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Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:46 PM

So I went to Miami for a few days

and had a really good time. We spent Friday afternoon/evening/night at the Art Basel downtown across the train tracks in Wynwood.
That was quite an experience - both the graffiti at Wynwood and the art on display were fabulous..
It was good to see people making some money hustling every imaginable thing including coconut water.
Got some free drinks and we supported the food trucks at Wynwood yard.

One of my nephews worries about gentrification with good reason - lots of original homes had for sale signs. Still it was loud and exciting - I was most impressed with Hebru Brantley's work and there was a French glassblower whose work was mind blowing. There were lots of artwork attacking Trump.
We were able to talk to some of the artists. Damn this planet has talented people.

Saturday afternoon we went to see Loving. I cried even though I knew they would win in the Supreme Court. Then we went to Dadeland Mall.

As you can see this was a well needed cleansing trip to enjoy our families and chill.

Now it's back to reality.

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Reply So I went to Miami for a few days (Original post)
malaise Dec 2016 OP
Solly Mack Dec 2016 #1
malaise Dec 2016 #2
Solly Mack Dec 2016 #5
malaise Dec 2016 #6
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2016 #3
malaise Dec 2016 #4
spanone Dec 2016 #7
malaise Dec 2016 #8
NBachers Dec 2016 #9
malaise Dec 2016 #10
mountain grammy Dec 2016 #11
malaise Dec 2016 #12
mountain grammy Dec 2016 #14
malaise Dec 2016 #16
HipChick Dec 2016 #13
malaise Dec 2016 #17
mfcorey1 Dec 2016 #15
malaise Dec 2016 #18

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 05:49 PM

1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! We need those kinds of breaks

to ease our minds and to remind us of all the good.

Happy to see you!

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:07 PM

2. We had a great time

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and we needed it

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:43 PM

5. and the photos? :)

Cause I like photos.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:49 PM

6. Nephew took one of me next to MLK

It was a beautiful graffiti done by the Obama hope and change artist Shepard Fairey and one with me standing next to one of Hebru Brantley's huge pop culture dolls. He sent them to his cousins.

They won't be posted here

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:08 PM

3. Sounds like a cool trip

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:15 PM

4. It was exactly what we needed

One of the nephews organized most of the outings. He's very cool and very conscious.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:51 PM

7. happy trails....🎧

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Response to spanone (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 06:52 PM

8. Hi there

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 07:07 PM

9. Having lived 14 years in Miami, I know the attraction and Enchantment of the place.

I had to leave too "go away for a while" because I got caught up in the Miami of the mid-eighties. Now, I'm living in San Francisco, but I still have connections with Miami. Still an amazing and incredible place.

I'm glad you enjoyed yourself in Miami. I can't wait 'till the next time I get back there.

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Response to NBachers (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 07:34 PM

10. This was a particularly nice trip

The vibe in Wynwood was lovely Friday but Miami is always interesting. I guess having young folks who like hanging out with us helps - one of my nephews knows the cultural spots better than all of us and he has convictions about issues so he keeps it real. He's an intelligent kid with a great sense of humor.

We had a blast just when we needed that

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 07:36 PM

11. Sounds like lots of family fun..

I haven't seen the film Loving yet, but did watch the documentary on HBO.. It's amazing. Real footage of the real people. I fell in love with Mildred. Impossible not to. I hope the actor who plays her does her justice.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #11)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 07:42 PM

12. That real footage can be a problem for any actor

The acting was good -it made me really sad - simple folks who just loved each other.
I liked the guy who played Cohen - his enthusiasm was palpable.

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Response to malaise (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 08:12 PM

14. The documentary was sad, but also funny

because they were funny, especially Mildred. She'd smile and melt your heart. It's such a simple story about simple people, like you said. Did they include the part where she wrote to Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and he sent her to the ACLU?

I turned 20 in 1967 and remember this case very well.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #14)

Mon Dec 5, 2016, 05:11 AM

16. Yes the Robert Kennedy part and ACLU with Cohen were a central part of

the movie - she was funny and that smile was real and Richard was just an uncomplicated man who loved his wife and family and was comfortable around African-Americans. Little did they all know what they were doing for others.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 08:07 PM

13. I miss Dadeland Mall..

Lived in Miami for over a decade...

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Response to HipChick (Reply #13)

Mon Dec 5, 2016, 05:13 AM

17. It's a nice Mall

We also went into an Indian store in the Sunset Mall with the Cinema - gorgeous cotton stuff.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sun Dec 4, 2016, 09:04 PM

15. Lived there for many years and familiar with all places you visited.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 5, 2016, 05:15 AM

18. It was the first time we went to Wynwood but timing is everything

and we happened to be there for the festival weekend. It's great having nieces and nephews who actually want to be around us old folks and show us a good time. I loved it.

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