One year in OB, and I couldn’t be happier
Today, April 1st, marks the one year anniversary of my girlfriend and I moving to San Diego. It really has gone fast, and I have to say that it has been a year of learning and self realization – I owe most of it to the beauty of living in a community as tight knit and open-minded as Ocean Beach.
Coming to San Diego in April 2008 without a job, an apartment, or any idea of how I was going to settle down was a risky move. My lovely girlfriend, Carianne, and I embarked on what was essentially a life changing journey: two weeks traveling across the country starting in New Jersey to a final destination filled with uncertainty. As I look back on the past year, a number of things come to mind that I am thankful for being able to experience – almost all of them distinctly OB. Below is my top ten list of OB favorites – please feel free to add your own!
Sunset Cliffs (particularly at Sunset): This is a stop off for anyone who steps foot here in San Diego, let alone OB. Every person that has stayed at my apartment on vacation has been dragged down to Sunset Cliffs, only to be amazed that such an awesome sight is right in my backyard. In my opinion, watching surfers battle the waves as the sun goes down over the horizon is a perfect representation of the relationship between human beings and the ocean.
Rolling out of bed on a sunny summer day, throwing on a bathing suit, and walking down to the beach: Not everyone in OB lives a block from the beach, but most people who have lived here for a while did at some point. Nothing completes a weekend like a day spent on the sand!
The Farmers’ Market: For the first two unemployed months I spent in town, I would look forward to Wednesdays more than the weekend. The smells, the action, and, (especially during the summer) the atmosphere of the OB Farmers’ Market makes it second to none in San Diego.
Sunday Funday: San Diegans know how to enjoy their weekend, and it is never more apparent than on a Sunday morning – especially during football season. I can’t begin to count how many Monday mornings were spent dealing with a (sometimes severe) hangover. This also leads into…
The many options for a daytime cocktail: Sitting outside and sipping a bloody mary or a mimosa is something I, and many other Obecians, truly treasure. I prefer the “make your own” style, but Juan over at Lucy’s also makes a delicious bloody.
OB Politics: Looking back on the library protests, the Presidential election, the progressive, forward thinking online community we are building into a legitimate political force here at the OB Rag, and other movements in OB is something to behold. The community’s ability to relate politics and personal freedoms to every day life makes me proud to say I’m an Obecian.
The smells/sounds of OB: Being a vegetarian, I do sometimes miss a juicy cheeseburger here and there. Nothing makes me happier than the smell of neighbors cooking breakfast, grilling on the patio, or smoke from a bonfire drifting up the alley. I close my eyes almost every evening to the echo of waves crashing up the alley right to my window.
Dog Beach: While not a dog owner myself, I am a dog lover. Watching canines play along the water, fetching tennis balls while diving relentlessly into the ocean is a naturally calming sight.
Peoples Co-op: Say what you will about the expense of shopping at Peoples; if what you are looking for is fresh, delicious, natural foods and produce, there is nowhere that compares here in San Diego (don’t DARE mention Whole Foods).
I want to thank the community of Ocean Beach for providing such a welcoming atmosphere for Carianne and I. I think the best way to thank you, the community, is to respect and carry on the very things that we have learned to love.