Saturday, January 30, 2010
Groundhog Day is also an awesome movie starring Bill Murray. I've seen it dozens of times and still love it.
Here's a video clip from the classic movie:
Bonus: Phil meets Ned the insurance agent. Classic!
I had been asking for a thong to be added to the Mega Merch store online. That's where we sell stuff that has the Mega logo on it like shirts, hats, mugs, etc.
Promotions guru Jason finally put it up there. He thought it was funny that I got all excited. It wasn't as much about the actual thong as it was that one of my wacky ideas actually happened.
If you want to buy one or check out the store (who wouldn't want a thong that says "Mega" on it?) then visit www.Mega1063.com and click on the "Mega Merch" link.
Thong thong thong thong thong thong....
Friday, January 29, 2010
I wrote a post a few days ago (click here to read it) that described what happened to our 106.3 tower on Mount Lemmon. Its the story of a tower fallen.
We were still broadcasting on our other frequency at 104.9. Having 106.3 off the air provided less coverage than having both operational but now that's been resolved and back to normal.
The station's wonderful engineering team was able to get it back on today. Old School and R&B (and Ken Carr) for everyone!
Finally, they have remade the sequel. Michael Douglas reprises his role in the movie and his young counterpart is played by Shia LaBeouf.
Here's a sneak peak. Looks pretty awesome!
The idea was to take pictures of me with people and behind them (most of them didn't know what I was doing) duplicate the "scary face" in each picture. It was one of the sillier ideas I had ever created. But it was pretty funny!
Here are some of the results:
Thursday, January 28, 2010
For all things Grammy go to www.grammy.com.
One thing that has been announced is that there will be a Michael Jackson tribute during the show.
Old school artists performing this year include Mary J. Blige, Usher and Smokey Robinson. Usher and Smokey will be part of the Michael Jackson tribute.
LL Cool J and Carlos Santana will be among the list of presenters.
Michael Jackson will also be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
It was strong enough to knock over the broadcast tower for Mega 106.3. (Note: Mega also broadcasts on a second frequency on 104.9, I'll get to that in a moment).
I could write a really long article about how a radio station's programming gets from our studio into your radio and it'll sound like a foreign language to most people who read this. So I'll try to make it simple.
We originate our programming from a cute little two story building on Tucson's east side on Rosewood Street in the Gateway Center. That's near Speedway and Kolb.
The signal is then transmitted to our transmitter sites. One is located on the west side of Tucson and that then sends the happy radio waves to your radio on 104.9 fm. The other transmitter is located in the Mount Lemmon area in the Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson and it sends its happy radio waves to your radio on 106.3 fm.
Broadcast towers vary in height and radio transmitters vary in power. Its all decided by the brilliant minds of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC (the FCC). They determines how far a radio station signal can be transmitted and how powerful the signal is. They also determine where the transmitting towers can be located.
There is a far more technical explaination but I am trying to make it simple!
The tower that transmits 106.3 was covered in unusually thick ice and snow from last week's winter storm and couldn't handle the unusual weight and stress when it faced nearly 100 mile an hour wind gusts. It fell over and was twisted into a big mess. A tower is needed to broadcast a radio station to your radio.
Engineering crews couldn't make the trip up to that location due to the multiple feet of snow, ice, and winds that didn't subside until late into the weekend to even determine what had happened to the station. Once they got there they discovered the problem.
Repairs are underway. If all goes the way its supposed to 106.3 will be restored by the weekend and we'll all live happily ever after.
In the meantime, we are still broadcasting Mega normally on 104.9 fm. Give that a try. Or, just hum your favorite songs in your head until 106.3 is back in service!
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The host will visit cities nationwide to feature iconic food dishes.
The Tucson show will feature the Sonoran dog. A Sonoran hot dog is found in Tucson, Metro Phoenix, and in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. Its a hot dog grilled in a processor or on a griddle, wrapped in mesquite smoked bacon, topped with chopped tomatoes, onions, shredded yellow or cotijo cheese, tomatillo salsa or red chili sauce, pinto beans, mayonnaise, ketchup and/or mustard, and served on bread. Its often served with a fresh-roasted chile.
