Mian, Kristie, Gary, and I were on three separate flights, but we all arrived at around the same time. We met up by the baggage claim, went to pick up the rental car, and headed toward Phil's BBQ.
I warned them about the possible wait at the restaurant and was hoping that, on a Sunday evening, the line would be shorter. I was wrong.
After waiting in line for about 30 minutes, Mian and Gary found out that we could skip the line and go to the bar, where people could order food. The challenge would be to find seats by the bar, but they managed to grab four seats.
The BBQ was great. Worth lugging through the airport every time I come to San Diego for work anyway. ;) The colleagues all agreed at the end of the meal.
We drove up north and checked into Embassy. All four of us were on different floors. Gary and Mian wanted to tour the campus of UCSD.
I took Mian and Gary through Warren College and introduced to them about the engineering buildings, including the art installations of the fallen star, seven sins, and the rock near. Then we walked up to the Geisel library, and I explained about the intentional contrast from the rustic tree right at entrance to the modern architecture. I also told them about the singing tree in the forest. We went to the old graffiti staircase but sadly the school had reprinted everything white.
Good old memories from the alma mater.