Heather & Jonathan Got Married!

These two kids have been together for about four years, now, and have FINALLY tied the knot! The ceremony took place in a spot of Sholom Park in Ocala that I have been oogling over for the past four years, inside a vine-covered gazebo. It was very intimate and just right for the two of them. The only thing more beautiful than the location, of course, the bride.


I’ve been friends with Heather for what seems like forever. Basically, since I moved to Citrus County 11 years ago. She’s always been there for me, and I’ll always consider her one of my best friends. I knew that one day her and Jonathan would be married not too long after meeting him. They just seemed to fit together so well, and I’m ecstatic that they’re finally bound together.


Jonathan is a great guy, and I know he works hard at everything he puts his mind to. You can tell that there’s a lot going on up there, thinking of other people and what will come next. I’ve never seen either of them as happy as they did today.


On a technical note: I shot all these photos with my Fujifilm X-T2 and 27mm pancake lens. They’re all shots for me, photos that just help me remember the day for when I need a good, happy, cry or whatever. It was nice to see how it could perform not only in near-darkness, but also what I could get from a single spot.


Also, some of them are of Mr Personality, himself, Seth “Big Pony” who shocked me when I saw him in a suit, which does fit the long hair fairly well.


Anywho… once again: Congratulations Jonathan and Heather! I am so proud of you guys, and I know I keep saying it, I am so so so so happy for you both. I love you guys and can’t wait for what comes next.

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My Second Attempt at a Vlog

Without planning a single thing, I decided about halfway through our hike that I’d try to do a few vlogs. I only got two days worth of videos recorded, and then just stopped.

I’d also like to note that most of the footage was supposed to be in 4K, but as it turns out my computer (a 2012 MacBook Pro) is too old to render it out… this week.

I’m learning from my mistakes, so the next time I shoot one, it will probably work out better.

Aftermath and Moving Forward

This morning, I woke up. The sun was shining, the birds were singing. The ground was slightly damp. Nothing terrible happened to us here. However, all along the east coast there were high winds and loads of rain. It looked like most of St. Augustine was flooded, and some people were even seeing sea live in their front yards! Pretty crazy, if you ask me. I’m glad to hear that my family and friends are all safe, especially thanks to the check-in system on Facebook. However, I think the check-ins are a little preemptive, considering Hurricane Matthew could take a second swing at us, and there’s also Tropical Storm Nicole still making her way towards Florida. Either way, everything’s looking good for now.

Since I had to take today off, I couldn’t just sit idly by, so I got to work on figuring out what’s to come for me and my side hustles. I’ve got a basic production schedule not only for Attack of the Beards, but also for this site.

All that I’m trying to do is set something in stone, so that if there are ever any sorts of questions, I can answer them at the drop of a hat, especially when it comes to serving our patrons on Patreon.

Now, as you may know, a few weeks ago, I launched the Attack of the Beards Patreon page, which you can find at http://patreon.com/attackofthebeards. However, today I’d like to also announce my very own Patreon.

Now, in my head, me having my own Patreon doesn’t exactly make sense because of how poorly the Attack of the Beards is doing. No more lying about it, it’s there in black and white. We only have one person supporting us. On the other hand, I am a creator in my own right. I’m almost writing every day. I am taking photographs every day, and I’ll even be posting those every day, soon. Granted, of course, if all goes well with this campaign.

Pardon me for a moment while I open up a bit. All of this is not easy for me. I don’t like asking people for help. In fact, I do many things on my own, and I’ll be stubborn about it forever. Unfortunately, though, after having poured thousands of my own dollars into Net Nothing Media, with absolutely no return, I need to do something different. I’d like to think that there is at least one person out there who enjoys the things that I work on. I’d like to think that something that everyone sees as my little hobby that I waste my time and money on can actually move someone, can inspire a person. I’d like to think that my art, my photography, my view of the world around me, can be seen the way I see it by the people.

These pictures. These bundles of pixels, ones and zeros in a server in a closet somewhere in a nondescript warehouse on the west coast. They may not mean much to you, but even the slightest of feedback that I get from even just one of them, even if it’s negative, brightens my day; because it means that when they looked at the photo, it made them think.

