Category Archives: Durandemonium 2013

Registration is coming, Registration is coming!

This is going to be a crazy day, I can just tell. I didn’t sleep well last night, with thoughts of to-do lists encircling my head. I have trouble with the shut-off switch in my brain sometimes, and sure enough, at 2am, I was awake feeling as though I should probably just start my brain right then. Eventually, at 4:30 I fell back to sleep, only to wake with a start way after 7, which is entirely too late!  *sigh*  So here I am, typing as fast as my fingers take me to catch up.

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.

-R

A little Durandemonium, anyone??

Big day on the blog.  As some of you might have already seen, we have finally signed contracts for the convention and we have some fantastic plans ahead!

Today, in fact right after I’m finished publishing this blog – our brand spanking new website for the convention will go live.  I won’t lie – it’s not finished.  I tried, but at 2:30 this morning sleep finally took over.  I will still be working on it throughout the day as we finalize the last few things we need in order to give you accurate (and absolutely final) pricing on the convention.  I don’t think anyone wants to be charged any more than necessary to come to this shindig – so please bare with us just a bit longer on that front. Trust me, it will be worth it.

However, we do have a ton of information to share – and still more that is in the works in varying stages!   I will do a basic run-down here, and then leave you all to your devices to go to the website.  What I do want to share with you a bit though is our vision.  There are a number of people who have put their hearts and souls into this project, and we could not have possibly gotten to this point without their incredible help.  Amanda, Julie, Lori, Kevin, Laura, Melissa and Kimberley have done everything short of going right into the cities we looked at to find the perfect “home” for this convention, and I really can’t thank them enough. Going into this project, we wanted to do something different.  While the band is truly a huge part of our lives and it is what brought us all together – it is each of us that make this fandom unique, yet Amanda and I have seen what the competitive nature does to people.  It makes this fan community one of the harshest places to try and survive at times.  So from the onset of Daily Duranie – even then – we wanted to try and bring fans together.  We want to make this about one another, less about being the “ONE” to get closest to the band.  So planning this convention is about creating an atmosphere, creating a vehicle – so to speak – that allows us to make connections with one another.  Hopefully at least some of those connections turn into lifelong friendships.

With that in mind, I am very proud to announce our 2013 convention!

Durandemonium 2013: The Music Between Us

Date: October 18-20, 2013

City: Chicago, Illinois

Hotel: The Amalfi Hotel

This year, we are working with The Amalfi. You all will adore this place. Not only is it super sleek and has a fantastic elegant vibe about the place, they have a Managers Reception each night for hotel guests.  This isn’t any ordinary reception though.  It’s a premium open bar from 5:30-7 each night along with hors d’oeuvres. Their signature drink is the Amalifi-tini, a sort of citrus-based martini. I look forward to having one with you. Probably EACH of you by then!  In addition, every morning this hotel offers a continental-style breakfast to it’s guests.  Once again, this isn’t just an ordinary “hard as rock” croissant and a cup of coffee that could have been more aptly named “tar”, this is breakfast located on each floor of the hotel!  Talk about service!

On Saturday night, we are having a banquet/party/dance right across the street at Harry Caray’s in a private room upstairs!  I am especially thrilled about this opportunity because Harry Caray’s is a great Italian steakhouse, and so the food will be fabulous – not like the lukewarm hotel buffets that cost an incredible fortune but have very little flavor.

I could go on and on, but really – what I need to be doing is working to finish the convention details!!

If all goes well and my offerings of sacrifice have pleased the gods – we will open registration on FRIDAY. Yes, this Friday, March 1st. If that changes, we will let you know IMMEDIATELY. We are working with EventBrite, and there will be links posted here on the blog, on the convention website, the Daily Duranie Facebook page and Twitter, the Durandemonium 2013 Facebook page, and the Durandemonium Twitter.

As you can see, there are a lot of pieces to this engine that all have to run together well in order to work. Timing is key, and I’ll be honest – timing has been an issue for me this week, as in I have none. Like all of you, I am mere mortal and I’m just a fan trying to make this work.  Please have patience as we get this going, and please feel free to ask questions if needed.  We are here to help you have a great time.

Listed below is the link to our website.  We are also devising a Facebook page and a Twitter account for the convention, and once those are ready to go I will gladly share them with all of you as well.  No matter what, you can always count on accurate information on the website, the Daily Duranie Facebook page, and of course @dailyduranie on Twitter!

Durandemonium 2013 website:  http://durandemonium2013.webs.com

Convention email: durandemonium2013@gmail.com

-R