Thanksgiving

Many may recognize Thanksgiving as a time to gather with loved ones and eat turkey along with their favorite side dishes. Friendsgiving is not any different as it’s a time to break bread with friends that have become family. That’s what BV305 are; family. The Saturday before Thanksgiving they got together to feast and cheer with one another celebrating friendship, family, and brotherhood. As one brother after another poured into the home carrying sweet and savory sustenance; the joyous sound of warm greetings began to fill the kitchen. These men who are now brothers brought along with them, their significant others, their children, as well as pets to share in gratitude for the support and love provided by one another. It has been a difficult year for those who have faced some realities that come with life. Some had faced financial troubles, some had lost loved ones, and some had illness in the family that loomed over their heads, but still, they showed up to break bread with one another. Amongst them, a brother in particular may have faced the most difficult peril. His young son who’s battle is beyond anything most come to ever experience, but yet he brightened the hearts off all present bringing along his witty charm, dancing and playing as was his nature. A warm feeling was felt throughout and a greater appreciation encompassed all present in knowing they were able to make it to the family affair in the highest of spirits. On this day, BV305 gathered to show thanks; for their brothers who cheered them on, those that offered their wisdom and silently held one another up when it was difficult to stand. If you could take a peek into the evening, you would witness unity as they assembled as one to set the tables, the placing of several food items, and filling of cups; making sure not one was left thirsty. It was a true example of what is regularly accomplished when a proper clan comes together for the prosperity of the unified whole. While feasting under the night sky, there was no shortage of laughter and discussions that unraveled the complexity of our brothers. Perspectives and memories shared bearing experiences within the same brotherhood, just thru different eyes. Bonds were made and enforced this night as glasses were raised, not voices. After dinner, they huddled together with lowered heads and raised spirits while the familiar words spoken by the Captain so many times rang out: “One thing is for certain, One thing is for sure, Family on three. The count commences and they spoke as one “FAMILY!!!” Thanksgiving is a time one chooses to cherish the families and friends around them; in particular the Bearded Villains Miami Chapter acknowledges their accomplishments are solely due to the support of those that believe in them, and in the spirit of such a day, gratitude cannot be expressed more abundantly, as it was this night.Cheers from our BV305 Family to your and yours.Written By: Gilson “Sonny” Espinal
IG: @sonny_bv305

