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To start off…I didn't get a lot of pictures. I wasn't really hanging out at the venues, so I didn't see the cast aside from the panels. I didn't have a lot of photo ops, but I had a wonderful time.

On Thursday, I flew into Austin, arrived around 10:30 and went directly to the hotel and unpacked. The hotel was really nice and the view of the city from my room was fantastic. It sort of looks like Lego's. Am I boring you yet? Around 3:30 Kathy and I met up for the first time and went to the Intercontinental Hotel to register for the festival. I've covered up the badge because I didn't want you to see that I've already changed my last name to Harold.

Later that day, I met H for the first time (I have a beautiful pic with her, but I don't think she wants me to post it) and we went to get her registered and walk around town for a while. We wanted to see where the QAF panel would be, so we went to the State Theatre and they were having a Red Carpet thingy outside, and Peter Paige was there. I didn't even notice, because I wasn't even looking for any actors (I'm such a bad fan girl). H recognized his voice and asked if it was him…I just looked around cluelessly, then saw him and froze like a deer in a headlight! Oh...the ATX volunteer asked me to move and not hover. LOL! I swear I'm not a hover-er. I was just frozen. Peter is absolutely my favorite person!

Then we found a little cafe down Congress in Austin and decided to eat outside. Shortly after I was attacked by a swarm of bees and had to move inside the restaurant. This is a true story. I wasn't stung, but I was ready to Cut-A-Bitch.

So…on Friday, there was a Pitch Competition at 10am that I decided to attend. QAF was at 1:30 and I was trying to keep myself busy. A few ladies who I hadn't met yet, we going to join me and when I saw them, it was an instant connection. I was so happy. After a few show pitches, I got bored, so we left and I needed to grab a snack.

As we were walking back, one of the ladies heard that the QAF cast was in the lounge doing a podcast and she heard Randy's voice. We hauled ass over to the hotel and inside the lounge and looked over and this is what we saw.

Kathy had a seat on one of the couches right in front of the interview area, (which was in an alcove.) Lucky me…there was a little space in between her and two other people, so I squeezed myself right beside Kathy. The other two people didn't seem upset by me squishing them. In fact, I saw them in the QAF panel and they were very friendly. I guess when you're all up on someone you feel like you know them.

After the interview, a photographer took some pictures of the guys, which are the ones we see posted all over.

When they were done, they came out but didn't approach anyone, really they didn't seem approachable at that point. In all fairness, they had the QAF panel to be at shortly. There was a big group of ladies who had been to many QAF events and Randy's shows who he recognized and greeted with a giant smile and said hello and waved! It was really sweet.

The greatest surprise of all was Ron and Dan. I wasn't ready for how warm and genuine they were. I went to thank Ron for coming and he put his hand on my arm, looked right into my eyes and thank you for being here. They talked to a lot of fans and had pictures taken.

Kathy got pictures of her alone with Ron and Dan.

I was in a group shot with some of my new friends. Sorry for my big head blocking Ron.

After Sirius QAF Interview w/Ron and Dan photo bf396992-cc51-46b7-8cb2-413c58925c92_zpskux62zbg.jpg

Next came the QAF panel. OMG! Gale in denim/denim and black beater!!

Oh…the panel. You've heard the bootleg panel stuff I guess, Here's the link... so I don't really need to remember anything…thank god! But the playfulness between everyone was wonderful to watch. At one point though, after Gale got up to mock throw things at Ron and Dan for suggesting a reboot with an entirely different cast, Gale sat back down and scooted his chair back. Curiously, Peter scooted back with him as well. It almost seemed like it was a move of solidarity. It was difficult to take my eyes off of him. Oh and Randy… Randy was in a great mood and seemed to be having a really good, relaxing time. Someone on the panel brought up ck-socks and how they weren't used in the first season, and Randy said they used Spirit Gum and gauze. He and Gale were adorable.

I think they must have gone backstage after the panel for more interviews and pictures.

