For Those Who Might Wonder About Why i Live in San Diego…and even though she is the primary reason, i might still be here if we had not met

This morning, i received the below in an email from Marty Marion, one of my golfing buddies. i thought all of you friends and family who might still wonder why we stay in the Southwest corner might better understand by reading this. i add Tennessee to where friends or family have moved (#27).

i also add because of the Navy, i saw a pretty good chunk of the world. Based on a score of one to ten, as Bo Derek was once a “10” in beautiful women, most places have more “10” days in terms of weather than San Diego because of a relative comparison to the other days they have. But there is no place in the world has more 7’s, 8’s, and 9’s than San Diego.

Example: It is November 2. Last night our low slightly dipped in the 40’s. When we arose, we had to wear a long sleeve garment around the house but didn’t need to turn on the heat. This afternoon, it will be in the mid-70’s. And it is cool enough at night for a fire in the fireplace. Give or take five degrees, this daily pattern will continue for the next four months.

Thanks, Marty.


You can correctly pronounce Tierrasanta, La Jolla, Rancho Penesquitos, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Jamul, and El Cajon, and know where they are.
2. There are four distinct seasons: Summer, Not Quite Summer, Almost Summer, and “Oh, Hey look its summer again”.
3. Your house is worth more than some small countries.
4. You know what MB, OB, and PB stand for.
5. Every street name is either in Spanish or Spanish related, and
you’re surprised when other areas don’t have this.
6. You see weather forecasts for four different climate zones in the
same county and aren’t remotely surprised.
7. You remember going to “The Cross” on Mt. Helix for Easter services.
8. You’ve tailgated at Qualcomm Stadium, and for bonus points, also tailgated when it was Jack Murphy Stadium.
9. You know that “charge!” doesn’t refer to a credit card.
10. You remember going downtown via Federal Blvd. before Hwy 94 was built.
11. You remember when Hwy 94 was 2 lanes in each direction.
12. You still call it the Del Mar Fair.
13. You say “I’m going to the track” and people know what you’re talking about.
14. You remember when Lemon Grove, La Mesa, and Spring Valley were “in the sticks.”
15. You understand what May-gray and June-gloom means.
16. There’s a North County, South County, and an East County but no Central County.
17. You know what “the merge” is and will plan your entire day around not being on it during rush hour.
18. You know the difference between Clairmont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, and Mira Mesa.
19. You’ve gone to Sea World on a warm day and sat in the first few rows at the Shamu Show to get cooled off.
20. You’ve been delayed at the Border Checkpoints on the 5, the 8 and the 15.
21. Your house doesn’t have or need air conditioning unless you live in the East County.
22. No matter what the weather is, there is always someone walking around in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops.
23. You’ve been to the desert, the mountains, and the beach all in one day.
24. You know that Santee and Lakeside is where the “cowboys” live.
25. You hate tourists and their bad driving. (But you don’t know how to drive in the rain.)
26. You’ve gone to the Zoo just to hang out.
27. You have family or friends that have moved to Arizona, Nevada, Utah Texas, or Colorado.
28. You know what the “Santa Anas” are and that they have nothing to do with the city of Santa Ana.
29. You know what “real Mexican food” tastes like.
30. You remember when “Mission Valley” was cow pastures (Oh…to have bought land then!)
31. You remember when Lemon Grove had “the cows.”
32. 60 degrees is ice cold.

Have a beautiful, sunny San Diego Day!

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