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This site is created by Jim Laprel; avid runner, comic and blogger. See my schedule below for my latest stand-up comedy appearances. Scroll down to see my latest thoughts on various things, the New England Patriots and NFL.

"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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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Boston Tonight

Today's technology has enabled viewers to watch the live riot and looting going on right now in Boston.
It seems to be no big deal for people to be caught looting on live television.
That is the world today. 
11:39 pm edt 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

A Great Day For Space

It was a great day for space exploration as the joint venture between NASA and Space X launched a rocket and capsule that will head to the International Space Station.
It took almost ten years, but America now has its own ride and not be dependent upon other nations. Russia has been ferrying American astronauts at a price tag of $80 million for each passenger.
Other companies have competed with Space X for this first launch. They are working on their own vehicles. Competition can only lead to bigger things. 
7:24 pm edt 

Friday, May 29, 2020

America Tonight

It has been so crazy the last few nights with protests, riots and looting across American cities.

When will this end? This happened so fast.
11:54 pm edt 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Ski In June

Monday is the beginning of June, but a ski resort in Colorado has reopened after being shutdown because of the pandemic.
It looks like there is still plenty of snow to ski for a few more weeks. The revenue will really help the resort.
4:19 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wait Until Saturday

Americans were hoping to see history made today with the launch of the Space X rocket and capsule on its journey to the International Space Station.
Today was to mark the culmination of a partnership between NASA and private industry to get our astronauts launched on American vehicles.
Unfortunately, bad weather in Florida has postponed the mission until Saturday afternoon.

A former astronaut providing analysis mentioned that 60% of the launches were scrubbed on their initial target date because of the weather.

They will launch when the conditions are right. 
4:46 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A New York Business

Whenever it rains in New York City, you can always count on a small army of umbrella sellers to emerge on the streets.
I'm sure it looks different there in light of the pandemic, but a new business has risen. Vending machines for protective safety masks have popped up in parts of Manhattan.
It allows the buyer to get a mask in a safe transaction. 
11:12 pm edt 

Monday, May 25, 2020

Six Months From Today

My birthday will be six months from today. So much will change between now and then, especially in light of the pandemic.
There will be a presidential election with so much at stake. What will be the status of the vaccine? Will the virus flare up again? Will the New York City Marathon be held?
The world has changed forever in the last three months and has such an unclear future. 
7:15 pm edt 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Beach Time Memorial Day

There are so many people who  need to get to the beaches on Memorial Day weekend, but it causes so much traffic.
I heard the updates on the radio. Traffic was really backed up at the beach areas. That's normal at any time.
11:51 pm edt 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Birds & Glass

It's hard to believe that you could build something in New York City that would cause migratory birds to fly into the glass facade.
A recent event showed over 30 dead birds by the building. Apparently, they get confused by the type of glass used in construction.
It's a real challenge to have remedy for that. 
11:20 pm edt 

Friday, May 22, 2020

It Gets Real Hot

I never knew about bedbug treatment until I saw it done at a house in my neighborhood.
Apparently, the most effective method is to bring the temperature up to 170 degrees for a sustained period of time.
I can't imagine the preparation needed to remove items that could be effected by the heat. It would be very easy to leave something behind.  
2:10 pm edt 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Taking The Eggs

Whenever a bald eagle dies mysteriously, it can often be linked to humans. A case in New Hampshire proved to be different.
The bird was found with a puncture wound in their chest. It turns out the eagle was probably trying to steal the eggs of a loon to feast on. The mother got angry and stabbed the thief in the chest with her beak.
Species fight all the time and it doesn't always end well. 
2:24 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Traffic Problem Resolved

A local home owner was constantly complaining to public safety officials about the traffic leaving a nearby highway exit ramp. He claimed it made it difficult for him to leave his driveway. The state responded by placing a stop sign, but with little impact.
The problem appears resolved when I drove by yesterday. The home owner apparently sold his house which was knocked down and replaced by one much bigger.
6:06 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

A Cost To Recycle

Communities around the nation are rethinking the entire recycling process. In the past, China took a good portion of it, but the market has hit bottom in recent years.
Cities and town are now paying extra just to recycle. New York City could save an estimated $200 million annually if they just mixed it all in with the trash and sent it to a landfill.
With local budgets around the nation being impacted by the Coronavirus, serious consideration will be given. 
7:29 pm edt 

Monday, May 18, 2020

All Types of Camping

People who go camping have a broad definition of the activity. Some do it with a tent and a sleeping bag, but others want more.
A luxury campground will be opening on Cape Cod that has all the bells and whistles. Campers can choose from 98 fully-loaded Airstream trailers or 10 luxury canvass tents that even come with air conditioning.
Many would question whether this is really camping, but its all whatever people say it is.
6:11 pm edt 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Debut Monday

Monday will be the debut of the reopening of Massachusetts. Everything has been shrouded in secrecy so far.
It's amazing that nothing has really been leaked to the media.
There will be many unhappy people tomorrow.
11:22 pm edt 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

