Thursday, December 31, 2009

What to do in Tucson on New Year's Eve 2009

There are tons of places to go and choices for ringing in the New Year.

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

I like cheap eats! I share with you when I find them. I'm a giver.

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.

Yes, please!

Kenparazzi: Christmas week 2009

A few Kenparazzi photos from Christmas 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 have made many visits to Carl's Jr. Today's was a heart breaker.

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!

It would appear that Jared (Jared Fogle) from Subway is not sticking to his previous Subway turkey sandwich diet. He's gained some weight. 40 pounds to be exact. That's after he'd lost 245 pounds on his "Subway diet".

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

The most popular baby names in Arizona in 2009 were:

1. Isabella (for 2nd year in a row)
2. Sophia
3. Mia
4. Emma
5. Emily

1. Jacob
2. Alexander
3. Angel
4. Daniel
5. Anthony

Source: Arizona Dept. Of Health

Monday, December 28, 2009

Quiznos Tasty Torpedo commercial

I think this commercial is funny. An oven that says "put it in me" is funny. Although if an oven said to me "put it in me" I'd hopefully realize I had been drinking too much.

The 370 passwords banned on Twitter

I thought this was really interesting. Twitter bans the 370 most commonly used passwords on the internet. They do this so your account stays safer and makes getting hacked more difficult. The 370 are banned for everyone who uses 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:

1. 111111
2. 11111111
3. 112233
4. 121212
5. 123123
6. 123456
7. 1234567
8. 12345678
9. 131313
10. 232323
11. 654321
12. 666666
13. 696969
14. 777777
15. 7777777
16. 8675309
17. 987654
18. aaaaaa
19. abc123
20. abc123
21. abcdef
22. abgrtyu
23. access
24. access14
25. action
26. albert
27. alexis
28. amanda
29. amateur
30. andrea
31. andrew
32. angela
33. angels
34. animal
35. anthony
36. apollo
37. apples
38. arsenal
39. arthur
40. asdfgh
41. asdfgh
42. ashley
43. august
44. austin
45. badboy
46. bailey
47. banana
48. barney
49. baseball
50. batman
51. beaver
52. beavis
53. bigdaddy
54. bigdog
55. birdie
56. bitches
57. biteme
58. blazer
59. blonde
60. blondes
61. bond007
62. bonnie
63. booboo
64. booger
65. boomer
66. boston
67. brandon
68. brandy
69. braves
70. brazil
71. bronco
72. broncos
73. bulldog
74. buster
75. butter
76. butthead
77. calvin
78. camaro
79. cameron
80. canada
81. captain
82. carlos
83. carter
84. casper
85. charles
86. charlie
87. cheese
88. chelsea
89. chester
90. chicago
91. chicken
92. cocacola
93. coffee
94. college
95. compaq
96. computer
97. cookie
98. cooper
99. corvette
100. cowboy
101. cowboys
102. crystal
103. dakota
104. dallas
105. daniel
106. danielle
107. debbie
108. dennis
109. diablo
110. diamond
111. doctor
112. doggie
113. dolphin
114. dolphins
115. donald
116. dragon
117. dreams
118. driver
119. eagle1
120. eagles
121. edward
122. einstein
123. erotic
124. extreme
125. falcon
126. fender
127. ferrari
128. firebird
129. fishing
130. florida
131. flower
132. flyers
133. football
134. forever
135. freddy
136. freedom
137. gandalf
138. gateway
139. gators
140. gemini
141. george
142. giants
143. ginger
144. golden
145. golfer
146. gordon
147. gregory
148. guitar
149. gunner
150. hammer
151. hannah
152. hardcore
153. harley
154. heather
155. helpme
156. hockey
157. hooters
158. horney
159. hotdog
160. hunter
161. hunting
162. iceman
163. iloveyou
164. internet
165. iwantu
166. jackie
167. jackson
168. jaguar
169. jasmine
170. jasper
171. jennifer
172. jeremy
173. jessica
174. johnny
175. johnson
176. jordan
177. joseph
178. joshua
179. junior
180. justin
181. killer
182. knight
183. ladies
184. lakers
185. lauren
186. leather
187. legend
188. letmein
189. little
190. london
191. lovers
192. maddog
193. madison
194. maggie
195. magnum
196. marine
197. marlboro
198. martin
199. marvin
200. master
201. matrix
202. matthew
203. maverick
204. maxwell
205. melissa
206. member
207. mercedes
208. merlin
209. michael
210. michelle
211. mickey
212. midnight
213. miller
214. mistress
215. monica
216. monkey
217. monkey
218. monster
219. morgan
220. mother
221. mountain
222. muffin
223. murphy
224. mustang
225. naked
226. nascar
227. nathan
228. naughty
229. ncc1701
230. newyork
231. nicholas
232. nicole
233. nipple
234. nipples
235. oliver
236. orange
237. packers
238. panther
239. panties
240. parker
241. password
242. password
243. password1
244. password12
245. password123
246. patrick
247. peaches
248. peanut
249. pepper
250. phantom
251. phoenix
252. player
253. please
254. pookie
255. porsche
256. prince
257. princess
258. private
259. purple
260. pussies
261. qazwsx
262. qwerty
263. qwertyui
264. rabbit
265. rachel
266. racing
267. raiders
268. rainbow
269. ranger
270. rangers
271. rebecca
272. redskins
273. redsox
274. redwings
275. richard
276. robert
277. rocket
278. rosebud
279. runner
280. rush2112
281. russia
282. samantha
283. sammy
284. samson
285. sandra
286. saturn
287. scooby
288. scooter
289. scorpio
290. scorpion
291. secret
292. sexsex
293. shadow
294. shannon
295. shaved
296. sierra
297. silver
298. skippy
299. slayer
300. smokey
301. snoopy
302. soccer
303. sophie
304. spanky
305. sparky
306. spider
307. squirt
308. srinivas
309. startrek
310. starwars
311. steelers
312. steven
313. sticky
314. stupid
315. success
316. summer
317. sunshine
318. superman
319. surfer
320. swimming
321. sydney
322. taylor
323. tennis
324. teresa
325. tester
326. testing
327. theman
328. thomas
329. thunder
330. thx1138
331. tiffany
332. tigers
333. tigger
334. tomcat
335. topgun
336. toyota
337. travis
338. trouble
339. trustno1
340. tucker
341. turtle
342. twitter
343. united
344. vagina
345. victor
346. victoria
347. viking
348. voodoo
349. voyager
350. walter
351. warrior
352. welcome
353. whatever
354. william
355. willie
356. wilson
357. winner
358. winston
359. winter
360. wizard
361. xavier
362. xxxxxx
363. xxxxxxxx
364. yamaha
365. yankee
366. yankees
367. yellow
368. zxcvbn
369. zxcvbnm
370. zzzzzz

