Carolyn Taft, Harley Davidson Biker Chic and Math Geek
by Melissa LaScaleia
Introduce me to your family.
I live with my boyfriend, Bob Yockey. I have two boys: Ryan who is 27, and Tyler, who is 22. My mom and dad live in Murrells Inlet.
Where are all the places you came from? Where do you live now?
I’m from the Detroit, Michigan area. We live in the Socastee area now— about .3 miles from where I work.
Why did you move to Myrtle Beach?
Because of the lack of snow. I came here in February 2009 for a visit. It was 68 degrees and I was hooked.
What is your favorite place in Myrtle Beach?
My two favorite restaurants are Villa Romana for Italian, and Angelos for steak. My favorite place is my pool. I’m a pool person, I have one in my backyard and love to swim.
What do you like the most about living here?
The weather. I like to get outdoors and be active.
How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?
It’s a completely different life. Before, I was an executive director for American House Senior Living Residence. I had always been interested in styling hair as a hobby. When I moved here, I began to do it professionally and realized I had a passion for it. I’m the manager of Infinity Hair Salon. Now, instead of taking care of people and staff within a corporate setting, I’m in an interpersonal relationship with coworkers and community in the realm of education. My clients are my extended family. I also went back into the dating world when I was 40. Now I rediscovered myself again, and am doing work that I enjoy.
Do you find people friendlier or more at ease?
It’s a different mentality here— everything and everyone is on beach time. Once you get that rush, rush Northern mentality calmed down, then you can calm down and relax too and ease into that chill lifestyle. It can be a shock for many in the beginning, beach time.
What is one thing that your neighbors don’t know about you?
I’m a math geek. I went to school to be a math teacher. But converted my bachelors to a business degree. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2004 that inspired me to change from being a teacher.
What are your favorite things to do here?
My boyfriend and I both have Harley Davidson motorcycles and we love to ride together and with our friends. You need nice weather to ride, and we love that we can do it here so often. I like to bowl, and also play darts. I love to make a fire at night and hang out with friends.
Is there anything that you miss or would like to see in Myrtle Beach?
I would love to have a venue that hosts big name rock band concerts.