It's been fun this week getting to meet Carol Williams from Wenatchee, Washington! I had the privilege of a one on one lunch and then meeting with Carol Williams again, Tony & Suzanne Marriott, Richard Bazinet, Brian England, and David Dion.
For our first lunch, I suggested meeting at WestGate Center in Glendale. This retail center is HUGE but we finally managed to connect because she (being the out of town guest) figured it before I did! Too funny.
We ate HUGE BLT's at Whiskey Rose and enjoyed Arizona's sunshine and mild weather on the covered patio. Very nice day! And we ended up taking half our sandwiches "home" since they were so big.
We chatted about Carol being in East Wenatchee on the other side of the river. Carol actually started blogging in 1995 and was very successful in getting 75% of her business from her blogs. Times have changed and it's not quite as easy to end up on page 1, but with constant blogging it helps. Carol helps others and mentors newer agents, which is always helpful.
Carol is visiting family in Goodyear, Arizona, which is on the west side of town. Our area is vast in Maricopa County, being over 400 square miles. Meetups like ours aren't always easy with schedules and distances, but I was happy to see so many attend yesterday's luncheon. Seeing Carol again was fun and we all had lively conversations.
Our lunch at Uncle Sal's was yummy. The restaurant was "homey" as we sat at a round table next to a lit, decorated Christmas tree. Italian food does have a way of warming your tummy! Lots of laughs followed and time went too quickly. So glad to make time to attend. Thank you Carol!
When Carol was leaving she asked to drive a route that wasn't as freeway'ish, looking at the backs of bumpers. I suggested driving west on Indian School Road all the way through town as it was the next light north of where we ate lunch.
Indian School Road is one of the oldest roads in Phoenix and runs for several miles. Starting in Scottsdale, she'd drive west past Old Town Scottsdale where that town began; west through Phoenix and past Steele Indian School park where the first school for Indians (Native Americans) was located; on into Tolleson before accessing the Loop 101 freeway to access I-10. It's quite a distance with many changes, much better than a freeway! I look forward to hearing about Carol's travels and observations!
Meetups with Out of Town Rainers is such fun. Learning about their towns and cities and business is good business conversations, but the best part is making new friends. Have a great rest of your trip Carol and come visit us again!