Farewell Pacific Beach, my home for nearly 14 years. Adios to my Thomas street, Cass Street, Missouri Street and Lamont Street homes and goodbye to all the other homes that will forever hold incredible memories; Opal street, Sapphire street, the Imperial Weed, and of course, the Gay Sailor. Within your walls I met my husband and some of my dearest friends, brought home new dogs, said goodbye to old dogs, learned to love Guinness, danced like crazy, cheered on teams, celebrated countless holidays and milestones, and laughed more than any human should be allowed.
Bye Mission Bay, tower 21, Diamond street beach and Law street beach. I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had sitting on your sandy shores and swimming in your salty waves. Running and bike riding along your waterfront paths every month of the year was a privilege I will never take for granted.
Goodbye to my Vons crew; Peter, Tiffany, Sandy, Tracy and manager John Crane, to my dry cleaner Asha, my mailman Malcolm, my UPS man Jacob, Pool guy Fernando, Tom my hairdresser, my tailor Tammy, the staff of Chip’s liquor, Goyo my CSA box farmer, Elaine my acupuncturist, Karen at Broken Yolk, the Friend family, and all of my neighbors on Law street. It’s a joy to live in a community where people greet you by name, and truly care about you.
Farewell to the couple who walks all around town wearing matching outfits and CD’s around their necks, to SloMo, to the guy who screams bible verses at you down by the gas station, to parrot on the shoulder guy, whoever drives the van with all the tacky stuff glued to it, and all the other crazy characters that have made this town so fascinating, and interesting to live in for all these years. Variety is truly the spice of life.
Bye to all my favorite places; PB Fish Shop, Pigment, Cucina Urbana, Lou and Mickey’s, Marinos, Juice Kaboose, Sweet Paper, Yoga Tropics, Yoga Six, Powerhouse Pilates, Dziner Eyes, Zen 5, The Catamaran, Pangea, Great News, South Coast Surf Shop and The Broken Yolk. I definitely got my money’s worth.
So long to the small business community, the creative community, and the production community who have given a real life education to this art school grad. I have learned countless lessons from working with you that I will take with me for the rest of my life. A special thank you to Will English, Chris Petiprin, Gary Peterson, and Rob Craghead for allowing me the flexibility to find my own path.
Ciao Kate Sessions Park, Torrey Pines reserve, Balboa Park, Coronado, Pacific Beach Pier, Carlsbad flower fields and all the other incredible outdoor places that truly make San Diego America’s finest city. You were my dream come true. I’m not sure I can ever spend more than 50 days a year indoors again. You have spoiled me rotten.
A very special goodbye to The Silver Fox. Oh boy. There are so many memories, none of which are appropriate to write here, or anywhere ever for that matter.
A second very special goodbye to the Kaiserhof for welcoming us that first night we drove into town.
Goodbye Chris and Kathy. Thank you for always making my life easier.
Goodbye Katie, Tash, Kelly and Britta. You are the most wonderful and supportive women I’ve ever known.
Farewell to all my dear friends especially Wills, Lindsay, Boxcars, Angie and Bill, and most of all farewell to Val, Jen, Leila, Carson, Fiona and Sydney. You are my heart and soul. San Diego will forever be ours.
“You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again.” –Tom Petty
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
Awww….the day has come. What a lovely farewell to your beloved city. I am 100% certain you will, bit by bit, learn to love your new city. It won’t be the same, but it will be an adventure, and that’s what Betsylife is. See you around, perhaps at a conference, or who knows….
Xoxoxo! Betsylife foreva!
– your #1 fan
San Diego and I will miss you Betsy! I know we will see each other again soon. Conference time maybe? I think you will love it in San Francisco. What a sweet post to such a wonderful city. XOXO
El Nunez says
Very Sweet Besty! Leaving SD was sad for me too, but there is life outside of the Finest City! Plus, you can always go back again! Best of luck to you and Jimmy up North!
Stephanie Weaver, MPH says
Lovely post, so glad we got to be friends while you were here, and will continue to be online friends. My hope for you is that you will come to love the Bay Area just as much as San Diego, for different reasons. Like loving a new dog after losing a beloved heart dog. XOXO
I don’t know you but i know wills and boxcar-vaguely. So random i came across this blog
Cue the ugly cry
Jon B says
Best to you and Jimmy as you close one chapter and open another. Many great memories and laughs! A couple that come to mind: Boat shoes, Salsa competitions, Pool’ing, fireworks on the 4th (roof and/or Kate Sessions), PB beach Memorial Day (when we could have beer), Silver Fox, Thomas St, Broken Yolk, etc. You’ll always have a home here in SD..we’ll keep a light on for you. Best, Boxcars