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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

  

                                                            Comedy Shows

 

 

 

Tues, July 23  Winner's Circle 

                       211 Elm St.  Salisbury, Mass  8pm 

Thurs, Aug 8    Fody's Tavern

                         16 Clinton St.  Nashua, NH  8pm 

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Sign of Nonsense


The election is finally next Tuesday. We will then shift into overdrive on the Presidential campaign, but the local one will be done.

I'll be glad to see all of the political signs disappear. They are a blight on the landscape. There are too many of them. It's even worse when they nail them to a utility pole. What makes that politician so special that they can do that? They should stay on private property. 

5:48 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Time To Clean It

 

I was at a Walmart yesterday that also has a Subway sandwich shop. I noticed they also had a popcorn maker.

Upon closer examination, it looked like it had not been cleaned in ages. Many unpopped kernels had solidified into a ball at the top of the machine. 

This is a potential public health issue. I would not want to eat any of this popcorn. Why don't they clean it?

4:23 pm edt 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Working With Gas

 

People try to do home repairs that they are not qualified to do. It can get dangerous when it involves electricity or natural gas.

A person accidentally blew up their house yesterday after trying to be their own plumber. They were working on a gas water heater and disconnected a valve which allowed gas to escape. They fled the house after smelling a gas odor, but it was too late to prevent an explosion.

I'm sure that person felt like they knew what they were doing, but they were obviously wrong.

 

6:05 pm edt 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Not Buying A Ticket

 

Hawaii has always been seen by many as a lifetime destination. I have never been there and have no desire to go. I think it's a lot of hype.

I was surprised to see that its homeless population is the highest per capita in America. Who would of thought that this would exist in paradise?

To those who are homeless,  the place isn't anything special.  

5:08 pm edt 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Boston Now

 

I really enjoy watching the construction of roads, bridges, tunnels and buildings.

There was so much to see as I drove down Rt 95 to Gillette Stadium today for a football game.

On my way home, I took Rt 93 through Boston and the Big Dig tunnels. There are so many new buildings in Boston that I need to see.

So much is happening here. 

 

11:19 pm edt 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Selfish Selfies

 

Many people make bad decisions when it comes to taking selfies. They put themselves in harm's way, sometimes with bad results. We read about them in the news.

We are now hearing of an airline employee who thought it would be a good idea to snap a selfie while standing on the wings of two different airplanes.

What was this guy thinking? He could have damaged them by his selfish behavior. He has been suspended by his employer, but this won't be the last time someone does something stupid. 

6:26 pm edt 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

They Also Smell

 

I saw a posting on Facebook from a woman celebrating her birthday. One picture showed two packs of Marlboro cigarettes with a ribbon tied around them.

I'm not sure if this was the best gift to give someone. It's well known that smoking effects one's health in a negative way. It also causes people to reek of nicotine.

A better gift might have been "the patch" to help her quit. 

 

9:15 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Not Funny Funnies

 

Newspapers are on life support. Comic strips are in a worse state. A reader complained to the local paper that many of the strips are not funny. 

I read several strips on a regular basis because I find humor in them. The reader was correct in their comments. I can't believe the stuff that papers run on a regular basis.

It's difficult to be funny seven days a week, but some of this stuff is terrible and so lame. I can't believe cartoonists make a living cranking out this nonsense.

 It won't be getting any better.

 

6:45 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Painting In The Cold

 

As the weather gets colder, it becomes harder to paint outside. A guy down the street has been working on a house for several weeks. It should be more than a one man operation.

He has been scraping sections of the house and then painting them. He was there daily, but I have not seen him for over a week. There is still much work to be done. Sections have been scraped, but not repainted.

I wonder if he will finish the job before it gets too cold. Maybe the owner got tired of how long it was taking. 

1:46 pm edt 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Is It Really Free?

 

When I was out at UMass last Saturday, I noticed a sign that indicated that it was a tobacco free campus.

I wonder if that's really true. I find it hard to believe. There must be smokers among students, faculty and employees of the university. What do they do?

I'm sure they get pretty creative.

10:22 pm edt 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Business Decisions

 

I have always thought it was a waste of time to talk about issues in a public forum, especially on-line. A local community Facebook page has some ridiculous comments by people who they they are informed. 

Some of them want a major hotel chain to build one in a downtown that doesn't have much to offer. They claim that having one off the interstate is a major inconvenience. They also want a major retail store, as well as better use for empty store fronts. 

They fail to have any knowledge of the economics that drive most business decisions. Hotels get built near highway exits to attract travelers who want the convenience. Major retailers tend to locate at malls. They need foot traffic. It's not that hard to understand. 

12:56 pm edt 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Coat Time

 

It's only October 17th, but I broke out my winter coat, hat and gloves today when I attended a football game at UMass. The temperature was in the low 40's, but felt colder once the sun went down.

On my way home, I spotted something that looked like snow flakes. They were too big to be rain drops. They only lasted a short time, but it wasn't rain.

It's suppose to be in the 20's overnight.

10:51 pm edt 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Having A Shot


We are hearing the annual talk about getting a flu shot. I still have not had one since 1980 when I took one at work a week after running the New York City Marathon. I got so sick.

Every year, I make the conscious decision not to have one. It's a roll of the dice. It seems like I get some type of flu or cold every year. It's almost inevitable. 

9:22 pm edt 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Write Thing To Do

 

I wish schools taught kids how to print and write their name. It's painful to see them write anything these days. It has been going on for a long time since they stopped teaching cursive writing.

