Its 4:45pm already, my dad and I walked back to his truck to get our lawn/beach chairs, and cross the street and make our way to Hotel San Jose. We got their and very few people were already there. My father and I picked a spot in the shade, at this time the sun and heat was blazing, and right about the time we were about to set up our chairs, a twitter friend of mine who I have been friends with for almost about two years but never met, showed up and instantly recognized me and shouted, “AMY!” in excitement. She showed up with her husband, and youngest child, and they parked their chairs next to ours, and we all chatted and caught up. It was so nice to finally meet one of my dear twitter friends, who I’ve met because we always tweeted about FNL. She was telling me all about her days as a set extra on Friday Night Lights, and how she was so excited to seeing some of the cast members, and excited to meet some (she doesn’t know the newer kids of the show as well as the older ones.) It was also her birthday the next day, and she brought her Friday Night Light book to get it signed by the cast. Even though I got most of their autographs and few with pictures, I told her, I’d be happy to go with her anyways.
Right now I can’t remember the order of who we saw and chatted with first, but I remember them all so I’ll just go in random order. We (my friend and I) went up to Scott Porter, and he instantly remembered her. He asked how she was doing, he signed her book, and I was just looking back and taking it all in. I also saw his fiancé, he did not introduce us to her, but she looks super pretty and my god the rock was beautiful. Of course I didn’t ask to see it, but I saw it from a distance and it was so beautiful. I wanted to ask all these personal questions about how Porter asked, how long they met, etc, but hello I’m just a fan, and it’s totally outta line to ask those questions. So I just stood back and watch my friend had a conversation and took her photo with Porter. I wish I wasn’t so shy and star stuck with famous people so I can actually talk to them like I know them my whole life, even thought I don’t. I also forget that famous people are just like everyone else, and should be easy to talk with. I should have asked him if he’s ready to see the last episode because he has not seen the last five episodes, and wasn’t planning on it until he was ready. Of course I did not think of that question until the day after. We also talked to (and when I say we, I mean my friend) Gaius Charles. Again, I just stood back and watched and listened on to their conversation and took their photo together as well.
I saw Jesse Plemons last year, but I did not get to meet him or take a photo with him, so I was so glad to finally get the chance to do that. I let my friend go first to meet him, but they went on and on talking to each other, like old friends catching up, which of course I didn’t mind standing back, watching, and of course listening to their entire conversation. They were asking each other how their families where, and how they been, and what they are up to. I said to myself, ‘They are practically friends.’ Here I was taking it all in and I look behind me and everyone’s faces in line were reading, ‘Hurry up!’ I felt so bad for them, but regardless how long one person took, they were going to meet them anyways. So honestly, I don’t know why they were making such a big deal about it. After I took their photo together it was my turn, and I asked him to sign my football, and he was telling me like everyone else earlier, it was smart to bring a football while almost everyone is here. I was about to tell him something but my friend started talking to him again, but I was okay with it, I guess lol. I felt bad for the people in line who were still waiting, so I quickly asked for a picture and left for someone else to get their moment. Later on Jesse played with his band Cowboys and Indians and even though they’re not the kind of music I would listen to, but they are a great voice.
Another FNL cast member who sings is Alicia Witt. Again, not the kind of music I like, but the girl can sing and play piano. I didn’t get to encounter with her, but I was fine with it because I already quickly met with her earlier. Did y’all know Madison Burge also sings? She has an unique voice. Again, not my kind of music, but it was good, she played with some guy and a guitar and it was great. I got to met her after she finished singing, and she was with a married couple who talking to her about her singing and I overheard that she’s always sang since she was little, but she just recently started singing to the public. And I’m glad she did and I hope that takes her far as well as her acting career. The couple stayed close to buy some shirts and cds (from all the bands) and Madison looked at me and the first thing she said to me before saying hi was, “I know we’ve met because you’re familiar but I can’t remember your name, or where we met before.” I was shocked and again star struck haha. “It’s Amy, and we met at the premiere last year.” I told her. She’s like “I remember now, Amy, it’s great to see you again.” I told her I can’t believe she remembered me and she laughed and told me she has a great memory. I asked her to sign my football and she asked if my name was spelled with a y or ime. I told her thanks and she replied, “I hope to see you again Amy.” By the way, she has a really pretty smile ha.
My friend wanted me to go with her to see Matt, because she knew he was my favorite, and of course I said I’d go and not pass up another moment with Matt haha. So we went, and since I had already met him and taken a picture with him, I just wanted her to have her moment with her. So I watched her talk to Matt, with her camera in my hands. After talking to him for about 5 minute’s straight no-stop, she finally remembers I was around and said, “Oh Matt, I’m so sorry. I’m so rude. This is my friend, Amy,” and she looks my way. And I’ll never forget what happened next. Matt instantly replies, “I know Amy!” and my friend made a face expression that read, ‘how does he know you?’ and looked back and forth with me and Matt. I couldn’t help but smile so big and say, “Hey Matt!” lol, seriously the most awesome moment in my life, and probably won’t forget it ha. Could you blame me? My friend asked me to take the picture, and I did, and then she wanted one with me and her with Matt, so I got another picture with Matt. Yay!
