Category : Video

North Iowa, Video

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 —

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North Iowa, Social Media, Video

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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North Iowa, Video

Blabbing About The Computer Guy: Webster City Chamber Interview

I had the chance to be interviewed by Deb Brown, the Chamber Director at The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce as part of their Member Blab Series.  These are 15 -20 minute interviews to give members time to speak on their business, with a few leading questions.  Deb and I have known each other for 10 years or so, so the interview went very smooth.

As of 2016, I will have been in business for 20 years, as I started in 1996 while working at KLMJ Radio.  I decided to go to a full time status as of 2006 after Midwest Wireless claimed I violated their “non-compete” clause as they were getting into computer repair as well.  Funny, I don’t hear the name “Tech Pros” anymore.

I talked about how things got started in 1979 when I helped my Father when he brought our first computer home program it so it could figure out the “perfect” batch of concrete, whether it be for a quarter of a yard or a eight yard load.  The program was written in “BASIC” language, a language that I got pretty good at programming.  I wrote tons of programs and I even got paid for some of them!

We discussed how people from Hampton and from Webster City sometimes take their communities for granted on what we expect from them.  I don’t know the term, but we need to knock it off.  If we host a visitor from another town, complaining about what we don’t have is not going to want to make them stay.  In High School, I hated Webster City, because we always played them for Homecoming…and they were good.

Deb asked me about computer tips and tricks, so I do want to make sure people follow me on Facebook at my business page of

The easiest way to contact me is either a call or text to 641-420-1234 — The EASIEST number in North Iowa!

Enjoy the interview!

(Sorry for the big yawn at the end.)


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Social Media, Techology, Video

Blabbing About Podcasting: Getting Your Message To The Masses

Back a few months ago, I was talking to Sara Broers who manages our North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club about how we were going to  round out the year.  What sort of program would we do two days before Christmas in two feet of snow and expect people to show up?  We didn’t expect people to drive in inclement weather, but we wanted to remain consistent as far as our monthly programming went.  I told her I would think of something.

In September I was at the “Social Media Rockstar Event” in Minnesota and I heard Janet Johnson give a presentation on “Blab” and how she uses it for podcasting and my wheels started to spin.  At the same time, Jason Falls had just launched a podcast called “100 Proof: The Badass Radio Show.”  In the meantime I also knew that since there were three open seats on my “Blab” that I could have one more guest and I’d been a fan of Bridget Willard and her “You Too Can Be A Guru” YouTube channel.

I talked to Janet and she said she’d be glad to appear, while Jason said, “Hell, yeah!!” and Bridget said, “That’s 6:45am here in California!! But, I’ll be happy to be on the Blab.”   Naturally, I had talked to Jason and Janet back in September and so after a friendly reminder was sent out, I  officially got them on board for the December 23rd event.

I wanted to feature three different styles of podcast.  Throw a stick and you can come up with MANY topics that everyone is an “expert” at, so I wanted to feature Jason, not because of his digital marketing experience, but for his work in radio and having fun with the podcast.  I wanted to feature Janet, because her co-host of her podcast is in another state and Bridget because hers is a regularly scheduled Blab.

I’m happy to report that the event went off without a hitch and there were a lot of viewers and a lot of interest in the room.  As you can see, many of the people in the crowd (23 men and 7 women) were live tweeting and posting on social media about what the presenters were talking about.   I thought it was probably more important to show the audience, since I was going to turn it over to questions at the end of the event.

By the way, during the show, it was raining and the temperature was 35 degrees.

Here are some of the links to the speakers’ websites and Twitter info!

Jason Falls

Janet Johnson

Bridget Willard

Again, a big thanks to all who came out and to the three guests of the event in Mason City, IA!!   (#SiliconPrairie)

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General, Hoaxes, Video

The Computer Guy on Podnutz!

About once a year I get a request from the gang at Podnutz to do a live show that will be recorded and saved for later.  Many times it’s just a podcast and this time it was a live video show.  I have been with others before on the show and I’ve been interviewed one on one.  Jeff does a fine job with the show and it is (very) professional in my opinion!  I’m always glad to help him out with content and sometimes we stay on topic and sometimes we drift a bit, but Jeff always brings us back.  Thanks to the other guys as well for rounding out the program!

It’s always a pleasure!

Check out the show at  —

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