Carry on Bag Packing Tips

Designer bags aren’t just meant for fashion, they are used for various purposes as well. Women want to choose designer bags that look professional to take to work. Generally, carry on bags may not allow you to carry as much as you want. Additionally, there are rules and regulations while you travel through airlines. So then, how would you best use the space you have available and yet take everything you need with you. No matter what handbag you own, you need to understand that travelling is a different job and requires planning.

Packing tips for your carry on

The first thing that you need to do is to have complete knowledge and be sure about the size and weight you would be allowed to take with you. This will help you avoid having to pay extra fees and still not have excess to your designer bags during the flight.

If the carry on bag is the only thing you are planning to carry with you, then you definitely need to pack smartly. The next step for you will be to pick and select the primary clothes you would need at the place you are travelling to. You can then discard any items that you feel might not be really necessary and will only take up space in your bag.

Arranging the selected items of clothing and accessories is just as much important as carrying the specified amount of weight. The items you will be carrying should be arranged in such a way that they take up the least space. Furthermore, you should remember that leaving excess space in your designer fashion bag would only allow you to bring back souvenirs. Even if you aren’t that fond of travel, bringing back souvenirs always is nice.

Another thing that you can do to leave behind more space in your bag is to put on your heavy clothing. This will automatically make more space for your smaller items and light clothing.

Last but not the least you should remember that there are security regulations upon carrying the toiletries. Hence, it is advisable to discard all the standard sized shampoo bottles and toothpaste tubes; among others that you are to carry. These regulations also apply to any liquids or gels that would be carrying along with you.

Now that you know how you can efficiently spend your vacation with just one carry on designer bag, you would not be bothered by having to carry those heavy bags. What’s more, you will be light on weight and high on style and fashion.

How to Make a Spring Dress – For Women

Whether you are looking for spring clothes for attending a wedding, an exciting date or for a family dinner, you will surely want to get an ultra-feminine look. If you really want to dress stylishly, be creative with your accessories and transform a spring dress into many stylish looks. This will save you money and help you look outstandingly chic at the party.

One of the cheap yet creative ways to upgrade your spring clothes is to pick a ribbon belt. Just take a belt and wrap around your small waist. Belts add a stylish feel to your outfit and define your waist too.

A flower brooch is another amazing detail to add on your waistline or on your fashion bag. It is definitely an easy way to incorporate into your spring dress. Buy flower brooch pins of your choice and create different amazing looks with your spring clothes. Moreover, you can use this stylish detail as a colorful hair accessory for dressing up a spring dress cloth.

You may go for a retro style look by wearing a fashion tee with vintage flair. Pairing your dress with bright red lipstick and styling your hair will make you look elegant and graceful for your party.

Investing in a colorful tote bag is always a sensible decision that makes any outfit extraordinary special. Buy a floral print tote bag or choose a canvas tote bag in vibrant and electrifying colors like yellow, pink, sky blue, emerald green or fuchsia.

A long statement necklace will look stand out with your colorful pattern and will easily grab the attention of others. Make sure that it is not too heavy against your spring clothes.

Look for a comfortable pair of shoes that perfectly goes well with your spring dress. A pair of strappy sandals will be a great choice that will allow your toes to breathe comfortably. Furthermore, choosing a pair of ballet flats in bright color that will flatter your tote bag is also advisable to shop.

A lightweight cardigan sweater or fleece jacket is a great fashion trend of all time that can easily be paired with spring clothes. A fleece jacket or cable knit cardigan can amazingly transform your spring look. So, choose wisely and invest in a stylish fashion jackets.

These simple tips will certainly help you create a stylish spring dress while giving you a more chic and feminine look. Stay fashionable!

Electrical Courses – A Great Way to Jumpstart a Career

The need for a good course in electrical technology arises from the raging gap between the demand and supply of good electricians. This void has considerably increased the compensation an electrician can demand. And this in turn is attracting more talent to this field. But, it should not be assumed that this new talent is completely capable of satiating the demand in the market. As population increases and globalization comes into picture, the importance of sound electricians is bound to increase and lead to an ever increasing demand. Hence, at least for the next 2-3 decade, electrical industry will definitely boom. And this means there will be more and more jobs for qualified electricians and a good course in electrical is the pre-requisite for qualified electricians to prove themselves.

