When I look back on the reading/signing event on Tuesday, one part that I don’t think I mentioned much in my long blog was meeting and talking with other Duranies. I did admit that I was a bit overwhelmed by the crowd, initially. I’m not sure why that is, but I have always been like that. Crowds and people can be too much for me. It isn’t that I don’t want to be social. I’m just not that good at going up and introducing myself. I won’t lie. I’m much better after I have had a glass of wine or a vodka tonic. How sad is that? Of course, I would have been better with Rhonda there. Yet, I didn’t have either of those cushions/crutches there. Again, this is particularly amusing since I lead a team of volunteers and since I teach groups of children. For some reason, I’m able to overcome my awkwardness in those settings. I think it is because I have a job to do, a focus. Duranie events are about being social. Old childhood fears return as I wonder if people will like me! LOL. Then, of course, since doing the blog, I’m never sure how people are going to take me. That said, when I was able to let my guard down and be social, I had a really good time, which was really the point of this blog.
There is something to be said for being around Duranies. We understand each other without having to say much. After all, we share a common interest and this interest is such that it isn’t a little interest but a big one, one we, generally, feel intensely about. For example, everyone I was in line with the signing was excited and slightly nervous. We all talked about what we might say, how we looked, etc. Dinner discussion was filled with stories of past Duran experiences, like past concerts or past meet and greets. We didn’t really talk much about our lives beyond Duranland but we didn’t go to an event like that to have real life interfere. It is quite the opposite, in fact.
So, as I was sitting here together struggling to organize 184 turfs of voters and 40 plus volunteers at any given time, I thought back to Tuesday and how much fun I had. Of course, it was fabulous because of John Taylor. That goes without saying, but it was definitely the other fans that made it better than fabulous. I, then, thought about how I won’t go three years for an album and/to tour to be with Duranies again. I won’t. That’s just silly and would make me unhappy. While Rhonda and I discussed plans for some events, there is nothing that is stopping me from trying to get together with Duranies nearby, right? Maybe, that is the just the thing that I’ll need to have to look forward to once I have my life back. Heck, maybe, I’ll pressure Rhonda to come visit then, too! 😀 Thus, Midwest area Duranies, I want you to start thinking about when might be a good time!