So much goodness out there today it's actually quite overwhelming. It's a long Sift this evening so get your cup of decaf and get comfortable. Here we go...
A- Owenized doesn't think that all Starbucks are created equal and goes out and reviews 11 of them in Miami-Dade and Broward County to prove his point. Wow.
B- Mayor Manny blogs about the upcoming Earth Hour where everyone turns their lights off for an hour and then turns them back on to see what was taken.
C- I am really digging the (covert) overt, from the intermittent cap keys malfunctions to the cool [where] in brackets at the end of the post...it feels good. Today, check out the posts on the upcoming events at Transit Lounge and the not-so-complimentary review of Soyka.
in the nine or ten (maybe more) times i've been to soyka's, spanning well over a year, i've tried burgers and pastas and salads and wood-fired pizzas and the food's been okay at best. and in the process, i've learned a few things...
+ great ambiance
+ adorable, romantic little back alley
- slow service
- shitty acoustics
- less than desirable food
D- Foodtastic! reviews Big Pink, one of my favorite places to casually dine on South Beach and they love it as much as I do.
E- Blog posts about SoFla commutes are always great and Computer Colonics' story about this morning is priceless to anyone familiar with the 826/836 interchange.
Here is how I feel when I occasionally screw up on a highway that plots my death on a daily basis and is completely, and brutally unforgiving when it senses a weakness on my part. In my head, as I am passing the turn and realizing I can’t possibly get over in time to make it, I have an out of body experience wherein I rip my brains out of my skull, hold them in front of my face and scream at them, “What the HELL is WRONG with you? Are you high?”
F- Daily Cocaine visits Amendment XXI and reviews the food and the song...and a murky YouTube is included.
There were a lot of pretty girls, cigarette-smoking, care-free dancing, old friends, and a general damn-good feeling. There was a vibe player. The sound was great, and the Reverend, as I like to call him, took advantage of the crowd's buoyant mood, and soared.
G- Blogs are ganging up on U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Discourse has the links.
H- Eye on Miami details how the "hands off" Republicans have come to the aid of financial institutions in the last couple weeks and haven't batted an eye. Silly Eye on Miami, don't you know they only hesitate and whine when they're helping the poor?
I- Critical Miami captures a cool scene in the Keys and, in another post, continues his well established routine of criticizing, second-guessing and generally hating on SoFla police officers.
J- Coconut Grove Grapevine believes that working artists would be a great addition to the streets of the Grove.
So as not to turn the place into a flea market or carnival, maybe three artists a day will work -- all through permit basis and they will rotate daily or weekly -- there would be a different set of artists each day. The artists will paint on canvas, and I think, add a little charm to the streets. The artists would hand out business cards and direct interested buyers to galleries or their homes for sales, but they would not be selling right there on the street. They would be only working and that would be the objective -- an artist at work, just part of the scenery.
K- Bark Bark Woof Woof explains why Republicans don't want to talk about race.
The reason the conservatives don't want to talk about race is because they know that every time the conversation turns to it, they lose. Their record on race relations is dismal and they know it, and they also know that if they try to run against Mr. Obama on the race issue alone, they will get hammered by the Democrats and anyone else, including moderate Republicans, who recognize that race still plays an important role in our society from education to health care and everything else that defines us. To ignore it, trivialize it, or even resent it -- or, as Mr. Kristol does, stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes, and yell "Shut up! Shut up!" -- makes it abundantly clear that for whatever reason Mr. Obama brought it up, race has always been an issue in American life and politics and will be long after this election is over.
And this evening I save the last word for babalu, not for what they posted today, but for what they didn't. They railed against liberals as they always do. Val Prieto posted about some home renovations that he's doing. They made fun of Canadians and Henry Gomez even posted on something that was in the Herald 20 years ago.
But today this very, very political blog named babalu could not take a minute or devote one inch of screen space to noting the passing of the 4,000th American soldier to die in combat in Iraq. Maybe because, to them, it's just a number. Maybe because, as they themselves have explained, it's because more people die from lung cancer each year in the United States. Maybe it's because the man that they voted for and then put back into office for another go round is responsible for this God awful needless loss of life and they would just rather not be reminded about that responsibility they share with this president.
Whatever the reason, shame on them.