Any person wishing to jumpstart his career in the field of electrical technology needs to find a good course in electrical or a sound senior for whom he can serve as an apprentice. Although apprenticeship has its own advantages, the present needs dictate opting for a good course in electrical over apprenticeship. Any course in electrical is bound to contain a good amount of theory and at least some practical sessions. But, the strength of any course in electrical that wants to generate employable candidates has to be on the practical sessions. People who understand the theory of electrical technology are available by the dozen in the market but very few people are available who can actually put their knowledge to practical use.

Apart from stress of relevant practical sessions, a good course in electrical should also work towards development of soft-skills of the candidates. A lot of big enterprises hire students right after they complete their course in electrical and as we all know, communication is the key strength for collaboration. Candidates possessing good presentation skills, report making skills, team building skills, management skills, etc. will definitely have an edge over the others in the corporate world of electrical technology. It is said that an average idea well presented can beat an excellent idea ill presented. Hence, development of soft-skills of the candidates is also one of the important modules of a good course in electrical.

A course in electrical from any reputed university, institute or guild in the local area where the candidate plans to work will also help him in networking. He can easily seek help from his seniors who have already dirtied their hands in the field and learn a lot from their invaluable experience.

Also, networking helps in learning a few tricks that could make all the difference such as which components are most cost-effective, which dealers offer the best prices, which components require the least amount of service, how to serve the customers better, how to obtain more work, etc. Hence, a opting for a good course in electrical is extremely important if you plan to venture into this field as it will arm with knowledge, recognition, the right skills, and a good network.

AMA Nation & Public Power Provide MLM Network Marketers With an Unmatched Opportunity

Public Power and America Approved Energy Services (AMA Nation) officially launched a small business opportunity May 15th, 2010 unmatched in the Network Marketing industry creating a home based business that will provide many with financial freedom. Do you remember when Telecommunications deregulated? If you don’t, let me refresh your memory. Once upon a time there was one long distance provider that ruled the world. That company’s name was AT&T. In 1984 telecom deregulated providing the public with more options to save money on their long distance charges which opened the door for MCI who later became MCI Worldcom and Sprint. Although we, the general public now had three companies competing for our business providing competitive long distance rates the government added more deregulation laws which completely broke up the three monopolies 10 years later in 1994. From that point there were hundreds of companies the public could choose from for the most competitive domestic and international long distance rates. This resulted in an enormous transfer of wealth from the major conglomerates to the small businesses that were able to also compete. There were thousands of multi-millionaires made during this time period!

One of those small companies was named Excel Communications which offered the first network marketing opportunity in this space. The premise behind network marketing and direct sales is simply another method of advertising for a company. Instead of spending money on telemarketers, bill boards, television and radio advertising they created a home based business opportunity for the average Joe to get paid for referring a product to their friends, family and co-workers instead. It happened again, an explosion of home based business owners became multi-millionaires by referring their friends and family to do business with them and save on their long distance charges! In fact, Excel Communications beat Microsoft’s fastest growing company record! Microsoft made 1 billion dollars by their tenth year in business. Excel communications went from zero to one billion dollars in revenue in a short six years because they decided word of mouth advertising was a better customer acquisition method than traditional advertising. Haven’t you ever referred a movie or a restaurant to someone? Wouldn’t you like to get paid for that referral? That sums up the network marketing/direct selling business model.

So, I am sure you are wondering what is deregulation. When you think about the telecommunications deregulation trend, you may remember that there were two sides of your bill. There was your primary telephone services provider which provided you with the wiring to your home and telephone as well as the billing. But the long distance provider could be changed at any time for more competitive rates. In energy deregulation it works the same way. You are still being billed by your primary provider and the same reliable service that you are accustomed to calling on if something goes wrong with your power wires or poles etc will always be there for you. But now you have a choice, a choice to choose another supplier.

The strategic partnership of Public Power with America Approved Energy Services also known as AMA Nation will create a similar phenomenon as Excel Communications. In fact, many believe this opportunity will be even greater simply because telecom was an 80 billion dollar industry whereas energy is a 247-400 Billion Dollar industry when you add in both electricity and natural gas. With the current economy, this is a match made in heaven. Peter Jensen aka ‘PJ’ founded a marketing firm for the sole purpose of marketing energy through a network marketing vehicle called America Approved Energy Services. PJ has been a successful network marketer in the industry and has achieved 6 figure per month income levels with his last network marketing company. He is considered to be one of the top 5% income earners in network marketing. With that said, I’m sure you can imagine, his success also came with frustrations. PJ is well aware of the ups and downs of network marketing and why many fail at this type of home based business. With that knowledge he and what I like to call the A Team created a business model unmatched in the industry. For one, the compensation plan is designed for everyone to win. There are six ways of getting paid. A small business consultant with America Approved Energy Services (AMA Nation) will be paid for customer referrals both up front and every time that referred customer pays their bill creating a residual income with a very high retention rate. Why is the retention rate 97% you ask? Because Everyone must pay their bill. Can you imagine getting paid on hundreds or thousands of customers who pay their electric and/or gas bill every month? Wouldn’t that residual give someone the important life changing financial and time freedom they need to enjoy their family or go on more vacations?

