Thursday, December 31, 2009
What to do in Tucson on New Year's Eve 2009
I am not getting paid for any of these suggestions so they are in no particular order or preference. Just a few random ideas if you're looking for inspiration.
First Night Tucson: This is the second First Night. Its an alcohol free, family friendly event. You will need a First Night button to get into some things in the downtown area. Start your exploration of everything downtown at the TCC box office (cause that's where you can buy the buttons!) The Tucson Children's Museum does some stuff for New Year's Eve related as well that is kid friendly. Website: Click here
Murder mystery? There's something different to ring the New Year. Try Four Points Sheraton at Speedway and Campbell. Starts at 7:30 p.m.
All of the area casinos are throwin' down for New Year's Eve. Good news if you go there is that they don't close. So the party and fun can go all night (even if they stop serving liquor at 2 a.m. you don't have to leave).
Every bar is open and overcharging for drinks, cover and everything else. You'll want to brave the crowds if you don't feel like spending it alone. Bring plenty of money and be aware that alcohol patrols by the police are heavy on New Year's Eve. Oddly enough, New Year's Eve brings a lower than average number of DUI's because people are super concious of it. Cabs are hard to get unfortunately. You'll have to be patient if you call one.
TV is loaded up again this year. From Carson Daly on NBC, Ryan Seacrest on ABC, and Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN you'll be able to watch the ball drop in Times Square while more than a million New Yorkers freeze their asses off. It is interesting that MTV doesn't do anything from Times Square anymore now that they don't have their studios there. They are airing a new episode of Jersey Shore instead.
I am not doing any kind of event for the radio station. Odd I'm not working on New Year's Eve but it has happened occasionally. I haven't figured out what I'm doing as I write this but whatever it will be it'll be fun to ring in 20-KEN!
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
$3.99 Jumbo Deal at Jack In The Box
Jack In The Box just e-mailed me info on the Jumbo Deal: 2 tacos, a Jumbo Jack hamburger, small fries and 20 oz. soda for $3.99. Limited time only at participating restaurants blah blah blah. Gotta love disclaimers.
Kenparazzi: Christmas week 2009
I wrapped my Christmas gift to Anth in "Ho" paper. It has Ho's all over it!
How do you make a couple of regular ol' beers holiday beers? Candy canes!
Anth lived his dream and rolled the fuzzy dice for a prize at Cosmic Bingo. He won a free bingo comp and dinner at Bellisimo at Casino Del Sol!
One winner and one dork at Cosmic Bingo. I'll give you a hint: The dork is on the right.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Carl's Jr. broke my heart
I received a $10 gift card from Leslie (my co-worker) on Christmas for Carl's Jr. and I decided to spend it tonight. I also had a promotional gift card I had scored after buying a Big Carl combo a few weeks back. The promotional gift card has a mystery amount on it ranging from $1 up to $100. I didn't know how much was on it until I made a return visit. That was tonight.
I've made many visits to this Carl's Jr. location because it is close to work (Broadway & Pantano). I don't love this one because I've never encountered a single staff member who speaks clear English. But the employees have always been nice and get my order right. So I cannot complain.
I placed my order inside and handed over the promotional gift card with great anticipation. If I actually won $100 worth of Carl's Jr. food it would have been the greatest day ever. I work on the radio. I have given away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of prizes in my career but I have rarely won anything. At the very least, it would be worth a dollar. That's exciting too.
The clerk swiped the card. The register said "processing". And we waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. He tried it again. And we waited. And waited. And waited. I started feeling sad. My great anticipation for winning quickly faded.
The card never did process. He gave me a dollar off the combo and I paid for the rest with the gift card from Leslie.
The Six Dollar Cheeseburger was delicious (I knew it would be!). The restaurant was slow at the time I went (7 p.m. on a Tuesday) so there wasn't much people watching to do except for a guy sitting three tables away from me who kept stopping between every bite to close his eyes, clench his hands, and then make a call on his cell phone to someone to tell them he prayed for them. He repeated this process eight times during the fifteen minutes it took me to eat. I counted.
I should have known better than to get excited for a prize I was not likely to win. But, I still get enthusiastic anyway even when the outcome is predictable (as in, yeah Ken, you're not winning squat). At least I got a dollar off and a full stomach. And, the eternal optimism that one day.... maybe.... my dreams will come true.
Jared from Subway has gotten fat!
I have to say that if you're going to be a national spokesman for weight loss eating sub sandwiches from a well known restaurant you're held to a higher standard than the rest of us.
