Sunday, February 25, 2024

First Time Walking Into Tampa Bay Buccaneers Raymond James Stadium - IMRAN™


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Poster (Child) For Triple Play Of Firsts In One Night - IMRAN™ I’ve known Billy Joel songs since the late 1970s, when I was literally a little boy in Karachi, Pakistan. I’ve appreciated Sting’s talent, lyrics, and music since the start. In 1980 Police songs like Don’t Stand So Close To Me made me love the band and artist’s unique style and music. Over the years, Sting’s solo later year songs have become even more special to me. Desert Rose and The Book Of My Life are masterpieces I can’t get enough of. Yet, I had not been to any of their concerts in the half century I’ve gotten to love these performers’ songs and talent more and more. Meanwhile, I’ve called Tampa Bay home for a dozen years but had never made it to Raymond James Stadium where the Buccaneers play. Finally, I had a hat-trick or triple-play of firsts. What fun to see both legends, Billy Joel and Sting, do a joint concert in Tampa, Florida tonight, 20240224, at the Bucs stadium. I had made reservations months ago. It was quite cold tonight, putting me in a New York State Of Mind. On top of it being a clear night, it was under a full moon. Grateful and blessed at another wonderful experience in The Book Of My Life. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #Sting #BillyJoel #legends #music #musicians #concert #artists #history #autobiography #Buccaneers #Tampa #Florida #songs #SongReferencesPoster (Child) For Triple Play Of Firsts In One Night - IMRAN™ I’ve known Billy Joel songs since the late 1970s, when I was literally a little boy in Karachi, Pakistan. I’ve appreciated Sting’s talent, lyrics, and music since the start. In 1980 Police songs like Don’t Stand So Close To Me made me love the band and artist’s unique style and music. Over the years, Sting’s solo later year songs have become even more special to me. Desert Rose and The Book Of My Life are masterpieces I can’t get enough of. Yet, I had not been to any of their concerts in the half century I’ve gotten to love these performers’ songs and talent more and more. Meanwhile, I’ve called Tampa Bay home for a dozen years but had never made it to Raymond James Stadium where the Buccaneers play. Finally, I had a hat-trick or triple-play of firsts. What fun to see both legends, Billy Joel and Sting, do a joint concert in Tampa, Florida tonight, 20240224, at the Bucs stadium. I had made reservations months ago. It was quite cold tonight, putting me in a New York State Of Mind. On top of it being a clear night, it was under a full moon. Grateful and blessed at another wonderful experience in The Book Of My Life. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #Sting #BillyJoel #legends #music #musicians #concert #artists #history #autobiography #Buccaneers #Tampa #Florida #songs #SongReferences


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Friday, February 23, 2024

Two Different Moods Of Same Magical Moment At Tranquil Late Night Key West Harbor - IMRAN™ One late dark and tranquil cool night, walking along the deserted Key West harbor, I captured several beautiful moments and scenes. This one was interesting. Some photographers will post the same photo with multiple edits. I usually try to convey the mood of the moment I captured by posting just one version with the least editing possible. In this case, I am sharing two versions (together) with a very slight difference in brightness. Can you see how the two pictures convey two different moods? The first one conveys to me a sense of solitude, and tranquility, a time of quiet reflection (although, ironically, the image has fewer actual reflections). The second feels a bit more of a walk along a touristy boardwalk looking at beautiful boats in a popular travel destination. Which one do you like more? That is why I always say, how we want to feel about any given moment in life is as much based on what exists and is visible to us as it is based on how we choose to see things, how we choose to respond, how to choose to feel. Happiness is not always possible in every single circumstance. However, living a life full of happiness and joy are choices within our minds and souls. What do you think? Do you feel the images convey other emotions and ideas? © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #Florida #FloridaKeys #sunset #winter #travelogue #travel #leisure #seaside #beach #boating #harbor #yachting #boats #yachts #marina #lifestyle #luxury #boardwalk #night #sky #tourism #philosophy #photography #happiness #tranquilityTwo Different Moods Of Same Magical Moment At Tranquil Late Night Key West Harbor - IMRAN™ One late dark and tranquil cool night, walking along the deserted Key West harbor, I captured several beautiful moments and scenes. This one was interesting. Some photographers will post the same photo with multiple edits. I usually try to convey the mood of the moment I captured by posting just one version with the least editing possible. In this case, I am sharing two versions (together) with a very slight difference in brightness. Can you see how the two pictures convey two different moods? The first one conveys to me a sense of solitude, and tranquility, a time of quiet reflection (although, ironically, the image has fewer actual reflections). The second feels a bit more of a walk along a touristy boardwalk looking at beautiful boats in a popular travel destination. Which one do you like more? That is why I always say, how we want to feel about any given moment in life is as much based on what exists and is visible to us as it is based on how we choose to see things, how we choose to respond, how to choose to feel. Happiness is not always possible in every single circumstance. However, living a life full of happiness and joy are choices within our minds and souls. What do you think? Do you feel the images convey other emotions and ideas? © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #Florida #FloridaKeys #sunset #winter #travelogue #travel #leisure #seaside #beach #boating #harbor #yachting #boats #yachts #marina #lifestyle #luxury #boardwalk #night #sky #tourism #philosophy #photography #happiness #tranquility


