Thursday, August 24, 2017

Apollo Beach Tampa Bay Florida Jet Ski Racing Sailing Boating Cruising HyperLapse - IMRAN™

I love Florida and I love boating. Combining those two is easy when I am blessed to live in Apollo Beach, on Tampa Bay.
This is a low-resolution (merely 640x480) video saved from a Twitter Livestream, using their Periscope platform. The quality of Periscope videos is much lower than FaceBook's livestreaming quality these days.
But, you can see why this area is a boating paradise for every kind of mariner, See cruise ships, tankers, cargo ships, yachts, sailboats, cruisers, boats, pontoons, jet skis and almost every form of watercraft in this one video.
It is sped up to nearly 500% so a half hour stream can be enjoyed in under 4.5 minutes.
The music track is my nTrance To The Tunnel Of Love, the title album of my music CD that you can listen to on Spotify, Google Play, Microsoft, iTunes, CDbaby, and all major music platforms.
Enjoy. Like, love, comment, share!

© 2017 IMRAN™

Monday, August 21, 2017

Farewell Jerry Lewis - IMRAN™

Jerry Lewis, 91, passes away. RIP.

His movies were mostly slapstick and almost always had the same formula, but as kids we loved watching his goofball comedy movies on TV in Pakistan.

What movies of his do you remember and enjoyed the most?

His best role came later in life with charity work.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Boat Slip, A Sailboat & Stunning Sunset Skies At Long Island Home Marina - IMRAN™

Walking back home from the beach, after yesterday's gorgeous sunset livestream, I took the longer part of the boardwalk back home.

This way I could catch the stunning shades of dusk and magical clouds against the beautiful boating scene at my boat slip.

My neighbor's sailboat enhanced the view.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Sunset Boardwalk Beach Walk. Deer. ParaGliders. Long Island. LiveStream - IMRAN™

Sunset Boardwalk Beach Walk. Deer. ParaGliders. Long Island. LiveStream - IMRAN™

Come along for a walk on my boardwalk in New York as a beautiful Long Island sunset acts as a backdrop for exciting views of a powered parachute flying by while I get up close and personal with a mama deer and her baby.

Then watch birds and boats pass by me at the beach while the colors of dusk fill the sky.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Real Red/Blue Map Of Votes By County Shows Reality - IMRAN™

I do not belong to any political party and was not a fan of Hillary Clinton. But I knew, and publicly stated, why Donald Trump would be the worst thing to happen to the USA.

The non-stop crisis, chaos, collusion and scandals are bearing it out. Every day he says something that makes things worse.

Almost every day something new and more shocking is revealed. His actions literally are the opposite of everything he claimed in his election campaign.

By now even people on Mars (the red planet) and endangered penguins in Antarctica have seen Trump's Red/Blue map which he whips out all the time -- even when he is asked about something else!

Yes, this Russia-funded Putin puppet won Electoral College with his message (of hate & lies plus Russia's help).

But for the sake of understanding the real state of the union, take a look at this real counties' voting map (from the Washington Post) shows voters' choices by county. America is not as crazy as Trump's Red/Blue map would make the world think!

The intense red spots are the areas where the fringe/lunatic/rabid people who love the man who lied to them are based in highest concentrations. I wish someone would overlay this map on a map of percentage of people with a college degree. Or a map of people and iQ scores, or SAT scores for that matter!

Not all of the people in these red spots are terrible. Many are simple minded, mostly undereducated folks, who are gullible to any snake oil seller's claims.

Thankfully,, these people are not the sharpest tools in the shed. They are by no means the majority of the country. They, and their limited ability to admit to their mistake.

Their delusional, often moronic, statements that Trump is right next to Jesus in being a gift of God, show that Trump can fool some of the people all of the time. Don't believe me? See this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC6wc03OjhY . Also, https://goo.gl/images/LFvsCN shows how correct the late George Carlin was!

