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Post DDAD19 Thoughts

Yesterday was a busy, crazy day in my world. It started out by taking the niece back to college, including helping her move back into the house that she will be living in. It was tiring, especially once we got stuck in a massive traffic jam on the way back home due to an accident. As the minutes slipped by without moving, my impatience grew. After all, I had other plans! Eventually, I made it back home where I could join my partner-in-crime with our online Duran Duran Appreciation Day party.

I haven’t spoken with Rhonda this morning but I was pleased as punch with how things went yesterday. We had quite a good turn out on Twitter where we chatted with friends using the hashtag #DDAD19. One of the things I loved the most is how we had some people with us the vast majority of the time who participated with drink suggestions and tweets. Others came and stayed for awhile before moving on to life activities. Some came, left and returned again when they could. Of course, we probably had people who just watched the playlist and did not chat with us on Twitter. No matter how or how much people were with us, we appreciate each and every one of you. It made the day far more fun for us!

I don’t know about the rest of you but it has been a very long time since I have taken a huge chuck of time to simply watch Duran stuff. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it. I worried that I might feel guilty for doing so or feel like I should be doing twenty-five other things but it did not happen. Instead, I found myself watching and thinking about fandom and the good times I have had. In fact, there were a number of times that I found myself tearing up. For instance, as I sang along to the songs featured in Sing Blue Silver, I was transported back to my childhood watching the VHS copy that my friend, Beth, had. I remembered how we memorized lines and did everything that Simon directed the crowd to do. It reminded me that I have been a part of this larger story that is Duran Duran for over 30 years. Then, the end of the night featured A Diamond in the Mind. As I’m sure that many of you are aware but that era, the All You Need Is Now era, was a big one for Rhonda and myself. Not only did it mark the beginning of this blog, it also included the trips to the UK. Fandom became way more significant for us then. Because of that, that era will always have a big piece of my heart.

The online party brought more than an opportunity to bring back memories for myself but allowed me the time and space to talk with Duranies about a variety of topics. I haven’t talked Duran like that in forever! The best part was how something on the screen would bring up a topic on Twitter that would just flow from one idea to the next. Some of those topics included everything from the movie, Barbarella, to best concerts to how some songs are better live than others. At one point, I paused and thought, “Is this conversation really as positive as it should be for Duran Duran Appreciation Day?” Then, I realized that it totally was. What does it mean to really appreciate something? According to online dictionaries, it can be defined as “recognize the full worth of” or “understand fully.” Does watching various videos from the band’s career help us understand fully their history and who they are as a band? I think so. Does discussing any and every topic help us to recognize the full worth of the band? Again, I say yes.

Here’s the deal. I don’t believe that Duran Duran is “perfect.” No band is. Yet, I think that by understanding them and their history, both awesome and not, as much as possible through watching videos, through talking about, I can better understand and appreciate them. To me, that means that the day and our online party was a big win for this Duranie.

-A

#DDAD19 Preview, Questions of the Day and more!

I am distracted this morning between having to pick up my niece at the airport, work related news and Duran Duran Appreciation Day. Normally, when I start to blog, I have a solid idea in mind along with a rough outline. Today, though, I’m sort of winging it. Maybe, I’ll address a number of random things.

Duran Duran Appreciation Day

It’s tomorrow! Is everyone ready? Did you read Rhonda’s blog yesterday? If not, it’s here. She gave you the scoop about our party details! I still have to go shopping for our drink suggestions. What about all of you? Again, if you don’t know, we are starting our online party at 1 pm Central or 11 am Pacific. We will tweet and post the YouTube playlist link in the morning. Then, of course, we will be live tweeting using the hashtag #DDAD19. It will be super fun to see how this goes with both Rhonda and I tweeting at the same time using the same Twitter handle. If nothing else, I fully expect Rhonda and myself to crack ourselves up and only ourselves. Cannot wait!!

