Mike Becvar
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May 14, 2012

Summer Vacation and Traffic

Filed under: Life in General — Mike @ 9:55 am

With the arrival of Mother’s Day weekend comes graduation and end of the school year. While the elementary, middle, and high schools in Virginia still have several more weeks of school left, the college school years are coming to an end. This means that people will begin taking their summer vacations and hopefully reducing the number of cars making the daily commute to and from work each day.

I don’t currently have plans for a summer vacation, but I still enjoy the benefits of a slightly less crowded commute. Most likely, the commute will gradually get lighter each day or week until the middle of June when the last schools let out. Unfortunately, it won’t last forever. Schools have a closer start date at the end of August or beginning of September.

May 7, 2012

Books

Filed under: entertainment, Life in General — Mike @ 2:16 pm

I have been listening to books on CD in the car for a few years now. At first, it was just on long car trips, like driving home to Chicago, but now it is every day on my commute to and from work. I started with the Harry Potter series and slowly added on a few other series.

It was getting expensive buying the books on CD. To save money, I would repeat listening to books. I definitely caught some details I had missed the first time, but I could only listen to the same book so many times.

I had some free time one day when I was at the library and was checking out the shelves for ideas on other books to buy when I discovered they had a large collection of books on CD. They actually had a few books that I was unable to find elsewhere. I decided to get a library card and started checking out books instead of buying them.

I have enjoyed most of the books I have selected. Most of the books have some sort of “magic” in the story. I find it interesting to see how the various authors explain magic, its source, and the limits of its use. I imagine that one of the hardest parts of writing such a book is defining the magic.

I often think about writing a book…. now, I don’t have a story, or character, to write about. I somewhat think it is more like a dream of winning the Lottery… I would love to be able to write a series like Harry Potter.

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