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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, May 18    Saydie's Restaurant

                          136 Cluff Crossing Rd   Salem, NH  7:30pm

Tues, June 1    Saydie's Resaurant

                                     136 Cluff Crossing Rd  Salem, NH       7:30pm 

  

  Random Thoughts About Things

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Six Months Until NYC

So much can happen in six months. Last November, I was in New York City getting ready to run the marathon.
 
We are here at this moment with everything upside down because of this pandemic.
 
Will I be in NYC six months from tonight for the race?
 
I can't see it happening this year in light of everything.
11:14 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Forever Cruise

 
I attended a Zoom meeting tonight where a couple talked about their crazy experience on a cruise ship during this pandemic.
 
They were forced to stay in their room for days on end. I can't imagine doing that in the 194 square feet they talked about. 
 
This will never be an issue for me because I will never go on a cruise ship. 
11:33 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Wait Until 2065

Time capsules are fascinating whenever they are opened. Unfortunately, some get lost over time with people forgetting their location.
 
One local church had the perfect solution back in 1965 when they sealed their capsule until 2065. It's located right next to the main entrance with a huge engraving.
 
They only have 45 years to go. 
 
 
7:41 pm edt 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Wood Rots

 
When I was out walking today, I noticed some buildings have rotted wood that needs to be repaired.
 
These places are worth so much money in their current condition, especially because of being in a historical district.

There are so many great examples of Victorian architecture that need to be preserved for the future.
 

11:46 pm edt 

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Trash 2020

You see a lot more when you are out walking.
 
There is so much trash in the streets that needs to be picked up, but it won't happen soon.
11:59 pm edt 

Saturday, April 25, 2020

What Is Normal?

People keep asking when will things get back to normal. That is a very good question. Good luck finding the right answer.
 
The economic impact around the world has been staggering, but life goes on.
 
 
 
11:59 pm edt 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Trash Tossing

A local thrift store run by a charity has been inundated with unwanted donations during its temporary closure.
 
They have a very strict policy on what they will accept, but that hasn't stopped people from using their parking lot as a dump. 
 
Why are people so selfish? These individuals are the ones who dispose of things on rural roads. They make it a problem for somebody else.
1:30 pm edt 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Gambling Less

The Massachusetts Lottery has experienced a profound drop in revenue over the last few weeks due to the Coronvirus.
 
Scratch ticket sales have taken a beating, but keno has done worse. 
 
The decrease in daily revenue will impact the cities and towns who depend on the money when it comes to balancing their budget.
7:13 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

So Many Adoptions

As people are forced to stay home, animal shelters are finding their facilities are being emptied by those who are willing to adopt.
 
This is great news for the animals involved, but what happens once people go back to work?
 
I'm sure there will be those who realize that adoption was a bad idea and need to return the pet. 
6:41 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The Worst Edition

Last week, my local newspaper announced that it would not publish a print copy on Tuesday and Saturday.
 
This didn't sound like a big deal as I subscribe to the e-paper format.
 
Today's edition was much different from what I expected as it was difficult to navigate. 
 
They should either publish the e-paper edition or not at all. 

12:16 pm edt 

Monday, April 20, 2020

So Many Barrels

It's amazing to see that there is a glut of oil in the world's market. People are not driving around and using gasoline.
 
The President mentioned that we should take advantage of the low price and fill up our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
 
After doing some research, I never realized the storage capacity was 713.5 million barrels of oil. That's a lot of gallons.
 
We should fill it up all the way.
11:17 pm edt 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Hope For NYC

I've been looking at so many articles about New York City and it's future.
 
The Coronavirus seems to rule the world right now.
 
How will the city respond to this horrible situation in the long term?
11:59 pm edt 

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Don't Walk and Text

Pedestrian deaths in America have steadily risen since 2009. Last year's toll of 6,590 was the highest since 1982.
 
One reason could be the proliferation of smart phone users. It grew from 50 million in 2009 to 285 million in 2018.
 
You can just look around and see people walking and looking at their phones. 
 
So many don't pay attention to the world around them as they walk and stay fixated with their phone.
 
It's very easy to get struck by a car or become a crime victim while inattentive. 
3:02 pm edt 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Publishing Less Days

Newspapers were having a tough time before the Coronavirus pandemic. Print subscriptions were down considerably while papers tried to migrate to on-line viewing.
 
My local paper announced that they will no longer publish on Tuesday and Saturday until we are past this current crisis.

 
They blame it on the drop in ad revenue, but said they will return to seven days in the future.
 
Will it happen? Newspapers need ad revenue to stay alive. They are all facing a slow death. This paper has published for over 150 years, but their long-term survival is up for debate. 
 
 
6:12 pm edt 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Cars Burning Up

The rental car industry is taking a huge financial beating due to the caronavirus pandemic.
 
A suspicious fire last week in Florida destroyed 3,500 vehicles and damaged another 3,800.
 
The fire was a raging inferno that consumed the vehicles at a great financial cost.
5:55 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Great MTA

The New York City subway and bus system tries to be the very best, but it doesn't always work out.
 
The Coronavirus pandemic has certainly reduced ridership and revenue. The final budget will be filled with deficits in all accounts.
 
