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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



Here is an interview I did with a local newspaper about my running.


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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No shows scheduled because of Covid-19. I keep this show as a placeholder

because the schedule was so difficult to format when I first designed this website.


Tues, April 27    Saydie's Restaurant

                          136 Cluff Crossing Rd   Salem, NH  7:30pm

Tues, May 18    Saydie's Resaurant

                                     136 Cluff Crossing Rd  Salem, NH       7:30pm 


  Random Thoughts About Things

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Just Plane Bad

I never really enjoyed flying, but it's often the only way to get to a destination without it taking days.
Two stories in the news tonight would scare anyone. One involved the cover coming off an engine thirty minutes into a six hour flight. The plane returned safely with 196 passengers where they were able to see the fully exposed engine once they got on the ground. 
It appears that some Boeing 737's at a certain age have shown cracks where the wing attaches to the fuselage. The company is looking into it, but it doesn't make it any easier for those who are concerned.
It's good to see these reported in the news. 
6:41 pm edt 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Take Your Quarters

Many people don't like to take pennies in their change. They often leave them in a container on the counter for others to use. You see it all the time at convenience stores. I never mind using them to round off my purchase.
It was quite a surprise to see a cup last night containing dimes and quarters.
Why would anyone leave a quarter behind? They must be rich and don't need the money.
11:14 pm edt 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Winning On The Course

It was such a nice day to be on the golf course with friends.

The next few months are the best before it gets so cold.
That is the great thing about the four seasons. 
11:53 pm edt 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Cars Not Moving

MBTA customers can never catch a break. The new cars on the Orange Line were taken out of service after a door malfunction. A replacement part will be installed in all of the new ones.
The agency has spent $2 billion on 122 cars to be rolled out by 2022. The first batch of them was unveiled to great hype.
With the latest problems, it sounds like business as usual. 
5:19 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

No Stairs In Boston

I had a very interesting conversation tonight about the group of people who run the stairs at Harvard Stadium.

They start at 5am with a large group of runners from the Boston area.
I'm not sure if I could do this for two reason. I don't think it's good for me to be running down flights of stairs, but going up them isn't a big deal.
Most runners arrive before 6am. Getting to Harvard Stadium at that hour could be a commuting nightmare.
11:29 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

10G Ruled Once

My Samsung Galaxy S5 phone can be so old at times. Five years is a huge amount of time with these products.

It was a big deal to have 10 GB of storage when I bought it, but that has almost been used up.

Apps take up so much space. Having 10 GB is so old, but this technology is so amazing to get us to this point.
11:47 pm edt 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Do They Really Recycle?

When you put something in a blue recycling bin, where does it end up?
Many cities and towns are having a hard time finding a source for their stuff. The single stream method has resulted in materials that should not be included. 
When I was at my gym yesterday, a janitor emptied the recycling bin into a barrel that contained paper towels and other trash.
I wonder if the bottles got separated. 
12:59 pm edt 

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Summer 2019 Done


It's the last hours of Summer 2019 right now. This will never happen again.

The year is ending very fast. We are getting closer to the Holidays.

11:31 pm edt 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Picture The Sharks

It might be the last days of summer, but the shark problem on Cape Cod has not gone away.
There was another story in the news with pictures showing a surfer too close to a pair of sharks off the shoreline.
The channel I was watching made it the last story of the night. They tried to make it look cute since nobody was hurt.
It was only due to luck that nobody has been attacked so far. If it ever happens, it will be a very serious story. 
11:36 pm edt 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Touching The Sign

I have never been a fan of tour buses, especially in New York City. They take up so much room on the street and look out of place in some neighborhoods.
The New York Post had a story about passengers on the upper open deck sticking their chewing gum on an overhead sign they can reach and touch while at a red light.
Others placed stickers on the sign. It's hard to believe the amount of gum left behind.
Why do people do stuff like this? 
10:51 pm edt 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Watch Your Speed

I think it's a good idea to have those mobile speed radar signs. Drivers need to know how fast they are driving.
Everyone gets shocked when they see their speed in relation to the posted limit. For some, it doesn't make any difference.
I have always watched my speed when driving. 
11:33 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Too Big Along The River

I enjoy reading about real estate developments. Locally, there is a project to finally build apartments at a long neglected area by the Merrimack River.
It's a great site, but the project was met with fierce opposition from neighbors. After seeing it in the news, it appears to overwhelm the area.
Projects don't work financially without a certain number of units. I really like the way it looks, but I can see why the neighbors feel the way they do.
The project was tabled by the City Council for further action.
11:38 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Too Few Served

New York City continues to spend a fortune on their taxpayer subsidized commuter water taxis.
They have already poured $657 million into a service that handles 18,000 riders daily, compared to 5.4 million on the subway and 1.8 million on buses.
The city is purchasing another five boats for $43 million. Every ride needs to be publicly subsidized above and beyond the ticket price.
All of this money should be going towards mass transit improvements. The water taxis serve too few people for their enormous cost. 
11:39 pm edt 

Monday, September 16, 2019

No 93 Train


The expansion of Rt 93 to Manchester has been quite a work in progress. So much has been done to get to this point. It has taken several years.

