The story behind our new banner today is really very simple: It's the view outside my window.
I've lived in this building since 1998, when I first moved to San Diego. In the 13+ years I've lived here, I've lived in three different apartments. This one has slowly become my favorite. I'm kinda living the dream here. When I was younger my ambition for a home was an urban apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows and a wall full of books. Oh, and a movie collection would be nice, too. But in those days a movie collection meant a 16mm projector, a screen, and of course, prints of your favorite movies. Not very accessible.
I'm happy to say all that changed, partially due to technology (the movie part), and mainly due to having a decent job and finding a city to fall in love with. (And yes, I have the windows and the books, too.) Don't get me wrong...I've loved everywhere I've lived, from my hometown to Pittsburgh, but San Diego is really special. If you've ever been here, you know. The weather, the natural beauty of the place--including a bay and access to the largest body of water on the planet--all combine to make it a paradise.
But paradise is what you make it, whether it be a coal-mining town in eastern Pennsylvania or one of the last outposts on the West Coast before you hit a foreign country. I've dug in and carved out my own little corner of paradise here. This apartment is a large part of that. And although there are days when even paradise comes up short, all-in-all I know how damn lucky I am to be here.