It's so crazy to think that 62 employees of the MTA have died so far from the virus. The number changes every day.
 
The death toll last week was at 33. It's too many for a great agency that always got the job done with the trains and buses.
11:06 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Driving Money

The company that has my car insurance policy will be giving customers a 15% credit on their monthly payments for April and May. They are only doing it because of pressure from the Attorney General.
 
My credit will be around $30. It's not much, but it's always great to get money back.
 
 
 
4:36 pm edt 

Monday, April 13, 2020

They Want More Time Off

The school year has been basically lost at all levels because of the pandemic. Teachers are trying their best to do it on-line, but this has its limitations.
 
Some states have already agreed to shorten the school year and eliminate standardized testing. School districts are now faced with what to do with the spring break coming in the next 2-3 weeks.
 
The last thing kids need is more time off and less instruction. Some localities might not have any choice except to close as the vacation has been collectively bargained between the teachers and the local government. 
4:47 pm edt 

Sunday, April 12, 2020

April 2020 Storm

 
In the craziest time of our life, some people must deal with a tornado threat. That sounds so crazy.
 
Hopefully, nothing happens, but you never know.
11:30 pm edt 

Saturday, April 11, 2020

COBOL Help Needed

With millions of Americans being laid off, we are hearing horror stories of the antiquated computer systems used by many states to process unemployment claims.
 
Predictions of slow response time and computer crashes have come true primarily because of the age of the state systems which are often more than forty years old.
 
In some instances, a call for help has been made to find individuals who have experience in COBOL programming.
 
Looking down the road, government at all levels should look at the age of the hardware and software that run so many critical functions.
 
Hopefully, something will get done. 
3:08 pm edt 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Some Publicity Is Bad

There is an expression that says any type of publicity can't be bad. I'm sure the owners of my gym would beg to differ.
 
They are part of a national chain owned by a large corporation. They decided to keep deducting monthly dues from members in spite of the place being closed down due to Coronavirus.
 
They took a firm stand without relenting until the Massachusetts Attorney General filed a class action lawsuit in federal court. 
 
I received an email from my club today reversing their policy. Members will no longer have dues deducted. The corporation is trying to stop the bleeding from all of the bad publicity and irate club members. They should have known this would happen. 
4:06 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Stay In The Car

There are still car crashes and deaths, in spite of the Coronavirus pandemic.

A recent late night highway one proved it all when the single occupant was ejected. 

If they wore a seat belt, would it have made a difference?

I think you're better off being belted into the vehicle and not allow the laws of physics to take over. 

11:06 pm edt 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Track Nap

New York City is always the center of bizarre behavior no matter what is going on. The Coronavirus pandemic is bringing it out in all forms.
 
The New York Post had a story of a man who decided to climb down into the track pit of a subway station in Greenwich Village and take a nap on the tracks. This was such a bad idea on a Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm. 
 
The reduction in service probably saved his life as police and medics had plenty of time to respond. They ultimately brought him to Bellevue Hospital for observation.
 
He was so lucky that he wasn't run over by a train or electrocuted by the third rail. 
8:08 pm edt 

Monday, April 6, 2020

No Bacon and Chocolate

People really like their chocolate and bacon. I can't say the same since I have not had any chocolate in over 11 years and can't even recall when I last ate bacon.
 
Someone posted a picture on Facebook of "bacon on a stick with drizzled chocolate". It got so many likes and comments.
 
I can't imagine eating any meat with chocolate, but that's me.  
 
11:15 pm edt 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Bridges To Money

There has been consistent agreement between all parties that the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges leading to Cape Cod are vastly outdated and don't meet federal highway standards.
 
The issue has been whether to start with two new spans or try to rehabilitate them.
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers own the 80 year old structures and have decided to go ahead with a $1 billion plan to replace them.
 
That sounds like a great idea, but the project has not been designed and remains unfunded.
 
The question is how long will it take before construction starts and the final date of completion.
 
We all know that the projected cost of $1 billion will never be enough money to get the job done. 
12:42 pm edt 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Selfish Ones

A crisis always brings out the best and worst in people. We are seeing some disgusting behaviors with the disposal of latex gloves in the parking lots at grocery stores, gas stations and other places.
 
This is such selfish behavior because someone else needs to pick them up. Those who choose to be so disrespectful to others tells a lot about that person. 
 
9:38 pm edt 

Friday, April 3, 2020

Can't Stop Junk Mail

While I was out for a walk yesterday, I saw a house that had a sign by their mailbox informing the postal worker not to leave any junk mail or fliers.
 
I think many people feel the same way, but how do you comply with the wishes of the public? Does the letter carrier keep carrying the stuff along the rest of their route?
 
It's not the worker's job to determine what is really junk mail. The customer should just throw it out. 
5:59 pm edt 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Date Time

This pandemic has caused a surge at the grocery stores. Items are not always available, but they do their best to stock the shelves.
 
It's always best to check the expiration date on anything you buy. I saw some expired milk last week. It probably kept being stuck at the back of the shelf. 
 
 
10:51 pm edt 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

No Time To Cut

With so many being confined to their home, stories are coming out about the challenge of cutting your own hair.
 
It's never a good thing to do during normal times. It can only end up bad if you have a full head of hair. 
2:59 pm edt 


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