When home based business owners refer others to this opportunity and purchase their energy pack, high tech/high touch websites with integrated e-commerce, merchant account and more(virtually a business in a box), they are also compensated for sharing the home business to other families so that they may also have the opportunity to create an extra or primary income stream for their family by simply providing information to consumers about energy deregulation and allowing those customers to have a choice to receive competitive rates and/or rewards from a wonderful strategic partnership with Citi Humana just for being a loyal customer. Additionally, a really good home based business opportunity in the network marketing arena is usually at a cost of $495 or more. Which in my opinion is nothing compared to the cost of a traditional franchise or brick and mortar; although even the initial start up to become a consultant is less than $180!

Public Power’s CEO, Bob Gries is a multi-millionaire with a background in sports and private equity funding. Mr. Gries’ family owned the Cleveland Browns for many years and he himself has owned or had part ownership with several other major sports franchises. Having a financial backer like Bob Gries will allow this company to go straight to the top! In fact, Simion Rice even has a small equity ownership in the company! Their vision is to be in more deregulated states than any other company to attempt coupling Network Marketing with energy deregulation. Currently service can be provided to residents and businesses in NY, PA, CT and MA and the company has plans to also be available in NJ, IL, MD and TX in the near future. Additionally the consultants will be able to help customers in many areas of energy in general! Public Power has created a strategic partnership with proenergy consultants which provides scientific energy conservation inspections to homeowners. This service is available in 27 states. Consultants are also able to offer consumers an entire line of energy conservation products that completely set this company aside from any of its perceived competitors.

I can go on and on about the perks of this home based business for both the customer and the consultant. But I think you may want to check this one out. I have and was blown away by the founders, the partnerships, the products and so much more! This company has even taken an initiative to help the environment and will plant 12 trees for every customer that they acquire!

Tene Williams Your Achievers Only! Business Coaching Guru gives this partnership with

America Approved Energy Services and Public Power two thumbs up! As a 17 year entrepreneurial veteran in real estate, mortgage and business consulting I can honestly say network marketing is the wave of the future…I mean if your mom said, hey, I found a way we could save on our electricity and I also found a way for us to get paid by showing others would you become your mom’s first customer? That’s the power of network marketing and with the financially challenging times we are all experiencing we can use a break! Check out more information on this company at http://achieversonly.com

ENERGEX – The Best Electricity Supplier of Queensland

Queensland is one of the largest consumers of electricity. And this consumption is increasing day by day as the population and economic growth of the city are at an increase. Switchwise is one of the best suppliers which supplies electricity to Queensland. This company supplies energy to maximum number of consumers. They are determined to meet the increasing demand of their consumers.

This organisation is regularly applying all the applications to expand its network. There is a long and complex series of functions to be followed all together, so that electricity can be distributed to each and every house-hold. And Switchwise owns the authority of this process. That means it is making continuous efforts to run this process efficiently.

This company is advanced enough to use latest technologies. With the help of technology they are creating an improved underground network, small sub-units, and power stations to distribute electricity in maximum areas.. This underground networking saves the damage of wires and transformers from severe weather conditions. The team of experts regularly check the underground grids, panels and power-lines to avoid any fault or fuse so that, the flow of electricity remains continuous and reaches to the house-holds. They keep on controlling the electricity load throughout the year to avoid risks and to have an emergency store at the time of peak demands.

They have well planned strategies for meeting the demands for future as well. They are also well prepared to face any challenge given by the weather conditions. They use the renewable sources of energy so that they can produce maximum electricity without any wastage. Advanced equipments are used to control the carbon emission. The use of these equipments keep the environment clean and healthy. Their concern is to ensure that each and every consumer of them is getting the best quality services. Their services are best, quality is high, reliable and are feasible enough. They do not charge much and has made their services cost- effective.

The company keeps on preparing annual plans to make their services more user-friendly. Its a growing and well planned organisation to rely upon.

