I spoke a little about my trip to Daytona Beach on my podcast at…
But I wanted to tell you a little bit more about my fun excursion!
First off, I must say I always enjoy seeing my Mom. To explain a little of
Mom’s colorful history, she moved here from Germany in 1962 and started off
as an au pair paying off her plane flight and getting a foot hold in the
early 60’s California economy.
By the way, she was an au pair in Bel Air! Not too shabby! She didn’t know
Will Smith back then (don’t think he was born yet, since we’re about the
same age!), but she found employment after a year as a maid and worked her
way through some interesting jobs including one as an assistant to the
executive chef at the Ambassador Hotel!
After spending 40 years in California, however, she had had enough, and
decided on moving to Daytona Beach, Florida, after one of the customers at
the her small self-owned video store told her how nice it was. Mom requires
2 things wherever she goes: Wine and a beach. Though Daytona has no where
near the bevy of wine that California has, they do have fantastic
beaches…so she was off!
Driving across America in her tiny used Toyota MR2, Mom saw for the first
time the Deep South. A downpour near Mississippi nearly stopped her as her
little car could barely keep out the rain, but in 5 days she ended up in
This was 2003, and she has loved it ever since