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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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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Shows I Never Heard Of

AARP's monthly magazine had a very interesting article about television shows that changed America. The list was quite comprehensive going back fifty years and up until today.
 
There were many shows that I never watched and was only familiar with their name. I didn't know much about them.
 
The volume of programming is increasing exponentially with all of the streaming services. There is so much of it.
10:36 pm est 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Lot of Wool

I saw a story of a wild sheep in Australia who finally had their wool sheared after five years.
 
The 77 pounds they were carrying was a threat to its survival because they were having trouble eating and drinking.
 
The before and after photos were quite remarkable. 
10:34 pm est 

The Ultra Ultra Runners

I saw a story in the news of a 72 year old runner who finished his 100th Ultramarathon of 100 miles.
 
There are so many things to take from this. Where does one begin?
 
As a runner of over 51 years with 86 marathons finished, I have so much respect and amazement for an accomplishment like that.

 
We must never forget that there is a story behind everyone.
11:57 pm est 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Into The Ocean

A sudden landslide at a cliff-side cemetery near Genoa, Italy resulted in more than 200 caskets falling into the ocean.

It must be very traumatic for families who were effected. It remains to be seen how many will be found.
11:52 pm est 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Shoppers Wanted

I was at a mall yesterday. It was virtually empty of customers with so many stores shuttered.
 
Prior to the pandemic, brick and mortar stores were having a hard time competing with on-line shopping.
 
We keep hearing about malls being torn down all around the country.
 
Over the next few years, there will be a massive amount of closings. In some areas, there are too many retail options and not enough shoppers. 
11:06 pm est 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Don't Bike On Ice

It's probably good that the weather will be warming over the next few days. That should melt the ice on bodies of water and prevent people from doing silly things.
 
Someone in Boston decided to ride a bike on the Charles River. It ended up crashing through the ice and a rescue by others.

The guy on the bike was wearing a body cam and someone was also filming him. The video showed him riding along until that bad moment. The body cam also recorded him under water for a few moments.

At least he got on the 11pm news and plenty of clicks on social media.
12:53 am est 

Monday, February 22, 2021

A New Vacuum

I bought a new vacuum cleaner yesterday because my old one couldn't remove the particles from the rug in my apartment. It had reached a point where nothing was happening.

I paid $48 for the Bissell model purchased at Walmart. It did a great job during its first use. 
10:46 pm est 

Through The Ice

It was inevitable that we would see a news story about someone falling through the ice and not resurfacing.
 
There was a tragedy today in Wareham when someone went through the ice of a cranberry bog.
 
I was shocked today when I drove by a local pond and saw so many adults and kids out on the ice. The temperature was above freezing. It just didn't look safe.
 
This story repeats itself annually. 
11:13 pm est 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Engine Burning

The 11pm news showed a story of Boeing 777 having an engine fire after departing from Denver while bound for Honolulu.
 
The plane was 20 miles from the airport and returned without any injuries to passengers, crew and those on the ground.
 
Meanwhile, parts of it rained down on a wide path. One car was crushed and a really nice home had a big hole in the roof.
 
It was a miracle that it worked out this way. 
11:36 pm est 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Burning Bridges

Every year, we hear tragic stories of people being injured or killed while operating snowmobiles.

In Troy VT, a disabled machine caught fire and destroyed a 111 year old covered bridge. To make matters worse, the bridge collapsed into the Missisquoi River and had to be removed.

Town officials hope to rebuild, but it will be a slow process.
 
 
11:19 pm est 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Ski Days

I can't believe I did downhill skiing and ice skating years ago. I fell so many times, but always got up.

One fall on skis in 1989 made me walk away when I was 36. I enjoyed it so much, but was on my way to get hurt. My technique was horrible.
 
You can only fall so many times before your luck runs out. 
 
 
11:49 pm est 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

February 2021 Snow

The weather people seem to feel that this pending snow storm will be 4-6 inches. The time line is very long.
 
I'm sure every storm is different to the public work crews who get the roads cleaned.
 
Looking back, we can never compare today to the huge snowfall of 2015.
11:43 pm est 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lots of Parking Issues

 

Parking can become an issue in many communities during the winter. Narrow streets in congested neighborhoods make it difficult to clear slow effectively.

Local leaders have proposed allowing residents to park in municipal lots and at schools. They also want to use the two paid lots run by the MBTA.