See the photos: Click here
Most popular baby names of 2009
1. Isabella (for 2nd year in a row)
Source: Arizona Dept. Of Health
Monday, December 28, 2009
Quiznos Tasty Torpedo commercial
The 370 passwords banned on Twitter
The banned passwords range from all numbers, sexual terms, body parts, people's names, terms from Star Trek, cute names you'd call a significant other, and everything in between.
The 370 terms banned for use as passwords on Twitter are:
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Weekend box office December 25-27, 2009
1. "Avatar" - $75 million
2. "Sherlock Holmes" - $65.3 million
3. "Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" - $50.2 million
4. "It's Complicated" - $22.1 million
5. "Up In The Air" - $11.7 million
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Karate Kid 2009 Trailer
Stars Jaden Smith (Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith's son) and Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi.
Here's the movie trailer:
Friday, December 25, 2009
While I was typing this I got an e-mail offering a special on holiday breast augmentation. That would make this the breast Christmas ever!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Santa Tracker from NORAD
NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has provided tracking of Santa Claus every year since the mid 1950's. Its high tech these days with a website and real time tracking.
There's an amazing story about how the NORAD Santa Tracker got its start. Click here if you want to read about it.
Here's the link to the NORAD Santa Tracker: Click here
The NORAD Santa Tracker is also on Twitter. Follow them @noradsanta or click here
Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Attention Beyonce & Jay-Z fans!
Introducing Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Shawn Knowles-Carter.
Any last name with a dash in it is slightly frightening. Just sayin'!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Kenparazzi: Journal Tucson Holiday Party
Here are the Kenparazzi photos of today's event:
Radio programming department (where my desk is) won for "Most Creative Use of Materials". Our theme was "The 12 Days of Christmas".
The art department won for "Best Use of Lighting":
Creative services won for "Best Representation of the Holidays":
The other areas of the building that were decorated were:
KGUN9 news room:
Julie, our exalted ruler, speaks to everyone before we eat (and she handed out the prizes).
And, it's Mama Louisa's catered lunch!
As an added bonus, here's Greg and Steve scoopin' salad.
Plus, Robert and Greg scoopin' salad.
Good times! The prize I won along with my radio programming co-workers was a chance at a 2010 Mercedes being raffled off by the Tucson Conquistadores in April. If I win, I might be willing to give you a ride!
Blackberry outage today December 22, 2009
My Blackberry has had functional text and e-mail. Blackberry Messenger is currently not working and neither are browser functions.
Research In Motion (RIM), manufacturer of the Blackberry and where all data passes through, is apparently working on fixing the issues today.
More info: Click here or Click here
Update 12/22/09 at 9:14 p.m. MST: The Blackberry outage continues nationwide. It seems from reading Twitter posts and searching news sites that the outage has affected the entire Blackberry network nationwide in America as well as Canada. Text messaging and phone calls are not affected. Browser use, apps, and Blackberry Messenger are not functioning. RIM is not responding to media inquiries as to the cause or how long they anticipate the outage issues will last.
Update 12/23/09 at 1:09 a.m.: My Blackberry is breathing again! Just started getting e-mails that were sent to me seven hours ago.
Update 12/23/09 at 2:45 a.m.: Blackberry became fully functional about an hour ago. Required a reboot to reattach to RIM server but all data services are restored and running normally.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Toy Story 3 sneak peek movie clip
The story picks up with Andy ten years later. He's about to go off to college and has to decide what to do with his old toys including Woody and Buzz Lightyear.
Celebrity death: Sesame Street star Alaina Reed Hall-Amini
Alaina Reed Hall-Amini, who played "Olivia" for many years on Sesame Street, has passed away at the age of 63. She had been battling breast cancer.
She had a number of movie credits including "Cruel Intentions" and "Death Becomes Her". She had a number of television credits as well including a long run on Sesame Street and also the sitcom "227".
How DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore gets perfect hair every time
DJ Pauly D has carefully sculpted hair that you can learn how to do thanks to this video from the New York Daily News:
Movie box office: December 18-20
The top five movies over this weekend:
1.) "Avatar" - $73 million
2.) "The Princess and the Frog" - $12.2 million
3.) "The Blind Side" - $10 million
4.) "Did You Hear About The Morgans?" - $7 million
5.) "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" - $4.3 million
Great website for movie box office information is BoxOfficeMojo.com. See it by clicking here.
