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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. )

Start of the New York City Marathon

Nov 1, 2015 

At the finish line

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Listen to this interview I did on Big Sauce Radio about my marathon running and comedy.

Watch me work on my "Bucket List" in my Youtube debut. I'm eating the first banana in my lifetime.

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)

Read about the lives of fascinating people in my blog: "They Wrote Their First Line" (click here) UPDATED 05/23/16

  

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Tues, July 23  Winner's Circle 

                       211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass  8pm 

Thurs, Aug 8    Fody's Tavern

                         16 Clinton St.  Nashua, NH  8pm 

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Guy Yelling

I was in Cambridge the other night to do a comedy show. It was a beautiful summer night in the city. I went in a little early to walk around.

Harvard Square always has an assortment of interesting characters. There was a well dressed guy who was ranting nonsense.
 
I listened for about a minute, but he wasn't making any sense. I wonder who he was. He didn't look homeless, based on how he was dressed and groomed. People walked by him and paid no attention.

Where he was spending the night? Did he have a family or someone who cared about him? There are so many mentally ill people out there among us. It's a national problem that gets worse every day.
10:39 am edt 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Toughest 20%

I recently bought some "Crest 3D White" toothpaste. It says that its use "can remove up to 80% of surface stains in 14 days". I admit that my teeth are not bright white. I drink Pepsi and tea. I floss after I eat and brush with a "Crest Oral B" electric toothbrush.

I had my teeth cleaned last week at the dentist. I have been using this product for three weeks. I have not noticed any difference. I think I already had 80% of the surface stains removed. I just can't get rid of the last 20%.

The makers of Crest are not misleading. They said 80%. They never said anything about the last 20%. That's the difference between having bright white teeth and the color I have now.
4:17 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Forgotten History

Some news stories such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor or the assassination of President John F. Kennedy define a generation. As time passes, their memory fades. These two stories are slipping off the radar in America.

When I was reading the New York Post last week an item in "This Day in History" caught my attention. July 20, 1969 was the day America landed on the moon. It was such a big event back then. Now, it is relegated to a trivia column directed towards school kids.

Eventually September 11, 2001 will be just a footnote in history. This day is already meaningless to kids younger than 15. Considering the way curriculum is handled in schools today, most events will be forgotten.
 
4:24 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Don't Look For Casper


A local cemetery plans to host a "ghost hunt" and a "paranormal" discussion group as part of a fund raiser. This cemetery needs a great deal of work and upkeep after years of neglect and little maintenance.

I appreciate their efforts to improve the place, but I find their method to be in very poor taste. Cemeteries, in my opinion, are hallowed ground. It's not meant to be a playground for frivolous activities. What's next, a frisbee tournament?

There must be a way of raising needed capital instead of having people running around looking for ghosts.



10:29 pm edt 

Monday, July 26, 2010

On the Loose


Last Monday as I walked to my car after doing a comedy show, I realized that I had two huge bug bites on my legs. I think I got them at the place where we did the show.

The other night, I got a similar bite at home. All three have been on my upper leg in the rear. Today, I terminated a spider that I saw in my living room. I found one in my bedroom and attempted the same action. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful and it fell to the floor behind a large bureau. It's on the loose now. I'm on the lookout for it. If I see it again, I'll make another attempt at termination.

They give nasty itchy bites that leave large welts.
5:17 pm edt 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Tide Washes Fair


You always see those ridiculous commercials for laundry detergents that remove any dirt or stain. Just pour it on and it looks like new.

A few weeks ago, my left foot sank in about 10 inches of mud at a golf course. It was a hot day, so my feet were not very wet, just caked with mud. I finished the round, playing quite well.

Rather than throwing the sock away, I decided to soak it over night. I applied Tide full strength and when I threw it in the wash the next day.

I was not impressed with the results. I decided to wear them as part of my sock rotation.

They have been washed at least 10 times since that day. The sock is stained forever at the ankle. If you know where to look, you can definitely see it.

I don't know why Tide didn't do a better job. It's not that way in the commercial.
8:35 pm edt 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

To Eat or Not

One of my goals is to try to eat properly every day. That is a very big challenge that sometimes has mixed results. Over the last couple of weeks, I have added on four pounds. I need to reverse that.

Yesterday, I golfed with a friend. After we finished playing, we went to a Chinese restaurant about 3pm. We ordered several appetizers. There was a huge amount of food on the table, but we finished everything. I did more than my share.

