Mike Becvar
Mike’s Take on the World

October 30, 2008

Halloween 2008

Filed under: Clown, Life in General — Mike @ 7:10 pm

I can’t believe that Halloween is tomorrow. I have so much work left before I will feel ready for the trick-or-treaters.

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October 20, 2008

Home Again

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 8:23 am

Well, the cruise is over and I got home Saturday afternoon. I spent my time on the weekend getting caught up on sleep and laundry. Hopefully, I will quickly adjust to the six hour time change. When I flew to Rome, I left Friday afternoon and arrived Saturday morning. We started touring Rome right away so although there was a six hour time change, it was more like putting an extra 18 hours into the day. The return flight left Saturday morning and arrived Saturday afternoon, so the day was about six hours longer than normal.

Being away for two weeks, I missed seeing the weather gradually get cooler so it was a big shock seeing frost outside this morning. Suddenly, I needed to wear my winter coat and hat. Others tell me it turned cold quickly.

My other surprise was the price of gas had fallen below the $3/gallon price. I think the lowest I saw as about $2.899/gallon although a co-worker mentioned buying gas for $3.69/gallon over the weekend. I hope┬áthe price continues to fall, or at least stays here and doesn’t return to the near $4/gallon prices.

October 16, 2008

Last Day at Sea

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 12:50 pm

Well, it is hard to believe that it is the last night at sea and that we arrive in Rome first thing tomorrow morning. It was a fun trip and time flew by faster than expected. We have an afternoon to tour the Vatican and leave for home the following morning.

October 15, 2008

Cruise Update

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 7:11 am

Well, the cruise is coming to an end. We left Egypt last night and are sailing back to Rome. The first half of the cruise was great, but the second half was a bit of less.

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October 9, 2008

Seeing the Old World

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 12:20 pm

My first European vacation continues. So far, we have been to Italy, Greece, and today we sailed into Turkey. Since Turkey is part of Europe and Asia, I can say that I have now been to three continents. Not too bad for my first time really using my passport. We have seen a lot of old cities and buildings. It makes the US really look young. I doubt that anything we build today will be around in 2000 years for others to see. I filled my first 2GB memory card, so there will be hundreds of pictures when I get home. I just know it will take me months to sort them and find the best 50 pictures that capture the essence of this trip.

October 6, 2008

First Time Leaving North America

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 2:33 pm

I finally had a real use for my passport. OK, I used it two years ago when I went to Canada as part of a trip to Alaska, but I could have used my birth certificate and drivers license instead. I left home on Friday and arrived in Rome Saturday morning. It was a long flight, but I survived.

I don’t know what I had expected to find in Rome, but I don’t think I had any idea it would be the way it is. Most building are old, with some much older than others. The streets are narrow. People and cars both share the streets. The smart fortwo seems to be one of the more popular cars in Rome. I can see how they are almost a necessity here compared to the novelty/fuel saver in the US.

We boarded the Grand Princess yesterday and began our cruise. Today, we stopped in Naples and took a tour of Pompei, Sorento, and Capri. Each city was something different. I will have pictures to share after I get home.

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