Mental health

A girl sits in the corner of her bathroom curled up, crying uncontrollably. She looks at her trembling hands and begins to run them through her hair gripping as she starts screaming. Her mind is telling her she’s all alone, despite the surrounding affections and support of her family and friends. The emotions and sensations are too strong to withstand. She tries to voice out-loud what’s wrong but it doesn’t sound right. Her memories are even in question as dreams and reality commingle in a dance that leaves her head spinning worse than before. This is a spiraling fall that maybe she can snap out of. Sometimes people just can’t.
What if this were a man? Let’s think for a second. The very same fate and reality can befall a man too. Does that make him less of a man? Does that make him weak? Maybe his situation isn’t as severe as the girl above. Maybe he has doubts and reservations in his mind and feels he has no one he can turn to for advice. Society has painted the bearded man in a light that portrays him in an “ALL THINGS MAN” ideology. Toxic masculinity is very real. Pressure to live up to what society sees as a man can be daunting, and wear thin on one’s psyche. In this day and age there is a real issue with what identifies a man Into a strong representation of what people see or someone that can’t stack up – kind of like a lumber jack versus an accountant. A man has next to no emotion. He’s logical and calculating. A man can take feelings and bury them so he’s unphased by them. He’s fearless and strong. He’s a protector, a fighter, and a fierce lover. A man is defined by his physical prowess, look, and mental capacity as well as condition.
What is mental health? Mental health encompasses our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. Imagine being a prisoner in your own mind. Almost as if two people occupied the same body. You question your every thought. What is reality and what is fabricated? Knowing full well the person you once were, but not being able to act like you used to is a personal Hell. This isn’t a campfire horror story, there are people living this turmoil this very moment. It may even be a someone close to you or a loved one.
This kind of sickness effects everyone it comes in contact with. Sometimes you can’t see the signs. Little changes in a person’s behavior or mood. On the other hand, you may see the person you’ve known all your life deteriorate before your eyes. There’s little you can do in this position except cope as best you can and try to understand what that person may be going through. It can be emotionally and physically draining dealing with someone that used to be sharp witted but now sometimes doesn’t remember who you are or what they had just said. A worse scenario is an adult that is now dependent on their loved ones because their mind is like a child’s.
Mental health is vital in every aspect of our lives. It helps us determine how we make decisions, interact and relate with others as well as handling stressful situations. Certain factors can trigger problems such as family heredity or even a traumatic experience. It’s important to be aware of early warning signs of someone that may be experiencing problems. Help is available in certain cases especially if caught early enough. If you are a person that is dealing with someone in this condition, you’re not alone. Don’t hesitate to reach out and talk about the situation. Venting is healthy and keeping those emotions and feelings inside can and will affect your own mental health as well.
Gentlemen, at the end of the day we are human. We are men and we are prone to mistakes. We are Bearded Villains and part of a global brotherhood. We have to be able to help each other and ourselves before we help others. We are also entitled to have feelings and emotions and we need not fear to be judged in reaching out and expressing or exploring something that bothers us on WHATEVER level it may be. A molehill of a problem to one person may be an all consuming mountain to another. You may have the answers to help out a brother. Brothers, it doesn’t make us less of a man to reach out and let a Brother know you need help. It doesn’t have to feel like an obligation to talk to someone specific. You may not have that kind of relationship with that guy, but you may with a few other guys. Talk to someone you are comfortable with. Don’t hesitate because you think you don’t have someone to turn to. You ALWAYS have the support of your Brothers. WE are a FAMILY. We grow together and we struggle together, but it’s done TOGETHER.
Just as we strive to be better physically by going to the gym and eating healthy, we should not neglect our own mental wellness. It’s integrated in everything we do. It’s everything we say, how we react and how we deal with people. Actively seek help if you need it. Stay positive in situations. See if you can develop coping skills for times that may weigh heavy on you. You CAN ask for help or vent. Leaving yourself to your own thoughts could cause more harm than good. Connect with people. All of us should make it our missions to be our brother’s and sister’s keepers. This means that it falls on us to ask the questions and give those people that may have reservations the opportunity to express their thoughts, emotions, and problems. We do what we can, when we can for ourselves, our families, and friends. After all, we’re all on this rock called earth living lives – together.