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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Intriguing Steak, Underwhelming Sides: Wagyu Filet Mignon at Tavern N Town Marriott Beachside Key West - IMRAN™ The 8oz Wagyu filet mignon was a "special" at Tavern N Town, nestled within the Marriott Beachside Resort in Key West next to the grand lobby, when I stayed there recently. It was certainly intriguing. Although it did not live up to its high recommendations, the steak itself was decent - tender, flavorful, and cooked as I like it. However, for the hefty more than $100 price tag wth tax and tip (especially considering no drinks or desserts were included), my expectations were for a much more sumptuous experience. While the service was commendable, the dryness of the steak and the boring sides left me dissatisfied. The portion of sautéed mushrooms was meager, and the accompanying peppers, though well-presented, weren't quite the ideal pairing for a filet mignon in my humble opinion. Mashed potatoes would have been a more satisfying (and classic) complement. Compared to Prime Steakhouse in town, Tavern N Town's offering fell significantly short. Prime Steakhouse offered a wider variety and more exciting choices, truly complementing their exceptional steak, which itself was far superior to this one. If you're staying at the Marriott Beachside and hankering for a good steak, Tavern N Town won't disappoint. However, for the ultimate price-to-taste satisfaction, venture out to Prime Steakhouse for a more complete and memorable dining experience. © 2024 IMRAN™ #bokeh, #dinner, #dining, #filetmignon, #finedining, #Florida, #FloridaKeys, #foodreview, #IMRAN, #KeyWest, #Marriott, #resort, #restaurant, #foodie, #review, #steak, #Travel, #travelogueIntriguing Steak, Underwhelming Sides: Wagyu Filet Mignon at Tavern N Town Marriott Beachside Key West - IMRAN™ The 8oz Wagyu filet mignon was a "special" at Tavern N Town, nestled within the Marriott Beachside Resort in Key West next to the grand lobby, when I stayed there recently. It was certainly intriguing. Although it did not live up to its high recommendations, the steak itself was decent - tender, flavorful, and cooked as I like it. However, for the hefty more than $100 price tag wth tax and tip (especially considering no drinks or desserts were included), my expectations were for a much more sumptuous experience. While the service was commendable, the dryness of the steak and the boring sides left me dissatisfied. The portion of sautéed mushrooms was meager, and the accompanying peppers, though well-presented, weren't quite the ideal pairing for a filet mignon in my humble opinion. Mashed potatoes would have been a more satisfying (and classic) complement. Compared to Prime Steakhouse in town, Tavern N Town's offering fell significantly short. Prime Steakhouse offered a wider variety and more exciting choices, truly complementing their exceptional steak, which itself was far superior to this one. If you're staying at the Marriott Beachside and hankering for a good steak, Tavern N Town won't disappoint. However, for the ultimate price-to-taste satisfaction, venture out to Prime Steakhouse for a more complete and memorable dining experience. © 2024 IMRAN™ #bokeh, #dinner, #dining, #filetmignon, #finedining, #Florida, #FloridaKeys, #foodreview, #IMRAN, #KeyWest, #Marriott, #resort, #restaurant, #foodie, #review, #steak, #Travel, #travelogue


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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Kayaks At Winter Sunset In Key West Florida - IMRAN™ A magical moment of explosively colorful tranquility and moody sky shades opposite a winter sunset in Key West, Florida. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN, #sky, #boats, #boating, #kayaking, #kayak, #beach, #KeyWest, #FloridaKeys, #Florida, #travel, #travelogue, #winter, #Marriott, #resort, #GulfOfMexico Marriott Hotels Marriott Beachside Hotel In Key West FloridaKayaks At Winter Sunset In Key West Florida - IMRAN™ A magical moment of explosively colorful tranquility and moody sky shades opposite a winter sunset in Key West, Florida. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN, #sky, #boats, #boating, #kayaking, #kayak, #beach, #KeyWest, #FloridaKeys, #Florida, #travel, #travelogue, #winter, #Marriott, #resort, #GulfOfMexico Marriott Hotels Marriott Beachside Hotel In Key West Florida


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The Dichotomy Of Us - IMRAN™ In less than 1 minute you see the dichotomy... of how pathetically insignificant we are in the universe, and yet how incredible we are as we try to explore and understand that very universe and its origins. See video from the European Southern Observatory link in comment below. © 2024 IMRAN™The Dichotomy Of Us - IMRAN™ In less than 1 minute you see the dichotomy... of how pathetically insignificant we are in the universe, and yet how incredible we are as we try to explore and understand that very universe and its origins. See video from the European Southern Observatory link in comment below. © 2024 IMRAN™


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Norberg Thompson Marker, Old Town, Key West, Florida - IMRAN™ © 2024 IMRAN™ #travel #Florida #KeyWest #IMRAN #landmarks #tourism #night #street #OldTown #architecture #memorial #StreetScene #NightLightsNorberg Thompson Marker, Old Town, Key West, Florida - IMRAN™ © 2024 IMRAN™ #travel #Florida #KeyWest #IMRAN #landmarks #tourism #night #street #OldTown #architecture #memorial #StreetScene #NightLights


