Back in San Diego, but not for long.
I arrived in San Diego on Saturday, July 25th late in the afternoon unsure of what the job market would have to offer. I'm staying at a hotel off of Hotel Circle and Taylor. It's not a bad location and is adequate for my needs.
The only interview I've had so far was with a 3 person "web shop" located about 10 minutes away. Since they cannot afford the staff they hire contractors when needed and that would have been the case with me. I'll pass.
I'm 15 minutes from almost all the beaches and about thirty minutes to Del Mar where I had applied for a web project manager position at a larger corporation. I have yet to hear anything from that company or any of the other companies in San Diego I applied to before I left Dallas.
It turns out that San Diego doesn't offer much for advertising jobs. There are a few independent, medium-sized agencies but L.A. and S.F. attract all the big agencies and where all the jobs are at. I'll be leaving San Diego on Sunday, August 2nd for L.A. to visit family in Santa Monica and stay overnight. Monday, I'll drive up the PCH through San Louis Obispo, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Mateo, San Francisco, and finally across the Golden Gate Bridge to my hotel in San Rafael or that's the plan right now. As of Wednesday, I have 3 interviews in S.F. (2 with agencies, 1 w/recruiter) setup and I hope to have more on my calendar by end of this week.
Back to San Diego...
I have taken quite a few photos with my Nikon D40. I am finally learning how to adjust exposure which has lead to better shots. I just figured it out tonight while taking photographs of the Presidio in San Diego with bright afternoon sunshine. The photos came out pretty well.
Yesterday, I went downtown to Petco Park and watched part of an away game on the big screen located behind the stadium. It was a perfect day to be outside (73F). After taking some photographs of the stadium, I decided to lay down on the grass and watch a few minutes of the game.
Today, I went to Starbucks and sat outside listening to Pandora radio enjoying the sunshine and cool breeze for about an hour. Afterwards, I went up to Del Mar to try to find the beach. I think I could live in Del Mar as well. Anyway, I found the beach, but parking was not available and it was packed so I didn't get any photo opportunities other than with my crappy camera on my phone. On the way back, I stopped at Mission Bay and walked around the park. I took a few photos, mostly with the camera phone. There really wasn't much to photograph. Next, I stopped at the Presidio near my hotel. This will be the highlight of my time in San Diego. I was able to get some great photographs and am anxious to see how well they turn out when I have prints made.
I still have 3.5 days left to soak in San Diego. It's been great to just relax and enjoy this place and not worry about anything.
Random link I wanted to keep to visit later:
Audience Picks: 100 Best Beach Books Ever