Today’s blog post is going to be short but sweet! I would like to wish my blogging/writing partner a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!!!
It is amazing to me how attending a simple little fan convention in the fall of 2004 could have lead us here. In the spring and summer of that year, we may have recognized each other’s posting name on DDF but didn’t know much about each other. That all changed very quickly when we met in person at the Duran Duran Fans Convention in September of 2004 in New Orleans. While my writing partner was an organizer of the event, I was a simple attendee. We both were there to meet fellow Duranies and to be among others like us. We wanted to share our extreme excitement by the band’s reunion and upcoming album, Astronaut. The second night of the convention found the two of us bouncing from bar-to-bar on Bourbon Street with a group of fellow Duranies. During that evening, a bond began to form as we just seemed to click. That instant click was reinforced by the following winter and spring.
By December 2004, tour dates were announced and Duranies all over the world began to make plans about which shows to see and with whom. Neither Rhonda nor myself thought it was strange to be making travel and concert plans with people we had only met once as we decided to go to shows in Chicago and Milwaukee together. These decisions were not so carefree, in reality, as they featured money exchanges for tickets and hotels. Again, the instant click moved right into instant trust. I had no concern about money when I bought VIP tickets for us and another friend of ours. She had no worry about reserving a hotel room. During that brief weekend in the Midwest, we found ourselves laughing and enjoying ourselves in ways that have rarely been replicated for us at any point in our lives. They were that unique! We knew during that weekend that we had found a touring partner but that we also had found a friend for life in each other.
Since that first convention and first show together, we have attended many more shows together, traveled to see each other just for fun (without the band!), and have been there for each other during whatever real life situation comes up. For all of this and more, I can truly only give thanks to the band that brought us together as friends and now as writing partners. We know that this isn’t the end of the line for us but simply the beginning.
On that note, I wish Rhonda the best birthday ever and to remind her that the best is yet to come!!!