In September, Adam Richman of “Man v. Food” was in town to sample a Sonoran dog at El Guero Canelo. That show aired in December 2009. The new show will have a similar format to “Man v. Food,” where the food is chosen and a tasting contest, or sort of a food war, will ensue.
The Tucson contest will be between El Guero Canelo and BK Carne Asada and Hotdogs.
Producers are looking for people to be at the taping 1-5 p.m. Thursday at BK Carne Asada and Hotdogs, 5118 S. 12th Ave.
Fans of El Guero Canelo, 5201 S. 12th Ave., are invited to be at that location 1-5 p.m. Friday.
The final shoot will take place at BK Carne Asada and Hotdogs noon-5 p.m. Saturday.
A local celebrity panel of judges will decide the winner.
During a live “Man v. Food” episode before the Feb. 7 Superbowl the new show will be announced. The show does not have an official title at this time.
Monday, January 25, 2010
(Karaoke participants in the video include Rosemary, Leslie, Justin/JP, Ina, Sergio and Craig.)
Their goal was to get it through the gap in the counter on the far side of the room.
This is the remix of the retarded clap. It's silly.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
The mountains as seen from over the Tucson Auto Mall:
Driving on River Road:
River Road and Craycroft:
Here's the proof:
Bonus: Will and I.
Notice that I held my arm out so we'd match!
Bonus: My friend Andres and I recreate the Brake Masters Brake Buddy photo! (I am apparently the Brake Buddy since I'm on the right side of this picture).
Here's your answer: Anth and Ken Carr playing pretend newscasters. Don't try this at home kids.
Here's the SunTran bus and people doing bus stuffing:
As a bonus, here's Adrienne Walker and Taryn Jones blowing their noses at Stuff The Bus for Haiti. Apparently Stuff The Bus caused stuffed noses. It's magic.
I couldn't take pictures of any of the production because they'd probably beat me senseless but I did sneak one picture of the curtain before the show started.
Friday, January 22, 2010
We had quite the weather event today in Arizona. A pretty punchy winter storm rolled through. Its still raining at 2 a.m. as I write this.
A few highlights:
Wind! Gusty winds knocked down some poles, tore up a few roofs, and caused accidents and poor visibility on freeways north of Tucson. There were multiple big rig accidents on I-8 as well as I-10. Part of I-10 was shut down this afternoon near Picacho due to poor visibility related to dust plus a semi truck accident.
Tornados! Tornados are a rare occurence in Arizona. There were tornado watches for Tucson and areas north and west, plus two tornado warnings in the Phoenix area. One touched down in Scottsdale that caused significant damage to the Barrett-Jackson car auction tents off the Loop 101 damaging a couple tents as well as some exotic cars.
Rain! Severe thunderstorm warnings and heavy rain. Rain events are short during monsoon. The only lengthy ones we get are in the winter. So far its been raining about three hours pretty heavily and is expected to rain all night as well as during the day on Friday. Flooding will be an issue.
Snow! Blizzard warnings for Mount Lemmon today. And, there is snow for the Tucson metro forecast for Saturday. That's a once a year event at best. We'll have to see if that happens.
Mother nature must be angry. We don't like it when she's angry!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The last few years I've e-filed. A computer, a internet connection, and your W-2 forms are all you need. Its also very helpful if you have your 2008 tax return that shows what your adjusted gross income was for 2008 because they'll ask you so you can verify that you're you. Also a printer or at least the drive space to save the file as a PDF document so you can print it later is necessary as well. You have to save the completed forms!
If your gross income was less than $57,000 in 2009 its free and you get your refund deposited into your checking account in 8-14 days.
I remember the days when it took 4-6 weeks to get a check and that's after having to fill out all of the forms, mail them, and then wait. Its super easy these days. (No, I'm not going into a long story about how things worked in the olden days. You're welcome.)
I use the Turbotax online service. Its pretty easy and simple to understand. If I can figure it out then pretty much anyone can. I'm not a rocket scientist, I'm a radio DJ! (I'm not endorsing Turbotax, I just think it works really well.)
Here's the link to the Turbotax site: Click here
The IRS website if you need that: Click here They have a list of services that offer free filing and electronic online taxes if you want to try something else other than Turbotax.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Make yourself a Jersey Shore Avatar. Its part of the MTV website! To fire up the fist pumpin' fun: Click here
Here's what I look like after I Jersey Shored myself:
I don't know who started this wonderful holiday but they deserve to be caller seven and win a prize.