Cold Weather, Cold War

I recently came across a striking excerpt from a long-ago network newscast. It is the ABC Evening News (the “World News Tonight” label had not yet been rolled out) from Jan. 26, 1978, a day when a fierce blizzard rolled northward through the Ohio Valley to the Great Lakes. (1) Watching this 7-minute excerpt, recently repackaged in a feature called the Time Tunnel, did indeed bring me back to an era when we saw the news, and reported it, a little differently than we do today.

Young people will find this clip worth watching, if only so they can tease their parents about the long hair and turtleneck sweaters we wore back then.

People my age and older will admire the grace and professionalism of Barbara Walters as she anchored that night’s broadcast alone while partner Harry Reasoner was “on assignment.”

Today, Walters is a journalism icon. Back then she was a pioneer, breaking longstanding gender barriers and rising to the top of the profession by working harder and smarter than her male peers. On a day when hurricane-force winds howled outside her New York City studio, there sat Barbara, not a hair out of place, smoothly setting the stage for her field reporters to explain the day’s events, tying the reports together with the same crisp background and context that she would bring to an interview with a world leader.

The culture and the ratings demanded that Walters look good without appearing to try to look good. She had to sound smart without appearing to try to sound smart. As the first woman to be a network news anchor, she had to enter our homes as a network news anchor who just happened to be a woman.

Largely because of her, we see women today anchoring the news and moderating presidential debates without ever giving a second thought to the journalist’s gender. Even though I watched Walters through nearly all of her career, I had forgotten exactly how good she was – how easily and professionally she filled that anchor chair, even though it was not her natural role to introduce other people’s interviews – until this clip reminded me.

Meteorologist John Coleman gave the night’s sober roundup of the blizzard statistics, mostly as a voice-over to accompany suitable film of blinding snowfall and flailing pedestrians. There were emergency declarations in Kentucky and Indiana; a statewide blizzard warning for Ohio, towering drifts in Missouri and Illinois. The storm, Coleman noted, had the lowest barometric pressure measured in the United States since 1913 (a record later beaten in 1993 by the “Storm of the Century.”)

“There seems to be a trend toward these frequent intense storms,” Coleman noted, “perhaps part of our shift in the climate.” (1) As the French say, the more things change, the more they remain the same.

Then the broadcast cut to reporter Ron Miller, who was snowbound at a motel in Earlinger, Ky.

Network reporters in those days usually traveled as part of a three-person crew, accompanied by a cameraman and a sound man (who, like the reporters, were nearly always men). Today’s storms are documented by millions of ordinary citizens, in tweets and cellphone photos and videos. News outlets actively solicit these audience contributions to supplement the more professionally shot, but sparser, coverage by professional journalists. We get a far richer and more detailed portrait of natural disasters as a result, while some of the reporting – the obligatory shot of the reporter standing on the beach as the hurricane approaches the coast – seems forced and sometimes foolish. If conditions are really dangerous, there is no need for reporters to put themselves in harms way; if things are not so bad, the resulting reporting sounds breathless and silly.

Back in 1978, the only way to get images on the air was for journalists to go out and capture them, after which those same reporters had to somehow get their work to a studio.

This was the problem Miller and his crew confronted once they finished interviewing fellow stranded travelers at their motel. “The obvious question of how to get this film broadcast was answered by Kentuckian Johnny Briggs and his four-wheel-drive vehicle,” Miller reported. “Off Johnny took us, to Cincinnati, over otherwise closed and ice-crusted highways. The winds are so high that even salt and gravel are being blown away. It may be days before these roads are open. But Johnny got us through, and we thank him for that, and ask that the folks at the motel keep the coffee hot. We’ll all be home for another night. Ron Miller, ABC News, snowbound in the Ohio River Valley.” (1)

The last piece of this excerpt is a report on a Soviet spy satellite, later identified as Cosmos 954, that sprayed enriched uranium and highly radioactive debris across a wide area when it crashed in Canada’s Northwest Territories. John Martin, whose job was to cover all of Canada for ABC, reported the story from thousands of miles away in Toronto. There was no Google Earth, no Twitter or Facebook, no blogs from the searchers and scientists. Martin reported correctly that the region where the craft fell had no trees, incorrectly adding, “and, apparently, no people.” (1) In fact, six men staying at a remote cabin ultimately found an important piece of the wreckage.

If a story like that happened today, American networks would share reporting with Canadian news services. We would have live reports from researchers, and most likely, from any locals in the area as well. There are still many remote places, but no place is as remote as it used to be.

