But did you know that David, 63, spends about three months of every year on vacation? And, he has adhered to this schedule for the past 15 years. “You might say that we like to go outside and play a lot,” smiled David. “We like to travel and meet new people and see different perspectives on life. I’ve discovered that people around the world are pretty much the same.”
The Bonita resident has visited India, Turkey, New Zealand, Fiji, Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Cypress, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Canada and countries throughout Europe, including Germany, France, Switzerland and Holland. “I haven’t yet visited a place that I wouldn’t go back to,” David said.
Favorite activities for David and wife Shirley include visiting the Imperial Valley desert’s areas of Glamis and Superstition Mountain, where they ride dune buggies, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and four-wheeler Quads. Other camping destinations have included Colorado, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. They also enjoy driving four-and-a-half hours south to San Felipe, Mexico, where they have two vacation homes.
“Traveling has taught me how good we have it here in the U.SA. Those who live in third-world countries have a hard life,” David said.
David said many people overseas are eager to talk with him about American politics. “I’ve also seen the backlash to the ugly Americans,” he said. “On one trip to Europe, it was safer for us to tell people that we were from Canada.”
A San Diego native, David grew up in Lemon Grove. He is a member of the Squamish Band of Indians from around Vancouver, Canada. His mom was 42 years old when she gave birth to David. He attended Monterey Heights Elementary School, Lemon Grove Junior High and Mt. Miguel High School. In high school, he played the trombone and performed in the orchestra, pep band, jazz band and marching band. His marching band made two trips to the Rose Parade in Pasadena.
David’s dad worked as a door-to-door salesman for the Fuller Brush Company before getting a job as a baker. David’s father worked at Town Talk Baking Co., located at 28th Street and National Avenue in San Diego, and Weber’s Bakery at 28th Street and Julian Avenue in Barrio Logan.
David also worked at Weber’s while earning a bachelor’s degree in information systems from San Diego State University. He graduated from SDSU in 1975, and received his real estate sales license the same year. David then worked in real estate sales and lending until October 1976, when he decided to join his half-brother Leo Pearce who was opening a new Century 21 real estate office in Lemon Grove. David worked with Leo for six years before opening Bradstreet Investments Inc. in 1981. David has focused on property management services since 1983.
David and wife Shirley were married in 1987. Shirley worked for the City of San Diego for 42 years before retiring. They have two sons and four grandsons, ages 6, 7, 8 and 12. The grandsons occasionally join their Grandpa in his Manx dune buggy. To celebrate his 60th birthday, David jumped out of an airplane. “It was probably my first and last adventure at skydiving,” said David.
David is a long-time supporter of PSAR. “We have some very bright and intelligent people who are committed to give back to the community,” he said. “Our members know how important it is to our business to have a strong association supporting them.”
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Don’t forget to read next week’s story. Hint: His family’s summer home in Maine was haunted by ghosts and featured on a weekly national TV show hosted by Leonard Nimoy.