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?
Live: South Park
How Long: San Diego native
Where did you grow up?
Born at Bay General Hospital in Chula Vista, we moved a lot, but as a kid I grew up mostly in Imperial Beach. I started high school at Mar Vista in IB, transferred to Serra High School in Tierrasanta and graduated from Bonita Vista in Bonita. I think my dad wanted me to have the navy brat experience of constantly moving. Except he wasn’t in the Navy and aside from a brief period in Anaheim and a couple years in Australia, we mostly just moved a few miles away at a time.
What has kept you in San Diego all these years?
I really love to travel, and I have been to amazing places around the world, but San Diego is just a beautiful city to come home to. No matter where I have gone, I am always excited to come home. I think one of the greatest things about our town is its proximity to so much geographical diversity and activities of all kinds. You have the Colorado River just three hours away. It’s about the same distance to the Joshua tree covered high desert or the mountains of Idyllwild and ski resorts of Big Bear Lake. I am sure there are other places this can be done, but I personally don’t know anywhere else in the world where you can snowboard in the morning at Mammoth and waterski that evening on San Diego Bay with the sun setting on one side of you and the city skyline on the other. I have done this just for the absurd point of it, but it was also glorious. I haven’t even got started on all the treasures of Mexico, and if you need a big city fix, Los Angeles. That said, as a San Diego native it is my birthright, and perhaps responsibility, to say I hate LA!
Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
Is it weird to say the carne asada burritos and our taco shops? Southern California is known for its beaches, but as a native, I honestly couldn’t tell you the last time I went. There is just so much else to do. My neighborhood and the surrounding burgs are obviously famous for craft beer. Our food culture is continually improving. And as a musician, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out our thriving and always growing original music scene. Walking distance from my home, I have a monthly residency where I host over a dozen songwriters and musicians at the Whistle Stop. The local music and art scene is like family to me. Bars like The Casbah, Bar Pink and the Whistle Stop…they are owned by dear friends committed to nurturing our artistic community.
In San Diego, I am surrounded by a fantastic network of family, friends and artists. Who knows where my life will take me? But no matter where I go, I will always call San Diego home.