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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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Monday, November 30, 2020

One Day Is Enough

I don't usually have any leftovers when I prepare a meal. When I go out to eat, I clean my plate.
 
A health report on the news today advised people to finish their leftovers from Thanksgiving which was four days ago.
 
That seems like a long time to keep things. I only hold them for one day. Food spoils faster than people realize. 
1:14 pm est 

December Golf

I played golf yesterday with one of my golfing friends. We were able to play 13 holes before daylight became an issue.
 
The temperature was 50 degrees at 3pm. It was a nice day to be out there.
 
I will try to play again with them, but the window is closing as Tuesday is December 1.
 
It's always a bonus to play in December.
 
 
11:03 pm est 

Friday, November 27, 2020

More Turkey

It seems like I have turkey only three times a year. I like it, but never eat it other than holidays and a road race that serves up a turkey dinner to participants.
 
I was just looking at the website for a local turkey farm/retail store.
 
It's time to take a trip there and buy a few things.
9:53 pm est 

That Crazy Virus

It will be interesting to see the public health implications of people gathering together for Thanksgiving in light of the Covid warnings.
 
We are lead to believe that so many Americans will die before Christmas.
 
Will that happen? Nobody knows where this virus is headed.
11:53 pm est 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Birthday Wishes From Them

It was my birthday today. It's always great to have another one. We only get so many of them. It's good to hear from people.
 
It made me laugh when I got birthday wishes from one of the banks that holds my credit card.
 
Am I suppose to feel more positive about them?
 
 
11:23 pm est 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Being Paid To Wait

Some people willingly pay money to others to wait in lines for them. We see that all the time for ticket sales.
 
New York City has stepped it up by with people being paid to hold a spot for a Covid-19 test.
 
With waiting times as long as four hours, some are charging up to $80 per hour for their services.
 
Only a select group of people have the money to do this. Everyone else must wait their turn. 
7:48 pm est 

2020 Stuff

It's always good to throw out stuff.  We all have too much.
 
People throw out so many great things just to get rid of stuff. 
11:57 pm est 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Fading Away After 57 Years

When President Kennedy was assassinated 57 years ago today, it was the biggest news story in my life. I was ten, but the event gripped the world over the next four days.
 
As years went by, it would be remembered by the media.
 
Time has caused it to fade into the background. There was little mention of it today.
 
One would need to be at least 62 in order to have any recollection of that day. 
5:52 pm est 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

A Feast For Geese

I have not seen any Canadian Geese in the last few weeks of playing golf. One hole has a small pond that attracts them, but they have left.
 
I drove by a corn field this week that was inundated with them and feasting on the remnants of the harvest.
 
It was amazing to see that many. 
9:14 pm est 

That Old Wood

My neighborhood has many stately old homes with great architectural detail.
 
One big old house is looking good tonight with its vinyl siding. The job was done so quickly.
 
In the end, they just covered up a lot of rotted wood that should have been replaced. 
11:48 pm est 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Trees Standing Strong

Leaves hide the flaws of trees. When they fall to the ground, we can see the health of them.
 
Some have limbs that need to be removed before they fall and harm people and property.
 
It's either now or they fall during a storm.
11:47 pm est 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

All Those Sweaters

I always wonder how long a sweater can sit in a plastic container before it needs to be taken to the cleaners.
 
Covid eliminated my stand-up comedy and wearing of various sweaters.
 
Some have not been worn in over a year after coming back from the cleaners. 
11:52 pm est 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Condo Issues

As part of my requirement to keep my Massachusetts Real Estate Broker license, I need to take twelve hours of courses every two years. In previous times, I attended them in person, but the pandemic eliminated that option this year.
 
I enrolled in six on-line classes, each lasting two hours. The one I took on condos, co-ops and timesharing was very revealing.
 
I never realized condos have so many hidden expenses. It's probably the cheapest way to own property, but it comes with its own issues. 
11:33 pm est 

Monday, November 16, 2020

Staying On The Road

Highway construction always slows down traffic. There are so many projects that need to be completed.
 
It's always good to see work being done on installing guard rails and other barriers.
 
There are so many roads that need better protection for drivers.
 
Once a car goes off the road, all bets are off. 
11:50 pm est 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Zone To Zone

The Time Zones of America are very interesting, especially when states border each other.
 
