Mike Becvar
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June 30, 2009

Half way…

Filed under: Clown, Community, Life in General, Friends — Mike @ 6:29 am

It is hard to believe, but we are half way through 2009. Some days, weeks, and months seem to last forever and others pass before I know what has happened. Just last Friday, I realized that the 4th of July was only a week away. For some reason, I thought that it being June that it was further away. After all, July is next month… Now, July is tomorrow.

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June 25, 2009

Still no soda….

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 12:25 pm

Last week, I went to Burger King for lunch. When I placed my order, they said their soda fountains were not working and that they were serving canned soda instead. They also had their frozen Cokes, so I decided to try that instead of getting a can. I don’t know if they were giving a discount for canned soda or even multiple cans if you ordered a Large drink. I figured they must have run out of the carbonation.

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June 20, 2009

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Filed under: entertainment, Life in General — Mike @ 9:48 pm

I finished listening to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on CD today. OK, I didn’t listen to the Epilogue, but got to the end of the last chapter. I really enjoyed the book. But, at the same time, I felt deflated when it ended.

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June 17, 2009

Craigslist

Filed under: Websites, Life in General — Mike @ 6:28 am

I check out the DC Craigslist (http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/) on a regular basis. As far as I know, it is a fairly popular website. But, I am amazed how “anonymous” or “generic” everything is. There are postings by a “local non-profit” looking for help with a “special event”. And the “award winning director” looking for actors and actresses for an upcoming “feature length movie”. If you read enough, you will also see the people posting responses and point out that if they were really an “award winning director” they would be able to pay their actors something. It is fun to read the posts, but I only respond when something meets a certain set of criteria:

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June 15, 2009

Books and movies…

Filed under: entertainment, Life in General — Mike @ 7:54 am

I have been finding myself wanting to drive around a little more than normal. I have been listening to books on CD, and it seems that getting 15 minutes at a time is not enough. 

Something like a month ago, I started listening to the 6th Harry Potter book on CD. I had listened to it sometime last year, but decided to listen again before seeing the movie when it comes out this summer. I remember that the last time I finished listening to the book, I wanted to know more and checked out a few spoilers about the 7th book. At the time, I was satisfied with what I had learned and was able to move on. This time, I wanted to know more and decided to start listening to the 7th and final book on CD. The difference is that most books that I listen to for the first time are on long car rides such as when I drive to Chicago to visit my family. I can finish the book quickly on long car rides. But, listening on the way to and from work only give me a short piece of the story and I find myself replaying the last track to remind myself where I left off.

I am likely about one third of my way through the book. So far, there is more action and adventure when compared with the other books in the Harry Potter series. I am still amazed by how little magic Harry seems to know. He relies on a dozen spells, hasn’t mastered non-verbal spells, and doesn’t seem to be practicing anything new. I would have hoped that after six years in school, he would have learned more than disarming, stunning, and summoning spells. Compared with his father who learned to transform into an animal and helped create a magical map, Harry can do very little. Even the Weasley twins, who were more practical jokers than students, managed more advanced spells related to their gags.

I took some time away from Harry Potter to see the 3D version of Up. It was a fun little story. I was amazed how they managed to avoid using a lot of dialogue. I noticed the 3D at the beginning, but I must say that once the movie began, I wasn’t paying attention to the fact it was in 3D. It really isn’t like some of the older 3D movies where things come flying off the screen at the audience. It is more of a realistic world inside the screen.

June 13, 2009

Buddy….

Filed under: Life in General, Friends — Mike @ 9:57 pm

I somewhat thought that I would have moved on a little faster. I have been taking advantage of the fact I don’t have to get up early to walk Buddy, go straight home after work, or worry about walking him after my evening plans. But, I haven’t made progress with his stuff. I haven’t touched his pillows or the toys on the floor. I also have a cabinet of dog food and treats. I know that it is time to finish cleaning the house, but I just don’t feel like I am in a hurry.

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