I live very close to Isla Vista, right across from the airport. I'm in the process of earning my PhD in History at UCSB, so I'll be here for an embarassingly long time. Santa Barbara is beautiful but a bit of a culture shock to someone who grew up in NY/Boston. I'm learning to love the avocado, as it's slathered on every conceivable type of food out here.
If you have any bourbon-hunting tips or general advice on life in Goleta, I'd love to hear them. Feel free to PM me.