Mike Becvar
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November 28, 2008

New York in one Day

Filed under: Clown, entertainment — Mike @ 9:30 am

Back in August, I saw that Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services was offering a bus trip to New York to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Since I knew that I wasn’t going to go home to Chicago for Thanksgiving, I figured that this would be a fun way to spend the day.

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November 24, 2008

I auditioned for what?

Filed under: entertainment, Acting — Mike @ 8:55 pm

Last week, I saw a message on craigslist. The Kennedy center was looking for a few men to be in the San Francisco Ballet’s production of Giselle. It gave a range for ages, heights, and sizes. It also said, no dancing experience required. They were looking for supernumeraries or “supers” (just like extras in movies or on tv). I knew that operas often use supernumeraries, but hadn’t know that ballets also use them sometimes. I did some research and decided to give it a try. I would have had to juggle my schedule around if picked, but it would have been a valuable experience.

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Cheap Gas

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 9:38 am

I had to fill the tank of my Trailblazer yesterday. With a typical trip to the gas station requiring 15 gallons of gas, it can sometimes get expensive. Thankfully, the price of gas has been going down with the price in South riding around $1.87/gallon. I knew that gas is usually less expensive in Manassas. So, I decided I would wait to buy gas in Manassas when I went shopping on Sunday. I paid $1.75/gallon and saw gas for as little as $1.68/gallon. It has been a long time since I have been able to fill up for less than $30. I remember the good old days when gas was about $1.00/gallon, but will be satisfied if gas manages to stay below $2.00 for the next year or two.

November 18, 2008

Life in General

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 1:37 pm

Two quick items. First winter is coming. There was talk of possible flurries this morning. I didn’t see any, but that means that the seasons are changing and winter is on its way. I like snow, but I don’t really like the way snow seems to shut down schools and roads. Since we ususally have a fairly mild winter, the local areas don’t have the equipment or budget to deal with the snow and often do not pretreat the roads before it snows. Also, people here don’t get enough snow to become good at driving in the snow. As a result, a little snow can close schools and cause hours of gridlock on the roads.

I was joking earlier that I should become a consumer advocate. When I go out to lunch or dinner, I often pay attention to prices on the menu and about 25% of the time I find myself being overcharged. Sometimes it is Subway forgetting about their $5 subs or Popeyes charging a $.20 surcharge for asking for onion rings (even though they only cost $.10 more than fries) or Baja Fresh charging more for beef without having any signs to that effect. I watch out for these overcharges and I am amazed how many times they try to explain it away as due to taxes.

November 13, 2008

Random Thoughts

Filed under: Clown, Life in General, Acting — Mike @ 11:07 pm

I have been meaning to get a few things posted on my blog, but I also wanted to be able to post some pictures with the items, so I have been delayed. Here are some of the random thoughts I have wanted to get out.

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November 3, 2008

What time is it?

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 9:56 am

Daylight savings time ended early Sunday morning while I was sleeping. That began the quest to find and locate all of the clocks in my life so I could update the time. Until I find all of the clocks, there will be that minute where I have to ask myself, is that the correct time. I usually fix the important clocks such as my watch, alarm clock, and microwave clock right away. Then it takes me a few days to find other clocks such as the one on the answering machine or the clock hanging on the kitchen wall. Some clocks, such as the one in my car take a little effort to remember how to set the time.

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