Episode 2 - Todd von Hoffmann
Today’s episode features our first transplant, a chosen local to Los Angeles for the last 35+ years: Todd von Hoffmann. Todd landed in LA on a vacation around the world, ran out of money, fell in love, and never left. (Typical LA story). He’s also Kristina’s dad, as well as a devoted contributor to the Venice community and culture and an amateur historian, professional writer and builder, and an event planner for fun. Among Todd’s many creative pursuits, he helped found the Venice Heritage Foundation which is seeking to build the city’s first-ever history museum in an original red car from the Pacific Electric trolley line that once ran down Venice Blvd from downtown all the way to the beach. Todd is the co-producer of events like Venice Mardi Gras and the Neptune Festival, as well as his original Gopher Scramble, a hybrid Caddyshack / Big Lebowski-themed golf tournament at Penmar Golf Course aka "hackers haven by the sea". Last but not least, Todd was the project manager and source of inspiration for the iconic Venice sign that was reinstalled in 2007 after a mysterious 80 year absence. Between all of his volunteering, ginger beer making, and bloody mary drinking, we managed to catch up with him in his home in Venice for a rousing session of raucous ramblings, including the story of his favorite not-so-legal drive-thru bar on Fairfax and how he managed to end up with a classy Greek babe like Kristina's mom (who happens to make a guest appearance on this show). We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we enjoyed drinking the Dark & Stormy’s he made us with his freshly brewed ginger beer - and giving him shit, because, well, he’s Kristina's dad.