Day 4 – San Diego, pt. 2

Well, I didn’t wake up in a broom closet! This is still a little weird, though. Good, but weird.

Yesterday, San Diego Day, was very long, but it was packed with fun experiences and the chance to meet really nice people. I took an early flight from Oakland to San Diego, which is just a little bit north of the Mexican border. I was met at the airport by Larry, my author minder/wrangler/escort. We had some time to kill before my first appearance, so he took me to this MASSIVE park in the middle of the city that was filled with beautiful plants and trees and museums, and we got to walk around and I felt like a very lucky girl. From there, Larry drove me up (down?) the coast so I could see the surf. Did you know there is a big storm near Alaska? Well there is, and it’s sending huge waves to California which looked very imposing. We ate lunch ON THE BEACH (calamari sandwich thank you very much). I called my Beloved Husband to tell him I was lunching outside in 76 degrees. He said it was 25 degrees and his part of NY was getting another six inches of snow. I felt kind of bad about that.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com Big waves you can’t quite see in the background. Hot surfer in the foreground for Meredith.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com After lunch we drove inland to Rancho Santa Fe Middle School where I talked to the 8th grade. Thank you very much for the poetry and the great shirt, Rancho people!

Two bookstore visits yesterday – Warwicks in LaJolla (stock signing) and an event at Barnes & Noble in Encinitas.

Image hosted by TinyPic.com Lots of people showed up in Encinitas. Wow.

I leave in a few minutes for Santa Monica High School.

If you live around LA, the best place to find me today is 7-9pm tonight when I’ll be at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.

(Before you get jealous about this whole Cali weather and cool hotel moment, remember I leave for Detroit tomorrow.)

18 Replies to “Day 4 – San Diego, pt. 2”

  1. That MASSIVE park in the middle of downtown is Balboa Park which us San Diegans are very proud of(also home to the famous San Diego Zoo.) How wonderful that you got to stop by!
    I live a little more northward, in Carlsbad, where you may have seen all those big waves (and the surfers for Mer ; )
    I came by the Encinitas signing–your talk was terrific–but didn’t get to say hi, because, well, of the MOB!
    Hurray on the Presidential suite. How very cool.

  2. That MASSIVE park in the middle of downtown is Balboa Park which us San Diegans are very proud of(also home to the famous San Diego Zoo.) How wonderful that you got to stop by!
    I live a little more northward, in Carlsbad, where you may have seen all those big waves (and the surfers for Mer ; )
    I came by the Encinitas signing–your talk was terrific–but didn’t get to say hi, because, well, of the MOB!
    Hurray on the Presidential suite. How very cool.

  3. That MASSIVE park in the middle of downtown is Balboa Park which us San Diegans are very proud of(also home to the famous San Diego Zoo.) How wonderful that you got to stop by!
    I live a little more northward, in Carlsbad, where you may have seen all those big waves (and the surfers for Mer ; )
    I came by the Encinitas signing–your talk was terrific–but didn’t get to say hi, because, well, of the MOB!
    Hurray on the Presidential suite. How very cool.

  4. No, shut up.. I’m still jealous.

    a.you aren’t on the east coast.
    b.you are in warm weather(even if only for a day)
    c.you saw a hot surfer(the jersey boys don’t count)
    d.ITS 75 DEGREES THERE!

    not sure if I love you right now…

    Mer

    (kidding I do)

  5. No, shut up.. I’m still jealous.

    a.you aren’t on the east coast.
    b.you are in warm weather(even if only for a day)
    c.you saw a hot surfer(the jersey boys don’t count)
    d.ITS 75 DEGREES THERE!

    not sure if I love you right now…

    Mer

    (kidding I do)

    1. Honey, this is why you shouldn’t go to college out here; hot surfer boys are everywhere. And when they get out of the water, they peel their suits off. You’d never get any work done. You’d drive into the ocean. There would be legal bills.

      Aunt Beth just called – she has a free hour and can come to my hotel!!! Wa-hoo!!! I’ll take pics and send them.

      I love you no matter the weather.

