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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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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Soup Time

 
I hope to make soup tomorrow. You never know how it will turn out, but I will do my best.
11:59 pm edt 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

No Plans To Ride

The Coronavirus has certainly created its share of grim news stories.
 
A local family had a huge tragedy the other day while trying to get some fresh air by riding their bicycles on a local rural road.
 
They were all struck by the same car, killing one and injuring the other two very badly. 
 
I don't ride for this very reason. If I did, I would only go in a park or trail. Cars and bikes on the road are a bad combination. 
11:21 pm edt 

Friday, March 27, 2020

No Call For Now

The Coronavirus has done something that even Congress couldn't do.
 
The daily robo calls I receive have just about stopped. My phone no longer rings off the hook. 
 
I expect them to resume once things get back to normal, whenever that is. 
1:50 pm edt 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

It's New York

It is so strange to see the streets of Manhattan so deserted when I watch the news. Subways are on a reduced schedule.

There isn't much happening there, although I'm sure the actual residents are getting out to shop for food and other necessities.
 
The city has 8.5 million people. It can't totally stop for those who live there. They are like every other city and town in America. People will go out no matter what.
 
 
11:19 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Down To Zero

My Fitbit needs to be recharged every other day. Apparently, it shut down while I was sleeping last night because the battery got drained.
 
I had to restart it before it would even charge. It was also displaying the incorrect time.
 
Everything was back to normal once it got 100% charged. 
 
 
2:07 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

NYC Gets Hit

The Coronavirus is starting to hit New York City very hard. It has almost 50% of all the cases in America. The next two weeks should tell the story.
 
There is tremendous pressure for people to get back to work before the economy totally collapses.
 
It will be a very fine line because this can't go on for months. 
7:39 pm edt 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Tokyo 2021

The International Olympic Committee finally bowed to pressure and postponed the Tokyo Games until next year.
 
There was too much money at stake to cancel it outright. The advertisement revenue really drives this event.
 
Who knows what it will look like next year. 
10:24 pm edt 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Challenge of Vaccine

The news on the Coronavirus changes daily and by the hour. It has taken over the world's economy.
 
If they ever develop a vaccine, some people will have a reaction to it.
 
I know how that works after getting sick for almost three weeks in the aftermath of my flu shot. 
9:25 pm edt 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Same Old Flu

Will we ever see another Coronavirus? I'm not sure on that. How bad will this get?
 
We only need to look at the regular flu to see that the CDC announced that 20,000 Americans died from it of the 34 million effected. They also had 400,000 hospital visits.
 
There is no great outrage over this. It happens every year. It's nothing new.
 
Nobody nows the end game for Coronavirus. We can only hope for the best.
11:47 pm edt 

Friday, March 20, 2020

No Wakes & Funerals

It's very unfortunate to see that the current situation has caused wakes and funerals to be postponed. Individuals and families will not be able to have the comfort and support from one another.
 
How long will any of this last? More cases are being reported as testing increases. 
 
 
9:33 pm edt 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Where Do Computers Go?

I took a ride to Staples today to recycle my first computer from 1998 and a three-in-one printer from 2006. They have a great policy on taking back electronics except televisions.
 
I still have two more desktop computers to prepare for recycling. You can only buy for today. Things get outdated so fast.
 
 
10:47 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Great Impact

The coronavirus has certainly impacted the world's economy. Where are we headed with this? Nobody really knows.
 
This will be one of the biggest stories of this century. We can never go through this again as a nation and world.
 
 
11:39 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Removing The Drive

I took the hard drive out of the first computer I bought in 1998. The  plan is to recycle the rest at Staples where they have a great program.
 
This computer was state of the art in its time. I paid extra money for additional RAM.
 
All of this stuff becomes obsolete eventually.
 
 
 
 
11:38 pm edt 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Whoever Thought

The coronavirus continues to evolve to one of the biggest stories in my lifetime.
 
How bad will it get and how long will it last? Nobody really knows.
 
The next 15 days will be very critical with so much shutting down.
 
This is so amazing right now.
11:34 pm edt 

Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Purple Vegetable

I never heard of purple cauliflower until I saw a recipe for it today. The stores I go to don't appear to have it in stock.
 