Solidarity Pt. 1

The Four Seasons are something we learn about as children, in school. We come to later realize how to differentiate them, in our own way. We learn with Spring comes the most beauty in colors, as we see the full blooms of flowers and the fully covered canopies of trees, the gleam of the sun in our faces, and of course the beautiful clear blue sky; undisturbed by the gloom of dark clouds. Next, comes what may be a child’s most preferred season; none other than Summer. We all remember sitting in our class rooms, starring up at the clocks as our teachers spouted off about summer reading lists and expectations for the following grade year; the insistent regard to safety in the following months to come, and on and on and on. All the while, the only one thought we had, was freedom. NO MORE SCHOOL, and all that came in between. As adults, beach parties, and less traffic!! A few months later summer is past and is followed by fall; a time where the temperatures cool, and the autumn colors sprout forward. Best of all, Halloween arrives with spunky costumes (for the adults of course) an abundance of cheap candy, and potentially a few opportunities to scare the life out of your close friends and family. The last of the 4 seasons of course; is Winter. The time for snow, for Christmas spirit, for awesome gifts, out of town friends and relatives, and end of year bonuses!Now, if you’re from Miami, you only really know 3 seasons. Either “damn its hot!”, or “I’m freezing my butt off!” are two. Albeit, this claim to freezing is relative being as Miami’s cold lasts all of 3 weeks, and typically doesn’t go below 43 degrees, but again, it’s Miami, warm and wet is what you get! The reality is, Miami does not get the beautiful colors in the Spring, just cooler waters at the beach to enjoy. As one may suspect, there is no snow being as water freezes at approximately 32 degrees; but still just cold enough for ladies to not feel silly when buying knee high boots, they will wear a total of 7 times in the next 5 years. With Autumn does not come the oranges, yellows and reds; instead there is brown leaves, noisy leaf blowers and pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks, go figure. Which brings us to Summer, and the third season. Summer break…… less traffic; sure, its hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk, but there are beaches, mojitos, and very little clothing to compensate. However, there is one other “season” attached to Summer, the third season…….Hurricane Season.Living in south Florida, it is relatively common to see a storm surging in the Atlantic. When the warm water rises to meet the cool air, it creates storm clouds which naturally, given enough time, build up to a huge storm formation then a tropical storm and eventually, a Hurricane. The exact definition is, “a storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean”, let us paint a picture. Imagine a tornado that is dozens or even hundreds of miles in diameter, the eye in its center, its walls being the deadliest point of the cyclone. Now, let’s add to it the several trillion gallons of water it sheds daily throughout its life span, the immense energy building up that release’s cascades of lighting, all the while moving steadily where it chooses. It is frightening to say the least, however common enough where it is taken lightly, too often.If you have lived in south Florida more than 10 years, chances are you’ve experienced at least one Hurricane, and possibly more depending on the decade. Those that have lived their whole lives in the state, have seen several and nearing the double digits. It has become so common an occurrence, that most natives make jokes of anything below a category 4 hurricane; to a point where “Hurricane Parties” have become a thing. Plans are made to drink, and play dominos and board games to pass the time as the storm runs its course; candles at the ready and even wagers made at to when the power will go out. Granted, after the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, building codes were adapted to compensate for such storms, therefore less devastation is to be expected, which ease the minds of most.Unfortunately, this is not the case everywhere and was made evident many times. Late August of 2019, brought forth devastation as Hurricane Dorian made land fall in the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, and later in Grand Bahama. As the eye of the storm touched land as a Category 5 hurricane, with winds nearing 200 MPH, it eventually came to a dead stop thrashing everything within its range. In its wake, thousands were left without homes, without businesses, without supplies or food or clean water. Lives were taken, families separated and utter devastation left behind, not simply in the neighborhoods, but in the hearts of all that were left.Being from Miami, BV305 are amongst those that have lived through many of these Tropical Cyclones, including the aforementioned, Andrew. Seeing and experiencing what these natural beasts can do, they knew exactly what had to come next. Much like with their brothers in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, the calls rang out, and they were answered. Supplies came in from near and far in such abundance they had to organize pickups every 2 to 3 days to not overwhelm their drop off points, and taken to a warehouse where they await the trip to the Bahamas where they will hand deliver the much needed food and supplies, as well as the man power to work in whatever way that is able. Anxiously they wait on the call for the “all clear”, the call being what tells them it is safe to fly into the island. Recently, the call was made, and soon several of their number will be touching down to provide the help needed, personally. In the coming weeks, there will be, despite the cliché term, literal sweat, blood and tears shed among them, as lives will be saved.One is quick to dismiss a simple gesture, thinking grandeur to be the only true impact. How can my dollar, or my bottle of water make a difference? How can I alone be enough, if I am just one? You may just be one, that dollar may just be one, but if you are one and he is one, now there are two, and others will see and come together to become many, just as the BV305 has. Together, they are many, and together the world slowly becomes an altruistic one.Written By: Javi VasalloInstagram: @_pride55

World Meet 2019

The Bearded Villains name and idea was originally established in 2014 in L.A. It’s purpose was to showcase bearded men of character, from a celebrity to the guy next door. Character, in this light, was the catalyst for evolution. Years later what the organization started as to what it has become is not short of extraordinary. Over the years this Brotherhood has grown to Worldwide renown bent on charity, loyalty, and respect for every person they come into contact with. They are pillars in their respective communities to aid in the betterment of those in need. If not them, then who? It’s no wonder BV305 returned to the beginning by touching down on the west coast in Los Angeles for the 2019 World Meet. Brothers from across the globe converged to this location to represent their chapters, revitalize friendships and make new ones. Here, being in each other’s presence further inspired and motivated existing members and new prospects to do great things. To be a part of something bigger than themselves.

