Thursday, June 13, 2024

Hope Inspiring Resplendent Roses & Blossoms At Blessed Home Long Island, New York, Day Before My Birthday 2012 - IMRAN™ A dozen years ago before I penned these words in 2024, the rose bushes at my blessed home on Long Island, New York, were in full, glorious bloom. It was the early summer of 2012, the day before my 50th birthday. The tornadoes and droughts of total economic meltdown, brought on by the policies of Republican President George W. Bush which enriched the super-wealthy with one trillion dollars of tax cuts, had wreaked havoc on my life as on millions of ordinary individuals, families, and entire towns. The next few years were spent on surviving, recovering, and rebuilding. Even then it was a rocky road. By the time 2012 rolled in, after a labyrinthine journey of heart-sinking troughs, fleeting peaks, and unexpected drops into new valleys, life began to hint at a promising change ahead. I had to remind myself that life’s most exquisite blooms often come accompanied by the piercing thorns of reality. The key is to persistently tend to one’s garden of dreams, rooting it in unshakeable faith, nurturing it with the water of hope, showering it with the rain of love, fortifying it with the grains of gratitude, and ceaselessly illuminating it with the lights of confidence, and perseverance. No matter the adversities you face, remember, they are but temporary. You possess the strength to surmount them. Never let go of your dreams. Never relinquish your authentic self. Within you lies an indomitable spirit. You are capable of blooming despite the thorns. Are you ready to live the life you dream of? © 2012-2024 IMRAN™Hope Inspiring Resplendent Roses & Blossoms At Blessed Home Long Island, New York, Day Before My Birthday 2012 - IMRAN™ A dozen years ago before I penned these words in 2024, the rose bushes at my blessed home on Long Island, New York, were in full, glorious bloom. It was the early summer of 2012, the day before my 50th birthday. The tornadoes and droughts of total economic meltdown, brought on by the policies of Republican President George W. Bush which enriched the super-wealthy with one trillion dollars of tax cuts, had wreaked havoc on my life as on millions of ordinary individuals, families, and entire towns. The next few years were spent on surviving, recovering, and rebuilding. Even then it was a rocky road. By the time 2012 rolled in, after a labyrinthine journey of heart-sinking troughs, fleeting peaks, and unexpected drops into new valleys, life began to hint at a promising change ahead. I had to remind myself that life’s most exquisite blooms often come accompanied by the piercing thorns of reality. The key is to persistently tend to one’s garden of dreams, rooting it in unshakeable faith, nurturing it with the water of hope, showering it with the rain of love, fortifying it with the grains of gratitude, and ceaselessly illuminating it with the lights of confidence, and perseverance. No matter the adversities you face, remember, they are but temporary. You possess the strength to surmount them. Never let go of your dreams. Never relinquish your authentic self. Within you lies an indomitable spirit. You are capable of blooming despite the thorns. Are you ready to live the life you dream of? © 2012-2024 IMRAN™


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Can't See The Forest For The Seas - IMRAN™ This photo was captured twelve years and one month ago today. During my several months long drive along every mile of Florida coastline in 2012, in my search for what is now my Apollo Beach home, this was one of the beaches I stopped at along the journey. Sanibel is among the loveliest places in Florida. I just loved the dark tree stumps and the perfect blue colors of the water. The tree limbs' shades make this one of the few photos I will also post in Black & White as well as this color version. Let me know what you think. © 2012-2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #Florida #Sanibel #autobiography #travelogue #traveling #beach #beaches #seaside #trees #nature #tranquility Nikon D300 #memoriesCan't See The Forest For The Seas - IMRAN™ This photo was captured twelve years and one month ago today. During my several months long drive along every mile of Florida coastline in 2012, in my search for what is now my Apollo Beach home, this was one of the beaches I stopped at along the journey. Sanibel is among the loveliest places in Florida. I just loved the dark tree stumps and the perfect blue colors of the water. The tree limbs' shades make this one of the few photos I will also post in Black & White as well as this color version. Let me know what you think. © 2012-2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #Florida #Sanibel #autobiography #travelogue #traveling #beach #beaches #seaside #trees #nature #tranquility Nikon D300 #memories


