San Diego always makes me think of Switchfoot. One of my favorite songs from their early years has the line "It's a long way from Miami to L.A." While we didn't make quite that far of a journey today, it was definitely a long day of travel. But it was worth it, because San Diego is awesome.
It started out a little interesting for me. I am, by all accounts, a frequent traveler. I can pack for a trip in about 10 minutes. I take great pride in the fact that I do not hold up the security line at the airport. So when the TSA guy at the Atlanta airport pulled me to the side, I was sure that they were just doing some kind of random check. Oh no - I had somehow managed to leave a knife in my bag. I've been camping a few times lately and took the same bag on this trip that I had taken camping, complete with a Leatherman multipurpose knife. Pretty sure I've been removed from any kind of TSA pre-check program and placed on the top of their idiot list.
It was a beautiful day in San Diego today, and we spent a lot of time looking at the sailboats on the water right by our hotel. We were informed upon arriving in San Diego that they're experiencing the "June Gloom" right now. It was sunny and the temperatures were in the low 70's. Kind of wishing we'd get a little "June Gloom" in Atlanta.
After a great lunch with some of our management team and a much needed attempt at an afternoon nap, we headed over to the venue. We did a meet and greet, which included our good friend, legendary runner Jim Ryun, and some of his family. It's always great to see familiar faces at shows.
The show tonight was great. We've played this venue in Del Mar several times, but I think this was the first time we've played the fair. It was a great crowd - they were very loud and energetic, and seemed to be smiling the whole time. I'll take that to mean they enjoyed it! We worked a version of the acoustic set from the spring tour, adding in "Blessed Assurance". "I Need a Miracle" was a highlight, as was Brian "Honey" Bunn's harmonica improvisation before "Otherside".
Great night. My only regrets are that we didn't get to stay in beautiful San Diego longer, and that I went to a fair and didn't eat any weird fried food. Oh well - next time. Stay classy, San Diego.