Last week I was able to tag along with my wife for a trip that she mad to San Diego for a work related conference. May I say “Thank You to San Diego!!” I am born and raised small town America and my thoughts have always been that a big city is always nice to visit for a day, then get me back where I belong.
San Diego is much different than any city I have ever been to. Every single person in that city was very very nice. From the time we left the airport and got into our cab to the time we got back in a cab to head home, I cannot say anything bad about the city or the people. I am a curious person by nature. I like to strike up a conversation with people just to see what their story is. This city did not let me down.
I had the pleasure of taking a Seal Boat tour of the city guided by a former Army Ranger that was wounded in Afghanistan. The man who painted our caricature portrait has been an artist for over 25 years. I had the opportunity to talk with some Canadian fighter pilots in the Kansas City BBQ. This is the restaurant where they filmed the movie Top Gun. One of them used to fly for the Snowbirds, which is the Canadian equivalent of the Blue Angels. In that same place I spoke with a neurologist from Canada that was there for the conference. We stopped in a Hooter’s for appetizers and a drink and our waitress had her master’s degree in psychology and was going back for her doctorate. She was working here as a second job to help pay her college bills. We visited a new Coyote Ugly and learned that the manager there was a direct employee of the owner of the original bar from the movie.
Every type of food that you want to eat is available in the Gas Lamp Quarter or the Sea Port Village and all of the people were there because they enjoyed their job and it showed. The hotel staff would always smile and welcome you back. PetCo Field, home of the San Diego Padres is open to the public except on game days. You can walk down to the right center field fence and watch them work on the field. We went and listened to a group play jazz music one night and the gentleman on the saxophone could hold a note for minutes.
As we walked through the streets just enjoying the warm weather we come to an intersection in the roadway. The vehicles would actually sit there and wait for you to cross. In most other cities if you tried to walk in front of a vehicle, that would be a trip to the hospital by the van with red lights on top.(ambulance)
I could go on and on about this city but i will just and say that this was a much needed break from the everyday stress that I have been feeling lately. Thank you to San Diego and all of its residents for a great week in your beautiful city.
- Coyote Ugly Saloon coming to San Diego (utsandiego.com)
- Snowbirds flying team cancels U.S. shows after budget cuts reduce flying hours (globalnews.ca)
- San Diego, California (sailordan.wordpress.com)