Things have definitely turned around and it's not just the parks, but work is good and steady, my apartment is officially "home" (even with frequent water & power outages from street construction), and as you can tell from the declined frequency of diaries and posts, I'm spending more time actually enjoying San Diego instead of spending my days writing about it from this horizontal position on my bed that is the reason we call these devices 'laptops'. So no, Darren, I didn't have any idea that my days would involve meandering bike rides, playing in parks, shooting arrows, braiding hair, table tennis in rec centers, frequent trips to Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, open space hikes, San Diego River Cleanups, 24 hour dates, getting back on the tennis court, and just lazing in bed by choice instead of the lack of will or energy to get out, but all of this in addition to my regular night life and shows and I feel like a more full and well-rounded human being. All the sunshine and rainbows makes for a really boring blog, but since I haven't really posted a diary since mid-November, I thought I'd sort of get to it before I attack the 600 emails waiting for me. If you dare/care, after the jump.
Today I was trying to find the site that started my online writing "career" back in college and it is totally gone, so as I've said before, these diaries are for me more than for you, since this has completely replaced my notebooks and journals, tweets disappear and I suspect Facebook won't last forever. I don't need to go into crazy detail, but here's where I've been since my last diary (on November 12).
|Media Night at Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots|
Darren and I enjoyed a date night at the Zoo, Balboa Park, dinner at Blue Water, and Three Mile Pilot at the Griffin (11/26), then a chill day of Minh Ky, table tennis at the Rec, and errands (11/27). Real life kicked back in and (11/28) was my usual Casbah meeting/lunch/errands then a night at Whistle Stop and Soda Bar and SoundDiego Live at Seven Grand (11/29). We went back to the Zoo (11/30) followed by Old Tiger and The Paragraphs at Ruby Room and Colin Clyne at the Casbah. My friend Lorelei had a holiday party before I went to see Milo Greene and J Thoven at the Casbah (12/1), and Sunday I was a zombie and didn't do a thing (12/2).
(By the way, this is a really fun brain exercise/memory game/reminder of the cool shit worth tweeting/facebooking about. I highly recommend stretching your brain and finding a daily highlight. Since I'm having fun as I catch up on Gray's Anatomy OnDemand, I'm going to keep going.)
|Paul Banks at X-Session|
|Alt-J at Iacon|
Darren and I played tennis for the first time since my October injury, then I saw Japandi, Cuckoo Chaos, and Gothic Tropic at Soda Bar (12/22), I worked at the Casbah for X and My Jerusalem (12/23), had a nice Christmas Eve bike ride with Darren and Nova before we had dinner at my sister's, then I worked at Exile on Kettner (12/24). I spent Christmas with my family (12/25) then the next day at the Safari Park with Darren, his mom, daughter and nephews (12/26).
So at least that gets me to this month. I was slow starting this month so it was catching up with work (1/2), dinner with Josh Damigo and seeing The Midwinters at Soda Bar (1/3), then a night that started off with my NBC interview about Anthology, Big Bad Buffalo at House of Blues, and closing with UJBOD, Fluf, Black Hondo and Ghetto Blaster at the Casbah (1/4). Saturday and Sunday were mostly just hanging with Darren, watching football do-nothing days (1/5-6), then a day of errands and date night to bingo at Eleven and the Barbarian residency at Soda Bar (1/7). I worked online all day (1/8), then Wednesday routine followed by tennis in Coronado (1/9) and more online work (1/10).
On Friday, Darren had errands in PB, so we took our bikes and rode around as we waited for his phone to be fixed then I went to see Jon Caparulo with Chase before heading to Soda Bar for Hi Ho Silver Oh, Charlene Yi and Boy King (1/11). After watching football and hoping to get my heater fixed for that week that was freezing here in San Diego, I left to El Zarape for the SoundDiego contributors' party, then the 91X Anniversary Show at House of Blues long enough to say hi to friends, then to the Casbah for Mrs. Magician and the Howls (1/12).
Darren felt bad about my face explosion, so it was nice knocking out more errands and walking around Balboa Park and discovering some of the more unknown areas. Later that night, I went to The Patio on Lamont Street with Jeff for San Diego Restaurant Week and on to The Griffin for Nightmare Air (1/15).
|Mystery Pool at Balboa Park|
The past week is obviously much fresher than the rest of all of this stuff. On Friday we spent some time at Froggy Park, then the afternoon walking around Golden Hill, playing the musical bridge, and climbing trees at the park before Darren had to work (1/18). After Saturday lunch at Tacos de Mexicali, we went on another meandering bike ride that started in City Heights, through Alta Dena and South Park, Golden Hill, then on to Sherman Heights, Logan Heights, Barrio Logan, Downtown, and The Harbor before Darren had to get to work. Wiped out, I stayed in that night (1/19).
Sunday was a football day and Darren reassembled our Stiga table that we acquired back in December. That night I went to my sister's for awhile, then we went to American Comedy Co for Henry Phillips and to the Casbah for the Roots Factory 3rd Anniversary, and I think it's the first time I went out with my sister and nobody else in over a decade, so it was a great time (1/20). Monday was Inauguration Day and MLK, Jr. Day, so we watched C-Span for much of the morning, then went to Froggy Park for awhile, then Darren and I reconvened for date night which involved riding bikes to URBN (where they now have Thorn Brewery beers available) and then riding to Adams to Park, through the Prado and down Laurel to the Casbah for Family Wagon and busing home (1/21). Tuesday was an all day work day and another water main break in my hood (1/22) and Wednesday was a Casbah meeting/errand day to the San Diego Public Market and Las Cuatro Milpas with Pyles before I spent the afternoon hanging with Nova while Darren handled some errands then staying over for dinner and some serious coloring (1/23). I' didn't intend to stay up all night writing, but I guess I needed to get all of this out of my brain because it was holding me from writing about other stuff.
To be completely honest, when I started this post, I was having a bit of a girl moment, feeling unproductive and a little unbalanced and disappointed in my slacker ways, but after getting all of this out, I feel really good about the big picture, know that I haven't actually slacked at all except in sharing all of my adventures. Mostly I realized that I haven't gotten away from the mission of this site; rather I've been doing nothing but enjoying San Diego to its fullest.