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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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Thurs, Sept 26    Strange Brew Tavern

                             16 Market St.  Manchester, NH  9pm 

Thurs, Nov 21   Soho Restaurant

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

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Introducing December 2015

 

It's hard to believe that December starts tomorrow. The year is coming to an end. It went by so fast. My seven year anniversary of retirement will be on Jan 2nd.

When I was working, time could really drag. Now, the days just evaporate. I wish it would slow down, but that won't happen.

4:30 pm est 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Farming Trees

 

Many people still like to buy a real Christmas tree. I hate to see people chopping down a tree in the woods. That's why I support tree farms.

They serve their purpose and provide jobs to those involved. One farm charges $10 per foot. The trees grow about one foot annually according to a farm owner.

Some trees have a short life span. Others will take their place. 

11:35 am est 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Lost Writing

 

A few minutes ago, I was writing a posting when there was a sudden issue with spell-check. I couldn't connect to it. I attempted to save my writing, but it was gone.

There are the hardest things to figure out. Stuff happens when it comes to computers. 

7:06 pm est 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Madnes

 

I have no doubt that there will be some story in the news about outrageous behavior related to Black Friday shopping. People seem to enjoy this new tradition of shopping on Thanksgiving night and today. It's good for the economy. 

I still have never done it. I have no problem going to the food market today, but there is nothing at the malls that I need to rush out for. People get too stressed this time of the year. 

2:57 pm est 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cream Cheese and Bagel

 

I never get a bagel with cream cheese, but I had one earlier this morning from Dunkin Donuts. It was tasty, but had way too much cream cheese. I removed about 90% of it.

Bagels are like that no matter where you get them. They always have more cream cheese than you need. 

11:24 am est 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

62 Today

 

I turned 62 today. As a Hallmark card said, "This is the oldest you have ever been, but you'll never be this young again". I think that says it all.

The goal is to keep having birthdays. People shouldn't freak out about getting older. It's not a guarantee in life. I can't stand it when people whine about their age.

5:21 pm est 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Trucking Food

 

Food trucks face many hurdles and costs when operating in big cities like Boston and New York. I'm not a big fan of them, but they have many followers. I have patronized them only as a last resort.

I don't think they are very clean or sanitary, especially the food carts on the corner. Some restaurants are not any better.

12:24 pm est 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

52 Years Ago

 

When President John F Kennedy was assassinated 52 years ago today, it was the story of our lifetime. It was remembered for so many years. Now, it's just mentioned as part of the news cycle. 

A person would need to be 57 or older to have any recollection of the date. It's like that with Pearl Harbor Day or any famous world event.

At some point, the memory of 9/11 will fade away because nobody will be around to remember it. 

1:54 pm est 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Hotels Off The Grid

 

I think it's wrong that people who get subsidized housing in New York City rent out their rooms on Airbnb. The company is having a big impact on the hotel market in the city.

Lyft and Uber have both impacted the taxi cab industry.

There needs to be more oversight. People are running unregulated hotels. The yellow cab industry will never be the same.

8:21 pm est 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Not On Target

 

I always buy my Wrangler jeans at Walmart. The price is good at $18. I have worn the same size, 34/30 regular, for the last several years.

I bought a pair last week, cut off the labels and washed them. I let them air dry. When I put them on, they were baggy. 

The inside label is still there and looks correct, but something must have happened at the factory. They feel like the "relaxed" fit.

I'll end up bringing these to the thrift store. Next time, I'll buy them at Target. 

7:19 pm est 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Future Savings

 

Editorial pages of newspapers are filled with foolish ideas from readers and the publisher. One posting today indicated that the federal government should force people to save money for retirement. 

Workers already contribute part of their pay to Social Security. Their future monthly payments won't be enough to live on. According to reports, the average worker has less than $30,000 in their 401k.

What should they do? Most people live paycheck to paycheck. Asking them to save for the future is something they just can't do.

Thirty years seems so far away for younger workers. It's not the role of government to force people to save money.

1:09 pm est 

No Work At Home

 

Some school districts are making a point to ensure that students don't get any homework over the Thanksgiving break. They feel that time should be spent with the family.

Most teachers don't give homework over a holiday, but I think it's heavy-handed to almost ban it. Students have enough learning issues these days. They don't get much homework to begin with. A little bit wouldn't hurt. 

11:05 pm est 

Monday, November 16, 2015

By The Stream

 

You never know what you don't know, but I think you learn something new every day. I discovered that with ESPN3.

I always thought it was a cable channel, but it turned out to be an on-line streaming service. I was looking for it in my cable program guide, but it was nowhere to be found.

