So Local Pasco Special Weekend Blog Post…Becky Zehetner Edition

No podcast, tonight.  I waited for too late in the evening (morning) to start thinking about writing one.  A lot happened this week.  I spent Saturday processing all the numbers, and thinking about the next few steps.

In the middle of the afternoon (morning, to me), I learned that a nearly lifetime friend was tragically killed, Saturday night.  She was ejected from a vehicle, driven by her boyfriend, who I only met twice.   The vehicle left the road and struck a utility pole, in Hudson.

Becky Zehetner is known to a great many of you, in “So Local Pasco” country.  Becky is central to my idea of what So Local Pasco is, what it is about, and what it is for.  Becky and I had some great childhood memories.  We had a glorious day, I remember well, in 1983, driving around in my old red pickup truck, listening to Jimmy Buffett on cassette, and drinking beer.  Maybe there was something there…I don’t know.  We missed our moment to find out.

We had not been close in many years.  I developed into a full blown addict and alcoholic, and was in rehab by age 23.  I took sobriety seriously (because I was terrified and nearly died), and didn’t meet up with my old friends, very often.  It’s an interesting perspective, when you choose not to drink…Thinking about how MANY events we go to where alcohol is served.  It was just not comfortable.

We had only reconnected since 2010, when I moved in to the same neighborhood as Becky, and it became more convenient to get together for a coffee, and a conversation.

So here’s the part where I remind you all why I bring it up:

Ask anyone who plays music, or loves music, or works the music bars in this town, and I bet they know Becky.  Anywhere in Pasco County, Becky was known to care about musicians, and was a passionate FAN of local music.  Everyone I know who knew her loved her.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say a bad thing, about her.  I think she might have been having a rough time, but the one time I asked, she brought the lid down, hard.

I had recently reached out to her, to try and see how we could work together to support the local music scene.  She had not yet responded when I got the word, Saturday.  I will move forward, and part of what goes with me is her memory, and a desire to honor her memory by helping facilitate better music, more music, and easy smiles in our “So Local” community.

Becky Zehetner, old school Buffett fan. Before there were Parrotheads.
Becky Zehetner, old school Buffett fan. Before there were Parrotheads.
Becky was an enormous fan and supporter of Jake Owen.
Becky was an enormous fan and supporter of Jake Owen.
Becky was the quintessential Florida Native Girl. Loved her momma and daddy, loved saltwater, boats, and lost causes.
Becky was the quintessential Florida Native Girl. Loved her momma and daddy, loved saltwater, boats, and lost causes.

Becky was, by definition, So Local Pasco.

Goodbye, Friend.

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