Monday, July 3, 2017

NBA Super Teams From the ‘80s Onwards

With the Warriors and Cavs dominating the NBA season, the discussion on the age of NBA super teams has begun. However, what many people fail to realize is that super teams have been around the league for the longest time. Let’s take a closer look at the super teams of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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Los Angeles Lakers
Led by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Lakers of the ‘80s were called Showtime and for a good reason. They not only dominated most of the league, but they also did it in such a fun fashion that watching them became an event itself.

Boston Celtics
The only team that could beat the Showtime Lakers was the other super team of the era, the Boston Celtics. With tough, gritty, basketball genius Larry Bird and the front line of Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, the Celtics of the ‘80s were intimidating and unstoppable.

Chicago Bulls
Arguably the greatest super team in NBA history, the 95-96 Chicago Bulls had it all. They had the greatest player of all time, who was also the highest scorer. They had three of the best defenders and the best sixth man. They had the coach of the year. They also had a 72-win season, and most importantly, the championship.

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Houston Rockets
Moving on to the ‘90s, when Michael Jordan retired, it left a hole for the greats to win a ring. Unfortunately, the Houston Rockets did so – without a super team. Their super team came a year after Jordan returned to dominance, and the Rockets got a hold of Charles Barkley. Their big three? Hakeem Olajuwon, Barkley, and Clyde Drexler.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Paint Color Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Choosing a paint color for your home is a task we often leave to professionals. While this is a safe way to go, choosing your own color gives you a better feeling about your home, knowing you have a big part of its design. But choosing a paint color isn’t as simple as choosing color for your furniture.
Here are paint color mistakes you should avoid:

Picking colors that exactly match your favorite object

If you want your favorite piece to stand out in a room, choose colors that are similar but a shade softer. So, instead of choosing the exact green for your pillow, choose a lighter and more subtle shade, so your pillow will pop up.

Choosing very bright colors

Colors that are too bright and strong are not very good for interior wall color. These walls should invite a relaxing feeling when you enter a room, and bright colors convey the opposite. Choose colors that will easily blend with your environment, and complement what you love.

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Overwhelming the eye

Not giving your eye places to rest will make you feel exhausted, rather than relaxed. As much as wall-to-wall boldness is good, even the most colorful spaces need spots for the eye to rest. Make sure to include empty, or neutral spaces in your room that will balance out all the color.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Health Benefits Of Walking Your Dog

We all know the many benefits our dogs get when we walk them. But dog owners enjoy numerous health benefits from this activity as well. Nature has provided us not only man’s best friend but also the perfect personal trainers. They are hardworking, loyal, and enthusiastic. Their energy is contagious that they provide good motivation to maintain a program.

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Here are some of the benefits of owning and walking your dog regularly:

  • Breast cancer risk reduced by 75 percent and heart disease by 49 percent from regular walking exercise.
  • Good social support plus people who walk their dogs are perceived as friendly and approachable.
  • Dog owners who reportedly walk their dogs are 25 percent less likely to gain obesity than people without dogs.
  • Studies show that 70 percent of adult dog owners achieved 150 minutes of exercise per week compared to only 40 percent among non-owners.

If having a hard time following through on your New Year’s resolution to exercise daily, maybe having a dog is the answer. Go get yourself a dog, grab a leash, and go for a walk.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Californian Treasure: The Forestiere Underground Gardens

One of the “hidden” treasures of California is the Forestiere Underground Gardens. I say hidden because while to some the landmark is already well-known, those who have no idea about it will be surprised to see a row of chartered buses along a nondescript stretch of road in Fresno, California for no apparent reason.

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The beauty lies underneath.

The subterranean garden is a manmade creation, built by Sicilian immigrant Baldasare Forestiere over a period of four decades starting from 1906. He bought a parcel of land wherein he initially wanted to grow trees and vines, only to be disappointed to discover that his lot was a solid plate of hardpan rock.

Taking inspiration from the Roman catacombs he was infatuated with during his younger years, he spent countless hours digging through the slabs of rocks to create an underground home.

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Before his death in 1946, he was able to carve an unfinished underground network of complex arches and pathways that led to different niches, such as bedrooms for the summer and winter, bathrooms, a functional kitchen, courtyards, and patios. He made all of these with hand tools worth just $300. And contrary to what the name implies, the underground gardens are full of light due to skylights and grottos.

If you are planning to visit this roadside attraction, it is situated on Shaw Avenue, which runs east from Highway 99, and just an hour away from the Yosemite National Park.

My name is Scott Jay Abraham, a home and office interior designer from California. I am a travel aficionado, with an affinity for going to odd roadside attractions. Visit this LinkedIn profile to know more about me.