How else are people going to celebrate besides partying with us? How many of you are wearing Duran Duran t-shirts, for example? I know that I plan to! I will be wearing it despite moving my niece into college in the morning. Maybe it will help to educate these youngsters about good music! I also noticed that Duran’s social media have encouraged people to change their profiles pictures to this:

I don’t know about the rest of you but I have seen a lot of people change to this picture on both Facebook and Twitter. It makes me feel really good to see all of the love for Duran out there. If you haven’t changed yours yet, there is still time.

On a related note, I asked the following question on Facebook and Twitter: What Duran Duran lyric describes what you appreciate about the band? If you haven’t answered yet, I would love to know what you all have to say. After all, while I can certainly write about what I love about the band but I’m just one fan who might miss a lot about what others appreciate.

The Best 9 Songs

Speaking of social media, I wanted to take a minute to address the questions of the day. The set of questions we are on have to do with picking out the best 9 songs from a particular era This idea came from a thought I had when thinking about Duran albums. It seemed to me that the first three albums were so solid because they only included 9 songs. The band might have worked on other songs but only included the top ones, the best ones. So, what if we did that with the rest of the albums? Then, I decided that I shouldn’t be the one to determine which songs are the best but let our voters decide. Now, here is where I need to add the frequently stated disclaimer. When I do questions of the day like this, it doesn’t mean that I think that Duran Duran songs are bad or that some of them are bad. It is just that some might be better.

The second part of the disclaimer goes like this: It is just for fun! There is a lot of serious, horrible things going on in the world. I do things like the questions of the day to escape a little of that seriousness. I want one thing that is not so serious. It really doesn’t matter which songs our voters choose to be included in the best of Astronaut. No one gets hurts. The band does not get hurt by this. In real life, in the real world, lots of people are getting hurt. That is not happening with our questions of the day. Now, all that said, if you don’t like what we are asking, okay. Cool. Feel free to not participate or to participate. We love to have people voice their opinions but I get that for some people, it just doesn’t work for them.

On that note, I probably should get this published and get to the store. I have supplies to buy including some mixers and snacks. Anyone know any fun Duran related snacks? “See” you all tomorrow!!

-A

Duran Duran Appreciation Day 2019!

Does the date August 10th mean anything to you? If it doesn’t, it probably should! It is an international holiday celebrating Duran Duran. I have told non-fans about it and been disbelieved. They think I’m just making it up. Well, people, I’m here to tell you that it is a real, legit thing. Days of the Year website confirm the holiday. So, anyone have any plans? If not, maybe, you will want to join us! Yes, people, that’s right. Rhonda and I won’t allow this very significant day go by without doing something!

Well, if you have been around these parts for awhile, you know that it is pretty common for us to do a little online party. Let me explain the details for this year!

Like previous parties, there will be a YouTube playlist created that everyone at the party will watch! We have not come up with the list yet so if you have suggestions, let us know!

We will be starting at 1 pm Central Time on August 10th, which is 2 pm Eastern and 11 am Pacific. We will provide everyone with a list of what we will be watching when so that you can jump in at whatever time works for you.

Then, of course, we will be chatting, appreciating, teasing, reacting, etc. to everything we will be watching on Twitter that day. To that end, we will be using the hashtag #DDAD19. We would love to see it get trending!

Now, while all of that would awesome by itself, we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t add something special to the event! So, who has heard of a progressive dinner? The idea behind a progressive dinner is that people participating go to different people’s houses for each course of the meal. Well, we thought it might be fun to do a progressive drinking party. What’s that? Simple. Typically, a progressive drinking party is similar in that each place you go to, you have a different kind of drink. So, here’s what we thought. We would recommend various drinks to go with whatever we are watching. So, each video on the list would go with a different type of drink. Obviously, if you want to have that drink, go for it. If you want to have something else, that’s cool, too. We are just making recommendations. Like the video play list, we will let you know what drinks we recommend in a bit. Don’t worry, we will give plenty of time for you to hit the store to buy any and all necessary supplies.

