Seriously, everything was incredible in Austin right down to this great hotel room with a picture perfect view of the Austin skyline and the river. Every single person I met at this conference was warm, friendly and welcoming. There was a lot (a shit-ton) of drinking going on but I kept myself in check until the night after my presentation which happened to be the last night of the conference. I'm glad I did because I'm not cut out for the exhaustion anymore.
I had a list of things I needed to do: buy cowboy boots, eat BBQ, hear great local music, and find a sense of community within the cooperative movement. I got all of it! I was extremely blessed!