Stabbur Beer Garden at Al Johnson’s

Stabbur Beer Garden at Al Johnson’s LogoToday we made the annual pilgrimage up to Sister Bay, Wisconsin to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik.  I was excited for this visit because in June they opened up the Stabbur Beer Garden at Al Johnson’s.  This is an outdoor beer garden next to Al Johnson’s restaurant.  If you’ve ever been to Al Johnson’s you know that there is usually a wait to get your table.  In the past we used to walk over to the beach; however, this year we headed over to the Stabbur Beer Garden!

Stabbur Beer Garden at Al JohnsonsThe Stabbur Beer Garden is an entirely outdoor space with plenty of shade.  The bar seats approximately 30 people and there were additional tables throughout the space.  It was great to see a variety of outdoor games to include: oversized Jenga, goat ring toss, dice, and Ladder Ball.

They had approximately 20 draft beers, a wide variety of regional beers in bottles/cans, a selection of hard ciders, and mixed drinks.  You can see a sample menu they posted to Facebook.  I’ve heard they will have Scandinavian food; however, I didn’t see the food choices today.

It was interested in learning a little about the Stabbur.  “Stabbur” means storehouse and is the name of the building style.  It is my understanding this type of building would be found on a Norwegian farm and was used to store a family’s food and protect it from the elements and rodents.  This particular Stabbur was brought to the United States in 1974 and was handmade with rosemaling carvings.  It used to be a dark brown and located in the back of the property by some of the other out buildings.

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Memorial Day 2011

Arlington National Cemetery Section 60As you know this weekend is Memorial Day weekend.  Most Americans are out shopping, getting the boat ready, camping, or just happy for a three day weekend.  I’d ask that you take some time to think about those that have given their lives for what you have right now.  I don’t think it is too much to ask to say a little prayer, attend a ceremony, or visit a memorial.

Corporal Bernard P. Corpuz, you have not been forgotten.

Late Night Dinner on the Road at the Green Mill

While I’m in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for three days of training for work I was put up in the Holiday Inn – Campus Area. My first night here I was exhausted from a Monday night without much sleep so I took a two hour nap after my training completed for the day. About 9pm I decided I was hungry and headed out to find food within walking distance to the hotel. I soon decided all I really wanted was a drink and a burger so I headed back to the hotel to the Green Mill which is attached to the Holiday Inn.

Green Mill Restaurant and BarThe Green Mill has a large seating and bar area. Since I was dining by myself I decided to sit up at the bar. For 9pm I thought the place was fairly busy for a Tuesday night, but I then realized they have a “late night happy hour” that starts at 9pm. The bar area was nicely decorated, had plenty of seating, and had a few televisions that were tuned to sports shows.

One of the local priority club reward perks for staying at the Holiday Inn – Campus Area was a free drink coupon, which I used on a safe bet, Captain Morgan and Coke. It was served in a smaller glass and was on the stronger side, which was nice. I ended up having two since one was free! I will say for the size of the bar and the crowd they could have used a second bartender working as service was a little on the slower side.

After debating between a healthy salad, a homemade pizza, or a burger I ended up with the “summit bacon” burger because it sounded good and was listed as a staff favorite. I thought I had ordered an appetizer of onion rings; however the bartender thought I wanted the onion rings instead of the fries. In the end that turned out well because having both would have been too much food for me.

The summit bacon burger is a hand pressed patty with steak and burger seasoning on a buttered toasted sesame bun with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Ale sauce. The burger was juicy and well seasoned. The onion rings were crispy and served with a zesty sauce. While my food was great, looking around I almost wish I had ordered the pizza because each one I saw looked delicious.

Overall the food was good and the atmosphere felt right. The total bill for the burger, onion rings, and two Captain Morgan & Cokes came to $14.76. (That did include my one free drink coupon.) I’d recommend the Green Mill – Eau Claire, WI for a good meal and drinks.
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A Pittance of Time on this Veteran’s Day

I’d like to take a moment to thank all of my fellow Veterans.  Being a Veteran its kind of weird saying that, however countless numbers have gone before me, and countless numbers will come after me.

I’d encourage everyone to take “A Pittance of Time” to remember their sacrifices.

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”. Terry later recorded “A Pittance of Time” and included it on his full-length music CD, “The Power of the Dream”.

Corporal Bernard P. Corpuz, you have not been forgotten.

DealDotCom Update

I was recently asked if DealDotCom was still making me any money.  When I last provided an update I was 3 1/2 months into using DealDotCom and had the following stats:

Tier One Affiliates: 62
Tier Two Affiliates: 263
Profit Made: $392.01

After analyzing my stats a little bit I decided I really needed to beef up my down line if I wanted to continue making money.  Knowing that John Chow was on my Tier One list (he is no longer there, I’m not sure what happened, and that is a big loss), I pinged him asking him to provide an update post on how well he has done with DealDotCom.   While he did reply stating that he was planning to post an update on his blog, it never came.

