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GOT DAN WHY HAVE I NOT WRITTEN A SINGLE THING ON HERE SINCE BEFORE I LEFT FOR DESERT BUS???

The answer is simple: I’m super forgetful and I have a one-track mind when I’m fairly stressed out.

ANYHOW, back to our normal programming… The house is done! We’ve been working on this whole thing for over a year, now, and FINALLY we’re moved in! Wow, so many things already written in all caps, I’m going to try to stray away from that for the rest of this post.

Now that we’re in the house, I’ve started the process of making the house a little more tech friendly. First up, I’ve finished terminating the ethernet lines, so now we have a nice little patch panel in our master bedroom closet, and a switch on it’s way so every room will have gigabit ethernet. Which will be nice between my streaming office/studio and since we consume streaming content in the living room and bed room. For whatever reason, when wiring the house’s ethernet, our electrician put a drop outside, so with that in mind, I’m thinking of putting a security camera out where it’s at. Up next is connecting up our connected garage door opener. Which would have already come in handy with us leaving the house a couple times and eventually feeling unsure of whether or not we’ve closed the garage door.

On a less technical side, I’m going to need to figure something out with our gutters. I am super inept when it comes to gutters, but I know I don’t need my downspouts dumping water so close to my foundation, so some french drain creation is in my near future.

Also, holy moly do we need some furniture.

On a programming related note: Let’s See a Movie will be making a return now that we’re no longer moving. The SpecialKolin Podcast will be back again, I promise. Also, I’m going to be doing some tech tests for the streaming office, but streams will hopefully resume, as long as those tests work out. Also, I really want to finish writing my Desert Bus 2017 retrospective, soooooo maybe eventually I’ll publish it. God knows I want to. A short version can be found in this tweet from a couple weeks ago.

August 7th, 2017

Well, clearly this whole posting once a day thing dropped off the map. Short version? Shit’s gone crazy at work, and I’ve effectively shut down. I’d love to go into detail and all that jazz, but I’d rather keep that stuff a little under wraps while I’m still figuring things out. Although, I will say that I feel as though I’ve been demoted, but whatever. 


For Sarah’s birthday this year, she and I got tattoos! They’re bunnies with doughnuts around their necks. Sarah’s is a lion head, which has slightly smaller ears, so for whatever reason people confuse hers for a Pok√©mon or whatever. With it being my second tattoo, it was an awesome experience, especially considering how sober I was in comparison to my first one. It was a little painful, but only near the top of my calf. I’ve started to plan out what kind of tattoo I want next, but I’m still unsure about the details, so don’t expect anything like that happening soon. 

Another thing I haven’t talked much about is I recently have gotten into the modern generation of console gaming! We got ourselves an Xbox One S, and I’ve been having way too much fun with Forza Horizon 3. It’s pretty much an automotive photographer’s dream for a video game. Okay, maybe not the perfect dream, but hey, you can drive any number of vehicles, and photograph them outdoors however you like. Oh, and you can race them, too! 


I’ve been posting photos I’ve shot in game to my Instagram Stories, and I’ve actually tricked a few people into thinking they’re actual vehicles, unintentionally of course. Overall, though, it makes me want to get out and photograph more. I have gotten a few requests to do some client work, which is awesome, but I feel bad about using my day job to directly fuel my business. That being said. Feel free to get in touch with me if you’re looking to get your vehicle shot!


Speaking of business ventures, I want to talk about… Attack of the Beards. It’s bothered me that I pulled the plug for months and months, now, and I would like to, I guess, zap a little life back into it. I have a small (huge) pile of client work to do, but once I have a moment of clairvoyance, I’ll start working on an actual plan on bringing it back, methinks. The end goal will be whenever we move into our house, since I’ll have a podcast set in the house itself. How does that sound to you guys? 


As for the house, our current progress is that we have our initial plumbing and foundation! I guess our issue that we’re working through now is that our builder is having a hard time getting money from the bank, so we can’t get the concrete block for the actual structure for right now, but, hey. At least we got a floor! Without walls, the house feels small, which slightly worries me, but I still remember how it was to walk through the actual house, and it feels better once it’s all done, I’m sure. 


It’s all baby steps, and we’ll get to our destination in no time. Until next time, not sure if it’ll be tomorrow or next freaking year, but be the best person you can be. 

June 8th 2017

This will be quick, as I am rather exhausted from the day. Rather, this week. I’ve primarily been moving heavy things around while intermittently taking photos. Awesome! 


On the other end of the spectrum, our land is clear-ish! We’ll be moving in tomorrow! Just kidding, they still need to do a whole heck of a lot! Bring in fill dirt, level the lot, some of the plumbing, foundation, walls, roof, innards, etc. meanwhile not completely losing our minds over decisions that need to be made. 


Other than all that, I REALLY need to kick all my SEMA planning into high gear. Usually about this time, I have some form of free time that I can research and write things up. I don’t even have a budget for a hotel yet, so that’ll be top priority tomorrow, maybe. If I can get a certain someone to call a certain someone about that like I asked earlier. (Work sub-blogging) 


Anyway, everything’s currently going pretty well, at least I’m trying to see the big picture of all the wackiness at work, and am definitely trying to keep everyone’s spirits up, as hard as that sometimes may be. 


Overall, though. Have a great day, you wonderful readers, you! Is that a new shirt? 

Excavation Day

Today, we broke ground. Which, I guess, is the term for it, since the ground was broken up. However, we haven’t started building, yet. Also, technically there will be another day of excavation, since they didn’t get it all in one day. 


Last night, they left this loader in our front yard, and so far today, they’ve carved out our driveway and about half of our house, give it take. The loader was driven by a “younger man” (not my words, he’s probably about my age) which, according to his supervisor, likes doing this to let out his aggression. Which makes sense, there are some days where I’d like to destroy a bunch of stuff, too.


I stopped by on my way home, and it was very exciting to actually be able to see some evidence of progress. The frustrating thing for the longest time is that up till now, we’ve been dealing with paperwork, which there’s no way of knowing how much more there is. Being able to see exactly how much of our property has been cleared though, it makes it tangible. I can see that we’ll be building soon. 


I’m not sure if they’re going to be running again tomorrow, but I wouldn’t doubt it, seeing how quickly they were able to get to us, they must work every day to get jobs done, so they can move on to others. 


In other news, we finished the lift on that F-150 from yesterday, and I’m fairly tired from it all. Well, my muscles are, and they want to recover, so I’m feeling the need to sleep. 


Tomorrow evening, I’ll be doing an engagement shoot for a lovely couple who wants me to also photograph their wedding. So, first thing in the morning, I’ll be getting the gear all ready to go. I’m always excited before a shoot, so hopefully I’m rested enough to be all there, mentally. 


With that, goodnight, everyone. I’ll see you tomorrow.