So, for easy reference, Duran Duran Appreciation Party 2019 details:

  • August 10th starting at 1 pm Central
  • YouTube Watch List (to follow!)
  • Live Tweeting will happen with the hashtag #DDAD19
  • Drink recommendations to go with the watch list

Questions? Suggestions? Excitement? We cannot wait to celebrate the day and Duran Duran!

-A

Adding the link to the Facebook event here!

Still They Come…to Vegas for Some Meet Ups

Got any plans on September 7th and September 8th? If you look at Duran Duran tour dates, you will notice that there are a couple of shows for those very dates in Las Vegas. The band is once again playing at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan and your favorite (okay…that was an exaggeration) bloggers will be there! In fact, not only are we going to be there but we have some meet ups planned.

We will be meeting at the CliQue Bar and Lounge, located within the Cosmopolitan at 5 pm on both Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th. This particular bar is located on the first level of the Chelsea Tower and is described this way by the hotel website:

“CliQue serves as an escape from the outside world, offering artisanal cocktails and house-made mixers. CliQue adds a new avant-garde lounge concept to the resort.

Guests looking to stimulate their palates can enjoy a variety of savory bites and shareable plates, including high-end street tacos, an array of sliders and salads, among other mouthwatering dishes, from award-winning chef Brian Massie.”

One of the reasons that Rhonda and I enjoy this place is that the shareable plates are great and the wait staff remember our order! (Actually, that probably says more about us then them but whatever…) Plus, we like the atmosphere there.

We would love to see each and every one of you there! Please head over to the event page on Facebook and indicate your interest to let us know who to look for. Here are the links for the two meet ups: Saturday night and Sunday night .

Now, it has been a while since we have held a more formal fan gathering and we are super excited to do so! One of the things that Rhonda and I have always tried to do is to bring the fan community together. As we started on this journey (about 10 years ago now!) of learning about fandoms, generally, and our fandom, specifically, we realized that fan communities can either be places where competition dominates or where people come together. We much prefer bringing people together (because it is WAY more fun that way), which is why we started holding meet ups or conventions to begin with! Here are some pictures from the last one:

I think back to 2004 and when I first jumped back into this fandom. I didn’t really know anyone and the few people I did were random strangers that I “met” online. At the time, I longed to find people to talk about Duran Duran with. Just as importantly, I needed to find *my* people. These are people who would not only give me space to talk about Duran but also encourage my love for the band. They would see fandom and going to shows like I did. So I did something that was totally out of character for me. I went to a Duran Duran Fans Convention. Sure, I dragged a friend with me but I went. I did it solely to find my people.

During that convention, I met lots of Duranies and even found people who would be willing to go to shows with me. When the Astronaut Tour dates came out, many of us from the convention discussed, planned and plotted. Who is going to what show? Who is going to go with whom? At the time, I had no idea if any of those people would really be my people or just cool fans. The show the group decided to all go to was the Chicago show in March of 2005. Rhonda flew in and I drove down. After getting very little sleep and food, laughing our asses off and screaming for those guys on stage, I knew that I found my people. Rhonda and I bonded that weekend and discovered that we had a guaranteed touring buddy for life. To say that we were lucky would be an understatement. Yet, none of that would have happened if we hadn’t gone to a fan gathering. They matter. So we try to provide the place and the means for other fans to meet their people with our meet ups and conventions.

Now, it is my understanding that there is another meet up (or two??) happening that weekend. I think that is super cool! We are not here to compete with anyone as that does not make things more fun. No, I think it is great that fans have options, choices because, after all, you never know when and where you are going to meet your people.

-A

How to Tour “Right”

Last weekend, one of our friends on Twitter mentioned that he had a countdown going for the Duran shows in September. As I responded, I realized something. I used to do countdowns for tours all the time. I had calendars filled with numbers slowly counting down to when I would leave for shows. Why did I stop doing that? This made me think about all the various touring traditions we have had over the years. We had a ton and for the longest time I couldn’t imagine *not* having or doing them. What were those traditions? Should we bring them back? I wonder how much they added to our experience. Did they make touring more fun? So, here are some of the things we do or used to do in no particular order.

