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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 31, 2018

No To Pumpkins

 

I think WebMD has a lot of useful information, especially about nutrition. Today's article was hard to buy into.

Apparently, pumpkins have a huge nutritional value. They are filled with all sorts of good things.

My only problem is that I don't like the taste of them. I don't even like their smell. 

10:54 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Tone Works

 

A problem with my land line ended up needing a Verizon technician to resolve. Nothing happens without a dial tone.

They gave me a four hour window between 1-5pm on when to expect him.

I was surprised when he showed at at 1:20pm. The problem was quite technical, but  was resolved after 90 minutes.

It was one of those strange things where the line just stopped working. 

7:14 pm edt 

Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 Is Ending

 

The recent wind and rain brought down so many leaves. It happens every year when we get a big storm.

It will only get colder. It's hard to believe that there are only nine weeks left in this year. 

11:57 pm edt 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

The Sudden Crowd

 

The Boston Red Sox just won the World Series. The 11pm newscast is showing live shots from the Kenmore Square area.

Hopefully, the crowd that assembled doesn't get carried away and do crazy things. So many people are there.

11:24 pm edt 

Saturday, October 27, 2018

A Game Too Long

 

I find baseball difficult to watch even if it's the Red Sox in the World series. The pace of the game is painfully slow. 

Last night's 18 inning drama between the Sox and Dodgers lasted seven hours and twenty minutes. It was the longest post-season game ever.

It got over around 3:30am EST. That is way too long for anyone to watch. I turned it off after the 12th inning. 

I was surprised to see how long it lasted. I wonder what the numbers were on the TV ratings. 

12:57 pm edt 

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Worst Part of the Trip

 

I have not driven in New York City since 2012 because of how long it takes.  

It's easier to drive to Stamford and ride the train to Grand Central Station. The parking is much cheaper. I should have done it years ago and saved money.

I always remember my long waits on the Cross Bronx Expressway as I moved so slowly for six miles. It often took one hour and added so much time to the trip.

It ends up being the same time when I take the train. 

11:52 pm edt 

Thursday, October 25, 2018

To Rain Or Not

 

It looks like it might be very rainy on Saturday and that could impact the Halloween festivities in Salem, Mass. They are the center of the celebration.  

Thousands of people are expected throughout Saturday. The weather people on television are predicting doom and rain.

Will that happen? They are wrong so often. 

11:12 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

More Like Football Weather

 

There was a time when the World Series was played in early October before the temperatures got too cold.  

The money generated from network television changed it forever. It now goes to the end of October.

The game last night and tonight in Boston looks more like football weather. Players are dressed in layers. Fans are forced to endure the cold. 

The games last too long and go late into the night. Kids can't stay up to watch them.

MLB is losing its future fans, but it doesn't seem to matter.

6:26 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The Big Thunder

 

Thunder and lightning can happen at any time.

It happened here around 6:30pm when I heard a huge crash. It was followed by several more before it all stopped.

We might get a huge rainstorm this weekend, based on what's happening down south.

You never know with the weather. 

11:14 pm edt 

Monday, October 22, 2018

Can't Change Your Mind

 

Massachusetts and a number of other states allow early voting ahead of the general election on November 6th.

I think it's a good idea. Anything that gets people to vote is good. Participation rates are often dismal all around the country.

One radio station is reminding voters that they cannot change their mind once they vote.

People should know this already. 

7:30 pm edt 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The System

 

I had so many problems accessing my website tonight. You never know why it happens.

You  always want to do more, but it can be stopped real soon.

11:55 pm edt 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Out Of The Loop

 

Many people don't follow the news for various reasons. They have a right to do so.  

Someone posted on a community Facebook page asking what the issues were in the upcoming election. They admitted to "being out of the loop".

Many people responded to his inquiry, but I found the overall situation rather sad. 

It's the reality of the world today. 

11:07 pm edt 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Don't Spend The Money

 

The media goes crazy whenever there is a huge lottery jackpot.

Tonight's Mega Millions prize has surpassed $1 billion and continues to grow.

It's the same old story. Newspapers interview ticket buyers. We are forced to read about what they plan to do if they win. 

Every ticket has the same chance to be the lucky one. Some people really believe they are destined to win. They already have the money spent. 

I never buy tickets, but fully support the lottery because it's a voluntary tax that gives back to the state and communities. 

12:05 pm edt 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Recycling Errors

 

The market for recycled paper, plastic, glass and metal has bottomed out. 

Towns and cities received money in the past, but now they often get nothing or need to pay.

People do a poor job recycling. I can't believe some of the stuff they put in their bins.

A recent news report gave examples of how people are impacting the process.

It would be a shame if the legitimate stuff ended up in a landfill.  

2:05 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

People Love The Trees

 

I think we all love trees. They are so beneficial in what they do for the environment. 

It's a challenge to plant them in sidewalk boxes and hope they survive.

A professional tree service is doing a thinning cut on a trail system in a local public park.

Some are outraged over how many trees are being removed. I have traversed these trails and found them overgrown and choking with undergrowth.

They really need to thin the trees. It's a natural process. 

11:11 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Trying To Make It Look Better

 

Concrete building can look rather dull, even the ones with precast sections.  

A local aprtment building has rcently been painted gray. It looks much better, but at what point will the paint start to chip?