Since then DealDotCom was slipping, there was a period of time that I didn’t make any sales, so I basically gave up on it.  I figured the products were not of the same quality, and the “newness” factor had worn off.  After being asked how it was doing for me, I logged back in and analyzed my statistics.

As of October 24, 2008, I am up to 96 Tier One affiliates and 270 Tier 2 affiliates.  This is up from the end of December, with very little to no work done to promote DealDotCom.

Here is my earning chart:

As you can see after 2007 my profits slipped greatly, however remember I had all but given up on DealDotCom.  It is however encouraging to see that so far in October I have made $16.00 from three (3) sales, one from a Tier One and two from a Tier Two.  The last promotion I did was my blog post in December.

With that being said I am off to try to get some of my Tier One affiliates to promote DealDotCom on their blogs.  If they sign new people up my second tier will get larger which means more money for me with no work.  Unfortunately my biggest Tier One (John Chow) is no longer listed, however I was able to recognize another large player Jon Waraas.

Jon made a post titled, DealDotCom It Really Works, back in October 2007, so I sent him an email asking him if it is still making him money with it and if he would update his blog readers with his progress.  We will see if he makes the post, I’m guessing he won’t, but I figured it was worth the chance.

If you have a website that targets webmasters or marketing visitors I’d encourage you to give DealDotCom a try.  Not only do they offer some great products at big discounts, the affiliate program can’t be beat.

Blog Action Day: Poverty

I just found out today is Blog Action Day.  I’m disappointed I didn’t hear about it earlier, as Poverty is a topic that I am passionate about.  You can often find me wearing my “One Wristband“, to remind myself of the importance of making “Poverty History.”

Since I don’t have a lot of time, all I am asking you to do is watch this video about that was presented in September at the special United Nation’s Summit.  The short film, “Celebrate, Accelerate”, shows the progress on the Millennium Development Goals to date and encourages further, faster commitments going forward.

If you felt “moved”, see what ONE is doing, and how you can help!

Turned Down from Market Leverage

So I’ve been toying around / working on affiliate and web development projects for the last eight years.  Back in College I did a lot more web development and web hosting and slowly started into making sites of my own and monetizing them.  I started making decent money with affiliate programs but those of you know me, my life kind of switched directions and I sold / ignored the majority of my sites for a while.

Lately I’ve started getting back into web development.  I have a couple of blogs going, a membership site in the works, and a few affiliate sites.  I’ve once again started researching the different networks and reading how various folks are making money.  I’ve also toyed with PPC, however I’m not a fan for the amount of time it takes.

After reading about Market Leverage on and I decided I needed to get into their network as its the current “big one”.  I decided to enter Tyler’s contest to see if I could take one of the new sign up prizes.  From reading about Market Leverage I applied on their site and was expecting a phone call.  Now, I’m getting back into this game so I figured I would have to sell myself a little bit in the phone call, but hey, if a guy who doesn’t have a website and is just promoting zip code offers can get in it shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Well, instead of getting a phone call I received this email:

Hello Dan,

Thank you again for applying to MarketLeverage. Unfortunately, we are unable to approve your application at this point. Please contact me with any questions or to receive the specific reason why we can not approve your application at this time.

Sal Guarino

So instead of getting the opportunity to speak to an affiliate manager and talk up some of my past sites, my current sites, and my plans on utilizing Market Leverage to build back up my network of sites, I received an impersonal email from the “President”.

With the way Market Leverage presents itself I wasn’t expecting a form email… disappointing.  Kind of goes against all of the reasons I wanted to be part of their network.  They present themselves as working with bloggers and connecting with their publishers, but can’t even follow through with a phone call?

Looks like I won’t be winning Tyler’s contest…

“Last Lecturer” has Passed On

Randy Pausch, a Professor who was made famous after giving his “last lecture” celebrating his life and lessons learned, has passed away at age 47.

Professor Pausch, taught computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September of 2006. Approximately a year later he gave a 76 minute speech about living life to the fullest and fulfilling childhood dreams.

In case you haven’t seen the lecture yet, here you go:

If only all professors were this passionate! Prof. Pausch brings some good points to the table, here are a few that stuck with me:

  • Have something to bring to the table.
  • The “Brick Walls” are there for a reason. They are not there to keep us out, they are there to let us prove how bad we want things. They are there to stop the other people that don’t want things bad enough.
  • It is important to know when you are in a pissing match, and to get out of it as soon as possible.
  • Let your kids paint their bedroom!
  • Focus on other people not on yourself.
  • Be Prepared: Luck is where preparation meets opportunity.

I haven’t read it yet, but I would encourage you to consider buying The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow. I just purchased it from Amazon, and will hopefully be able to read it during the next month in between my various trainings.

R.I.P. Professor Pausch. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.