Before meeting Matt, we met with Michael B. Jordan and they had their conversation, and picture taken. While my friend was talking to my friend, I overheard these teenagers behind me about One Tree Hill, and the nosey person that I am asked, “Did y’all go to their panel earlier today?” They were shocked and didn’t know they were here earlier. They were jealous I got to meet James, Mark and Lindsey. I told them I saw Lindsey a few minutes ago, and I know she’s here. I looked around for a few minutes and found her. I pointed her out to the girls and were so happy that I could help them out. I said it’s the least I can do. So the girls got to met her and got a picture with her. Those girls later saw me again and couldn’t stop thanking me ha. They were such sweet girls.
After seeing everyone again with my friend, we went back to our seats, and I was like phew I can relax a little bit more before the screening starts. We were originally supposed to watch the first episode and then the series finale. But a few minutes later they announced that they won’t be showing the first episode because the sun was still out. With that note my dad said, “Hey Amy, I want to take some pictures with some of the guys.” I jumped at the chance and said let’s go! First up was with Michael B. Jordan and Scott Porter. He just said he loved them on the show and asked for a quick picture with them. Then while he was waiting to talk to Matt Lauria, I saw his wife, Michelle, from a distance and waved hi and smiled at me and returned the gesture. When my dad was up next, he couldn’t help but go all home bro on him and say, “Matt! Bro!” and do that handshake that all guys do and I was like “oh lord, he’s trying to embarrass me,” but Matt returned with the favor with, “My dude!” This moment was so freaking hilarious, I wish I had caught it on video. “I got to get a picture with you, Matt,” my dad said, and Matt responded with, “Dude! Of course!” So I took two pictures and Matt said, he couldn’t see anymore with all the flashes he seen today, and we laughed. Then he was all amazed with our camera, “Y’all got it with the shutter click and flash popping out when it needs to be. Y’all fancy uh?” My dad explained that it was a christmas present he had given to me, since I love pictures, then he went all proud dad on me and started telling him about all the pictures I have with the FNL cast from last year and how I have mine and Matt’s picture hanging on my wall. I wanted him to stop talking lol. Then Matt asked me where I got the shirt, and I told him I bought it online from the NBC store website. He told one he got one when he was filming the show but he grew out of it (He’s gotten more muscular since the show.) and he’s been trying to find another one. I asked him if he wanted me to send him the link through Twitter and said he that would be great. Then I told him, “You won’t believe what shirt I have at home!” He sounded all surprised and quickly asked, “What?!” “After the show ended, NBC decided to auction off some set items on ebay and I actually won one of the shirts you wear on the shirt!” With amazement in his voice, “No way! That is so freaking awesome Amy! Which shirt was it?” I told him it was a navy blue shirt with a weird design and Texas written across it. He instantly remembered and said, “The one I wore on top of the shoulder pads?” “Yes!” “That is so amazing! Well Amy, it’s been great seeing you again, and I hope to see you again real soon.” I couldn’t believe we were saying our goodbyes, but I responded with “Likewise, and I’ll keep in touch on twitter and I promise I won’t forget the link.” He smiled and said, “I’ll be there, and don’t forget it! I want a shirt!” We both laughed, and he gave me one big bear hug. I really hated saying goodbye to Matt, but I’m hoping we will meet again, but like he said there’s always twitter to keep in touch.
My dad and I went back to our seats and around 9pm they announced they were about to premiere the new music video by Explosions in the Sky, and then followed by the Series finale episode. Before they did that, they announced the cast one by one, and when they were about to exit their way out to show the videos, Matt Lauria walked up to the mic and said, “Louanne just said that someone should say something sweet about Jason (Kitams) so I’m going to bring her on up.” Everyone laughed. Now I did get video of this but I won’t show it until I finish my entire ATX TV Festival recap video. Hopefully it’ll be done and ready when I finish all of these posts. I have been working on it for a while. They showed the music video, which I liked, then the episode. Everyone laughed, clapped, cheered and cried at the right moments. It was truly a great way to end day three of the ATX TV Festival.
After the screening, my dad and I were hungry and Fran’s burgers was just down the street so of course we stopped by and got burgers from there once again. We got there right before it closed, (it was already 10:30pm) and I found a FNL poster signed by the entire cast from the beginning. Of course I took a picture of it. I thought it was an overall great day, and I couldn’t believe it was over, and even though the best part of the entire ATX TV Festival was over, I still had another day of excitement ahead of me.
The pictures with my username across are mine; the ones without it are not mine and belong to the official ATX TV Festival people on Facebook. Tomorrow I work, but don’t worry I’ll type out tomorrow’s blog right now that way I can quickly post it right after get out of work. I’ll admit though, tomorrow’s post will be short, but I hope y’all will still read it and enjoy it. Hope y’all had a great weekend, and had a good Monday to start off the week.