By supporting me on my Patreon at http://patreon.com/specialkolin you’re getting me one step closer to freedom. Freedom to do what I do best. Freedom to make my own choices, go wherever I need to go, so I can tell the stories of the world. So I can show people the things that they don’t normally see. I’m not doing this to get rich, I’m doing it to get free.

I don’t want to sound like I’m begging, and I don’t want to pressure people for money. I know it’s not easy out there. Fortunately, there are non-monetary ways you can support me or the Attack of the Beards. Tell somebody. Just share a link to either website: SpecialKolin.com or AttackoftheBeards.com. It’s that simple. Put it on your Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, Twitter, whatever you’re into, and I will thank you a thousand-fold.

I should probably get to bed. It’s practically 2:30am local time, and I’ll be awake for almost 20 hours soon. For now, though, start to expect some great things. As long as I have the energy to do them, I’ll continue to create.

Thank you all. I appreciate each and every one of you. Especially if you read this all the way through. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that I can most definitely be long-winded, and I know that in this day and age it’s practically impossible to find a person who’s willing to read long, drawn-out pieces such as this. Your support, simply by reading all that I’ve written means the world to me. Thank you.

Hurricane Matthew

It’s Thursday, and my first week back at work is already over, due to a little storm known as Hurricane Matthew.

Leading up to today, this week’s been pretty easy-going, the weather’s been amazing, and I feel like I’ve been able to accomplish a fair amount of work, even. Coming back from a long vacation is never easy, but fortunately, this week was Customer Service Week, so there was a lot of things to distract us from our work, which, to be honest, is a bit odd considering that our collective objective is to serve the customers, and we can’t exactly do that when we’re being distracted by games and activities.

Either way, I had a lot of fun, and I feel as though it really helped bring our team closer, and especially make our newest member feel welcome, I hope at least. Granted, within her first week, she got to travel on a pretty awesome marketing shoot that I missed out on because I was on vacation, so I’m sure things are looking up.

Anyway, the storm.

Being that I’m on the west coast of north-central Florida, I will be affected by the storm, but not as much as those on the east coast. The projections for the storm appear to have Matthew loop around and come back. By then, it will have weakened, most likely, and then fizzle out, most likely as soon as it makes landfall for the second time. Of course, there is the possibility of it going straight up the east coast into the Carolinas. Some say that there’s a chance that it’ll turn and head more up the middle of Florida, but I highly doubt that, based on the National Hurricane Center’s projections, the course that it’s already set on, and my own common sense (which I’m sure means a whole heck of a lot to you, but just trust me on this), the eye of Matthew will stay to the east of Florida.

All things considered, though, it wouldn’t hurt to still be stocked up on food, water, gasoline, propane, charcoal, and whatever you and your family needs for survive at least a few days.

On a slightly different note: I believe that Governor Rick Scott’s “This storm will kill you” statement was a little too much. While, yes, the hurricane is dangerous and people should heed to evacuation orders, making heavy statements like that do nothing but incite panic. While some believe that panic is what we need, it does NOT help at all. We need the evacuees to leave calmly and quickly. Panic will only make them rush and not think straight, car accidents will happen, roads will get bogged down, panic increases, then who knows what happens. Panic could also incite robberies, fights, and even riots, with the dwindling amounts of essential supplies.

Then again, I am not a psychologist, a politician, or a meteorologist, I’m just a guy with a blog. Stay tuned either on here, my Twitter, or my Instagram for updates on this craziness.

My heart and mind go out to all those who are trying to make their way away from the storm, and especially those who have already been affected.

NC Trip – Post-Trip Thoughts

Well, we’re back in Florida. If I’m honest, it almost doesn’t feel like we’ve left. Almost as if we were just in a dream for the past week.

The vacation is just what I needed. I feel as though the time off has lifted a weight off my shoulders that’s just been building up over the past few years. Not that anything in my life is particularly stressful, but when you haven’t had time off to kinda just shut out the world as a whole, it starts to affect you.

Tomorrow, we go back to work, and I can say that I’m excited. Being able to take the step back and reacquaint myself with my art, and I feel like jumping back into the professional side of things will be smooth and easily done. I will be back and with a fervor.

I feel as though, now that I’ve had this vacation, I’m ready to take anything on, more than usual.