Playing Hooky

Sat., Oct 5 - Day 10

Today was a decidedly lazy day. I the intention was to record the panel today, but we were short a few people. I spent most of the day catching up and getting earlier blog posts out from this week. By 1pm in the afternoon, I was just about blogged out, so we opted for a walk, and to see if we couldn’t draw in a few more panel members. In the beautiful San Diego air, a collective decision was made: the panel would be shot on Sunday.

Chris & Ariana

Chris & Ariana

The walk was tremendous. Chris and Ari are characteristically generous tour guides. We walked up past the new library, which I believe just opened, and is rumored to have an amazing acoustics up in the paneled dome at the top, where the wind creates a song and the street sounds carry. Then we walked across the tracks of the East Village past the Ball Park, where we made our way to the beginning of the boardwalk. This park-like path takes you several miles along the marina where hundreds of ships, boats and sea craft are docked. Chris explained that much of the marina is "fill" and man-made, and that the bridge in the distance makes a precarious L-shaped right-hand turn in order to connect with the peninsula. They showed me where the famed San Diego Comic Con takes place: the convention center–architecturally designed after the bay itself, with waves, sails and so on.

I swear I’m not just making small talk; the weather here is impossibly nice. Dry, breezy sunshine ranging from 65 to 75 degrees pretty much year round. No pesky mosquitoes or oppressive humidity. At night, it’s sweatshirt weather, but never really cold.

We grabbed some street food out in front of a towering aircraft carrier stationed in the port. I got a coconut bar, and we chatted. I was curious about what it’s like to live here. They happily told me about the affordable Ocean Beach community, hipster-ish bars and shops in North and South Park, and Seaport Village which supports the visitors, not renting vehicles and taking advantage of the bay scene. Chris explained that many of the neighborhoods are very distinct because they are isolated by mesas. So different from New York.

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I asked about the cost of living and we estimated that, depending on one’s demands, an individual or couple from New York or San Francisco could expect to get much more space for the same price, but that smaller spaces are hard to come by. They described a passable music and night life scene, but cautioned that serious music and film career chasers typically leave sunny San Diego to be closer to Los Angeles for work.

We made our way back toward Space4Art, and closed the night with a visit to a fairly new roof top bar, Lounge Six, which features a pool and sort of cabana feel. There were lovely views of the building tops, as well as a string lights and fire pits to set the tone, and we had a few beers as the sun set behind the cityscape.

It was a tremendous day, though very vacation-esque. Back to work tomorrow.