It’s a smaller, better-connected world today. I would say a better-informed world too, as I watch the film of stranded travelers stuffing coins into pay phones to let their loved ones know they were safe. Sometimes, information isn’t just about big things like nuclear spy satellites crashing during the Cold War. Sometimes it is as simple as knowing that the motel has plenty of hot coffee on hand, and that someone we love is safely waiting out the storm.

Extreme Wealth Formula Review – What You Must Know Before You Join!

Extreme Wealth Formula is a brand new business opportunity that pre-launched in mid May 2009 by Dan Miller. Dan Miller creator of Extreme Wealth Formula is a very experienced marketer, programmer, and creator of many other successful online programs with several thousand members and still actively operates all of them today.

Overview

Extreme Wealth Formula is Dan Millers newest and top tier addition to his portfolio and was designed to tap into the growing billion dollar travel industry and teach people how to market online effectively using proven strategies and resources to start generating sales effectively with targeted advertising. For this top tier program the total cost is $1,799 for the private membership, with no monthly fees. Members receive their own global travel business, experience deep discounts on all luxury vacations and cruises included with membership, and generate considerable commissions for marketing the membership to other customers and entrepreneurs. The product purchase is not necessary to market this private membership as affiliates are able to join for only $49 with no monthly fees and earn commissions on every sale generated.

Products

The product is a private membership to over 3500 luxury resorts, Caribbean cruises and other 3 to 5 day getaways. Members have access to 4 and 5 star resorts with private golf courses, ocean views and other vacation attractions. EWF Vacation Getaways provides their members with a full week stay at 4 or 5 star resorts for as low as $378 per couple. Also members can enjoy all inclusive Caribbean cruises for two for only $498. Through the EWF Vacation Getaways there are no black out dates, maintenance fees or time share presentations for members to attend. All trips are booked and handled by the travel fulfillment center, which have been managing travel reservations for decades.

Compensation Plan

The compensation plan is very unique and is considered a first of its kind in the top tier online marketing industry. This compensation plan is referred to as a 2 tier direct sales model with a built in affiliate structure to build your own affiliate marketing team. You earn $1000 commissions on all your personal sales which are considered tier 1 sales. On tier 2 you receive a $500 override from all your members sales. Also, you receive $700 commission from all of your affiliates sales and your affiliates make $300 on every sale with no product purchase of their own. Plus swingline bonuses from the second sale of each member. There is a very detailed video explaining the compensation plan on the Extreme Wealth Formula website for a visual presentation as well.

Shopping for Local Products in St. Thomas

St. Thomas has long been known as one of the best shopping destinations in the Caribbean. With numerous malls and markets catering to resort and cruise tourists, you can find almost anything you want at a great price in the island’s bustling capital – Charlotte Amalie. However, not all travelers are aware of the wealth of incredible locally-produced products available in St. Thomas. From folk arts and crafts to handmade food products and spices, there are plenty of ways to shop for the best products St. Thomas has to offer.

The best location to find Caribbean folk art and local products is the Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative. Featuring the work of nearly 100 different locals throughout the year, the Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative is the largest shopping center devoted to local artisans in the Virgin Islands. Conveniently located next to the tourist information office in central Charlotte Amalie, the Cooperative allows locals to sell their artwork and handmade products directly to the public from the former United States colonial courthouse.

One of the most popular booths within the Cooperative belongs to Gwendolyn Harley, the artist behind a very popular series of hand-sewn dolls. Throughout the years, Harley has maintained an adoption log and seen her historically-minded dolls travel throughout the world in the hands of tourists and collectors.

For those in search of unique food products, a stop by Cheryl Miller’s booth will yield a number of award-winning flavors. Besides the popular jams and jellies handmade by Miller, five of her sauces – known by the label “Cheryl’s Taste of Paradise” – have taken home trophies from the National Fiery Foods Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can also find Miller’s products within the store she maintains in conjunction with her kitchen at the Compass Point Marina.

One of the Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative’s strangest booths belongs to Justin Todman, known locally as The Broom Man. Utilizing traditional Caribbean methods, The Broom Man weaves date palm fronds in intricate patterns and attaches all lengths of handles to create brooms for every possible purpose. Todman’s brooms are also very popular with couples getting married in St. Thomas, supporting African and Caribbean tradition of newlyweds symbolically jumping over a broom to start their life together.

