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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



Here is an interview I did with a local newspaper about my running.


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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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

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Monday, August 31, 2020

More Trail

It looks like the local rail trail will be extended by 1,000 feet. All approvals have been completed. Work is ready to start.
It will be such a positive addition to the city's waterfront. The trail has a railroad right of way on a very choice people of property that remains undeveloped after 40 years.
8:58 pm edt 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Just Go Outside

The sun was going down tonight when I went out for about 20 minutes.
It was 68 degrees and I wondered about the future of outdoor dining as we transition into autumn.
Many places are approved through October 31st, but that will only work on sunny days. 
11:24 pm edt 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

College Parties 2020

In light of the pandemic, we have been told to wear a mask. There are many who don't, especially younger people.
The news reported that at least 21 students at Holly Cross have tested positive for Coronavirus after attending a very crowded party off campus.
This virus certainly seems to spread when you have many people in close quarters. 
11:56 pm edt 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Strange Sanitizer

Many people and businesses are trying to make money from the pandemic. There are many schemes out there that prey on people.
We are hearing a bizarre story about sanitizers being packaged to look like liquor bottles and other innocuous objects. Some are even flavored. Why would they do that?
The FDA has warned consumers to be aware of these products and to keep them away from children.
Things just get crazier. 
1:20 pm edt 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

No Will To Give Them Money

I didn't realize it was National Make-A- Will month until I got an email and letter from one of the colleges I attended.
I already have a will, health care proxy and power of attorney that I did back in 2017.
The purpose of the outreach was to remind me that I can leave them some of my estate.
Every college does this, as well as many institutions. It's a way of getting money from people who are willing to designate funds to them.
They won't get it from me, but at least they tried. 
5:03 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The Disappearing Quarters

The national coin shortage seems to be real. Stores are asking customers to use a credit or ATM card.
Quarters are so difficult to get in your change. You end up with dimes and nickels. 
Laundromats are especially being hit hard because they rely on quarters. I'm trying to find more to use in the washers and dryers in my apartment building.
No matter what happens, we won't be reverting to the use of dollar coins. They were never received well by the public. 
11:17 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Take The Year Off

College students should do themselves a favor and take a gap year in light of the pandemic. 
Students are being hurt by being forced into on-line classes in many instances. They are still being charged the same tuition and fees as if they were in live classes on campus.
Colleges should be ashamed of themselves for this ripoff. Many schools face dire financial situations, but it's not the role of students and their families to keep them afloat by paying full price.  
11:46 pm edt 

Monday, August 24, 2020

Those Wild Turkeys

Wild turkeys are more abundant then ever.
While driving on a state highway in Massachusetts today, I was forced to stop and let around ten of them cross the road.
The last thing I would want to do is hit one of them. It would be like hitting a solid 20 pound object. I have no doubt it would damage my career.
I later saw a deer running through a field. I'm glad it didn't try and cross the road as I drove by. 
9:10 pm edt 

Sunday, August 23, 2020

How Popular Is Fencing?

Some businesses and services are so specialized that it's hard to see how they can survive, especially in these trying times.
A Boston radio station featured an ad for a fencing school. How many new students do they think they can attract?
How many people really want to learn how to duel with a sword? 
It's marketed as a great workout and a way to build confidence. Who is their targeted audience? 
10:23 pm edt 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Another California Summer

It's very shocking to see the devastation caused by the wildfires in California. Over 500 structures have been lost.
The flames are very ferocious and consume everything in their path.
I had the good fortune of taking seven trips to California during the summers of 1993-1999 where fires were always going on.

It's a beautiful place, but you never have any guarantees for the safety of your home from fire.
11:31 pm edt 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Pool By The Hour

There is an app for almost everything. 
People in the metropolitan New York City area are renting their home swimming pools to the public by the hour using a special app.
According to a story in the New York Post, some pool owners are pulling in big amounts of money.
It remains to be seen if this catches on. The pool season length varies around the country.

There are people who willingly pay more than $90+ per hour to use someone's backyard pool. 
11:42 pm edt 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Flu Shot Controversy Starting

Many adults don't believe in getting a flu shot for various reasons. I had a very bad reaction to one last November, but took it four days after running a marathon. My immune system was probably weak at the time. 
Apparently, all students in Massachusetts in grades K-12 will need to have one before December 31 unless they have a medical or religious reason or are home schooled.
This just entered the news cycle. I have no doubt that it will be a very controversial issue. Will it really happen? 
9:55 am edt 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Same Price Less Product

I've been buying the same multi-grain bread for a number of years.

