San Diego is not only a popular destination, it’s a state of mind.
It’s hard to get too uptight when looking at a weather report that has a string of “sunny 72”s across the screen for the entire week. Fists unclench, pulses ease up a bit. Believe it or not, there are those who have a hard time adjusting.
A buddy once complained, “This place is too laid back.” Actually, it’s anything but. There’s almost too much to do here, and most of it is outdoors. One of the big attractions is the Rock n’ Roll Marathon, in which thousands of runners–mostly casual runners not competitive marathoners–are serenaded every mile or so by musicians, which are plentiful here.
Friends tend to surprise you with their new hobbies and latest biking, hiking, hang gliding, surfing, and kayaking adventures. A friend recently showed off her new surfboard, and I cracked, “Soon, they’ll have computers in them so we can work at the beach.” Presto, she sent me a picture of a surfboard with a computer keyboard and screen inside.
Thirsty adults can head for the area’s wineries and enjoy the bewildering selection of local brews that have turned the town into a nationally recognized hub for specialty beers. For the kids, there are the world famous Zoo, Sea World, the Children’s Museum, and a whole lotta beaches and Balboa Park to run around in, which helps with sleep for grown ups too.
San Diego even has its own lingo of sorts and it’s easy to fit right in by learning….
“Hey.” This is an all purpose greeting that communicates by how it’s said. A blah or bad day might be punctuated with a monotone “hey,” but an elongated, boisterous, singing “heyyyyyyyyy” is something to behold, and takes the place of the wordier “I’m glad to see you.” Hey rarely means “pay attention” or “look here.”
“It’s all good.” Not to be taken too literally, but more of a rejoinder, depending on the circumstances. You could be having a perfectly good, spirited disagreement with someone, and “It’s all good” will bring it to a halt, a fork in the road, or at least enter a paragraph for breath. “It’s all good” can mean “I hear you” or “I understand” or mark the acceptance of a plan. So, if you’re planning your itinerary (“first we’ll do Pacific Beach, then Coronado, then Sea World”), your friend could say “It’s all good” as a term of agreement. You can tell if someone’s feeling anxious or pessimistic if they say “But it’s not all good.” “It’s all good” accounts for that as well.
“No worries.” Like Fosters, this was imported from Australia, but has been adopted by the locals. Used mostly to put another’s mind at ease and takes the place of “It’s alright,” which you hardly hear anywhere anymore.
“Go for it.” This is an oldie that seems to have stuck around. Good for all endeavors and occasions.
San Diego doesn’t really have a abbreviation like L.A., or a slogan like “City of Brotherly Love,” or a song like “New York, New York,” with a boast that “if I can make it here I can make it anywhere.”
If you make it here, you get to stay.
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