No Sleeping or Eating

When Rhonda and I first started touring together, it was pretty common for us to not get much sleep at all and meals were well…optional. On our first tour, we were up for something like 38 hours in a row and didn’t eat for a full 24 hours. What the heck were we thinking?! Honesty, I think we were too busy having fun to take the time to sleep or eat. Should we bring this back? We still don’t get a ton of sleep on tour and I don’t know that we really want to go back to no sleep. I also like food. So, good idea but…with limits! We are getting old here, people!

IHOP

Again, from the earliest tours, we often found ourselves eating at nearby IHOPs (pancake restaurant for those not in the know). Eventually, we even started to make note of where the IHOPs were in order to be able to stop there. I’m good with having this one or not. I guess I would put it like this. If it works to go or is convenient, then, I’m all for it. I don’t know that I need to go out of my way for it.

“The Menu”

Let me explain this one. On our first tour, we were waiting to be seated at a restaurant when I saw a take home menu. I grabbed it. At first, I just wanted something to look at but then I decided that it would be fun to write down various quotes from the weekend on it to document our fun. We had such fun with it that we kept doing it for years to come. I’m not sure when it stopped but I have realized that I miss it. So, I would like to bring this back!

Tequila Shots

So, for a couple of years it was tradition for us to start our evenings with tequila shots. Here’s the deal. This is one tradition that we don’t need to bring back. While I look back at those nights with fondness, I simply cannot do tequila shots anymore. In fact, I won’t do tequila at all. Now, whenever I have any tequila, it brings on a massive migraine. No more tequila for me, thank you very much.

Videos

This is another tradition that we have kept up, sort of. We definitely film vlogs while on tour. The reason for this is simple. It is far easier to film a video blog on tour. Plus, it is a heck of a lot more fun. That said, we used to do videos all the time just for us. I miss those videos and would love to bring those back.

Leaving Our Mark

There is a bar in Durham, North Carolina that had chalkboards in the bathroom stalls. It may or may not have had some pro-Duran Duran messages in it in the summer of 2012. Likewise, there is a wall near Abbey Road Studios in London where a lot of people have signed their names or left messages. There might be something about the Daily Duranie on there now, too. I’m not going to lie. There might have been other places that we have left our mark. I like this one, too. Let’s bring this one back.

Setlists

I’m not quite sure when and where this one started. Maybe it was Biloxi in 2012 as we sat all day hoping for a great spot in that general admission show. What am I talking about? Simple. We would create our own setlist. At times, it is just the songs we would love, love to hear live. Other times, the focus might be some sort of theme. I enjoyed the heck out of making all of those. It seems to me that we began to back off when people assumed that it was our frustration over the lack of changes in the setlist but I never looked at it like that. It was more about how to give the band a hard time (with love!) even if they never saw it or didn’t get our insides jokes. Should we bring this one back?!

Tour by the Numbers

I feel like there was always a little element of this tradition in my tours. I can tell you that I drove 1984 miles in the spring of 2005 when I attended 5 shows on the Astronaut Tour. I could look up the number of hours we spent on various forms of transportation for the UK tour we did in 2011. Now, I don’t know that anyone outside of Rhonda and I would be interested our touring numbers but I like documenting my life. I think it is the historian in me!

Meetups and Wristbands

At times, we have been pretty busy with planning meetups with fellow fans before a show. Many times, we have also passed out Daily Duranie wristbands. These would be a relatively easy to bring back. Would people be interested in that for Vegas? Maybe before one of the shows?

We Tease Because We Love

We have a strange sense of humor. I admit it. Rhonda and I get great joy over laughing with (at) the band. I love finding something to tease one or more band members about something or other. It isn’t like they don’t give us a hard time back. Anyone been in the front when Simon spits water during White Lines? If so, then you know what I’m talking about. If you have been following this blog for awhile, then you might have seen something about pants or shoes. Let me be clear, though. We only tease because we love.

