Brian

About Brian

I am married with two beautiful children and loving life. I’m pretty sure my head size is literally getting larger every year I go past 30, is that normal? I love my job & hometown of SD and if you ever visit you’ll understand why my city is better than the rest.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?

Golf in the morning. Then head to La Jolla shores with friends. Wrap it up with dinner at a great sushi restaurant and then finish watching the Padres beat the Dodgers.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

Behind the scenes just about anywhere. I always want to know what’s making it all tick, at a theme park, a ballpark, or a concert. I love seeing what's happening behind the curtain.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

Hanging at the beach and playing volleyball with friends. I also really love going to dog beach & now that I’m a new dad, anywhere that makes the little guy laugh.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Burgers and beer for sure!

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…

The Fray - The Fray, Bless His Name - Jeremy Riddle, New Radicals - You Only Get What you Give, and Bobby Brown - On Our Own. No more, I got in trouble from IT for downloading at work!
Brian

Get a great deal on Cirque tickets

I took my wife last week to catch the Cirque du Soliel traveling show Kooza, and our socks were totally blown clean off. The good news is that they are still in town and just launched a new promotion.

For a limited time, you can enjoy 40% off Level 1 and 2 tickets and 30% off Level 3 tickets. To get the offer just CLICK HERE.

The show is really cool because they bring in so many elements so seamlessly. As a music fan I caught myself being distracted from the main show a few times because I was watching the band.

So here are a few of our impressions:

Unicycle Duo

Most Thrilling Moment– Hands down it is the wheel of death. These guys are out of their minds and there were points when my wife buried her head and screeched “I can’t watch this!” It is that intense and dangerous, but these amazing performers pull it off night after night.

Head Tilting Moment of the Night –  When the contortionists emerge onto the stage you literally cannot tell where one person’s body ends and the other begins, or how many bodies there are for that matter.

Most Unique Act- This is a tough call with Cirque, but the unicycle duo was something I had never seen. The setup is simple enough, one guy on a unicycle and a female partner whom he performs lots of lifts with. Think figure skating, but on a unicycle.

Brian

Go Card adds SeaWorld to program

Growing up in San Diego, I’ve been to SeaWorld more times than I can remember. The great thing about SeaWorld is that they are constantly adding great new shows and attractions to the already wonderful park. Now that I am a dad my wife and I are excited to take our son to experience this great park.

The really cool news for visitors to San Diego is that SeaWorld is now part of the Go San Diego Card program, joining over 425 sights, parks, museums, attractions, and tours that accept Go City Cards and Explorer Passes as an entry ticket. SeaWorld will now be an included admission on 3, 5, and 7 day Go San Diego Cards.

The Go Card is an awesome solution when you want to experience all of San Diego’s great offerings and not rack up an enormous bill on admission tickets. The Go Card is a one-stop solution that includes the best of San Diego, like the San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park and LEGOLAND CA, all at one price. There are also loads of other attractions, tours and museums included in the cards.
You can pick up your card at our waterfront International Visitor Information Center when you come into town.

Brian

Baseball season is here

Though we San Diegans are still licking the wounds from the Chargers disappointing playoff loss, there is hope. While the east coast digs out from under a mountain of snow, we turn our attention to baseball season, sunny skies and our youthful Padres team.

Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training next week, but baseball fans can start to get their fill at Saturday’s FanFest at PETCO Park, a free event.

Gates will open at 9:00 a.m. for Padres Season Ticket Holders, while the general public can enter beginning at 10:00 a.m.

The event will run until 5:00 p.m. Parking is free in four locations: the three surface lots along Imperial Avenue (southeast side of PETCO Park) and the Padres Parkade Garage (10th Ave at J St).

By far the coolest aspect of the FanFest is the opportunity to get onto the field and into the clubhouse.

The bullpen will be open for fans to play catch, and Padres closer Heath Bell will be there to give a pitching clinic for kids.

The Padres Foundation will also be holding its annual Garage Sale in the Omni Premier Club. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase game-used equipment and memorabilia with all profits benefiting the Foundation.

Among the players tentatively scheduled to attend are Heath Bell, Kyle Blanks, Everth Cabrera, Kevin Correia, Jon Garland, Adrian Gonzalez, Tony Gwynn Jr., Scott Hairston, Jerry Hairston Jr., Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, Clayton Richard, Will Venable and Chris Young. In addition, Padres broadcasters Dick Enberg, Jerry Coleman, Mark Grant and Mark Neely will be in attendance.

Brian

Show love, buy-one-get-one-free for Cirque

We here in San Diego are starting to get very excited because our inspired neighbors from the north are coming to town. Cirque du Soleil will be in San Diego from February 25th through March 28 with their show, Kooza.

There will never be a better time than now to get your hands on these tickets. Cirque is running an awesome two-for-one ticket promotion on their website.

These offers are for select dates in early March, but you should act fast because the offer expires February 14 and these will likely go very quickly.

Finding a memorable and unique gift for Valentine’s Day is no easy task, but you can’t do much better than tickets to Cirque.

Kooza promises to deliver everything you’ve come to expect in a Cirque performance, including the much anticipated Wheel of Death.

Brian

The Cirque is coming to town

The Trickster from Kooza

The Trickster from Kooza

Every two years San Diego gets a little more exciting as the creative wizards from Cirque du Soleil set up the Gran Chapiteau (French for Big Top) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. In 2010 they are bringing the traveling show Kooza from February 25 to March 14.

Click Here to get your tickets before they are available to the general public and you receive $10 off.

Act fast, as the presale ends on November 7.