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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Thought For Food: What Addiction To Japanese Food? - IMRAN™ What do you mean I have an addiction to Japanese food? I strongly disagree. OK, fine. I have an addiction to food in general, and Japanese specialty rolls and sashimi in particular. Not only is it great tasting, it also looks good, and is fun to photograph. Salmon is my favorite fish, raw as well as grilled. This is a different order from a different restaurant also not too far from me. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #food #foodie #Japanese #sushi #sashimi #cuisine #eating #dining #lifestyle #bokeh #3D #gratitude #ApolloBeach #Florida #restaurant #lifestyle #salmon #tuna #avocado #humorThought For Food: What Addiction To Japanese Food? - IMRAN™ What do you mean I have an addiction to Japanese food? I strongly disagree. OK, fine. I have an addiction to food in general, and Japanese specialty rolls and sashimi in particular. Not only is it great tasting, it also looks good, and is fun to photograph. Salmon is my favorite fish, raw as well as grilled. This is a different order from a different restaurant also not too far from me. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #food #foodie #Japanese #sushi #sashimi #cuisine #eating #dining #lifestyle #bokeh #3D #gratitude #ApolloBeach #Florida #restaurant #lifestyle #salmon #tuna #avocado #humor


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Ever Worse Managed Southwest Airlines Sends Promo Emails Near End Of Offer Period - IMRAN™ Sends Promo Emails Near End Of Offer Period - IMRAN™ In general, I’m not a fan of hedge funds or corporate raider investor groups taking over companies. Nothing good usually comes out of it for the target company, its employees, or customers. However, I was happy to hear that one such group, Elliott Investment Management L.P., just acquired a massive stake in Southwest Airlines. The group is focused on removing the incompetent CEO and self-serving board at Southwest. On those people’s watch, I’ve gone from once loving Southwest Airlines to despising it. They turned a customer-service focused institution into a fiasco-addled, screwups-riddled, nightmare customer-experiences airline. That applies to everything from their planes, to the cramped seats, outdated systems, and even to mismanaged promotional offers. Here’s one example from literally right now. They’re running a promotional campaign from June 10-13. When did they send out the email? June 12! The date is even included in their email text, which is the day before the 50% promo ends. Thanks, but 100% no thanks. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #SouthwestAirlines #travel #marketing #management #leadership #mismanagement #CX #CustomerService #CustomerExperience #consumersEver Worse Managed Southwest Airlines Sends Promo Emails Near End Of Offer Period - IMRAN™ Sends Promo Emails Near End Of Offer Period - IMRAN™ In general, I’m not a fan of hedge funds or corporate raider investor groups taking over companies. Nothing good usually comes out of it for the target company, its employees, or customers. However, I was happy to hear that one such group, Elliott Investment Management L.P., just acquired a massive stake in Southwest Airlines. The group is focused on removing the incompetent CEO and self-serving board at Southwest. On those people’s watch, I’ve gone from once loving Southwest Airlines to despising it. They turned a customer-service focused institution into a fiasco-addled, screwups-riddled, nightmare customer-experiences airline. That applies to everything from their planes, to the cramped seats, outdated systems, and even to mismanaged promotional offers. Here’s one example from literally right now. They’re running a promotional campaign from June 10-13. When did they send out the email? June 12! The date is even included in their email text, which is the day before the 50% promo ends. Thanks, but 100% no thanks. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #SouthwestAirlines #travel #marketing #management #leadership #mismanagement #CX #CustomerService #CustomerExperience #consumers


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Monday, June 10, 2024

Tiara Visit After 8 Years, 12 Years Ago - IMRAN™


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Tiara Condo Singer Island Former Florida Second Home Visit After 8 Years, 12 Years Ago - IMRAN™

In my 35 years of American life, I have been blessed to have lived in Florida in parallel for about 20 of those years. My first "second home" in Florida was at this incredible building called Tiara Condo on the Atlantic Ocean, on Singer Island. I purchased it in 2003.

My condo was just a few floors below the rooftop spaceship like circular wraparound private restaurant and club. I sold it in 2004 and left early morning July 4th, 2004. I drove to Atlanta to be on CNN live that afternoon. And then drove on back to my New York home. 

Soon after I sold, the Tiara was devastated by two separate hurricanes. A lot of people lost everything they had in those incidents. It took years to rebuild. But I was living and working in Miami in those years. 

Eight years after I sold, I was blessed to be looking to buy another second-home. During that 2012 two-three months of driving every mile of Florida coastline, looking at possible places.

Obviously, my beloved Tiara condo was one of the places on that list. So, I was back there looking at mine, and other, condos. I also stuck around until dusk to experience that magic I loved at the start of this century. 

I made this short video of the building, from the wide beach outside it. The magical Atlantic Ocean colors were still visible in the near-dark conditions. The pink clouds above were beautiful. Ironically, you can see the lights on in the condo I so loved.

Much that I loved the place and that feeling, the seller's asking price of $650,000 for a 2-bedroom condo did not make sense to me. So, I left one more time. Maybe I will return another day.

