Mar 2012
30

Sonoda’s Sushi is Spamming Denver on Twitter

Usually I just ignore Twitter spam. But I got an “at” message from Sonoda’s Sushi in Denver and Aurora, Colorado, right after I gave thumbs up on Twitter to Dyson for GOOD social listening – so I assumed they were trying to reach out in a GOOD way.

Nope.

They were spamming me, meaning calling out to me with some message meant to draw attention to their sushi and seafood restaurant, without any reall interactions between us. Even worse, as I looked at their stream, they were spamming everyone in town… including the Denver Broncos, Larimer Square (the shopping district!) and a ton of people I know from Denver, Boulder and the Front Range.

So, I commented on this to my friends… and we had fun talking about spammers (and the food, SPAM) for a good while yesterday. Sonoda’s Sushi has YET to notice. Below are screen caps of our conversation and what was happening on the Sonoda Twitter account at the same time.

Clearly Sonoda Sushi has an automated bot working their Twitter. Or has things pre-loaded to auto-tweet, seeing as some of the messages are actually somewhat targeted… (Some new messages started today, like “Welcome to the NCAA Women’s Final Four” – which is happening in Denver this weekend.) I am honestly not that familiar with these tactics as I never use them, for myself or my clients.

Why? Because they had a ton of people in Denver talking poorly of them yesterday. People who will never go to their restaurant, will tell people not to go there, and now have blocked them on Twitter as well as reported them as spam.

Was that really worth it, Sonoda’s Sushi?

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Jan 2012
11

Ice Castles in Silverthorne are AMAZING!

Isn’t it weird when you find out there are amazing things right in your backyard? Well, not literally your back yard – in this case I mean a quick drive up the hill to Silverthorne – but here in Colorado – that is our backyard – right?

The Ice Castles (the place, not the movie) contacted Mile High Mamas (who is running a contest for tickets through the 26th, by the way) and while I have been a bad little Mile High Mama lately with all my life craziness, I still love being part of the group and jumped up and down at the chance to go see THIS in person:

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We happened to go on a 50 degree day, when the sun was melting the ice like crazy, and I was able to walk around in just a fleece. But that made for some good photography time.

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And good OH MY GAWD time.

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And good Declan wants to play with chunks of ice time.

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And good “Is this actually real?” time.

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But, while the day was spectacular – the night was INSANE.

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Where walking through the different sections was totally different from the morning.

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Well worth the return trip.

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Well worth ANY trip.

And since the Ice Castles change all winter long – while the crew builds them icicle by icicle and Mother Nature adjusts their texture and form with every weather pattern – we’ll be back for sure.

Full Flickr set is here!

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Blogger Disclosure: My entrance and accommodations were covered by Ice Castles and Keystone Resort. All thoughts, words, and images are mine.

Oct 2011
31

Denver Zombie Crawl – Our Annual Halloween Treat

I know I blather on about this every year, but every year it gets more awesome.

DENVER ZOMBIE CRAWL IS AWESOME.

My friend Danny started this crazy thing six years ago and it’s grown exponentially. 2010 made us the Guinness World Champs with 7,300 zombies. Portland briefly held the record, but the application has been sent for 2011 – which looks to contain about 16,000 crawlers attacking the 16th Street Mall.

Early estimates were placing it closer to 25,000, and there were issues with sound early in the night, making people disperse quicker than they have in the past – so I am not surprised by that huge number. I have NEVER seen THAT MANY PEOPLE downtown on the mall in all 18 years we have lived in Denver.

Here is a sample of the craziness we got goin’ on.

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OK. So only 364 days till next Halloween, right???

P.S. Here are my Denver Zombie Crawl photos from all years.

Sep 2011
04

Gimme The Gig : Bop Skizzum

Yeah, it’s clear that I love our local bands, right? Several of our friends are participating in a competition from Ford called Gimme The Gig, where they could win a producing session with Don Was. (Any of you old enough to remember Walk the Dinosaur? He went on to be one of the biggest producers eh-verr.)

This is a totally UNsponsored post, and has nothing to do with my previous adventures with Ford. It has everything to do with voting for, and supporting great music.

You can vote for bands at GimmeTheGig.com.

My suggestions are:

Rob Drabkin

Petals of Spain

Churchill

And yes, my very favorite, close friend Andy and his band Bop Skizzum:

Sep 2011
02

Denver Broncos Kickoff Kid!

I’ve talked before about how we are connected to football through my father-in-law. He was a great fan, and played the game in college. He almost played professionally, but a terrible accident cut that short.

He would have been blown away by what his grandson experienced last weekend.

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Red Robin Burgers and the Denver Broncos invited us to be on the sidelines for their “Kickoff Kid” program during the August 27th pre-season game.

Sidelines as in SIDELINES.

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We stayed there the whole game, the only non-staff to do so.

It was surreal.

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Declan was tasked with running out on the field every time the Broncos had a kickoff – he had to pick up the tee, salute the appropriate goal, and run back off as soon as possible.

Because the GAME WAS STILL GOING ON, PEOPLE!

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I have never done sports photography but it was fun to try my hand at it for a night.

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Even more fun to watch my kid do THIS:

And hang out with THESE GUYS:

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And to think about my father-in-law loving every minute of it.

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P.S. In case you are wondering, we played the Seattle Seahawks. The same night these guys moved to Seattle.

P.P.S. Those last two dudes are hall-of-famer Karl Mecklenburg and wide receiver Eddie Royal. Both were incredibly nice, and Eddie even jumped off the bench and gave Declan his game gloves when he saw him wearing the #19 jersey.

P.P.P.S. We’ll probably watch football more often now. Seeing as Declan can’t stop talking about that night.

P.P.P.P.S. I think it’s pretty obvious, but Red Robin and the Broncos provided this opportunity for us. But they didn’t make me gush on and on. That was all me.

P.P.P.P.P.S. The rest of my photos are here.

P.P.P.P.P.P.S. DOES YOUR COLORADO KID WANT TO BE A KICKOFF KID?

The Red Robin Facebook page will collect entries from 8/29/11 to 9/18/11. Winning kids must be Colorado residents, age 6-12.