You Know You're From San Diego If...

My good friend Donna sent me an email about growing up in San Diego that made me laugh. (Thanks, D!)

Because I couldn't help myself, I took it and made a few changes and additions.

Got any of your own? Add 'em in the COMMENTS section. (It's about time you guys got off your duffs and got that thing rolling!) Here's the result.

You know you're from San Diego if....

  • Your high school had a surf team.

  • You can correctly pronounce Tierrasanta, La Jolla, Rancho Penasquitos, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Jamacha, Jamul, Cuyamaca, and El Cajon.

  • There are four distinct seasons: Summer, Not Quite Summer, Almost Summer, and Oh Hey, Look Its Summer Again.

  • You learned to swim at The Plunge.

  • Your house is worth more than some small countries.

  • You know what MB, OB, and PB stand for.

  • You can determine the accuracy of someone's "I'm ghetto" claim by knowing where they went to high school.

  • You are deeply offended that anyone would ever refer to Taco Bell as "Mexican food."

  • You see weather forecasts for four different climate zones in the same county and aren't even remotely surprised. Ahhh.... The Micro Climate.  And no weather report is ever complete without hearing the phrase, "Late night and early morning low clouds and fog along the coast."

  • You experienced your first tequila popper somewhere along Avenida Revolucion. (But you're not sure exactly where...)

  • You've tailgated at Qualcomm Stadium, and for bonus points, also tailgated when it was Jack Murphy Stadium.(Special bonus points if you couldn't find your car after any SDSU game.)

  • You have a favorite - the WAP or the Zoo.

  • You've been on a field trip to see an Imax movie at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center - and liked it better before the big redesign.

  • You still call it the Del Mar Fair, AND you can say "I'm going to the track" and people know where and what you mean.

  • You understand what May-Gray and June-Gloom is.

  • You've either dated a famous skateboarder/surfer or one lives in your neighborhood.

  • You've gotten stuck in the Horton Plaza parking structure traffic after a Padres game, and you know why it pays to buy a Coke before trying to exit.

  • You know what "The Merge" is, and will plan your entire day around not being on it during rush hour.

  • You've been to Belmont Park.

  • You know the difference between Clairemont Mesa,Kearny Mesa, and Mira Mesa and maybe you remember Serra Mesa too.

  • You've gone to Sea World on a warm day and sat in the first few rows at the Shamu Show to get cooled off.

  • You avoid tourist beaches in high season and have your favorite locals-only beach.

  • You know it's San Diegan - not San Diegoan, or San Diegoite.

  • No matter what the weather is, there is always someone walking around in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops.

  • You are unsurprised to see a shirtless adult using a BMX bike for transportation.

  • You live on, near or are surrounded by hills and/or canyons.

  • You make fun of Los Angeles.

  • You cuss out Arizona drivers as a reflex.

  • You were either 91X or KGB, but never B100.

  • You used to, and sometimes still do, ride the carousel at either Seaport Village or Balboa Park.

  • You know someone who doesn't own pants, and have a neighbor who doesn't seem to own a shirt.

  • You know what Santa Anas are, and that they have absolutely nothing to do with the city of Santa Ana.


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I am a writer and lazy artist who loves travel, architecture and design. Right now, I'm into photography. My fabulous husband (a.k.a. The Varmint) and I are also the principals of a San Diego-based creative agency - and new parents to the divine Baby Mak. Read More >