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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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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Storm 2021

The weather people own the news tonight with their forecast of a big storm.

Based on their map of where I live and the line that is either way, we might get 8-14 inches of snow or 4-8. This process is very inexact. I have no idea how much we will get.

This is just another annual event that is a little late this year. We always get snow to some degree.
11:14 pm est 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Those 2021 Calls

Whenever I stay at home for several hours, I'm always shocked at the relentless calls from telemarketers. It never stops.
It's always about lower credit card interest rates or an extended warranty on a car I haven't owned for a few years. 
11:23 pm est 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Decision For Tokyo

The International Olympic Committee said the Tokyo Summer Games are going forward.
Nobody knows what the pandemic will be like in July. Will the vaccine have a positive impact?
Billions of dollars are at stake with having the games. 
11:34 pm est 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Those Running Days

I'm into my 52nd year of running. It's a lot different now than when I was younger.

I missed more days in 2020 than I ran. Couldn't help it with injuries.

All I want to do is move forward and run more if I can.

Will they have the Boston Marathon in October? There is no word about the NYC Marathon.
11:33 pm est 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Not Cleaning Up Well

My vacuum cleaner is over 15 years old and showing its age. The suction is poor.

I thought I could fix it with a new air filter and cleaning the bristles of the brush.

There was some improvement, but I'll be watching it very close. It might be time to buy a new one.
6:20 pm est 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Two Quarts For Now

I went to the local market today to buy some milk because the expiration date on the quart I had was now.
They didn't have any quarts with dates more then a few days away. 
I ended up buying the store brand of skim milk and got a great deal. The only problem is that it's a half gallon.
It has 13 days until expiration, but I can't imagine it lasting that long. I will never use it up. 
11:50 pm est 

Saturday, January 23, 2021

When To Adjust

I have new eyeglasses and sunglasses. It's all about getting the right adjustment. I hope it's right with both pairs, but I'm not sure yet.

They need to be worn for at one week.

11:58 pm est 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Another Cable In 2021

I finally bought the correct cable to charge a phone in my car. It takes forever, but at least you get connected if the battery gets low.
Not sure why I never bought this sooner, but things don't always happen timely.
11:46 pm est 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

The Great Penn Station

I got a DVD from my local library about Penn Station in New York City.

It was such a magnificent building that was torn down in the early 1960's when there was little support for preservation.

The outrage it provoked when it was removed helped have Grand Central Station and started the preservation movement that we see today.
11:56 pm est 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Tub Water

I have rented the same apartment for almost 45 years. One consistent thing was the periodic slow drainage from my bathtub. Today was the day for that.
Over the last few days, I noticed water wasn't draining while I showered. It reached a point today where I had a few inches in the tub.
They say never to use a plunger, but I did. The pipes in this 1920's building are so old.
I poured Liquid Plumber into the water. I have no idea if this will do any good. It works great in the commercials.
Ironically, it happened on the same day that my property management company said they were putting a hold on non-essential problems. They would focus on heat issues and water leaks.

Without saying, it sounds like they had a Covid issue. They have been providing tremendous service throughout the pandemic.

It happened so suddenly. They have been in my apartment several times. I always wore a mask, but they were here and resolved the issue.
11:37 pm est 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Standing With The Dock

I bought a Hard Drive Docking Station to view files from a desktop pc which crashed last summer. It's sold as being plug and play, but it didn't happen.

I assume the hard drive is ok, but you never know. All the videos I watched made it look so easy to view and transfer files.

More work is needed on my part to resolve this. 
11:54 pm est 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Trolley Time

Trolley lines were so critical in the early 20th century. Many cities and towns had them. Tracks are still underneath some streets.
They provided such a critical service, but met their demise with the increase use of cars and development of highways. 
11:52 pm est 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Leave It Alone

Whenever I'm in the fruit and produce section of the local market, I always notice things I have never tried and wonder how they taste.
I never heard of Nopal Cactus Leaves until today. There are many ways to prepare them, but I don't think they're on my list of things to try.
11:24 pm est 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

There Was Interest

Last year, the IRS extended the tax filing date to July 15 in light of the pandemic. The news had reports of the slow processing of returns.
I mailed my paper return a week before the due date and finally got my refund in October, which included $18.94 of interest.
The IRS sent me a notice for reporting it on my 2020 tax return. I already knew that, but others might be confused over it.
I'm still ahead of the game, even when they take their few dollars of it. 
11:46 pm est 

Friday, January 15, 2021

No Winter Mountains

I saw the pictures on Facebook about hiking in the White Mountains today. It looked so cold out there.