Many brothers booked and stayed at the Historic Mayfair Hotel, nestled in downtown L.A. Built in 1926 and designed by Gulla Jonsidottir, it stands as a timeless piece of Hollywood antiquity. The first post Oscar party was held a the M Bar which resides in the heart of the lobby. Though the hotel is modeled in nostalgic décor and architecture, it is also adorned with a multi million dollar collection of street art by Kelly “Risk” Graval that captures L.A.’s contemporary art scene. This coupled with nightly live music, and it’s hard not to think of the hotel as an attraction in and of itself.

Los Angeles is such a vast expanse of sites and various points of interest. A person may feel they have unfinished business in L.A. if they failed to get around and take in all there is to see and do. Places like Little Tokyo or Chinatown are steeped in culture and authenticity. It’s almost as if a piece of these countries were dropped in and operate as satellite entities to their native lands. Los Angeles is also an nexus of arts and entertainment. Theater, music acts, art exhibits and historic landmarks really highlight the energy and celebration of creativity that thrives here. One such Landmark was the actual location for the World Meet itself, The Avalon.

The Avalon has been at the epicenter of show business in Hollywood since it first opened it’s doors in January of 1927. It has been an integral part of the history that makes up Hollywood. The Beatles played their first West Coast show there in 1964. The ABC network created a variety show based in the Avalon; at the time it was called The Hollywood Palace which was also the name of the show. Acts like The Rolling Stones and The Jackson 5 played there for the first time. Countless memorable acts have performed their way across the stage and now The Bearded Villains World Meet would be added to the roster. The World Meet was a buzz of excitement. Brothers interacting with one another, sharing life experiences, chapter memorabilia, and taking photos to commemorate the moments. The day was filled with amazing energy, drinking, pin and patch swapping, and merriment. Of course what would a bearded event be without a Beard competition?!? What better way to segway into a beard competition than with an exclusive BV Song titled “One Brotherhood One Ship” performed by 3 of their very own?!

Introduced to the stage were 3 Hip Hop stars. Captain of Bearded Villains Ventura – Damon a.ka. Blah, Co-Captain of the BV Virginia – Jimmybean, and Lieutenant of Bearded Villains Chicago – Jelli each took to the stage and picked up a microphone. Three loyal BV members from different chapters in the US, who all met through the Brotherhood and had built their bond across hundreds of miles. This was a true testament to exactly what the Bearded Villains have built. For everyone in attendance the lyrics sang out the very essence of what it was to be a BV brother. The song further entrenched the bond and faith everyone had to the Bearded Villains. The competition was filled with various categories and contestants showboating their lavished face trophies and outfits. As Victors emerged there could only be one Best in Show, and to this Bearded Champion an engraved BV sword was bequeathed to him. The trophy was definitely unique for best in show, but some awards are mightier than the sword.

At the closing of the competition, the President of Bearded Villains, Von Knox, began to speak out about recognition in the organization, as well as acknowledgement for the dedication to community and brothers. Recognition for living the very motto and slogan which BV is now founded. With admiration, he then called forward the entire BV305 Chapter to stage. After being presented their award, the Captain and Co-Captain of BV Argentina were also presented as well as Said Azbane who went on to be accredited that despite not having a chapter in his own country, is amongst the most involved in all aspects related to BV across the globe. Von Knox presented them individually with the Big Heart Award, an award handed to these select few that embodied what the organization has now become. The overwhelming feeling of being humbled and honored in the presence of your peers was evident on all the brothers’ faces. In turn, all had some words to say, but the message was a simple one throughout them. They spoke of how this wasn’t just for any one chapter, but for everyone that has taken up the call to help and continue to do charitable acts in the community. To inspire everyone to continue to do what they do, and of course, what is given in aid is repaid in the help and successes of those helped. That above all else is the best reward. BV FOR LIFE!!

