Sunday, November 5, 2017

I look like crap

I had this ridiculous inspiration to dress up as the poop emoji for Halloween this year. I wasn't the only one who had this idea. I searched Amazon and came up with multiple configurations for sale including a little plush sash poop and the one I chose, the inflatable poop.

I had problems with it from the start. When I opened the package, the power pack that powers the fan motor to keep it inflated had imploded inside and wouldn't work even after I took it apart to try and fix it. So, I went to Party City (fail) and Spirit Halloween (success) to try and find a replacement power pack. I ended up having to buy a whole costume (another $40, which made the cost over $80 total for this Halloween get up) and discovered after going to the Halloween party that Anthony and I attended that it had a tear in the side and wouldn't stay inflated unless I held it together with my fingers.

I did get some laughs. So that made this crap not a total loss.

My co-workers Gary and Lindsey and me, as an inflatable poo emoji


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Attack of the 50 foot Ken Carr

The six foot Ken Carr cardboard stand-up has come in handy for the production department at the TV station. They've borrowed it to do some testing with the green screen in the studio.

I went into production control to see what they were doing with it and it was being put onto a video of the traffic camera on I-10. It looks like a giant Ken Carr is standing on the freeway.

Giant Ken Carr on I-10
My right foot was crushing that car.
Here are two bonus photos:  I paid for chair massages for my co-workers Alex and Matt just so I could get these ridiculous photos of their faces through the donut shaped things on the chair.



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Yes, it does rain in Tucson

Tucson has received more than double the normal amount of rain that we get in July this year. The explosion of weeds in the last week in my backyard has been testament to the extraordinary amount of water than has fallen from the sky.

Over the weekend, we had a slow moving storm that went over the house and it turned the backyard into a lake (temporarily). The grass (if you could call it that) was cut super short on Saturday afternoon and as of this writing (Wednesday night) has already grown two inches. I'll be back out there again this weekend to chop it down again and spray the back area of rocks to make an attempt at killing the weeds that have quickly grown.

The rain made for some semi-dramatic photos:

Water water everywhere

The heavy rain was putting everything underwater

This was a couple inches of water up near the house

Lake Ken... just need a boat

Sunday, July 2, 2017

51st birthday

I turned 51 years old today. I'm grateful that I've lived another year without anything particularly terrible happening. Nothing particularly exciting happened either.... which is probably good because it lessens the chance of having a heart attack from too much excitement.

Anthony is always wonderful and once again this year he out did himself. He ordered a cake that looked like a burger and fries complete with a few ants crawling on it like it was at a picnic. It's made with about 75% frosting so I may end up with a raging case of diabetes by the time we're done eating it but I've lived 51 years so.... what the hell.

Birthday activities included sleeping in, finishing laundry, eating some of the epic birthday cake that Anthony provided, my weekly trip to the grocery store, and fine dining from Taco Bell including a chicken chalupa and a bean burrito.

Happy Birthday to me.

Anthony had this amazing cake made that looked like a burger and fries
with a few mutant ants joining the party.
The blue bag on the left contained a card and some honeybuns.

Burger and fries cake, closer view

That burger was as big as the old man's head

This ant had... high hopes


It was better not putting 51 candles on the cake
so the house wouldn't burn down

Blowing out the candles!
Notice the red cup of icing next to the fries
that is resembling ketchup for dipping the fries in.
They thought of everything.

Candles extinguished.
Tah dah!

My piece of cake

Fry with ketchup (ahem)

Birthday card

"Damn pants fell down again"
Happens a lot when you get as old as I am

These will go to good use immediately.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ice really does melt in 115 degree heat

We're having record breaking heat in Arizona this week. The news department at the TV station decided it would be interesting to have someone come and create an ice sculpture, point a camera at it, and see how long it would take to melt in the 115 degree heat.

The set up you see below was initiated at 5:00 a.m.  I shot the first photo at about 9:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00 p.m. It was all gone, cleaned up, and the water evaporated by the time I went home at 5:30 p.m.

It really is a dry heat though.

9:00 a.m. and the ice sculpture is melting at a pretty good pace

A camera was set up to track it's melting progress

The temperature outside rapidly climbed between 9:00 a.m.
and 1:00 p.m. and the warm sun quickly reduced the
ice cactus from a recognizable sculpture to a stump

Monday, June 19, 2017

Staff meeting in the TV studio

There are 140 people that work in the TV/radio building that I work in, and when there's a staff meeting there's only one room large enough to accommodate a group that size:  The TV studio.

