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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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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Seal of Disapproval
 
We have gone another summer without a shark attack on Cape Cod. With all of the seals basking on the beach, it seems inevitable that one will attack someone in the water. We have seen a few close calls.
 
One elected official called for the shooting of them before they hurt someone. I think this is rather drastic and difficult to carry out. How many sharks are we talking about? A what point do we declare victory?
 
Nobody wants to do anything until there is a tragedy. It could happen this year or ten years from now. The seal population is the main problem. 
 
 
 
12:35 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Envelope Please

Charities are relentless when it comes to solicitation for money. They devote so much effort to it.
 
Over the years, they have sent me many types of greeting cards with envelopes. I never kept the cards, but always tossed the envelopes in a draw.
 
I finally went through them today and did a sort by size. I will never live long enough to use some of them. 
11:43 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Those Convertibles

People who drive a convertible are really trying to make a statement. Some of them drive very expensive cars. They are able to flaunt their wealth to everyone around them.
 
I get a kick out of people who just park their convertible and expect nobody to steal or vandalize it. 
 
 
11:33 pm edt 

Monday, August 28, 2017

No Time For Goats

 

I have never done a yoga class. I think it would be beneficial if I could find the right level. Every class I've watched at my gym is way over my head in terms of flexibility.

I recently saw a video of a goat yoga class. It looks rather foolish to me. Having goats on top of me doesn't sound like fun. 

It looks like another fad that will pass. 

 

6:18 pm edt 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Random Acts of Disaster

 

Random things happen in life. It can be a total disaster at times. We are seeing that in the Houston, Texas area where rain storms from Hurricane Harvey have created total chaos.

Rainfall has been at historic levels with 20-25 inches and another 20  expected.

People are being rescued from the roofs of their homes. It will only continue to get worse. 

Hurricane Harvey came out of nowhere last week. It literally wasn't even on the radar of anyone. 

8:12 pm edt 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Growing Hair

 

A few weeks ago, I trimmed some of the hair on my arms and legs in order to make it easier to use sun screen.

Not only has the hair grown back, it's longer than ever in some instances. How did this happen?

It seems if you trim the hair on your body, it comes back much quicker. 

12:44 pm edt 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Can't Make Them Leave

 

It sounds like the Texas Gulf Coast is going to be hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. It's a Category 3 storm with very high wind speeds. They expect up to three feet of rain. 

Residents have been forced to evacuate. In some instances, it has been mandatory.

Some local officials are questioning whether the government can force people to leave their homes. This has always been a contentious issue in times of natural disasters. 

If people want to stay, they should be allowed to. They need to know that they are on their own and do so at their own peril. No help will come for them. 

 

2:45 pm edt 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Eat Your Veggies Rover

When I was a kid, dogs ate food from cans or dry stuff. It has all changed now. Owners buy deli meat and a host of other items for their pets. 
 
I always laugh when I see pictures of vegetables for dogs. I saw one today for carrots.
 
Growing up, I never saw a dog eating their veggies. It's a different world now for people and dogs. 
4:35 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Losing Bet Tonight

I just can't get caught up with all of the hype about tonight's Powerball drawing. There is a $700 million jackpot, but I didn't buy a ticket.
 
The local paper published a story of some people who drove almost six hours to a store that has been featured on reality television. They have sold a number of jackpot tickets, but also have a huge volume in sales.
 
I don't think there is an strategy to picking numbers. One "expert" said that you should never get a "quick pick". That statement doesn't make any sense. It's a random drawing. 
 
I get a kick out the people who already know what they plan to do with the money. 
8:23 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Playing Chicken

Raising chickens in your back yard is becoming more popular because people want fresh eggs and healthier meat.
 
It sounds like a great idea, but there has been a big increase in salmonella cases directly related to the care of the chickens. People are doing so many things wrong according to a news story tonight.
 
The benefits of fresh chicken and eggs is being outweighed by the salmonella threat. 
11:35 pm edt 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sun of Hype

I must be one of the few people who wasn't excited about today's solar eclipse. It's amazing to see the reaction from around the country.
 
I remember that last time we had one in 1962. There was a huge concern about possible vision damage from viewing it without the proper eye protection. We heard the same again this year.
 
It didn't excite me to be out there. I ended up staying indoors for over two hours.
 
9:43 pm edt 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Was The Dog Real?

High school yearbook photos have changed so much over the years. Everyone had the same pose back in my day. Guys wore a coat and tie, while girls were dressed up in their finest.
 
It's so different now. Everyone does their own thing. Some kids use props which can be controversial.
 
I saw a picture on Facebook of someone's kid who was holding a dog. I was wondering if it was real. You never know these days.
7:08 pm edt 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Life of the Battery

 

The battery for my living room wall clock finally died, I recently changed the ones in my smoke detector. Since I never tossed them out, I'll try using one for my clock.

If the clock is off by one minute tomorrow, I'll throw the battery away and buy new ones.

11:36 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stupid Drone Tricks

Some people who fly drones are very irresponsible with their operation. There is always a story on the news about a near collision between a drone and some type of aircraft.
 
It happened today between a State Police helicopter and a drone. It got too close to the aircraft and almost caused a collision.
 
What is wrong with these people? Are they trying to cause a problem? This whole drone process needs better regulations before there are fatalities.
6:15 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Driving Limits

 

Speed limits are set for public safety. Nobody wants to get a ticket for driving too fast. Some roads seem to be built for speed.

One road in a nearby community has a speed of 30. Drivers routinely do 50. The police run radar periodically.