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Monday, February 19, 2024

Virgin Pina Colada, Every New City (VPC ENC) Nearly 4 Decades - IMRAN™ The first ever Virgin Pina Colada I had was in Frankfurt, in then-called West Germany. It was during my first ever visit abroad from Pakistan. I was 24 years old. I was a guest of the West German government as a young but influential journalist and business manager at The Jang Media Group. I’m grateful that my friend & mentor, and also then-boss, media tycoon Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman helped make that happen. The city of Frankfurt was basically asleep with all shops and stores apparently closed by 6 pm. I was too excited to wait for the next day to be chaperoned around town. I set off exploring the city with the typical basic one-sheet overview map from the hotel lobby. I walked around for hours and miles. Or kilometers to be more metric-ally correct. It was a surprisingly hopping dance club that I stumbled upon on a dark street late at night. I was savoring the high-energy music and people-watching. The bartender, who by coincidence was a young Pakistani-German, asked me what I wanted to drink. I replied that I didn’t drink alcohol. We got into a conversation as did his work too. Later he insisted on making me a virgin pina colada on the house. Appearing to be a solo tourist in a new city, in a new country, even a new continent to me, I was also wary of the risks of being drugged and robbed. So I was very careful in watching every movement around me. Interestingly the bartender also didn’t drink. He even showed me how the drink was made to adjust for the alcohol not added to it. He then served it to me in a large beautiful glass with all the fixings. Pineapple slices, cherry, beautiful & colorful paper umbrella, and a long-burning sparkler. The drink was almost too beautiful to want to drink and finish. But I did. And it was absolutely delicious. Since then, I have tried to have a virgin pina colada in every new city I have been to. I have done that for the last nearly four decades. This was the one I ordered poolside at the Marriott Beachside Resort in my first ever visit to Key West in the Florida Keys last weekend. It was decent, even above average. But I can’t complain as it complimentary. More importantly, it continued the tradition I’ve been blessed to have in my life…. VPC ENC. Virgin Pina Colada, Every New City. Thanks to my once-met bartender friend from Frankfurt who got me hooked on the beverage in 1987…. Cheers! © 1987-2024 IMRAN™ #KeyWest #WestGermany #Florida #FloridaKeys #IMRAN #VirginPinaColada #travelogue #autobiography #travel #foodie #beverages #drinks #traditions #seaside #beachVirgin Pina Colada, Every New City (VPC ENC) Nearly 4 Decades - IMRAN™ The first ever Virgin Pina Colada I had was in Frankfurt, in then-called West Germany. It was during my first ever visit abroad from Pakistan. I was 24 years old. I was a guest of the West German government as a young but influential journalist and business manager at The Jang Media Group. I’m grateful that my friend & mentor, and also then-boss, media tycoon Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman helped make that happen. The city of Frankfurt was basically asleep with all shops and stores apparently closed by 6 pm. I was too excited to wait for the next day to be chaperoned around town. I set off exploring the city with the typical basic one-sheet overview map from the hotel lobby. I walked around for hours and miles. Or kilometers to be more metric-ally correct. It was a surprisingly hopping dance club that I stumbled upon on a dark street late at night. I was savoring the high-energy music and people-watching. The bartender, who by coincidence was a young Pakistani-German, asked me what I wanted to drink. I replied that I didn’t drink alcohol. We got into a conversation as did his work too. Later he insisted on making me a virgin pina colada on the house. Appearing to be a solo tourist in a new city, in a new country, even a new continent to me, I was also wary of the risks of being drugged and robbed. So I was very careful in watching every movement around me. Interestingly the bartender also didn’t drink. He even showed me how the drink was made to adjust for the alcohol not added to it. He then served it to me in a large beautiful glass with all the fixings. Pineapple slices, cherry, beautiful & colorful paper umbrella, and a long-burning sparkler. The drink was almost too beautiful to want to drink and finish. But I did. And it was absolutely delicious. Since then, I have tried to have a virgin pina colada in every new city I have been to. I have done that for the last nearly four decades. This was the one I ordered poolside at the Marriott Beachside Resort in my first ever visit to Key West in the Florida Keys last weekend. It was decent, even above average. But I can’t complain as it complimentary. More importantly, it continued the tradition I’ve been blessed to have in my life…. VPC ENC. Virgin Pina Colada, Every New City. Thanks to my once-met bartender friend from Frankfurt who got me hooked on the beverage in 1987…. Cheers! © 1987-2024 IMRAN™ #KeyWest #WestGermany #Florida #FloridaKeys #IMRAN #VirginPinaColada #travelogue #autobiography #travel #foodie #beverages #drinks #traditions #seaside #beach


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Monday, February 12, 2024

35 Years Late, Eternally Grateful “I” Is Here! - IMRAN™ Manhattan holds a special place in my heart, ever since my MBA days at Columbia. But what many don't know is that Florida has been a constant presence in my life for the past 35 years. My American Christmas and New Year's debut unfolded in Miami, 1989. Gracious Annette B., from the Council for International Visitors (I wonder if it still exists!), hosted me. Many loving memories linger from that organization. Annette's son, Mark, whizzed me around Miami and even treated me to my first Florida boat ride – a picture of us somewhere captures that moment. He pointed towards Key West signs on the highway, but time constraints kept us from exploring further. Years later, 15 years to be exact, fate reconnected me with Annette's daughter, Tania. Our relationship blossomed for two years, ending around this time in 2009 – another 15-year marker. One of Tania's many thoughtful gifts was a thrilling plane ride over the Florida Keys. Soaring with her to Marathon for a seaside lunch and aerial sightseeing was unforgettable. Yet, the iconic drive across the 7-mile bridge remained tantalizingly unfulfilled. Three and a half decades after Mark's highway tease and 15 years after parting ways with Tania, I finally seized the opportunity. This weekend, I embarked on a road trip from my Tampa Bay haven, culminating in Key West under perfect weather. Gratitude washes over me as I savor this moment. My beloved parents instilled in us the value of cherishing memories and appreciating even those from the distant past. So,this journey is also an ode to the wonderful Banens of Miami, even though decades have separated us. And with an even deeper sense of gratitude, I proclaim: 35 years late, but "I" am finally here! © 1989-2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #Florida #Miami #FloridaKeys #KeyWest #memories #autobiography #gratitude #blessed #travel #GulfOfMexico #travelogue35 Years Late, Eternally Grateful “I” Is Here! - IMRAN™ Manhattan holds a special place in my heart, ever since my MBA days at Columbia. But what many don't know is that Florida has been a constant presence in my life for the past 35 years. My American Christmas and New Year's debut unfolded in Miami, 1989. Gracious Annette B., from the Council for International Visitors (I wonder if it still exists!), hosted me. Many loving memories linger from that organization. Annette's son, Mark, whizzed me around Miami and even treated me to my first Florida boat ride – a picture of us somewhere captures that moment. He pointed towards Key West signs on the highway, but time constraints kept us from exploring further. Years later, 15 years to be exact, fate reconnected me with Annette's daughter, Tania. Our relationship blossomed for two years, ending around this time in 2009 – another 15-year marker. One of Tania's many thoughtful gifts was a thrilling plane ride over the Florida Keys. Soaring with her to Marathon for a seaside lunch and aerial sightseeing was unforgettable. Yet, the iconic drive across the 7-mile bridge remained tantalizingly unfulfilled. Three and a half decades after Mark's highway tease and 15 years after parting ways with Tania, I finally seized the opportunity. This weekend, I embarked on a road trip from my Tampa Bay haven, culminating in Key West under perfect weather. Gratitude washes over me as I savor this moment. My beloved parents instilled in us the value of cherishing memories and appreciating even those from the distant past. So,this journey is also an ode to the wonderful Banens of Miami, even though decades have separated us. And with an even deeper sense of gratitude, I proclaim: 35 years late, but "I" am finally here! © 1989-2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #Florida #Miami #FloridaKeys #KeyWest #memories #autobiography #gratitude #blessed #travel #GulfOfMexico #travelogue


