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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 

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ugly Dishes

 

Satellite dishes do nothing to enhance the look of a home or apartment building. They appear out of place, especially the ones for Direct TV. In some instances, several are attached to the building to make it look worse.

With all of the advancements in technology, you would think that they could come up with a dish that doesn't look so hideous. 

4:06 pm est 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Lady Turns 117

 

The oldest person in the world is a woman from Italy who turned 117 today. She is believed to the the last person alive who was born in the 19th century. 

She has lived an amazing life and seen so much history and changes in technology. 

The odds of living past 100 are so profound. 

9:49 pm est 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Get Ready To Waste Time

 

I need to send an email to the Boston Globe about their epaper. It works very well on my desktop computer, but runs poorly on my Samsung Notebook.

Their help desk has tried to resolve my problem, but they say that its a vendor issue. 

I appreciate their comments, but where does that leave me as a consumer. Their product is not working as intended. I plan to request a credit to my account or some other financial remedy.

This will probably be a useless endeavor. 

6:16 pm est 

The 2016 Final 5

It's hard to believe that a new year is five weeks from today. Whoever thought we could be four weeks from Christmas.
 
We are in the final weeks of autumn. People are still raking leaves.
 
2017 is around the corner. 
11:24 pm est 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Efforts Are Too Late

I am a big supporter of preserving historical and architecturally significant buildings. Too many of them have been lost to careless development. This happens everywhere.
 
A local group is trying to promote a petition to stop the sale of a historical church to a developer who wants to tear it down and build an ugly strip mall.
 
The congregation has merged with another. They want to use the proceeds of the sale to build their new church. They have been trying to sell it for ten years, but had no takers until now.
 
The strip mall is the worst choice for the land. Nobody ever came forward to buy the church. The reality is that the sale will close if all permits and approvals are received.
 
I admire the attempt to save the church, but where were these people in the past? This is a real long-shot. The congregation made no attempt to landmark their structure because they knew it would interfere with a future sale.
 
I hate to see the 1848 church demolished, but how do the petitioners expect to stop the sale when the buyer has a legal contract? Nobody mentions another buyer coming forward with the necessary financing.  
4:20 pm est 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Trafic & Crowd Light

I never go shopping on Black Friday. There was never anything I wanted that badly to go out in that craziness.
 
I decided to take  road trip to LL Bean in Burlington and left about 3:45. That traffic was very normal. I got  a space when I got to the store.
 
LL Bean is an amazing place. I bought a wool jacket and a pair of boots. Both were all sale at great prices.
 
The traffic on Rt 93 N was very light when I drove home. It's usually a nightmare with bumper to bumper. 
The entire trip was easy with traffic and crowds.
 
9:13 pm est 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

No To Microwave

I always enjoy a good slice of pizza. Sometimes, I buy one and reheat it later in the microwave. I recently read an article that said it should be reheated in an oven if one is available.
 
I have done that with my last few slices. It made a world of difference and tasted like it was just cooked. The microwave never heated it properly.
 
In the future, I will reheat my slices in the oven. I should have done this a long time ago. 
1:11 pm est 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Forced To Work

 

It's good to see that many of the large retailers will not be open on Thanksgiving night.

People should have the option to shop, but it comes at the expense of employees and managers who are forced to work. It's bad enough that many stores will be open much too early on Friday.

These next few days will have a big economic impact on the holiday shopping season. In a perfect world , employees would have the option to work these crazy hours.

 

5:31 pm est 

Just A Footnote

President John F Kennedy was assassinated 53 years ago today. It was the biggest news story of my life until 9/11. It was remembered annually for many years and marked the passage of time for the nation.
 
Other than the 50 year anniversary in 2013, it has fallen off the news radar. It barely gets a mention. People would have to be at least 58 years old to have any memory of that day.
 
The same holds true for Pearl Harbor Day. It will be a big event this year because of the 75th  anniversary, but people would have to be at least 80 to have been around.
 
It's like that with any historical event. Eventually it fades away into the history books. 
11:33 pm est 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Name That City

 

The lack of basic geography knowledge never ceases to amaze me. I can't believe that so many people don't know some of the basics. There are those who think New England is a state.

I saw a Facebook posting from a guy who said his wife had no idea where Milwaukee was located. She thought it was in Michigan. I wonder if she knows where Michigan is in relation to Wisconsin. Probably not.

We can laugh and joke, but it's a sad commentary on what people learn in schools.

9:33 pm est 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Band Not Working

 

I knew it would be difficult to replace the band on my TIMEX Ironman watch. I went to their website and ordered a "replacement" one. It was the right size, but different than the original.

After spending about one hour between last night and today, the band is still not on the watch. It's a very difficult job that looks like it will be not be successful. I'll try again tomorrow. 

8:03 pm est 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Curtain Comes Down

I buy cheap shower curtain liners at Walmart. It's easier just to replace them when they look bad. Inevitably, they start to show mildew spots.
 
I tend to wait too long to replace them. These lasted 11 months, although I should have done this earlier.
 
