It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Alfred Howard

Songwriter/Musician,  The Redwoods,
Live: North Park
Work: Ocean Beach
How Long: 16 years

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in New Jersey. This is a fact I’ve attempted to keep in the closet, especially during the apogee of the Jersey Shore TV show. We are responsible for Bon Jovi and Snookie, two ills difficult for The Sopranos and Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska album to eclipse. Thank you for outing me.

What brought you to San Diego?
All the information I had regarding San Diego came from a guy named “Tricky Dan”. He said that San Diego was 70 degrees everyday and you could rent an apartment on the beach for $300 a month. This was 1999 and I hadn’t made up my decision regarding the Internet, so I did no vetting of his wild claims. I’m still looking for an affordable IB apartment built on a Native American burial ground where a triple murder took place so I can call Tricky Dan, Truthful Dan. I’ll keep you posted.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
I am antisocial. And the thought of meeting a new batch of humans to interact with sporadically frightens me so thoroughly. I’m currently writing lyrics for 9 different bands in town and the co-owner of an independent record label ( I love my friends and musicians, and the vision of me trying to meet a rhythm section like the one I currently work with, shouting over a live band in some new dive bar in some strange town, is the dumbest thing I can imagine.

Also, it’s not Jersey.