Sunday, November 25, 2018

The latest on @whatsuptucson

If you're not familiar, the Twitter account @whatsuptucson was started as a idea in 2009 to highlight things going on around Tucson. The follower count over the years has grown to over 90,000 Tucson loving people.

@whatsuptucson originally featured mostly community events and has grown to include a variety of locally focused news related content. Traffic issues, speed traps, fires, floods, power outages, missing people, school lock downs, the list goes on. There is also event related information, lost and found animals, yard sales, people selling event tickets, even the occasional person desperate for a date. If it's happening in the Tucson community I've probably tweeted it. And, it's current happening right now events.

Thanks to you, @whatsuptucson has grown into the most followed local Tucson news focused twitter. It's pretty mind blowing. I'm one guy and many of these listed below are million dollar plus corporations. Some in this list tweet news from far away places while I focus only on Tucson.

(Twitter follower counts as of 2/19/19)

What's Up Tucson (@whatsuptucson): 90,068
KOLD 13 (@KOLDNews): 79,899
KVOA 4 (@kvoa): 72,590
Arizona Daily Star (@tucsonstar): 70,306
KGUN 9 (@kgun9): 56,560
Tucson Weekly: (@tucsonweekly): 50,161
AZPM the NPR affiliate in Tucson (@azpm): 11,916
Inside Tucson Biz (@azbiz): 11,537
Tucson Sentinel (@tucsonsentinel): 7,631
Explorer Newspaper (@explorer_news): 1,490

I've had more followers than any of the organizations on the list since 2014.

Here's where it gets personal:  I was let go from my 13 year long job at KGUN 9 in October 2018. Then, I tried a commission sales gig after that and it was not a good fit. I gave it all I could but after 90 days of trying it wasn't meant to be.

I've always worked for someone else during my 30+ year media career. My dream is to run my own media based company.

Thanks to your support over the last decade as followers and content contributors, I believe I now have an opportunity to spend the most time ever on @whatsuptucson. More scanner monitoring time, more development of content, more effort than ever. A real possibility of a full time venture.

It would require a steady income from the work. After running a poll on Twitter asking what followers wanted, the overwhelming choice is to monetize with a combination of donations from followers and selling some sponsored tweets.

Here's where you come in. If you find the service useful or helpful to you, your financial support is appreciated. You can donate through one of the many ways listed below. From one dollar to a million, I'd be grateful for anything you can kick in. Whatever you feel @whatsuptucson is worth to you.

Thank you for helping a dream become a reality.

--Ken

Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/kencarr 

Venmo: https://venmo.com/whatsuptucson 

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If you have feedback/questions, e-mail ken@helloken.com or text 520-977-1542

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Brandon's 40th Birthday

I was the surprise guest at my best friend Brandon's 40th surprise birthday party in Stockton, California on May 18.

I say surprise guest because Brandon didn't know I was coming. He didn't know anyone was coming. I had to keep it quiet for six months.

I flew from Tucson to Sacramento on Southwest, rented a car, and drove to Stockton. I stayed for the first two nights at the Courtyard by Marriott and the last night at Brandon's.

Props to Lily for planning out the party and inviting me to come.

I did have a good time and shot some photos.

Tucson airport terminal waiting to fly to Sacramento

Empire Pizza at the Tucson Airport
serves gralic knots.
Probably a knock off of garlic knots

Southwest Airlines flight to Sacramento in the cabin
The guy in the blue hat in front of me it turned out was
on his first flight ever heading to Seattle

Fighter jets taking off before my plane did at the Tucson Airport

Airborne over Tucson

My connection was through San Diego
and it was a little cloudy there when we landed

San Diego Airport
All I wanted was a cookie and it was hard to find

Found a cookie!

I wanted a crowd shot in the very crowded San Diego terminal
and this random girl was staring at me.
Now she's internet famous.

Courtyard by Marriott in Stockton, California
This is where the magic didn't happen but sleep did

The room had a TV and I put on ESPN
so you'd think I was a macho guy or something

Couch in my room and a little table next to it
that I used as a surface to eat some food from Del Taco.
I may be travelling but I still seek out fine dining.

Brandon's surprise 40th birthday party at Valley Brew in Stockton

Beer cake
It's made with beer instead of cake

Party favors

It was fun to see some good ol' Cali friends again:
Neil, John, Kelly, Lily, Liz, Gabe
Other party goers in the background

Lupe talks to Lily and Brandon
I shoot a blurry photo.
The end.

Dancing

More dancing

Brandon and Neil dancing
I wonder who was leading

Brandon, Neil, Kevin, John, and me
I wore a green shirt and silver shoes to the party
I'm sure no one was surprised to see that

Brandon, Neil, and Kevin checking out the food buffet

Silly Kevin.
Mashed potatoes don't go in there

Kelly and Kelly's hand

Yeaaaaaaah boyeeeeeeeeeeee

Lupe and Brandon play "pull my finger"

DJ Frank G (who I have known since 1993 I think)
spins the party jammy jams

A few drinks
A bit o' stupid

A few more drinks
A little more stupid

A lot more drinks
A lot more stupid

Returning to Tucson
leaving from the Sacramento Airport

Mark, the Clark County Historical Society guy that regularly
appears on the History Channel show "Pawn Stars"
was on my flight that went through Las Vegas
to get home.
I'm sure he was tweeting that I was on his flight

Las Vegas strip as seen through my window
on my connection to Tucson

Brandon's 40... going on 20.
Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017

Anthony and I hosted a little holiday get together at our house. It's starting to become a tradition.

The guests included the two of us, Anthony's aunt JoAnn, his brother Michael and his girlfriend Serena. We ate Italian food, opened gifts, and play games including Cards Against Humanity (a gift that we gave Michael) and the Golden Girls edition of "Clue". We had a ton of fun.

Anthony cooked dinner and served it, too

Om nom nom
Michael and Serena

JoAnn, Michael, Serena

Michael a.k.a. Father Christmas drinks a little wine
while Serena digs into her stocking

Checking out goodies from their stockings

JoAnn with a kit containing everything a woman needs
when she leaves the house

I had mugs made this year with pictures
of Anthony and I on them

Muggin' with the mugs

Cards Against Humanity for Michael, electric teakettle for Serena

Photo frame for JoAnn

Anthony gets a new alarm clock

And to make sure he gets up, he gets a second alarm clock

Sugar skull, salt lamp

I received emoji underwear

Hey! That doll looks just like me

Mmmmmm. Chocolate covered apple.
Chevy Chase photobombs in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

I open what may be the greatest gift ever....

A giant pen!

Feel free to be amazed because... my pen is huge.