People vanished and it was obvious JF was getting ready for his question-and-answer panel and general Barnabas Collins and Frid spiel. So I packed up yet again, and double-checked stuff. Found things others had left so I glommed those too, and squeaked back to the room, against the crowd.
Malia was there, finishing off lunch (a nice pizza) and said if I wanted any it was fine, she was done, and she headed off to the event. At first I thought well, I've got all this stuff to unload and then need to run to the ballroom, and the banquet isn't that far away; then my tummy decided to heck with my head and insisted stopping for a slice...a bit of coffee and soda just wasn't going to cover the weekend, lol. So I crammed a slice into my face while putting my camera things together and decided what to take. This gave me instant heartburn but I felt better in other sectors!
I ran back with an overloaded bookbag of things since I didn't have enough time to sort, and things had already started. I slipped in and joined the Wall Support Contingent along the hall-side wall. I longed to go up and get one of those reserved seats up front, or any seat, for that matter, but JF was in the middle of things and the ballroom was SRO for the most part (at least it would have been very difficult to navigate with a big bag and camera junk). I was too polite to try to work my way up to the stage in the middle of someone's talk. So I swayed and alternated feet and kept the wall up for most of the panel. I did eventually work my way closer to the front, along the wall, as people left or found seats or got tired of standing.
I think JF did some more readings, but mostly this was about the Festival, his career, and general questions for Jonathan. So there was much taking of pictures by all. If he wasn't near-sighted to start with, I'm sure all the flashes over time would have resulted in the same thing, LOL. Anyway I eventually turned my camera on, too. I didn't think I was close enough to get anything, but I figured I'd try to learn the settings on this dang thing. The viewscreen shots looked great, but I was having more and more trouble seeing up close myself, suddenly. Most of the blurry shots I have, if not due to movement, are just because they were telephotoed out the wazoo. The camera has the anti-shake feature, but I guess getting anything to show up from across a darkened room is amazing.
I thought I'd get a few 'ambiance' shots of the ballroom. This is a good deal later during a bit of a pause and I'm still against the wall, but a bit closer to the stage yet still in the middle section of the room.
A shot showing my angle without the telephoto going. Frid is talking and he's on screen as well; Nancy is on the other side getting a picture, too. I think you can just make out Jim Pierson to the right of Nancy, and the back of Marie Wallace straight ahead of me, before JF (between the camera tripods).
John wanted to go out to California to teach before he got waylaid by the Barnabas Collins role (which was supposed to be a quickie 2-week job). Maybe he didn't become an official teacher, but it seems like every time I have some sort of dealings with him, I learn a lot about Something.
I've certainly gotten a lot more tech-savvy over the last few years, much of it related to him in some way. Funny...certainly didn't plan on any of it!