I hate this time of the year. I always hate this time of the year. The holidays are over and the next vacation feels eons away. I find myself searching for something to look forward to. Anything. It doesn’t really matter what as long as it is something that breaks me out of the daily grind. This week, it has dawned on me that this feeling of blah is worse this year than most. Why is that? I got away from home for Christmas in which I got to spend time with my family. I had a vacation from work. The weather hasn’t been awful. So, what is my problem? Duran Duran.
Well, Duran Duran isn’t the exactly the problem. It is the fact that I got super spoiled this past fall. Really, for Duranies, our holiday season started in the summer as songs were released, media coverage flowed freely, and countdowns for an album and concerts ensued. Then, summer turned to fall and more and more of our days were filled with Duran Duran. The album dropped and suddenly most of us couldn’t remember life before Paper Gods. Most of us, officially, blocked out Durantime! Soon enough, the fall US tour arrived and I spent a lot of time either getting ready or recovering from the shows I attended. Before I could completely recover, Duran Duran began the UK tour and again my online world was filled with watching for set lists, seeing posts and tweets from my UK friends about the shows, checking out videos on YouTube and more. Truly, the second half of 2015 was overwhelmingly filled with Duran Duran. There was so much Duran Duran that I struggled to keep up and I write a daily blog! I have to keep up!!!
Then, the UK tour ended, Duran posts and tweets quieted down, which was okay. I needed time to prepare for the holidays. My shopping list was long and my packing list felt even longer. Once I arrived at my sister’s, there was little, if any, real time online. I checked in, solely to make sure that everything was cool, nothing more. I wasn’t social with friends because I wanted to focus my attention on my family, some of whom I don’t see very often. I figured that the members of Duran Duran were doing the exact same thing. Now, though, I am missing the Duran activity of the fall. I know that there is plenty of activity to come with more shows in the US in the spring and summer. I even know that eventually tickets for the Chicago show will go sale.
Do not get me wrong. I’m not criticizing at all. I hope that the band is relaxing and enjoying their break. They deserve it. They worked hard to get the message out about an album that they clearly spent a ton of time and effort on. No, what I’m really saying here is that I miss the action. I miss them filling up my days. It is silly, really. I have plenty to do. I have many papers and tests to grade. That said, I prefer Duran Duran over all of that!! I would rather be focused on the band and their fans than on grading and lesson planning. This reminds me. Each year, I like to come up with a new super power that I should get (you know…for fun, people! I’m well-aware that I have none!). This year, I want to be able to bank things like sleep, fun and Duran Duran. For example, if I get more than 8 hours of sleep, those extra hours should be banked to be able to use when…say…I’m on tour and I am not getting so much sleep. I want the same thing for Duran Duran activity. I’m sure that I missed much during the fall. If I had banked Duran Duran activity, then, now I could read something or watch something that I didn’t get to then. Wouldn’t that be cool!?! Maybe, then, winter would not feel like it is going to be marching on like it does right now…