My company didn't get me anything for National Disc Jockey Day. Not even a day off or a sandwich. Although they do provide my employment. And, I'm fine with that!
Monday, January 18, 2010
I pretended I knew what I was doing. They got a patch for radio & TV.
Om nom nom!
Leslie thinks so too!
I brought my Flip Camera along to catch the fun.
Here's the video:
Glen Bell started his first restaurant, called Bell's Drive-In, in 1948 in California after seeing the success of McDonald's Bar-B-Que, the predecessor of McDonald's, which was founded in 1940. Like McDonald's, Bell's Drive-In wanted to take advantage of Southern California's car culture by serving burgers and hot dogs through drive-in windows.
Bell then helped establish Taco Tias in Los Angeles, El Tacos in the Long Beach, and Der Wienerschnitzel (which is now just known as Wienerschnitzel), a national hot dog chain.
Bell's next project was Taco Bell in 1962 after leaving his business partners and quickly expanding around Los Angeles. He sold the first Taco Bell franchise in 1964.
In 1978, Bell sold his 868 Taco Bell restaurants to Pepsi.
Taco Bell is now owned by Yum! Brands and is the largest Mexican fast-food chain in America feeding more than 36 million people each week at more than 5,600 locations.
Maybe they'll embalm him with Taco Bell Mild Sauce.
The highlight of the show: Desert Diamond Casino General Manager Bruce McClure joining Zapp onstage and being outfitted in an afro!
Nine Ladies Dancing (which, by the way, are nine little statues of the Spice Girls obtained from the Dollar Store) on a homemade stage sitting on my desk:
Friday, January 15, 2010
Jimmy Fallon did a hilarious spoof of the song on his late night show. As Neil Young. Hilarious!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
It's the first of four Quik Trip locations expected to be open by April. Quik Trip has locations in nine states and about 70 stores in the Phoenix area. The location on Irvington Road is the first QT store open in Tucson. It opened yesterday.
The other three stores still under construction at this time include 5151 E. Speedway (at Speedway and Rosemont), 29th Street and Craycroft, and on South Pantano Road.
It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and will be attended by elected officials, coach Ken Whisenhunt, players, the team mascot and cheerleaders.
Parking opens at 9 a.m. on Buckeye Road, one block east of 24th Street. The public can park in the lot and walk across the street to the rally.
Someone dropped off a white sack of bread products at the station's front desk in the afternoon. Several baguettes and a couple loaves of bread which all appear to be either freshly baked from a bakery or by whomever dropped them off. It smells wonderful by the way.
I have no idea who brought me bread. I never asked for it online or on the air. Its a completely random act of kindness.
So, to whomever brought me bread, thank you. I figure the yeast I can do is acknowledge it on my blog!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
He died at a suburban Philadelphia hospital. He had undergone colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had a difficult recovery. His health was not good since the surgery.
He suffered a spinal cord injury in an auto accident in 1982 and spent six months recovering. He did return the next year to record another album but spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
We plays "Turn Off The Lights" quite frequently on Mega (which is probably his biggest hit) as well as "Love T.K.O."
As part of her prize, she had the privilege (ok, they made her) of co-hosting the Mega Movie with me on the CW Tucson. The segments air this Sunday January 17 from 7-9 p.m. during the movie's commercial breaks.
Here's a photo on the set (ok, in the Mega radio studio but that's where we shoot the TV pieces each week):
Its difficult finding credible organizations to donate money if you are willing to help. I did find a very credible source: Former President Clinton's website is a portal to make donations to organizations including the Red Cross. I saw an interview today where the former President quoted the website and its function and at least we know the money's going to go where it is supposed to.
Here's the link to the Clinton Foundation's Earthquake Relief website: Click here or go to http://www.clintonfoundation.org/haitiearthquake
Also, in this day in age of texting, its also easy to make a donation to the Red Cross. Text the word Haiti to 90999 on your cell phone for a one time $10 donation to the Red Cross. The charge will appear on your cell phone bill.
That was one of the first snows they'd had for this season!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
It's a large youth soccer tournament and brings a lot of young soccer players and their families to Tucson for the weekend.
