The good news is that my energy and excitement comes from other fans, who grabbed onto the news of the convention with gusto. The committee and myself are astounded by how well the information has been received and how excited people really are already!! Our Facebook page and message boards have been peppered with messages from fellow fans telling us that they are making plans, reaching out to find roommates for the weekend, and they can’t wait to register! This is very exciting! I think we are going to have a very, very full house that weekend and we will definitely sell out – I sure hope the city of Chicago knows what they might be in for!
The convention committee is also very excited. As I said yesterday on Twitter, I know that the really “cool” thing to do is act aloof and under control. Maybe even a little secretive about the goings on in the committee. Well folks, that is not me. I am a fan, and so is everyone else on the planning committee. This is not a company, (although I swear it’s starting to feel more and more that way) the only thing we’re really professional about is the band (HA!), and we are truly learning what to do every single step of the way. We have hiccups, sometimes on a daily basis, and we sit down for hours with friends to try to figure it all out. The reason why this convention is going to succeed is because there are several of us who are just that committed to making it happen. And it will, and it’s going to be outstanding. Those of you who really know me, know that I will do anything and everything to make that happen, including staying up until 2 and 3 am to work on a website (Something I have never done before until now.)
I just want our readers and potential convention guests to realize that we are real people here, this isn’t a company trying to make a fast buck – we will honestly be lucky to break even for this convention – and THAT is our goal. No profit. We aren’t doing this to make a single dime, and the cost of the convention will simply pay for everything we are offering. I don’t think anyone can have a firm grasp of the expense of banquets and activities until they’ve talked to as many hotels and seen as many contracts as we have lately – and trust me when I say, we are so, so thrilled to be able to offer such a great convention for such a great value. There was a while when the convention team were collectively banging their heads on their keyboards wondering if we’d ever find a place that we could afford. Thankfully, Hotel Amalfi and Harry Caray’s came through for us! It appears that other Duranies are just as enthused, which makes me so proud of our steadfast perseverance. It worked.
As I mentioned, we did have a few challenges last night, but as of this moment it looks like we are still on track to start registration tomorrow. (I believe it is set for 9am CENTRAL time) With the amount of excitement we’re seeing and feeling – registration is going to go very well. Lots of your fellow people will be in Chicago for that fateful weekend in October. All that is left to answer is if YOU will be among them. We certainly hope so.
Rest assured, Duranies – we are going to have a fantastic time at this convention. We want all of you to have the time of your life. We are going to be right there along side of you, and there will be much laughter, debauchery, music, and memories.