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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



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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Name That Dog

People can get really strange when it comes to naming their dog. New York City is a great example. For the seventh consecutive year, Bella is the most popular name. Max is the one for males for the tenth straight year.
There were other names inspired by fruits, flowers and vegetables. People on the West Side like to name their dog Hudson after the nearby river. 
I always find it strange when they have human names. 
1:44 pm edt 

Monday, May 30, 2016

Making Seals Orphans

You can always count on people to do stupid things. There is a huge seal population on some Cape Cod Beaches.
Federal wildlife officials have advised beach-goers not to take selfies with any seal pups because it could put themselves and the animals at risk. A mother seal who leaves her pups while feeding might abandon them if they see people nearby.
I have no doubt that people will try to take a selfie for social media no matter what they are told. Seal pups will be abandoned. It will be inevitable. 
1:39 pm edt 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

This Thing Is Toast


I bought a new toaster the the other day at Walmart. They have the best prices. My old one had a problem with the heating coils. It lasted about four years which isn't bad considering I paid $8 for it. 

This time, I went with the $14 model made by Hamilton Beach. Naturally, it's made in China like most of the other Walmart merchandise.

We have a $500 billion trade deficit with China. How will this be addressed in the future? They keep pumping consumer products to Americans at great prices. 

I would like to buy products made in America, but it's not that easy. 

10:16 pm edt 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Say Cheese

I average about one slice of cheese per week. This stands in contrast to the average annual consumption of 36 pounds by Americans.
A recent report showed that the federal government has 1.19 billion pounds of cheese in cold-storage freezers across the country.  
What do they plan to do with all that cheese? The government has bought it in order to prop up dairy prices.
There should be a system in place to send it to Third World nations. Otherwise, the stuff will eventually need to be tossed out. 
3:56 pm edt 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Boring Parents


I'm not impressed with parents who try to get their kids to do things way before they should. Children are often too young to make their own decision or be aware of the consequences.

A couple in Florida put their six month old infant on water skis, although she is too young to walk. She was towed for 686 feet. 

What does this prove other than two parents who want to show off?  

7:11 pm edt 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Not In Sync


Windows 10 was installed on my desktop computer last week. I don't think it's anything special. One major problem I'm having is the syncing of my AOL email account on my Android devices.

It's not happening, in spite of my efforts. The help menu has been useless. I have already spent too much time on this without a resolution. I did a work around, but it's not the way to go. 


12:17 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Screen Down

Drive-ins were very popular when I was younger. They were the place to go to see a movie. There are only a few left in New England. I went to one in California about 20 years ago.
The screen in Plaistow, NH was finally torn down last week as part of a road widening project. Someone posted a video on Facebook. The screen was well built because it took quite an effort from heavy equipment to bring it down.
I decided to drive by it yesterday, but didn't get too far. There was a massive traffic jam around the construction site. I turned around and went home. I'll try again over the weekend.
7:12 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

No Local Excise tax


I don't think it's the role of communities to request a local excise tax. One town in Massachusetts is asking the state legislature to allow them to impose an additional gasoline tax which would go to fixing roads.

This idea is well intended, but taxes should be applied equally across the state. Once you open the door to one city or town, the others will follow. Nobody ever has enough money.

7:04 pm edt 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Canning Soup


I always enjoyed canned soups, especially tomato and chicken with rice. No matter which brand I bought, they were loaded with sodium, including the so-called healthy ones. I stopped eating them last year.

For several months, I had two cans left with expiration dates in 2018. I didn't want to toss them out. I finally found them a home with the US Postal Service annual food drive. I left them by my mailbox for my letter carrier.

It's a real challenge for many Americans to get fed daily. I felt a bit guilty giving them soup that was high in sodium. Ironically, this brand was one of the lowest on the market shelf. 

1:59 pm edt 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

No Rafting


I never had a desire to go white-water rafting. I don't like motion rides and I'm not the greatest swimmer. The thought of being ejected among rocks doesn't do anything for me.

Last week, a 52 year old man drowned while leading a youth group. What started off as a fun day, ended in tragedy.

Someone else can take my place. I'll stay on land. 

2:33 pm edt 

Friday, May 20, 2016

No Shows


I saw a posting on Facebook which listed the status of prime time television shows for the fall season. I must admit that I only heard of a few of them.

There are no shows that I watch. My viewing is confined to news, sports and things on the Discovery and History channels. 

7:34 pm edt 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Bad Father

A man who would father 18 children with five different women is the ultimate example of selfishness.
I read a story about a professional athlete whose father was that guy.
Did he love all of his children? Was he there for them? Did he support them and their mothers financially? From what I read, he didn't do a great job.
There are too many kids that don't have a father in their life. This father was a horrible role model for anyone. 
12:53 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Windows


I wasn't trying to do it, but I now have Windows 10 on my desktop PC. I resisted the on-line prompts to download it, but something happened last night to initiate the process.

I'm ok with it. There are a few changes I need to adjust to. The shortcut I have to this website didn't work. I'm not sure what caused that. My other shortcuts are fine.

Eventually, Windows 11 will come out. 

12:50 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Eight Daily

According to a news report, eight deaths occur daily as a result of distracted drivers. That doesn't surprise me.

I see people on their cell phones all the time. They are texting at traffic lights. I don't know how anyone can text and drive. I would never think of doing that. People should wait or pull over.

7:39 pm edt 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Never Cruising


I have no desire to ever go on a cruise ship for several reasons. I think I would be bored. I don't want to spend all my time eating their various meals. Any motion of the ship would bother me.

A story on the news tonight told about a woman falling from the tenth deck of a cruise ship. She has not been found. Apparently, at least 20 people fall from ships annually. That is unacceptable, but nothing seems to be done about it.