Not everyone can go due to schedules, etc. But, this was about half of the total staff that enjoyed some food and learned some stuff. I was asked to help coordinate the set up in this room and we got it ready in about fifteen minutes. I say we, because I had plenty of help. My co-workers are great about pitching in.

Staff meeting in the TV studio

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fun photos at work

Here's some fun photos I shot at work:

Cakes for Causes dressed up dessert for Father's Day

I shot a photo of Rene from Cakes For Causes shooting a photo of me.
Aaron doesn't even notice.

TV at it's finest: A pie in the face

Your prayer was answered.
You got a pie in the face, too.

On the left: Five pounds of muscle
On the right: Five pounds of fat
Photobomb: A guest's festive sock

Borderlands Brewing Co showed what they're bringing
to Brew At The Zoo

Jed from Reid Park Zoo brought us a fennec fox
while Tina wished the show was over so she could eat lunch

Tina reads a script from the teleprompter
while Krystal does an excellent Ken Carr impression

Staff lunch to welcome the station's new news director

Hungry co-workers dive right in.
The end.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Return to the Tucson Airport

Anthony and his mom Patty traveled to southern California to spend a few days vacationing on Catalina Island off the coast. Since someone needs to stay home and take care of our dog Lucky, I missed out on this trip but provided transportation to the airport to drop them off and picked them up when they returned. I'm a giver.

I know a number of people who travel often and a visit to the airport is no big thing for them. I rarely travel let alone have a reason to visit the airport. When I go, it becomes an event even if it is to pick someone up who flew somewhere. It is enough of an event that I bring my camera to shoot photos.

Arriving flight 1463 from Los Angeles says it's on time on this board

I woke up my iPhone to read Twitter posts while I waited and when it logged
onto the Tucson Airport wifi, it said flight 1463 was arriving ten minutes later.
That crazy wifi has it's finger on the pulse of the skies.

This was displayed on a screen in the airport:
There's flight 1463 on the left and no wonder it's ten minutes late
because it's pointed north of the little circle that indicates where Tucson is.

Anthony and Patty will walk down these stairs when they arrive

Equipment in place to save a woman in case of a heart attack.
The men's room didn't have anything outside of it's door
except a sign that said "men"

Large crowd waiting for the arriving Los Angeles flight.
It did get larger right when the plane landed.

Anthony and Patty are back!
And, some guy carrying a guitar.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Iron Chef Tucson Culinary Experience 2017

Years ago, I emceed a few of the Iron Chef Tucson events. That's not part of my job anymore, so this year I went and shot some photos.

The original events were at Desert Diamond Casino, then it moved to Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, and now it's at the Westin La Paloma Resort. The daytime event features a "Culinary Experience" with food sampling from various Tucson restaurants, beer and spirit tastings and classes, and the evening event includes the Iron Chef Tucson competition.

I didn't attend the competition portion, but it featured Travis Peters of The Parish restaurant vs. Michael Elefante of Mama Louisa's. The secret ingredient this year was peaches. Travis emerged victorious in the competition.

Here's some of the photos I shot including the Morning Blend's Tina Jennings:

Food sampling at the Iron Chef Tucson Culinary Experience

I shot a picture of Smokey Rivers shooting a Facebook Live

Discussing Blue Bell ice cream

Food sampling

Food sampling, another view

Tina, April, Jesse

Jesse walks and eats, Tina and Robert stand and eat

Tina in front of the KGUN selfie weather wall

Lining up at the KGUN tent

At the KGUN tent, Robert shoots a photo of
Jesse and Tina in front of the weather wall

Jesse and Tina

Interns working the event


Bar area at the Westin La Paloma

Pool area at the Westin La Paloma

Tina assists former Iron Chef Tucson champion Ryan Clark
with his demonstration preparing ahi tuna

Ryan talks tuna

These folks get info on wine

Four Peaks craft beer room

Spirits sampling all day

Lining up to try some spirits

BBQ 101

"The King" of BBQs, may or may not look like an Elvis ripoff

I'm not allowed in here because I have no class

Back to the tuna, after watching the demonstration
everyone in the audience forms a line to try a sample

You can tuna piano, but you can't tuna fish

Iron Chef Tucson 2017.
It's delicious.