And that's how Trump, and his supporters, like it. They embrace living in a world of delusion, hatred, bigotry, illiteracy and falsehoods that sound good. Some openly admit to not wanting to know real facts!

They are the ones demanding and expecting great things in life, like well paying jobs, without even being able to speak, read or write proper English. Many of these areas are the biggest users of ObamaCare, but yelled asking for the failed Repeal & Replace effort.

God save their children from growing up with such ignorance and stupidity. God save our country, and our planet, from the damage Trump and his cronies are doing to it.

 

© 2017 IMRAN™

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Terrific Tuesday Boardwalk Sunset Walk Marina To Beach At Long Island Home New York - IMRAN™

 

Come along for a walk enjoying the beautiful landscape and nature's tranquility at my blessed home. Even better for you, you won't be bitten by gnats as I was being eaten alive by them during this livestream. LOL.

You'll also love this highlights music video. https://www.facebook.com/IMRAN.TV/posts/10155754333871155 also!

© 2017 IMRAN™

Sunday, August 06, 2017

When Being Boiled Alive Is Not Punishment Enough - IMRAN™


I am sickened reading about this triple-murderer. Even a simple death penalty would not have been enough for his first murder!

Why was this man not fried for the first murder? Then he was let out and allowed to kill again...! Why was he not BOILED alive for that? But he was then let out AGAIN to murder AGAIN?

I generally do not support violence. But in this case I would not shed a single tear if the victims' loved ones seek vengeance on the parole boards and judges who let this son of Satan continue living and being set free so he could continue taking lives. 

What do you think?

© 2017 IMRAN™

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Using CVS App A Prescription For Invasion Of Privacy - IMRAN™

Why is CVS Pharmacy trying to track #consumers' #location even when we are not actually using their App? Sleazy invasion of #privacy and a #security risk! Shameful #UX design decision. Maybe the Federal Trade Commission can find out.

© 2017 IMRAN™

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Euro Stairway To Heaven - IMRAN™

Thanks to my beautiful beloved companion Shasha for the many awesome photos she took of me during our amazing time together in Berlin, Germany, five years ago.

She took this candid photo by calling out to me as I was going up a staircase to see if this place was worth exploring. I had made this trip to Germany EXACTLY 25 Years after my first visit there.

© 2017 IMRAN™
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#ThrowbackThursday, #IMRAN, #Berlin, #Germany, #travel, #portrait, #graffiti

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Spectrum's DialUp Age Service & Stone Age CRM - IMRAN™

Spectrum's DialUp Age Service & Stone Age CRM - IMRAN™

I had to tweet about the "Moronic #UXdesign POS #UserExperience Spectrum. Dead service.Stupid phone menu identifies my account from callerID but doesn't know what service I have!"

Even a caveman era CRM system would know I do not get any shitty service from Spectrum other than Internet, which is that lame asymmetrical 200/20.

Yet, their retarded CustomerService number (20 minutes to get a rep) lists through their various services I do NOT have to ask if I am calling about those. Retards.

Spectrum is shitty enough to make me give sleazy Frontier another chance for the symmetric speeds.

© 2017 IMRAN

Delightful Dramatic Dusk Spectacular Sunset Scene Beautiful Blessed Beach Long Island New York Home - IMRAN™

Delightful Dramatic Dusk Spectacular Sunset Scene Beautiful Blessed Beach Long Island New York Home - IMRAN™

Cloud covered skies made sunset short duration but made dramatic colors all around at the Great South Bay, at my blessed home in East Patchogue, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.

See the livestream at http://facebook.com/MyIMRAN

© 2017 IMRAN™

Delightful Dramatic Dusk Spectacular Sunset Scene Beautiful Blessed Beach Long Island New York Home - IMRAN™

Cloud covered skies made sunset short duration but made dramatic colors all around at the Great South Bay, at my blessed home in East Patchogue, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.

