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This site is created by Jim Laprel; avid runner, comic and blogger. See my schedule below for my latest stand-up comedy appearances. Scroll down to see my latest thoughts on various things, the New England Patriots and NFL.

"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.


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Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Last Hours of 2020

We are down to the last three hours of 2020, a year that will live in infamy because of the Coronavirus pandemic around the world.
This is certainly the biggest news event in my lifetime. It's different than 9/11 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has impacted so much of our daily life. 

2021 will the "Year of the Vaccine". Will it be successful? The roll-out will take a lot of time. There is already controversy over some getting it ahead of others.

This story will write itself.

9:26 pm est 

People Love The Weather

The weather people owned the 11pm news tonight. They got attention right from the start because everyone wants to hear about New Year's Eve.
So many things are shut down at this point because of Covid, but people will be doing things on the last night of the year.
11:58 pm est 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Don't Flip Over It

When I bought my new mattress and box spring in June, they said to never flip it. Instead, it should be rotated very 5-6 months which I did the other day. It was much easier than trying to lift and flip a full-size mattress.
I can only imagine what will happen over the next five months before it gets rotated again by May. 
7:39 pm est 

Keep Reading

I'm trying to finish a book in the next five days. It can't be renewed because of a waiting list.
I read very slow. It has been like that forever. 
11:45 pm est 

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Dumpster Holiday 2020

We have two big dumpsters to serve the 38 units where I live, but it's not enough. It gets emptied on Wednesday.
They are overflowing from the holiday with a few days to go. It happens every year. 
11:55 pm est 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Save Those Batteries

People should replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every six months. They still have life in them for other uses.
I just replaced the two in my tooth brush with ones that I saved. They also get used in wall clocks and TV remotes. 
10:23 pm est 

Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020 was so different from being normal. We seem to be in another world with this pandemic.
How does this all work out in 2021 and beyond? Nobody really knows. 
This will evolve before us as it has since it started.
11:40 pm est 

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Fenway Going Nowhere

A local Boston sports columnist wrote about the long-term viability of Fenway Park. He said that eventually fans would need to let go of their beloved ball park. Ownership knows that their economic growth is limited in the small place.
Where would the replacement go? Would it still be within the city limits? How about public transportation?
The cost and who pays for it is another story. 
11:06 pm est 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Tree Wood

A house in my neighborhood took down a gigantic tree. It was amazing to see the amount of wood on the ground.
I'm sure it will be cut up before going to someone's wood pile.
11:45 pm est 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Holiday Rain 2020

The weather people got all the attention tonight on the news with the forecast of rain on Christmas Day.
It sounds like it has a good chance of happening. They are wrong so often.
The rain would wash a lot of snow away. 
11:48 pm est 

Monday, December 21, 2020

Cards Could Be Late

I finally mailed some holiday cards today at the post office. I have no idea if they wil be delivered before the big day.
Some vary from 20-60 miles away, but we all know that delivery is strange.  
11:45 pm est 

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Hold The Ice

They are saying it might rain on Christmas Day. You never know with the weather people.
It was nice to get some snow, but we need to move on to bare ground.
Walking can be hazardous these days. We must be so careful around ice.
11:36 pm est 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

The Overload

It's very easy to put too many items into a washing machine. I proved that the other night when I tried to wash my bulky bedsheets with a load of towels.
The machine didn't drain properly. The dryer took extra quarters and more time than normal.
The next time I wash my sheets, I'll make the load a lot smaller. 
8:10 pm est 

Last Two Weeks of 2020

Christmas is one week from today. New Year's Eve is upon us. The year is ending real fast.
Some want 2020 to be gone, but what will 2021 bring? 
Nobody really knows. 
11:35 pm est 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Fall 2020 Snow

We got at least 12 inches of snow today and some people complained so much about it.
It was a very different day with the storm and snow.
The neighborhood looks so different. People should enjoy it.
11:48 pm est 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Never To Sell Again

A local hardware store is going out of business after over 70 years at the same location. The owner decided to close it after being unable to find a buyer.
The building and land will be sold to a developer who will tear it down and build twelve apartments.
Some residents are lamenting over the loss on a local Facebook page. The owner said his adult children had no desire to be involved.

