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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)



                                                            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 


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Recall Repair

Car makers issue recalls on a regular basis. My 2019 Toyota Corolla had two in the past year.
I made an appointment for next Wednesday to have the remaining one taken care of.
The dealership said it would take a few hours. My last recall took about 90 minutes. 
11:01 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

No Times Square NYE

There will be no crowd in Times Square on News Year's Eve. The pandemic has forced the change to a televised event.
It's another setback for the New York City tourism trade, but there is nothing they can do.
It will be the first time in 114 years without people. 
8:21 pm edt 

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Hilton Was First

It was a shock to hear of the pending October 14th closing of the Times Square Hilton.  The iconic 44 storey tower was a catalyst for the redevelopment of Times Square when it opened.
Owners blamed the pandemic. It shut down back on March 16th and never reopened.
Plans are unclear about the future of its 478 rooms. It won't be the last hotel to close in the city. 
10:07 pm edt 

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Nice Leaves Sept 2020

The foliage is very nice around here. The leaves are turning so many colors.

One big rain storm will bring many of them down and change the view.
There is no turning back. Winter is on deck.
11:38 pm edt 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Eating In The Cold

The pandemic has closed many restaurants and bars forever. Outside dining has been a savior for many, but we are approaching the end of the year.
New York City announced that it will allow dining outside throughout the year. It will be very challenging to keep patrons warm.
Many places will need to spend more money to get ready for colder weather. It's a matter of survival at this point for them. 
6:37 pm edt 

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Supplier Scam

I got a letter today that said "official business" and had my city's seal on the envelope.
It turns out it was from an energy company that is trying to get everyone to switch their electricity supplier and save less than two cents per kilowatt hour.
I think it's very unfair to force residents to opt out or their own or end up being enrolled against their will.
I will complete the opt out form, but this could be very confusing to some people.

I'm giving up $20 annually doing this, but there is no guaranteed rates in future years. 
6:48 pm edt 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Asphalt & Granite

A new asphalt sidewalk was laid down in front of three apartment buildings in my neighborhood.
It would be nice to realign the granite curbing, but that would be too expensive.
The sidewalk will be safer for all.
11:12 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Heat Time

Autumn is upon us. I already turned on my heat.
It will only get colder, in spite of some very warm days in the future.
This is the best time of the year, although spring is pretty awesome.
11:31 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

No Pie

Spinach pie is the best. I wish I could make it, but it never happened.
11:57 pm edt 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Checking On my Checks

We all get emails and phone calls from people trying to sell us something. It doesn't matter what it is.
I was surprised to get an email reminder from the company that prints my bank checks. They asked if I was ready to reorder.

Years ago, I paid all my bills by check.

I write very few now and have enough blank ones for another year. 
11:14 pm edt 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Parade Options

Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade will look a lot different this year.
It will be staged in another part of the city without any live viewers. The gigantic balloons will be stationary.

In light of the pandemic, it was the only option other than canceling it. 
6:50 pm edt 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Season Done For Dehumidifier

I have not used my dehumidifier for almost six weeks. It was a big mistake not to empty the collected water from five weeks ago. The water looked real bad.
The air filter was very dirty after such a short time. The kitchen faucet  was the best way to clean it.
11:43 pm edt 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Not Helping The Battery

The terminals and cables for automotive batteries should be kept clean at all times. A buildup of corrosion will keep any vehicle from starting. 
The other day, I saw some neighbors trying to jump-start a vehicle that had a dead battery. As I walked by, I could see a huge amount of corrosion on the cables and terminals.
They could've stayed there all day trying to get it going, but the only solution was to clean it all up.
5:39 pm edt 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Big Smoke

The wild fires in California and other states continue to destroy everything in their path. The destruction has been enormous.
The huge amount of smoke has drifted across the country caught up in the jet stream.
It's another hazy day around here. The blue sky is gone and has been replaced by the smoke. 
They say it's not harmful because it's so high in the atmosphere, but you never know. 
8:00 am edt 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Cool Weather Dining

Boston will allow outside dining until the end of November.

