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Random Access – Show #10 – Having Fun At Auction School

One of my favorite places to hang out in North Iowa is at The World Wide College of Auctioneering when they have their Auction School. Sara Broers, who handles much of their social media training called me today, “PAT, PAT, you have to come over here and meet someone!”  Naturally, when she gets THIS excited, I have to go see what’s going on. (As you remember from my last trip to auction school, I met Reggie Rivers from the Denver Broncos!)

Today was a great day because I got to meet Kody Ray Steele from Minnesota. Kody is studying the art of auctioneering, BUT also brought a gift to the class as well. The gift of humor and impressions. No, he doesn’t do impressions of famous politicians, but, as this video shows — he brings a lot MORE to the table. His class was in stitches!  Watch and see!

Many thanks to Sara Broers for shooting some of the video and for Paul C. Behr and his staff for letting me hang out for a bit while the folks ran through several auction exercises.

Just so you know — Kody has his own YouTube Channel, so check out his videos as well.  It’s at Kody Ray Steele!!

 

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Random Access – Show #9 – Oak Leaf Comics & Collectibles — Still Going Strong After 40 Years

Forty years is a LONG time to be in business!! Through the ups and downs of the economy, a flooded building and the ebbing and flowing of the popularity of certain toys, games and comics Oak Leaf Comics & Collectibles remains a fixture in Mason City.

I chatted with Mike Tickal as he prepares for the 40th Anniversary Party this Saturday, October 14th and it is shaping up to be a grand day. Lots of in store specials, giveaways and characters will be at the event. Be on the lookout for some special vehicles as well making their way to the North side of Federal Avenue in Mason City.

More information can be found on their Facebook Page — Oak Leaf Comics & Collectibles

I wish Mike, Carmen and the rest of the staff continued success in this business!

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Random Access – Show #8 – Do You Want Fries With That?

A few months ago, I noticed a new business page on Facebook that offered food delivery in Mason City and North Iowa. The page was called “We Got It.” It looked like two guys were starting up a service running food all around town. They mentioned a few places and talked about their travels. It made me wonder, what kind of a commitment must this be and how does this all work?

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I reached out to them and asked them how it was going and if they’d like to be my guest on this blog and right away they said, “YES!” So, I lined it up so they could meet me at Social Media Breakfast in Mason City and I’d just chat with them after the program. Little did they know, they were going to get the BONUS plan, because KIMT-TV was planning on coming after the breakfast to interview Sara Broers and I about our new venture of Home Grown Social Media and our NEW on-line school that we had just launched.

When Sara told us that KIMT was on their way but running behind, Jonathon sort of kicked at the ground and said, “Gee, I wish KIMT would do a story on us.” I said, “Hold on boys, don’t leave — I’m thinking we can work this out.” Right away there were smiles and a few “WOWs” and sure enough, after our portion was done, the boys from “We Got It” were interviewed …and played on that night’s KIMT 6:00pm newscast. Click for their KIMT interview.

Meet Trysten Swanson and Jonathan Marinero — the guys who will go the extra mile for your culinary cravings — just call them and order your food at (641) 210-8699.

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PS: I think they’ll be back to Social Media Breakfast!

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Random Access – Show #3 – Let’s Grab A Cup!

Imagine a simpler time, 1921, let’s say — but with some of the technology and expectations of today. You stroll into an old-time coffee shop and order a cup of Joe straight up black. Well, you COULD do that, but you could also order one of MANY varieties of coffees, lattes, and mocha beverages. Team that up with smoothies and silky hot chocolate and you have yourself one heck of a coffee shop.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  Yes, sweet treats and even biscuits and gravy on Saturday mornings.

What am I talking about, you ask??  Well, it’s called Block 10 At 1921 City Hall in downtown Sheffield, Iowa. Yes, it’s the old Sheffield City Hall that’s been converted into a coffee shop AND a rentable hall in which they are having weddings, banquets and other events. It’s a piece of history and I’m glad Holly Coffee and her husband have invested in this small North Iowa Community that I called home in the 70’s during the summer months at my grandparents’ home.

A few weeks ago I decided to give Holly and UN-announced visit with my video camera, yes, she wasn’t prepared, but sometimes that makes for the best video. After some mild arm twisting, she said, “Let’s do it!”  Now, I’ve known Holly and her family for 30+ years and I’m very happy to see her in this location with her daughter fixing up treats for the locals and travelers who are on their way to work. It’s worth the stop and the scones are WONDERFUL.  Just tell them Pat Palmer sent you by and watch Holly smile!

Their hours are from 7am – 10:30am Monday through Saturday, but I have a hunch of you are there a bit before 7 am, you will be taken care of. You won’t be disappointed.

Check them out on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/Block10at1921cityhall/

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Random Access – Show #2 – What Am I Bid??

So, MANY years ago — probably around 1989 or so, my Dad said, “Hey, let’s go see Leroy Van Dyke in Fort Dodge — he’s the world’s most famous auctioneer!”  I said, “Sure!” Leroy ran through his normal set of songs, then concluded with “The Auctioneer.” Now, my Dad being a huge fan, tried to sing the song all the way home — epic fail.  Since then, I learned the song and sing it now and then at karaoke whenever the chance presents itself, now more than for any other reason as a tribute to my Dad. I also have a general fascination with auctioneers because all I did was memorize a song, these folks have to handle all sorts of situations from bid calling, clerking, accounting, logistics and even social media.

I’ve heard of The Worldwide College Of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa for a long time, as it’s been around for about 80 years. Paul Behr is the president and along with his partner Vicky Ginder run the training program that has turned out some of the best auctioneers in the country. My friend Sara Broers of Social Connections and my partner in Home Grown Social Media handles their social media training and she told me to stop by!

Students ranged from the young to the young at heart and also featured former Denver Broncos’ Running Back Reggie Rivers who is there to hone his skills in the area of benefit and collectible auctions. I also was prepared and picked up his autograph as well.

I plan on going back this Friday evening for the Student Auction and see how Blake and Reggie have progressed over the rest of the week!

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