One that happens, it will look worse than it did before it was painted. 

6:29 pm edt 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Two Blades Are Better

 

My Black and Decker food processer has done a great job the last three years.

The other day I was using it to make a smoothie when I heard a strange noise coming from it. One of the two cutting blades had become dislodged. There was no way to fix it.

I went to their website and found that a replacement blade was $22, including shipping. A new blender is almost the same price at Walmart.

I still have not ordered the part. I tried using it with one blade. It did a reasonable job, but didn't cut up all my fruit. 

I'm thinking of contacting their customer service to see what can be done. I never registered the product, but I still have my receipt. 

7:47 pm edt 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Proper Disposal

 

Cigarette butts are all over every place. It doesn't matter where it is. People just don't care what they do.

People just throw them away and let someone else worry about it.

11:46 pm edt 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Picture To Die For

 

Some people take selfies at the worst times. It doesn't matter to them if they put themselves in danger to get the right shot. 

A recent report indicated that 250 people worldwide died last year while trying to take a selfie.

This is so crazy. Nobody should die trying to take a picture. 

11:01 pm edt 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Two For One Holidays

 

Halloween is right around the corner. Some people love to decorate, but it looks strange to have a Santa Claus displayed next to Halloween.

The seasons pass too quickly. It's too bad people can't enjoy the present rather than rush the days ahead. They will all pass us by soon.

6:58 pm edt 

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Hard To Count Them

 

Many cities do a head count of homeless people, especially during winter. No matter how hard they try, it's difficult to count everyone.

On Saturday, a group of volunteers will attempt to count the amount of Easter Gray squirrels in New York's Central Park.  

The article I read had a great outline of the logistics, but I find it hard to believe that it will be accurate.

Whenever I see a squirrel, I always know that there are others that stay hidden. 

10:15 pm edt 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Toaster Is Toast

 

I recently bought a cheap toaster from Walmart. Everything was fine until I accidentally spilled a little water into it while it was unplugged.

I turned it upside down and let it dry out for a day. When I plugged it in, a little smoke started to come out of it.

That was the last moment for my toaster. I threw it into the dumpster and will now buy a replacement. 

 

5:40 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Please Send Money

 

I donate to some selected charities, but they become relentless in trying to get more money from me.

They send me all sorts of writing pads, address labels, pens and calendars in the hope that I will send them a check.

I got a solicitation from one of my special charities with three quarters glued to the paperwork.

They never give up. 

11:38 pm edt 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Dry Shoes & Socks

 

It was cold and raw today when I played golf with a friend. We had a little mist during our time. The course was very wet.  

My shoes and socks were soaked from the start. I was so glad to put on dry stuff when I finished.

Wet shoes and socks can get uncomfortable on a cold day. There is nothing like changing out of them. 

8:09 pm edt 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Indian Food Book

 

I enjoy eating Indian food. It's very different and can be spicy. I wish there was a restaurant locally. 

I just read a great book review on Indian cooking. My library network doesn't seem to have it. I would like to look at it before purchasing.

Some of the recipes might be too challenging to cook. I also don't want to set off my smoke detector.

10:01 pm edt 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

The Bridge Is In Rough Shape

 

Many communities have a seasonal glossy magazine that highlights events and interesting things going on. 

I got a copy of my local one. It has a nice picture of a scenic bridge that crosses the Merrimack River.

The concrete from the bridge looks in rough shape, but that was actually the better angle.

From a nearby boardwalk, you can see iron rods exposed. The bridge is pushing 100 years old. It needs repairs or replacement.

It's a great example of the deteriorating infrastructure in America. 

11:27 pm edt 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Time To Start Shopping

 

Columbus Day weekend has now become the unofficial start of holiday displays in retail stores.

Halloween is over three weeks away, but that won't stop stores from pushing the time line.

Once we get to Veterans Day, it will be the real start. 

7:29 pm edt 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Church Could Not Be Saved

 

Abandoned buildings often bring blight to a neighborhood. In many instances, it goes on for too long.

We saw it here locally with a church left vacant for over twenty years. Numerous plans were proposed to save it by turning it into housing, but nothing ever happened.

It appears that it will have a date to be be demolished and make way for ten units of affordable housing built by a local non-profit.

This seems like a great plan for the neighborhood. It's a shame that the church will be torn down as it was once a vibrant part of the community, but it has minimal architectural significance. 

This is a great example of letting buildings decay until there are few options to save them. It was a real eyesore on the neighborhood. 

 

11:50 am edt 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

No Foliage At Night

 

I'm leaving in a few minutes to drive to Manchester, NH for a comedy show.  

Back in June and July, I could watch the sunset. It will be dark and cooler now.

The leaves are starting to change color, but I won't see any of that tonight. 

8:13 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

More Is Not Free

 

The retail price of items can be impacted by the packaging. Some foods claim to give you more for the same price.  

The hickory-smoked almonds I buy are a great example. The package claims 20% more for the same price. That is far from true. It was marked up at the retail level. I pay the most ever for them.

It happens with so many different products. 

11:20 pm edt 

Monday, October 1, 2018

Seasonal Sneezing

 

I think the change of the season can bring on some sniffles, colds or other stuff. I am sneezing a lot, but have no problem with that. 

I'm starting to think that I might get a flu shot at some point. The timing on this is not the best.

11:38 pm edt 


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