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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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Tues, May 19     Saydie's Restaurant

                          136 Cluff Crossing Rd   Salem, NH  7:30pm

  

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Those Holiday Trees

The news said there is a shortage of holiday trees. The amount of trees available is 33% less since 1977.
 
That's a lot of trees. People still buy them instead of the fake ones. 
 
It's a small sale window.
11:46 pm est 

Friday, November 29, 2019

When You Donate

The news had a story that Americans donated $290 billion to charities last year.
 
Donors always need to know where their money is going. 
 
Some have very high administrative costs. People make a living raising funds.
11:47 pm est 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fighting For Sales

Retail stores are hoping for big sales over the next few days. The scene has changed so much in recent years because of on-line sales.
 
Stores are closing at an alarming rate as shopping patterns change. They will offer all sorts of deals to get the crowds through the doors.
 
Will it be enough for the bottom line or will they pay the price in their own way with more closings? 
11:31 pm est 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A Fatal Day At Work

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. Construction can cause a lot of injuries.
 
Today, a worker was killed and another seriously injured while they were working on the Rt 495 bridge in Haverhill. 
 
It sounds like they fell from a bucket lift. Were they properly harnessed in and secured?
 
Investigations and lawsuits will follow, but it will never bring back the worker to his family or make the injured one 100% whole. 
10:32 pm est 

Those Big Trucks

The news had a great story about the hazards of tractor trailer-trucks on the highway. Many of them are driven too fast and are overloaded.
 
Massachusetts has no mandatory training to operate them. If you can get your license, nothing else needs to be done.
 
When I see one on the highway, I do my best to get past them or build up a distance between us. Accidents can happen very fast.
 
 
11:28 pm est 

Monday, November 25, 2019

Let's Have More Birthdays

I had the great fortune to turn 66 today. As the Hallmark card said; This is the oldest I've ever been, but I'll never be this young again.
 
That really sums up a birthday. 
11:58 pm est 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Who Do They Blame?

People love to play the blame game. Some decisions will never make everyone happy.
 
A local group didn't cancel their annual Santa parade in spite of the bad weather. They didn't have a rain date. 
 
Many groups in the parade were committed on other weekends.
 
The local community Facebook pages are going crazy on this. Some people have nothing else to do. 
 
 
3:25 pm est 

Roads Can Be Rough
 
Our highway system could be so much better with the quality of roads.
 
While driving to UMass today, I encountered two holes in the road. You never want to hit them at 65 mph.
 
There is so much to do with the roads of America. They will never be  perfect in my lifetime.
11:57 pm est 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Check Back In 2057

Historical moments eventually fade away as time passes. Someone would need to be at least 61 years old to have any memory of the assassination of President Kennedy on this date 56 years ago.
 
It didn't get much attention in the news today. Back in 1963, it was the biggest news story of the year.
 
People who remember the attack on Pearl Harbor would be at least 83 years old. The population is growing smaller.
 
By 2057, the kids who were five in 2001 will face the same issue. 
11:22 pm est 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Try To Beat The Traffic

I plan to travel to Boston tomorrow. There is no good time to leave in the morning. I expect to encounter heavy traffic.
 
There could be big delays if I leave after 3pm to come home. I certainly want to avoid that. 
 
 
11:37 pm est 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Final 42

It's too crazy to think that Christmas is five weeks from today and 2020 is six. Time is passing too quickly.
 
It's important to enjoy the ride along the way. It won't last forever. 
11:43 pm est 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gas Card

Too many gas stations have those double pricing signs for members and non-members. They want you to sign up with them.
 
The price of gasoline is so fluid. World events effect it so much.
 
At he end of the day, it's not that much in price savings.
11:48 pm est 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Dropping Off Trash

Every thrift store has limitations on what they accept. I brought some items today to a place that also takes furniture.
 
The delivery area was filled with all sorts of furniture that people dropped off. For a lot of the stuff, it was easier to bring it there rather than hope it gets picked up on trash day. 
11:38 pm est 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Can't Park There Now

It's amazing to see what is going on in Boston with so many real estate developments. The Seaport District is very exciting and being built before us.
 
They will never complete it all. So many projects trying to build in the hottest part of town.
 