I was able to experience that several years ago on a trip to Las Vegas and taking a drive to the Grand Canyon.
 
The time changes hour to hour. 
11:52 pm est 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Too Cold To Sit

I read a half-serious story of how to dress for outdoor dining during winter. Many cities want to keep it going.

I've been to many cold weather football games at Gillette Stadium. It was always easier to eat while standing up and trying to stay warm.
 
How do you create a mood when you're trying to sit and it's so cold?
11:37 pm est 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Watch Time

I have several non-working digital running watches. Replacing the battery might not be an option in some of them.
 
It's time to make a decision on whether they are fixed or recycled.
 
11:52 pm est 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Real Cost of The Empire

There is a great podcast I listen to about the history of New York City. They do such a great job researching their topics.
 
The recent one about the building of the Empire State Building was outstanding,
 
They mentioned the building being built for $52 million back in 1931.
 
Whenever you cite the cost, the inflation factor needs to be taken into account.
 
This was really a $852 million building in today's dollars. 
11:43 pm est 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Organizing Batteries

They sell everything during those crazy commercials on cable TV.
 
Tonight I saw a battery organizing case to hold every possible type of them from A-D and all the small ones.
 
It's probably a good thing to own if you have a lot of batteries. How many do people have? 
11:55 pm est 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tommy Painted

The great Boston Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn died today at the age of 86.
 
As long as I've followed Celtics basketball, he was part of it as a player, coach or broadcaster.
 
One of his greatest feats was to be a very talented artist of oil landscape paintings.
11:56 pm est 

Monday, November 9, 2020

A Time To Cut

Diseased trees are all around us. They topple over all the time in the woods, but can be a danger around people.
 
When I was playing golf today, I saw two that were dead on the fairway had finally been snapped at their base. It probably happened during the recent rain and wind storms. 
 
We can't prevent damage from healthy trees, but the diseased ones need to have their limbs trimmed or be cut down.
 
 
7:43 pm est 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Lights Out 2020

Once the calendar turned to November, it was inevitable that stores would be in full holiday mode.
 
While out today, I saw wreaths and winter baskets for sale. Some people have already put up their outside lights.
 
Some on Facebook have indicated their greeting cards are done and ready to be mailed.
 
It's seven weeks away. There is still plenty of time for people to get things done. 
6:25 pm est 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

They Will Leave Them

My city collects leaves from residences as long as they are in composting bags.
 
A house in my neighborhood apparently ran out of bags because they have them crammed into cardboard boxes and barrels.
 
I doubt they will be picked up.
7:59 pm est 

Friday, November 6, 2020

Another Round for 2020

They always say New England weather is crazy. It can change so much day to day.
 
Last Wednesday, a round of golf with some friends got canceled because of a cold rain storm which eventually dropped over an inch of snow.
 
Today we had temperatures in the mid 60's and blue sky. The weather was perfect. 
 
We hope to play again, but you never know with the weather this time of year. 
8:23 pm est 

Thursday, November 5, 2020

The View Will Be Better

Abandoned property lowers the value of the neighborhood.
 
A local gas station has been closed for about twenty years. Nobody wanted to do anything with the property.
 
It will torn down and replaced by nine condos. People are now complaining that it will block the view of the Merrimack River.
 
Whatever view they had was obstructed by overgrown trees and brush.
 
One resident wanted an ice cream stand there or a flower shop. Sometime tried both, but was never successful.
 
They mentioned potential traffic from the place, but any other use of the structure would generate vehicles.
8:30 pm est 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Will We Have Answers?

There are seven hours left in Election Day 2020. What will we know when the day is over?
 
Will the presidential election have a winner or are we destined to see a long process?
 
What will be the balance in the House and Senate?
 
At this point, nobody has the answers. 
4:54 pm est 

Car From Nowhere

I was driving along Rt 95 this afternoon when someone carelessly pulled too close to me. I had to swerve to get out of the way.
 
That car was way too close at 65 mph for both of us. 
11:47 pm est 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Leave Us

All trends seem to flow east from California.

Their latest is to sell fall foliage leaves that are organic.
 
People want the color of leaves and are willing to pay for them.
11:58 pm est 


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