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The Best Roommates I ever had in PB

March 30, 2020

After living alone for a couple of years post-college, I've realized that it might be safer for me to live with roommates. The random knocks in the middle of the night were scaring me when I lived in my studio in Pacific Beach (read this post about this story when I lived alone).

The next place I lived at after my solo time in my studio was a 3 bedroom apartment on Pacific Beach Drive. The situation was a girl was looking for 2 new roommates to replace the roommates she was living with. She was a student at SDSU, also where I graduated from, and was working on her master's degree. The apartment was super cheap, even for 10 years ago. My share was only $600 a month and of course, we'd split the electricity and cable bills between the 3 of us. When she was interviewing me for a spot in the house, there was another person looking at it too. I told her my occupation and history and it didn't take long to realize that our personalities meshed. She ended up picking me and another friend of hers to move in with her. It worked out so well. In the time that I lived there, we had three house parties and went out for two special dinners. We were all in our twenties, working and generally just calm individuals. The other roommate/friend she picked was a nurse who worked night shifts. None of these ladies were crazy partiers. I was so impressed and happy with them until two things suddenly changed. 

My roommate, who was a nurse, had a serious boyfriend and he was moving to Syracuse, New York. She decided to follow him. They were madly in love. Not long after she told me and my other roommate that she was moving and that we'd need to find a new roommate, I discovered that my OG roommate, who had lived there the longest, had been having a drinking problem. Every week, there would be at least 5 - 8 bottles of wine in our recycling bin. I wasn't drinking any of it and neither was the sweet nurse. Her dad died not too long ago and she was basically drowning her sorrow with alcohol. I really felt bad for her. She became more distant to both of us. We both offered our listening ears but that was all we could do.

Immediately after my nurse roommate told us that she was going to leave San Diego, I offered my OG roommate the idea that maybe we should find a place for just the two of us because our misogynistic apartment manager was not the nicest person, even though we had always paid our rent on time. Our kitchen faucet would leak, the carpets were nasty and the place was just really run down. Every time we would mention something to get fixed, it was brutal and there would always be a blame on us, even though these things were already damaged when we had moved in. She agreed. However, I realized while I was searching for a new place for the both of us that she wasn't putting in any effort in helping me search. I think her drinking problem is affecting other aspects in her life. I was worried that if things got bad, she might have a hard time paying her share of the rent. So, a couple of weeks before our lease ended and after we've given our property manager our move out notice, I did a very selfish thing and said that I thought it would be best if we each find our own living arrangements. She was not assisting in the search and barely spoke to me and I was getting concerned. I know that I should've been a better roommate and maybe taken a bigger lead to figure it out for the both of us because she was going through a hard time. I asked my boyfriend at the time for some advice and he told me that if I went ahead and found an apartment for me and my OG roommate, things could go sour with her continuous drinking problem and that it wasn't my problem to fix. I took his advice and till this day, I've regretted not sticking it out for her sake. I ended up breaking up with that particular boyfriend after a year of being together. I realized I didn't see eye to eye in a lot of things with him.

I still think about my decision on not sticking it out with my OG roommate at the Pacific Beach Drive apartment. I've apologized to her when we split and went our own ways and I apologized a couple of years later when we exchanged an email. We lost contact after that but I still think about these two roommates when I think about the best roommates I've ever had. They indeed were. I still keep in touch with the sweet nurse on facebook and with my other roommate, I really didn't search. I just don't think it was fair of me to try to keep in touch with her because I was so ashamed of what I did. I think she ended up graduating with her master's degree and moved back to her hometown in Boston.

My next series of roommates were pretty nuts and a couple of them did not pay bills on time, which made my living situation even worse and so stressful! That story is for another blog entry in the next coming weeks. 

Stay safe during this coronavirus pandermic, everyone!

 

Random Knocks in the Middle of the Night in PB

March 10, 2020
I'm going to take you back to a time when I lived alone in a studio that was located on Fanuel Street in Pacific Beach. I was in my mid-twenties and wanted some independence and alone time to clear my head when I'd get home from work so I found the most affordable place I could find and signed a lease. This studio happened to be located behind a 7-11 where a lot of homeless people would gather around. 