No Surgery Is Routine

I don't think there is any medical surgery that is routine. Patients are getting treatment for conditions that were never done in the past. We see that with invasive heart procedures and joint replacements.
There are always risks involved and things don't always turn out well for every patient, especially those with pre-existing conditions.
A 60 year old man I know had his knee replaced two years ago. He had enormous complications which resulted in numerous ICU stays. He recently had his 89th procedure.
He has been unable to return home after two years. He caught Covid-19 while in a long term care facility, but is now testing negative.
Before his knee replacement, he had a great deal of pain, but his life has been upended.
7:20 pm edt 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Not Rushing To Gamble

Encore Boston Casino hopes to reopen at some point in June. They have outlined some of the precautions they plan to put in place to keep everyone safe from the Coronavirus and make them feel at ease.
I have been there several times, but it doesn't seem to be worth it to go to those extremes just to gamble.
I have no plans to travel there in the future. Gambling was never a big thrill for me. Taking in the entire scene was more fun.
3:45 pm edt 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Bottom Crust

I buy the same label of bread all the time. In the last couple of weeks, I noticed the crust on the bottom of each slice was well-done. after toasting. It bordered on being burnt.
I wonder what happened during the baking process. Was it noticed by anyone?
11:14 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Writing Like A Doctor

Someone on Facebook shared observations from their 1978 diary. It was written in cursive, but almost illegible.
I was able to make out some of their thoughts, but lost their main point because it was so difficult to read. 
10:32 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

How Do You Spell It?

Parents have a right to name their child whatever they want, but they should realize that they will eventually grow into an adult.
Some of the most popular names have numerous variations of spelling which will last their lifetime. Their name will be constantly misspelled. 
It gets even worse with celebrities who decide to name their newborn after a symbol or a combination of them.
I don't understand their motivation at times. 
4:25 pm edt 

Monday, May 11, 2020

First 2020 Shark Attack

The public and media seems fascinated with shark sightings at Cape Cod Beaches. It has become a cat and mouse game. Things were fine until someone was killed in a shark attack two years ago.
Over the weekend, a 26 year old surfer was attacked and killed by one at a Santa Cruz, California beach.
There had been reports of numerous shark sightings the previous week, but people still went out to surf.
6:17 pm edt 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Some Schools Might Depart

I read a story that many of the 900  plus private colleges and universities are in a dire financial situation because of the recent pandemic.
Schools who are playing the blame game are ripe for the picking. It's a fact that some will never reopen. They were done long before the Coronavirus. 
We are hearing stories of kids taking a gap year. Who wants to pay all that money to take courses on-line?
Will students need to stay six feet away from their roommate? 
11:41 pm edt 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Road Test To Mediocrity

Some states are going to extremes with executive orders during this pandemic.
Georgia has waived the road test requirement for those applying for a driver's license. Over 20,000 teens have taken advantage of this ruling.
Does this make roads any less safe? What percentage of candidates fail this test during normal times?
Many people are reckless drivers throughout their life. 
4:49 pm edt 

Friday, May 8, 2020

It May Snow

It's hard to believe that on May 8th it could snow. That is in the forecast this weekend. 
If we get snow, it won't be the first time, but it will be a very rare event.
This has certainly been a crazy year so far. 
6:39 pm edt 

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Battle of Pennies

The price of gasoline is the lowest it has been in recent years. I paid $1.67 at a place today that traditionally has the lowest prices in the area.
Right next door is another gas station that was charging $1.68. They often go back and forth with their prices.
Nobody can really predict the future prices because there is not much traveling going on. 
8:16 pm edt 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Square Feet or Rooms

During a walk in a neighborhood of huge old homes, I saw one of the biggest ones locally.

It would be great to get into a square footage contest between today's over-sized homes and the ones from the late 1800's.
Back then, they had a lot more rooms. They built really big and spared no expense.
Today's homes have nothing of the wood detail of the past. 
11:17 pm edt 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

First It Was Paper

It will be interesting to see what happens with the developing meat shortage in grocery stores due to the Coronavirus outbreak at a number of processing plants.
When I went shopping today, there was no chicken and limitations on the amount of beef each customer could buy.
Meat will become like toilet paper. People will hoard in fear of being without it.
11:44 pm edt 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Those Big Old Houses

My neighborhood has so many great example of Victorian architecture of the late 1800's.
It's hard to believe that so many of these multi-unit places were once a house for one family. They are so huge.
There is such a great cost to keep up with a paint job and rotting wood. A number of places had issues from what I saw.
11:47 pm edt 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

The Confusing Look

The company that hosts my website sent me an email the other day about changes coming to the process.
When I went to login today, I saw a totally different home page that was rather confusing.
It took a little bit of time to figure everything out, but I should be all set now.
1:33 pm edt 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Food To Go

I was watching a story on the news about the popularity of take-out orders at restaurants during the pandemic. Some are doing a bigger business than before.
The program didn't mention the restaurants that are struggling with the lack of orders.
The successful ones are constantly looking for delivery drivers.
7:19 pm edt 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Why Do They Share?


I hear a radio commercial continuously about the timesharing business and how to get out of a contract.

I didn't realize they were still that popular. It never sounded like a wise investment, but people do it for whatever reason. 

5:36 pm edt 

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