On my way home, I began to wonder why I had eaten so much. It was my idea to get the fourth appetizer. I was concerned we might not have enough. I'm not sure what I was thinking.

I was stuffed all night. I ended up not eating another meal the rest of the day. That is not the proper way to eat.

I'm going to a birthday party tomorrow. Hopefully, I can exercise some degree of proper judgement in deciding how much to eat.
5:47 pm edt 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Fast Golf

I played one of the fastest rounds of golf in my life today in 3:52. It was just two of us riding in a cart. Ironically, my best time of 3:40 was a twosome walking.

We played the first nine in 2:09 and came back with 1:43. There was a slow foursome on the first nine. They let us play through on the back. It made a huge difference.

My rounds usually take way over four hours. It helps if you are not looking for balls. We were moving right along. Last week, we did the same thing at another course and it took us 4:10. That was a reasonable time to play in.

Slow play can be one of the most frustrating parts about golf. It's hard enough to play the game without playing slow.
8:31 pm edt 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bad Dates

I am always skeptical of  expiration dates on food products, especially milk. I only use milk on cereal and in my tea. I stopped drinking it back in 1993. Whenever I buy a quart of skim milk, it is rare that I use it up before I toss it out because of smell.

Today, I was putting some milk on my cereal. It was still five days away from expiration. It smelled like it was going bad so I poured it down the drain.This has hapened many times before. I don't know why they put such "use by" dates on milk products.

Fruit and vegetables are the same. That's why I go to the market at least every other day. I only buy what I think I will use over the course of two days.

You never know what you get in a restaurant or over someone's house. Food handling is a whole other sore topic with me.
12:48 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Moving Closer Slowly

Amazon announced that the sales of e-books have surpassed traditional hard copy texts. They recently lowered the price of their Kindle reader to $189. The Nook by Barnes and Noble is also trying to catch more of the market.

I have examined these two products as well as the Apple IPad. I'm still not ready to purchase one. I believe they will come down in price and will be improved significantly with updated versions.
 
I played with some newspaper applications on the IPad. Buying any of these three devices would pay for themselves with the savings on buying newspapers. I still think it would take me linger to read the paper than it does now.

Eventually, I see myself buying one of these. I's just not sure which is the best, although I really like the IPad.
4:53 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Rushing the Season


I don't like to make long range plans because it assumes that things are going to work out and nothing will get into the way. Life can change in a moment.
 
I made hotel reservations for the New York City Marathon three months before I ran the Boston Marathon back in April. In this instance, I had no alternative.

I was at the dentist today for a checkup and cleaning. On my way out, the receptionist asked if I wanted to make another appointment in six months or have a reminder card mailed to me. I thought for a moment and agreed to schedule another one in January.

So on Monday, January 24, 2011, I have another checkup and cleaning at 11:15. A lot will happen between now and then. You never know what might occur. I guess I will plan to be there.

On my way out, I wished the receptionist Happy Holidays!
5:40 pm edt 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Not Studying

Studies involving medications serve an important purpose. Usually, a control group taking a placebo is part of the protocol. It always struck me odd that you could sign up for a study and end up getting the medication that did nothing. Why get involved?

I received a letter from a Boston teaching hospital asking if I wanted to take part in a study about the effects of taking fish oil supplements. I've been taking them for a year because of their reputation of being beneficial for cardiac health.

I was told that I might get a placebo or the real thing. I saw no purpose in participating unless I was getting the fish oil capsule. Why would I want to stop taking it?
 

I think this whole thing gets odder when it involves cancer treatment.
11:49 pm edt 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

No Sale

You can find some interesting things at flea markets and yard sales. On my way home today, I stopped at a yard sale after seeing some golf clubs. I decided to check them out. I always have my eye out for antique clubs.

It was an bad looking starter's set about 30 years old. However, there were two matching putters.

I asked the lady how much. She said make an offer. I said $5. She wanted to sell the entire set for $60. A guy came over and tried to convince me that the two putters were different clubs because they had different grips. I thanked him and left.

For $60, you could get a good used starters set at a golf store. They would be in much better shape. I can understand trying to get the last dollar at the yard sale. Both of those people said they knew nothing about golf.

It was 6pm and they still had a lot of stuff. I hope their other items were priced more reasonably.

