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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 


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Monday, August 31, 2009

It Took Nine Years

I went to the dentist today for a checkup and cleaning and was shocked to hear that I had a small cavity in one of my upper rear molars. The last one I had was in 2000. I'm a fanatic about flossing and brushing. I feel like I lost a battle. How could I have a cavity? I don't eat sweets. I drink a can of soda daily.

As I told the dentist: "Bad for me, good for you. Gotta have people sitting in the chair other than for cleanings. Can't pay the bills without them".

If I keep up this pace, I'll be pushing 65 when I have my next cavity. Hopefully, I still have my teeth.
4:59 pm edt 

Friday, August 28, 2009

It Doesn't Make Sense

I went to a medical building today to have some blood drawn for a doctor's  appointment next week. It's a very busy place with many people in the waiting room. It's a large building with about 60 doctors and numerous staff. As I walked towards the entrance, I was struck by the sight of several employees smoking outside in an area that was obviously reserved for smokers. It looked like the typical scene you see at any workplace: people smoking in a group and staring into space. There were hundreds of cigarette butts on the ground.

I support the right to smoke and have no issues with it. It just seems incongruous that people in the health profession would smoke cigarettes. Maybe I'm naive into thinking that people in the health profession care about their personal health. Any doctor who smokes would have no credibility with me. There are so many ways that we abuse our bodies whether it be by diet, alcohol or lack of exercise. It's a struggle to live a healthy lifestyle. Nobody is perfect, but we must fight the battle daily.
12:11 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It was 40 years ago today

On this day 40 years ago, I began my running career by attending a pre-season practice for the Haverhill High Cross Country team. I ran 4 miles and was the last one to finish. There were about seven of us.

I never stopped running except when I was injured. I've met a lot of wonderful people and had some great experiences in my career. I just want to keep it going. Forty years is just a figure. Everyday extends my career even longer.

The marathons have been very special. Each race unique unto itself. So many great times
5:38 pm edt 

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Tradition Lives On

The weather this summer has been out of the ordinary. We finally have hot and humid temperatures. I have air conditioning in my apartment. It works great when I'm awake. I really hate to sleep with it on. Sometimes my head gets stuffy. Every year I get a sore throat for a few days because of it.

It finally happened. This is the 2nd day of a stuffy head and very sore throat. Is it allergies? I don't know what it is, but I'm dragging today. I was beginning to think that I would make it through the summer without a sore throat from the AC.

Two years ago, I had a sore throat for a week. Maybe I can break that record.
11:27 am edt 

Friday, August 21, 2009

Destined to Lose

I was performing comedy tonight at Salisbury Beach. I knew parking would be challenge. I went to a municipal lot that had parking meters in effect until 11pm. I figured I would pay for two hours and then leave the show for a couple of minutes to feed the meter.

I started pouring my quarters into it. I saw each quarter register ten minutes. After one hour and six quarters, the readout reset itself to zero.

It just took all of my quarters. I was parking at a broken meter. I don't trust them. Salisbury probably issues tickets no matter what, since the meters are in effect until 11 pm.

I reluctantly drove to the all-day lot and paid my $7. I was now legally parked, but had lost the battle for the night. Parking is a bit like liberty, it's never free.
11:52 pm edt 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

No to Bill

It's already started. There is a possibility of New England being impacted by Hurricane Bill on Saturday. There are several possible scenarios. The weathermen are salivating. This has potential to be their big moment.

I don't mind the storm. I just don't want to hear wall to wall coverage for a storm that may never get here. This reminds me a lot of a winter blizzard except I think weathermen like hurricanes better.

1:03 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Sure Sign of Autumn

The last week has produced the hottest weather of the summer. The season is on its backside with less than five weeks to the start of autumn.

I saw a sure sign of fall in the mail today when I received my packet containing detailed instructions for my upcoming New York City Marathon. The race is in November. It's really right around the corner. The weeks will blow by as they always have during this time of the year.

Traditionally, I get into my mental preparation mode when I receive this mailing. It's a true sign that autumn is on the doorstep. Once the race is done, the Holidays are on deck. Where did the year go?
12:10 am edt 

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Joy of Dogs

I spent some time tonight with my brother's dog Piper. When I first saw her, she really wanted to go out for a walk. This was a striking contrast to her recent medical issues which left her without her usual high level of energy.

As we walked on the street, all she did was smell the ground. I let her go near some shrubs that had woodchuck holes because she loves them. She was back to her former high level of energy.
I was really impressed with her recovery. She had recently been on several medications that left her very lethargic. She is finally free of everything.
It looks like she is back big-time.

11:53 pm edt 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Ideas Are Not Always Better

I drove into Cambridge last night to perform at a comedy club in Harvard Square. Parking on the street is always a challenge. My last two trips ended up as paid spots in a garage. I was determined to find a space. I left home with extra time to spare.

I got the bright idea of trying a new route. Instead of going through Central Square, I came in through Porter Square via Alewife Brook Parkway. There would be plenty of spaces. That was my thought.

I was wrong again. I drove a mile along Mass Ave several times, as well as circling the Cambridge Common. After about 20 minutes, I finally found a space. It was only a 20 minute walk from the club. I got there with 5 minutes to spare. My goal was to get there at least 20 minutes early. Oh well.

I'm going back in a few weeks and will stick to my traditional route. The key is to know when to park. The closer you try to get, the chances increase to being shut out. When are we close enough? 

9:17 am edt 

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Jerry was the Best

Today is the 14th anniversary of the passing of Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist of the Grateful Dead. I always like the band and its music. I was fortunate to see them at an outdoor concert in 1994 in California. They had a very loyal fan base. I was very impressed with the love fest that Jerry and his fans had.

After the concert, I told my friend that if something ever happened to Jerry, the band would cease to exist. They couldn't go on without him. The only thing I heard after the concert was the talk of Jerry's performance that night. Some compared it to other recent shows. Everyone agreed that Jerry had played great that night.

After his death from a heart attack, the band broke up and never played again as the Grateful Dead.

10:02 am edt 

Friday, August 7, 2009

Who is Crazier?

As I drove on Rt 495 tonight, there were a lot of trucks on the road. I hate being around them as they have a blind spot for cars. At one point, I had a truck in front of me and one on the side. All of a sudden, there were four guys on ninja bikes weaving in and out of the traffic. At one point, they passed between my car and the truck. There was no room for error by anyone. I thought these guys were crazy until five minutes later when I saw someone flying an ultra-light airplane about 500 feet overhead. It was hard to believe this thing was flying. I wouldn't want to be around if it thing had a "hard landing". Then I thought; Who is crazier?
12:08 am edt 

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

At Least It's Nothing New

While eating cereal this morning, I felt something really sharp in my mouth. I spit out a piece of a tooth. I was quite relieved to find that it was a piece of a temporary crown and not another one of my teeth. I'm having a crown made which will cost quite a bit in the end.

I have another week to wait until my next appointment. I need to avoid chewing on my right side. That's rather difficult, but I don't want to make it any worse. Hopefully, it won't become sensitive to hot or cold.

I was eating a seven grain cereal when it broke. This cereal has been crunchy in the past, but I thought today was out of the ordinary. At least it wasn't a foreign object in my bowl.
10:31 am edt 

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