Written By:
Bryon “Shagnus” Chagnon &
Javi Vasallo

IG:
@shagnus
@_pride55

Record Breakers

Nothing feels better than the satisfaction of success. Working hard towards a goal or passion and pushing your limitations to meet or exceed that milestone. That sensation can be quite contagious. That feeling can drive us to do great things, be selfless, or be bigger than ourselves. One such success is pushing one’s body and mind together to achieve greatness. Weight training is one of he best examples of this. Through dedication and consistency the body transforms into a stronger and healthier version all while continuing to break boundaries and push through the body’s limits of what it can do. The changes aren’t overnight but putting in the work day after day is cumulative and the results are their own rewards. What’s more impressive, is to see an adaptive athlete rise to the occasion and not let boundaries define them.

You’re going to say, “but what’s an adaptive athlete?”. Fear not, there’s an answer to your current quandary. An adaptive athlete is the ultimate in fitspiration! Let’s put to rest the words “handicapped”, “disabled” and “special needs”, instead, let us focus on what it means to adapt. To adapt means to adjust and undergo some kind of modification to fit new circumstances. It is in our nature to adapt to life in anything it throws our way. Our bodies, minds, and spirits are constantly making the changes as an innate survival technique. An adaptive athlete has honed their motivation and will to persevere as pursue their goals despite physical or mental inconveniences. There are people and organizations that support and celebrate dynamos like this…enter Limitless Lifters.

Limitless Lifters was founded in 2018 after seeing a need for inclusion and financial support to athletes with special needs of all ages and levels of fitness. They do this through educating within the fitness community as well as organizing fundraisers to raise money and awareness for the competitors. Their mission is to show how important fitness; recreationally and competitively; for athletes and individuals, especially the adaptive level, can be for their overall wellbeing. Ultimately to see an all inclusive fitness community. This ushered in a competitive event known as Record Breakers.

The Bearded Villains Miami Chapter had been waiting for an opportunity to help in any way. Many of the brothers in the chapter are health conscious and promote a healthy lifestyle on social media to help others daily from diet tips, to accountability in the gym, and even words of empowerment and positivity to get through. On May 25th the Bearded Villains Miami got the chance to host an event, dedicated to finding sponsors to support these athletes for a future event, in conjunction with Limitless Lifters and The Battle Axe Gym. One of our members first reached out to Alejo of Limitless Lifters to collaborate with them. Khaled, a member of Battle Axe Gym, reached out to Alejo as well to get involved. Khaled’s grandfather, Abdul Chafoor Al-Yassery, was also a man who cherished helping others less fortunate. He would always bring people together and help raise money for those in need. He also sponsored orphans and helped households who had lost their “breadwinner” from war. He was a beacon of Humanity and brought smiles and blessings to all that knew him. When he passed, Khaled wasn’t able to be with him and felt the best way to honor his memory was to continue in his footsteps by doing the same acts of selflessness that he had done when alive. Khaled asked to have the event named in Honor of one of his best friends and closest confidants, his Grandfather. Abdul Chafoor Al-Yassery would look on as his legacy continued.

Record Breakers started off the day with powerlifting. Michael De La Pava, Owner of Battle Axe Gym, MC’d the event. His boisterous voice and attitude engaged the crowd to cheer on and encouraged the competitors to push themselves to success. BV305 did any and all they could to give support and raise money to help them reach their goal to be able to go to an upcoming meet in August. The rest of the day had obstacle course events as well as tug of war and sled push/pulls. Sponsors for energy drinks and nutrition were there as well with proceeds going towards the event. The energy was explosive and electrified as spectators cheered on the athletes. They were completely receptive to the cheers and praises, posing for onlookers and hugging their coaches and families with each lifting victory. It was truly an awe-inspiring competition for those that participated and those that didn’t. These athletes put their hearts and sheer will with every lift in every event. People that didn’t even work out or exercise left with a feeling of inspiration to be active. There were no longer any excuses they could give themselves about NOT being healthy especially after seeing these Warriors put it out there and give it their all despite some hinderances. Any hinderance is merely an obstacle to overcome and defeat – whether mental or physical. These kids wont give up on their dreams and aspirations just like none of us should either. with that being said, don’t let a day go by without doing something to help make life better for yourself or better yet someone else who may need the extra push.