7:37 pm edt 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Hopeful Solution

I think I have resolved a computer problem that has been ongoing for the last three weeks. I have Windows Vista. I was experiencing sudden shutdowns for no apparent reason. It happened several times while I was typing to this blog. It also occurred when reading AOL email or surfing on Facebook.

I researched discussion boards to see if people were having a similar problem with Vista. I posted something on Facebook. The problem appeared to center on my power supply. I decided to open up my processor and take a look at things.
 
When I finally got to the power supply and the on/off switch, there appeared to be a large amount of dust. I vacuumed it. All seems well now.

I guess the key is to see what happens over the next few days. I could not power up this morning. It's amazing how much dust gets collected inside of a pc.
4:06 pm edt 

Friday, July 16, 2010

True Grit

It's important to use sun block if you are out in the sun for extended periods. We could all do better in using more. Nobody ever has a doctor tell them to cut down on sun block.

I used it today in 90 degree weather while playing golf. Once I applied it, I knew I was on my way to felling sweaty and dirty, especially when I sprayed myself with sand trying to get out of a bunker. Sand and sun block combine to give your skin a gritty feeling.

I feel so much better now that I have taken a shower. I definitely got some color today.
6:12 pm edt 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cold Facts


So far, I have not had a summer cold, but it will be a miracle if I don't get one. They say you can't catch a cold from being cold, but I'll dispute that to the end. I was doing comedy at a place Monday night that was frigid. The next day I was in a colder place at the food market. I was concerned enough to take extra Vitamin C tablets.

I have air conditioning at my home because of the humidity. I don't sleep with it on. Most mornings, I wake up with a stuffy head because one of my windows is blocked by the air conditioner.

A few year ago, I had a cold that lasted three weeks because of changes in temperature. I believe that you can get ill because of temperature changes. I also believe that you can get a cold by going outside in cold air with your head wet. Nobody will ever be able to convince me otherwise. 

11:13 am edt 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Last Drop

Printer cartridges are not cheap. The HP printer I have takes four of them. They are all used at a different rate.

Recently, I have been getting a warning that my black toner level is getting very low. I even get instructions on how to order replacement ones. Once you buy a printer, you pay for it several times over in the cost of cartridges.

Considering what they cost, I plan to use this cartridge until the printer no longer allows me to print. I already have a new one waiting to be installed.

This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer tries to see how far he can drive a car on empty.
1:41 am edt 

Monday, July 12, 2010

Back In 2014

I enjoyed watching the World Cup finals yesterday. The game was seen by 700 million people around the world, but still fights for respect in this country.

It took 116 minutes before a goal was scored. There were too many missed shots on goal. The referee gave out 13 yellow cards. There was too much tripping and dramatic falls by players on both teams.

The game might catch on here if they had commercial breaks. I appreciate the fast pace of the game, but a commercial would help. I took a bathroom break and was concerned whether I would miss the key play of the game.

As much as I enjoyed the games, I don't see myself becoming a soccer fanatic. I did have a soccer discussion with a clerk in a store yesterday. That was kind of strange talking about yellow cards.

I wonder if I will talk soccer again before the next World Cup in 2014.
9:23 am edt 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My Reading List

Today is the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic book: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. I must admit that I have never read the book or seen the movie with Gregory Peck. I cannot make an intelligent comment on anything related to the book or movie. I might as well throw in "Catcher in the Rye".  I never read it. I am clueless.

I have a vast range of interests that are important to me. I've read 66 books since I retired. I realize I could do better than that. I just don't see me reading either of these books any time soon.

There is so much I want to read, but I never will. I'll put these two on the list to read before 2020.
9:23 pm edt 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Market Value

I never mind going to the food market, although it costs me money. Shopping there is all about the present. You can only buy so much for the future.

I recently bought four 2-liter bottles of Gatorade G2 and now I'm down to one. I only by fruits and vegetables for a two day cycle. I like to keep them fresh. I only freeze a couple of burgers and chicken breasts. I go through a lot of stuff.
 
So I guess that's why I'm always going out to the market.
 
I can't imagine shopping for a family!
 
5:55 pm edt 

Friday, July 9, 2010

Birth of a Joke

I get most of my comedy material from the news as well as historical facts. I saw an item that I need to develop into my routine.

Swiss officials announced the completion of a 24 hour test flight for the first solar powered airplane. The flight lasted for 24 hours as the plane's 12,000 solar cells kept the batteries charged during the flight. The plane has an excessively large wingspan of 262.5 feet that requires a wider runway.