I never had a desire to hike in the winter. Walking in snowshoes locally is fun and a great workout.

Mountain hiking causes the body to undergo too many temperature changes. 
11:46 pm est 

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Just Reboot

I will never understand why I had so much trouble with my website tonight. I was unable to login after several attempts.
The only solution was to shut everything down and reboot the modem.
It seems to be fine now. 
11:55 pm est 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Coat Ready

One of the first things I did when I retired on January 3, 2009 was to buy a winter parka at LL Bean in Burlington. It was a great jacket that wore so well.
After 12 winters, I finally donated it to a thrift store back in August. I didn't give much thought to buying another one until it got cold.
Winter has been nice so far. Temperatures have been reasonable. I dress in layers.
It would've been a challenge if it it got below 20.
I'm ready now. 
11:40 pm est 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Burial In The Park

I enjoy reading about the history of New York City. It's interesting to note that Washington Square Park was a potter's field in the 1700's before it became the focal point of Greenwich Village.There are thousands buried there.

Other potter fields at Madison Square and Bryant Parks had bodies exhumed in the 1800's.
Nobody ever thought that the city would grow as it did and real estate would become so valuable.
Unfortunately, so many are buried without any indication of their name. 
9:42 pm est 

Restaurants & Covid
Many restaurants will never reopen after the pandemic. There are so many horror stories out there of places that couldn't make it.
People will only put up with so much to eat outside in cold weather. Takeout is a lifeline for those who are able to do that.
Where will we be in one year? 
11:56 pm est 

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Those 2021 Games

Nobody is talking about the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games which got postponed last year in light of the pandemic.
When it happened, the plan was to hold them in 2021. They thought everything would be fine and wonderful by then.

While watching NFL playoff games tonight on NBC, they were promoting their broadcast in July.

Will the Games go on as scheduled?
11:58 pm est 

Saturday, January 9, 2021

All The Tools Needed

I follow a Facebook page that has some great videos of taking objects and turning them into something else.  They had one today of making a hatchet out of a circular saw blade.
The person doing this has tremendous talent as well as the tools and machines that nobody else would have. 
They make it look easy, but it's not. 
11:39 pm est 

Friday, January 8, 2021

We Need Penn Station

I'm a big believer in historical preservation. It wasn't popular in the early 1960's.
We saw the destruction of the iconic Penn Station in New York City and replaced by the current Madison Square Garden.
Penn Station had no advocates back in 1962. Old structures were looked at being old. It was all about the future. Historic preservation was not in vogue.
The loss of this great structure created a movement to preserve special buildings. It was so difficult with Urban Renewal of the 1960's.
11:53 pm est 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Back To The 1200's

I always marvel at structures built throughout history. I saw a show tonight that featured ruins of former great places.
Castles are very interesting. The show featured one built in the 1200's. They did great work which lasted to this time.
11:50 pm est 

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

More Chicken Please

I love Indian food, but it's hard to find any local places. A friend recommended one in the next town over.
I checked it out yesterday and got an order of chicken marsela, rice and nan bread.
The food was delicious, but wish I got more chicken.
The other dishes are probably the same size, but I'll go back. 
11:11 pm est 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Dry Skin 2021

I have many traditions. Some are not always for the better like having dry hands this time of year. Skin cream really helps.
This is nothing new. It happens every year. I could've written this back in 2009. 
11:36 pm est 

Monday, January 4, 2021

Podcast 2021

I have been listening to a podcast about New York City for the last few months. They cover many topics with its history.

I'm not sure if driving is the best time to listen. Operating a car, requires so much concentration. When I listen to a podcast, I want it to be more than background noise.
It might be better off at home.
11:56 pm est 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

We All Read Differently

It's a real challenge to keep up with my reading. I have a book on reserve from the local library which is 380 pages and can only be checked out for three weeks.
I read at a slow rate. If I go any faster, there is less comprehension on my part. Will I finish it?
11:59 pm est 

Saturday, January 2, 2021

The Elusive Coat

Back in August, I felt good about donating my 12 year old LL Bean parka to a thrift store. Always thought I would buy another, but it's January 2nd and no winter coat.
Thought I could resolve this today by driving to a store in Burlington and making my big purchase.
When I arrived, there was a line going out the door filled with customers waiting to make returns.
It might be better in another week. Will they even have anything in stock for me?
I have no idea. 
11:37 pm est 

Friday, January 1, 2021

No Ocean 2021

So many people I know decided to take their annual plunge into the ocean or some other water body. I can't imagine doing this.
They say you can't get a cold from a wet head, but I think I would get so sick.
I don't even want to try and see what might happen. 
11:45 pm est 

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