Follies in Florida
My adventures in the Sunshine State

San Diego

After watching Tiger Woods sink a 10 foot put to send the US Open at Torrey Pines to an 18-hole playoff tomorrow I realized I had not updated the blog to reflect on my time in San Diego.

Saturday

Had some great sushi at Ra, it was so good that we went back there on Sunday for seconds!  After a full belly of fish, we went to Star Bar which I will never visit again.  Next went to Mission Beach to hang out at the Wavehouse, but is was so packed we had to go to the Sandbar.  I really liked it here, not only was the bar awesome, but you can play connect four while you drink.  After a quick bit to eat at Roberto’s to refuel, it was on to the next bar.  I don’t remember the name, but I remember walking up to the bar and seeing a line down the street.  Thankfully Chris is well connected and we went straight to the front of the line for VIP access.  The rest of the night was a blast that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

Amy sad after losing to Chris so quickly

Sunday

Sunday got off to a slow start, but we eventually made it back out to Mission Beach and chilled all afternoon at the Wavehouse.  It was a great way to recover from the night before just relaxing in the sun and enjoying a great 80’s cover band.  After a quick tour of Coronado and the Del hotel, it was time to head to my hotel and get ready for the conference.  There were a few conference receptions that night, but I opted to go back to Ra for some more sushi.

Gas is expensive in California, thanks Amy for driving everywhere!

The Wavehouse

Walking on Mission Beach

View from hotel window

Monday

Monday brought about an early morning to start the conference.  I was still feeling the effects of a long weekend and tried my hardest to put on my game face for the conference.  The morning session was filled with great speakers, and I especially enjoy those that interact with the crowd.  Jerre Stead, the CEO from IHS Inc. gave a great speech on the importance of the investor relations professional.  He told the crowd that he was appointed his first CEO in 1978 and asked anyone born after 1978 to stand up.  Having been born in the great year of 1981 I enthusiastically stood up and scanned the room to see that I was the only person standing.  It’s always fun to be singled out in a room filled 1,000 people.  The way I see it, I showed everyone in that room that I may be a young gun, but I play the game just as well.  The rest of the day was filled with sessions and an evening reception overlooking the bay.

Tuesday

Tuesday was filled with more sessions and walking the vendor exhibit floor to fill my cheesy conference bag with junk that I don’t need and will probably end up giving away.  For some reason free stuff draws a crowd, and I have to admit I like free stuff.

I spent Tuesday evening at Petco Park watching the Padres play the Dodgers with Pete our relationship manager at Ilios, which is our stock surveillance provider.  We were joined by a few other clients from JC Penney.  Before taking our seats we loaded up on rations.  It’s always fun getting carded in front of all your peers.  Although the Padres lost it was a great evening.  Pete caught a foul ball and I was able to enjoy a hot dog and a couple of beers.  Even though it was rather chilly that night, I had to keep up with tradition and get my ice cream helmet.  Our entire group made fun of me when I walked back to my seat with the ice cream helmet and a huge grin on my face.  They have no clue how much I love ice cream.

Post game we headed back to the hotel and partied like rock stars in the lobby bar.  One by one they all headed to their rooms to call it a night while I shut down the bar.

View from our seats at Petco Park

Petco Park scoreboard

Wednesday

Hit up the morning sessions and the breakfast buffet before I had to pack and begin my journey back home.  Wednesday was a long day of travel.  I think it will be a while before I make my next cross country trip.

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