So, what touring traditions do you have? I am looking forward not only to see a couple of shows in September but also to restart some of these!

-A

My Finest Hour

Tuesday was Election Day in Wisconsin. While I have worked on campaigns before, this spring campaign marked the first one I have been the campaign manager for. This means that I designed the plan on how to reach as many voters as possible and convince them that my candidate was the one to vote for. The plan was an ambitious one that required a heck of a lot of time and work but I felt strongly that we needed to approach it that way since our opponent had so much going for him. He had name recognition, lots of media attention and support and big donors. We knew that it would be an uphill battle as we braved one of the harshest winters on record to knock on over 4000 doors and spoke to over 2000 people. Tuesday night, we gathered together to see if this plan worked. We managed to get over 35,000 votes to secure ourselves a win!! To say that we are thrilled would be an understatement! The lyrics to Duran’s song, Finest Hour, reminded me that “you’ve got to fight for what you believe.” Indeed, we did and came out winners!

Now, as I settle back into life with only one job, I find myself looking forward to getting more sleep, watching more TV, being a Duranie and more once I catch up on life. I also fully expect myself to have the time to pay attention to Duran Duran and all the happenings of our fan community. That said, I wonder if I will need more than just to slowly integrate myself back into Duranland. You know what I would really like? I wouldn’t mind a little mini-tour to plan for, to look forward to. Yes, yes, I know that we just had one one in February. That is totally true, but I wasn’t feeling the best and too tired to enjoy it as much as I could. Plus, why wouldn’t I want more shows like the ones we saw in February as they were absolutely fabulous?! Okay. So I cannot have that. What would be the next best things? I have two ideas.

Anyone up for a party?

While I would love, love, love to set up a Duranie party, I’m not certain that I could do that super quickly. After all, it takes time to plan for something like that well. So, if I cannot have a tour or a big Duranie party, what could I do? You know what I could do?! I could host an online one, couldn’t it? Rhonda and I have done a few of those over the years. Why not now? Usually, we do these online parties for some anniversary or holiday or something. I like to think of this one being for multiple things. First, it is to celebrate my campaign success and I cannot think of a better way than with Duran Duran. Second, it is to celebrate my return to Duranland. Third, my Duranie anniversary is this month. The last reason is just to do something fun! Who is with me?

Of course, I’m hoping that Rhonda would do this with me but she has no idea that I’m even proposing it. (Sorry—Rhonda! It just hit me and I went with it.) Hopefully, we can come up with a good date and what exactly we want to do with it. Social media? YouTube playlist? Something else fun? A contest? A game? What would all of you like for our online party? Stay tuned and watch this space!

Got something to say

My other idea is a simple one. While in Vegas, Rhonda and I mentioned that we both wanted to start writing again. I suggested a little project that we had already outlined. I think this would be a fun one to focus on because it is all about the fabulousness of Duran Duran and would definitely bring me back into the fold. I would love to see us write this and get it out this summer, too. Personally, I think we can do it. It would mean some focus during the summer along with probably a conference call or ten but I think we could do it. Heck, maybe, we should plan a get together to get it done. I like that the possibilities seem endless right now. It is all good.

So, people, as I bask in the glow of victory, I am giving you a little warning that Amanda, the Duranie, is feeling good and ready to have some fun around here once she gets some sleep.

-A

You’ve Got That Thing Which Makes Them Smile

To say that I have not yet recovered from my trip to Vegas would be an understatement. I feel like I haven’t slept in a decade and I’m struggling to get going. My to do list is long and I am cannot get motivated no matter what I do. I’m crossing my fingers, hoping that I bounce back super soon as time is of the essence. Is this because part of me is still on tour? Still in Vegas? I’m sure. I also think that I want time to process last weekend and have had minimum time to do that. Despite that, I did realize something while I was in Vegas.