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Weekend box office December 25-27, 2009

The top five movies at the box office from December 25-27:

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

They've remade "The Karate Kid" movie. Looks pretty good!

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

Merry Christmas!

On behalf of the staff and management of Ken Carr (ok, me)... wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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

One tradition that many people enjoy on Christmas Eve is tracking where Santa Claus is as he makes his travels around the world bring presents to good little girls and boys.

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!

A name change for Beyonce and Jay-Z! They have been married for a while and recently decided to get matching last names.

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

I work at Journal Broadcast Group in Tucson. We all got together and had a fun holiday luncheon today at the Journal building as well as a decorating contest.

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:

Business Office:

Vicky's office:


Mandy's office:

Jay's office:

Sales department:

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

Blackberry smart phones across the U.S. have been experiencing outage issues today. The technical problems have primarily affected e-mail, text, browser, and Blackberry Messenger (BBM). Some areas of the country seem to have some of these features working and others not.

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

Toy Story 3, which will be out in theatres in June 2010, looks to be visually amazing in the clip you can watch below.

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

I have seen one episode of Jersey Shore on MTV and it's way fun.

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

"Avatar" debuted at it's expected #1 slot over the weekend. It grossed $73 million which is the second best December opening of any movie in history (behind "I Am Legend") and the best opening for a 3-D movie ever. A nasty snowstorm hit the northeast this weekend which may have made its numbers lower than they could have but still a successful opening.

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 See it by clicking here.

The "Wait" pavement line and markings at intersections with red light cameras

There are a couple of intersections in Tucson that have "Wait" painted on the ground along with a white line. Those were put there to help educate drivers at the intersections that have red light cameras. They designate where you need to be behind if you were making a left turn and the light turns red.

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 is reporting today that actress Britney Murphy has died after suffering full cardiac arrest this morning.