Based on these facts, I need to build my joke. There are different ways to go with this. I have some thoughts about flying in bad weather.

Ultimately, I'll put my ideas together and give it a shot when I perform on Monday. Sometimes it takes a few times before I get it the way I want it. On the other hand, sometimes it never gets to the point where I can use it because it just isn't funny. It wouldn't be the first time.
10:01 am edt 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Interesting Letters

I always enjoy reading letters to the editor of newspapers. People come up with some wild ideas, but I give them credit for taking the time to share their thoughts.

One writer was discussing the issue of single stream recycling. It allows paper, bottles and plastic to be mingled together in their recycle bin. Any bottle or container needs to be rinsed out. That makes sense all around. Apparently, the writer feels that doing this step will cause his water bill to rise.

How much does this guy recycle? I have never measured the amount of water needed to do my dishes, but I'm sure it's quite minimal. Maybe he should skip a couple of showers. With the water saved, he could rinse out his containers.

Sometimes, I think the editors purposely look for witers like this. guy.
5:43 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Not Everyone Knows

Not everyone is into current events and history. No doubt about that. The results of a recent poll conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion are quite startling.

It struck me that 26% of the people did not know that the United States achieved its independence from Great Britain.

The results get worse: 6% named another country including France, China, Mexico, Japan and Spain. Another 20% had no idea.

A 2007 poll found that only 7% could name the first four presidents in order. On the bright side, 57% knew that George Washington lead the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. I wonder if they know the name of the guy on the $10 bill.
1:39 pm edt 

Monday, July 5, 2010

A Little Mustard Please

Yesterday, I watched the Coney Island hot dog eating contest. It has become a television spectacle on ESPN. The International Federation of Competitive Eating maintains records for virtually all foods. There is big money at stake. The winner of the contest, Joey Chestnut, pocketed $20,000 after consuming 54 hot dogs and buns. Last year he did 68. During his post-meal interview, he was swigging down Pepto Bismol.

I enjoyed watching the contest and reviewing the different records. I just find it hard to believe that this type of activity is good for you. One contestant has consumed 8 pounds of asparagus in 10 minutes She only weighs 120 pounds!

Most of the contestants fasted for a few days. They routinely train by eating enormous amounts of food, especially at buffets.They must give restaurant owners a fit when they walk through the door.

I'm surprised that nobody has ever been injured doing this. They truly must have a cast iron stomach.
2:58 pm edt 

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wishful Economics

The G-20 Economic Summit recently concluded with the leading nations vowing to reduce their budget deficits by 50% over the next three years. Even President Obama was somewhat skeptical as to whether this could be accomplished. Most advocated eliminating wasteful programs and expenditures. I'm not sure how this is accomplished.

The world's economy is in a downward spiral. There is no relief in sight on the American side. I only see bigger deficits over the next few years with the problem of unemployment and pending financial doom for local and state governments.

Reducing the deficit is a noble idea. Nobody will ever advocate against it. I just don't know how the various countries plan to do it. It sounds more like political rhetoric and wishful thinking to me.
 
3:15 pm edt 

Friday, July 2, 2010

No Cargo In Port

I just read a story on AOL about clothing that men should not wear according to women. Cargo pants were at the top of the list. It questioned why a guy needs so many pockets.

I must say that I have never owned a pair of cargo pants. I always thought the amount of pockets was a bit much, but I soured on them because of their wrinkled and baggy look. I've seen them in stores where the pocket flaps are wrinkled by design. I just don't to dress like that. I hate wrinkles in my clothes.
 
It also cited the length of men's shorts. I have a problem going below mid-knee. The article said that only old guys wear them above the knee. I must be walking a fine line.
4:42 pm edt 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Checks Are In The Mail

The federal government is always looking at ways to save taxpayer dollars and lower the National Debt.

They announced a crackdown on the 20,000 deceased Americans who continue to receive a monthly check under their entitlement program.

By working with the Social Security Administration, they hope to eliminate those payments and save the government $180 million during the next fiscal year.

I think it's a great idea. I would like to revisit this item one year from now. I bet the numbers are not much different. How many deceased recipients are still be receiving their check?
 How many new ones are on the list?

Even if they "only" saved $60 million, you could say that they cut erroneous payments by 33%.
7:10 pm edt 


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