Prelude to a Party!

At this point next week, I fully expect that I’ll be extremely tired and in a pretty dang good mood.  More importantly than that, I’ll be beyond antsy for the convention weekend, which is now a little less than 6 months away!  My patience will be shot and I’ll want to talk about the convention all the time.  People will want to shut me up, that’s for sure!  Why will next weekend make me think about the convention?  Simple.  It will be a weekend that contains some of the same elements and ingredients of the convention.  It will be like having a little appetizer, to wet my appetite for the big meal!!!

What are the elements of the convention that will also be present next week?  Some of them are obvious, including Chicago, Duranies, late nights, and clubbing.  Chicago is the place to be both next weekend and for the convention.  I might be a bit biased about Chicago but, to me, it is truly one of the best cities.  What do I like about it?  Separating my connection to the city, I’ll start by saying that there is plenty to do there.  The city has a ton of great museums, including two of my favorites in the Art Institute and Contemporary Art Museum.  Of course, there are science museums, history museums and every other that can be imagined.  Shopping is great there with the famous Michigan Avenue.  There are sporting events and architectural tours to enjoy.  Beyond that and, perhaps more importantly, is that Chicago has a lot of nightlife from clubs of all sorts to restaurants to comedy clubs to plays and more.  Even better, many of the clubs are open late, 4-5 am.  I love that.  I hate going someplace and finding out that the clubs are only open to 2 or midnight.  Unacceptable.  Chicago isn’t like that.  I know that I have spent many nights out until the clubs close followed up by going out to eat at some 24 hour diner.  This, of course, is exactly what both weekends will feature.  This upcoming one will be spent at Spy Bar, dancing to whatever Roger is spinning these days.  Of course, he won’t be playing 80s and I won’t be expecting a lot, or any, Duran.  That isn’t necessarily his focus.  During the weekend of convention, we will be clubbing both Friday and Saturday night.  I’m really looking forward to Saturday night, at Late Bar, as 80s night will be the focus.  They have promised to make it special for us as well.  Could that mean that a lot of Duran will be played?  I sure hope so!!!

Now, of course, Duranies will be at both this week’s DJ Set and at the convention!  I’m assuming that there will be a ton of crossover as I assume that most Duranies coming this week are nearby Duranies.  Obviously, Rhonda is the exception but it also happens that my birthday is at the same time and that she has family in the area.  Anyway, I get people wanting to go to Roger’s DJ Set.  After all, it isn’t everyday that one gets to see one of the band members in person.  That said, it isn’t everyday that one gets to spend an entire weekend with Duranies from around the world, celebrating fandom, either.  In fact, I would argue that in many ways the convention is better.  I know.  Shocking!  Yet, I truly believe that.  For one thing, it is three days long versus a few hours.  Second, you really have a chance to get to know other Duranies at the convention due to time and due to the varied activities.  The connections formed will last beyond the convention, too, which will really help the next tour be even more fun!!  It was in my experience!  Now, of course, another thing both weekends have in common is the clubbing and the late nights!

Roger’s DJ Set is taking place at Spy Bar, which is open until 4 am.  Will I expect that most people will be there until then?  Sure do.  Then, I know that my group of friends are talking about going out for breakfast.  It will be a long night.  The same will be true for the convention as Late Bar is open until 5.  I know that I plan on reaching up for the sunrise that night for sure!!!  I also expect that I might find myself on dance floors during the night, too.  After all, good music and good company, along with a drink or two, allows me to let my hair down, so to speak, and have a good time!  Before I forget, if you are going to Roger’s DJ Set and want to join us beforehand, there is a thread about the meetup on the official facebook event page, which can be found here.  Basically, we will be getting some food and drinks at a nearby restaurant at 8:30.  Please, let us know as I will be setting up a reservation on Monday.  Hope to see you there!

While on the topic of Mr. Roger Taylor, I’m sure that everyone is aware that his DJ Set is being advertised as his birthday bash!  After all, he was born on April 26th.  The convention committee thought that we should figure out a way to celebrate his birth as well!  We decided the best way to do that would be to offer a special birthday promo price!!!  This price is the cost of early registration!!  It won’t include the extra goodies that those who bought a ticket to the convention during actual early registration will get but it will save you some cash!  The promo starts on April 26th and will run until the end of the day on April 30th, central time.  Thus, if you were planning on buying a ticket to the convention, those 4 days would be a great time to do it!!!  Again, the website for the convention is:  Durandemonium2013.  To buy tickets, go to:

I’m so looking forward to this upcoming weekend!  It was be great practice for the convention in October!!!  Hope to see you all there!


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