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

People do dumb things. Like drive in heavy traffic with a 10 foot tree upright in the back of their pickup and a guy standing back there holding onto it.

It made for an amusing picture with my Blackberry.

Vacation in 2010 update

We (my co-workers and I) received an update today on what the vacation picture will look like at my company.

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

I attempted to log onto Twitter a little while ago and found the entire site offline.

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

Good news skiers and snowboarders! Sunrise Park Resort is opening Wednesday in Greer, Arizona.

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

There was a car chase going on tonight in the Los Angeles area and I was in KGUN9's Master Control room watching and to make me laugh the crew put the car chase on one of the monitors behind Erin. Viewers on TV saw a normal weathercast but I got to see this and it made for some funny video so I shot a little of it with my Blackberry.

Here's the end result:

New movies opening this weekend in Tucson: Avatar, Did You Hear About The Morgans?

There are two new movies opening in Tucson movie theatres this weekend:

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

Pepsi has decided not to run any commercials in the upcoming NFL Superbowl in February. The company has said they're going to concentrate on more online marketing next year.

No Pepsi ads in the Superbowl? What will Cindy Crawford do for work now?!

Article on about this tragedy: Click here

Arthur Cores, co-founder of Boston Market, dies at age 52

Arthur Cores, the co-founder of Boston Market, has died. He was 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?

I saw a statistic today that was shocking: 41% of Americans are nearsighted!

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

The Kachina Springs Apartments flood of August 2007 (where I live).

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday gift for a casual friend

Burger King has come up with a great gift for casual friends.

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

The newest In-N-Out Burger location in Tucson, Arizona 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

Someone at Comcast is apparently having fun writing descriptions of the shows that air on their system. Some of the lamer shows get really awesome descriptions. I hope whoever it is gets to keep doing it!

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 Arizona Lottery sold a ticket for "The Pick" this past week that resulted in a winner here in Tucson! (No, it wasn't me. Darn.)

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

I ran across an interesting article written by the Associated Press regarding cell phone trends. Here are some stats from the article:

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

Clint moving out of his house on Adams. Seeing him mop was the equivelent of seeing Bigfoot. Its hard to prove and rarely happens.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Police arrest Merry Christmas

Police in Florida arrested a woman named Merry Christmas on an obstruction of justice charge after refusing to follow police orders during a disturbance.

Apparently Christmas is in trouble.

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Scooter Fourth

I've seen posts online that suggest the way to create your name if you were to be a porn actor is to use the name of your first pet for your first name and the name of the street you grew up on for your last name.

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

This is David Duarte on the left. I'm wearing a lime green polo on the right. Sad to report that the polo is no longer. Color went wacky/blotchy on it and its now in the great polo heaven in the sky.

David lives in Phoenix now. I hope he hasn't forgotten us little people.

What does Ken Carr do?

If you follow me on one of the big three social networks you've undoubtedly seen my posts about work. I work a lot (around 60-ish hours a week and generally six days a week, sometimes seven). The media business is a 24 hour a day seven day a week endeavor and all of us in this business end up working while a lot of people are goofin' off. Somebody's gotta make the donuts!

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

I do regular live Kencasts for Mega at Desert Diamond Casino's Monsoon Nightclub for the Mega Monsoon Party. Mega is there every Friday night.

Kenparazzi photos of Mega Maniacs dancing their asses off to Old School:

Surprise Ken Carr cubicle decoration

I have some fun co-workers. They have put stuff in and around my cubicle more than once. Ranging from posters to plastic eyeballs (you can still see the eyeballs perched on top of my computer monitor). This was the newest decoration on Friday:

Ken is everywhere!

If you look around you'll find my name in an awful lot of places. It's KENtastic!

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

Christmas joke

The economy is so bad this year...

Santa had cut back to one Ho!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tiger Woods taking indefinite break from professional golf

Tiger Woods, who we all know by now has been naughty (11 girls by last count have been identified as hooking up with Tiger!) has decided to take an "indefinite break" from professional golf. Here's the statement from his website:

"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."
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Ken Carr goes to Oregano's

Anyone who follows me on Twitter, Facebook or Myspace knows (thanks to my status updates/Tweets) that I rarely cook. I'm always in a hurry and make eating as fast an experience as possible. Which usually involves a drive thru and fast food.

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!