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German Shepherd Dog K2 Self Control Watching Birds At Tampa Bay Beach - IMRAN™


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Saturday, February 10, 2024

Spectacular Saturday Seaside Scene Streamed - IMRAN™


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Solo Sailor & Cruise Ship Sailing Off Into A Stunning Winter Sunset At Tampa Bay - IMRAN™ First week of January 2024, an on and off cold and warm winter in the Tampa Bay region. Such a mixture also creates such magical moments. A Celebrity Cruises ship and its passengers set sail from the Port of Tampa Bay. A neighborhood water-sports lover managed to get his craft ready and underway. I was there to bear witness at my blessed home in Apollo Beach, ready with my 17 years old Nikon D300. They both set sail into the stunning sunset that spanned Tampa Bay. Magic. © 2024 IMRAN™ #ApolloBeach, #Beach, #BeachLife, #Boating, #boats, #cruiseship, #cruising, #D300, #Florida, #IMRAN, #landscape, #maghreb, #Marine, #Nikon, #sailing, #sailors, #ship, #Sunset, #TampaBay, #winter,Solo Sailor & Cruise Ship Sailing Off Into A Stunning Winter Sunset At Tampa Bay - IMRAN™ First week of January 2024, an on and off cold and warm winter in the Tampa Bay region. Such a mixture also creates such magical moments. A Celebrity Cruises ship and its passengers set sail from the Port of Tampa Bay. A neighborhood water-sports lover managed to get his craft ready and underway. I was there to bear witness at my blessed home in Apollo Beach, ready with my 17 years old Nikon D300. They both set sail into the stunning sunset that spanned Tampa Bay. Magic. © 2024 IMRAN™ #ApolloBeach, #Beach, #BeachLife, #Boating, #boats, #cruiseship, #cruising, #D300, #Florida, #IMRAN, #landscape, #maghreb, #Marine, #Nikon, #sailing, #sailors, #ship, #Sunset, #TampaBay, #winter,


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Sunday, February 04, 2024

Random Casual DJI M3P Drone Testing 360x360° Selfie Indoors Saturday Night With GSDs- IMRAN™ DJI is a strange company. They have really been the Apple Inc. of the drone industry for consumers in terms of leading in design and product capabilities. But, even as they innovate with their products, the reliability of manufacturing and quality of customer experience is very poor. EVERY single drone I have bought from DJI has had to go back for factory repair or replacement almost immediately after purchase. It has been very frustrating to buy products worth about $1500-2000 in total with batteries etc. and then finding out that the camera does not work from Day 1. Then having to waste time and energy of getting an RMA, then driving to ship it off, then waiting for a repair to be done. It is also annoying not knowing if I will get my brand-new drone back or someone else's refurbished unit. Waiting for the drone to be sent back, excitedly opening it, and THEN finding out that the repair was done but they pulled an internal cable off the frame. So, it had to be sent back a second time. When it came back the second time, I did a test flight on a perfectly still, zero wind day on Tampa Bay. I found that it was now stitching terrible 360x360 panoramas. The horizon, various structures, and other elements were poorly aligned all over the image. Their customer service people have been very helpful. However, the reliability of the product is terrible. They told me to do all kinds of resets and calibrations on the drone, and to reset everything, and format the SD card etc. So, I did all that. To test the panorama stitching with absolutely zero wind, I had it take off inside the drawing room last night. As I said, zero wind, zero fan, zero AC, zero fireplace, zero sunlight, zero moonlight, zero movement in the room. And yet it did such a terrible job that I am sure I have to send it back to them a THIRD time. That is just atrocious customer experience, IMHO. In the meantime, I decided to clean up the poor stitching enough to share this casual weekend late night scene with you all. My dogs did not even move but got chopped. You can see how I tried to clean up that poor stitching if you look closely at some of the things I did not bother with, e.g. the curtains, parts of the ceiling, etc. DJI may be frustrating, but I am so grateful for everything else. Thanks for reading the story and letting me share a moment of my gratitude-filled and blessed life. © 2024 IMRAN™Random Casual DJI M3P Drone Testing 360x360° Selfie Indoors Saturday Night With GSDs- IMRAN™ DJI is a strange company. They have really been the Apple Inc. of the drone industry for consumers in terms of leading in design and product capabilities. But, even as they innovate with their products, the reliability of manufacturing and quality of customer experience is very poor. EVERY single drone I have bought from DJI has had to go back for factory repair or replacement almost immediately after purchase. It has been very frustrating to buy products worth about $1500-2000 in total with batteries etc. and then finding out that the camera does not work from Day 1. Then having to waste time and energy of getting an RMA, then driving to ship it off, then waiting for a repair to be done. It is also annoying not knowing if I will get my brand-new drone back or someone else's refurbished unit. Waiting for the drone to be sent back, excitedly opening it, and THEN finding out that the repair was done but they pulled an internal cable off the frame. So, it had to be sent back a second time. When it came back the second time, I did a test flight on a perfectly still, zero wind day on Tampa Bay. I found that it was now stitching terrible 360x360 panoramas. The horizon, various structures, and other elements were poorly aligned all over the image. Their customer service people have been very helpful. However, the reliability of the product is terrible. They told me to do all kinds of resets and calibrations on the drone, and to reset everything, and format the SD card etc. So, I did all that. To test the panorama stitching with absolutely zero wind, I had it take off inside the drawing room last night. As I said, zero wind, zero fan, zero AC, zero fireplace, zero sunlight, zero moonlight, zero movement in the room. And yet it did such a terrible job that I am sure I have to send it back to them a THIRD time. That is just atrocious customer experience, IMHO. In the meantime, I decided to clean up the poor stitching enough to share this casual weekend late night scene with you all. My dogs did not even move but got chopped. You can see how I tried to clean up that poor stitching if you look closely at some of the things I did not bother with, e.g. the curtains, parts of the ceiling, etc. DJI may be frustrating, but I am so grateful for everything else. Thanks for reading the story and letting me share a moment of my gratitude-filled and blessed life. © 2024 IMRAN™


