I hate to say it but Katy Perry knew what she was talking about when she said, “You can travel the world, but nothing comes close to the Golden Coast!” After a summer in San Diego, Southern California definitely has a special place in my heart. I can easily see my self moving to California at some point after graduation. San Diego is such an incredible city I’m already starting to miss it (especially the cool Cali weather!).
The craziest thing I experienced during this trip to Cali was Comic-Con. I had absolutely no idea what to expect at the San Diego Comic-Con 2010 but the closest thing I could compare it to is the Georgia-Florida Football Weekend (“The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”). It is 140,000+ costumed fans running around San Diego for 4 days! Comic-Con is interesting because anyone involved in the comic book, video game, and/or entertainment industry comes out to release their new products to the world. My favorite part was seeing some of the red carpet celebs. After grossly miss-using my press pass I was able to see Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Vanessa Hudgens, Wesley Snipes, and Draco Malfoy (aka Tom Shelton) among others. It was really cool to have Angelina Jolie, Will Ferrel, Michael Cera, Seth Green, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis all come in for the convention. I definitely wasn’t expecting celebrities to come out for this event but I was pleasantly surprised. Comic-Con is a BIG deal, apparently.
I got to go to the convention because I was interning for the summer at a SoCal TV station. I worked with San Diego 6-The CW (XETV) on their morning show, San Diego Living. This summer definitely opened up my eyes to the California job market so it was great to get some experience out on the West Coast. Maybe I’ll be living the dream in LA someday…
Green Hornet’s Car
The Cast of Sucker Punch
The Cast of The Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
Malfoy aka Tom Shelton
Inflight internet is best invention since 1903 when the Wright bros invented the airplane itself! I’m sitting here at 10,000 ft in a cramped coach seat and absolutely no room for my 6’5 legs but the internet is making this 4 hour flight FLY by (pun intended)!
Headed back to southern California to visit my family for Spring Break and this time I brought some roommates/friends! We plan to hit up the beach in San Diego for a few days and then take a day trip to LA to see some more Cali sights and sounds.
This will be my fourth trip back to back to Southern Cali and I’m more excited than ever, I think LL Cool J said it best in Going Back to Cali: “Going back to Cali, stylin, profilin. Growlin, and smilin, while in the sun”
(@ Hartsfield-Jackson Intl Airport waiting on the flight)
Look out during the next week for some new blog posts from LA, San Diego and Southern Cal!!!!!!
My aunt from the Windy City, which is covered in snow right now, poised a question the other day that got me thinking: “What does Christmas look like in paradise?!”
Truthfully winter in San Diego looks exactly the same as it does anywhere else. The biggest difference is that you can walk around in shorts and a t-shirt during the day! Besides the 65 degree sunny weather the California Christmas it is not unlike any other season.
Coming from the Bible Belt, it’s not unusual to see every house on a street deck out from driveway to rooftop in decorations and lights carefully and beautifully executed. In San Diego the lights seem to be thrown on the houses in a very hasty Cali fashion. Something else I noticed is that none of the houses here are symmetrical! Every house has an weird, uneven shape and no two are alike. So most of the sloppy lights look odd either way!
But no matter your location, Christmas is what you make of it. It’s not about lights on houses, presents under trees, or a reef on the door. Christmas is about time spent fellowshiping with family, friends, and Christ.
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air. ~W.T. Ellis
On my first visit to southern California in July I failed to realize the beauty of the climate here. In the middle of summer the temperature tops out at around 80 degrees (which is cold for a Georgia boy). But in the middle of November the temperature tops out at around 80 degrees! Which is amazing coming from Georgia! The other beautiful thing about the weather here is it never rains! In the four months my family has lived here it here “it has maybe rained 3 or 4 times”
On day 1 of this trip to San Diego I decided to journey with my brother through the hills of California near our home on bicycle. Not having ridden a bike for years I struggled up and downs the hills and valleys of southern Cali. Thoroughly tired and sore I was ready to head home.
Day 2 started off early with a voyage north to Los Angelos! We went on college tours of some of the best schools this region has to offer. The first tour was of the University of Southern California. Living on the east coast all you hear of USC is Trojan Football but the school as a lot to offer outside of the football field.
Next stop was the University of California-Los Angelos. This week was an interesting time to visit both institutions because the inter-city rivals play in their most anticipated game of the season on Saturday. In preparation for the big USC-UCLA football game both schools took careful measure to protect the statues of their mascots from the other.