A dozen years after my visit, and a full 20 years after I sold my condo, I am sharing these magical memories and story. I hope you find it touching and inspiring. 


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Sunday, June 09, 2024

Kennedy & K2 At Sunset Watching Noisy Boaters Passing By In Winter 2023 - IMRAN™ © 2023-2024 IMRAN™ #Florida #IMRAN #ApolloBeach #TampaBay #sunset #dogs #weather #winter #weekend #Saturday #seaside #beach #gratitude #Maghreb #GSD #GermanShepherdDogs #Kennedy #K2 #memoriesKennedy & K2 At Sunset Watching Noisy Boaters Passing By In Winter 2023 - IMRAN™ © 2023-2024 IMRAN™ #Florida #IMRAN #ApolloBeach #TampaBay #sunset #dogs #weather #winter #weekend #Saturday #seaside #beach #gratitude #Maghreb #GSD #GermanShepherdDogs #Kennedy #K2 #memories


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Bay/Babe (Let Them) Watch - IMRAN™ Even though it was still officially winter, Florida weather on Tampa Bay in mid-March was super bright and hot. It was made hotter by the sizzling photos of Shannon I took that day. Several boaters passing by seemed to enjoy "Bay/Watch" and the Babe was quite fine to "Let Them Watch!" © 2023-2024 IMRAN™Bay/Babe (Let Them) Watch - IMRAN™ Even though it was still officially winter, Florida weather on Tampa Bay in mid-March was super bright and hot. It was made hotter by the sizzling photos of Shannon I took that day. Several boaters passing by seemed to enjoy "Bay/Watch" and the Babe was quite fine to "Let Them Watch!" © 2023-2024 IMRAN™


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Saturday, June 08, 2024

Thought For Food: What Addiction To Japanese Food? - IMRAN™ What do you mean I have an addiction to Japanese food? I strongly disagree. OK, fine. I have an addiction to food in general, and Japanese specialty rolls and sashimi in particular. Not only is it great tasting, it also looks good, and is fun to photograph. Salmon is my favorite fish, raw as well as grilled. Note to self: don’t order dinner hungry after missing lunch. Salmon Lover’s Delight, Playboy Roll, and Coral Reef Roll if I recall correctly. I’ll share several photos of these from different angles to show why Japanese food is so cool to photograph even at my unmade dinner table at home. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #food #foodie #Japanese #sushi #sashimi #cuisine #eating #dining #lifestyle #bokeh #3D #gratitude #ApolloBeach #Florida #restaurant #lifestyle #salmon #tuna #avocado #humor #3DThought For Food: What Addiction To Japanese Food? - IMRAN™ What do you mean I have an addiction to Japanese food? I strongly disagree. OK, fine. I have an addiction to food in general, and Japanese specialty rolls and sashimi in particular. Not only is it great tasting, it also looks good, and is fun to photograph. Salmon is my favorite fish, raw as well as grilled. Note to self: don’t order dinner hungry after missing lunch. Salmon Lover’s Delight, Playboy Roll, and Coral Reef Roll if I recall correctly. I’ll share several photos of these from different angles to show why Japanese food is so cool to photograph even at my unmade dinner table at home. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #food #foodie #Japanese #sushi #sashimi #cuisine #eating #dining #lifestyle #bokeh #3D #gratitude #ApolloBeach #Florida #restaurant #lifestyle #salmon #tuna #avocado #humor #3D


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Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Thought For Food: What Addiction To Japanese Food? - IMRAN™ What do you mean I have an addiction to Japanese food? I strongly disagree. OK, fine. I have an addiction to food in general, and Japanese specialty rolls and sashimi in particular. Not only is it great tasting, it also looks good, and is fun to photograph. Salmon is my favorite fish, raw as well as grilled. Note to self: don’t order dinner hungry after missing lunch. Salmon Lover’s Delight, Playboy Roll, and Coral Reef Roll if I recall correctly. I’ll share several photos of these from different angles to show why Japanese food is so cool to photograph even at my unmade dinner table at home. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #food #foodie #Japanese #sushi #sashimi #cuisine #eating #dining #lifestyle #bokeh #3D #gratitude #ApolloBeach #Florida #lifestyle #salmon #tuna #avocado #humorThought For Food: What Addiction To Japanese Food? - IMRAN™ What do you mean I have an addiction to Japanese food? I strongly disagree. OK, fine. I have an addiction to food in general, and Japanese specialty rolls and sashimi in particular. Not only is it great tasting, it also looks good, and is fun to photograph. Salmon is my favorite fish, raw as well as grilled. Note to self: don’t order dinner hungry after missing lunch. Salmon Lover’s Delight, Playboy Roll, and Coral Reef Roll if I recall correctly. I’ll share several photos of these from different angles to show why Japanese food is so cool to photograph even at my unmade dinner table at home. © 2024 IMRAN™ #IMRAN #food #foodie #Japanese #sushi #sashimi #cuisine #eating #dining #lifestyle #bokeh #3D #gratitude #ApolloBeach #Florida #lifestyle #salmon #tuna #avocado #humor