This idea sounds good, but has several flaws. Many residents don't live close enough to a school or municipal lot.

Using school property would impact snow removal needed to open them. The MBTA makes money by charging commuters for daily parking. This would also slow down cleaning for them.

The City Council will "study" the problem which really means they will hope for an early spring.

1:07 pm est 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Taking Out The Road

It was quite shocking to see the washout of a 150 foot section of Big Sur in California.
 
The Pacific Coast Highway is literally on the edge of America. I have been fortunate to drive it four times during trips to the state back in the 1990's.

It's not the first time this has happened. Mudslides are a constant threat during the rainy season.

Transportation officials are still determining the best solution.
10:19 pm est 

So Many Churches

The 18 unit apartment building I live in has been around since 1920. When I look back to that era, I can count 13 churches of various denominations being within a one mile walk.

They had street cars back then that brought people from around the city to the center.
 
I wonder how many people went that way.
11:50 pm est 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Too Many Screen Shots

I have a bad habit of grabbing my phone at the points where it takes a screen shot.

It's easy to delete them from my gallery, but too many have made it to my cloud site.
 
 
11:43 pm est 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Sequels of Money

Hollywood likes to make sequels to successful movies. It's all about the bottom line and making money.
 
There is a long list of movies that keep going on while generating a ton of money at the box office prior to Covid.
 
We will soon have another version of the Wizard of Oz and another one ten years from now.
11:52 pm est 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Losing Maps

I have always enjoyed paper maps. They are becoming a thing of the past other then AAA and National Geographic magazine.
 
A huge segment of the populations only knows how to use a GPS app. 
11:49 pm est 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Dessert For Meal

It's so hard to eat healthy. It's a day to day challenge for all of us. There are so many things that get into the way.

We always hear about the importance of eating breakfast. Not everyone agrees with that, but I do.

I saw a Facebook posting of someone eating a cupcake for breakfast around 8 am and enjoying it so much.

I couldn't do that, but some have ice cream for dinner.
11:15 pm est 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Some Things Don't Fit

People try to order almost anything on-line, but it doesn't always work out.
 
I saw a Facebook post from someone expressing their frustration trying to order prescription eye-glasses.
 
They had a problem with the fit and the type of lens they need.
 
I can't imagine getting a proper fit without being there in person. My two pairs of glasses will need an adjustment soon, but I wanted to try and break them in first. 
10:56 am est 

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Treadmill Dog

Some people run with their dog on hard pavement.  It's not a good idea, in my opinion, because their pet can never say how they feel.
 
The other day, I saw someone who was training a puppy to walk on a treadmill with them. They were doing quite well. I wonder how it will be once they get older.
11:26 pm est 

Saturday, February 6, 2021

24 Hours In 2021

Here we go again with some type of storm on Super Bowl Sunday. The weather people have put us in the 2-4 inch range for snow.

The temperature will be very critical between snow and rain.

In 24 hours, we will know the results of this weather and the Super Bowl. 
11:48 pm est 

Friday, February 5, 2021

The Sinking Net

We always hear about people falling through ice during February. It was cold enough the other day for kids to clear a local pond and play hockey.

The ice was breaking up today with the temperatures pushing 40 degrees.

Unfortunately, the hockey net was left on the ice and will probably sink to the bottom of the pond. The ice was too thin to try and venture out to save it.
5:13 pm est 

Another Train Plan

I just read about a plan for high speed rail from New York City to Boston. It's certainly outside the box.
 
Trains would head east through Long Island before going through a 16 mile tunnel under water to Connecticut.
 
The route would follow a new inland route which would require right of ways and seizure of lands. They say completion will take 20 years and cost $105 billion in today's dollars.

Will this ever get built in my lifetime?
11:57 pm est 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

It's Feb 2021

It's so crazy to have 14 inches of snow on the ground. We all know that it will melt at some point.
 
The story is really big right now. It will fade away with warmer weather. 
11:59 pm est 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

2021 Storm Is No Different

The recent storm was a big deal with at least 14 inches. Where do you put it?

My 30 car parking lot was a nightmare. There was so much snow between them.

I've lived here almost 45 years and it never changes when it comes to snow.
11:54 pm est 

Monday, February 1, 2021

How Big Is That Storm?

We had at least 6 inches of snow by 11pm. It's hard to predict the final total.
 
The plows keep going by because they get paid for a certain amount of hours.

They always make it bigger than it really is.
11:32 pm est 


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