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K2 Jumping On 2 Legs, Kennedy Sitting On All 4 - IMRAN™ © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #TampaBay #Florida #beach #GSD #animals #dogs #GermanShepherdsK2 Jumping On 2 Legs, Kennedy Sitting On All 4 - IMRAN™ © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #TampaBay #Florida #beach #GSD #animals #dogs #GermanShepherds


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Saturday, February 03, 2024

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Bold Beautiful Blonde Sexy Siren Shannon Buoys Boaters Beachside - IMRAN™


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What Happens When 3D Brain Printers Run Out Of Inks!? - IMRAN™




God help us. First #3D-printed functional human #brain tissue has been created by scientists. 
There are some people I would gladly gift such 3D Brain printers to. 😃 Maybe their brains were created with printers made by sleazy companies like Canon that deliberately brick entire multifunction devices’ scanner & fax parts under the evil ruse of expired print heads. 
This news item from Interesting Engineering is both exciting and terrifying. “#Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are the first to develop the 3D-printed brain tissue, which grows and behaves like a natural brain tissue. 
The group used a new 3D-printing method, stacking layers of tissue horizontally rather than vertically and using a softer bio-ink. The model will allow scientists to better study #neurological diseases, including #Alzheimers and #Parkinsons.”
What are your thoughts (from your hopefully non-3D printed 🧠) brain?😊

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

A Colorful Happy Life Is Whatever You Make Of The Canvas Of Destiny & The Paints Of Fate God Gave To You At Birth - IMRAN™


Sure, it looks like I ran through a glue factory into a flower shop and then through a paint store as the cans fell off the shelves! Life, like art, is what you choose to see, what you make of it.
 I do not know how much time I have assigned to me here on Earth in God's ledgers of time. What I do know is this, we are all given a blank cavas of destiny when we are born. We are provided an infinite supply of paints that family, education, travel, experiences, and choices bring into our studio. 
What we do with them, what we envision, what we conjure up with our imagination, what structures we sketch in, what conclusions we draw, and what motions we go through, those are all entirely up to us. We choose the paints. We choose the brushes, the pencils, the erasers, even the magic markers and spray cans. Every day of life we are coloring in the story of our one and only one life. 
We are working on a singularly unique canvas in the entire universe and through all of the infinities of time. It is the ultimate irony that the painting is only “complete" when our finite time runs out, when it is the end of the physical world for us. Sometimes paintings are left unfinished compared to what we imagined, when we do not get all the time we thought we would. 
The truth is, even with a hundred years, we could never run out of the new shades, strokes and layers we could have continued to add. That is why it is essential that we paint the best of our intentions into existence every day. 
We must do that and live life to the fullest every day, make the world a better place every day, speak out against injustice every day. Whether the painting is considered a masterpiece by anyone is not important. What is important is to know that regardless of what and how we chose to live, and paint our story, we did the best we could have.
That way, no matter how much time we have, and how much of our envisioned image is completed, it will still have been the best use of the gifts of life we were given by Allah, the One God, creator of everything and beyond. 
At the end, that is the only viewer who can award us the ultimate prize…. knowing that we lived the happiest, most colors-filled, joyful, love-spreading life we possibly could have. Thank you, God. 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

TGI (Totally Grateful IMRAN) / Friday / Night / Blues / Traveler - IMRAN™ I’m often wearing blues, I’m never feeling the blues! I’m always “Totally Grateful Imran” TGI F(ridays) I’m forever hopeful all days. I’m a time traveler (mind, body, soul) always. I’m greatly grateful for all of my yesterdays. I’m perseverance personified for all todays. I’m extremely excited for all tonights, tomorrows. I’m truly eternally joyful always. I’m always happy everyone says I’m a passionate lover every week, I’m a fighter protecting the weak. I’m embracing life’s every thrill, I’m soft of heart, strong of will. I’m worshipping your beauty every day I’m loving all our nights, when you stay. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #poem #poetry #philosophy #gratitude #poetry #lovers #wordplay #puns #future #hope #desire #grateful #Florida #weekend #Friday #TGIFTGI (Totally Grateful IMRAN) / Friday / Night / Blues / Traveler - IMRAN™ I’m often wearing blues, I’m never feeling the blues! I’m always “Totally Grateful Imran” TGI F(ridays) I’m forever hopeful all days. I’m a time traveler (mind, body, soul) always. I’m greatly grateful for all of my yesterdays. I’m perseverance personified for all todays. I’m extremely excited for all tonights, tomorrows. I’m truly eternally joyful always. I’m always happy everyone says I’m a passionate lover every week, I’m a fighter protecting the weak. I’m embracing life’s every thrill, I’m soft of heart, strong of will. I’m worshipping your beauty every day I’m loving all our nights, when you stay. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #poem #poetry #philosophy #gratitude #poetry #lovers #wordplay #puns #future #hope #desire #grateful #Florida #weekend #Friday #TGIF


