I was living in New York City, very specifically in Manhattan on West End Avenue. The cachet that address carried had no real significance to me at that time. I was very busy being a teenager, my attention consumed with those challenges.
My parents told my 10-year-old brother and me that my father was offered a job in Santa Barbara at the university, and they would be flying out to see if this would be a good move for our family.
Santa Barbara was in California, and California meant only one thing to my brother and me: Disneyland! If we moved to California, we could go to Disneyland! Having watched Disney’s Wonderful World of Color for some years, we were enamored of all it represented.
I had my own agenda on why we should move to Santa Barbara. Suffice to say, that was the first time Santa Barbara came across my personal radar.
Places represent the various moments in our lives, and Santa Barbara has ebbed and flowed through mine for lo these many years. This website invites you to the love affair I have with this city.
The particular Santa Barbara I once knew is long gone. Yet I am still madly in love with its enduring qualities, as well as its current restaurants and shops, and the general ambiance it exudes.
Jody’s Santa Barbara is intended to be my perspective, and love, of this unique city, which I freely share with all who visit.
Santa Barbara has its own inimitable way of touching lives. Whether you left it years ago, just passed through for a fleeting time, came to visit and never left, or grew up here from day one; welcome, or welcome back! And...enjoy!