How do I get my fandom needs met in between shows or events like this upcoming convention? I hope that I can get together with other fans. These get togethers have come in a variety of packages for me. Sometimes, they are simply one evening with very local fans getting together at a local bar or restaurant to just chat. Sometimes, it means hanging out at someone’s house to watch Duran related videos. Sometimes, it means driving a couple of hours to get together with a larger group of Duranies. This get together may last most of the day or may go overnight. Some get togethers become larger than that and might mean a regional get together and could equal a whole weekend or a large part of the weekend. Of course, the longer the get together, the more likely it is that people would need some place to stay. Could that be someone’s house? A hotel? No matter the length of time for the get together, all of these get togethers would work to satisfy my craving, so to speak.
Now, of course, another element to any Duran related get together is the chosen activity(s). Will the fans just talk about Duran and their stories of life in Duranland? Will there be viewing of some Duran related DVDs like Sing Blue Silver or Live from London? Will there be Duran related party games? (I have made a trivia game and pictionary. I have ideas for more in the future, too!) Maybe the group wants to go out to a club that plays 80s music? Of course, the group could decide to do something completely different like Duran crafts (making t-shirts, canvass bags, etc). Perhaps, the group would combine some of these activities.
So, readers, let me ask you about your preferences with a get together.
Question #1: Location-Where would you prefer to have a get together?
A. Only in your city
B. Only in a city nearby (2-3 hours maximum)
C. Only in a city that is within driving distance (3-5 hours maximum)
D. Only in a city that you could fly to in a short amount of time (1-4 hours)
Question #2: Time-How much time would you want in a get together?
A. A couple of hours
B. A long evening
C. A day
E. A weekend
Question #3: Lodging-Where would you want to stay?
A. Go back home
B. At a friend’s house that I know well
C. At a Duranie’s if s/he seems trustworthy and cool
D. At a Duranie’s-all Duranies must be trustworthy and cool
E. At a hotel
Question #4: Activities-What would you like to do?
A. Talk about Duran Duran and personal experiences as fans
B. Watch Duran related material (videos, DVDs, interviews, etc.)
C. Play Duran related games
D. Go out to a club or bar
E. A combination of the first four (specify which ones…)
In all seriousness, I’m thinking about trying to do something for the Midwest for this summer, depending on what actually happens with tour dates. I would want to do something that appeals to the most people. Plus, I would like to know people’s thoughts because things like get togethers tell me a lot about the fandom! Please, let me know what you think and if I left anything out!