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Saturday, January 27, 2024

Magical Morning Moon Serene Saturday Seaside Beautiful Birds Beach Delightful Dogs Day - IMRAN™


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What Is Intelligence? - IMRAN™ A friend shared this image (creator unknown to me). I commented: “Love the graphic. Not sure if adapting to change = intelligence. Snails, frogs, plants, trees, almost all living things adapt to change. 😉” IMHO, sure, Intelligence includes the ability to read and understand this image. But even people who can’t read - and many animal species - have intelligence. Survivability includes the capability of adapting to change. What do you think? © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMHO #meme #IMRAN #intelligence #survival #education #wisdom #experience #philosophy #commentaryWhat Is Intelligence? - IMRAN™ A friend shared this image (creator unknown to me). I commented: “Love the graphic. Not sure if adapting to change = intelligence. Snails, frogs, plants, trees, almost all living things adapt to change. 😉” IMHO, sure, Intelligence includes the ability to read and understand this image. But even people who can’t read - and many animal species - have intelligence. Survivability includes the capability of adapting to change. What do you think? © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMHO #meme #IMRAN #intelligence #survival #education #wisdom #experience #philosophy #commentary


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What Is Intelligence? - IMRAN™ A friend shared this (creator unknown to me). I commented: “Love the graphic. Not sure if adapting to change = intelligence. Snails, frogs, plants, trees, almost all living things adapt to change. 😉” IMHO, sure, Intelligence includes the ability to read and understand this image. But even people who can’t read - and many animal species - have intelligence. Survivability includes the capability of adapting to change. What do you think? © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMHO #meme #IMRAN #intelligence #survival #education #wisdom #experience #philosophy #commentaryWhat Is Intelligence? - IMRAN™ A friend shared this (creator unknown to me). I commented: “Love the graphic. Not sure if adapting to change = intelligence. Snails, frogs, plants, trees, almost all living things adapt to change. 😉” IMHO, sure, Intelligence includes the ability to read and understand this image. But even people who can’t read - and many animal species - have intelligence. Survivability includes the capability of adapting to change. What do you think? © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMHO #meme #IMRAN #intelligence #survival #education #wisdom #experience #philosophy #commentary


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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

First Full Year In America, New Year's Week January 1990, Coral Gables Florida - IMRAN™ I feel a deep gratitude for the amazing life I've lived since my birth in Pakistan to the world's most incredible parents. I'm particularly blessed to have spent the majority of my life, the last 35 years, in America. While I don't know what the future holds or how much time I have left, every step has been an adventure and a gift from God. My New Yorker soul was born the moment I first landed at JFK in January 1987. I endured a Christmastime tourist adventure in America and Canada – smack dab in the frigid winter of Manhattan and even colder Toronto! Returning in 1989, I chose New York over California to be the start of my new life. Columbia University Graduate School of Business welcomed me with a full academic scholarship, granting me an MBA and propelling me into the next chapter. Ironically, though I call New York my forever hometown, my first Christmas (1989) and New Year (1990) in America were spent in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida. So, Florida has been my "second home state" throughout my American journey. And that continues to this day with my calling Tampa Bay region home too. That fateful first visit to Florida, facilitated by the Council for International Visitors in Miami, and being hosted by a wonderful Dutch-American family, led me to several cherished and many lifelong connections. This candid photo was taken by one of my dear Miami girlfriends from that time. Facing one of Florida's coldest winters in decades, which tragically decimated the orange crop that year, I, the New Yorker who had brought no warm clothes for that trip, was blissfully comfortable at her Coral Gables home, as the new year of 1990 unfolded. Grateful, for all the experiences, all the love! Keep your prayers and love coming, my friends and loved ones. © 1990-2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN; #Florida; #Miami; #CoralGables; #1990; #Anniversary; #autobiography; #relaxing; #youth; #history; #gratitude; #blessed;First Full Year In America, New Year's Week January 1990, Coral Gables Florida - IMRAN™ I feel a deep gratitude for the amazing life I've lived since my birth in Pakistan to the world's most incredible parents. I'm particularly blessed to have spent the majority of my life, the last 35 years, in America. While I don't know what the future holds or how much time I have left, every step has been an adventure and a gift from God. My New Yorker soul was born the moment I first landed at JFK in January 1987. I endured a Christmastime tourist adventure in America and Canada – smack dab in the frigid winter of Manhattan and even colder Toronto! Returning in 1989, I chose New York over California to be the start of my new life. Columbia University Graduate School of Business welcomed me with a full academic scholarship, granting me an MBA and propelling me into the next chapter. Ironically, though I call New York my forever hometown, my first Christmas (1989) and New Year (1990) in America were spent in Coral Gables and Miami, Florida. So, Florida has been my "second home state" throughout my American journey. And that continues to this day with my calling Tampa Bay region home too. That fateful first visit to Florida, facilitated by the Council for International Visitors in Miami, and being hosted by a wonderful Dutch-American family, led me to several cherished and many lifelong connections. This candid photo was taken by one of my dear Miami girlfriends from that time. Facing one of Florida's coldest winters in decades, which tragically decimated the orange crop that year, I, the New Yorker who had brought no warm clothes for that trip, was blissfully comfortable at her Coral Gables home, as the new year of 1990 unfolded. Grateful, for all the experiences, all the love! Keep your prayers and love coming, my friends and loved ones. © 1990-2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN; #Florida; #Miami; #CoralGables; #1990; #Anniversary; #autobiography; #relaxing; #youth; #history; #gratitude; #blessed;