Bearded Villains Miami will be sponsoring Joshuell from Special Allstars Fitness for a competition on August 10th in Fort Myers. His energy and showmanship is absolutely contagious. He’s always smiling and clearly loves to perform and lift. He’s a shining example of a love for life and living without limitations, something we can all embrace. Here’s to good health!

Written By: Bryon ‘Shagnus’ Chagnon

IG: @shagnus

Edited By: Javier Vasallo

The other side of wellness.

Many times, you’ve seen BV305 speak about wellness throughout the months. Since 2018, it has become a big part of their message, and an important virtue they’ve put out in the world for their followers to see, and feel inspired to follow suit. In this movement, they have found serenity for themselves, and many of those that have become attached to it. Kind of ironic to think about; where an act of pushing and pulling tremendous weight, driving ones self to the brink of collapse in doing so, and exerting the body to unfathomable limits could in fact lead to a state of peace within, once the dust settles.

It’s a simple explanation really, and all boils down to one very detail that’s missed so often. The one thing that people so easily overlook. What is that? Mental stimulus.

Wellness, although primarily associated with fitness, and proper nutrition goes further than simply the physical. When you work out, you slim down, you tone up, you build muscle, and stamina. You shift the natural chemistry in your body, which allows it to endure more and makes your daily activities much easier, or at the very least, less excruciating. When you set a goal, and see progress, in whatever way you intend it to be, it brings forth a sense of satisfaction and overall accomplishment, leaving you fulfilled in how you see yourself. That fulfillment is the mental stimulus that truly encompasses wellness.

Wellness is not just eating healthy and being fit. Wellness is mental stability as well, and enjoyment in what you do. To some, it may be working out and eating clean; to others, it can be yoga and meditation. Neither is wrong, but both are different. This is going to a whole other spectrum, some would say. In truth, it isn’t too disimilar. The commonality with either method, is the purpose of mind, but practiced in an almost opposing way. Let’s put it into perspective. Meditation is used to strengthen the mind, and allows a person to control their mind as they would their body. The mind, not to be confused with the brain, can be trained just as purposefully.

Sit down for a moment and take in what’s around you. Now, consider that the unfocused mind takes in an incalculable amount of information at a time, that goes by unnoticed. It’s the less prominent things that aren’t realized. Not because they aren’t there, but because they’re less obtrusive due to the chaos of your other senses. So, what if you are able to focus on those less prominent things. Find a focal point, and consider it for a moment; its size, its shape, its composition, its color, its texture, understand it for what it is, its purpose, its importance. Notice the sounds around you have almost faded from existence? Notice that in the time you’ve read the last paragraph, you have forgotten this started as a fitness blog? The sounds haven’t disappeared, and this blog hasn’t changed, but now your focus is elsewhere. Because you have focused on something so deliberately, you have unintentionally drowned out everything around you.

A person who meditates, finds understanding, leading to fulfillment in their knowledge. A person who works out finds results, and fulfillment in their progress. Both have found fulfillment, and both are now pleased with their fulfillment, which leads to a healthier outlook in life, because they are in fact, happy with their achievements. Whether it be martial arts, or an overdue fishing trip, or a great book you’ve just read, your wellness is that which makes you happy. BV305 Wellness is not simply a push to find a better looking person in the mirror, BV305 Wellness is a push to find that which fulfills you on a much deeper level. Find your wellness.

And that my friends, is a Wrap!

Written and edited by : Javi Vasallo
Instagram : _pride55

Not all heroes wear capes

Not all heroes wear capes…

In fact, the word hero means: “A person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. That means, that heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. Neighborhood Heroes is an organization in Miami Florida that makes their impact by helping anyone less fortunate.

On February 16th, 2019, BV305 had the chance to participate in HASHTAGLUNCHBAG (which is an event were lunch bags are made and distributed to those less fortunate). On this day, at 11am the Bearded Villains Miami met at The Motivational Edge in Miami and began putting together lunches.

The room was consumed with individual chatter as several groups of people split up into assembly lines to make and pack lunches. Peanut butter and jelly on one side of the room, turkey and cheese on the other.

Villains, their kids, as well as several other volunteers standing side by side, all working towards the same goal: to feed the hungry and less fortunate.