There is heavy traffic during the day in that area around the park. Don't run over the kids because it'll make them mad and they wear cleats. If they kick you it'll leave a mark.
Fort Lowell Shootout website: Click here
Conan O'Brien says he will not do "The Tonight Show" if it airs at 11:05 p.m. (12:05 a.m. on the east and west coasts). He released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
"People of Earth:
In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky. That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.
Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over The Tonight Show in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.
But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my Tonight Show in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.
Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.
So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.
There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.
Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.
I checked their website and it contained the following info: "The Cheesecake Factory in Tucson, Arizona will have their Grand Opening Early February 2010. The restaurant is located at 60 Wetmore Road, Tucson, AZ 85705. Phone number is (520) 408-0033.". However, I do know for sure the date is February 4.
The exact location of the restaurant is on the south side of Tucson Mall just outside of the newly constructed south entrance in the middle of the mall.
Dear Cheesecake Factory: Why yes, I would be glad to accept some free cheesecake as a thank you for the free publicity. Sincerely, Ken Carr.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Here's what happened multiple times: He'd fall asleep watching some TV show while I was in my room working on whatever on the internet. I'd come out, he'd be asleep, I'd change the channel to the stupidest thing I could find on TV, and leave it that way until he woke up later. I'm betting he had more dreams about home improvement thanks to HGTV, World War I thanks to the Military Channel, or Mike Seaver getting into trouble in high school thanks to Growing Pains than he'll ever admit.
There's also "Couch Chronicles The Movie". One minute of snore-a-licious couch sleeping also starring Alex:
The restaurants, called "Maria Maria" (we play that song on Mega!) feature Mexican cuisine. One of the locations is here in Arizona (in the Phoenix area in Tempe) at the Tempe Marketplace. I haven't eaten there but checked out the menu on their website and it looks like tasty stuff.
To visit their website click here.
Tonight I visited the same Carl's Jr. where the strange stuff always happens. The most frequent issue is their inability to process gift cards. I got a gift card from co-worker Leslie for Christmas and still had about $5 on it and payday is a few days away. It made sense to use it.
I pulled into the strip mall parking lot at Broadway and Pantano and almost got run over by a giant pickup truck. Uh oh. The weirdness had begun. I parked the Ken Carr car and went inside.
There were about a half dozen employees behind the counter doing various tasks and all of them started yelling (and when I say yelling I am not exaggerating) "Welcome to Carl's Jr.!!!" I appreciate the attempt to be different but a whole crew of people yelling at you when you walk in the door is extremely creepy.
I ordered a Big Carl combo because I knew it was just under $5 and would fit on the gift card. Last time I tried to order at that Carl's Jr. the promotional gift card wouldn't work. The regular gift card wouldn't work. The cash register just sat there saying "processing".
Tonight I handed over the gift card and the guy behind the counter ran it. A completely not shocking development: It said "processing" on the cash register and sat there. And sat there. And sat there. I'm now convinced that Carl's Jr. uses technology that's a little slower than the process used to get customers through at the DMV. And as effective.
After more than a five minute wait with the register saying "processing" they waved me on. I think they had to because they would have had to make my food over it was sitting so long waiting for the cash register. I didn't have to pay for it but that's not the point. They didn't have their computer equipment fixed since my previous visit a month ago!
The biggest irony of the trip? The tray liner under my food advertising the wonders of a Carl's Jr. gift card. I took a photo and put it up on Twitpic/Twitter. View it by clicking here.
He got engaged to his girlfriend, a teacher, in November 2009!
The two, who have been dating for a year, will wed in the summer. On Fogle's to-do list before then: Lose weight. After shedding 245 pounds on the Subway diet, he put forty pounds back on last year from lack of exercise and bad eating habits, he said.
"I'm going to look darn good in those wedding pictures!" he says.
This will be the second marriage for Fogle. The real mystery is: Will he lose the forty pounds on another Subway diet? I'll keep you informed!
Well, we have another football player music video to laugh at. I mean enjoy.
LaDanian Tomlinson, who is a running back for the San Diego Chargers, has made a song and video called "LT Style Electric Glide". Cheesy? You bet. That's what makes it awesome!
It appears it was made a few years ago judging by the effects.