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Cornering The Market, On Bad Wordplay - IMRAN™ © 2024 IMRAN™ #1980s, #furniture, #humor, #IMRAN, #Meme, #puns, #wisdom, #wit, #wordplayCornering The Market, On Bad Wordplay - IMRAN™ © 2024 IMRAN™ #1980s, #furniture, #humor, #IMRAN, #Meme, #puns, #wisdom, #wit, #wordplay


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Monday, January 22, 2024

Grateful Celebrating 35 Years Anniversary Of My Life In America - IMRAN™ January, 1989 to January, 2024. Just like that, 35 Years! A selfie taken on the exact day of my 35th year anniversary of (a second visit but) first day of living in America. An incredible journey of landing, living, liking, loving, laughing, listening, learning, launching, leading, lifting, and liberating (hearts, bodies, and minds too). God blessed with an incredible life from the day I was born in Pakistan to the world's greatest parents. May their souls carry on in eternal bliss. Amen. Blessed beyond any words of gratitude, I am incredibly grateful for the adventure of my life in America. It started thirty-five years ago at the start of January 1989 at my Columbia University apartment in Manhattan, New York. It continues here at Apollo Beach on Tampa Bay. Ironically I am writing this in my blessed Florida home, which was built in 1989, literally the year that I started my life in America. May the best that lies ahead continue for as long as God blesses me. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #USA #America #autobiography #LifeStory #gratitude #history #portrait #selfie #inspirationGrateful Celebrating 35 Years Anniversary Of My Life In America - IMRAN™ January, 1989 to January, 2024. Just like that, 35 Years! A selfie taken on the exact day of my 35th year anniversary of (a second visit but) first day of living in America. An incredible journey of landing, living, liking, loving, laughing, listening, learning, launching, leading, lifting, and liberating (hearts, bodies, and minds too). God blessed with an incredible life from the day I was born in Pakistan to the world's greatest parents. May their souls carry on in eternal bliss. Amen. Blessed beyond any words of gratitude, I am incredibly grateful for the adventure of my life in America. It started thirty-five years ago at the start of January 1989 at my Columbia University apartment in Manhattan, New York. It continues here at Apollo Beach on Tampa Bay. Ironically I am writing this in my blessed Florida home, which was built in 1989, literally the year that I started my life in America. May the best that lies ahead continue for as long as God blesses me. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #USA #America #autobiography #LifeStory #gratitude #history #portrait #selfie #inspiration


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Sunday, January 21, 2024

Magnificent Late October Tampa Bay Sunset Five Years Ago At Apollo Beach Home 360°x360° - IMRAN™



Magnificent Late October Tampa Bay Sunset Five Years Ago At Apollo Beach Home 360°x360° - IMRAN™

This perfect moment of tranquility was captured with 2GB worth of Nikon D850 handheld photos. It was autumn and the last week of October 2018 was coming up.
I took exactly 4 dozen photos as accurately as I could, trying to keep my hands steady and arms level. I did that while turning full 360 three times hoping to not move too much from the spot I started at. I wanted to catch all the details top to bottom, and all around, even though some of the edges get messed up when handheld photos are stitched. 
It is ironic that 2GB of photos must be reduced into a 5MB or so image for Facebook to accept. In the full image, especially on a large screen TV, you would see this 30,000 x 150,000 pixels image as if you were standing here next to me.
You can see my Yamaha WaveRunner jet ski, which was lost after a storm a few years later. The DJI Phantom 4 drone stood on dock ready on deck  for a sunset flight. 
A boat was passing my dock heading home. This was just four months before I would get Kennedy, my German Shepherd Dog you all know, as well as K2 a year after that.

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Super Low Temps Super Low Tide Super Bright Morning Super Beautiful Tampa Bay - IMRAN™


Super Low Temps Super Low Tide Super Bright Morning Super Beautiful Tampa Bay - IMRAN™

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Saturday, January 20, 2024

Saturday Seaside Sailing Lover On Weekend Afternoon Before Below Freezing Midnight Tampa Bay Tonight - IMRAN™



Saturday Seaside Sailing Lover On Weekend Afternoon Before Below Freezing Midnight Tampa Bay Tonight - IMRAN™ 
A zoomed in iPhone photo through a window twenty feet from me makes the colors a bit muddy.  That goes with the muddy tones of the day and the low tide as this neighbor spent quite some time setting up his vessel on a cold winter Saturday. 
I can’t even try to name the different types of wind, surf, sail, and sea sports combinations I get to see here. The temperature is heading to -1C tonight here, which is still better than -8C at my Long Island home. 

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The Mask Of… A Man Of Many Talents, And It Wasn't Me - IMRAN™



The Mask Of… A Man Of Many Talents, And It Wasn't Me - IMRAN™
I have always admired people who can draw, paint, or sculpt, because I have no artistic talent myself. One of them is Stefan Wall, a young man who used to clean my swimming pool a few years ago. He impressed me with his kindness, intelligence, and creativity. We became friends and kept in touch even after he moved to the west coast for a new opportunity. 
Stefan had many talents and passions. He was a caring son who looked after his sick mother. He was a successful entrepreneur who built his own drones from scratch long before they became popular. He was also an artist who experimented with different media, such as clay pottery and masks. 
He gave me this mask as a gift when he left. It was one of his first creations and I cherish it. I recently put it in front of a red LED light and took this photo. The mask has a strong and mysterious but not scary glow. I wanted to share this photo with you and tell you the story behind it.