Kathy heard from the ATX staff that the guys would be coming out of the theatre doors, so she decided to wait outside to get pictures. I really didn't want to stand there, I was so freaking hungry, so H and I went to eat in the Intercontinental restaurant (which was excellent). I think I went out to see how the wait was going and Kathy's phone battery died, so I gave her my phone (I took one for the team ) and she was staked out again. BTW…the citrus glazed, cedar plank salmon was divine!

Oh yeah…Gale and everyone.

Kathy got a bunch of really great candids.

I'm worn out now and I'm at the limit for images per post…so I'll finish this tomorrow. I hope you enjoyed this so far!

Part 2
Criticism is a surreal state, like a good drug gone bad. When it's bad you want it to stop and when it's good you can't get enough. ~ Gale Harold

Date: 2015-06-13 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
thank you for sharing!

Date: 2015-06-13 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're welcome! 💖

Date: 2015-06-13 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey Girl,

I just posted my report in my LJ so now I can relax and read others. It's like doing homework on how I spent my summer vacation but I like to keep a record for myself on my trips.

It was so great to meet you and put a face to a name and I hear that you are a friend of Mark's too. Small QAF world, huh!

I hope to see you again at another QAF function.

Date: 2015-06-14 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hey you!

I just read your report and it was wonderful. I still have a part 2 to post, but I get so distracted, it might take awhile.

When I posted my report on Fan Forum, Mark said, "Your new friend, is my long time friend, Dixie". He's such a sweetheart. And yes…it's a very small world indeed.

I'll definitely see you again. ❤️‍

Date: 2015-06-14 03:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks Deborah.

I knew if I didn't sit down and make my report in one fell swoop, I would never get it done.

I met Mark at Equus in the Berkshires many moons ago and we have stayed in touch. I see him occasionally at other Randy plays too. The last time was in NY for Atomic and a bunch of us went for drinks and QAF talk. He and I are the old timers onboard since the very beginning.

Date: 2015-06-13 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Deb, for taking the time to post such a great report!

Date: 2015-06-14 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're welcome, Kin. Thank you for reading. I still have a part 2 to write. Hopefully it will be sooner than later. :)

Date: 2015-06-14 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much Deborah for sharing your beautiful report of your time spent at ATX Festival. I really enjoyed reading it!

OMG... you guys were actually just mere feet away from Peter! How exciting that must have been for you and Kathy... and on the first day! It may not be a lot of pictures, but it's the quality, not the quantity, that counts. You snapped some GORGEOUS shots of Peter upon arrivals, as well as the rest of the QAF cast members during panel time... and the pics of you with Dan/Ron & co. I just love every single photo you and all the other attendees took & shared with everyone.

Oh, how I wish I had been there. <3 And even if I wasn't, I still have enjoyed every single minute of this on a second hand basis. Can't believe that was just last week!

Thank you and much appreciation, Deborah.

~Denise. x

Date: 2015-06-14 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much for your comments, Denise. I wish you could have been there as well. Maybe you can go to Toronto? 😃

Date: 2015-06-14 03:24 am (UTC)
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Great to read your report, Deborah! Thanks for taking the time to write it up and post your pics. They're awesome! I'm glad you had such a good time during the weekend. Meeting other fans in person and sharing the QAF love is really something special. ♥

Date: 2015-06-14 06:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much, Linda! It was so great meeting everyone. Although the panels I attended were fantastic, the highlight was meeting new friends IRL who I've only known about online. It was wonderful.

I just posted Part 2 of my ATX experience. You'll get to see my new boyfriend in that one. *thud*

Date: 2015-08-02 12:54 am (UTC)
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I adore Peter. I've met him a few times now and he's always so warm and funny. Him and Scott together are just the best. They bounce off each other. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful pic of all of you. Now I know which one you are. Looking forward to meeting Ron and Dan in Toronto.
Edited Date: 2015-08-02 12:55 am (UTC)

Date: 2015-08-02 04:15 pm (UTC)
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You'll love Ron and Dan! What sweet men they are. And Peter…he was the best!

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