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Friday, July 6, 2012

Depending on their ages, ebullient Manchester City fans agree that new home kit from Umbro is smexy, boss, gear, cool beans - great new video shows it flying high over Manchester. Meanwhile, Dolphins fans are justifiably nervous at what owner Stephen Ross may do to uniforms and classic logo next year.

Manchester City Football Club video: NEW CITY KIT: Umbro "Show Your City" July 6, 2012. http://youtu.be/O8hqPd4m1RM  
Depending on their ages, ebullient Manchester City fans agree that new home kit from Umbro is smexy, boss, gear, cool beans - great new video shows it flying high over Manchester. Meanwhile, Dolphins fans are justifiably nervous at what owner Stephen Ross may do to uniforms and classic logo next year. 
Here's some photos from the Umbro blog of Man City's new maroon-colored away kit as worn by one of Man City's most famous fans, singer Noel Gallagher, and the captain of the Premier League champions, Vincent Kompany
See also: http://www.umbro.com/en-gb/

My last (video-filled) entry on Man City was my May 1st post titled, Jubilant! Liam Gallagher's best day of the year! Watches his Man. City beat Man. United, take over top of Premier League in global telecast seen by 650 million, tweets about meeting Maradona, and then crashes press conference

I can't even conceive of the Miami Dolphins, as presently constituted under Stephen Ross and Mike Dee, ever doing a video this clever, since up 'til now, subtlety has not proven their strong suit. But a fan video featuring the Dolphins logo/helmet and a camera flying high above South Florida and the shoreline and then winding its way towards the stadium, showing how insignificant the Orange Carpet really is, from near or far, would be most appreciated, especially if they finished by using that ridiculous carpet as the landing strip, like a Space Shuttle landing, well, that I'd like to see.

Under no circumstances should the Dolphins' logo or uniforms be drastically changed.

What's scarier, what they might look like if Ross changes them based on his unproven track record and intuition, or, what some Dolfans might do to Ross if he messed with them?
It's a tie, but just so everyone outside of the south Florida area knows in advance, IF bumbling Dolphins owner Stephen Ross drastically messes with them, I honestly don't think there's enough law enforcement in Florida to protect him from the wrath of angry fans.

The Miami Dolphins logo of my youth, the look of champions, not cellar-dwellers.

The reader forums here tell the story -if there are to be any uniform changes, fans want it to be a return to the mid-1970's or early '80's: aqua, NOT teal! 
No orange jerseys!

ROOKIES ON THE RISE  Dan Marino: Miami's Hot Quarterback, November 14, 1983

The Business & Pleasure of Sports blog
South Florida Sun-Sentinel 
Miami Dolphins consider altering logo, look for 2013
By Craig Davis, April 4, 2012 11:00 AM

The Phinsider blog
Miami Dolphins Considering Logo Change for 2013?
by Kevin Nogle on Apr 5, 2012 2:00 PM EDT

The 1972 17-0, Undefeated Miami Dolphins, a team for the ages and my first year as a Dolphins season-ticket holder, where I missed not a minute of any home game: preseason, regular season or playoff at the Orange Bowl.
For over six years I had a copy of this photo resting in a simple black frame on top of my bedroom dresser at my home in North Miami Beach, south of the 163rd Street Shopping CenterThere it stayed 'till that fateful day in August of 1979, when I began packing for my new life and the cream and crimson of Indiana University in Bloomington. 

The photo made the trip to Bloomington intact, where it remained on my desk in Briscoe Quad 427-A for two very eventful years at IU, the latter, '80-'81, the latter being the year we beat North Carolina for the NCAA title. I placed it right below my 8' x 11' b&w glossies of the Miami Herald's All-County Boys and Girls Gymnastics team. 
That was a tremendously-talented team that featured many friends of mine from all around Dade County, as well as my own friends and classmates at North Miami Beach Senior High School, home of the Chargers in case you forgot.

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.

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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.

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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!