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?


Jeff Umphres

Designer,  Pack Handmade,  http://pack-handmade.com/
Live: Point Loma, technically OB based on ZIP code but who's counting?
Work: Point Loma is home base, although I'm on the go quite a bit so I typically work wherever I happen to post up with my sketchbook.
How Long: I've been here about a year and a half sort of. I left for a bit, now I'm back!

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Scripps Ranch, the suburban eucalyptus forest adjacent to Miramar, right up the 15. It smells nice when it rains there; also, I think it’s the foggiest place I’ve ever lived in San Diego. (I was going to say ever but San Francisco has us beat by a long shot.) My parents still live there and my Dad has one of the most amazing gardens I’ve ever seen.

You’ve left and come back. When did you move back and why?
I moved to Middletown, right up the street from Starlite, about 3 years ago. At the time I was pretty bummed about moving back to San Diego. I was living in Portland, which I’d built up in my mind as this dream city and I really didn’t want to leave; awesome coffee, tasty beer, an overabundance of food trucks and bicycles as far as the eye could see, who could blame me! I had recently finished my degree in architecture so I was pretty set on finding a job doing anything even remotely related to that. Unfortunately, in the wake of the recession there was little to no work available. So, I started putting the word out in different cities and lo and behold, I found a job designing staircases here in San Diego and here I am!

Besides the Weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
San Diego is a really kinetic city, things are constantly happening (for better or worse) and that makes me really excited! There are about a thousand reasons to love this town but here are my top five, in no particular order:
Community Spirit. Need to rally people? No Problem! Heck, we even support the Chargers!
Beer. We’re kind of killing it right now.
Nature. Beach 5min, Mountains 60min, Desert 90min. Camping anyone?
Food. A burrito a day keeps the doctor away! (Or something like that…)
Bicycling. OK, its not the best (yet) but I just biked down the west coast and based on my experience it’s pretty darn good, so get out there and roll around!