San Diego (a.k.a., My Happy Place)


I missed the memo about San Diego, also known as, my Happy Place.

It really is this pretty. San Diego is what mid-westerners dream of when they dream of California.

This past weekend I made the quick trek down the 5 freeway to spend a day at the BlogHer Conference.  Before a few weeks ago, I didn’t know that BlogHer even existed, but as I have begun dipping my toes into the weird, wacky, and sometimes wonderful universe that is the Blogosphere, I’m learning more and more about a fascinating community of people who blog for fun, for a cause, for business, or for all of the above.  It was a fantastic learning experience and I met some really lovely people.  Good times.

Being relatively new to the world of blogging and virtually unconnected within the blogging community, I was a little nervous about attending the BlogHer conference all by myself.  But the fact that the conference was being held in San Diego pretty much sealed the deal.  Because you see, San Diego is my Happy Place. 

Since living in Los Angeles, I’ve visited San Diego a bunch of times and every time it seems like  I make happy memories there.  There was the time my husband and I took the Surfliner down to San Diego and enjoyed a ridiculously and hilariously unexpected display of public nudity as we happened to be riding the train on that special day every year when hundreds of people line the fence and bare their bums as the train passes by. 

Seriously, we laughed until we cried and then we laughed some more.

And since my son has come along, I’m grateful to have a family-friendly vacation destination relatively close by.  We’ve taken him to Legoland (which is technically north of San Diego) and to the World Famous San Diego Zoo and on both trips we had ridiculous amounts of family fun.  If they would build a  Dinosaur Train World in San Diego, they’d have a perfect pre-school trifecta and we’d probably go down there and never come back. 

My son beholds a dinosaur made of legos...this rocked his world.

I feel really lucky to have a gorgeous place like San Diego just a car ride away.  And when I’m itching to escape my every day life, all I need is half a tank of gas.  For those of you who don’t live near San Diego, I’m a little sorry for you, but guess what?  I bet you there’s a Happy Place near where you live, too.  All you need to do is to pick a place you like and do a little magical thinking.   You just have to tell yourself that your Happy Place is special and happy things will always happen there.  It really is amazing what a self-fulfilling prophecy that can be.  Happy blogging, fellow BlogHers.  Maybe NYC will become our new Happy Place next year? 

Memo received.

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3 thoughts on “San Diego (a.k.a., My Happy Place)

  1. Carol..middle aged diva August 10, 2011 / 8:49 pm

    It is definitely on our list…but we are definitely flying next time…did u get the aug discount on early bird registratn. NY? I signed up this a.m. use augustholiday as code…reg. 163…lowest it will be but only in aug

  2. Jamie Walker Ball August 10, 2011 / 10:43 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Carol! I’ll try to get in on that deal since travel will add a lot to the cost next year, but I think it will be worth it!

  3. Chloe August 11, 2011 / 6:33 am

    San Diego is also my happy place, Jamie. I fell in love in San Diego and both of my children were born there. I love going back. And I really enjoyed meeting you.

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