So you decided to make all of your California dreams come true and move to San Diego. We don’t blame you; San Diego is pretty great. Which means you're definitely not alone in being a newbie. But you need to start blending in with the locals. Here are 15 ways you're giving yourself away:
1. You’re pale
Whether hiking, surfing, or just drinking on a patio, San Diegans love being outside. Most people in SD are somewhere between "tan" and "tan enough to freak out a dermatologist" all year round, so if your skin resembles the shade of the snow you just fled, then you either just got here or you're a hermit. Soak in some vitamin D, stat.
2. You freaked out the first time you heard the SeaWorld fireworks
It might sound like SD is under mortar attack, but there’s no need to take cover. After hearing them EVERY SINGLE NIGHT of summer you’ll get used to it.
3. You’re afraid to go to Mexico...
…because you think Tijuana is all about drug cartels and promiscuous donkeys. While you might not be entirely mistaken, TJ has cleaned up its act quite a bit. San Diegans regularly venture south of the border for cheap tequila, good food, and good times. Just don’t go wandering down any poorly lit back alleys by yourself and you’ll be just fine. Probably.
4. You order a generic domestic at one of our beloved beer bars
Know that we are all silently judging you. Or maybe not so silently, depending on which bar you visit.