I finally went to their website and watched the UMass/Eastern Michigan game live on my computer. I also discovered channels I never knew I had with my cable plan. 

  

6:33 pm est 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Smoking Tax

 

Cigarette smokers help to keep taxes lower in their respective states. Here is Massachusetts, the state coffers got a boost of $882 million during the recent fiscal year. 

Smokers pay a tax of $3.51 per pack. This amount varies by state. Massachusetts also received an annual check for $245 million from the settlement agreement between 46 states and four of the nation's largest tobacco companies.

Without this money, budget cuts or increased taxes would be needed. Smokers pay an extra tax with their habit.  

12:08 pm est 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Brushed Off

 

There is a large house in my neighborhood that was being painted by one worker. He scraped the clapboards and trim for a few weeks before applying any paint.

No work has been done for about a month. There are large sections that have been scraped, but remain unpainted.

It's getting too cold to paint. I wonder what happened. Is the guy ok? Did the owner get frustrated with the slow progress? 

6:37 pm est 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Missing Ride

 

I will never understand why someone would drive a car worth $450,000 and park it on the street. A guy did that in New York City and had his Lamborghini stolen.

He is offering a reward of $100,000 for its return. Police think it might be in a cargo container and ready for shipment overseas. 

When you drive a car like this, it's an invitation to steal it. There are people out there ready to pounce. A Lamborghini is so impractical to drive or secure from theft.  

6:18 pm est 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Map Check

 

It's always a good idea to look at a map instead of relying on GPS to get to a destination. GPS can send you in the wrong direction. It did that to me last night.

If I had looked at the map, I would have saved about 20 minutes of travel time. I thought I knew where I was going and relied on the GPS to get me to the correct address. It all started to go badly when the GPS reset itself.

Next time, I'll check with the map to avoid delays.

9:43 am est 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

No Juice At The Bar

 

I wonder what the story is with a local veterans group which had the electricity shut off at their hall. The club has been at its present location for over 50 years. 

They have a very active membership, as well as a busy bar and function room. All of a sudden, they can't pay their electric bill. 

What is going on?

 

5:45 pm est 

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Word Book

 

I still need to look up words in the dictionary when I write to this blog or Facebook. My dictionary dates back to the summer of 1968.

My mother bought it from a door-to-door salesman. He was a young man working his way through college. It was not cheap.

You couldn't do that now. How often do people buy a dictionary?

9:50 pm est 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Phone Oil

 

For one short moment, I had my cell phone to my ear. As it rested on my face, the screen got covered with the oils from the sun screen I was wearing.

It is so difficult to have a clean screen on any device. My phone has a lot of greasy prints right now.

10:21 pm est 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Brave Days

 

The temperature has been in the 70's the last few days. We get these days every year. They don't last that long. 

Someone in the media made a good point when they said that we no longer call warm weather like this "Indian Summer".

We always heard it until recent years.

9:12 pm est 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Yard Work

 

New York City has numerous building projects going on. The biggest one is on the West Side at the 34th Street train yards.

Several towers are being built on a platform over the tracks. The multi-billion dollar development will change that part of the city forever.

Even bigger, is the opening of the 7 Train subway extension and the new Hudson Yard station. I had the pleasure of taking that line from Times Square. It's so new that it isn't even dirty yet. The station is bright and pristine. It has the highest escalator that I've ever been on.

The area will be bustling in a few years. 

 

11:41 am est 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Jan From Toyota

 

I got a notice from Toyota today reminding me to schedule a 10,000 mile service appointment for my 2015 Corolla. They call it complimentary service. They make it sound like it's free, but it's all built into the price of the car. Who are they trying to kid?

It makes me laugh to see a picture some woman on the letter named Jan reminding me. Naturally, she is young and attractive. They would never use someone middle aged in the ad.  

6:04 pm est 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Political Nonsense

 

I'm glad to see that the local election campaign is over for another year. Politicians make statements that they can't back up. They pander to the voters. It never changes.

One city councilor wants to bring Fortune 500 companies to our city. He wants to eliminate the commute for many residents.

It's hard to take him seriously. These companies locate themselves  after a great deal of research. They need to draw from a central population. This is nothing new.  

6:37 pm est 

Another Trip To NYC

 

I never get tired of going to New York City, especially to run the marathon. I just got back after being there for four nights; 96 hours, plus another 12 hours of travel time.

A cab driver really had it right when he said New York City is the center of the world. No other city compares to it. 

We both agreed that London was second place to the Big Apple, although I have never been there.

11:27 pm est 


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