Saturday, October 20, 2012

AFF Adventure

So the thing I don't like about the Austin Film Festival----standing in lines--for long periods of time.  This morning we got to the Alamo Ritz theater before 11 am and the movie was scheduled to start at 12:30.  We have Film Passes--which are basically second class tickets.  Badge Holders get priority.  After standing in line for about an hour we found out that all the seats were taken.  Not even all the Badge Holders got in.  Oh, and there are third class folks--the people who just want to buy a single ticket to the show.

Bummed, as Hyde Park on the Hudson, was Ross's one pick, and having paid for 3 hours of parking, we decided to just walk around. We walked up to the Capitol building, where Richard Dawkins was speaking for the Texas Freethought Convention on the South Capitol Steps.  We walked around to the East entrance and checked out the Capitol a bit. We haven't been there in a loooong time.  We were serenaded by an all-male a capella group as we ascended the stairs as high as we could go.  I checked out the Senate--some of the Senators that were there 15 years ago when I worked for Senate Media are still there.

We then got some slices at Roppolo's  Pizzeria.  The pizza wasn't as good as the one we had in New York, but it was pretty dang good. It was muggy out, and all that walking make me all sweaty and gave me a blister on my foot.  We headed straight from downtown to watch another batch of short films, which we actually got in to see no problem--after waiting in line for more than an hour.

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