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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Best of Tucson: Vote Local, Spread the Word and Stop Typing 'N/A'

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:01 PM

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I was ready to call you all cheaters, but that would have been a hot take. 

The first round of Best of Tucson® voting wraps up May 15, and I've started going through the ballots in preparation. Turn out, ya'll are pretty bad at reading directions.

I came across a lot of "N/A" and "?" votes. Investigating, I expected to find ballots with only a few genuine answers and a bunch of "N/A"'s bumping the number of responses over the 30 category minimum. I was ready to throw out some ballots.

Instead, I found a stack of ballots that had been properly filled out—with the notable exception of "N/A" being filled in for absolutely every category voters didn't have an opinion. That's a lot of extra typing. 

(As I seem to type on this blog at least once a week)(And as it says in the rules of the ballot), You only have to vote in a minimum of 30 categories in Best of Tucson®. Don't know where the best place to buy a piñata is? Leave that category blank and let the rest of the Old Pueblo weigh in. 

Vote local, share the link with your friends and fans, and don't stress about typing something in for all 191 categories.* 


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Best of Tucson: It's About More Than Just Tacos and Happiness

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Seeing the Best of Tucson winners list is always a lot fun—a vetted list of where to grab a drink, where to ride your bike and which shows to see.

But Best of Tucson is also there for more practical advice: Who is the best handyman? Which dealership should you go to when buying a used car? Where should you take that car when the "check engine" light comes on?

Best Of is a Tucsonan-approved guide to the entire city, and you should keep that in mind when you're voting. Get in there, fill out your ballot, and remember some poor new-to-Tucson soul is going to be counting on your advice when their laptop crashes one week into their new job.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Support Tucson's Best Game Stores

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 11:38 AM

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Tucson, you've probably noticed we're a little bit blessed when it comes to game stores. Pretty much anywhere in town, you're just a few minutes away from picking up a game of Catan or some Magic the Gathering cards. 

Support your favorite local game stores in Best of Tucson's Best Game Store category—but also support them in real life because we've seen too many (Hat's, A2Z, Game Daze) call it quits over the last few years. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tell Me About the Best Places to Donate Time and Money

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 4:15 PM

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Let's talk giving: What's your favorite Tucson cause to support? Arizona Gives Day just passed, which means your favorite nonprofits should still be on your brain. Show them a little love in the Best Place to Donate Your Time/Money category in Best of Tucson

Honestly, this is one of my favorite categories to watch as Best of Tucson votes roll in. Our community has so many incredible people working to make our chunk of the world a little better. 

Fill out a ballot for your vote to count, but feel free to leave an endorsement in the comments if you want to make sure your fellow readers know about your favorite Tucson do-gooders.

Best of Tucson basics:
  • You don't have to fill out every question, but you've got to fill out at least 30. It shouldn't be hard—there are 191. That's plenty to choose from. 
  • You have to vote for local places. We're celebrating Tucson and Tucson's best. Case closed.
  • Having trouble logging in? It's probably because you voted in a previous year with the same in email, and typed your name a little differently this time around. Email me for help: chelo@tucsonlocalmedia.com

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Best of Tucson: Tell Me Where to Take Art Classes

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 9:37 AM

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Tucson art people, you need to show up to the Best of Tucson digital party. Last year we go TONS of comments from upset readers who wanted to know why their favorite educational art institutions didn't make it to the finals.

Well, I'll tell you why: the Best Art Classes category is being a little neglected in terms of votes. 

So, art fans, listen up. Head over to your Best of Tucson ballot. Tell us where to take art classes, eat Indian food and shop for children's clothes. Tell us about everything in Tucson you love. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Best of Tucson's Best Actor: You Guys Are Ridiculous

Posted By on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM

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As I explained in my first Best of Tucson blog of the season, we're changing things up a bit this year and ignoring votes for nonlocal institutions. As "local" is now implied in every category, we removed the descriptor from many of the category titles‚ including Best (Local) Actor. 

But APPARENTLY the message didn't quite sink in because, among a handful of nominations for our incredible local performers, we've received a barrage of votes for Hollywood actors. 

To my knowledge, Will Smith and Seth Rogan weren't in the latest Gaslight Theatre production.

Go see some local shows, pay attention to the cast list and come back and vote for whomever blows you away. 

Blake Lively is not going to be the Best of Tucson Best Actor. Try again.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Best of Tucson: The Closest Races So Far

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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We're still early in the Best of Tucson voting process, but we're seeing some runaway successes already. There are a few categories where I can look at the results and say, "yeah, I bet I can guess who is going to end up in the finals." 

However, there are still more than a few categories that are all tied up. Now, I can't tell you who is neck and neck right now but these are the most competitive titles:

Best Art Classes
Best Charity Event
Best Photographer
Best Auto Repair
Best Game Store
Best Blog
Best Home Furnishings 
Best Local Clothing Designer
Best Day Spa
Best Hair Salon
Best Kid's Clothing
Best Diner
Best Veggie Burger
Best Smoothies
Best Sandwich (the actual sandwich)
Best Contemporary/Fusion Restaurant
Best Eastside Restaurant
Best Downtown Restaurant 
Best Chef
Best Menudo
Best Botanica
Best Musical Act
Best Happy Hour
Best Comedy Night

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Into the Mild: So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Hey Amigos,

I'm pretty bad at goodbyes so I'll just cut to the chase: I'm no longer able to write the Into the Mild feature for Tucson Weekly. I've enjoyed writing it immensely and hope that you enjoyed reading it, but my time is simply stretched too thin to continue. I'm currently working, writing two books, looking for permanent work in the United States, dealing with banking issues, and trying to maintain a social life. I'm juggling all of this with very limited internet access. Writing for Tucson Weekly is a luxury that I can't squeeze into my schedule anymore.

I'm now using the lion's share of my writing time writing two books. The first will be a collection of short stories from my time exploring the world alone and the new perspective it puts on life's struggles. The other will be about working for grassroots charity groups, with sections on my stint living at refugee camps, my time in the Real Life SuperHero community, and the experience of working for several small organizations in the global south. I hope to have both books published sometime in 2017. I'll also post stories and photos on my personal site, IntoTheMild.co, from time to time.

I owe many thanks to former TW editor Irene Messina for writing an article about a charity project I used to run (found here) and then allowing me to cut my teeth by writing the “Hero of the Week” column, despite my having zero training, experience, or skill in writing. I'm also extremely grateful to Chelo Grubb and the other current staff at Tucson Weekly for giving me another opportunity to share stories with TW, this time personal accounts of exorcisms and life at refugee camps. I hope that my stories added a unique flavor to TW and hope to someday, when life has slowed to a sprint, write for Tucson Weekly again.


May all your dreams come true,
Jason

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