Monthly Archives: February 2008

BRRRRR it’s cold outside

I thought I was just wimping out again. It is so cold in my apartment that I had to close the windows and put on a pair of socks.

Socks, people, socks.

That’s how cold it is in Miami today. After near-record highs yesterday a cold front moved through this morning that will leave us with chilly weather for the next couple of days.

You know, from time to time I enjoy the cool days. Change is always refreshing. But this particular change is coming at a very bad time. Today is the first day of the eagerly anticipated Winter Party Festival. That wonderful time of the year when thousands of toned and tanned half-nekkid boys descend on South Beach for 6 days of sun, music, sun, art, sun, fashion, sun, comedy, sun, and much more.

But this year, ironically, it will be cold for the Winter Party.

A big selling point of this festival, for me at least, is the ‘half-nekkid’ part but with this cold weather the boys will probably heed the sage advice of Channel 7’s Brent Cameron to “Cover yourself up.”

Damn you, Channel 7. Damn you to hell.

Venetian Causeway Clean-up

The Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach organizes many “clean ups” throughout the year to clean up our beaches and waterways. Today it is the Venetian Causeway’s turn to get a fresh face.

If you are able to help, please meet at 8:30 a.m. on the grassy area off the Venetian Way between Rivo Alto and Dilido Island Islands to check in with the organizers.

The clean up runs from 9:00am – 12:00 noon.

Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Full details available at

Thank you for keeping South Florida beautiful.

Paradise Renewed: Reopening of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Paradise Renewed: Family Fest Day at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.


Come celebrate the grand reopening of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park on Saturday, Feb 23 from 1-9pm.

Known as “Colored Beach”, Virginia Key was dedicated on August 1, 1945 as the only public beach in Miami-Dade Country legally available to blacks during the time of segregation.

After desegregation in the 60’s the beach conditions were allowed to decline and the city eventually closed it in 19822.

A group of preservationists fought for Virginia Key’s restoration, and now, after many hard years the beach is again open to the public.

There will be a children’s amusement area, classic car show, train ride, live entertainment and food and drinks.

Free Admission.
Free Parking.

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Phone: 305-9604600

    Driving Directions:

  • From North: Take I-95 South to exit 1a Rickenbacker Causeway. Bear left to toll booth. Go through toll booth. Make left turn at second traffic light.
  • From South: Take US-1 to Brickell Ave. Bear right to toll booth. Go through toll booth. Make left turn at second traffic light.

South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Welcome back, South Beach Wine and Food Festival!

If you were wondering why all those big huge tents were on the beach, now you know. It’s yet another festival in South Florida. We may not know how to cast a proper ballot, run a city government, or elect qualified officials, but damn we know how to throw a party!

What began as a humble little one-day festival known as Florida Extravaganza at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus is today known as the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Held on the beautiful sands of South Beach and at various fine restaurants throughout the area, this festival is the largest and most well-known of its kind.

Now in its 7th year, the star studded four-day event is hosted by Southern Wine and Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU). The festival benefits the Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, both located at FIU.

Tonight’s parties include:

  • Amstel Light Burger Bash at Ritz Carlton
    Sold Out
  • D’vine Divas at the Biltmore
    Tickets: $300
  • Paula’s Poker Party at the Paris Theater
    Sold Out

Lunar Eclispe

Lunar Eclipse – Mon Feb 20, 2008

I am officially disappointed in the weather last night for the viewing of the lunar eclipse. It’s been rainy and cloudy the last couple of days, and although the rain didn’t come until after the eclipse, it was quite cloudy. The moon was only visible for seconds at a time during the eclipse. For the hour or two leading up to the eclipse it was in perfect view, naturally. Most of the hour looked like the photo above… full cloud cover.

I got lucky and snapped a quick photo during the rare couple second the moon was visible. This isn’t quite what I was hoping for, but it’s the best I could get under the circumstances.
Let’s hope 2010 has better weather conditions.

Click on thumbnails for larger view

Total Eclipse of the Moon

Total Lunar Eclipse

The Last Total Eclipse of the Moon until December 2010

Heads up, stargazers. Tonight is your last chance to view a total lunar eclipse until December 2010. Those of you good at math already know that 2010 is only 2 years away so this isn’t actually something to panic over. We just like the drama of the “this is your last chance” angle. heh heh

The eclipse can be viewed anywhere in the city where you have a view of the moon, or from the comfort of your favorite science museum that makes learning fun for the whole family: the Miami Science Museum.

Usually one or two lunar eclipses occur each year, although some are only partial eclipses. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, which can only occur at full Moon. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and Sun, which can only occur at new Moon. Eclipses occur in pairs, about two weeks apart, either a lunar eclipse followed by solar, or a solar eclipse followed by lunar. This month, a solar eclipse occurred February 7th, but was only visible in the Southern Hemisphere.

During the eclipse, the moon usually takes on the color of bright orange to blood-red. Why? Because that is the color of the Earth’s shadow. Recent eclipses have also shown a flash of turquoise. You can thank the ozone for that one. The best time to catch the blues tonight will be at the very beginning and very end of totality which should be around 10:01pm and 10:51pm.

Science is fun!

Free: Live Lunar Eclipse Show with “Star Gazer” Jack Horkheimer (Inside Planetarium Dome)

8:45pm to Midnight
Free: Telescopic Eclipse Viewing (In Museum Courtyard) Plus entire Eclipse will be projected on Planetarium Dome In Enhanced Definition

Eclipse times
8:43pm Partial Eclipse begins
10:01pm Total Eclipse Begins
10:51pm Total Eclipse Ends
12:09am Partial Eclipse Ends (on 2/21/08)

Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129
Phone: 305-646-4200


Updates on SobeStreets

Updates – Slide Shows added to SobeStreeets

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