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Monday, June 03, 2024

Vivid Sunset On Tampa Bay At Apollo Beach Home January 2023 - IMRAN™ Even when it is an old Nikon pocket camera, and one of their lousier models, the CoolPix 6200, Tampa Bay, Florida sunsets can still come through amazing. You can see how the greens are washed out when the vivid settings are used to highlight the stunning sunset and dusk colors. But, it was the flaming clouds image I was trying to capture anyway, not the nearby palm tree fronds at my blessed home nor the not too distant mangroves. © 2023-2024 IMRAN™ #ApolloBeach, #Coolpix6200, #Florida, #IMRAN, #Nikon, #Sunset, #SymphonyIsles, #TampaBay, #water, #seaside, #beach, #waterfront, #Maghreb, #blessed, #gratitudeVivid Sunset On Tampa Bay At Apollo Beach Home January 2023 - IMRAN™ Even when it is an old Nikon pocket camera, and one of their lousier models, the CoolPix 6200, Tampa Bay, Florida sunsets can still come through amazing. You can see how the greens are washed out when the vivid settings are used to highlight the stunning sunset and dusk colors. But, it was the flaming clouds image I was trying to capture anyway, not the nearby palm tree fronds at my blessed home nor the not too distant mangroves. © 2023-2024 IMRAN™ #ApolloBeach, #Coolpix6200, #Florida, #IMRAN, #Nikon, #Sunset, #SymphonyIsles, #TampaBay, #water, #seaside, #beach, #waterfront, #Maghreb, #blessed, #gratitude


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Sunday, June 02, 2024

Magnificent Paris Late Afternoon Sunlight On A Street Leading Up To The Arc de Triomphe - IMRAN™ J'adore Paris. Walking in the city is always a delight. Especially when I have this kind of late afternoon early spring sunlight. The lights and shadows hold very special meaning to some very important people in my past. We'll always have Paris! It is an added bonus when I can capture one of the most historic icons of the city from a clear street. A clear blue sky as a backdrop for an HDR picture could not have been planned better. © 2018-2024 IMRAN™ #ArcDeTriomphe, #Architecture, #Europe, #Flying, #France, #History, #IMRAN, #landmark, #memories, #Paris, #street, #sunlight, #Travel, #TreesMagnificent Paris Late Afternoon Sunlight On A Street Leading Up To The Arc de Triomphe - IMRAN™ J'adore Paris. Walking in the city is always a delight. Especially when I have this kind of late afternoon early spring sunlight. The lights and shadows hold very special meaning to some very important people in my past. We'll always have Paris! It is an added bonus when I can capture one of the most historic icons of the city from a clear street. A clear blue sky as a backdrop for an HDR picture could not have been planned better. © 2018-2024 IMRAN™ #ArcDeTriomphe, #Architecture, #Europe, #Flying, #France, #History, #IMRAN, #landmark, #memories, #Paris, #street, #sunlight, #Travel, #Trees


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Saturday, June 01, 2024

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3 Bird Formation Flying Over Stunning Sunset Tampa Bay Florida - IMRAN™ (SOOC Panorama) Exactly 5 years ago today. Three birds flying in a straight arrow like formation from Ruskin towards eastern parts of Florida caught my attention. It was the first of June. I was mesmerized by this stunning sunset unfolding in front of me. As I snapped away with the Nikon D850, I was able to capture the 15 handheld photographs to compose this absolutely unedited panorama. I did add my name tag and auto-filled the white space at the top and bottom edge where stitching of handheld photos can leave gaps. Enjoy! Love, comment, share! © 2019-2024 IMRAN™3 Bird Formation Flying Over Stunning Sunset Tampa Bay Florida - IMRAN™ (SOOC Panorama) Exactly 5 years ago today. Three birds flying in a straight arrow like formation from Ruskin towards eastern parts of Florida caught my attention. It was the first of June. I was mesmerized by this stunning sunset unfolding in front of me. As I snapped away with the Nikon D850, I was able to capture the 15 handheld photographs to compose this absolutely unedited panorama. I did add my name tag and auto-filled the white space at the top and bottom edge where stitching of handheld photos can leave gaps. Enjoy! Love, comment, share! © 2019-2024 IMRAN™


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