Posts Tagged ‘San Diego’

Celebrate San Diego Beer Week 2010 with SDTweetup and TapHunter!

Remember when we used to all get together every month or so for the SDTweetup? Well, SDTweetup is getting back into a groove. We had a very fun movie event in September with the advanced screening of Catfish, and now a new SDTweetup has been scheduled for November.

The time seemed right to introduce two somewhat overlapping groups to each other, formally. SDTweetuppers, meet SD Beer Week. Craft beer lovers in San Diego, how’d you like to come to an SDTweetup? In this spirit, we’ve joined up with Melani and Jeff “Flash” Gordon of to create a unique event.

What: SDTweetup Celebrates SD Beer Week with TapHunter
Where: West Coast Tavern, 2895 University Ave., San Diego
When: Tuesday, November 9, 7:00 PM
Who: The first 250 people who RSVP here

We’ll have all the usual SDTweetup mayhem, giveaways, and usual suspects (who are probably some of your closest friends by now), along with a new injection of hops, malt, and beer culture. There will be tasty craft beer and food pairings from West Coast’s chef Peter Zakarian to satisfy your palate, and a TweetWall to post your juiciest OH’s and most random photos of the event. (Many thanks to Gabe Lawrence and for this.)

You’ll also learn more about the over 300 events scheduled to happen during SD Beer Week, and have an opportunity to plot out your attending strategy with your Twitter friends.

Our sponsors will make coming worth your while, too. The generous folks at mophie will be giving away 10 mophie juice packs for keeping your iPhone or iPod Touch charged up all day. TapHunter is also planning to bring some special prizes. To enter to win, please win a business card of some sort–time to order those moo cards!–so we can draw yours to win.

Attendance is capped at 250, so RSVP today! If this is your first SDTweetup, get the most out of it by first reading these tips.

Jelly: Give coworking a whirl at HIVE

Coworking, according to Wikipedia, is a style of work which involves shared office space but independent activity. It typically attracts telecommuters, freelancers, and others who don’t work in a traditional office, but are sick of working at home or in coffee shops and crave a more collaborative atmosphere. I recently tried out coworking for myself at Jelly, a bimonthly day-long coworking event held every other Friday at HIVE (770 11th Ave. in downtown San Diego).

Patrick Crowley (@mokolabs) initiated the local instance of Jelly, which originally met in his apartment. Jelly itself started in New York City in 2006 and has spread to several cities worldwide; Patrick first encountered it in Sydney, Australia. When HIVE opened as a coworking space in March 2009, he thought it would be the perfect place for Jelly in San Diego.


#influenceSD–why didn’t I think of that?

At what point does a new industry need an awards event to unite its movers and shakers and celebrate their achievements? In the case of new media in San Diego, the answer is clearly right now!

#influenceSD, cofounded by locals Matt Browne and Melani Gordon, basically fills a gaping void in the local social media community.

With more than 3,000 votes cast online for over 315 nominees, it also seems to me like there’s been a pent up demand–has me kinda wondering, “Why didn’t I think of that?”


Tough Getting Ahead in Real Estate in San Diego

Dan Scott of Faith Based Community Development teaches the class

Dan Scott of Faith Based Community Development teaches the class

Real estate prices have been steadily rebounding over the past four months at the Real Estate In Ponce Inlet, particularly for homes suitable for first-time homebuyers. An $8,000 federal rebate, which is set to expire soon, could be what has stimulated demand in this tier of the market. It’s sort of a good news-bad news thing – the good news is that you’ll get an $8,000 rebate if you qualify; the bad news is that the house is now $20,000 more than it was six months ago thanks to, well, the rebates.

OK, so how’s a first-time buyer—particularly someone who is technically a low-income individual or family—to get in the market?

I recently attended a workshop with 28 hopeful homebuyers up in Oceanside to learn about their options.

Led by Daniel Scott, executive director of Faith-Based Community Development Corporation and a banker for 15 years, the monthly workshops are mandatory for people who’d like to qualify for federal homebuyer assistance. (more…)

Barcamp San Diego wifi post mortem!

After running 7 barcamp networks (2 in LA, 5 in SD) I’ve learned a ton:

  • ‘end user’ or ‘home’ wifi gear doesnt work. No matter how awesome you think it is. It just never ever cuts it.
  • 2.4ghz is the devil
  • you need at LEAST 5-10 megabits of connectivity, preferably with the ability to burst up higher.
  • OpenDNS = fail
  • Spend the extra money/time/etc and get mesh wireless from a reputable vendor (cisco/aruba/xirrus etc). It will make your life way way easier.

