TSA Geeks and other San Diego Adventures


“It’s supposed to snow on Sunday.”

That’s what Cent told me on Friday morning after I had arrived in San Diego for Charlene and Ron’s wedding. Which, at the time, was really difficult to fathom as I looked out at a Palm tree, leaves blowing in the wind on a mild January day. I knew the possible consequences of his weather report: I could get stuck in San Diego. Now, that wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but I also had to get back to Dallas.

Well, the weather didn’t cancel my flight last night (thankfully, not so lucky for those headed to Atlanta), but I did get stopped. At security. Me and TSA, we’re like BFFs, because somehow, about every fourth time I fly, my bag has to get searched. It wasn’t Mac & Cheese or batteries this time, but my gear. Fortunately, the TSA agent was a bit of a camera geek, and said, “I’ll try not to drool over your equipment,” his words, not mine. And while I was nervous to let him handle my camera gear (he told me I couldn’t touch anything until he was done examining), I instructed him on what to move before he broke anything. There could have been a TSA throwdown…just sayin’.

I got to spend Sunday in San Diego with my dear friend, Hana. She took me to this delicious French Bistro called Café Bleu. Their jam, YUM!

baguette from cafe bleu hillcrest san diego

cream and sugar from cafe bleu hillcrest san diego

We both had Croque Madames, which is a Croque Monsieur but with an egg on top. So good. I haven’t had a Croque anything since France!

croque madame from cafe bleu hillcrest san diego

croque madame from cafe bleu hillcrest san diego

Since I was in San Diego, I wanted to see my alma mater, University of California, San Diego, especially since I had heard that a lot of construction had been completed since I graduated in 2005. There were a lot of buildings I don’t remember!

geisel library ucsd jacobs engineering building

Hana said I should pose with the UCSD newspaper, The Guardian. She really liked the bookstore window that had leaves on it.

ucsd guardian price center uc san diego bookstore

ucsd bookstore san diego

I think the trees grew a lot in 5 years. I’m pretty sure you could look down library walk and see an unobstructed Geisel Library.

geisel library dr seuss ucsd uc san diego library walk 2011

Since I’m in Texas now and never see the water, I asked Hana if we could go down to La Jolla Shores. And smell the salty ocean air. And walk on the sand. And avoid the seagulls.

la jolla shores sidewalk

Hana took this of me. :)

la jolla shores

My lovely hostess, Hana.

la jolla shores

la jolla shores catie ronquillo photography

la jolla shores catie ronquillo photography

And then there was Pinkberry. I’ve never been to Pinkberry before, but now I do believe I’ve been converted. It was a perfect afternoon snack!

The chairs were really cool, too.

Hillcrest is a cool and quirky area of San Diego full of unique shops and vintage finds. Oh and amazing restaurants.

Our last stop was the Lucha Libre Taco shop (as seen on Man vs. Food) were I had a delicious Surf & Turf taco. Mmmm.

Lucha Libre Taco Shop san diego

It’s so crazy to me to think that in the same day I could have walked along the beach, and then come home to 32 degree weather! Man, it was cold. And this morning, there was thin blanket of snow in the backyard, although it melted pretty quickly. Crazy Texas weather!

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  • Reply Frances 01.10.2011 at 8:30 pm

    Man, I love San Diego sooooo much! I want to go back! =\

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