Can't they find some small block of time in elementary school to do this? We would all be better off. 

9:37 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

It The Early Part of the Season

 

It seems like we are days away from the so-called killing frost. Any vegetables have been harvested. The growing season is history.

Temperatures will only get colder. We will have warm days that tease us, but once the sun goes down, it will get cold.

It's still early in autumn. If it was spring, it would be April 14th. Summer would be July 14th and winter on January 14th.  

The season is so young. 

11:28 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Dips Ahead

 

A local street just got repaved, but it's not any better. The contractor scraped off a few layers of asphalt and put down a fresh coat, but they failed to raise the manhole covers.

As a result, there are dips in the road where the covers are, resulting in a rough ride. They can go back and fix it, but it won't be the same. They should have done it before they laid down the asphalt. 

This is so typical with a public works project. 

5:50 pm edt 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sore Legs

 

I never thought it was a good idea for people to run with their dogs, especially on pavement. Trails in the woods might be better, but I don't think dogs were built to run log distances.

While running in a five mile road race today, I saw a guy with the a Golden Retriever mix on a leash. It was a big dog with long hair. It looked so thirsty with it's tongue hanging out so long. There was a water stop at 2.5 miles. I hope he got a drink.   

Dogs will push to stay with their master. They can't tell you when their legs are sore. They break down eventually. That's where I have an issue with the owners. 

8:43 pm edt 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Put The Phone Down

 

I support the bill before the Massachusetts state legislature which would prohibit hand-held cell phone use by drivers. There are too many distracted operators out there. It happens all the time.

I rarely use my phone when I drive, although I have a hands-free system that came with my car. Talking on the phone can be very distracting, especially when making calls.

Texting and driving is a recipe for disaster. Nothing good can happen when you do that. 

6:14 pm edt 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Two Cars Ago

 

Toyota makes great cars. I've owned five of them and usually trade every two years. I got a letter today from another dealer asking about my 2011 Corolla. It was a great car, but I now have a 2015 model. I also no longer have my 2013. 

This is not the first time this has happened. They always seem to inquire about cars I have not owned for a few years. I wonder why they can never update their ownership records.

7:49 pm edt 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Book of Color

 

Adult coloring books are the rage. They come in a variety of topics. I just bought one today for $16 at a bookstore in Brookline, Mass.

I was in town today to pick up my new orthotics for my shoes. Whenever I visit this doctor, I always stop by the store. It's a classic bricks and mortar bookstore. They are a dying breed.

My book is on New York City. There are buildings, public artworks, birds and a ton of other things. I plan to start off real simple with a sign for Central Park.

My coloring and drawing were awful when I was a kid. Let's see how this works out. 

7:37 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Must Be On A Roll

 

I never tried lobster until I was 26. I thought it was overrated and was too much work to crack the shell. I've only had lobster in a shell on three occasions.

Lobster rolls are awesome, but tend to be expensive. Many places give you a small amount of meat for the money. Today, I had a nice roll for $20 filled with meat.

That's how it should be served, not in a finger roll. 

7:45 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

No Charge

 

My FITBIT has been very dependable during my three years of ownership. It tracked my steps taken and provided interesting reports.

I hooked it up to the charger yesterday, but nothing happened. I went to their troubleshooting website and tried a number of remedies. I finally called their customer service, but only received the bad news that my FITBIT had expired.

The person I spoke to said the company will make some type of remedy to me. I wonder what he meant by that. 

6:39 pm edt 

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Big Ship

 

I recently saw a cargo ship filled with containers and wondered how it could haul such a heavy load. Apparently, it was no match for Hurricane Joaquin near Bermuda over the weekend.

Items from the ship have been found, but there has been no sign of the 33 crew members. The seas were 55 feet and the winds blowing in excess of 140mph. There was no way the ship was going to make it.

Did they take all the right precautions to avoid disaster? The investigation will discover what went wrong. There could have been some very bad decisions made regarding the storm. 

 

 

6:31 pm edt 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Hood Is On

 

It's only Oct 4th and I wore a hooded sweatshirt and nylon pants when I ran today. It's a sign of the season. 

We will have warm days before the end of the month, but today was an indication of things to come. It won't be getting warmer any time soon. 

I already wore gloves at the UMass football game yesterday. 

11:38 pm edt 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Just Being Dangerous

 

I watched a time lapse video of a guy driving a motorcycle in New York City. He must have used a camera mounted on his helmet to record this crazy ride.

He was weaving his way through stopped traffic at a high rate of sped. He was always one moment away from disaster. This was such a selfish act on his part as he was putting others in danger while on his lark. 

10:19 am edt 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Cars Around Us

 

When you drive a car, you need to be aware of everything around you. Any vehicle is capable of causing a disaster. Pedestrians are another story.

I saw two things today on the highway that raised a concern. A large tractor trailer passed me on a wet road at about 70. A fully loaded truck like that has potential to inflict great damage if they jack-knife.

I also saw a car with four wooden pallets strapped to the roof. They looked very precarious. If one of them let go, they would be like a missile to the cars behind them. 

Threat is always around us. Drivers need to pay attention to the task at hand. Too many get distracted doing other things. 

 

10:43 pm edt 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The End of the Book

 

The local library has its quarterly used book sale through Sunday. They have a lot of great stuff donated by the public. All books today were $1. You can get a bagful tomorrow for $5.

I bought nine books and hope to read them all. There are so many others I want to read.

It's a shame that so many books won't get sold. Apparently, a book recycling company pays the library so much per pound.

That's the end of the book. 

10:57 pm edt 


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