Scene & Heard: Flip Flop Festivus

Pictured: Sonya Via, Canetha Amour, Catina Nealy and Yolanda Baker<br>
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A brief storm blew over Baltimore's Inner Harbor, while inside the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom, summer was most definitely in the air. More than 200 folks had gathered for the Life and Breath Foundation's fourth annual Flip-Flop Festivus.<br>
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"Today is the first day of fall, but we're going to sneak in the last day of summer tonight," said Sean Hull, founder/president of Life and Breath Foundation.<br>
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"One of the things you learn as a man is to follow directions," said Jim Gianiny, DDC Advocacy president. "It says Flip-Flop Festivus. You wear flip-flops."<br>
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For those who weren't, explanations ran the gamut.<br>
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"I just didn't feel right at the Four Seasons with flip-flops on," said Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV sports director.<br>
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"I would've worn flip-flops, but — ugh — no pedicure," said Amelia Ryerson, 98 Rock morning show co-host.<br>
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Ed Norris, CBS Radio broadcaster, said he had three pairs of flip-flops on the floor of his closet. But that's where they were staying.<br>
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"Look around the room, look around. One or two guys fell for this. Not me," he said with a smile.<br>
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<I>-- Sloane Brown</i>

( Karen Jackson, for The Baltimore Sun / September 21, 2012 )

Pictured: Sonya Via, Canetha Amour, Catina Nealy and Yolanda Baker




A brief storm blew over Baltimore's Inner Harbor, while inside the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom, summer was most definitely in the air. More than 200 folks had gathered for the Life and Breath Foundation's fourth annual Flip-Flop Festivus.

"Today is the first day of fall, but we're going to sneak in the last day of summer tonight," said Sean Hull, founder/president of Life and Breath Foundation.

"One of the things you learn as a man is to follow directions," said Jim Gianiny, DDC Advocacy president. "It says Flip-Flop Festivus. You wear flip-flops."

For those who weren't, explanations ran the gamut.

"I just didn't feel right at the Four Seasons with flip-flops on," said Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV sports director.

"I would've worn flip-flops, but — ugh — no pedicure," said Amelia Ryerson, 98 Rock morning show co-host.

Ed Norris, CBS Radio broadcaster, said he had three pairs of flip-flops on the floor of his closet. But that's where they were staying.

"Look around the room, look around. One or two guys fell for this. Not me," he said with a smile.

-- Sloane Brown

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