How many people will choose to dine outside on a cool autumn evening? Hopefully, the restaurants will have heaters for the customers.
Eating outside in cool weather is great if you're tailgating at a football game. It might work for some places, but not for most.
10:54 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Best Time To Leave

I have a 10:45 appointment tomorrow in Natick. I made it for that time with the hope of avoiding rush hour traffic.
It's always a roll of the dice because anything can happen. I will leave earlier to allow for traffic and delays.
6:54 pm edt 

Monday, September 14, 2020

October Is Too Soon

At this point, we are halfway to October. Once we get there, the holiday rush will be upon us. It starts earlier every year.
People really need to pump the brakes and wait until at least November. It gets crazy too soon.
It will probably be different this year in light of the pandemic. 
7:13 pm edt 

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Leave The Dog Home

Dog owners love their pets, but I'll never understand why they take them on long runs or have them climb mountains.
I saw a picture on Facebook the other day of a group which had just completed a 4,000 foot climb in New Hampshire.
They were excited about their accomplishment, but the dog was sprawled out in the parking lot looking totally exhausted.
Dogs will push themselves to please their owner. They can't say to slow down or to take a break.
Most breeds are not meant to run ten miles or go mountain climbing. 
9:19 pm edt 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

A Tale of Two Melons

I bought a honey dew melon yesterday for the first time in many years. It has a different taste than cantaloupe.
They both had the same seed cavity that I scooped out with a large spoon.
Both melons are on the list for being low in sugars.
11:40 pm edt 

Friday, September 11, 2020

My Big Three

Every generation has events that define it. I have seen that in my life.
The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 was a huge moment. They buried him on my 10th birthday as we all watched it.
September 11, 2001 changed America forever. The impact has been so profound.
We have no idea of the future impact of the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
11:39 pm edt 

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Flu Shot 2020

I had a flu shot today. It's the earliest I ever had one. I went 37 years without one before resuming them in 2018.
It was a disaster for me last year when I took it four days after running the New York City Marathon. Apparently, my immune system was compromised from the race.
I didn't have the flu, but the adverse reaction was bad enough.  
5:10 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Serious TV Watching

When people binge watch a season's worth of shows, they are making a serious time commitment.
A posting on Facebook showed someone who watched 96 episodes of "Homeland" on Netflix.

How long did that take? 
11:53 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Always On Fire

It's horrible to see the wildfires in California.

It's such a beautiful place, but seems like fires are a way of life.
The state is doing another rolling power blackout because their energy grid cannot support the demand.
That is so unacceptable in the 21st century.
11:01 pm edt 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Scanning Nothing

It's easy to waste time with computer issues or other devices.
Since I bought my new PC, I have trouble scanning.
After spending over an hour tonight, I'll try again tomorrow.
I think I need to uninstall the printer and start all over again. 
9:57 pm edt 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Didn't Want To Leave

When I bought my new omputer four weeks ago, it came with a 30 day free trial for McAfee anti-virus protection. I already had a paid subscription to Norton.
I decided to check it out for free, but waited until today to uninstall it and add Norton.
During the installation process for Norton, the uninstalling of McAfee didn't go easy.
I kept getting prompts asking me if I really wanted to do this. I have been satisfied with Norton and saw no reason to change. 
8:21 pm edt 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Summer 2020 Is Ending

Labor Day is the latest it can be this year. A week from Monday, the month will be almost half over. October is right around the corner.
We have two weeks left to summer. It went by so fast during this pandemic.
Autumn 2020 will be one amazing time with all that is going on in the world. 
8:10 pm edt 

Friday, September 4, 2020

Getting The Last Dollars

Everyone who has visited an ATM machine has experienced it being down or out of money. It happened to me last week.
While I was using a drive-up one yesterday, a car pulled up behind me as I finished my transaction.
As soon as it was completed, an out of service notice posted on the screen. It must have been out of money. 
5:26 pm edt 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Bars Will Close

The pandemic is slowing killing the bar business. So many are closing and will never reopen.
A local couple was approved to open an axe throwing bar with a liquor license at a place that has been without tenants for over ten years.
They got all their approvals right before the pandemic hit, but never opened.
They must be losing money. How will it end for them? 

11:46 pm edt 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Danger At 3,000 Feet

It's bad enough that some careless people fly drones near commercial aircraft or point lasers at the cockpit. 
They reached a new level today when two separate pilots reported someone with a  jet-pack near their aircraft as they approached Los Angeles at 3,000 feet and ten miles from landing.
Was this a social media stunt or a threat to show how easy they could bring down a commercial airliner? Will anything come of this or will it die in the news cycle? 
7:11 pm edt 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Rate Was Off

My Versa 2 Fitbit didn't record my heart rate during my run today. Everything else was fine.
Apparently, it was turned off in my settings. I have no idea how this happened as I'm very careful.
Phones and computers can do some very strange things at times. 
9:56 pm edt 

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