6:48 pm edt 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Watch Out For taxes


The drop in the price of oil has helped the average American. It has hurt the price of oil stocks for institutional investors. The state of Alaska has cut oil production and now faces a $4 billion budget deficit. 

The Governor has proposed drastic steps, including the elimination of the annual royalty payments to each citizen. There is even the thought of a state income tax.

These might be drastic in Alaska, but a state income tax is no big deal for most Americans. 

8:19 pm edt 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dry Times


Temperatures have really varied this spring. That is probably the cause of the dryness in my hands. I had to use lotion a few times last week as the skin on my knuckles was cracking. I didn't have this problem during the winter.

It's 80 degrees today, but my hands look like the middle of winter. 


3:51 pm edt 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Beating All Odds


A guy in New York beat 1-in-2 billion odds to win his second million dollar lottery jackpot on a scratch ticket.

This was quite a feat. However, he admitted to spending $200 daily on tickets. He certainly increased his chances of winning. It's all luck for anyone. There are many people out there who spend a fortune on the lottery and have nothing to show for it.  

2:48 pm edt 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Blanket Coverage


I'm finally ready to admit that winter is over. My sweaters are being brought to the cleaners.

I washed two of my blankets today and will store them in a plastic bag in a closet. One other will remain on my bed.

It's a slow process for me to adjust to warmer weather. I need to take my short sleeve polo shirts out. It's that time of year, although we will have days that are cold and raw. 

2:36 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stayin Uninformed


I was looking at a handout from a management seminar that I attended years ago. It listed a number of ways to save time in your life. Some made sense, but one was really stupid.

The writer of the document said to stop reading newspapers and magazines. He felt you could get the point of the story by reading a few lines and not the rest.

So many people don't watch the news. Nobody needs to encourage them. 

7:41 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Too Bight Outside


I had my annual eye exam today. It involved dilating them. It's a strange feeling because they were blurred and very sensitive to light.

I drove home wearing my sunglasses, but had to stay inside for the rest of the afternoon. They feel better now.

It would have been better to do this on a rainy and cloudy day. 

6:25 pm edt 

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Day It Froze


Today was the day the lock for my mailbox froze in place. When I inserted the key, nothing happened. I thought the mailman had jammed my box which has happened in the past. When I finally got it opened, I realized that the lock needed some graphite.

I left the box unlocked and ran upstairs to grab my graphite. A quick spray into the lock did the job. It's well lubricated now. Before I entered my apartment, I squirted some into my lock.  

6:17 pm edt 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Better Than Ripping


I have been going through my former papers from work. I saved a lot of stuff pertaining to me. All the things I tossed out have been recycled. Papers can either be torn or put through my shredder.

I enjoy using the shredder, but it jams too often if I try more than one sheet. There is a warning not to feed more than eight pages. It can only take one before it jams. Every time I try two or more, it's a bad result.

I have a good process in place to feed it. The pile is getting smaller. Once I have everything sorted, I will go through it to eliminate more items.

7:11 pm edt 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Lame News People


The quality of the local evening news broadcast is awful. Having two anchors is a terrible format. Naturally, they have a man and woman. Both are capable by themselves, but they don't need to alternate telling parts of the story.

It was especially painful this week to listen to them whine about the rainy weather. One of them even said we were due some nice weather.

That was such a selfish statement. I'm sure parts of the country devastated by tornadoes  in recent weeks would take a few rainy days instead. 


7:59 pm edt 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Why Insurance Goes Up


People who rant on Facebook need to listen to what they are saying. Someone was complaining about their insurance going up when they bought a newer car. They said a car is a car and the paperwork isn't any different.

They were right on those two points, buy they clearly missed on the change in value of their car. Why didn't they think that made a difference? They called it all a scam, but this person lacks basic business knowledge. 

12:24 am edt 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Confused Devices


My GPS device is about eight years old. I have received numerous prompts to update the maps. When I checked on-line, the price was $50. A new one would cost about $100. I keep procrastinating because the device works fine.

Tonight, I was driving on a newly constructed road. I knew where I was, but the GPS was totally confused. I never heard so many "recalculating" responses. Once I got on the old portion of the road, things were fine.

I won't do anything for now. If I was going on a long trip, I might consider buying a new one. 

11:43 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Finding Cash


I read a great letter on the editorial page of my local newspaper from a citizen who questioned how $600,000 could be suddenly found by a city councilor. The money was from parking fines for a new paid parking program in the downtown area.

The writer had paid a $25 fine for a parking infraction. He questioned how so much money could just slip through the cracks. Last year, the same councilor found $100,000 from another account.

I have no clue about municipal budgets, but there needs to be some better accounting procedures. This seems to happen every year. I don't think it's unique to my city. 

6:59 pm edt 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Get Rid of the Boats


I have never been a fan of the duck boats in Boston. I would never pay money to go on them. I think they are too much of a tourist thing.

A woman riding a motor scooter was tragically killed by one of them in Boston the other day. I heard a report from a lawyer who represented victims in other cities. A number of people have been killed by them. 

They are difficult to maneuver though the streets. The driver is constantly distracted by also serving as a tour guide.

Hopefully, someone puts the brakes on them. They should be banished, but that won't happen. 


6:33 pm edt 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

All For TV


It's a cold, raw and drizzly night on May 1. The Red Sox and Yankees are concluding their weekend series. Baseball is ruled by the television networks. What should have been a Sunday afternoon game was switched to an 8:05pm start. 

It's bad for everyone at the ballpark, especially families with kids. It will be a very late night if there is a rain delay. The teams and ESPN will do everything they can to get the game in.

It's ok watching it from home, but a miserbale night to be outside at Fenway Park. The show must go on because it's all about the money. Without television running everything, players would never get paid their astronomical salaries. 


7:54 pm edt 

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