A politician drew attention by questioning why a train line was not built in the median of the highway from Manchester to the Massachusetts line.

When you drive the road, you can see some big elevation changes that would present a challenge to plan a train route.  

11:37 pm edt 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Fall 2019 At The Door

It's hard to believe we are entering our last week of summer 2019 as it ends on the 23rd. It went by way too fast, but here we are.
The nights will get colder. There is no turning back until spring. Daylight is getting shorter.
At least, the days get longer after December 21st. 
11:22 pm edt 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Dogs and Helicopters

Some dog owners want to take their pet everywhere. It can get awkward for others around them.
A helicopter company in New York City offers a "doors off" flight over Manhattan. Customers are free to bring their dog with them.
Critics say that things could go very wrong if the dog acted up in the small confines of the aircraft.
The company offering the flights had a fatal crash last year that killed five. They need to focus on their safety. 
10:55 pm edt 

Friday, September 13, 2019

No Survey For Me

I got a survey in the mail about alternative electricity providers. My bill is never that high. I don't use many kilowatt hours. 

If I ever submitted this survey, I would be inundated with phone calls, emails and snail mail solicitations for the rest of my life. 

11:38 pm edt 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

First Sweater

It will be cool tonight. It looks like I will be breaking out my first sweater of the season. It was inevitable with the calendar.
We will continue to have warm days, but it gets very unpredictable at this point. 
12:01 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cars Rolling Around

It's hard to believe that such a huge cargo ship with 4,000 cars from South Korea could suddenly roll over off the coast of Georgia. So many cars must have been damaged.
There will be some type of insurance settlement on this, but what will it be?
11:42 pm edt 

Monday, September 9, 2019

Book Is Over

I've been able to order great books from the Commonwealth Library Catalogue at my local library's website.

 They do such a great job trying to get books to people.
11:24 pm edt 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Just Routine Alerts

It's always a good idea to check on your credit, especially if you get an email from one of the reporting services.
The message I received made me a bit suspicious so I accessed their actual website. It turns out it was just a routing email about a recently opened account.
You can never be too careful with this stuff. 
7:51 pm edt 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

T Time Soon

I'm making some plans to go to a Boston College football game. It will involve parking at the Riverside station and taking the Green line.
The slow train takes its time along the way. They really can't go much faster in that area.
11:54 pm edt 

Friday, September 6, 2019

Love Newspapers

I'm glad to say I read three newspapers daily. It's not always pretty. It's important to get a feel of the pulse of the media.
They have their own biases. Noody really knows the truth.
11:37 pm edt 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Rain Coming Maybe

Hurricane Dorian keeps controlling the news cycle. The storm is moving very slowly. Nobody really knows where it will end up.
Hopefully, we just get a lot of rain here. Wind is never good. 
11:53 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Storms Take Their Time

Hurricane Dorian has caused so much damage to the Bahamas. The storm is moving so slowly at 6 mph.
Nobody really knows how it will effect the east coast. It could go anywhere.
We will be forced to listen to the weather model and the potential impact on us.
11:23 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The No Soap Zone

There is always a story out there about someone who doesn't use soap or shampoo because they say it's bad for you. This point can be debated forever without any consensus.
A person profiled in the news today uses baking soda to wash and apple cider vinegar for their hair. They claim it works great for them.
People need to make their own decisions on hygiene. This person feels they are doing the right thing. Why should we argue with them? 
10:40 pm edt 

Monday, September 2, 2019

The Little Potatoes

Today was the day when I finally bought a bag of little potatoes. I baked several in the oven while I was cooking chicken.
They were quite tasty and cooked all through.
I will have them again this week. 
10:23 pm edt 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Good Looking Work Stopped

One of the houses in my neighborhood has been undergoing extensive repairs on the outside. It needed attention so badly. New windows and paint made a huge difference.
The large porch was a wreck, but it was being worked on. So much rotted wood.
When I walked by it today, there was a "Stop Work" order posted to the front door.
I wonder what happened. They were doing some great work. 
9:12 pm edt 

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