Sunday, June 21, 2009

California Dreaming

I find myself once again in California. San Diego to be exact. Lovely city, just lovely. But I am here on some unpleasant business, so it's not all goodness.

Outside of business, however, I have managed to find some good things. The city is fabulous, people are friendly, the weather is divine. So if you have to be some place for something unpleasant, there are definitely worse places to be.

Yesterday, I found time to go to the world famous San Diego Zoo. It's an endless maze of rainforest and jungle, birds and reptiles, lions and tigers and bears (oh my!). One could spend a couple of days there and enjoy every minute. Definitely worth it.

Today? An afternoon spent at the ballpark, an all-American day of baseball and hot dogs. We sat in the cheap seats, and the view from up there of the city of San Diego and the marina is worth the climb. San Diego Padres vs. the Oakland Athletics. Padres win! It was a great day to be at the ballpark -- during the 7th inning stretch, we all got up and sang "God Bless America", and it just felt darn good to be there. Next week, the Houston Astros are in town, and I will be back and in the cheap seats for that one, as well.

So despite the ugliness of the business I am here on, the charm of the city of San Diego has managed to make it all bearable for me. I believe it will be one of my very favorite cities going forward.

4 comments:

Girl With The Golden Touch said...

I hope things get better for you soon M. x

Feet In The Earth said...

Sorry to hear about the unpleasant business. The zoo and the city sound fantastic though, I wish I could fit in time to visit there when I'm in the US from the 6th July. As Golden Touch says, I am sending you love during this rough period. xx

M said...

Thank you both. It's such a bizarre contrast -- unbearable stress and ugliness in the midst of a beautiful, fabulous setting. The ups and downs are endless.

northern monkey said...

Sorry to hear about the unpleasant business, but it sounds like there is starting to be some balance and you enjoyed the non unpleasant business bits...the zoo sounds great - I love zoos....

take care and keep strong
nm