My first full week in San Diego! It was lots of things, but most of all, it was normal. I don’t think this is a bad thing by any stretch, in fact I find it reassuring that after picking up my life and shaking the dust out of it, I’m able to feel comfortable enough to be resume normality in my new environment. People who don’t travel often may not understand this phenomenon, but after any move (even across town!) it normally takes me at least a month for the day to day stuff to settle back into a routine. My belongings were delivered last Saturday and the final box was put in the closet Friday night. I’m not saying I’m done unpacking, I’m just as done as I can get right this minute. I’m in a slightly smaller apartment and I’m lacking some storage I’m used to, so not everything fits yet. I also don’t have some key furniture items (entertainment center, couch, TV) so there’s that too. My relocation reimbursement can’t get here soon enough.
So what have I been doing in this fine fine city you ask? Not a whole lot! I kid you not. Last weekend was a nice grownup (ie, there was wine and no IHOP involved) dinner and dessert with some friends, but other than I’ve been a real homebody. I’m still adjusting to my slightly different work schedule and my new daily commute routine. Unpacking has taken up quite a bit of time naturally, then there’s gym time on top of that. In my free time after all that I’ve been sucked into a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon thanks to my buddy Rob, and THEN there’s the Xbox. I’m pretty psyched about Dragon Age coming out in November from Bioware. Thankfully to help fill the time until then Brutal Legends launches in October. While normally the theme of the game and Jack Black’s presence in it would be two strikes, the demo was unbelievably fun and somehow he wasn’t that annoying. Probably because it was just his voice. I’ve made a promise to myself to finish both Afro Samurai and Castle Crashers before buying any more games. Tales of Vesperia? I’ll get back to you. Fallout 3? Yeah.. uh, you’re scheduled for a quick trip to Gamestop to trade-in. Sorry!
Before I forget, let’s talk about the commute. Many people have scoffed at me for living 25 miles from work, especially when my gas mileage is between 15-19 mpg. To you people I say “THPBPBPBPB.” I live two miles from the beach (but it’s getting too chilly damnit) in a kickass city. Encinitas is just north of San Diego so you get all the convenience of living in American’s 7th largest city while still maintaining a tiny beach-town atmosphere. The commute doesn’t bother me either, in fact I’ve actually come to look forward to it. I just plug in my iPhone to the stereo and relax the entire way. How many people can say they take an hour out of their day to stop and just enjoy music? Lately I’ve been exploring classical more as it’s cheap as hell on iTunes. There are tons of albums with 50-100 classic pieces for between $9-15, and so far the only downside is ending up with a few copies of the same song. I think I have at least 4 copies of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. If you’re like me and tend to drive to match your soundtrack, then it’s doubly as awesome. So far the William Tell Overture is taking first place in my classical driving playlist, with the 1812 Overture a strong second. Strangely enough Ride of the Valkyries was not in my top five. The timing is just a bit off somehow.
That’s it peeps! I realize there’s a significant lack of anything even remotely exciting, but next weekend’s roundup should be more interesting as I begin to explore my new home. I’ve also got another 2-3 posts written for this week, so I seem to be staying on top of this whole blogging thing.