At USC a group of students known as Trojan Knights wraps Tommy Trojan in duct tape and bubble wrap and guards him 24 hours a day for the week prior to the game. UCLA takes a different approach by just installing a tarp that is dead-bolted in place. But both schools are buzzing with the excitement of the upcoming game. I don’t think you could have picked a better time to visit these institutions with each school overflowing with school pride!
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It’s a few months after my initial visit to the west coast and I am just now getting around finishing up my last blog post. But better late than never, right?
Coming from the humid, Georgia summer one thing that shocked me was the moderate climate in San Diego. In the middle of the summer the temperature on beach in the early evening was cold enough that everyone on the beach was wearing hoodies and huddling around bonfires! Definitely wasn’t expecting that…
San Diego is home to Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park. The 1200 acre park houses 15 museums, renowned performing arts venues, theaters, shops, restaurants, gorgeous gardens, and the world famous San Diego Zoo.
Being the history nerd that I am and having volunteered for three years at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History I had to check out San Diego’s Natural History Museum for a comparison. The main attraction at the museum was definitely the Bodies exhibit temporarily on display. It gave a fascinating in-depth look into the marvels of the human body and all of its systems. The permanent exhibits in the museum were slightly sub par with what I was familiar with from Fernbank, but they were still definitely worth a look.
(S.D. Natural History Museum)
With my first southern California adventure wrapped up, I look forward to being able to visit my family here for some time. The scenery in the region is gorgeous with huge canyons and towering mountains in the distance. The people all seem nice and welcoming and there is a sense of happiness in the air.
After living in the same home for 12 years I expected moving clear across the country into a new house to be a little bit of an adjustment for me. But after checking out the new place and seeing all of the sights and sounds of San Diego I’m starting to feel right at home.
(The new house in SD!)
(View from the back porch. Looking down into a canyon right in our backyard and mountains in the distance.)
With the promise from our new neighbors of seeing the “most beautiful girls in southern California” we made our way to the beach! After a late start and running a few errands we did not actually get to the beach until early evening which is normally fine in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. However in San Diego that was a mistake.
When we arrived at the beach at around 6pm it was packed. People were everywhere laying out, surfing, and just playing in the water. Being a somewhat overcast day I expected the water to be a little cold, but it was absolutely freezing! The water was frigid and once you got out of the water the air around you was arctic. Needless to say I didn’t stay in the water very long. But once I dried off and put on some clothes on I realized that most San Diegans were better prepared than me. Everyone at the beach was wearing hoodies and they started to huddle around bonfires. My first experience in the Pacific Ocean might have been a little more enjoyable if I had adequately prepared, to say the least.
(Overcast day at the beach.)
With my family making a big move from Snellville, GA (“Where Everybody’s Somebody”) to southern California, I had to personally check out where they will be residing.
In this economy you have to save money where everywhere you can. So I decided to use a student ticket to get to San Diego on the AirtranU program. You fly at a very reduced price if you don’t mind flying standby. After getting to the airport at 8am trying to get a flight to San Diego that was severely overbooked, I ended up on a flight to Los Angelos.
Arriving at LAX International Airport I stepped foot for the first time in California. My Cali adventure got underway by splitting a rent-a-car with another traveller from my flight. Also on her way to San Diego she missed her flight so we both went to LA. With the GPS in the windshield, windows down, and radio up, we took our little PT Cruiser south of LA into the heart of southern California.
With my new friend, a probation officer from Lawerenceville, GA at the wheel we travelled through some scenic California neighborhoods. Any fans of MTV reality shows would love this drive through the Hills, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach. The picturesque Spanish style homes made this drive quite enjoyable.
My first full day of San Diego started off with a walk down the harbor in the downtown region. We then embarked on a double-decker bus tour of the city with a great view from the front of the bus.
We toured through most of the highlights of the city including the historic Gaslamp Quarter Historic District, the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, and Balboa Park. Balboa Park, one of the country’s largest city parks, houses a number of museums, restaurants, gardens, and the San Diego Zoo. I look forward to spending the next few days exploring the park and some of the other aspects of San Diego.
(Statue in Balboa Park)
For any fans of Top Gun, I was challenged to find the place that the bar scene from the movie was shot at (Shout out to my boss, Eric Johnson! Thanks EJ!). They actually had pretty good BBQ too.