I agree with you completely....you will have a great experience at Wat Metta. I hope my earlier post did not seem too negative. The reason I go to Wat Metta, and go back, and miss family events and go back, is because every time that I have been there it has been a very positive experience. I am sure you in your own way will derive an enormous amount of positives from being there, and as I mentioned, whether you are able to spend a lot of interaction with Ven. Thanissaro, or not, everyone else there is very friendly, very focused. One of the younger monks, Taan Dan, is a really good guy, very smart, and yet extremely helpful. My sense is that the people that come to Wat Metta and stay there are just the kind of people you'd like to be around. And yes, if you haven't been to the San Diego area, it's very much worth a visit. Wat Metta is amidst avocado orchards, and the weather is bright and sunny most days, and temperate at night; perfect weather and no mosquitoes. Hire a rental car as it is an easy drive to Valley Center outside of Escondido, California, but the car is needed to get you to Wat Metta. It's an easy drive but one that needs a GPS. If you're going to stay for a while I believe that there are lay folks from Wat Metta that can pick you up in the Escondido area, and you can get to Escondido from the San Diego airport using mass transit.