Things I learned at #RETSO

None of these will provide meaningful insight into the so many awesome presentations.  You can hunt for those soundbites on Twitter at #retso.  These are my personal little takeaways, in no particular order:

  • Spotify is a must on long drives.  Nothing better than singing along to some 132 songs with the hubby while navigating a mostly boring I-75
  • Welcome to Georgia...There is a humongous Confederate flag some 65 or so miles into Georgia, making it seem like we were driving South, not North.
  • Jeff Turner is the best hugger in the world, and has his own gravitational pull.  For well over a year now I was hoping to meet this man and when he was standing right there in front of me, I realized that we already had met.  One of the amazing gifts of social media.

    Feeling the Love @Retso

    Feeling the Love @Retso

  • Jay Thompson can still rock a t-shirt, even if he is now a Zillow man.  He is also a big softy, and another one of the people I felt we’ve already met many times.
  • Real Estate pros can down an inordinate number of Tequila shots, if the Tequila is good, and still walk in a straight line.
  • A Ford Focus can fit 8 adults (and that’s after lunch), so long as one of them is in the trunk.

    8 adults, one in the trunk.

  • It’s totally cool to engage in good ole’ college style pranking in a public place, like a restaurant, and get away with it.

    one shot of 151 is all it took...

  • Learning again that my husband is indeed a remarkably funny man, and he can still rock hot pink and a Sombrero.

    another fake birthday at Retso

  • Marc Davison is a very kind and gentle man (and a dapper dresser).  He is also one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and one of the most genuinely curious human beings out there.
  • My PW3 girls are just pure awesome.  Kelly Mitchell is my new soft squishy.  We hugged and smiled till our faces hurt.  Suzanne and I talked each others ears off, and the ever smiley and happy Geeky Girls were everywhere at once at all times.
  • Honorary brothers are the best.  I found one of those in @clicknfinance Jeff Chalmers.  If nothing else amazing happened during this trip, this alone would have made the journey totally worthwhile.


  • There are people in this very small world of ours who we should simply be related to because they feel like family should.  Best part of #retso – meeting some of those people face to face.



Farewell dinner...

This recap would be incomplete if I didn’t list a few regrets: I wish we got to spend a bit more time with Jeff Turner (but I know there’ll be a next time).

Would have been great to actually talk to Matthew Shadbolt, and not just get a hug, (although he is a great hugger), hang a bit with Gahlord (who is not the least bit anti-social and I’d love to hang out with him some day), and have a conversation on something other than polygamy with Rob Hahn (but at least I got to hear him laugh), and chat again with Bill Lublin…

For anyone planning to go next year: the Arena Tavern is great for drinking, but the food is better elsewhere, as we discovered.  Luciano’s (great Italian Food),  Marlows (American food, great staff, who tolerated our shenenigans with a smile), Taqueria los Hermanos (fantastic and very affordable Mexican) and I’m sure there are a few other places around.

#Retso shuttle is awesome and will save you the headaches of choosing a designated driver.

A huge thank you to Mike Pennington and Brad Nix (and the rest of #RETSO crew) for all you do.

And another personal thank you to our crew of trouble makers who kept us laughing till our sides hurt throughout the conference: Nikki Beauchamp, Suzanne Roy, Kathleen Seide, Coleen DeGroff, Jeff Chalmers, Carol Farrar, Kelly Mitchell, Seth Price, Peter Toner, and my sweet, funny hubby.

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6 Responses to Things I learned at #RETSO
  1. Judi Barrett
    April 18, 2012 | 7:55 am

    Totally cool recap of all the important things.. 🙂

  2. Doug Francis
    April 16, 2012 | 9:50 pm

    Thanks for the RETSO recap, and sorry that I did not introduce myself to you. From minute one I was meeting interesting people. Left with a ton of ideas – and things to work on. Thanks everyone!

  3. Jeff Chalmers
    April 16, 2012 | 4:26 pm

    Your LiveChat keeps popping up, so I asked for porn. Then it asked me to leave a message. Was it something I said?

  4. Carol Farrar
    April 16, 2012 | 3:28 pm

    WOW! You’re recap was like taking a trip down memory lane. So incredible to finally meet you & Jon. You two are such a great couple. Yin & Yang. <3

  5. Teri Conrad
    April 16, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    OH MAN! Wish I was there! Looks like an absolute panic ~ And I KNEW you and Kelly would fall in love! 🙂

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