A- Lots of photos from Beached Miami's Halloween Sketchy Party are up and ready for your viewing pleasure.
B- Adults in costume at Miamism Pix and dogs in Halloween get up at Restaurant Gal.
C- The venue pretty much sucked but the food and drink were great for the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Foundation Halloween party, according to Eat It, Miami.
We went to the 2nd Annual Lighthouse Foundation Halloween party at the fancy bazillion dollar parking garage on Lincoln Road on Saturday, and the highlight was definitely the food. The venue was a much less interesting place to have a party than I was expecting. There wasn't really a good vibe in the huge concrete structure, which surprised me, because I park there when I visit my dentist, good ol' Dr. Shaw, and I love to look out from the top floor of the garage over South Beach. The views are spectacular.D- Coconut Grove Grapevine endorses Michelle Niemeyer for District 2 Commissioner.
I feel that with Michelle as our District Commissioner, things will turn around for the better. I feel the Coconut Grove and the City of Miami will be drama free and more relaxed and life may return to normal. I feel there will be transparency in Government and I feel things will be "real."E- The Cuban Triangle has more on the story that just won't go away, much to Marco Rubio's chagrin.
What I mean by real is that Michelle is real. She is a true Grovite. She participates in the Grove, she is actually one of us. She doesn't have her nose up in the air and she doesn't just show up when it's the right thing to do or when there is money or votes to be had.
The flap over Senator Marco Rubio has shown us that the Senator has thin skin and ferocious defenders.F- Eye on Miami was on one of the Jet Blue flights that wound up languishing for hours on an airport ramp in a recent snowstorm in the Northeast.
More interesting, it shows that exile is a state of mind. The common conception of “exile” involves people being pushed out of their country and barred from return. Many Cubans suffered precisely that. But there are many others, even those born here, who consider themselves exiles because they cannot go or will not go, or will not deal with the conditions the Cuban government imposes. That includes Senator Rubio and his family, which emigrated comfortably in 1956.
The full force of the storm still had not arrived when we landed. Already, it was heavily snowing. The plane sat on the tarmac for another half hour. The pilot finally edged the plane to the gate, telling the passengers "from the central office" that he wouldn't be able to keep the gate. The plane would refuel, de-ice and then push off "to make room for other planes". La Guardia, he said, was likely to open later in the afternoon. Then, if anyone wants to de-plane, do it now. So here is how things lined up: the pilot said that maybe La Guardia would open up, it was blizzarding outside, The Weather Channel showed the main part of the storm had still not arrived, and that when it did arrive the heaviest accumulations would be inland. Hartford is inland. There were already planes idling on the tarmac at Bradley, and "dozens waiting to land, having been diverted to Bradley". I knew from past experience (I'm old) that you can de-ice a plane, but that if you can't take off quickly, you have to de-ice again. I grabbed my bag from the overhead bin.G- A few new photos are up at The Street.
H- South Florida Lawyers comments on a story that has been circulating the web for a few days that illustrates where some of us are on the compassion and empathy scale.