See the livestream at http://facebook.com/MyIMRAN

© 2017 IMRAN™

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Smooth Power Of TakeOff Doha To New York - IMRAN™

 My most recent trip to visit my siblings was on our beloved late mother's 25 death anniversary. I got a great round trip airfare flying on Qatar Airways, JFK New York to Lahore with stops in Doha, Qatar each way. Great new planes and fares but I can honestly say Etihad Airways and Emirates service is far better. The airport itself was boring and the staff was unpleasant and least bothered about service with a smile overall. I managed to capture this video taking off from Doha taking off for NY. Check out the incredible water colors of the Khaleej, the Gulf, there. And enjoy the airflow becoming visible over the wings as moisture left a visible trail. Some idiots would insist that was "chemtrails" if they saw it from the ground. 😄😄

© 2017 IMRAN™

#flying #travel #aviation #Qatar #Khaleej

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Growing A 'Small' Business By Getting Down To Hard Work & Pleasing Customers With More Than Lip Service! - IMRAN™

Growing A 'Small' Business By Getting Down To Hard Work & Pleasing Customers With More Than Lip Service! - IMRAN™ 😂

I do not know if this is a hoax but it sure sounds more funny than sexy.

First they will ask, "My pad or your iPad?". Then they will, ahem, get down to business which requires hard work.

Pleasing the customer would be more than lip service. LOL.

Q. Will the BJ providers wear protection on their head? No, no, the real head! In case of hot spilled coffee, you know. LOL

Not to be outdone. perhaps the US coffee chain can rebrand itself as Starƒucks. 😀

 

© 2017 IMRAN™

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DO's, DOESN'Ts And DON'Ts, If You Love Grammar - IMRAN™


What a great photo this is that I just had to Share and comment on. I LOVE the photo for its tongue in cheek humor, implied sexuality, obvious voyeurism & exhibitionism and innuendo. Plus, I love the grammar lesson too that so many need. See the bottoms of the shoes.
Now we need a photo that explains the difference between DON'T and DOESN'T which so many people are too oblivious or don't seem to know. 
Even worse, some blame 'auto-correct' when, in fact, if they even type DOESNT without the apostrophe, auto-correct would fix that to DOESN'T.
As I always say, "Artificial Intelligence cannot fix Natural Stupidity!"  Siri can't fix Lazy, Stupid or UnderEducated. :-)
The funny thing is how native English speakers would make fun of foreigners or foreign-born people, especially low-income immigrants, for their accents or supposed poor English.
These days it is foreign-born people who still speak proper English compared to the bast majority of my fellow Americans. On top of that, almost every year it is always immigrant minority kids that win major spelling competitions.
I do not see things getting any better for the standards of education, including English, what to say of Maths and Science, with Donald Trump in the White House and his ignorance-embracing mindset and policies that make George W. Bush seem like a genius.
What do you think?
Imran Anwar
© 2017 IMRAN™

Monday, June 12, 2017

Florida Boating Jet Skiing Tubing Fun & Wipeout Music Video 4K - IMRAN™


Florida Boating Jet Skiing Tubing Fun & Wipeout Music Video 4K - IMRAN™
I was relaxing on Memorial Day Weekend, when I saw a group of friends on a boat and jet ski with a tube in tow appear from the left. I clicked to record what I figured would be a fun thing to watch happening. And it sure was. Enjoy this music video I made using my "Start At 'The End'" music track first released with a 360° Montauk New York driving video. Watch for the tubing fun and the wipeout! Enjoy the boats going by showing why Apollo Beach is such a great place to enjoy life on the water.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Monday, May 29, 2017

Cancer, Life, Death, Cure, All Matters Of Timing & Society's Priorities - IMRAN™

I have had family members die due to cancer in Pakistan. In the USA a girlfriend of mine died of cancer aged 30 nearly 25 years ago.

