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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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Friday, July 31, 2020

Hurricane Isaias

Hurricane Isaias is getting a lot of attention as it heads towards Florida.
 
It got extra screen time on the 11pm news in Boston.
 
We could be effected by Tuesday, but nobody really knows how it will evolve. 
11:52 pm edt 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The 2020 Coin Shortage

I don't doubt that might be a coin shortage in America during the pandemic. People hold coins in jars and use it like cash.
 
So many people have jars of spare change that amount to serious dollars, but they never cash in.
11:51 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

No More Cash For Them

There seems to be an app for almost everything.
 
I've been hearing radio ads for one that allows parents to manage the allowance for their kids while teaching them about finances. 
 
They can set up chores and determine the monetary compensation. The kids can use the digital money as needed.
 
It's not a bad idea as we evolve to digital currency. 
8:30 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Maine Shark

Sharks get a lot of positive press coverage as the public seems to be fascinated with them.
 
Unfortunately, a 63 year old woman from New York City died from a shark attack over the weekend while swimming off the coast of Maine.
 
She was about 20 yards from shore when she had her fatal encounter.
2:09 pm edt 

Monday, July 27, 2020

A Bigger Frame Than Needed

I bought a new bed frame the other day. It looked like it would be easy to assemble, but in took me almost two hours.
 
The frame can be adjusted for either a twin, full, queen or king. I had a big problem with my full-size.
 
I was unable to line up the pins with their corresponding holes. It worked for every other size.
 
As a result, my frame can now accommodate a queen mattress and box spring. I'm wasting a few inches of space because the frame sticks out.
 
Eventually, I will try to fix it again and hope I don't get the same results. 
  
7:12 pm edt 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Championship For All

It was interesting to watch MLB last night with pumped in crowd noise and cardboard figures in the stands.
 
I hope they make it to the end of the season. Their radical playoff structure give most teams a chance at a championship.
11:48 pm edt 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Those State Highways

It can be a real challenge to drive on undivided state highways. Cars come at you so fast. There is no room for error.
 
Some people drive too aggressively. You need to get out of their way. 
 
It never changes. 
11:47 pm edt 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Nevada

I brought my downhill skis to a thrift store after not using them for the last 31 years.
 
My skiing career ended years ago. I have no plans to ever ski again.
 
I loved it so much when I did it, but I was always falling down.
 
I will always remember these skis as being my first fiberglass ones with Nevada step-in bindings. 
11:48 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Thunder 2020

We have heard rumbles of thunder tonight and one boom, but nothing else.
 
Storms are strange and often so localized.
 
Thunder and wind can change real fast. 
11:51 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Curtain Up

It's very difficult to keep a shower curtain liner free of mold and mildew.
 
I buy cheap ones from Walmart and change them every few months.
 
Today was the day to start with new liners.

From this point forward, it will only be a matter of time before these get replaced. 
11:51 pm edt 

Monday, July 20, 2020

Don't Forget To Brake

An accident can happen at any time. We can only hope to prevent them or get a lucky break.
 
I hate being stopped in traffic and making a turn. You are at the mercy of the competence of the drivers behind you.
 
While I was making a right turn today, the driver behind me got way too close. 
 
Some people just drive the same speed and don't know how to slow down or use their brakes. 
8:43 pm edt 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Suiting Up On Hot Days

A suit should go to the dry cleaners on a periodic basis even if it doesn't get worn.
 
I was planning to bring mine because I have not used it in over five months.
 
It will definitely need it after tomorrow when I attend a private funeral service on one of the hottest days of the year.
 
It will be at the cleaners on Tuesday. 
8:53 pm edt 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Just Circulate The Air

I got rid of my box fan that I bought at Home Depot a few years ago and replaced it with a higher speed fan. It was also going to be too hard to clean all the dust accumulated in the grill.
 
I never thought the fan circulated enough air. After several years, it was easier to toss out the $18 one and update it for $29.
11:49 pm edt 

Friday, July 17, 2020

It All Grew back

A few years ago, my city decided to cut down some trees and remove brush to allow for a more scenic view of the Merrimack River.
 
For the most part, people had positive comments of the stunning view, but a few thought otherwise.
 
It turned out that the permit from the state had lapsed. They were also cited for removing trees on a riverbank which could've resulted in soil erosion. 
 
The trees were cut down to ground level and are growing back. The brush removal was only temporary.
 
Everything is as thick as ever and there is no longer a view of the river. 
 
 
5:18 pm edt 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

No Place To Be Hanging

Window washers on high-rise buildings must be totally fearless of heights. So many things can go wrong, with little room for error.
 
A pair of workers in Boston were rescued the other day when their washing rig started to tilt, 12 storeys above the city.
 
