I have had a busy day or yardwork and I’m ready to crash, but here’s some pics that I want to share:
Winston and I in the Lost River Caverns in Bethlehem, PA. Overall, I’d say the cave was worth the $9 price of admission, but barely. I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it and we didn’t have to. We were in Bethlehem for Eagles Training Camp. The one thing that we learned was this, a stalactite is tightly secured to the ceiling of a cave, a stalagmite might some day reach the ceiling, that’s how you can tell the two apart.
Had to go to Kansas City for work, everybody told me to hit up the plaza, aka the Mission District. It was upscale, trendy, and artsy, but it was completely Disneyland, not really authentic or specific to KC, just a series of shops built to attract tourists. It was nice and I’m sure it is popular with many, but I needed to find something that was real deal KC.
I wanted to find the real deal and I did! I tracked down the best barbeque joint I’ve ever encountered and a place that is unique to Kansas City. The place was called Oklahoma Joe’s and I never would have found it without the GPS, it’s basically in the middle of nowhere, even when I arrived, I didn’t know I was there, it looked like a gas station to me and I was right.
There was a small sign and a neon pig that verified the gas station also sold barbeque, so I stepped inside and was introduced to pure heaven. The restaurant is half mini-mart, just like you’d find ay any gas station, but the other half was a terrific barbeque joint that served up glorious, glorious food. If you’re ever in KC, find Oklahoma Joe’s.
As I headed home to the airport, I found a River Boat Casino and decided to check it out. Nothing particularly interesting about a River Boat Casino, they don’t allow gambling on the land, but you’re allowed to gamble on the Missouri River. It’s not really a boat though and I was disappointed to learn that. It is just a big building built in the river.
You have to walk over about a 12 foot bridge to get on the river boat, once you’re in, it’s like any other casino.
Except it is in Kansas, so there’s farmers, note the truck hauling hay parked in the casino parking lot. Three people exited the truck, one of them was a girl who had a t-shirt that said, “Rather Be Farming”
And treat those two impostors just the same;”
In the last year, the blog has been hit over 13,000 times (excludes search engine bots that roam around the web marking content). Generally, blog.rkdeemreport.com is getting between 300 and 500 hits a week. Here’s some interesting stats:
1. A large percentage of hits are coming from two things:
a. Referring sites that utilize some of the images from my site. One image in particular gets a lot of attention, it is a picture of me and Jaclyn in November 2007 in a hot tub, there’s a caption above the image that says if you look close enough, you can see that I’m naked. This claim was totally false, but an image paired with the work “naked” generates a lot of hits. If you’re trying to drive traffic to your web site, naked pictures is one way to do it (I am not endorsing that as the best or only solution, just one way of accomplishing a goal).
b. The Google search engine drives a lot of people to my site. People like to Google the best bar in Doylestown, Gross’ Chicken, Enterprise Rent A Car, etc. A funny side note is that I was looking at what people were searching for when they ended up at my site and someone entered this into Google, “Ever rent a car and destroy it?” I have no way of contacting that person, but I’d love to know if he/she destroyed a rented vehicle. When I was being forced to sell the damage waiver at Enterprise, I always thought that someday I’d come back and rent a car, take out full insurance for $29.99 and drive the car off a ramp into a lake or something.
2. The most popular entries driving traffic to my site are General Tso vs. Colonel Sanders – Who Wins, Best of the Worst Bars in Doylestown, Guns and Fireworks, and the Enterprise Rent a Car Job
3. I switched over to a blog where I could host ads, the switch cost me $2.99 a month, but my hope was to generate ad revenue that would ultimately exceed the $2.99 a month expense. Here’s the numbers:
$2.99 payment from October 2008 to Present (11x$2.99= $32.89). Google Ad Revenue = $17.49 (for a total of 49 clicks). My venture into online advertising has netted a loss of $15.41, maybe I can write the loss off in my taxes? I intend to keep the blog in its current format and lose the website, I may even try to move the blog over to RKDeemreport.com, I’ll let you know. If you’re reading this far down, please click on an ad or two and help me recoup some of my operating expenses. Don’t click too much, I am not ready to retire yet.
Overall, I’m still proud of the product I’m putting out. August 7th marks the second complete year of the blog and I think it documents some amazing stuff and some not very amazing stuff, but a pretty good reflection of what’s been happening.
Thank you all for reading, I really do appreciate it.
It’s close to midnight on Sunday, I need to sleep because I have a crazy work week starting in 6 hours.
Here’s some good stuff from the weekend:
1. My parent’s backyard has a creek that typically runs about 24 inches across, we had a freak thunderstorm and it swelled up to about 50 feet across and we seized the opportunitiy with an excellent kayak run. Notice mom having to go through an open gate to make it across the whole yard.
Jaclyn, Winston, Dalia and I all went to Eagles Flight Night at Lincoln Financial Field. It was a ton of fun with all kinds of prizes, t-shirts being shot from cannons, movies, and fireworks to constantly keep your attention. It was awesome to get an early taste of the football season. I think Winston actually loved it, loved it all. Dalia was pretty concerned by the loud PA system, ACDC music, and pyrotechnics.
Me after a successful kayak run