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WHAT ARE THEY? House slippers/flip-flops that at their most basic are casual footwear but actually serve so many more purposes.
HOW ARE THEY USED? In households of various cultures these are used to kill bugs and pests and also as a form of discipline for unruly children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and even the neighbor’s kids if they act up.
As footwear they’re great around the house, at the beach, and for running errands in the unforgiving South Florida sun. And when it gets a little chillier, Miamians are also known to slip these on with a nice pair of socks. #fashion
USAGE: “I try to avoid driving with my chancletas on but I don’t feel like changing, man.”
We’ll be rolling out more entries in the Miamipedia in the coming months but we know there’s stuff we haven’t thought about. Hit reply and let us know or hit us up at [email protected] to tell us any other suuuper Miami terms, phrases and people we should include. Until then, you can check out the previous installments here.
We can’t believe we have to say this again, but… Riding on the hood of a car on I-95 is not a good idea. Just… don’t. (Local 10)
Of course he does. Brett Kavanaugh, the judge President Trump nominated to take Justice Kennedy’s spot on the Supreme Court, has some serious SoFlo connections. He repped Elian Gonzalez’s Miami-based family back in 1999 in the custody battle that tore the Cuban community apart. He lost that case, obviously, but he won the next one: Bush v. Gore in 2000. He joined former President George W. Bush’s legal team, and helped block a recount of the SoFlo ballots. (Miami Herald)
Overlooked. Everyone knows about our affordable housing crisis, but we don’t talk much about one group that suffers more than most: the senior LGBTQ population. LGBTQ people of that generation are much less likely to have children to help take care of them as they get older, and they may have been disowned by other family members when they came out. It’s not hard to end up homeless when you have no support network, so local LGBTQ organizations like Lambda Living have stepped up to try and fill the housing gap. (WLRN)
About time. Two four-year-old children separated from their fathers at the U.S.-Mexico border and brought to a South Florida shelter have been reunited with their families. They’re the first immigrant children held in Florida to be returned to their parents since President Trump instituted his now-defunct policy of separating families at the border, and they’re two of about 50 children the Trump administration said it would return to their families by the Tuesday deadline. (Miami Herald)
Be counted. For the first time since 1950, citizenship status will be a question on the next U.S. Census – and Miami-Dade County School Board member Lubby Navarro has a problem with that. She’s co-chairing a national commission on how to include Latinos in the census, and she’s pushing the government to cut the question. Navarro says fear of deportation makes it a lot less likely that Latinos will choose to fill out the census if they have to share their status. (Technically it’s mandatory to fill it out, but prosecution for not answering doesn’t really happen.) (WLRN)
Just a little fib. Tomorrow is a very important City of Miami vote on the future of soccer in the Magic City: a decision on whether to approve David Beckham + Co’s pitch to build their soccer stadium on the city-owned Melreese Country Club. The Beckham crew says the project will bring in an estimated $44 million in additional taxes for the city. But the New Times says that figure is very optimistic. Meanwhile, anti-stadium advocates are trying to argue that building the stadium where Melreese is would take away much-needed green space. But just because the golf course is green, that doesn’t mean it’s a “green space.” (Miami New Times)
⚽️ Say YES to Futbol Miami Score a goal for Miami on Thursday July 12th from 11am - 2pm at Regatta Park to support MLS. Join us and David Beckham for games, music, and more!
🗣Tomorrow: Talk diet trends with the experts at Jackson Hall (Allapattah)
😋Saturday-Sunday: Eat all the mangos at Fairchild’s annual mango festival (P.S. How is there still no mango emoji?) (Coral Gables)
🙏Sunday: Learn how to eat like a monk, then catch this flick about reincarnation (North Beach)
🎶Wednesday, July 18: Groove to some jazz at the Yard (Wynwood)
🍛Thursday, July 19: Taste of The Hall (Allapattah)
🎥 Friday, July 20: Travel to Congo with the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)
🎥 Saturday, July 21: Catch Krush Groove, based on the origin story of Def Jam Records, with the Black Lounge Film Series (Overtown)
🚀 Take an intergalactic detour at this talk on 2001: A Space Odyssey (Coral Gables)
🎸 Slow things down at Veza Sur Unplugged, ft. Raquel Sofia (Wynwood)
🎷 Enjoy some jazz in the lobby of the historic Olympia Theater (Downtown)
⚽ Watch Croatia take on England in the World Cup (Various locations)
🤓 Nerd out at Nerd Nite (Wynwood)
💃 Get your bachata on (Little Havana)
🎸 Rock and Roll at the Anderson (Upper East Side)
🌃 Swing dance under the stars (North Beach)
⚽ Cheer the arrival of a futbol team in Miami (Coconut Grove)
🎸 Be a deadhead for a night (Wynwood)
🎷Ease into your weekend at the Hampton House’s Blues night (Brownsville)
🛍 Support local creatives at the Market for Makers – through Sunday (Design District)
🏙 Take a walking tour of Downtown’s iconic architecture (Downtown)
🎟 Get your golden ticket to the chocolate factory (Coral Gables)
📚 What goes down behind the scenes of an indie publisher (Coral Gables)
🍳 Brunch on all things mango (Coral Gables)
🛶 Find out what dragonboat racing is all about (Key Biscayne)
🏙 Dive into the history of Wynwood’s street art (Wynwood)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.
But if you need a little something to get you through Hump Day, don’t forget: it’s Miami Spa Month (although it actually lasts two months), and that means all the spa deals.
– The New Tropic