The "Wait" pavement line and markings at intersections with red light cameras
I spotted a great article in the Arizona Daily Star that deals with this issue and Dianne Patterson. She's fighting the ticket she received at one of the intersections armed with a red light camera.
It turns out the "Wait" and associated line aren't legal markings at an intersection. The city of Tucson would have had to get special permission to try those as experimental. So they are going to be removed in the near future.
I personally don't care for traffic cameras or speed cameras. I feel like they have a certain element of creepy. Plus, in Tucson most speed limits are too low for driving conditions. The one exception is the stretch of I-10 through downtown where they actually raised it to 65 after the construction project was finished. That's an enjoyable drive.
As for Dianne's case, she's waiting for her ruling. Good luck. We're all wondering how to fight a ticket at one of those intersections!
The Arizona Daily Star article: Click here
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Actress Britney Murphy dies at age 32
911 was called at about 8:00 a.m. California time and Britney was rushed to Cedars-Sanai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was pronounced dead on arrival.
She had appeared in many movies in her career including Clueless, 8 Miles, and Don't Say A Word.
Update at 6:45 p.m.: The initial findings from the L.A. Coroner's office late today indicated no signs of foul play and it appears she died of "natural causes". We'll have to wait approximately eight weeks to find out what exactly those "natural causes" were.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Kenparazzi: Tree in traffic
It made for an amusing picture with my Blackberry.
Vacation in 2010 update
I will be eligible for 31 business days off next year (not including holidays).
I think its nice they offer me all that time off but I don't like taking vacation unless I'm going somewhere or have a purpose for it.
Any guesses by the time 2010 is over how much vacation I actually take? Go ahead and place your bets now.
If you want a barometer, I was eligible for 21 days off in 2009 and took four.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Twitter hacked - apparent result of "Iranian Cyber Army" - December 17, 2009
After doing some digging, it apparently is the result of a cyber attack from the "Iranian Cyber Army". There was a period of time when a graphic from the hackers appeared when logging onto Twitter and now the site is offline entirely. I have not been able to locate any information that indicates when Twitter service might be restored but they seem on top of finding out at Tech Crunch.
Click here to get the latest update from Tech Crunch.
Update 12/18/09: The Twitter website just came back online at 12:10 a.m. Mountain time. Apparently the outage primarily affected the Twitter website itself and Twitter mobile website but some API's continued to function (such as some of the apps for iPhones, Blackberries, etc.) Twitter has reported on it's status blog that its DNS was compromised (that's the thing that sends you to their website when you type the address into your browser). It seems back to normal now.
Sunrise Park Resort opens Wednesday
I have gone skiing twice. Once at Loveland in Colorado (I even took lessons but was a horrible skier) and once in Nebraska on a ski hill. I sucked there too! And that was the end of my skiing career.
Funny car chase green screen video by Ken Carr
Here's the end result:
New movies opening this weekend in Tucson: Avatar, Did You Hear About The Morgans?
Avatar - the first movie James Cameron has directed since Titanic. Partial live action, partial animated, 60% of theatres nationally showing the movie in 3-D or IMAX 3-D. There is no IMAX theatre in Tucson but there are theatres including the Foothills Mall that have 3-D projectors. Everything I've read so far about the 3-D version is that it's spectacular. I saw the trailer, the movie looks to be amazing visually. Here's the link to the Avatar website: Click here
Did You Hear About The Morgans? - stars Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker. The Morgans seem to have it all yet their marriage is crumbling around them. Their romantic problems end up being small after other issues present themselves.
Both movies open this Friday December 17.
Pepsi ads will not be in 2010 Superbowl
No Pepsi ads in the Superbowl? What will Cindy Crawford do for work now?!
Article on ESPN.com about this tragedy: Click here
Arthur Cores, co-founder of Boston Market, dies at age 52
Boston Market will cater his funeral service. But get there early or they'll run out of chicken!
(If you have not eaten at Boston Market you won't get that joke. You have about a 50% chance of not getting the meat item you want at Boston Market because they just don't make enough to handle customer demand half the time!)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Can you see this?
This is a dramatic increase from the 1970's when 25% of Americans were nearsighted. What is it attributed to? Poor nighttime lighting, heavy use of computer screens, and heavy use of mobile devices (cell phones). Texting could be making you blind!
Actually, it's probably sexting that's making you blind. It's like that old wives tale about playing with yourself making you blind. My mom never said that to me but she probably knew. I've worn glasses / contacts since I was a kid!