That area was once the biggest parking lot of Boston. Great deals back then.
11:36 pm est 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Lot of Honey

 
The news had a story of a house on Long Island that had a hive of 120,000 bees inside a wall. The owners were alerted to it by a constant buzzing sound.
 
A beekeeper was called in and was able to determine the hive was seven feet tall and contained 70 gallons of honey.
 
It will be removed in the spring to make it less traumatic for the bees. 
2:46 pm est 

Not Long For Styrofoam

Styrofoam coffee cups are not cool these days. Major chains are trying to move to paper cups.
 
I hope it works for all their customers.
 
 
11:50 pm est 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Closing The Magazine

Weekly and monthly magazines are disappearing at a fast rate. Some have reduced their issues while others have migrated to the on-line format.
 
I subscribe to National Geographic Traveler, but they will cease after two more issues. They will remain on-line, but for how long?
 
Sports Illustrated will only publish monthly starting in January, but will also give readers five special issues throughout the year.
 
Magazines are cutting staffing and costs, but it might not be enough to survive. 
6:13 pm est 

Final Seven Weeks of 2019

It's hard to believe the year is over in seven weeks. Two weeks from tonight is Thanksgiving Eve with Christmas six weeks from today.
 
It's so crazy that time is flying by. We can only sit back and enjoy it because nothing is ever guaranteed. 
11:50 pm est 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Feels Like January

Large potions of the country are being hit with record low temperatures. They will be in the single digits tomorrow with the wind chill factor.
 
It is much too cold for this time of year. It might get up to 50 degrees on Friday, but I'll believe it when I see it. 
11:09 pm est 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Amtrak Losing Less

It's great to hear that Amtrak will only lose $30 million this year.

Ridership is the highest ever with 32.5 million passenger trips over the last fiscal year.
 
We always hear of the threat to cut funding in the federal budget. 
11:50 pm est 

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Maybe Snow

We might get snow by Wednesday. Nobody really knows. The weather people are all over the place.
 
It doesn't sound like the weather will be great over the next few days.
 
We could also get a 70 degree day at the end of November.
 
You never know.
 
Weather is crazy.
 
11:50 pm est 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Say No To Paint

I wonder who had the idea to paint the guardrails along parts of Storrow Drive in Boston.
 
Painting them green was done with good intentions, but the coat is peeling and it looks awful now.
 
I have never see them painted before. They wouldn't look bad if the paint didn't chip.
9:32 pm est 

Hands Are Ready For It

It's only November 8th, but it was so cold today with the wind. I find it difficult to adjust to the temperature.
 
We are still six weeks away from the start of winter, but I already feel it in my hands. My skin is and cracked.
 
From this point forward, it's all about using cream on them. 
 
 
11:22 pm est 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Having A Shot

I had a flu shot today like I did last year. Prior to that, I had gone 37 years without one.
 
In 1981, I got very sick after it.That lead to my decision not to have one in the future.
 
After being sick for about six weeks in 2018, I decided that I would get one last year and going forward.
 
I don't want to go through that again. Hopefully, it works. 
7:18 pm est 

Train Time

I always wanted to take the Amtrak Downeaster to Portland Maine and back for a day trip to do lunch.
 
It finally happened today. I love riding trains and staring out the window looking at everything.
 
Amtrak is so awesome, but it cost me $52 with a senior discount. I thought it would be cheaper.
 
Public transportation is not always the best  way. Some people have no options and must deal with all the hassles.
 
 
11:56 pm est 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Didn't Go Early

A number of states allow early voting. In New York, the turnout was dismal with only 2% of the voters casting a ballot before election day.
 
New York City announced it with great fanfare, but only had a 1.3% turnout. Only 60,110 of a possible 4.8 million voters took this option.
 
 
11:50 pm est 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Golf Season Ending

Two weeks ago, I set up a golf time with some friends for this Friday. You never know with the weather.
 
The weather people are predicting a dire situation with a dusting of snow.
 
They get top billing on all the news shows as a result. 
 
Rain happens. It could be very cold. Who knows?
 
I sounds like the weather will keep us from playing golf. 
 
11:46 pm est 


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