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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



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


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Another Trip to Amherst
Last Friday, I played a round of golf at Amherst Country Club in NH. This Saturday, I'm doing a comedy show there. Based on how I played golf, I must do a better job at comedy than I did at golf.

I had some good shots, but managed to waste them with my mistakes. Comedy is similar to that. You can get the big laughs, then lose it all right after. There is a very fine line between success and failure in comedy and golf. Both are very challenging and provide a great degree of satisfaction when I'm on, but frustration when things don't go well.
11:35 am edt 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Park a Little Closer

Two places I go to a lot are my health club and the local super market. Both have huge parking lots. I go out of my way to park a distance from other cars. I don't mind walking an extra few steps, especially if it will keep me from getting my car doors nicked by the one next to me.

When I go to my club, the parking lot is pretty empty. No matter where I park, I always seem to have someone who parks next to me. Don't they realize there are tons of other spaces? The same thing happens at the market.

I'm not trying to be anti-social, but I want to be my myself. My car doen't need company from anyone. Yesterday, someone parked so close that I still have no idea how they got out of their car. Some how they didn't nick my door. It's bound to happen sooner or later in spite of my efforts.
12:22 am edt 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Don't Rush the Season

It's only two days into autumn and they are throwing the holidays at us. I get tons of junk mail. I'll never be able to stop it. It will keep coming long after I'm gone. This is the third time I've received holiday cards and gift tags. I have no desire to send these cards to anyone. I'm very fussy about the cards I send to people at the holidays. I just end up recycling all of this stuff.

It's the same with the address labels. I get them year round. I could never possibly send out enough mail to use all of them up. The calendars are arriving too. I must have recycled 10 already.

I like to make donations to charities of my choosing, but I wish they would quit selling my name to everyone. I get stuff from veterans groups, environmental organizations and just about every disease  out there.

I guess I'm providing job security to the U.S. Postal Service. They should thanks me at the holidays.
6:05 pm edt 

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fashion Statement

I had a chance to host a comedy show last night with three other comics. They were younger guys. I couldn't help but notice that we all wore dress shirts. The difference was that I was the only one who tucked their shirt in. What is the age limit on wearing your shirt untucked?

Younger guys always look ok with their shirt untucked. You always see Tom Brady and Matt Damon running around like that. When I do it, I look like a slob. It's the same with shaving. I'm usually twice a day. Younger guys might wait a couple of days and they end up on the cover of GQ. If I wait two days, it looks like I've been partying too much.

When I was younger, being untucked wasn't in style. Given the opportunity now, I think I would still tuck my shirt in.
9:24 am edt 

Saturday, September 19, 2009

What Was He Thinking?

While watching the news tonight, I heard a story that sounded so stupid. A guy was arrested for DWI while driving a lawn mower on a street late at night. Why would he do that? He probably has a suspended license from another offense and gets around on his lawn mower. How often does he do it? It certainly must make a lot of noise as he cruises the street. No wonder the police pulled him over. They probably wrote him up for a loud exhaust system.

If you drive a lawn mower drunk at night down a street, there is nothing positive that will come from that. I've never done it and don't know anyone who has.
12:20 am edt 

Friday, September 18, 2009

Not everyone Knows

I was watching the news tonight on channel 5. There was a story about a soldier from Raynham who was being awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroics in Iraq. This is our nation's highest military honor. It has a long history since the Civil War.

After the story, the anchor said " to learn more about the Medal of Honor, go to our website where you can learn about its history and how it is awarded".

I guess there are people out there who have no clue about this.

12:00 am edt 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It Finally Paid To be Older

I played 9 holes of golf today. It costs $21. My friend who is 63 asked about a senior discount. The guy behind the register said "you get a discount if you are over 55".  I said "that's me". I ended up paying $17. What a country!
5:46 pm edt 

Can't Always Judge the Crowd

I was doing a comedy show in Salisbury tonight. We had about 20 in the audience, mostly young people. I've been working on new material talking about my prior job. I didn't think this crowd would be into it, but I wanted to try it out.

They were a great audience. Everything seem to work fine. Whenever I get that type of reaction from the audience, I get energized and just seem to do better.
12:16 am edt 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Biggest Day in History

There was a lot of media coverage about the recent anniversary of September 11th. It was certainly one of the biggest days in our lives. That's not the case for everyone. Some kids in school were not around when it happened. Seniors in high school were in the third grade. There is talk underway that 9/11 should be taught in the classroom.

As the years go forward, we will move further away from September 11, 2001. President Kennedy was assassinated 46 years ago. You would have to be over 50 to have any recollection of that day. Anyone over 50 certainly has those days burned deep into their memory. For so many other people, the date is something you hear about.

December 7, 1941, "the day of infamy" when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, is only remembered if you are over 75.

When I was younger I never thought anything would be bigger than when JFK died. It's hard to compare. For many it's 9/11.

If you ask somebody older than 75 the same question, I'm sure you would get an interesting answer. They have certainly witnessed a great deal of history.
9:14 am edt 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


My cable service died last week. I thought I caused a problem when I unplugged my cable box while cleaning. It didn't work when I plugged it back in. I called the 800 number. They sent a refresh signal to my box, but no luck. I spoke to a customer service rep who tested the box over the phone and said my box needed to be replaced.

Because of the holiday, I waited until yesterday. I tried another box, but with no luck. I was now up against the dreaded service call. Naturally, they give a four hour window from 12-4. The guy showed up at 3:45. He tested the box. It was ok. He went outside to the central box coming into my aprtment building. I had been disconnected by another technician. This is the 4th time it has happened in three years. It seems like they disconnect me every time they hook up a new customer. I'm sure it will happen again.

4:32 pm edt 

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Summer is Over

It's Labor Day weekend, the end of summer. Kids are back in school. You can feel the touch of autumn in the air. I'm done with my air conditioner. It's been pulled out and put away until next year. Now I can get some fresh air back in my rooms.

I'm not big on air conditioning. I put up with it. It's needed on those hot and humid days, but I don't see us having many more. I'll take my chances.
8:57 am edt 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Time is Flying By

Eight months ago today, I retired from my job and began my new career. It has certainly lived up to my expectations. I always want to do more, but there are only so many hours in the day. I've read 22 books which is a good start. I've worked out more and lost eight pounds. I need to lose a few more. I've done more comedy shows. Most of my travel has been local. I keep thinking of my list of day trips and need to do them.
The biggest problem is that the days go by too fast. When I was working, time would drag, especially early in the week. Now, I feel my life is on an accelerated schedule. I can't believe it's September and summer is almost over. The weather is going to cool off and the days will be shorter. I only have eight weeks until I run the New York City Marathon. 

I can't turn the clock back or slow it down. I'm just trying to take it all in and enjoy every moment.
9:42 am edt 

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