I went through it today. I was doing the limit. This is such a strange road to drive on. 

 

11:29 pm edt 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lobster 2017

Lobster rolls are very tasty, but always too small and expensive. I had a small one the other night that cost $17. They had a nerve charging that much for something so small.
 
I was at another place today where their roll was $21 and the same size. Their "big" roll was way too expensive at $37.
 
It's easy to see why I only eat one of these annually. I'll try again next year. 
 
5:43 pm edt 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Quarter Time

I finally started to run out of quarters to do my laundry. It took a long time, but I was done to my last few.
 
When I washed my car today, I got $10 worth of quarters. I spent half of them on a vacuum and wash.
 
My quarter supply is much better, although I really need to build it up.  
11:43 pm edt 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

No Fish Chowder

Fish chowder can be a big fraud at times. I proved that tonight at a seafood restaurant with their overpriced and no fish chowder.
 
You can really ruin a chowder by cutting back on the fish and loading up on potatoes.
 
At $4.75, I was getting ripped off. 
11:50 pm edt 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Big Lottery Prize

I don't get excited about lottery jackpots. It's great to see people buying tickets in all the states who participate. They pay a voluntary tax to play much like we have with alcohol and cigarettes.
 
Mega Millions has a $393 million prize  tonight while Powerball wants to give away $356 million on Saturday night.
 
People talk about what they would do with the money. They bore me so much. They talk like they have the winning ticket, but are so delusional.
 
Keep buying tickets and give your money to the state. 
11:08 pm edt 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

They Lose Their Phone

 

People lose their cell phones all the time and end up sending a message about losing all contacts, email addresses and phone numbers.

I had to lose everything on my phone for a one year period before I ever backed it up to the cloud. Now, my storage space is limited.

I need to delete many duplicate pictures. They take up so much storage space. 

11:13 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Must Be 21 To See Joe Camel

 

Maine became the fourth state to raise the legal age of cigarette purchase to 21. I don't agree with it.

Their controversial Governor made a great point when he said if you can't buy cigarettes at 18, then you shouldn't be able to vote or serve in the military.

I agree with him 100%. The same goes for the legal drinking age.  

11:09 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Driving 4%

It doesn't surprise me to hear that only 4% of the cars today come with a standard transmission. Some models don't even offer the option.
 
I enjoyed driving a standard when I had one. You feel more involved as a driver. I only stopped because the use of the clutch was bothering my left knee. 
11:47 pm edt 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ice Giving Them Up

There is no doubt that glaciers are shrinking. The evidence is being seen around the world.
 
It showed up in Switzerland where the bodies of long lost hikers were revealed.
 
The first was a married couple who went missing in 1942. Almost 75 years later, their remains were finally seen in melted ice. One of their children was still alive to finally hear the news of her parents.
 
The other day, another hiker was found after almost 30 years. Officials said they expect to see more bodies surface in the future as ice continues to melt. 
2:58 pm edt 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Too Much Info On Receipt

I was going through some old ATM records today. Back in the early 1990's the banks were still showing the account and routing number on the receipt.
 
Many customers throw them in the trash. Thankfully, the banks no longer include that information on the receipt.
 
It seems like privacy laws are always evolving. 
10:48 pm edt 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

No Belt For Them

I  don't think we will ever resolve the issue of wearing a seat-belt while in a car. Some people will never wear one because they don't want the government telling them what to do.
 
The network news had a story the other night featuring a crash test and showing how passengers in the back seat can get hurt by not wearing a belt. The video was very convincing, but some people will never wear them no matter what. 
7:10 pm edt 

Friday, August 4, 2017

The High Fire

 

High-rise residential towers seem to be the new thing in New York City. I wonder if there is a greater risk of fire in one of these compared to a tower used for office space.

The latest fire at the Torch Tower in Dubai shows the potential danger of these places. It had another bad fire two years ago. 

Both fires were raging before being brought under control. We also saw the devastating fire in London last month. 

How safe are these high-rises? How did the fire start? Hopefully,it wasn't from a person being careless. Most fires start that way. 

7:19 pm edt 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Selfish Yacht Owners

People who own yachts are so full of themselves. They love to pull up to public docks and have everyone admire their wealth. They try to outdo other owners over who has a bigger and more expensive boat.
 
The ultimate example of selfishness by these owners is happening in New York harbor near the Statue of Liberty.
 
Owners of these behemoths have been parking them legally in front of the statue and blocking the views of tourists.
 
For some visitors, it's a once in a lifetime chance to take a picture of the statue. Instead, they are forced to have their view ruined by these selfish individuals.  
9:50 am edt 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trim The Ivy

I think ivy can look good on brick buildings if it's trimmed and taken care of.
 
A big old Victorian brownstone in my neighborhood has one side covered with it. At first, it was looking good, but now covers two of the windows.
 
I assume the owners like it, but why would you cover up your windows? They can't open them now without bugs entering. It really needs to be cut back. 
3:26 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Worst News

 

Boston local evening news broadcasts are painful to watch. They do a horrible job delivering stories. 

Every station pairs young and good looking anchors who alternate  reading a sentence in the story. They always have a male and female.

It's obvious that proofreading is a thing of the past or maybe the anchors are clueless.

Yesterday, President Trump presented the Medal of Honor to a former Army medic for his heroism back in 1969 while in Viet Nam.

It was a very compelling story, but the male anchor referred to is as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

That is so typical of what is said on every station. They get it wrong too often. 

 

1:53 pm edt 


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