Mike Becvar
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May 22, 2008

What’s Cooking?

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 8:56 am

The topic of food and cooking comes up a lot when we eat lunch at work. I rarely bring in leftovers for lunch, opting instead to buy lunch from the local deli. But a few co-workers usually bring in their leftovers and even sometimes bring in enough to share with the office. Some people may think that because I don’t bring in leftovers, that I don’t cook. I do cook.

Now, I was thinking, can I honestly say, “I like to cook” or “I am a good cook.” The answer is a definite maybe. I like to eat home-cooked meals. I don’t enjoy dealing with the mess after a meal and sometimes feel that my kitchen isn’t big enough to take on something elaborate. But, I cook, and most of the time, it turns out right. I don’t really follow recipes; everything is more about what I am in the mood to add. If I do reference a recipe in a cook book, it is more to see how hot to set the oven or how long to expect it to take to cook.

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May 21, 2008

National Treasure: Book of Secrets “Extra”-vanganza

Filed under: Acting — Mike @ 9:15 am

Tuesday, May 20th, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment hosted a special event for DC area extras in the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets. The event coincided with the DVD release of the movie. I attended the event at the Arlington Cinema N Draft House. The event was hosted by Tommy McFly of Mix 107.3’s “The Jack Diamond Morning Show” who was also an extra in the movie.

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May 20, 2008

When it Rains, it Pours.

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 1:04 pm

Its raining again today. I woke up around 3:00am this morning and heard the rain. I hoped it would stop by 5:00am when I would be getting ready to take my dog, Buddy, out for a walk. Then I tried to get back to sleep. When the alarm went off at 4:30, I could hear that it was still raining.

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May 19, 2008

email accounts

Filed under: Websites, Life in General — Mike @ 10:22 am

How many email addresses do you have? I have many. I got my first email address in the early 1990’s while a student at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR). The email account was provided by the school. Since email was still relatively new, I only used it to communicate with my friends at school.

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May 16, 2008

Monologues

Filed under: Life in General, Acting — Mike @ 9:10 am

In February, I started taking two acting classes at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. I am taking Actor’s Process and Improv I. When I signed up for the classes, I knew that I was making a time commitment, but I thought I had the time to give both classes. Actor’s Process is Thursday nights from 6:00-8:00pm and Improv I is Saturday mornings from 10:00-12:00. With travel time, both classes take about five hours from when I leave home until I get back home after class. My miscalculation was in forgetting the time I would need to spend outside of class.

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May 14, 2008

Driving the smart fortwo

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 11:40 am

OK, I have been driving my smart fortwo for just under a month. I have driven more than 800 miles and made three trips to the gas station. Last time, I purchased just over 7 gallons of gas after driving more than 280 miles. Quick math says I got 40 mpg. That easily beats the 17 mpg I get on my TrailBlazer.

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