Ironically, it was exactly the kind of cancer the young lady in the story below was able to be saved from. "Experimental Cancer Therapy That Targets Genes Gives Patients Hope," reports Washington Post.

A lot in life, disease, cure or death is a matter of genes and pure fate & luck. A random exposure to something can bring about the start of a deadly condition. An equally random or accidental event in a lab can find a miracle cure for deadly disease.

It made me think of how many people lost too young could be saved if money was invested in medical science and research instead of on the creation of death machines by governments and on even more frivolous things by individuals.

How great would it be if sleazy politicians did not yank away health insurance and medical benefits from the poor to give tax breaks to the already super-rich. I would love to pay lower taxes, but not if I know it came from leaving the poor and suffering to die for lack of money and insurance.

How wonderful would it be if the sickeningly rich people buying stupid and ugly paintings for $110 Million instead spent that money on hospitals and cancer research centers. I would be quite happy to see that even if they put their names on top of the buildings in gold letters with neon lights (though my sense of aesthetics would possibly require hospitalization).

Any doctors and healthcare professionals reading this, what do you think of this therapy? And others,including those who have lost someone to cancer, what do you think about my point above?

Imran Anwar

© 2017 IMRAN

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Get Passing Lane Hog Drivers Off The Road - IMRAN™

 
 
One of my pet peeves on the highway is the morons and deliberate jerks who have some genetic need to hog the passing lane even if the middle and first lane are empty for miles.

This phenomenon is common in all states but Florida literally has the worst cases. And in Florida the most egregious cases I have seen have been on I-4 near Orlando. With literally SIX LANES and no traffic I have seen a dozen cars late at night, heading west on I-4, each one in the passing lane and not moving over for traffic coming up behind and even signaling.

The Tampa Bay Times had an article about how a lack of highway patrol staff is reducing the number of speeding tickets getting issued. Yes, irresponsible speeding can cause loss of control but the worst hazard are the brain dead jerks who hog the passing lane.

IMHO, In My Humble Opinion,
1. A responsible driver driving even 20 mph over the posted limit in a straight line in the middle lane on a HIGHWAY with little traffic is not the problem, but is still more likely to get ticketed.
2. The brain-dead or fat-necked or lazy slob or deliberate jerk who does not move over from the PASSING Lane deliberately forcing people to go around on the wrong side is MORE likely to cause
- a) road rage and
- b) collisions of other cars) but can go driving like that for miles, but no one pulls them over. I literally have seen only ONE case of it. (Read that at the end below).
3. If the fewer officers available targeted these types of callous and obnoxious drivers with higher fines, it will have many benefits.
- a) revenue for the state
- b) target the real menace on the roads who endanger others
- c) make people actually use turn signals AND stay in appropriate lanes
d) create fewer hazardous situations
e) create fewer road rage reasons, and
f) will automatically be a deterrent even to the speeding drivers as it is human nature to behave when seeing someone else pulled over.

So, that one time I saw someone get puled over. A total jerk in a huge black SUV who was not letting me pass on I-4 near Tampa. He did not move over even when a Florida Highway Patrol car came up behind him after I moved to the next right lane. The guy did not let the cop pass either!

I never cheer any regular non-drunk driver getting pulled over for 'normal' non-aggressive speeding. But, oh, the joy, when the FHP officer had enough and blared his sirens to pull that prick over.

That LITERALLY is the ONLY case I have seen in 30 years of driving in USA. Please, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy, target the real menace on the roads, the passing lane hogs!



