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Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping at the Friday morning Q&A session for the Avalon convention
Here follows my convention report for Avalon, a convention with the very special guests Richard Dean Anderson (RDA) and Amanda Tapping (AT).

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My session was the Friday morning, the very first one! I was extremely lucky to have a front row seat for the Q&A, so I was able to get some very decent pictures of both RDA and AT. You could tell RDA was nervous, but AT - and hopefully us too! - helped loosen him up for his first con experience.

The lovely Sue, who was sitting between me and Denise, was the first person to ask a question. Poor RDA, he didn't expect that he'd have to use his brain and make something up at that time of the morning.
Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping at the Friday morning Q&A session for the Avalon convention
;-) I found most of the questions that had been chosen, except for one, were a wee bit "fluffy", as in not extremely serious. I don't know if that was the case in the other sessions. Not that it was a bad thing, but I'm used to a greater variety in seriousness for questions. Maybe they just didn't want to freak him out too much that early on. *shrugs*

The half hour went by far too quickly, and then off we went to have tea. Again I was very lucky to be at the first table to have RDA and AT stop at to chat. From what I understand they were originally supposed to go around separately, but RDA asked to go around together instead. I don't blame him as it would seem quite daunting to know what to do when it's your first time doing something like this.

AT was seated next to Sue and RDA next to Denise.
Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping at the Friday morning Q&A session for the Avalon convention
I was beside Denise, so very close to himself! AT started things off, asking about the charms we all had been given, and kind of prodded RDA to do the same. And yes kiddies, RDA's lovely hand held my charm. *swoons* ;-) While AT was busy chatting with others, RDA happened to mention that he had been shown around Bath by AT, to which I responded that it was a lovely city, at least from what I recalled of seeing it 15 years ago! He then said to me, "You're American". I acted all mock-offended and said, "I'm not American, I'm Canadian," then pointed to Denise and said, "She's the American." He then proceeded to backpeddle and said, "I meant it as a compliment, to you both.
Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping at the Friday morning Q&A session for the Avalon convention
" *gigglesnort* Yes my dears, I managed to chastise RDA in my one and only convo with the man. ;-)

Eventually they had to move on, and once they were finally through all the tables, we were off to get our photos taken. I happened to be amongst the first to get theirs done. RDA was hamming it up a wee bit as he passed those of us waiting outside to be called in, so he was starting to seem more relaxed. Once in the room, things ran at a leisurely pace as RDA, a photo nut as we were told, would stop after each pic was taken to run around and check out the results on the computer screen. AT said to me, and probably just about everyone, "I think he's going to do this for all of them." LOL!

Later in the evening was the auction, held in the Wells Cathedral. I was once again lucky enough to be in the front row, so some pretty good pics! It seemed kinda funny to hold an auction in a religious building, but it was certainly something different! RDA didn't come in at first as he was still busy signing the special photos we were all to get, so AT went up with the special guest Dan Shea (aka Sgt.
Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping at the Friday morning Q&A session for the Avalon convention
Siler). They bantered and made us laugh. I still giggle remembering AT walking around pointing the mini-zat and saying "pchew pchew", as if she were actually shooting it. LOL! Then RDA appeared and slowly got into the groove of how the auction works. By the time the SGA set tour came up, he motioned to AT to give him the paper with the info on it and he strutted up and down the aisle, helping to push up the bidding quite a bit before he gave it back to her.

The gifts were given out as we left with our group photos, and they were very nice indeed! A lovely photo of RDA and AT standing outside the cathedral, signed by them both, and a stonework chalice with the Avalon convention logo stamped onto it.

And that was all there was! So short, but I'm glad I did it.

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Following the main part of the convention and before the auction, we bounced out (okay, I bounced at the very least ;-) and ran across some online friends who were headed for their bus tour (ours was the next morning).
Richard Dean Anderson and Amanda Tapping at the Friday morning Q&A session for the Avalon convention
We chatted briefly and bounced around (okay, Lisa and I did ;-) and then the other girls were off to catch their bus while we went back to the house.

We hung out for the rest of the afternoon and finally in the evening our friends Erika, Lindsay, Sally and Laura arrived! After we got back from the auction I ended up going to bed early-ish after us sharing our tales of what had gone on during the day, but most of the others stayed up later.
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