In Honor of The Vuvulzela
Shalom Rubashkin & Paul Gray

Sunday Morning Coffee - June 20, 2010

Sunday Morning Coffee isn't about business, we'll get back to that tomorrow.   It is a conversation about "stuff".  Things that went on last week and a peek into the next.  It's sort of like sitting around a table at your favorite coffee shop talking about the events that might have made the news to "stuff of interest".  And, because it's a conversation I look forward to hearing from you.  Feel free to leave a comment, connect on Twitter or Facebook.  Grab a cup and let's visit...

It has been a trending topic on Twitter every day for the past week. It's the Vuvuzeula! Vuvuzula And the Vuvuzeula is driving folks at The World Cup...nuts.  These three-foot long plastic horns aren't too themselves.  But get 50,000 people blowing them...and it sounds, as my friend Radio Bradshaw said,  like a swarm of really angry African Killer Bees.  For those of you not acquainted with the "mighty vuvuzeula" here is a great piece from out of South Africa about the "style" of the vuvuzeula.  And here is a video post a cousin of the vuvuzeula....the Shofar.   Be ain't pretty.  More Sunday Morning Coffee...after the video.

Told you...

Did you see that personal income in Iowa rose by 1.24 percent in the 4th quarter of 2009 compared to 0.91 percent nationwide?  Iowa ranks #14 in the nation for gains in personal income that quarter and #19 for the year long look.  While the spike in personal income here is attributed to higher hog and cattle farm prices let's not forget that those farmers and ranchers buy stuff on Main Street.  Here is the full article by David Elbert from The Des Moines Register.Winging It

The Pet Enthusiast Magazine for Omaha and Des Moines is out with their June/July issue and guess what?  @Kizzy_Bird made the cover and an inside story.  She even did a "book report" about her favorite authorJenny Gardner.  Here she is about to review "Winging It - A Memoir of Caring for a Vengeful Parrot Who's Determined to Kill Me."

I just got my phone bill...$357.25 about $100 higher than normal.  Ahhhh...Qwest?  The really lousy thing is that when you call customer service we get to talk to machines for a very long time before getting to a human.  Grrrrrr....  Taking a look at all "phone charges" we're spending about $7,000 a year on the ability to communicate with folks.  Yikes!PUG 3.375x4

Just received a notice that the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy of Feterl Manufacturing out of Salem, South Dakota is coming up for payment.  The idiocy of the owners hit loads of good people hard.  The company had been around for 50 years producing some of the finest grain handling equipment made.  Enter Randy Bauer and the  The nameplate is now owned by Buhler Industriesand they are back producing high quality grain augers in Salem.  That's excellent news for the people there and farmers everywhere.  Our relationship with Mr. Bauer and Feterl Manufacturing was in the product launch of The PUG ATV and, yep....we got stiffed too.  Not sure if we'll see a dime but you never know.  One of the good guys this took down was my friend Jerry Nichols that was the toughest to take.

But...enough of the happy news....

The jobless rate in Iowa ticked down a bit from 6.9% to 6.8%.  If you are unemployed numbers don't mean much, ditto if you are "under-employed".  The "signs of economic recovery", say the experts, are all there except that consumers are still not spending.   Can't say I blame 'em.  Excuse us but we're still a little jittery.

World-pork-expo If you follow us you know we had a successful event at the World Pork Expo.  So too did The World Pork Expo.  With hog prices and exports on the rise the mood at the expo was upbeat.  Organizers say 20,000 people came out to the three day international event this year. That too is an "up-tick" from 17,000 in 2009.

Happy Father's Day!  It's not a holiday or a day that I've looked at with a bunch of fanfare.  It's not got the stature of Mother's Day...  But, as I watch our son grow into a man and see how fatherhood has changed him  I am more and more excited about the future and the celebration.  Happy Father's' Day...son.

Today is the Iowa Corn Indy 250.  Thousands will head to the track in Newton, Iowa to watch Indy Cars fueled by Ethanol and driven by international stars like Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and Danica Patrick rocket around the track at speeds up to 181 mph.  The major concerns today:  Heat, Humidity and....rain.

Going to push this out the door....have a great Father's Day and a fantastic Sunday!  We'll get back to business tomorrow with Insight on Business our Monday - Thursday webcast about advertising, marketing and consumer trends.  Our special guest, from Mercy College of Nursing, Dr. Joe's Metro Monday with Insight on Business only on WebcastOne LIVE!