In a mere hour and a half, they were done. As a group, they stood together and listened to heartfelt stories from the creators of this organization about their life, their struggles, and how they got to where they were.

“I remember not really understanding what was going on. My dad said we were going to be driving to Miami to feed the less fortunate. But, its not something I’ve ever done,” said Xanthus, the son of one of BV305’s original members. “When we got there, all the villains were gathered outside. Standing around, waiting for the event to start. Once we started everything was so organized. Everyone had a job. Never knew working could be fun.”

Groups were made and sent off to two different locations to distribute the food. One went to liberty city, the other downtown.

“Dad and I went with the Liberty city team. We were told to knock on the doors of all the houses with painted doors and tell them we’re with HASHTAGLUNCHBAG and ask if they wanted lunches.” One by one the teams emptied their boxes of bagged lunches. “After a while, a bunch of other kids that lived in the development wanted to help. We went to every house trying to distribute as many bags as possible. It was my goal to get rid of every one of them.”

The teams finished passing out the food, and what was left was brought to Miami Rescue to further aid in feeding those in need.

Not all heroes fly around town stopping crime. In fact, anybody can be a hero. All they need, is a cause to stand behind, and a means in which to support that cause. We can’t solve world hunger. But when we pull together, we can make sure that less people go to sleep hungry on any given day.

“I’ve never thought about the less fortunate before. The only life I’ve known is the one my family as provided me with. That day, I got to see how other people live. People who don’t have money for an xbox, or new shoes, or in this case food for the house. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give back, and I look forward to the next event where I can help make someone’s day a little bit better.”

On February 16th, 2019, with an organization with great intentions to stand beside… a group of villains became heroes. So, the question for everyone reading this is, “Who are you going to save today?”

Lights! Travel! Action!

Ah, show biz – the film industry. How many times have we laughed, cried or been at the edge of our seat glued to every moment on the screen? A good movie or show will do just that. They have the ability to draw us in and captivate our minds. Films can teach or entertain. They can give us an escape for a while from reality or show us a reality that we’d never be exposed to by normal circumstances. Movies and shows can allow us to walk along side characters and experience their world and surroundings. Films can take us into the possible future of whisk us into the medieval past. This is just an outer perspective. What’s it like though to actually play out these roles and make them come to life for others to share and be captivated and enthralled by?
One often dreams of being in far off lands, seeing and experiencing different cultures. Many children being a bit extroverted can parlay well into an acting career from child thru to adult. There’s no real age limit to acting. Acting was a natural thing for one of the BV305 brothers and he wanted nothing more than to at least be a part of something big, possibly a memorable or timeless production – another Lord of The Rings per say or in an epic franchise like the Marvel series of films. For many it’s difficult to get out there and break into the field of acting. This Bearded Villain chose to throw himself out there and see what happened. He began by picking up extra roles here and there here in Miami, all the while seeing the whole process of how things are put together and filmed. FaceTime on screen is the key in the industry and the more FaceTime you can get, and doing well in front of the camera, the better your chances are at landing yourself larger and more interactive parts. Through this process he found myself on a plane across the world to Thailand.
Thailand is a beautiful country, but it is also a country of extremes. You have extreme poverty right outside of an 8 story Mega mall with technology, fashion, and goods that haven’t fully hit our own market here in the States. Tourism has shaped a good amount of the country but it was also so fascinating to see how in unison the people were. They weren’t afflicted by the vanity bug that plagues us here. Everyone driving seemed like a thousand little ants all knowing what the other was doing. There were no accidents that occurred or narrowly happened, although just from driving around there; if it were back home; there would have been road rage and accidents galore.
Back to the reason he was in Thailand in the first place. Our brother was there to film as an extra on an independent show being shopped to Netflix as a series on Human trafficking. The producers had already done scenes in New York, LA, and Miami. Bangkok is quite inundated with the street walker – and not all of them are GIRLS! The goal was to capture the authenticity of the situation despite it being a fictional show. The producers liked his work so much they wrote him into the remainder of the pilot as a main character. Very exciting stuff, and works great for his “reel” or acting resume. They finished filming ahead of schedule which allowed him to really take in the culture while there. He visited many of the Temples and blessed while meditating with monks. Growing up in martial arts, he also decided to train Muay Thai with some serious masters in the art. Pretty brutal when you actually learn the from people the art originated from and not the watered down version we see here. He ventured the markets and tried their wares – Scorpions! He even went so far as to get a traditional tattoo as an added reminder of his experience and time spent. It was an amazing experience over all.
Acting is also taking him to Ireland as well to film as an extra on the History Channel’s Vikings TV series as well as Norway to play a role in another Viking-like independent film as well. He’s traveling the world, seeing new cultures and experiencing different aspects of life he’d never do otherwise being here in Miami unless he took a vacation to these places. He took the the risk and made the jump.
Ultimately, the moral of my story is to chase your dreams no matter what they are. Live life as best you can. Life is too short to not take a chance on something that can really be of worth and make you happy. The truth of the saying “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life” is resounding. We should all strive to enrich our lives in whatever way our heart and desires take us. Live with no regrets and don’t look back…you’re not going that way. On that note I’m gonna say “That’s a wrap!”

