Con city, here we come!
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November 24th, 2006 – by: pixie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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