  6. No, shut up.. I’m still jealous.

    a.you aren’t on the east coast.
    b.you are in warm weather(even if only for a day)
    c.you saw a hot surfer(the jersey boys don’t count)
    d.ITS 75 DEGREES THERE!

    not sure if I love you right now…

    Mer

    (kidding I do)

  7. Honey, this is why you shouldn’t go to college out here; hot surfer boys are everywhere. And when they get out of the water, they peel their suits off. You’d never get any work done. You’d drive into the ocean. There would be legal bills.

    Aunt Beth just called – she has a free hour and can come to my hotel!!! Wa-hoo!!! I’ll take pics and send them.

    I love you no matter the weather.

  8. Honey, this is why you shouldn’t go to college out here; hot surfer boys are everywhere. And when they get out of the water, they peel their suits off. You’d never get any work done. You’d drive into the ocean. There would be legal bills.

    Aunt Beth just called – she has a free hour and can come to my hotel!!! Wa-hoo!!! I’ll take pics and send them.

    I love you no matter the weather.

  9. Encinitas book signing

    Hi Laurie. Enjoyed hearing you speak at the book signing in Encinitas. Laughed like silly listening to you. Loved that you asked me if I was a writer (You noticed that I laughed a lot during your talk.). Answered “No, I’m not.” Loved even more that you said, “Maybe it’s not time, yet.” I’m just now tuning into the voices that are speaking to me. Might be time, soon, to start interviewing the characters who pop into my imagination. Ya just never know, maybe one day I’ll be able to make an audience laugh like silly at a book signing!

    I look forward to reading about the teenaged boy’s perspective in your next book, especially since I have 4 sons of my own (12, 15, 16, and soon-to-be 20!). Thanks for such an enjoyable 90 minutes! Please come back again to San Diego in the future!

  10. Encinitas book signing

    Hi Laurie. Enjoyed hearing you speak at the book signing in Encinitas. Laughed like silly listening to you. Loved that you asked me if I was a writer (You noticed that I laughed a lot during your talk.). Answered “No, I’m not.” Loved even more that you said, “Maybe it’s not time, yet.” I’m just now tuning into the voices that are speaking to me. Might be time, soon, to start interviewing the characters who pop into my imagination. Ya just never know, maybe one day I’ll be able to make an audience laugh like silly at a book signing!

    I look forward to reading about the teenaged boy’s perspective in your next book, especially since I have 4 sons of my own (12, 15, 16, and soon-to-be 20!). Thanks for such an enjoyable 90 minutes! Please come back again to San Diego in the future!

  11. Encinitas book signing

    Hi Laurie. Enjoyed hearing you speak at the book signing in Encinitas. Laughed like silly listening to you. Loved that you asked me if I was a writer (You noticed that I laughed a lot during your talk.). Answered “No, I’m not.” Loved even more that you said, “Maybe it’s not time, yet.” I’m just now tuning into the voices that are speaking to me. Might be time, soon, to start interviewing the characters who pop into my imagination. Ya just never know, maybe one day I’ll be able to make an audience laugh like silly at a book signing!

    I look forward to reading about the teenaged boy’s perspective in your next book, especially since I have 4 sons of my own (12, 15, 16, and soon-to-be 20!). Thanks for such an enjoyable 90 minutes! Please come back again to San Diego in the future!

  12. The Park

    Hmmm that park sounds like a really nice place. Parks are really fun to go to when it’s nice out, I must say. That lunch sounded yummy too! Lucky you happened to come to Cali now; had you come a few weeks ago, you would have been pelted with rain and cursed with clouds and various other chilly things…
    Caitlin

  13. The Park

    Hmmm that park sounds like a really nice place. Parks are really fun to go to when it’s nice out, I must say. That lunch sounded yummy too! Lucky you happened to come to Cali now; had you come a few weeks ago, you would have been pelted with rain and cursed with clouds and various other chilly things…
    Caitlin

  14. The Park

    Hmmm that park sounds like a really nice place. Parks are really fun to go to when it’s nice out, I must say. That lunch sounded yummy too! Lucky you happened to come to Cali now; had you come a few weeks ago, you would have been pelted with rain and cursed with clouds and various other chilly things…
    Caitlin

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