Kellogg's is introducing limited edition Eggo waffles featuring Star Trek images and quotes. An important part of a nutritious breakfast for men who are likely to be lifelong virgins.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
It was even more amazing because there are lots of Green Bay fans at my work. I was glad they lost so I get a six month break from hearing about Green Bay.
Its a miracle!
Friday, January 8, 2010
Flashback over 15 years ago: Johnny Carson was retiring. Letterman was on after Carson. Letterman thought he should inherit Carson's show. Instead, it went to Carson fill-in Jay Leno. Letterman left NBC and went across the street to CBS. Conan O'Brien got Letterman's old timeslot. NBC had quite a mess on their hands. (If you haven't seen the 1996 movie "The Late Shift" its an entertaining look at the whole story).
It worked out for NBC surprising everyone. Letterman won the ratings race at 10:30 p.m. (11:30 on the east and west coasts). Conan did quite well in Letterman's old slot on NBC. Leno eventually began beating Dave. NBC ended up appearing to be genius in the end.
Fast forward to 2009. NBC comes up with this great idea to have a cheaply produced nightly show before the news at 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on the east and west coasts) and Leno was moved. The ratings were dismal. NBC claims it met their expectations yet it became a terrible lead-in for the late news and local affiliates (fancy name for the local station in your town that carries NBC programming) screamed. In the meantime, Conan gets Leno's old time slot and the ratings have been soft for both.
Now, the experiment seems to be over. Its all over the internet the last two days (TMZ, Daily Variety) that after the Olympics in February Leno's moving back to his old timeslot. NBC has offered Conan an hour after Leno if he wants it (which would be at 11:05 p.m. except on the east and west coasts which would be 12:05 a.m.). If Conan doesn't want it, Leno will be back to his hour long show. If Conan stays, it'll be a half hour of Leno followed by Conan. And, nobody has said it yet but apparently Jimmy Fallon will be on much later if Conan stays. Then there's Carson Daly's show which sounds like it'll be on at 2 a.m.-ish. 3 hours of back to back talk shows after the late news (minimum). Do viewers and advertisers want that much that late?
Here's where I'm thinking the failure occured: No one at NBC apparently thought about the fact that Leno could fail at the earlier show. And, if he did, what were they going to do? When programming anything (radio, TV, whatever) you always have to think about all angles. It sure sounds like that wasn't the case at NBC. But, it hasn't been in good shape for quite a while. Its become a dismal fourth in the network ratings.
Here's one possible scenario: Conan passes on the later show. Leno gets his old timeslot back. Conan goes to another network (Fox or ABC?). And, it sets up a three way network war after the late news. It could get ugly. Or juicy. Depending on how you look at it.
We'll find out soon! And, it's probably going to be awesome drama. If you like that sort of thing.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Police at this time are still searching for the woman. She didn't like her hamburger, and when employees offered to make her another one she declined. She wanted her money back and they refused. She threw a bucket of water at the employees, threw a sign, then shoved several cash registers onto the floor.
See the surveillance video by clicking here.
They didn't do pre-orders this year. The cookies just get shipped and then the Girl Scouts go out and sell them. I'll be the idiot chasing Girl Scouts down the street demanding they sell me their cookies. I am a cookie fan after all.
Personal fave: Thin Mints!
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Here are a few highlights:
In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.
Smearing a small amount of dog feces on an insect bite will relieve the itching and swelling.
SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below.
Replying more than 100 times to the same piece of spam e-mail will overwhelm the sender's system and interfere with their ability to send any more spam.
To human taste buds, Zima is virtually indistinguishable from zebra urine.
A dog's naked behind leaves absolutely no bacteria when pressed against carpet.
Although difficult, it's possible to start a fire by rapidly rubbing together two Cool Ranch Doritos.
Here's the website with more: Click here
I don't have to be at work early tomorrow so its not a major issue. I am wondering what's wrong with the old water meter(s) that they require replacement. Maybe instead of by the gallon it'll charge by the ice cube. Or drip. Or flush.
I read a really interesting article about marketing a couple of months ago that really explained the difference between "fidelity" and "convenience". Fidelity is the total experience of something, convenience is how easy it is to get what you want. Companies that succeed usually are really good at one or the other. The experience of buying something at Walmart is awful (the fidelity) but the convenience is what they're good at (selling everything cheaper than most everybody). If you'd like to read the article (it talks about how Starbucks lost its fidelity and is a good read), click here.
