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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)

 

  

                                                            Comedy Shows

 

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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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Put Down The Brush

I always enjoy looking at stone walls, especially ones that have been around for centuries.
 
A local business had a nice one along the road, but someone decided to paint it white.
 
I don't think stones or bricks were ever meant to be painted. 
7:55 pm edt 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Light Up The Sky

The use of fireworks is totally out of control across cities and towns. Police departments have been inundated with complaints from angry residents, but there isn't much they can do.
 
It will peak over the 4th of July this weekend, especially with public shows and displays.
 
A recent letter to the editorial page of the local newspaper said that communities should substitute laser shows in lieu of fireworks. 
 
This isn't really practical as people who attend fireworks shows want to see the real thing. 
12:29 pm edt 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

So Many Car Crashes

There are so many bad auto crashes these days. There is a cause for each one.
 
Is this a product of our crazy times? Are people just driving worse and not caring?
 
We have never seen this stuff before.
11:58 pm edt 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Masking The Water Issue

I just saw a story on the 11pm news about lifeguards being at state beaches. 
 
The reopening guidelines said that lifeguards must wear a mask at all times, even when giving assistance.
 
I assume they are allowed to override the order if they need to swim to save someone.
 
You really don't need to have a mask on when you're trying to do that.
11:25 pm edt 

Friday, June 26, 2020

They Clean Up

Some businesses are so specialized that it's hard to see how they survive. You must have a steady flow of customers to keep the revenue flowing.
 
While out for a walk yesterday, I noticed a store specializing in cleaning sneakers.
 
I wonder how long they have been there and how they do. 
 
11:52 pm edt 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Today's Walk In June

I had my car serviced today at my local Toyota dealership. I walked home and returned to get it.
 
Each way was less than two miles, but I saw so much on the streets.
 
You see a certain amount when your drive by, but the street view shows so much. 
11:53 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Hot Days In Siberia

We have experienced extremes in the weather in recent years. Temperatures have fluctuated strangely in some places.
 
A place in northeast Siberia recorded a temperature of 100.4 degrees the other day. What really made this striking is that it happened north of the Arctic Circle.
 
The weather should be an interesting this summer.
11:36 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

2020 In NYC

There is so much craziness going on in the world, especially in New York City.
 
The news had a video of someone throwing a very devastating piece of fireworks at a sleeping homeless person sleeping on the street. 
 
That was such an inhumane thing to do to anyone. 
11:48 pm edt 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Less Sun Going Forward

These are the longest days of sunshine because of the calendar. Daylight will only get shorter from this point forward.
 
At 8 pm tonight, darkness was not here, but will show up by the end of July.
 
Summer will pass by so fast, although we had one interesting spring. 
11:48 pm edt 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Playing Pool

The pandemic has shifted consumer patterns on various items. People are just starting to travel while others feel safer at home.
 
The sale of swimming pools has spiked because they don't want to go to the ocean or lake. They want to walk out the back door and have everything there.
 
A pool is never a wise investment to increase the value of a home, but it doesn't matter at this point. 
4:46 pm edt 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

It's Ok to Touch Indoors

A local outdoor farmer's market is opening for the season, but with restrictions because of the pandemic.
 
Customers must practice social distancing and will not be allowed to touch produce. They can only point it out to the clerk who will then bag it. 
 
This is contrary to indoor grocery stores where customers routinely touch the produce and nobody seems to be concerned. 
1:24 pm edt 

Friday, June 19, 2020

Smooth Ride 2020

I was on the highway very early for a 8:40 medical appointment in Burlington.
 
It was shocking to see how light the traffic was. I never had it like this in my previous trips for this appointment.
 
Hospitals want patients to return because they need the money.
 
 
11:58 pm edt 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Jelly Time

People swimming at South Shore and Cape Cod beaches have been dealing with shark sightings the last few years. The media made it a fun story until someone was attacked and killed by a shark.
 
Beach goers can now deal with the lion mane jellyfish which can grown up to five feet across. They will be getting plenty of camera time on the news. 
11:25 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

No Buzz In The Air

I have not flown since 2000 for a variety of reasons.
 
We continue to hear stories of passengers acting up and being disruptive. It makes for a stressful situation for everyone aboard.
 
Several airlines have now removed alcohol from their domestic flights. It's probably a good idea and might lead to peace in the cabin. 
7:12 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The Last 140 Days

It's the last few minutes of Tuesday, June 16th. Twenty weeks from this moment is the election.

How will this end? What will happen over the next 20 weeks? 

The world is evolving so much.
 
 
11:54 pm edt 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Too Far Away

I received a new ATM card from my bank the other day. The embedded chip allows for cashless transactions.
 
The digital wallet is the future. I don't have that many cash transactions, but I get my money from the ATM when I need it. 
 
The card has an expiration date of July 2024. That seems so far away at this point. The bank will replace it before then.
 
