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!

Fair Fare Starts Friday

Who can resist this?

Who can resist wings, fried s'mores, fried veggies & kabobs?

The San Diego County Fair opens on Friday June 12th and runs through through July 5th.

I’ve been going to the fair since I was a kid, but now that I’m a little older there are two things that get me out to the Del Mar Fairgrounds: food & concerts. This year the fair has loaded up on both.

The theme for 2009 is Music Mania and the fine folks at the fair have brought in some big name acts.

I’m secretly excited fairly certain my wife will drag me out to see Kelly Clarkson close out the fair with her July 5th show on the big grandstand stage.

Also playing are American Idol season six top two David Cook and David Archuleta.

For those over 13, there is also a nice mix of artists like Loretta Lynn, Clint Black, Brett Michaels, the B-52s, and San Diego’s own Switchfoot.

Remember that the grandstand concerts require an additional ticket in addition to your fair entrance.

The only place where cream puffs & beer can coexist

The only place where cream puffs & beer can coexist

I was fortunate enough to get out to media day last week for a little tasting session of fair food.

I sacrificed my third week on the South Beach Diet to splurge on a sampling of the following:

  • 1 deep fried s’more
  • 1 serving fried zucchini & chicken strips
  • 1 cream puff
  • 2 beers
  • 1 cinnamon roll
  • 1 kabob
  • 1 BBQ beef sandwich
  • 2 servings of BBQ corn with butter
  • 1 serving hot wings

It wasn’t all bad though. My wife stayed true to the plan with a kabob, corn and some BBQ beef, so there are some non-indulgent offerings that are still delicious, but who can resist fried Twinkies?

Tickets: Adults: $13.00, Ages 62 and older: $7.00; Ages 6-12: $7.00; Ages 5 and younger: Free

Two Dollar Tuesdays Kids 12 & under are free every Tuesday. On June 16 Fair admission is just $2.00, with special tickets available only at Albertsons.


Living the Good Life

Soaking it in on our own private beach.

Soaking it in on our own private beach.

Every smart husband circles two dates on the calendar each year. Not the Super Bowl and your fantasy baseball draft, I’m talking about the smart husbands.

Those two dates would be your wedding anniversary & your wife’s birthday, cavemen!

I am usually pretty good at lining up great getaways and dinners, but this year I outdid myself and you can too.

I surprised my bride with a weekend birthday getaway at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club this year and she could not have been more thrilled.

You can book a room like a regular hotel, but most guests are Club members who pay for some sweet conveniences. Perks like a private beach, tennis courts, & a 9-hole executive golf course. This place is so exclusive that they actually manicure the beach every morning before the sun comes up. The sand is raked, chairs are arranged and staff is at the ready to get you pretty much anything you need.

The group next to us put their whole setup, chairs, tables, reading material, snacks etc a little to close to shore & when the tide swept in the staff raced to the rescue and pulled all the iPods and Louis Vuitton bags to safety. We saw the staff bring out bocce ball sets, umbrellas & beach toys to anyone who simply asked for them.

The coolest thing you can do is have them bring you a BBQ ready for grillmaster wanna-be’s to make dinner for the family. Charcoal, and even all the ingredients for dinner are right there for you.

The great thing is that you don’t have to be a high roller to stay there. There are more specials than ever right now, and if you book off peak season (winter, spring and fall) you can get great deals too.

The Beach Club is a fabulous way to enjoy the beach a little more exclusively than most. Right next door is the La Jolla Shores Hotel which is where we stayed for our anniversary last year and had a great time.

The only drawback now is setting the bar too high, what am I going to do next year?