Not a bad Monday for me, but then Mondays suck so it wouldn't take much. Here's your evening Sift.
A- The Heat Lightning gets us on track tonight with a list of 10 reasons why Coconut Grove still kicks it.
Grovites!B- 32 years ago today a party supply van pulled into the parking lot of the Dadeland Mall and the rest is history, as Rakontur explains.
The Grove is full of hippies and characters of all sort. Many people here have roots that go back generations and maintain a fierce sense of pride regarding their local roots. People watching is a free and entertaining activity. You may have noticed the guy with the chicken on his bike, or the ultra-tan dude who rides his bike back and forth from South Beach to the Grove perhaps daily, sexily clad only in a black thong bathing suit. There’s also lots of neat artists, activists, and generally smart, interesting people.
C- Swampstyle has been driving around Miami with his camera again.
D- Sex and the Beach adds her thoughts to the Sugarcane brouhaha and, in the process, gives us a primer on the social media scene.
What happened with Sugarcane barely reflects the overall social media community in South Florida and I hope that Miller's article doesn't sour people to what that community is really like. We are a group of professionals, largely from fields involving communications, who use social media in a variety of ways: for fun, career purposes, personal branding or all of the above. Some of us even get paid to help individuals or companies figure it all out.E- FTL Collective has some select places to practice yoga in Broward County.
If you’re in need of a lighthearted break or are just looking for a unique experience, “laughing yoga” might be right up your alley. Though it may take you a little while to adjust, you might find yourself surprisingly refreshed in the end. No mat required, just bring your hehes and hahas and be able to stand through the class which meets in Hollywood Beach (1301 S Ocean Drive, Hollywood) at 7pm (also on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in TY Park).F- Coconut Grove Grapevine posts a pretty depressing picture of the Coconut Grove Playhouse and is feeling rather oddly.
Also, for some reason, I feel as if the playhouse is haunted. If you look at the top picture, I feel that someone or something is in the top upper right area, see those two windows? There. I don't feel it in the rest of the building, but in the upper two windows, I feel movement of some kind.G- Radio or Not is feeling kind of glum.
You know Opposite World, right? Where the wealthiest are immune from paying their fair share of taxes because they’re the “job creators”; where a recession is made better by cutting spending; where government is inherently bad, and greed is good; where privatization is the goal for every social program in place.H- Eye on Miami seconds Radio or Not's emotion.
In Reality World, we know that when the wealthy get tax cuts, they just sock away the money in foreign banks or tax shelters so that it never sees the light of the US economy again; where the way out of a recession or depression is spending to get people back to work; where the government helps and philanthropy is good; where the way to fix the problems with health care and energy would be to take it out of the private, for-profit sector.
The dismal politics that engulf the United States can be read as the consequence of abject partisanship, tied to an uninformed, poorly educated public that allowed itself to be organized around the no-so-latent fear and anxiety connected to long lasting economic hardships. This is the Long Emergency. It is ironic at a time in our nation's history where we most needed dialogue and debate, we had exhausted the base; even Republican leaders from farming states should be able to understand the metaphor.I- Mike LaMonica posts a hard luck story in which you might be able to help.
J- Just what Miami needs, another burger joint! Burger Beast has the details.
Most people I know are holding out hope that In-N-Out might make it to Miami at some point but I’m not one of those folks. I’m realistic and realize that it’s not in the cards since it took them 60 years just to make it to Texas. However I’ve had my fingers crossed for a few years that Smashburger would find its way to Miami.