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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 really 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 really 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 with them until two things suddenly changed. 

My nurse roommate's boyfriend, who I coincidentally also share the same birthdate with (month and day), was moving to Syracuse, New York and she was going 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've discovered that my OG roommate who's lived there the longest has 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. We've narrowed it down to the roommate who picked us, the OG (original) roommate. Her dad died not too long ago and she was basically drowning her sorrow. I really felt bad for her. She became more was distant to me and my nurse roommate. I didn't think she wanted to talk about her dad and we both offered our listening ears but that was all we could do.

Before my nurse roommate was going to leave San Diego and out of our apartment, 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've always paid our rent on time. Our kitchen faucet would leak, the carpets were nasty and the place is just really run down. 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 when things get 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 take a bigger lead and 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 with breaking up my living arrangement with my OG roommate at the Pacific Beach 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 my 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 and moved back to her hometown in Boston.

My next series of roommates were pretty nuts and a couple 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. 


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 ...
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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 ...
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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...

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Pacific Beach Trivia

October 10, 2019
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

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
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