Art collectors will also want to visit the gallery and silkscreen studio located at Tillet Gardens. For nearly 50 years, Tillet Gardens has served as the home of St. Thomas’ vibrant art community. The gallery is full of paintings and prints by the island’s most talented residents with work available for all budgets and interests. Housed in an old Danish farm, Tillet Gardens is also a great place to spend an afternoon as the site features a great outdoor restaurant and occasional performances by local musicians.

As you walk through the streets of the capital city, you will also see several additional art galleries selling the work of local painters and sculptors. Outside of Tillet Gardens, the best selection of artwork created in the Virgin Islands can be found at Mango Tango. Like Tillet Gardens and the Native Arts and Crafts Cooperative, the work available at Mango Tango and other galleries throughout Charlotte Amalie is reasonably priced, with unique pieces for all tastes and budgets. Also, keep an eye out for artisans selling their work in the small, open-air markets of the city. Many talented individuals sell directly to the public each day and all love sharing their stories with visitors.

St. Thomas is also one of the best locations in the Caribbean to find exotic spices. Much like the fabled Caribbean spice markets of the colonial period, today’s spice markets offer visitors the chance to taste and purchase exotic flavors and gourmet products. The best assortment of Caribbean spices can be found at Caribbean Marketplace, a sprawling emporium that specializes in bulk spices and gourmet condiments. Spices, teas and condiments can also be found at Down Island Traders – a popular store in Charlotte Amalie that also carries locally-made jewelry and crafts.

Like many other islands in the Caribbean, St. Thomas has plenty of talented individuals creating distinctive products by hand. Wherever you travel in St. Thomas, you will be able to find a piece of the island to take home with you. Most importantly, in most cases, you won’t be able to find these special treasures anywhere else.

Travel To Milwaukee, Wisconsin – A Must Visit Place

Every year we plan our vacations in advance. Sometimes we have funds to take a long trip, order plane tickets, see thousands of attractions, some maybe a little expensive. if you live in the Midwest ( such as Chicago, IL or De Moines, IA ) – there is one city of interest for you to spend a few days of your vacation. It’s called Milwaukee.

First off first – if you are visiting the city in the summer time, get ready for the best music festival of the Midwest. It’s called “Summerfest”. General admission to this event is $15. It was started in 1968 by Henry Maier, it attracts up to one million people each year. Some of the most famous music artists have visited this event were: Def Leppard, Foreigner and Styx on one night to Panic! At the Disco and Gym Class Heroes.

The next stop – Milwaukee Art Museum. Santiago Calatrava created this new design of the building. He is famous for his futuristic style, called “New Millennium era” – you enjoy German Expressionist art, also native Georgia O’Keeffe has some work to show visitors. Located at 700 North Art Museum Drive, Milwaukee, WI – museum admission is $15 for adults, $12 students, free for kids under 12.

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum (at 929 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI) is a great place to go if you’re traveling with your little ones. It’s a place where youngsters will not only have fun, but will learn the secrets of human anatomy, try to play some musical instruments, enjoy animals. WBB-TV exhibit gives children the chance to dive into the world of television news production – they can actually make their own programs! Adults and children age 1 or older pay only $7.50, seniors – $6.50

Some other places or attraction at Milwaukee, WI – Brewers game at the Miller park, a tour at the Miller brewery, Mars Cheese Castle on I-94, Discovery World, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, The Milwaukee Public Market, Bradford beach at the summer time is a great place to relax and enjoy sunny/warm days.

The weather in Milwaukee is the best in the summer time, when an average temperature is around 80F, winters are cold and snowy.

Milwaukee has so much for you to see that a week-long vacation may not be enough to see it all! From theaters, cultural centers to mansions, aquariums, breweries, and historic neighborhoods – you will have a full day of fun everyday of the year.

A Profile of Johnny Miller

We all know, from his television commentaries with America’s NBC network, that Johnny Miller can talk the talk but for a time in the mid 1970s he also walked the walk – probably better than anyone else who ever stepped on a golf course.

Everyone he competed against, and that included Nicklaus, Watson, Weiskopf and Trevino, knew that if Miller blew hot he was unbeatable, and that even on an off day he was still pretty damned good. Nicklaus said of him: ‘The player who consistently hit his short irons closer to the hole than anyone I ever saw was Johnny Miller in his prime. There were parts of his game, in particular the short irons, that were better than mine.’

Watson, meanwhile, who played with Miller as he shot 61 in the final round to win the Tucson Open in 1974, said: ‘That was the best pure-striking round of golf I have ever seen.’ To which Miller replied: ‘For the past 12 months I’ve played better than anybody in the world.’

