On the New Years Eve podcast, which I recorded Wednesday, December 30th, I said Letter of Intent was playing “Tomorrow night” at Alex’s Place in Port Richey.  This can happen when you record a day in advance…I usually catch it in edit, but missed this one.

So, to be clear, Letter of Intent is appearing TONIGHT, NEW YEARS EVE, at Alex’s Place in Port Richey, from 9:30pm until…

Sorry for any confusion my confusion caused!


Letter of Intent, playing hot rock for (literally) cool people, Saturday night at Skinny's Bar in Hudson.
Letter of Intent will be out for New Years Eve at Alex’s Place in Port Richey!

So Local Pasco Podcast, December 31st, 2015, New Years Eve Edition!

Here we are.  December 31st, 2015, New Years Eve.  I’ve done almost all I can do to make sure everyone gets ‘the word’…That no one has to make bad decisions, that everyone who needs to can get home safe.  New Years Eve is a strange holiday, for me.  I have not had a drink on New Years Eve since 1986.  REAGAN was President.  Wine coolers were a new invention.  The number one hit was “Walk Like an Egyptian”, by The Bangles!

Yes, kids…I am very old.  And very wise. So, take some advice from an old drunk, and take it easy.  Set limits, make a plan, get home safe and alive…For I’ve known too many people who didn’t.

Link to #Saferide Pasco Information!

Oprah wants YOU to get home safe. As do I.
Oprah wants YOU to get home safe. As do I.

Now, some New Years Wishes:

For Mike, Pat, Dave, and Mark, a PROSPEROUS year of gigs and good gear.


For our sponsors, Salon Joseph Michael and A First Step Counseling, tons of calls from our constant listeners on So Local Pasco.

For my friends at Pasco Kids First, comfort, joy, and hope for you, and those that you serve.

For Tina and the Big Ragoo, endless ribbons of great road, fair winds, and frequent friendly stops along the way.

For Barry Horvath, and all the other “Grinchers” at the WPBA, the strength and spirit to continue the good work you ALL do.

For my family, growth, learning, and love to you all.

And for myself, no wishes, just resolve…Not “Resolutions”, but resolve:  The fortitude to be a better person…To strive for understanding of all views…To have empathy for all people, in all places, of all cultures.  To continue being a peaceful warrior, and to try to leave things better than I found them.

Happy New Year, Friends.  See you next year.


Things could be worse...We could be on the eve of joining in the madness of World War 1.
Things could be worse…We could be on the eve of joining in the madness of World War 1.

So Local Pasco Podcast, Wednesday, December 30th, 2015, The Park, The Rec Center, and STEM School Info Edition

Years ago, my father and brother and I had a CRAZY New Years Day tradition:  We would hook up the boat, load up the skis and wetsuits, and go waterskiing on Moon Lake.  It is the lake where I learned to ski…And I had many adventures, there.  But it was extra daring to go on New Years Day…Even if the weather was a little warm, the WATER temp was cold!  When you crash on water that cold, you sort of…BOUNCE off of it.

I think it’s safe to say, my dad would have been a little shocked and alarmed at how warm our winter has been, so far.  It puts me in mind of the fact that we USED to have quite a lot of commercial orange grove acreage, here in West Pasco, but a decade of very cold winters, some citrus canker, and med fly invasion pretty much killed them off.  In fact, this week in 1984, it got cold enough that there was a sheet of ice across Moon Lake Road, just about where Ruby Tuesday’s is, now.  I joined a whole LOT of folks, that day, who spun off the road, and took in the scenery.

Anyway, it’s warm, but will be cooling off considerably toward the weekend.  Remember, though, a WET New Years Eve will make conditions far more dangerous…Plan ahead!  Check out #SAFERIDEPASCO on Facebook to plan how to get home safe and sound!

In the podcast, today, updates on progress on the Sims Park renovations (that’s GOOD!), and the New Port Richey Rec Center renovation (that’s BAD!), as well as information critical to parents who want their kids to attend the Bayonet Point Middle School STEM program, next year.

Enjoy the podcast, I’ll make more!  Be sure to contact us with any stories YOU think we should cover.  Simply leave a comment here, with the podcast, or email me at [email protected]

Busy day at the shop for our sponsors, Salon Joseph Michael on State Road 52!
Busy day at the shop for our sponsors, Salon Joseph Michael on State Road 52!

So Local Pasco Podcast, Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, Library Foundry, Recycle, and Restore Edition

First things first.  This is a small enough thing, so far, that I can take time to wish my daughter a Happy Birthday!  Happy Birthday, Casie, I am so proud of the young lady you have become.

Your host and his oldest daughter Casie.
Your host and his oldest daughter Casie.

For several years, now, efforts have been underway to assess, repair, and restore the Hacienda Hotel, in downtown New Port Richey.  I have friends who actually LIVED in the Hacienda, when it was a boarding house.  It has also been a hotel and a senior center.

It is on the National Registry of Historic Places, and an ICONIC location in our community.

View of the Hacienda, from a postcard.  This view would be from Bank Street, looking southwest.
View of the Hacienda, from a postcard. This view would be from Bank Street, looking southwest.

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