Kooza gives you a great reason to make it a long weekend and come on down to San Diego to enjoy the show and the city.

Kooza has all the amazing acrobatics and theatrics you would expect from Cirque, but I am really interested in seeing an act called the “Wheel of Death.”

Brian

Is Your Dog Fast?

Bowl Game representative Laura delaMontaigne talks to the Fox morning crew

Bowl Game representative Laura delaMontaigne talks to the Fox 5 morning crew

Question of the day, what does wiener dog racing have to do with college football? Find out this Saturday at the 13th annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals at Qualcomm Stadium. The competition is actually a fund-raiser and awareness-building event for the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl & the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl games played in San Diego every December.

Early this morning fifteen hopeful wiener dogs and their owners held exhibition heats for the local Fox morning show. Many of the dogs looked better than they actually ran, all suited up with capes and even racing goggles.

The real action starts at 8:00am Saturday at Qualcomm Stadium. The 16 fastest dogs advance to the semi-finals which will be held during a Padres game at PETCO Park on September 1st.

If you think your dachshund has the goods, visit the Bowl Games Association website for entry details and register online.

Brian

Free Family Fun Tuesday Night

Families taking in the fun

Families taking in the fun

Summer nights in San Diego are meant to be enjoyed outdoors. Last week we joined a couple of other families, bundled up our kids and took in a Free Movie in the Park at Viejas Casino & Outlet Center in Alpine, about 35 miles east of downtown right off Interstate 8.

The beautiful Viejas Outlet Center has a big park right in the center of all the shops where they show great family movies on Tuesdays in the summer. Tuesday August 18th is the final installment of the series, with August Rush as the feature at 8pm.

Here’s what you need to know.

  • Price: Free
  • Shoppers – Arrive early to enjoy the farmers market and great outlet center savings
  • Food – We bought dinner from the food court, which has plenty of options
  • For the lawn – Bring some blankets and low-sitting lawn chairs (so as not to obstruct the views of those behind you)
  • Snacks – We brought some sweets, you can bring in whatever you like except for alcohol
  • Weather – It’s San Diego! It will get down to about 65, so a light jacket will be plenty
Brian

Holiday Bowl Tickets on Sale

Every December San Diego rolls out the red carpet for two deserving college football teams for the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl.

08_blount_leap_newsMany of my favorite memories growing up a sports fan in San Diego were watching Holiday Bowl games. Players like Barry Sanders, Steve Young, and Jim McMahon have turned in memorable performances at these games, so you’re likely to see a future NFL star on the field.

Tickets for the 32nd annual Pacific Life Holiday Bowl go on sale to the general public Friday, August 7th at 10 a.m. Tickets also can be purchased online at www.PacificLifeHolidayBowl.com, through TicketMaster at (619) 220-TIXS, or at any TicketMaster outlet.  Ticket prices increase $10 on November 1st so don’t delay.

The game kicks off at 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 30th at Qualcomm Stadium. The game matches teams from the Pacific-10 and Big 12 Conferences. The 2008 game featured a 42-31 Oregon Ducks victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in front of 59,106 fans and an ESPN national television audience.

Five of the last six games have sold out.

Brian

Salt Creek Golf Club

Par 4 #11 at Salt Creek

Par 4 #11 at Salt Creek

Saturday I took advantage of the warm summer weather and got out to Salt Creek Golf Club. This great links-style course is nestled into the foothills of Chula Vista, a suburb about 25 minutes from Downtown San Diego.

Golf for Normal People
I love the fact that the course is a challenge, and it is an authentic golf experience, but there is no pretense at Salt Creek. There are no snooty members, no overzealous Tiger wannabe’s, just working people who love the game and want a fun and challenging course they can afford.

Course Honors
Make no mistake though, this is a serious golf course, Golf Digest gave them 4 ½ Stars in their Best Places to Play 2008-2009. There is also a massive all-grass driving range with lights so you can hit balls until the wee-hours.

If you get a tee time after the morning haze lifts hole #1’s tee-box offers great views all the way to the Pacific Ocean and the Coronado Islands.

Rates
Rates vary from $35 – to- $95, if you call the club (619 482-4666) and mention that you saw this blog they will give you a special deal! Be sure to also look for great last minute specials, and the Players Club, a great value.

How to Get There
From the north it is best to use the new toll-road. It’s $3 each way and exact change is required. It was also loaded with cops, so don’t think your $6 just bought you a pass on the autobahn.

Conditions Right Now
Superintendent Rob Browns deserves some love for keeping the course in such great shape during the warm dry days of a San Diego summer. The course is in amazing condition.

How I Scored
Not a scorecard I want to frame, that’s for certain. Let’s put it this way, I went to the beach the following day and I can’t tell which location had me in more sand.

I had to scramble up a good back nine to break 100, and it seems like I was hitting out of a bunker on every other hole, but that’s links golf for you.

Brian

Teeing it up at Sycuan Resort

The signature #4 at Sycuan

The signature #4 at Sycuan

One of the most overlooked aspects of San Diego is our abundance of great golf courses. Despite perfect weather and an amazing selection of courses we are still not given our due credit as a golf destination.

I recently played a few rounds at the course where I learned the game, Sycuan Resort. The course is in great shape right now with the greens and fairways all in excellent condition.

The weather in San Diego has also been ideal for golf lately with temperatures in the upper 60’s at most of the inland courses and a nice little layer of clouds to keep us from getting farmer tans.

My cousin recently decided to take a contracting job in Baghdad, so I decided to treat him to perhaps his last round of golf ever a fun sendoff on the links. Continue reading