And so he had, but his was an unlikely and swift rise to prominence, followed by an even quicker fall back to, if not mediocrity, then at least to fallible human standards.

When he was 10 his older brother, with whom he was very close, drowned while swimming in the Pacific and his body was not found for several weeks. To help Johnny cope with the devastating loss his father set up a mat in the basement where the grief-struck lad could hit golf balls all day if he chose. It paid off to such an extent that in 1966, at the age of 20, Johnny went to the US Open at San Francisco with the intention of getting some work as a caddy. On a whim he entered final qualifying and made it into the field as a player, before finishing eighth.

He went on to take 24 US Tour titles, with eight of his victories coming in one season, 1974, and one of those wins, the Tucson Open, was by 14 strokes, against one of the strongest fields of the year. He also won two Majors, the 1973 US Open at Oakmont, regarded as one of the toughest of all American venues, and the 1976 Open at Royal Birkdale, where he held off a 19-year-old debutant called Seve Ballesteros. But it was the US Open that really made his name, as he won it with a final round 63, that remains the best ever last round to win a Major, and which could have been even better.

He later said: ‘So I birdie the first four, and I immediately start gagging. I know exactly what’s going on, too. I hit it to eight feet on five and leave it short, right in the heart. On eight, I hit a great 4-wood in there, 30 feet below the hole. I leave my birdie putt three feet short and then miss that one.

‘I just kept hitting it stiff – three feet, four feet, nine feet. If Watson had been putting for me, it might have been a 58.’

Last round or weekend charges were a Miller specialty because in addition to that memorable final day at Oakmont, his Open triumph in 1976 was courtesy of a fourth round 66, and the year before, in one of the greatest Masters ever seen, he failed to catch Jack Nicklaus by one stroke, having played the weekend in 65, 66.

Miller said that serenity comes from knowing that even your worst shot is going to be pretty damned good, and for a while in his heyday if he ‘missed’ an iron shot more than three feet off line he would get mad. His swing was so grooved and pure that he could hit an 8-iron, for example, a 7, 8 or 9-iron distance, with a few slight alterations that were almost imperceptible to onlookers. This was a trick he liked to reserve for those players who tried to check out which club he used on a par three hole. So he’d deliberately hit an 8-iron a 9-iron distance, and then watch with pleasure as the other guy airmailed the green.

During those glory years between 1973-6, Miller had everything – blond good looks, talent to burn and an innate curiosity about life, golf and people, which he has continued to show in his TV work. But of all the golfing comets that have blazed across our sky, his was the brightest but shortest lived and as quickly as the magical talent appeared, it disappeared.

There are three main reasons. First, he was a lifelong sufferer of the yips – despite being as hot a putter as anybody when he was on a streak – so to compensate he simply hit his approach shots even closer to the flag. He freely admits that the reason he has only played twice on the US Champions (Seniors) Tour is that he still battles the yips. So bad are they that even in his prime he once painted a dot at the bottom of his putter grip, and instead of watching the clubhead, he stared at the dot throughout the stroke.

He confesses that his worst ever time was in a 1977 match against Jack Nicklaus for the TV series Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf. He matched Nicklaus shot-for shot – except woefully, embarrassingly, on the greens, where he three-putted seven times. He said: ‘It was like I was holding a snake in my hands. I couldn’t make a three-footer. There is no worse feeling than standing over a short putt, knowing you’ve got no chance to make it.’

Second, he says that he spent a winter working at his ranch in Utah chopping down trees and when he got back on the course his swing was effectively gone, because of the build-up of muscles and loss of flexibility. He also believes that changing clubs from MacGregor to Wilson in ’75 immediately slipped him back two notches and is no doubt the reason for one of his sagest pieces of advice, still good today, which is: ‘Once you find a set of clubs you like, stay with them until they fall apart.’

Third, and probably most importantly of all, he is a devoted family man and always felt the narrow, obsessive world of top flight sports, with its endless suitcases and hotel rooms, to be both tedious and a little unhealthy for a sane man. He became bored with the travelling lifestyle of Tour golf and always had much broader interests than 72-hole tournaments. He is a committed member of the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons), has six children and resented being away from them for long periods when they were young.

When he made the transition to television analyst he achieved immediate notoriety by using one of his favourite words – ‘choke’. Miller confesses to being a real authority, as it’s a phenomenon he has studied with great interest all his life, because he believes himself to have been a world-class choker.