 

 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

My Explanations For Weirdest Reality Star (Not Trump!) In The Universe Acting Up On My Birthday! - IMRAN™

For those who do not know about this, there is a very strange star (in reality) out there. Well, in actuality there are millions we do not understand, but this one is special. It has wide and wild fluctuations in its brightness. It is named Tabby's Star for a scientist Tabetha S. Boyajian, who predicted it would act up, right at my birthday in May. Thank you Tabby and Tabbys's Star. :-)
There are some theories about it, including one that the light from the star if effected by some sort of solar panels aliens living there use to gather energy. That was too easy to not tie into the current state of our politics, reality TV guy in the White House, talk about aliens, and energy independence.
So I have some ideas on it.
I don't want to make Light of it.. ;-) but I am sure it is Barack Obama's people spying on Trump Towers. Bad. Very bad Dark humor? :-)
Otherwise is it just another Reality Star trying to steal the (orange/lime) light? :-)
But, seriously, to those who proposed some sort of solar panel array causing this, why would it not be static brightness or fluctuating on some sort of sinusoid cycle depending on reflection from the star/sun location in a rotational cycle, or even On/Off periodically?
Random needs for power generation are only likely if the aliens just use it for random things, e.g tailgate parties or camping out where they do not have a power grid. :-)
Whatever the explanation, it is going to be big, yuuuge, so bright, so so so bright, you will need shades.
But we don't want anything to do with those aliens who will want to immigrate here. We will stop them. We will build a Wall made from Oakley shades and cemented with sunscreen to keep them out!
Check out the Washington Post article. What are your ideas?

Imran Anwar
© 2017 IMRAN™

Monday, May 15, 2017

Relax In 4 Minutes! Enjoy Setting Sun On Tampa Bay Florida At My Home & ...



Moody on Monday? Wishing weekend was longer? Sensing stress? Take 4 minutes to stop what you're doing, and come sit by my swimming pool at my Apollo Beach, Florida, home.
Watch a stunning golden sunset form over Tampa Bay, while a relaxing tune 'Lovers Seeking Moonlight' ( https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ntrance-to-tunnel-of-love/id1090633937# ) soothes your jangled nerves, and relaxes your soul.
Watch the speed at which the wind carries the clouds. This is not a timelapse. It is the actual speed the wind was carrying them. That is why I left the sound of the wind in the video a little bit. Watch the pelicans fly by you, and ospreys hover above you.
Enjoy and buy some music from my CD, "nTrance To Tunnel Of Love". Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ntrance-to-tunnel-of-love/id1090633937 . I give 100% of the proceeds to charity.
Let me know how you feel. And share with your friends who could use some R&R regardless of where they are stuck!

© 2017 IMRAN

Friday, May 12, 2017

HappilySingle™ vs Open Marriage vs Fake Monogamy - IMRAN™

I'm happily single, never married. I would consider marrying the person I fall in love with deep enough but do not feel the need to be married for the sake of being married.

I also joke that I am waiting to find my fourth beloved so that I can marry all four of my future wives together. (Muslim joke).

The reason I created the HappilySingle™ brand was to ridicule the fallacy of society's "Happily Married" marketing of an obsolete failure of an institution, marriage. 50% end in divorce as we all know.

I believe at least 25% others are having affairs. Another 12.5% are staying together unhappily for the sake of the kids, or out of fear, or because divorce would be economically impractical.

In my opinion, maybe 12.5% couples can fall under the happily married umbrella.

I would ask the married ones among you which category you fall under but for obvious reasons no one would be able to speak the full truth.

I do have dear friends here who are in beautiful open marriages. So, when I saw this article in The New York Times, I had to share it here and ask your opinions on all of these...the institution of marriage versus non-traditional marriages, non-marriage relationships (that often last longer than real marriages) or just staying Happily Single!

Tell me what you all think.

Imran Anwar

© 2017 IMRAN

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dusk Dolphins Diving - IMRAN™



Delightful deep colors of dusk filled sea and sky on Tampa Bay, Florida, as I stood on my dock at sunset. A couple Dolphins headed home for the night after feeding and I could see and hear the rippling of their diving mixed with the sound of water waves and the silence of light waves.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Friday, May 05, 2017

Magical Layers Of Sunset At Tampa Bay Florida - IMRAN™

Magical Layers Of Sunset At Tampa Bay Florida - IMRAN™
What magic Tampa Bay Florida sunsets reveal in layers that I am blessed to see.
The base photo of this image is SOOC (straight out of camera) of my 10 years old Nikon D300. No editing. No color tweak of ANY kind. No filters. It was simply cropped and I added text to fit it into a FaceBook Cover Photo format.