He was hoping to sell the business, but it didn't work out. In the end, the land was more valuable.
Small businesses are critical to our economy, but the amount of time needed to run them eventually catches up to the owners. 
3:20 pm est 

December 2020 Snow

The weather people are so over the top on the forecast of 8-14 inches of snow tomorrow starting around 9pm. Will they be right on this?
The temperature looks to be cold which will prevent it from becoming rain.
Nobody has any idea what will happen. They can only speculate and get paid well for it. 
11:46 pm est 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Need More Quarters

It's very easy to overload the washing machine in the basement. It makes it worse for the dryer. We end up feeding too many quarters to dry this stuff. 
11:57 pm est 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

The Saturated Fat Is Real

We hear so much about the benefits of eating a plant based diet.There are many imitation burger products out there.
I read labels all the time and was shocked to see the amount of saturated fat in some of the meats.
They don't sound much healthier than eating the real thing. 
3:16 pm est 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

A Different Bunch

I like to cut up two small radishes and mix them into my tuna fish. I think it adds a lot to my sandwich.
They get sold by the bundled bunch. They usually cost $1.29 at the store I go to.
The bunches today were different sizes, but all for the same price.
Sometimes they have bigger ones and more of them. 
I'm just glad I eat them. 
8:30 pm est 

Friday, December 11, 2020

Twice The Nonsense

We all get too many robo-calls throughout the day and early evening. They never seem to stop. It's usually about extended warranties on cars or lower interest rates on credit cards.
This morning, I got one on my cell phone at the exact moment my land line was ringing with another. I didn't answer either one as they were both from different states.
What are the odds of both phones ringing at the same moment? 
11:27 am est 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Nobody Behind The Wheel

General Motors announced that they will begin testing driver-less cars on the streets of San Francisco.
In the past, they had an operators behind the wheel in case of a problem. This time, they will be riding as a passenger.
The goal of GM is to use its subsidiary as a competitor to ride sharing services.
Where will this be one year from now? 
7:48 pm est 

Those BIC Pens

BIC pens are a great product. Their six sided pen was a big hit when it was unveiled in the 1960's.
It's probably cheaper to make a cylinder pen as they do now.
11:50 pm est 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Monitor Time

I was all set to recycle two computer monitors. I found a place that only charged $10 for each item.
After dialing their number, they said they are not accepting materials at this time because of Covid.
I have two other places to check out. 
11:19 pm est 

Monday, December 7, 2020

People Feel Winter

We are still two weeks away from the start of winter, but I think people feel it's here when it's cold outside and they see snow on the ground.
We only have a couple of inches right now, but it's not melting because of the cold temperatures.
It could all change so suddenly with a warming trend.  
11:41 pm est 

Sunday, December 6, 2020

No Golf This Weekend

We had a few inches of snow yesterday. I played golf last weekend and was hoping to do again two days ago, but my plans fell through.
It's hard to say if I will play again this year. We need some warm temperatures to melt the snow.
Things can change real fast when it comes to the weather.
7:59 pm est 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Places To Put Stuff

Some people have too much stuff, but they never get rid of it. Those who own a home can hide it in the basement, attic or garage. They can keep accumulating it until there is no more room.
A friend on Facebook posted a photo of a garage cleanup which allowed the family car to be parked there. It doesn't look like much got tossed out. Things were just stocked in more organized piles.  
7:25 pm est 

Friday, December 4, 2020

Can't Do It In One Day

We are getting closer to a working vaccine to address the Coronavirus. Not everyone will want to participate. Many are skeptical about it.
The logistics to roll out the process are very daunting. What is the best way to administer it?
One state official suggested having a National Vaccine Day to allow the public to get the shot.
The problem with this idea is having a sufficient quantity of the vaccine in stock and keeping things orderly at the site. That could be a challenge. 
6:26 pm est 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

No Room For Them

I have not flown in 20 years. I can't imagine what it must be like now.
The US Department of Transportation finally did the right thing and prohibited all emotional support animals, other than dogs, from flying with their owners. They will now need to be checked like luggage.
There will be some unhappy people, but the majority of passengers and flight crews will welcome this change. It was getting chaotic on some flights. 
6:17 pm est 

Negative Thoughts

I organized a bunch of photos from the early 1970's. Some were taken using a Poloroid Swinger camera and others with a Kodak Instamatic.
A number of the Kodak 4x4 prints have lost color. They don't look right. Film and processing was different back then.
I wonder what the negatives would show now in a reprint.
11:20 pm est 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Time To Weigh In

I bought a new scale the other day to weigh myself. I tossed out my old one which was about 50 years old.
It was working fine, but just looked real bad. I tried to clean it up, but there was not much of an improvement.
This one is digital and only cost $20. It probably won't last as long as my old one. 
7:30 pm est 

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