“Free day” in San Diego offers surprise around every corner, giggly Mich. doctor


I declared today “free day.”

What a great day.

How could anyone who lives here ever want to work?

I have walked around San Diego, popped into restaurants and pubs, talked to strangers, talked A LOT with the people in the service industry (that’s how you find out everything) but also had fun with…. the doctors!

One extremely giggly doctor riding up in the elevator with me just now declared that she’s a “cheapskate internal medicine doctor from Grand Rapids, Mich.” I chuckled. I told her the head of the chamber of commerce in Grand Rapids, Rick Baker, came from the Quad-Cities (to which she said: “What’s Quad-Cities?” I’ve heard that at least seven times already today)

After she proclaimed her cheapskated-ness, I admitted I’m not a doctor, I just play one online. But seriously, I said I am from the (WHERE’S THAT!) and am just a lowly reporter. I could not ever bring myself to pay $2,200 to stay one week in the official convention hotel on a work trip.

“I’d never pay it because I’m a cheap Midwesterner!” the giggly doctor proclaimed.

New friends on every corner

I met this very nice man and his lovely poodle.


I met a girl from Texas whose company I enjoyed all afternoon. She told me all about downtown San Diego.

Every who lives here loves it 100 percent. It’s stunning. It’s over the top. It’s beautiful. It’s clean. It’s safe. It’s fun. It’s happy.

It’s awesome.

Well, gotta be up by 5 and to the convention center by 7 a.m. for my first workshop of the day: “What’s Hot in STDs?”

You won’t want to miss it.

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