He says: ‘I choked so many times myself over the years that it’s a joke. To me, it wasn’t the result of a character flaw, it wasn’t that I lacked courage. Choking isn’t like that at all, it’s merely stress manifesting itself mentally and physically.’

In 1990 when he made his debut as a commentator at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. His good friend Peter Jacobsen faced a 225-yard shot over water from a downhill lie on the 18th at Pebble Beach. Miller studied Jacobsen’s body language, and everything else, before saying: ‘This is absolutely the easiest shot to choke I’ve ever seen in my life.’

The remark created an immediate furore – Jacobsen refused to talk to him for five months, and only relented after seeing a tape of the incident – and almost before he had warmed his announcer’s chair Miller was hearing loud cries for him to be sacked. It is difficult now to imagine the fuss – he didn’t, after all, say that Jacobsen was a choker, or that he would succumb to the pressure, simply that the ingredients were there for it to happen. Over the next few weeks and months an unbowed Miller continued calling it as he saw it and American TV watchers began to realise that hearing an honest opinion was a refreshing change from the bland, inoffensive pap with which they are usually served.

He has never pulled his punches and the outspokenness he has shown throughout his life, which he happily took into the commentary booth, has earned him as many enemies as friends. But in fairness, he’s not abusive or vindictive in his comments, merely as brutally honest as he has always been and in American society, especially on television, no-bullshit straight-talking is the exception rather than the rule.

His nearest equivalent in sports commentary is probably John McEnroe – but Miller has an edge even here because throughout his career his play was not only astonishingly good but his behaviour was exemplary. Therefore, when he pulls up Tiger Woods, for example, for swearing audibly (and repeatedly) on the 18th tee at Pebble Beach in the US Open, he cannot be accused of hypocrisy because he was never heard to cuss on a golf course himself, and yet fewer golfers have had greater justification for letting fly with a few epithets.

And Miller has carried on being as brutally outspoken as he ever was. In March 2004 Craig Parry beat Scott Verplank in a playoff for the Doral Championship in Miami by holing a 6-iron from 176-yards on the first extra hole. Miller said that the Australian’s swing was that of a 15 handicapper and would have made Ben Hogan puke. Parry was so incensed he made an official complaint to the US Tour but Miller remained unrepentant and his ability to make such remarks, and then refuse to back down when they cause a furore, is probably the reason he remains the most successful American player not to have been offered the Ryder Cup captaincy.

And it was the Ryder Cup that got him into more hot water. During the infamous 1999 match at Brookline. Captain Ben Crenshaw, acting ‘on a hunch’ picked an out-of-form Justin Leonard to partner Hal Sutton in the second afternoon fourballs (they subsequently halved their match with Olazabal and Jimenez). Miller responded by saying: ‘My hunch is that Justin needs to go home and watch it on television.’ Leonard was furious, and was joined by Davis Love and Jim Furyk, who all said, in effect, that Miller didn’t believe in them and wasn’t supporting the home team as he should.

Miller told them to take a hike and pointed out that his job is not to act as cheerleader but offer an honest opinion. He was also outspoken in condemning the behaviour of American fans, who abused Colin Montgomerie, his wife and father, and generally behaved like a rabble, and then severely criticised the US team, led by Tom Lehman, for the infamous charge across the 17th green when Justin Leonard holed an outrageous putt in his singles match again Jose Maria Olazabal.

He told Golf Digest: ‘If Tom Lehman had done what he did at the Ryder Cup 10 years ago, he would have been banned from the Ryder Cup for life, or at least for one Cup. He was off the charts. He was out of control.’

Miller was always in control, and in his pomp he was as good as anyone who ever swung a golf club.

Johnny Miller on:
His own game: ‘I had a stretch there for a few years where I played some golf that bordered on the twilight zone. I can remember that I was literally getting upset that I had to putt.’

Colin Montgomerie: ‘Sometimes the guy has no filter between his heart, his brain and his mouth but his opinions aren’t detrimental to the game.’

Retief Goosen: It’s the worst three-putt in the history of golf,’ (after he’d failed to get down in two from 12 feet on the 72nd hole of the 2001 US Open; he subsequently won the playoff).

Peter Oosterhuis (leading the 1973 Masters after 54 holes): ‘He’ll probably have a good night’s sleep – all two-and-a-half hours of it.’

The Greatest: ‘When Jack Nickalus plays well he wins, when he plays badly he comes second. When he’s playing terribly, he’s third.’