Archive for March, 2012

Dig This Jive Turns Two Today!

| March 13, 2012

Bread-n-Cie-1To celebrate, I treated myself to lunch at my favorite eat-by-myself-while-staring-out-of-the-window spot in San Diego: Bread & Cie in Hillcrest.

I sat at my favorite table in the cafe–the one that has a view of the University & 4th bus stop–and I smiled to myself. I smiled the way I did two years ago when I sat at the bar in La Puerta to enjoy a frosty mug of a mojito cocktail known as the Mr. Mojo Risin’. Back then, I basked in the glow of my last day at a life-draining job. Today, over a bowl of New England clam chowder and a generous slice of apple rhubarb raspberry tart, I reveled at where the gumption to leave that job has taken me.

In 2011, I debuted in print with an article on Jane Lui in San Diego Magazine. Soon after, I published work in Pacific San Diego Magazine. And, I’ve been contributing to both magazines ever since, appearing in eight San Diego Magazine issues and four Pacific San Diego Magazine issues to date.

Dig This Jive has also continued to grow even though, I admit, my posting frequency has declined in the past months. Still, over this past year, the blog has averaged twice the number of daily, weekly, and monthly hits it averaged in 2010-2011, with notable spikes for my posts on the opening of Little Italy’s Underbelly and last fall’s Food Truck gatherings at The Epicentre in Mira Mesa. I’m also very humbled to find Dig This Jive referenced by Regal Beagle in Mission Hills, comedians Billy and Adam (of the stitch-in-side hip-hop duo, Snakes, and the sketch group known as Harvard Sailing Team), letterpress amazingness 9spotmonk, and the popular San Diego blog, mmm-yoso.

Finally, I’ve been able to cross “work for a non-profit” off of my bucket list thanks to 2011. Last June, I was invited to join Comic-Con International’s Programming Department as a recurring temporary employee. Though I started off a bit intimidated, I’ve nestled in. It just so happens that the anal-retentive tendencies that manifested when I was a kid–I loved organizing my Halloween candy by types then brands–has found a new home, one that’s occupied by great people who are flexible with my flexible work schedule and have no qualms over my affection for Microsoft Excel. I’ve got one Comic-Con badge on my metaphoric Girl Scout-ish sash and, this week, I’ll add my first WonderCon. And, I’m not impractical: I appreciate the extra income I get from my work with the organization. It makes DTJ ideas, like the one I have to conquer Convoy Street’s eats, more accessible. “Accessible” as in “I’m able to afford it again.”

Thank you to all of you who take the time to read these posts, to those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and to those who take the time to read my articles in San Diego Magazine and Pacific San Diego Magazine. You’re the reason why I feel like my writing will always have a place in this world.

Now, to 2012…

By the way: I didn’t actually finish the apple rhubarb raspberry tart. I only took a bite. Or two. I brought the rest home to share with my live-in tech support and, yes, my number one fan. This blog literally wouldn’t exist without him.

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