They will last until next summer. 
8:34 pm est 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Skeptical Savings

I think people get very skeptical when they hear of a public building project coming in under cost. That is usually associated with shoddy work. Every community has a horror story of a project gone bad.
 
Locally, a $61 million school is $2 million under budget. How did that happen? Will there be a problem with the roof in five years? Will the windows leak?
 
This seems too good to be true. Hopefully things work out in the future. 
7:21 pm est 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Terminal Cost

 

It remains to be seen if they will ever build another New York Port Authority bus terminal. The current one is much too small to accommodate all of the buses.

Nobody wants it in their neighborhood. The NYPA has tried to link it  with a bigger development. The cheapest price just for the terminal appears to be $3 billion.

It's foolish to think that it will ever come in at that price if it gets built. 

2:56 pm est 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Shrubs Are Doomed

A national drug store chain built a new store locally. It looks nice with its grass strip, mulch and shrubs. Right in the middle of it, there is a sign that says; "Snow Dump Area". Apparently, it will be obliterated with plowed snow which always contains salt and trash.
 
We can only imagine what this stuff will look like next spring. They can always replant new ones. They might need to if we get a heavy snowfall. 
10:40 am est 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Seeing Silver

 

Everyone hoards change. They put it in jars and cash it in eventually. Most people save their pennies for years.

The other day, I got a 1944 quarter in my change. They used silver in coins until 1964. That makes it worth more than 25 cents. 

Before I cash in my change, I need to make sure that I don't have any silver ones. You never know. 

10:13 pm est 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Disrespecting Visitors

 

Cuts in some government programs often result in little impact on the budget. The dollar amount might be small, but it can have a big impact.

Several years ago, the state of Massachusetts closed several of their visitor centers along interstate highways that offered tourist brochures and bathrooms to travelers. It was a way to welcome visitors to the state.

It doesn't look like they will be reopened any time soon. Portable toilets have been installed outside. Is this a way to greet tourists and travelers?

Using one of these in the dark sends a very bad message. Apparently, it doesn't really  matter to state officials. It has gone on for way too long.

4:08 pm est 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wrap Time

The holiday season keeps coming earlier. Now that Veterans Day has passed, it will be in full throttle mode.
 
I have seen postings on Facebook from people who say that want all gifts bought and wrapped prior to Thanksgiving so they can "enjoy" the holidays. I'm not sure what that means.
 
People get too stressed out this time of year. It's not all happiness and joy. The true meaning seems to have been forgotten a long time ago.
 
Like anything else in life, the 2016 season will come and pass. 
6:37 pm est 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

They Didn't Vote

 

Many people are complaining about the results of the recent presidential election. Too many Americans chose not to vote for whatever reason.

The participation rate has always been poor historically. This election was no different.

When looking at the total number of eligible voters, 46.9% decided not to do anything. Hillary Clinton was chosen by 25.6% of the eligible, while Donald Trump was 25.5% and Gary Johnson was 1.7%.

People complain, but made no effort to vote. 

11:08 am est 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bar Seen

 

I have owned my Samsung Galaxy 5 phone for over two years. There are so many things that I don't know about it. 

While responding to an email today, I activated a menu bar that allowed me to change the font, color and a variety of other things. I never saw it before. I don't even know what I did.

It looks like it's here to stay. I'll get some use out of it. Hopefully, it doesn't disappear. 

11:31 am est 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Who Takes The Trip?

 

National Geographic has an amazing exotic travel program that goes to all corners of the earth. I just received their catalogue.

The list of trips is incredible. They are not inexpensive. Their schedule is extensive. I wonder who goes on them. They must be successful as I have been receiving this catalogue for several years.

I have no plans to ever take one of these trips. I don't even have a passport. 

10:19 am est 

Let's Rebuild

 
We hear all this talk of spending money on infrastructure improvements. Trump has a great opportunity to rebuild America with a very large spending program.
 
This needs to be done right at the start of his administration. 
11:56 pm est 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

When Will They Call It?

 

The results for the Presidential election are coming in. Within the next three hours, we should have the final result. Who will win? Will it be close? Will a winner be declared before this day is over?

A lot can happen in the next few hours. The final results remain to be seen.  

8:33 pm est 

Two So Far

 

I love going to New York City. There is so much to see and do. Traffic is certainly an issue. Pedestrians compete with vehicles all over the place. 

Two things I could never do include riding a bike with the traffic and taking a ride in a pedal-cab.

Both of these flirt with disaster at any moment. You can also throw in the horse drawn carriages.

 

 

 

11:08 pm est 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stone Thieves

 
People do some terrible things, but it's hard to believe that some steal antique gravestones from cemeteries for their own personal use.
 
A story in the news told of police finding several stones during an investigation. They were being used for a variety of things, including covering a well.
 
Why do people do this type of stuff? What typer of person does this? It's a crazy world out there. 
10:59 pm edt 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Otter Be Better

I bought my cell phone two years ago and paid extra for the so-called waterproof Otter case. I would never want to drop my phone in water. That would be the end of it.
 
A small piece of the case broke off at the input jack after all this time. How did that happen?
 
I have never believed that a cell phone could ever be rescued from water.
 
 
11:27 pm edt 


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