather sharp. At least, there is no pain, but I wonder what will happen in the end. Will I need a crown? I already have two. They certainly are not cheap. It was strange how it happened so suddenly. You never know.

10:25 am edt 

Sunday, July 5, 2009

No Big Bang



The Fourth of July came and went. Another year without fireworks for me. I just don't get into them. Maybe because I never went as a kid. When I finally started to go, it was no big deal.
 
I guess I'm suppose to like them. It's All-American and apple pie. I can buy them right across the border in New Hampshire, but never have. I don't know what the big deal is. It drives me crazy when people shoot them off in my neighborhood. Maybe it's me.  

10:21 am edt 

Friday, July 3, 2009

Road With Holes

As my car merged onto Rt 93 last night, I was amazed at the size of some of the potholes. There were pieces of the road, several feet long and a few inches deep that were missing. It seems to be where the lanes meet one another. Much of this is caused by the stress of overweight trucks.

Interstate highways go through a regular process of roadway replacement. The top several inches of pavement are scraped away and then another layer goes down.
 
There is plenty of work to do on our highways. Some of the bridges look so rusted. Hopefully, they only look bad and don't fall down. Thousands could be employed for years to come repairing our infra-structure. Unfortunately, most of the work will never be done.

10:25 am edt 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Can't Win On This


I should have known that the headset I bought at Radio Shack would be a piece of junk. I got the extended warranty. I can't imagine it lasting the two year period. The jack doesn't have a snug fit. I guess I'm committed to this for the next two years. This headset isn't going to make it.................I wonder what the over and under is.
 
4:59 pm edt 


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