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UrUXSux When You Literally Repeatedly Send Meaningless Notifications - IMRAN™ I opine regularly about User Experience and Customer Experiences for almost 20 years. I love speaking at CX/UX conferences. LONG ago, I even started #UrUXSux on the platform that is now unusable and called X. I still have thousands of screenshots to share from hundreds of companies, orgs, sites, and real world photos of places/signs, and more. Some are at the page I created for it at: "CustomerExperience UserExperience UserInterface Design Aren't Rocket Science!" linked in the comment below. The idea is not to insult but to highlight the ways UX/CX/UI still seem to be secondary thoughts or completely missing in the product or service or site design. To be fair I do not exclude anyone. That includes companies like my own employer, or companies it owns, like this platform and others. Since its acquisition by Microsoft, LinkedIn UX has gotten less-crappy (I still cannot call it good) over the years, but some of it is still weirdly bad. For example, meaningless repetition of notifications of the same useless info -- literally within the same hour - is one frequent example on LinkedIn. As you can see, I was notified that 36 people (why that weird number?) saw my post. Not that there was any engagement or comment that I needed to respond to. Just that 36 random news feeds randomly saw something I posted for fun. Then, within the same notification stream, literally the next one a few minutes later is that... drum roll.... 39 people (and why THAT weird number?) had seen my post. Again, useless information and definitely not worth sending me two notifications about. I would love to hear examples of bad UX/CX from here and other businesses/orgs. And who do you think does something really well that we (and others) can learn from. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #IMHO #commentary #UX #UI #CX #CustomerSuccess #customerexperiences #customerobsession #designthinking #LinkedIn #cxinnovation #cxoinsights #cxtrends #cxleadershipUrUXSux When You Literally Repeatedly Send Meaningless Notifications - IMRAN™ I opine regularly about User Experience and Customer Experiences for almost 20 years. I love speaking at CX/UX conferences. LONG ago, I even started #UrUXSux on the platform that is now unusable and called X. I still have thousands of screenshots to share from hundreds of companies, orgs, sites, and real world photos of places/signs, and more. Some are at the page I created for it at: "CustomerExperience UserExperience UserInterface Design Aren't Rocket Science!" linked in the comment below. The idea is not to insult but to highlight the ways UX/CX/UI still seem to be secondary thoughts or completely missing in the product or service or site design. To be fair I do not exclude anyone. That includes companies like my own employer, or companies it owns, like this platform and others. Since its acquisition by Microsoft, LinkedIn UX has gotten less-crappy (I still cannot call it good) over the years, but some of it is still weirdly bad. For example, meaningless repetition of notifications of the same useless info -- literally within the same hour - is one frequent example on LinkedIn. As you can see, I was notified that 36 people (why that weird number?) saw my post. Not that there was any engagement or comment that I needed to respond to. Just that 36 random news feeds randomly saw something I posted for fun. Then, within the same notification stream, literally the next one a few minutes later is that... drum roll.... 39 people (and why THAT weird number?) had seen my post. Again, useless information and definitely not worth sending me two notifications about. I would love to hear examples of bad UX/CX from here and other businesses/orgs. And who do you think does something really well that we (and others) can learn from. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #IMHO #commentary #UX #UI #CX #CustomerSuccess #customerexperiences #customerobsession #designthinking #LinkedIn #cxinnovation #cxoinsights #cxtrends #cxleadership


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Sunset-Like Colors Linger On Cold Morning At Low Tide On Tampa Bay - IMRAN™


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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Surreal Sunset Sky Scene Selfie - IMAN™ Late November, 2023, as I did a drone flight heading back home from a walk, I wanted to try an HDR aerial panorama.So, 10 pictures were taken and stitched into this one. It's not meant to be flawless as a photo, so you will see artifacts. You can see Kennedy and K2 sitting mid-level on the front steps. The sunset was reflecting off the water (which the HDR gives a bit of unreal purple tinge to in some spots). But, just a fun selfie, seaside, seen from the sky, shared with you. Can you see the dogs and my name in the pic? © 2023-2024 IMRAN™ #aerial, #ApolloBeach, #DJI, #dogs, #drone, #Dusk, #Florida, #GermanShepherdDogs, #HDR, #HomeSweetHome, #IMRAN, #M3P, #MercedesBenz, #Nature, #palmtrees, #Panorama, #realestate, #S65, #Sunset, #reflections, #seaside, #beach, #WhiteHouseSurreal Sunset Sky Scene Selfie - IMAN™ Late November, 2023, as I did a drone flight heading back home from a walk, I wanted to try an HDR aerial panorama.So, 10 pictures were taken and stitched into this one. It's not meant to be flawless as a photo, so you will see artifacts. You can see Kennedy and K2 sitting mid-level on the front steps. The sunset was reflecting off the water (which the HDR gives a bit of unreal purple tinge to in some spots). But, just a fun selfie, seaside, seen from the sky, shared with you. Can you see the dogs and my name in the pic? © 2023-2024 IMRAN™ #aerial, #ApolloBeach, #DJI, #dogs, #drone, #Dusk, #Florida, #GermanShepherdDogs, #HDR, #HomeSweetHome, #IMRAN, #M3P, #MercedesBenz, #Nature, #palmtrees, #Panorama, #realestate, #S65, #Sunset, #reflections, #seaside, #beach, #WhiteHouse


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