On my next trip, I will have a much closer look. I think I would have seen it in the past. 
1:50 pm edt 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Those Empty Shelves

A Facebook page had a great series of pictures showing the lack of people on the streets in New York City because of coronavirus. It was quite profound to see an image of an empty Times Square subway station at 2pm in the afternoon.
 
Residents are following similar behavior across America and stripping the shelves of grocery stores. 
11:22 pm edt 

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Top Three In 2020

The Coronavirus is the story of this century. Nothing has changed American lifestyle like this. Who knows where we are headed.
 
This will rank up there with the assassination of President Kennedy and the attacks on 9/11 as the top events in my lifetime. 
 
This is one amazing moment. 
11:30 pm edt 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

H2 No

There are many fad diets out there which produce questionable results. I read a story about dry-fasting where people don't consume any water except through fruits.
 
One person claims to be water free since 2016. This seems rather extreme and unhealthy, but others featured in the story feel it's the way to go.
 
In the end, people must do whatever works for them.
 
 
 
 
3:39 pm edt 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Don't Talk Too Loud

The local public library offers many programs to its patrons, including a weekly "Conversation Cafe" where people discuss various topics of interest.
 
I have no plans to ever attend, but I hope the discussions are civil in light of the way things are these days. 
4:37 pm edt 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Events Getting Canceled

The coronavirus is certainly impacting many events and situations. Harvard has just canceled classes for the rest of the semester and students will need to vacate their dorms. The annual St Patrick's Day parade in Boston has also been eliminated.
 
What will happen to the Boston Marathon? It's on for now, but things could change in the next week or so. 
1:49 pm edt 

Monday, March 9, 2020

Sauce Could Be Better

I bought some pasta sauce the other day that didn't taste that great in the end. It was way overpriced in a store that charges too much for their products.
 
I will continue to try some of their other products as I have a gift card to use.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11:39 pm edt 

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Cheaper Notebooks

While I was out shopping today, I was shocked to see the low prices on laptops and notebooks. Their price has significantly dropped since I bought one several years ago.
 
It's impossible to keep up with technology. You can only buy for the moment because everything becomes obsolete sooner rather than later. 
7:00 pm est 

Love That Bread

 
I bought a locally baked loaf of Italian bread yesterday. The crust was very hard to chew. Nobody ever wants to break a tooth doing it.
 
Maybe it's easier to pull it apart. I should be dipping it in olive oil.
11:42 pm est 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Corona Three Week Plan

The Coronavirus dominates the news with so many stories. Everyone is concerned, but how bad is it really?
 
Nobody could ever give you the right answer.
 
What will the story be in three week? That seems so far away with this issue.
11:46 pm est 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Much About Mulch

People are always looking for some sign of spring which is less than three weeks away. It could still get very cold and even snow.
 
A local business is already ahead after having bark mulch put down today. It had such a nice smell, but hopefully it won't get ruined by any future sand and salt if we get another snow storm. 
9:21 pm est 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Leave Wildlife Alone

Some people act so foolishly around wild animals. They treat them like they are at a petting zoo.
 
There was a video that went viral of a moose walking through the streets of a Colorado town. Several people went over and tried to touch it. One guy got too close and was swiftly kicked by it.
 
People need to leave wildlife alone. No matter how many times they are told, there are still those who will do their own thing in spite of the animal.
12:14 pm est 

Quiting Before Super Tuesday

Early voting has been encouraged in many states. It makes it easier for so many people.
 
They need to realize that they don't get another chance if their candidate withdraws from the Democratic primary before Super Tuesday.
 
Options tend to be different on primary voting day. 
11:08 pm est 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Taking A Long Hike

The local newspaper had a story of a 47 year old woman and her 13 year old daughter who plan to start their hike of the Appalachian Trail this week.
 
The two plan to spend up to six months to complete the 2,190 mile journey. Hopefully, they send the paper periodic updates to see how they are doing. They estimated that they will need to do 14 miles daily to finish in their goal time.
 
One of the biggest challenges for anyone doing this is to avoid injury. That is the wild card.
4:41 pm est 


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