I bought three items while I was at Walmart. Cold medicine (I'm still suffering miserably with a stubborn and nasty head cold), fabric softener, and Star Trek on DVD (which was on sale for $13). I saw the movie when it originally came out in theatres and wanted to see it again since it had so much going on in it I figure I missed some details. I went at 10 p.m. and had to negotiate around pallets full of merchandise in the middle of aisles, lots of customers (even a few hotties, didn't mind that view), and an elderly lady who stopped me to ask if I had a sunburn on my head (still have the blotchy head).
I don't mind going to Walmart. It serves its purpose: cheap merchandise. I don't expect good customer service. Actually, I barely expect any at all. Walmart doesn't invest enough in employees to produce good customer service. So Walmart, I don't hate you. Because without you I'd afford even less.
Monday, January 4, 2010
I stumbled upon the Jersey Shore Nickname Generator today. You type your name in and indicate your gender and it randomly generates your Jersey Shore nickname. Its almost as fun as coming up with the name you'd have if you were in porn but you get to keep your pants on and your dignity intact.
My Jersey Shore nickname is "The Impact". Awesome!
Click here to find out what yours is and let me know.
*Thanks to Desiree a.k.a. @estrella on Twitter for the tip on the generator.
I have had some dry skin issues in the last few years. Dry patches on my legs, arms, occasionally my head and face. I learned over the weekend that I've been handling them all wrong.
The only time I've been to the doctor regarding the dry skin patches was about five years ago. She gave me some steroid cream and an antibiotic and told me to use Cetaphil lotion and soap and unscented laundry detergent. I've been doing that ever since.
Starting about Wednesday of last week I had a breakout on my back and chest and simultaneously got a red blotchy scalp. I just figured it was an allergic reaction to something environmental but it didn't correct itself and I ended up going to Urgent Care on Saturday afternoon at the urging of Anth (he can sometimes be the voice of reason when I'm too stupid to be reasonable).
Urgent Care is an adventure all by itself. Anth offered to go with me and I declined saying that I didn't think it was necessary for him to sit in the waiting room for a couple of hours in the middle of a small population of sick people. I went to the Northwest Urgent Care at Ina & Shannon in northwest Tucson and sat for just over an hour in the midst of coughing, wheezing, puking, grumpy, pain filled people. The patient population ranged from a little guy who I would have bet a dollar had swine flu to two elderly ladies on oxygen who had a heated discussion about Gilbert Arenas pulling a gun on his Washington Wizards teammate. There was the older lady who couldn't sit down because something around the vicinity of her ass was causing her great pain to the woman who described very loudly how she had a slipped disc and then went snowboarding on New Year's Day and aggravated the injury. The experience was as icky as I thought it would be and I was glad I didn't drag Anth along to have to sit through it too.
I was finally seen by a doctor and she took one 15 second look at me and said, "You have winter itch." My first thought was that something that has a term like that has crotch area implications but it turned out its severe dry skin. And the blotchiness and breakout are a secondary infection as a result. She asked what soap I use. When I told her Cetaphil she said, "Oh, that's waaay too strong for your skin. That's really only useful for bacterial issues." She suggested Dove Unscented (which doesn't bother me because that's about half the price of Cetaphil) and Jergens or Lubraderm lotion. Plus, I'm supposed to stop taking hot showers and make them as short as possible. And lotion myself up good after every shower. She also prescribed an antibiotic for the secondary skin infection and sent me on my way.
I was glad it wasn't anything particularly serious. Unfortunately, I had started exhibiting symptoms of the sniffles earlier in the day before I went and it has turned into a full blown head cold. So, I now have itchy blotchy red skin and red bumps on my back and chest and a head cold. If you looked up misery in the dictionary right now my picture would be there. But, things should be better in a few days. Or my name isn't Snottynose McBlotchyskinerson.
I didn't do a great job of getting photos taken this year. I tend to start talking to people and photos become an afterthought sometimes. I should make a New Year's resolution to be better about that.
However, there are a few Kenparazzi photos to share:
Anth and I at the beginning of the evening:
Mike and Larry:
Mike and Ken Carr:
Larry and his friend (who did his little makeup job):
And, the champagne toast at midnight! Happy New Year!