Written and edited by: Bryon “Shagnus” Chagnon

February has 28 days… But why?

Thirty days hath November, April, June, and September. February has 28 alone. All the rest have 31. This popular rhyme has been around since the 1500s. But, has anyone ever took the time to find out why February has only 28 days? It’s not something they teach in school. What mysteries lie in the month of February? What secrets does this short month keep?

Well, to make this story short… It’s the Romans’ fault. Our modern calendar is loosely based on their old, confusing one. Though records on the Roman calendar are sparse and sketchy at best, legend has it that Romulus, the first king of Rome, devised a 10-month lunar calendar that began at the spring equinox in March and ended with December.

Martius: 31 days
Aprilius: 30 days
Maius: 31 days
Junius: 30 days
Quintilis: 31 days
Sextilis: 30 days
September: 30 days
October: 31 days
November: 30 days
December: 30 days

Tally up those numbers, and you’ll see a problem—the year is only 304 days long. Back then, winter was a nameless, month-less period that no one cared for much. (Planters and harvesters used the calendar as a timetable. To them, winter was useless and wasn’t worth counting.) So for 61 days out of the year, Romans could ask “What month is it?” and you could correctly answer, “None!”

Rome’s second king, (King Numa Pompilius) decided to make the calendar more accurate by syncing it up with the actual lunar year (which is about 354 days). Pompilius added on two months(January and February) after December to account for the new days. The Romans believed even numbers were unlucky, so Numa tried to make each month odd. But to reach the quota of 355, one month had to be even. February ended up pulling the short stick, probably because it was simply the last month on the list. Numa’s calendar ended up looking like this:

Martius: 31 days
Aprilius: 29 days
Maius: 31 days
Iunius: 29 days
Quintilis: 31 days
Sextilis: 29 days
September: 29 days
October: 31 days
November: 29 days
December: 29 days
Ianuarius: 29 days
Februarius: 28 days

Of course, a 355-day calendar had its bugs. After a few years went by, the seasons and months would fall out of sync. So to keep things straight, the Romans had the brilliant idea to “occasionally” insert a 27-day leap month called Mercedonius. The Romans would erase the last couple days of February and start the leap month on February 24th. This caused headaches everywhere. The leap month was inconsistent, mainly because Rome’s high priests determined when it would arrive. Not only did they insert Mercedonius haphazardly, but the priests (being basically politicians at the time) abused the power, using it to extend the terms of friends and trim the terms of enemies.

In around 45 B.C., Julius Caesar commissioned an expert to put aside the lunar origins of the Roman calendar and make it sun-based, like the Egyptian one. Caesar added 10 days to the calendar year and an extra day in February every four years. (The leap-year day was inserted after the 23rd, the same time as the old intercalary month.) Now, the year averaged out to 365.25 days, very close to the actual average length of a year: 365.2425 days (and even that varies). But in order to get Rome on track with the Julian Calendar, the year 46 BCE had to be 445 days long!

After that, the world favored a 365 day calendar. And here we are over 2019 years later, still using the same calendar. At least… For now.

Written by Victor Fonseca
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