Speaking of sexting, a recent study showed that 15% of teenagers get sexual text messages. Read about it by clicking here.
Kenparazzi Classic: August 2007
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Holiday gift for a casual friend
You can get a gift card with an actual one dollar bill in it sent to whomever you want. The dollar is supposed to cover the cost of a $1 Double Cheeseburger at Burger King (but since its a real one dollar bill it could be used to tip a stripper or something else of the recipient's choosing!)
Here's the link to check it out: Click here
Newest Tucson In-N-Out Burger opened today
1979 E. Ajo Way (which is just east of I-10 on Ajo Way where Kino Parkway, Ajo, and I-10 all meet).
This makes the third In-N-Out Burger in Tucson. The other two are on Broadway in front of El Con Mall and I-10 and Cortaro. A fourth location is under construction at Broadway and Kolb on Tucson's east side and is expected to open sometime in 2010.
I wish they'd name it KEN-N-Out Burger. Just for one day. That would be KENtastic.
In-N-Out's website: Click here
WTF Comcast - a hilarious blog
Check out the WTF Comcast Tumblr blog by clicking here
(In case you don't know, WTF stands for "What the F**k". You can put the 'uc' in there yourself.)
New millionaire in Tucson
The winning ticket is worth $1.7 million and was sold at the Giant gas station on West Ajo Way. If you purchased a ticket there recently check it. You have some money due!
And, I'll gladly accept cash as a thank you for letting you know!
Update (12/16/09): The winner turned in the winning ticket choosing the cash option (over $900,000). She was from Amado, Arizona which is off of I-19 south of Tucson.
Surprising cell phone statistics
The United States has 270 million cell phone subscribers. Population of U.S. is 305 million. 88% of Americans have cell phones. (wow, that's staggering in itself)
Average number of texts sent per cell phone user in 2007: 188
Average number of texts sent per cell phone user in 2008: 407 (more than double!)
Average number of texts on Ken Carr's phone each month: 4,000 (I'm not kidding!)
Average length of a cell phone call declined last year to 2.3 minutes. That's the lowest since the 1990's when text messaging wasn't really available on phones. More texting has meant less phone calls.
Average cell phone bill remained steady at about $50.
One other stat for this post: Average teenage cell phone user sends 2,000 text messages a month. (I kick teens asses in this department by double!)
What does this all mean? Its an interesting trend. Text message use is exploding. If you aren't texting, you're either 1.) Unable to type on those little tiny keys on your phone or 2.) Refusing to do things everyone else does or 3.) Unwilling to talk to other people because you're a meanie like the cat lady on the corner in the house everyone thinks is haunted.
C'mon. All the cool kids are doing it.
Kenparazzi Classic: January 2007
Monday, December 14, 2009
Police arrest Merry Christmas
Apparently Christmas is in trouble.
News article: Click here
That would make my porn name "Scooter Fourth". Oh yeah. That screams sexy.
My porn career ends before it even starts! Darn the luck!
Kenparazzi Classic: June 2006
David lives in Phoenix now. I hope he hasn't forgotten us little people.
What does Ken Carr do?
One of the most common questions I'm asked is: "What do you do?" I'll attempt to give you a short overview. I won't cover everything but here's a chunk of it:
On-air: I'm on the air as a radio dj six days a week. Weekdays I'm on 3-7 p.m. and weekends the timeslot varies but is usually Saturday afternoons. I'm responsible for all of the content you hear that comes out of my mouth, answering phones, interacting on the web, preparing things for air such as traffic reports, drinking sodas, and eating cookies. The vending machine is my friend.
Commercial production: I voice commercials for my station as well as for MIX-fm, The Truth, and ESPN 1490 The Fan, load into our computer systems commercials that have been produced other places, and various other producing things.
Remote broadcasts: This is where I go to a location and broadcast live usually for a couple of hours at a time. Greet listeners of the station, schmooze clients, hand out prizes, and stand around and look pretty. That last part is the hardest.
Website: I'm the radio station website maintenance boy. I make the graphics (this is not my expertise in life but hopefully they're good enough not to make people go blind), and manage the content. I've had to learn all of it myself so even after doing it for about four years I'm still learning. I also create the content for my own blog (the one that you're reading now), take photos for viewing on the 'net, and maintain the station's Myspace, Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as my own. My Blackberry is really helpful with this task!
ESPN 1490am traffic: I compile the information for and voice the traffic reports in the afternoon for ESPN Radio 1490 The Fan.
