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: North Pacific Beach
Work: Sorrento Valley
How Long: 20 years
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Manhattan Beach, just about two hours north of here. In the 70s and early 80s it was a mellow little beach town – we ran around with no shoes and went to the beach every day we weren’t in school. Our neighborhood rule was that you had to complete two years of Junior Lifeguards before you were allowed to go to the beach with no parents, so we all did that as soon as we could. I used to scrounge up $1.95 every day in the summer so I could buy a burrito from El Sombrero on my way to the beach.
Nowadays it’s pretty fancy: mansions, celebrities, you name it. But my mom still lives in the house I grew up in, and my sister lives there with her family, so that rules. It’s great to visit when I can, even if I do trip out on how it has changed. I still hit El Som for a burrito every time I get up there.
What brought you to San Diego?
I moved to Denver for two years after college, and I was working at a station called KTCL when 91X called and offered me afternoons. I didn’t hesitate for a second. Growing up in Southern California, I knew all about 91X, so it was a no-brainer. I moved to Mission Beach in March ’97, and had my first day on the air at 91X a few days later, on April Fool’s Day. I was 24. Next April Fool’s Day will be my 20th anniversary on the air in San Diego, which completely blows my mind! I’m so grateful that I’ll get to celebrate that milestone back on air at 91X.
Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
It just feels like home now. I’ve lived in San Diego longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, and while sometimes I feel like I know it like the back of my hand, I love that there’s still so much to explore and so many new places to check out. Living near the beach, working at my dream job, raising my daughter here with all the good friends we’ve made over the years – I love this city!