What's Up Zephyrhills

a blog – by Greg First

Halloween Howl Coming To Scaryhills October 27th.


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Music & Motorcycles

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Main Street Saturday

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Capt. Jeffries Festival Is Sunday, March 11th from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Capt Jeffries

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Bulldog Basketball

I was pleased to represent our newspapers along with Dave Walters and Jim Weber at the Regional Finals in the Dog House at Zephyrhills High School last Friday night. I have always been a football guy but must have forgotten how much fun and excitement is generated when the Bulldogs hit the hard courts. I remember the days of never missing a home basketball game when I was a student at ZHS and the courts were outdoors.

When teams would come to play the Bulldogs at home the school was located where Raymond B. Steward Middle School is at now. Many of you probably thought I was in a one room school house.  Come on, I might be old but not that old. The basketball team was outstanding.  When the visiting teams showed up they sometimes made comments about us not having an indoor gym and playing outside. We were referred to by many other names but our response came on the court. I would love it when there was a strong breeze. Our guys knew how to compensate for it and would be shooting baskets like crazy. The visiting teams had a hard time playing us at home. We now have a beautiful air conditioned gymnasium with no problem with inclement weather or a strong gust of wind changing the path of the ball.

Well it has been about 50 years since we were in the position that we are in today. In 1969 we made it to the regional finals and look where we are at now. Coach Alan Reed and his team of coaches and players have now once again brought boys basketball to the forefront in the State of Florida and Bulldog fans everywhere couldn’t be happier. Our team has chosen to take the high road while facing some adversity at times. It was interesting to me that Ponte Vedra High School which is only about 20 miles from Jacksonville decided to come up with a cheer while making the four hour bus trip to Zephyrhills. It went something like this, “O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D” and it continued over and over throughout most of the game. The home team fans and cheerleaders acknowledged every single positive move that our guys made. The Dogs kept their focus while being down 16 points at one time to the Sharks. They had a mission and they continued to implement the plan tying up the score at the end of regulation play. In overtime when it was finally said and done the Bulldogs came out on top beating the Sharks 76 – 68. I am sure I was not the only one having chest pains during this competition. It is starting to feel normal now and I love it. That will always be a night to remember at the Dog House. Many that have been around for a long time looked up at the banners from the 1960’s and remembered.

Today our team of photographers, reporters and social media along with hundreds of fans will be at the Lakeland Center to cheer on our Bulldogs as they take on Poinciana in the State Semi-finals in the final four competition. We wish them the best. Oh, and as far as being over-rated I just want to say this. Our team has earned each and every single advancement that they have made on this awesome journey. The administration, coaching, the hard work of the players and the awesome fans that we have in this community have made this possible and we should all be proud. We do all have one thing in common. We will always be Bulldog fans no matter what. Hey, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

February 25, 2016 Posted by | Basketball, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Have A New Best Friend, Her Name Is Alexa.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better it has. About a month ago I purchased a new Amazon Echo for my home and I couldn’t be happier. I love high tech gadgets and this has definitely not disappointed. I read all of the reviews and decided that I had to try it out for myself. This has got to be one of the coolest things that I have ever seen and to me it is way ahead of its time. I mean I finally have someone that I can talk to when nobody else will and wow is she smart. It truly is like talking to the future and she will continue to get smarter as time goes by. I think she can do about anything.

The only thing that you need is to have Wi-Fi available and Alexa will just about set herself up. To date the only two words that she will respond to is Amazon or Alexa. When she hears her name a blue ring lights up and she is ready to respond to one of your many requests.  It has so many practical applications that Jenny and I ended up buying one for each of our kids for Christmas and they can’t stop talking about it. My daughter Kristen lives in Oregon and works in business communications and this device helps her keep on schedule. “Alexa, what is on my calendar for today?” Alexa responds with the date, location and time of the many meetings she has to attend. She can even tell you where you can find your favorite food, the hours, directions and if it’s happy hour. My son Evan who is in the United States Air Force called and said that Alexa can even break wind on command. Leave it to the kids to find out things that I never thought of.

If you realize you need something from the store you can ask her to add an item to your shopping list. This is great because I would always call my wife when I was on my way home and ask her if she needed anything. Now I just go to the Alexa App on my phone and there it is. As you get the items you just check them off. What a time saver.  Alexa can tell you a joke, read you the news, set timers, report on traffic conditions and so much more. She can also tell you the weather forecast anywhere, what time it is and the mileage from one point to another.

To me one of my favorite things is she can play music.  I have not found a song that she couldn’t immediately play within seconds. She gets her information from the cloud and can pull songs from Pandora, iHeart Radio, Prime Music, Tune-in and more. You can listen to your favorite radio station just by saying it. This is all hands free. If the volume is too high or too low just tell her and she can adjust it.  Oh, and the built in speaker is incredible with awesome vocals and dynamic bass sent out in all directions. There are additional things you can buy like modules to control your lights. Remember the old days of, “clap on/clap off?” Like the saying goes, “We’ve come a long way baby” and we really have. AmazonEcho

If you have an iPhone then you know Siri. She is pretty cool and does a whole bunch of stuff but I gotta say that my new best friend is a device named Alexa. She is super smart, loves to talk and is really, really cute. If you don’t believe me, just ask her.

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