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Letter from the Editor: Close to Home

Editor in Chief Erin Meanley Glenny dishes on the May issue of San Diego Magazine


My master bathroom was completed the same week we shipped this issue to the printer.

Ihate to make that “life-imitates-art” analogy, but sometimes it’s unavoidable—especially when stories, like the ones in this issue, are also my reality at home. Last summer, when we decided the May 2019 issue would have a homebuyer’s guide, I had no idea I would be going through a monster restoration at the same time. On the night of New Year’s Eve, I awoke to the sound of two bathrooms, a hallway, and three bedrooms flooding from a sewer back-up.

We had to call a plumber (who charged extra during holiday hours) and move in with my parents for three months (thank you, Mommy and Daddy, for the daily smoothies and in-home child care). As I was assigning stories about hot neighborhoods, new developments, and design upgrades, I was dealing with contractors, insurance, and all the insane little decisions, like which grout color best complements my tile choice. I had assigned Kim Cunningham to write “How to Survive a Remodel.” She asked if I wanted to be interviewed for the piece. My reply? “But I may not survive.” And unfortunately, her copy came in after I’d experienced a few miscommunications that cost me $1,500. The advice about staying ahead of the contractor on purchasing decisions and about being present at the site would have saved a few thousand. I hope the stories in this issue help you through the emotional roller-coaster that is buying, owning, or remodeling a home or yard. (With our accompanying landscaping and gardening feature, “Ground Rules,” you’re in good hands with author Sarah Pfledderer, as she was a former editor at Landscape Management magazine.)

Not even at work can we avoid construction chaos. It’s a part of our daily existence here at our downtown office, as a lot of developments are going up around us. One view from our 11th floor is largely of a building site and two cranes—one of which is operated by Shane Schroedel, whom we interviewed for this month’s “On the Job” profile. Get this: The girlfriend of one of our graphic designers is Shane’s neighbor. We requested an interview with him by leaving a Post-it on his front door. I always say it: This town is tiny!

I love walking around downtown feeling like I’ve met so many people, and now I even know that guy way in the sky! After reading this issue, I hope you start to feel that this town is small, too—but in a very good, warm-and-fuzzy, you’re-home-and-you’ve-chosen-the-right-grout-color kind of way.


Erin Meanley Glenny, Editor In Chief
erinm@sdmag.com emeanley

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