Now, as a naive young professional, it didn't cross my mind that I would be affected by the foot traffic coming from this particular 7-11. I was only a block from Typhoon Saloon (which is a bar that is now closed) so I thought I'd probably hear people being rowdy as they're walking to and from the bars.

I guess my studio door looked like an office door of some sort because in the middle of the night, I had gotten a few random knocks! I'd never opened the door when I'd get those knocks. I just pretended that no one was home and kept quiet. I signed a lease for 6 months for that place but I was out of there in 5 months. I couldn't handle being scared anymore and was fearful of what a weekend night in PB could bring to my doorstep. I even had a homeless person slept in front of my door on the night of Christmas Eve! It was terrifying. I wanted to call the police but I also didn't want to ruin someone else's Christmas Eve and get them in jail. This homeless man's mumbling in his sleep was so loud, I could hear it through my door and that kept me up! He wasn't one of the knockers though. He just simply slept in front of my doorstep because I had bushes there and it kind of shielded him from passer-byers so I guess he thought it was a perfect spot to pass out. He left early in the morning but I found his 7-11 cup that he had left on the ground as I was opening my front door. I was so glad he was gone. I think he was a homeless man. Til this day, I don't know for sure. He could've just been a lost depressed man on Christmas Eve who didn't want to go home. Who knows?!

Anyway, this was also a time was I was kind of in a weird cloud mentally. Our economy was in a recession and my workplace had put all of us on a furlough schedule. Every other Friday, I had a day off from work so that my workplace could save money on labor without having to lay off too many people. I was depressed that I couldn't progress in my career and not only that, I got diagnosed with an ulcer in my stomach from all the work stress. 

I generally love Pacific Beach and where I lived at that time was so convenient but I didn't love how much foot traffic the location of my studio got. People were always rowdy after coming out of bars and there were nights when I needed a decent sleep and the noise was just too much. In retrospect, I did enjoy being able to walk a couple of blocks to get to the grocery store from this studio. I was also a regular 24 hour fitness goer so it was nice to be able to walk a few blocks to the gym and be close to all the action and beach. However, the random knocks were getting too stressful for me and I didn't get the peace that I was hoping for when I especially needed them after a tough work day.

The next place I moved to after that studio was a 3 bedroom apartment on Pacific Beach Drive and to help me feel safer, I moved in with two other roommates. I didn't realize it at the time, but they were the most sane roommates I ended up ever having. I'll tell you a funny story about this Pacific Beach Drive apartment in a future blog post.

 

Thanksgiving Week in San Diego

December 6, 2019
Thanksgiving week was very eventful this year. We hung out at Stone Brewing World Bistro at Liberty Station (about a 10 minute drive from Pacific Beach) on Thanksgiving Eve. (A day before that, we took the $5 ferry from Broadway Pier to Coronado! Scroll down to see a picture of our view.)

We watched two football games with 25 other people at a large Thanksgiving feast at my cousin's house in University Heights on Thanksgiving Day and had way too much to eat and drink! That's what Thanksgiving is all about.

What made it super special for me this year was we planned to have a fun night out on Thanksgiving Eve to put us in the party spirit for the next day. Stone Brewing World Bistro did it for us. They had Christmas decorations up already so the holiday spirit was ready. They also had a Christmas tree lit inside.

The ambiance was warm and inviting. There was a wait for a table in the main dining area around 7:15PM so we opted for the bar where you seat yourself and order food and drinks at the bar. That worked for us because there was a lot of seating and we took our time to order. I ordered a flight set of four for $11 which was a pre-selected flight list brewed specifically from the Liberty Station location. That's pretty awesome.
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By the time, we were finished with our evening, most of the restaurants around there closed for the night. However, the Christmas lights all around the Liberty Station were still lit and that made it a great farewell experience.

As a native San Diegan, I'm ashamed to say that I did not find out about the $5 each way ferry from Broadway Pier to Coronado Island until this year!

