…to look a lot like Christmas. No, wait. That isn’t right. It isn’t December. There is not snow on the ground or a definite chill in the air. No, in fact, it is hot and sunny. The days are long. I’m not even getting up early in the morning so if it isn’t the Christmas season…what is it? I think it is TOURING season!! Yes!
Now, that I’m not glued to my computer chair writing or my desk chair grading, I can move on to bigger and better things…or at least more fun things! The tour binder is OUT! I am starting to print off all important documents like flight itineraries, hotel confirmations, and tickets before lovingly placing them in the proper locations in the binder. The agenda has been started, waiting for little details to be filled in. The trips to my mailbox are more fun as I wait for VIP packages and the last of the Chicago tickets to arrive.
Of course, while the tour binder is coming together, the rest of my to do list grows. I have to figure out clothes (and probably shop. EEK!). I definitely need to get an oil change and the car washed. I have to get the cat prepared for a rather lengthy visit to the grandparents’ house. My hair appointment has been set as other appointments I squeeze in during the summer months. I suspect that I’ll be far busier than I originally thought during this end of June.
We also need to figure out details for any/all meet-ups we plan on hosting. Right now, we still plan on doing ones for Chicago with the idea being to just meet up for the show at the Ravinia grounds. We have pondered doing a couple other ones, too, and now is the time to really decide where and get those details set up.
While there is always a part of me that enjoys planning and organizing trip details (what does that say about me?!?), I am also looking forward to our touring traditions. I look forward to getting little sleep because we are having so much fun out and about that we don’t want the night to end. I want to keep track of ridiculous quotes on some take out menu that we find. I’m sure that there will be plenty of pictures taken and that much of the time will be filled with laughter. I look forward to seeing friends whom I haven’t seen in a long time and meeting new ones. While I love the city I live in, I’m looking forward to being in different places for awhile. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the whole thing!
What about the rest of you? What are you looking forward to when it comes to these North American shows coming up (even if you aren’t going to any of them)? If you are going to shows, which one(s)? Do you have any touring traditions? What makes going to a Duran show special for you, besides the obvious?
Now, maybe, I should start a countdown somewhere on my list…