© 2017 IMRAN™  

Monday, May 01, 2017

Start At "The End" At The End Of Day : Montauk NY 360° Winter Drive Music Video - IMRAN™


Montauk (which means The End) in New York is always a fun place to visit, by car, plane or yacht. As the sun began to set at Montauk Lighthouse, on the eastern tip of Long Island, New York, I decided to do a quick 360° video recording, as I drove from the Lighthouse parking lot to a scenic outlook spot on the way home.
360 degree cameras like the Nikon KeyMission 360 have a hard time blending the two completely separate images from the two sides of the camera when the sun is setting. Because the exposure and aperture are very different so a noticeable banding can be seen at the seams.
But, with a sped up video and a music track I created just for this video, I think you will love coming along with me for a winter drive in New York at sunset. Enjoy the full 360x360° view!

© 2017 IMRAN™

Monday, April 24, 2017

Boats & Sailboats, Apollo Beach Exploration Tampa Bay Florida - IMRAN™ (3D-SBS)


Yachts, boats, sailboats, and more under a setting sun at a marina in Apollo Beach, on Tampa Bay, in Florida, are explored in this entertaining and unique Experience. 3D short film, travel documentary, boating adventure, and music video all in one!

© 2017 IMRAN™

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Blue Sky, Red Dusk & White Lightning All Together Tampa Bay Florida - IMRAN™



I do not recall what device I had in my hands when I shot this fairly low resolution video with lots of wind and thunder & lightning about on one side, while a blue sky with golden red sunset and magical dusk were happening on the other side of Tampa Bay. Florida's weather is always magical in these kinds of scenes.
I was out on the dock of my blessed home overlooking an area perfect for boating, sailing and anything beachside.
My primary MacBook Pro with my music storage is in the middle of huge project so I had to use the only music clip I had on this laptop. I had composed "Sunset Flight Of The Bumblebee" specifically for a Long Island New York sunset video live streamed by my drone. But I just used the start of the clip to replace the fluttering noise of the wind in the original video of this scene.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Sunday, April 16, 2017

(Still The) World's Most Powerful Medium! - IMRAN™



#TelevisionIn4Words is a trending hashtag on Twitter right now. I contributed to that stream with:
"World's Most Powerful Medium!"
Yes, better believe it, it still is.
You get, as I tagged the post, "#media #news #entertainment #opinion #history #music #comedy #politics #sports #weather" all in one 'box'!
How many heads of state, or sports champions, or politicians, or businessmen, refuse to be interviewed for TV and say, "No, no TV interviews, tweet me or ask me on FaceBook." ?
Much that many of us complain about how TV quality sucks these days, very few spend hours daily watching TV reruns from the 'good old days'. If anything, more and more global citizens are now getting and experiencing the power of television.
Its influence will get even greater as even greater network bandwidth and Internet technology takes global TV to every corner where traditional TV antenna broadcasts could not reach.
And, news flash for those who claim that TV is dead. When you watch video programming, dramas, sports, music, and entertainment on your iPad or smartphone, you are still watching 'television' programming, even if you are not sitting in front of a television set.
Just because the shape and size of the screen change, it does not mean the medium has died.
Stay tuned... television imagery may become holographic or directly tuned into our heads one day in the future, but TV is here to stay. In many ways, it is up to the television industry on how much of the best is still to come.
What do you think?