When I went to buy it today, I couldn't find it on the shelf. After looking further, I saw it had a "new look".
It was the same price, but the loaf was smaller. They eliminated a few slices.
That's how you keep the price the same. Just give the customer less. 
5:40 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

All Set For The Holidays

I always find it interesting when people post on Facebook that they are bored. For some reason, they feel the need to let everyone know.
One particular individual said that to deal with his boredom, he wrote out his holiday cards although it's the middle of August. He also finished all of his shopping and wrapping of gifts. 
He is certainly ahead of everyone else on this, but so much can happen in his life and those of others before December 25th. 
6:46 pm edt 

Monday, August 17, 2020

Decorative Boxes

Buildings along rivers always have the potential for a rodent problem. It comes with the territory.
While walking by a group of historic old mill buildings today, I noticed rat bait boxes disguised with a decorative covering to fool people into thinking they have some other purpose.
It's never good advertising to show a rodent problem. 
9:45 pm edt 

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Try Spring Semester

Like so many colleges, UMass will be doing remote learning this semester. The campus is closed except for a small number of students who have labs or studio classes.
It's a tough break for everyone involved. This isn't the so-called college experience that students signed up for.
Nobody knows what the future holds for the spring semester. 
11:10 pm edt 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Too Many Surveys

It seems like every company and business is on the survey bandwagon. It's a great way to get feedback from customers, but it gets a bit much at times.
Last night, I stopped at CVS and gas station across the street. Both transactions resulted in emails requesting my comments on their service.
There wasn't much to say. The CVS cashier processed my transaction. I pumped my own gas at the convenience store.
For some reason, my credit card authorization took  longer than normal.  It happened for whatever reason. I didn't feel it was worth commenting on, but others might feel differently.
10:51 pm edt 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Trying To Count Them All

The 2020 Census continues with a response rate of less than 70% of households. What percentage of the unreported will actually get counted?
There is no doubt that the final numbers will be filled with controversy because so many people are missing.
11:49 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Fifth Computer

I bought a new desktop computer yesterday. My streak of owning Gateway products ended when I purchased one from Dell.  Best Buy no longer sells their line.
I was surprised by the minimal choices in the store. A desktop is still the best value for your dollar.
So much has changed in technology in my seven years of ownership of my recent PC.  I can't even imagine what it will be like in another seven years. 
5:32 pm edt 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

PC Guessing

I have a much better idea of my options with my dead desktop computer.
A call to Staples and visits to Batteries+ and Best Buy clarified some of the technical issues.  
Right now is sits on table in my living room after being taken apart.
I'm very comfortable working on it, but don't want to keep guessing on the diagnosis. 
10:22 pm edt 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Computer Fights For Life

I was planning to write to my website as I try to do daily.
I'm not sure what happened to my desktop computer. 

The screen suddenly went blank two hours ago.
I've watched a few youtube videos that point to the power supply unit, motherboard or its battery. 
This seems like a real challenge with a seven year old computer. 
We shall see. 
11:22 pm edt 

Friday, August 7, 2020

It's All About Lint

After all these years, I'm using the dryer after doing a wash.

In the past, I put everything on hangers by the windows of my apartment.

I was trying to save money by not dumping quarters into the dryer in the basement.
I decided to start using the dryer because of the lint left on my clothes after washing them.
It's amazing to see the amount of lint collected in the trap. 
11:38 pm edt 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Using The Juice

I really love my dehumidifier. It takes out so much water from the air in my apartment. I wish I did this years ago.
My electric bill went up quite a bit in the past month. How much was from that?
11:56 pm edt 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

No More Scooters

Many thought it was a bad idea to bring cheap rental scooters to the streets of New York City. The Revel rides required no training and only a driver's license.
The controversial program had support from City Hall, but many residents complained about the way people drove them.
It all came to an end after two recent deaths caused by erratic operation.

It was a bad idea from the start.  
6:45 pm edt 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Closing On Thanksgiving 2020

A number of major retailers have said they will not be opening on Thanksgiving.
I think it's a good idea in light of the current pandemic.
What will Black Friday be like? 
11:43 pm edt 

Monday, August 3, 2020

Rooms To Spare

Colleges in the Boston area are trying to take every precaution to protect their students as they return during the pandemic.
Several schools have been renting rooms in Boston hotels to allow students their own space and bathroom.
This is a win for everyone. Schools provide greater health protection for students while limiting their contacts with others.
Hotels will receive greatly needed revenue as their occupancy rate has been very flat.
11:35 am edt 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Trying To Finish The Book

I have been a slow reader my entire life. I recently got a book from my local library which I reserved and finally got to the top of the queue. They put a three week limit on checking it out.

It's already three days overdue with 100 pages to go. I plan to stay up and read for a couple of hours.
Hopefully, I can finish by tomorrow. By then, I will owe $1. 
11:34 pm edt 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Making Water Go Away

People build houses in areas that are prone to flooding.
One place I regularly drive by has water in the front yard in the spring and whenever it rains hard.
The owner finally got tired of it and spent a small fortunate on drainage and other preventative measures.
After spending all that cash, I have no doubt they will be upset if the problem continues.
3:11 pm edt 

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