I’ve banged out a quick writeup on the BarCamp San Diego 5 wifi network over on – so if you’re a wifidork or have any interest in how the network was run, pop on by!

Try Salton Sea for unusual daytrip

Where can you find seafront real estate for less than $100,000 in Southern California? That would be Salton City on the Salton Sea in Imperial County, a saline lake that was once the center of a vibrant resort community strung with marinas, motels and merrymakers.
Salton City on west shore of Salton Sea

Salton City on west shore of Salton Sea

But these days, the Salton Sea is bereft of that type of tourism.

The lake, formed in 1905 when the Colorado River flooded and submerged the town of Salton, contains about 7.5 million acre feet of water.


This is why we live here

Oh, we are lucky

Oh, we are lucky

It’s March 28, and it’s 78 degrees and sunny here in San Diego. Not a cloud in the sky. Perfect beach weather.

Just in case you’ve forgotten what the residents of other regions go through in late March, here’s a rundown:

  • Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and South Carolina
  • Record floods in Fargo, North Dakota
  • Massive sheets of ice have left residents of an island in Northern Michigan stranded
  • Blizzards have afflicted South Dakota to Colorado all week
  • The Plains states  are dealing with a severe wind advisory


Fitness on the Cheap Tuesdays: Mission Bay Park (Wednesday Late Edition)

Mission Bay, image courtesy of Jim Wallace licensed under the Creative Commons. Click to check out his Flickr Stream.

Mission Bay, image courtesy of Jim Wallace licensed under the Creative Commons. Click to check out his Flickr Stream.

This week’s FotCT rounds out my San Diego Triple Crown of best spots around the city to work out.  It also happens to be the largest man-made aquatic park in the entire country at more than 4,000 acres of sand and sea.  Of course I’m speaking of Mission Bay Park, one of San Diego’s largest free attractions, drawing an estimated 15 million visitors every year.  This week, hopefully it will draw out some sweat.  Details after the jump.


Half-price admission at 3 Balboa Park museums

Museum of Man in Balboa Park

Museum of Man in Balboa Park

In a move that may encourage San Diegans to discover the cheap thrills available in hard times, 3 local museums are offering half-price admission every day before noon.

From this Sunday until May 25, admission to the Mingei International Museum (normally $7 for adults), the Museum of Man (normally $10 for adults), and the Museum of Photographic Arts (normally $6 for adults) will be half-price between 10 AM and 12 PM. All three museums are located in Balboa Park.

For more information and a list of current exhibits, please see this press release. You can also follow MOPA on Twitter at @MoPAsd.

If you’re an early bird, take this opportunity to save a few bucks and get a little culture!

Confessions of a Soccer Mom

‘Tis the season for competitive soccer tryouts in San Diego. And if you’ve never played competitive soccer or spawned offspring that have, lucky you. You’ve been spared the occassional agony that is the competitive tryout.

One of my sons played recreational soccer before we went the competitive route, and, trust me, that’s no cakewalk either. During the one season of rec that I endured, a 13-year-old referree called off the game during the first half because a 40-year-old parent got all up in his face and wouldn’t get off the field. Nice job dad. Chalk one up for nobody.

Since we turned semi-pro, we’ve had a lot of great experiences and a few lousy ones. This season, we needed to move our kids to a team that practiced closer to their schools because, truth, we’re more concerned about their ability to get their homework done than we are about driving them 60 minutes roundtrip to play soccer for some club that’s all that and a bag of chips.

It’s taken a lot of work, but we’ve found a great situation for boy #1 and are at this minute waiting for the call for boy #2. However, after weeks and weeks of various kick arounds, callbacks, and full-on tryouts, unfortunately, the team boy #2 really wants to play on–the one his classmates, best friend and former teammates play on–indicated tonight that they might not have a place for him (I still hold out hope that they’ll come to their senses). And the team he has said he doesn’t want to play on has told us that they do have a place for him.

He’s just turned 10, so we’re mostly talking about his fragile little ego here and not whether he plays for the Galaxy some day.

But, wait a minute! At this age, his fragile little ego is exactly what this is all about. And as parents, it takes a lot for us to keep on our own game faces for him.

So, I think I’ll Blip an old Rolling Stones standby, sing along and hope it’s true that “You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes, you might find that you get what you need.”

Or, put a little less lyrically, that things have a funny way of working out for the best. Let’s hope so.

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