It's a 15 minute ride and the views from the ferry boat are phenomenal. While you're in the middle of the water, you see the downtown skyscrapers on one side and then the Coronado Island and bridge on the other end. You must do this! It's a great alternative to paying for another more expensive boat ride when you're short on money and time. There are no restrooms to use on the the ferry boat so make sure you use the restroom somewhere else before you get on.
 

5 Reasons to Live on The East Coast

October 18, 2019

5 Reasons to Live on The East Coast East Coast living is quite a different experience from living elsewhere in the US. For those moving to the East for the first time, there is much to learn about life on the East Coast. While nothing can replace living the adventure for yourself, here are a few things to expect before you pack up the car and head east.


Ivy League Schools

Ivy League schools are considered the most sought-after institutions of higher learning in the country and around the world. These eight private Northeast schools are known for their highly selective admissions process, academic excellence and promising career opportunities for those who attend. The name recognition and social prestige don’t hurt either. The list of Ivy League schools includes some of the oldest institutions in education, with well-respected professors, ample research grants and generous financial aid resources. 


Cost of Living

Baltimore's elegant architecture, friendly people and lively pockets of nightlife and music make Charm City a pleasant and fun place to call home. Prices for real estate in Baltimore are lower than in some other nearby major metro areas. The prices for consumer goods are roughly 10 to 50 percent lower in Baltimore than in New York City. 


NYC

One of the best things about the East Coast of the United States is that it is home to one of the world's major cities. While there are several large cities on the West Coast, none of them can compare to New York City in size and diversity. When people first began to settle the United States most of the major settlements were on the East Coast. Thereby, New York City is joined with Philadelphia, Charleston, and Boston as the major cities on the East Coast.


Home to Nation's Capital

The Washington, DC area is a great place to live with a variety of choices for work, recreation, and lifestyles. Washington, DC has lots of cultural activities, entertainment, shopping, festivals, outdoor recreation, and great restaurants. DC has relatively mild weather and fewer natural disasters than other parts of the United States. Residents look forward to the beauty of the seasonal changes. The Washington, DC area is home to a wide variety of people from different ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, religions, and economic levels.


Time Zone Dominance

American TV and major broadcasts still revolve around eastern standard time. The stock market opening at 9:30 am, the French Open finals at 9 am, and World Cup matches at 7 am are all examples of major events serving the eastern time zone.

 

Pacific Beach Trivia

October 10, 2019
(Covid-19 Update on Trivia nights in Pacific Beach: Some locations are slowly getting ready to restart their trivia nights. In the interim, you can play virtually for free online (unless you want to register your team) from Sunset Trivia's facebook page on Wednesday and Sunday nights every week from anywhere!)

Pacific Beach has a lot of bars and restaurants that hosts weekly trivia nights! It makes a night out more exciting and mentally stimulating. 

Here's the current list of places in the Pacific Beach area with trivia below:

PB Ale House

Trivia every Monday night at 8PM. Free to play.
Address: 721 Grand Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

TapRoom
Trivia every Monday from 8PM - 10PM with a local brewery host
Address: 1269 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

Barrel House Republic
Trivia every Tuesday night at 7PM
Address: 1261 Garnet Ave., San DIego, CA 92109

710 Beach Club
Trivia on Tuesdays at 7PM - 9PM
Address: 710 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

The Grass Skirt
Trivia every other Tuesday night at 8PM
Address: 910 Grand Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

Bayside Landing
Trivia every Wednesday at 7PM. Free to play.
Address: 3780 Ingraham St., San Diego, CA 92109

Woodstock Pizza Pacific Beach
Trivia every Thursday with sign up beginning at 8:30PM
Address: 1221 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

The Local PB
Weekly Trivia every Thurday at 7:30PM (*)
Address: 809 Thomas Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

Bub's 
Trivia every Thursday at 9PM with Sunset Trivia
Address:1030 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109

Latitude 32 Pub and Grill
Trivia every other Thurday
Address: 5019 Cass St., San Diego, CA 92109

Cass St Bar & Grill
Trivia are random dates throughout the year but are with great themes. 
Address: 4612 Cass St., San Diego, CA 92109

To see upcoming bar events like pub crawls and special parties, go to the Pacific Beach Bars page.

 

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