Programming: I am the Program Director for Mega so I schedule all of the music that plays, manage station design, manage the dj's on the station, and am generally responsible for all of the content on the station. What you hear coming out of the speakers is my responsibility 24/7.
Promotional announcements: I write all of the promotional announcements for the station and produce about half of them (we have a company we contract that does the other half).
CW Tucson: I am the station promotional voice for KWBA-TV (CW Tucson Channel 58 / Cable Channel 8). I have recently expanded this role. What does this job mean? I'm the voice you hear at the end of promotional commercials you see that says stuff like "Tonight at 7 on The CW Tucson".
Mega Movie: I host movies on Saturday nights at 9 p.m. and Sunday nights at 7 p.m. on The CW Tucson. My happy face appears about every 30 minutes during the movie to talk about stuff related to the movie or stuff on the radio station. Shocking fact: I do my own hair for TV and sadly still have a face for radio.
I hope that gives you a little bit of insight. Oh! I almost forgot: I frequent the vending machines here and jam through nearby drive thru's often. With all of this work to do who has time to eat?
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Kenparazzi: Mega Monsoon Party at Desert Diamond Casino
Kenparazzi photos of Mega Maniacs dancing their asses off to Old School:
Surprise Ken Carr cubicle decoration
Ken is everywhere!
Here's my name on this sign at Carl's Jr. for Parmesan ChicKEN:
If only the sandwich was actually as large as the picture on the poster. And, if I could only have it for free. Sigh.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tiger Woods taking indefinite break from professional golf
"I am deeply aware of the disappointment and hurt that my infidelity has caused to so many people, most of all my wife and children. I want to say again to everyone that I am profoundly sorry and that I ask forgiveness. It may not be possible to repair the damage I've done, but I want to do my best to try.
I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding. What's most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.
After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person. Again, I ask for privacy for my family and I am especially grateful for all those who have offered compassion and concern during this difficult period."
(Text from www.tigerwoods.com)
Ken Carr goes to Oregano's
My friend Michael Lopez, who manages the Oregano's in Tucson on Speedway Blvd., has been suggesting (ok, pressuring) that I try it. I've driven past Oregano's hundreds of times and have never gone in. I gave it a shot tonight and brought Anth along.
Michael made sure I'd eaten someplace where a fork was in use (ok, I eat stuff on a bun a lot but I'm not THAT big of a loser) and we got dinner underway.
I knew that they were expecting me at Oregano's because this sign was outside with my name on it:
Oregano's has the largest menu I have ever seen. I am not referring to the number of menu items as much as the sheer size of the thing. The food sounded amazing on the menu. Then, I knew there was no way to go wrong because you can order 14 big ones for $8.49. I forgot to look and see big what. I just knew I could get a lot of big ones.
I asked Michael in honor of my first visit if he could make something that wasn't on the menu. Besides the 14 Big Ones. He brought out an appetizer in honor of my inaugural visit that was awesome.
He then suggested one of their signature drinks. Something called a Bolino.
In honor of this delicious drink and our friend Leslie, we had to do Leslie's "Signature Drinking Move". If you're not familiar with Leslie's "Signature Drinking Move" it was in a previous blog post that you can view by clicking here.
Next we moved on to an appetizer actually on the menu. Toasted Ravioli. I offered to open the Chef Boyardee can like I would at home and discovered they make them at the restaurant by hand. Magical. Delicious. And a little spicy. Just like me! Holla!
Next up was an absolutely amazing pizza called "El Picasso". Michael suggested deep dish and the suggestion was awesome. Anth's quote: "Damn, that was a fine pie."
Next Michael brought a sample of some of the pastas they serve. Ziti, Big Rig, and Fettucine Alfredo. They were all amazing.
Dessert! Pizza cookie! Half chocolate chip, half peanut butter and the ice cream was ridiculously good. It was like sex without the sex.
Anth eats Pizza Cookie.
As dinner came to an end we posed for a Kenparazzi photo: Ken Carr, Michael Lopez, and Anth. I couldn't sit still for the Kenparazzi photo. Must.... have.... pizza.... cookie. (I'm laughing now that I have posted this picture because it looks like I have a boob drooping into the pizza cookie. My boob wanted some Pizza Cookie! Damn my piggy boob!)
The visit to Oregano's was awesome. Food was amazing. I suggested they install a drive thru with a speaker but I don't think that's happening. It's ok. It's worth going inside!