They were saved without incident, but will have a memory for the rest of their lives. 
8:30 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Buildings Look Better

 

Someone recently bought three apartment buildings in my neighborhood. They are all at least 100 years old and great architecture styles.

There has been a lot of work done on outside cosmetic changes. They look so well compared to the past.

I wonder what the units look like? 

 

 

11:57 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Those Lightning Days of 2020

My car isn't that far from the door of my apartment building. 
 
It always seems like a long way when trying to walk through a big snowfall in the parking lot or dodging thunder and lightning. 
 
11:26 pm edt 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Summer Rain 2020

Today's rain was some of the heaviest I've driven in. I was lucky that it was a summer afternoon, but it was still hard to see.
 
I would never want to encounter that type of rain at night.

Driving is so different when it's dark.
11:43 pm edt 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

July 15 Looming

I still do my taxes the old way with paper forms. I enjoy the challenge and learning the tax code.
 
The IRS gave everyone until July 15 to file.
 
That's why I'm doing them with only a few days to spare. 
 
There is nothing more American than waiting until the last minute to file. 
11:52 pm edt 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Four Month Encore

Encore Boston Casino will reopen tomorrow after being closed almost four months because of the Coronavirus.
 
The news had a story of what the place will look like. They are taking so many safety precautions.
 
I've been there four times. I always enjoyed checking out the scene, but I might hold off on this.
 
It's not the same place and there is nothing anyone can do about it. 
11:49 pm edt 

Friday, July 10, 2020

Less Humidity

I bought a dehumidifier for my apartment today. Humidity has always been an issue here. I finally did something about it.
 
It will be interesting to see what type of impact it has. I have no idea. 
11:49 pm edt 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Huge Rig

We could not exist as a nation without the truckers who drive the big rigs to keep the supply chain alive.
 
I can't imagine driving one of those things, but they do it with great skill and expertise for the most past.
 
Earlier today, I got behind a student driver from a training school. I felt bad for them because they had so much trouble making a left turn which created a line of vehicles waiting to go.
 
They will learn and get better. 
 
 
11:57 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Walking At Night

The same thing happens all the time with pedestrians walking at night in the road with their backs to the traffic and wearing dark clothes.
 
It's the perfect recipe for a disaster. I saw that person tonight who was also looking at their cell phone.
 
Some people are just clueless. 
11:40 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Reach Out To Cars

Restaurants are doing their best to stay open and provide dining outside. Cities and towns have opened up sidewalks and parking spaces in some instances.
 
I drove by a place tonight that had diners sectioned off in a former parking space. They were protected by concrete barriers, but the customers were almost close enough to touch passing cars. 
11:54 pm edt 

Monday, July 6, 2020

They Just Toss It In 2020

There is so much trash on the streets. People don't care and will discard anything.
 
A local convenience store has generated a huge amount of trash against a chain link fence on private property.
 
There are so many losing lottery tickets and cigarette butts.
 
It's so wrong and not fair to the property owner.
11:58 pm edt 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Just Spill It

Why do accidents happen? They can have severe consequences.
 
It's very easy to knock over a glass and spill the liquid before your eyes. It can happen so fast.
 
The only thing you can do is limit the impact.
 
It's never a good idea to get it near a phone. 
11:58 pm edt 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Loudest Night of 2020

Some people have been relentless with lighting off fireworks. They seem to like loud explosions.
 
I never enjoyed fireworks when I was younger. It wasn't my thing.
11:38 pm edt 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Need For Coins

The pandemic has created shortages of many products. It's still hard for people to find sanitary wipes.
 
Businesses and banks are saying there is a shortage of coins.
 
People were staying home for months and not putting their spare change into circulation.
 
The US Mint also decreased production for the safety of the their employees. 
 
 
10:20 pm edt 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

You Can't Publish Five Days

I have always enjoyed reading the e-paper edition of my local newspaper. I willingly paid the monthly subscription fee for seven days of the paper.
 
Covid-19 forced them to publish only five issues for the same price. I was ok with it at first, but always felt it would evolve to the current situation where I feel they have no plan to go back to seven days.
 
I have no problem with that, but they need to reduce the price of our subscription service on a prorated basis.
 
 
11:54 pm edt 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Don't Flip The Switch

The 11pm news had a story of a 29 year old mother who was struck by lightning in her home.
 
There was no observable damage to the structure. It probably happened when a tremendous thunder and lightning crash struck the electrical wires leading into he home.
 
At that moment, she was turning on a light before she saw a white flash. She had a seizure later on at the hospital.
 
How does something like this happen? What are the odds?
 
 
 
 
11:55 pm edt 


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