Imran Anwar
http://IMRAN.TV

Friday, April 07, 2017

Pelican Glides Past Across Stunning Flats At Tampa Bay - IMRAN™


 

It is another windy day though much less so than the last two days. Walking by the bay windows I saw this pelican come into view. I managed to fire up the iPhone 7 to get this short clip of the bird and the magnificent day.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Speedy Stunning Tampa Bay Sunset - IMRAN™



I had just gotten back to my blessed home in Apollo Beach, Florida, after a mostly cloudy and cold weekend at home in New York. I was happy that I arrived in time to catch one of those stunning sunsets that Tampa Bay is magical for.

The sun was behind multiple layers of clouds, and I really would have liked to take photos with my Nikon DSLR. However, I was doing a livestream, so it would have been tough taking pics while doing a steady stream. This is a 45 seconds music video accelerated version of the 6+ minutes video.

Enjoy!

© 2017 IMRAN™

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Shark In Shallow Tampa Bay Water Near Me - IMRAN™


I often see a couple of small sharks in the water at my Florida home's dock on Tampa Bay, at Apollo Beach. This one was looking for food in the shallow water in the area near my home when I was able to capture it on my iPhone 7+.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Monday, March 06, 2017

Windy Day Tampa Bay Florida Golden Sunset TimeLapse - IMRAN™


This is a 20X accelerated video of a stunning golden sunset at my blessed home on Tampa Bay, Florida. It is a 4K iPhone 7+ video and you can see from the movement of the phone how windy it was as the golden red clouds gave way to dusk. 
© 2017 IMRAN™

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Golden Yellow Rose Of Florida In An Age Of Love Versus Hate - IMRAN™

"Yellow Rose Of Texas" is the title of an old folk song, as well as a 1944 movie, and is used to remember Emily Morgan, a mixed race woman of color who was an indentured servant in New York and later became a free woman, famous for her role in the Texas Revolution and the war with Mexico.

This golden yellow rose is blooming this week in one of the dozen rose bushes I planted at my home in Apollo Beach, four years ago.

The timing of it blooming and the story that goes with it rings so true, especially today. It is a time of tensions with Mexico. And it bloomed the day after the Oscars (Academy Awards) ceremony, which was highlighted by great recognition of actors of color.

That included the first Oscar win by a Muslim actor in Hollywood, Mahershalalhashbaz "Mahershala" Ali, who is also black.

Despite the clerical error at the end of the show, the incredible way Hollywood moved away from last year's valid "Oscars So White" social media outrage is a salute to America's true spirit.

It is especially poignant in this day and age, when racism is perpetuated from the White House, unarmed black Americans can be shot by cops without anyone of them going to jail, criminals can shoot decent cops with impunity and run away to Mexico, and hate-filled gun-toting white guys shouting "Get out of my Country!" can shoot and kill innocent brown-skinned people legal immigrants in the heartland.

Let us 'Make America Great Again'....not by empty slogans that are coded ways of promoting bigotry and racism, but by staying true to real American values. Equality, fairness, justice, freedom and truth are what make America great, not demagogues and false prophets' cries of 'fake news', 'alternate facts', Muslim bans, self-dealing, tax evasion, misogyny and hiding their being agents of a foreign enemy like Russia.

God Bless America and save the world from the harm that is being done to society, to our countries, and to the world, by extremists of all kinds, including the ones wearing ties or turbans.

 

© 2017 IMRAN™
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Monday, February 27, 2017

WaveRunner On Tampa Bay, Florida - IMRAN™


It was another perfect winter day on Tampa Bay Florida when I decided to make a run for Pine Island (Beer Can Island) near my blessed Apollo Beach home.

The stunning blue water and powder blue sky were just perfect. The horizon looks curved because this is from a 360° spherical video action cam.

This is a one-third crop of a Nikon KeyMission 360 action cam on a selfie stick I shoved down my life vest.

I cropped it or you would also be seeing my chest hair and up my nose in more detail than you would like!

Enjoy the fun ride on my Yamaha WaveRunner SVHO.

© 2017 IMRAN™