I have no doubt that this card will be replaced by some new technology in the next four years. 
11:38 pm edt 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Time For Infrastructure

While driving on the highway today, I noticed a number of guardrail improvements. There are so many places along the road that need them. 
 
I think they make a difference. You can see the damaged ones and the tire marks going onto them.
 
The world is really crazy right now, but we could do so much good with having a jobs program to rebuild the infrastructure of America.
 
We have so much work to do with roads, bridges, tunnels, railroads, public transportation and so much else. 
11:33 pm edt 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Great Example of Bad Timing

This is probably the worst time to open a restaurant, but  a local couple is still going forward with their plans to open in the Harbor Place building.
 
The space has been empty since it opened four years ago. It was a challenge to attract the right tenant with a good business plan.
 
Hopefully, things work out for them in these pandemic times.
11:06 pm edt 

Friday, June 12, 2020

No Big Bang Fan

 

Boston Police are being overwhelmed by calls complaining about fireworks. People have no consideration for others when they shoot them off at night.

It's the same where I live. Last night around 11 pm, it went on for about two minutes. I was awake, but dogs started barking in the neighborhood. 

Fireworks never did much for me. I would never go out of my way to watch them.

2:16 pm edt 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Tire From Nowhere

The news had a story of a 42 year old school teacher who was killed yesterday afternoon in a very freak accident on Rt 2 in Fitchburg.
 
She was driving on the two-lane divided road when her car's windshield was struck by a loose tire on a rim.
 
Her injuries were fatal in a situation that was being in the wrong spot at the wrong moment. It could happen to anyone.
11:06 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Don't Dump The Beer

Bars, restaurants and craft brewers have been told not to dump stale beer into storm drains or sinks. It apparently damages sewage treatment plants because of changes in some of the gases that break down during the process of beer going bad.
 
Most of it can be made into sanitizer, but that assumes they take the time to find the right connections. It would be so much easier for businesses to dump it and move on with trying to open up.
 
Will anything be done to prevent this? 
10:10 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Funeral Refunds

Funeral services have been hit very hard by the pandemic. Families have been unable to hold traditional wakes and attend masses at churches.
 
Some people with prepaid plans for family members have complained of not getting a refund for limited services.
 
Funeral homes are saying that their expenses are higher during this time, but have not given a breakdown. Others have returned money, but not to the level that people want. 
2:35 pm edt 

Monday, June 8, 2020

The September Classroom

Public school systems in Massachusetts are seeing the first guidelines about reopening for students in September.
 
As of right now, it will be a real challenge to hold traditional classroom learning with social distancing and limitations on seating. Masks will be mandatory for all.
 
Some of the older teachers and staff will probably decide it's time to retire in spite of wanting to stay. 
4:07 pm edt 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Some Want Four Days

A recent poll showed that 82% of Americans would like a four day work week with ten hour days.
 
This isn't doable for everyone, especially certain occupations.
 
Working from home seems to be the future for many jobs, but not all.
 
Four day weeks will be a case by case basis. 
11:32 pm edt 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Always On Video

Everything seems to be recorded today. There are so many examples of people acting stupid.
 
A recent story showed a woman having a meltdown over a mother and her two young children who were driving a miniature toy car.
 
They were in a public park in California when the lady screamed that the kids should have a license.
 
It was just another bad moment caught on video. 
11:39 pm edt 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Drive-ins Are Back

Drive-in movie theaters are making a huge return during the pandemic. Many of them have reinvented themselves as a car-hop with a movie.
 
It's a great business plan that people are buying into. The demand is there. Weather can always be an issue.
 
It will be interesting to see if this was a profitable move by the owners. 
11:45 pm edt 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Just Don't Scream

There appears to be excessive rules and regulations when it comes to trying to reopen businesses in light of the pandemic.
 
Japan has a rule which might be extreme for amusement parks. Customers cannot scream when on any type of ride.
 
I wonder how they will enforce this. Wouldn't a mask solve the problem? 
5:01 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Bird Caused It

Two weeks ago, a Royal Canadian Air Force jet crashed after taking off to join a flyover for first responders.
 
One of the crew was killed when the jet crashed into a neighborhood, but nobody else was injured. 
 
It was good to hear that there was nothing wrong with the plane, but everything is pointing to a bird being sucked into one of the engines after take-off. 
 
Birds continue to be a problem around airports.
 
 
4:47 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Expensive Shave

There has been a constant evolution of shaving products for men over the years. Gillette unveiled their newest product with the so-called "hot shaver".
 
It sounds like a great idea to get the feeling of a hot shave with a straight-edge razor. The reviews I read have been mixed.
 
The price at around $200 could be an obstacle for many. 
 
11:25 pm edt 

Monday, June 1, 2020

The Longest Third Date

The news had a story of a young couple who decided to take a trip to Costa Rica for their third date.
 
Unfortunately for them, it was a few days before everything shut down because of the Coronavirus. They were stuck in a room at a resort with many things closed.  
 
They will finally make it back this weekend and are still dating. 
9:49 pm edt 


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