Could you describe yourself in one word? The other day Rhonda blogged about how she did not want to be defined solely by the term fan among others. It feels to her that being known for just one thing limits her and I totally appreciate that. After all, I don’t want to be known just as a “teacher” or “fan.” I am more than that. Yet, I do think that I could give one word to describe myself. That word is organizer. I certainly feel that in the classroom as I have to organize lessons and curriculum while organizing groups of children. Beyond that, that word fits when I think about my role as a campaign manager. I have to organize materials as well as events and volunteers to implement a plan. With both of my official jobs, I like the challenge of trying to figure out a game plan and how best to implement it. Not only do I like it, but I think I’m pretty decent at it, too.

Last weekend, in Vegas, we opted not to organize a big thing (ha!) or plan a real formal gathering. Instead, we went with the flow and had more unofficial meet-ups. While I enjoyed all of these gatherings, there was a part of me that felt removed, away from the action. Over the course of the last year or so, I have pulled back from the Duran community. There are a few reasons for this. Some of the reasons I have written about previously, including my incredibly busy life. Part of it, though, I realized, is that I don’t feel my participation adds much. I’m not terribly clever online and I don’t have any real insight into the inner workings of the band. I could talk about campaigning for hours. I could talk about fandom for hours but neither of those is what people look for in members of a fan community. People don’t share juicy gossip with me and even if they did, I don’t share what people share with me. I am pretty private so a lot of people don’t gravitate to me. On top of that, I don’t think a lot of people can relate to my life.

I hope this does not sound like I’m feeling sorry for myself because this is not what this post is about. I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to figure myself out and develop self-awareness. I know who I am and am okay with myself. Likewise, I have spent a lot of time and energy trying to get, to understand fandom and fan communities. Here is what I have realized by all this. I like organizing events for the fan community. Does it make it easier for me to socialize and people with me? I’m sure but it also feels right. It is something I like and am good at. It gives people a way to get past my private exterior and gives me a way to open myself up in ways I cannot get otherwise. I won’t ever be that bubbly personality that everyone wants to know. I certainly won’t ever be that person with a connection to the band or to insider or even interesting info. What I can be, what I am, though, is an organizer.

It was right for us not to organize anything big this past weekend but I missed it and hope that when more shows come our way that we can go back to doing something.

-A

You Had Plans All Along

If someone asked you what your greatest strength or talent was, what would you say?  I’m not talking about the skill or quality for a job interview, even though it could be used at work as well.  No, I’m thinking about the essential element of who you are and when you are using this, it feels good and right.  Would Simon say that he is an entertainer?  What about Nick?  Or John?  Would they say artist?  Multi-media specialist?  The past week has made me think a lot about what mine is.  This skill or quality I am thinking of is used here with fandom, at work and during political actions or campaigns.

Some of you have guessed that it is organization.  I thrive in situations which require organization.  To me, there is nothing better than when I have worked hard to organize something and it goes well.  I feel that way at work when I plan a great lesson.  I definitely feel that way when political campaigns result in a win for my candidates.  Likewise, I love when I am able to organize surrounding my fandom.  Over the last eight years or so, Rhonda and I have found ourselves organizing various fan events from simple meet ups to online parties to a full-blown weekend convention.  Each time those events went well, I felt successful.  Sometimes, like with the convention, Durandemonium, successful doesn’t adequately describe how I felt afterwards.  I was on top of the world, ready to do more.  I mean, who doesn’t like it when the core of who they are helps to create something fun?

As you all know, Rhonda and I have been thinking about doing something like a mini-convention in Las Vegas during the weekend that the band is playing there in February 2019.  We have brainstormed some ideas and have sought out information.  Hopefully, we will be able to figure out something definite soon so that we can share and start signing people up!  Here is what I can tell you.  Right now, we are thinking about doing something Thursday night as a welcome party of sorts.  Then, we would have activities during the day on both Friday and Saturday.  Obviously, Friday and Saturday nights would be taken up with the shows themselves.

For those of you who were not at the convention in 2013, some of the activities we had included get to know you games (Duran style), other Duran related games, video viewing, book talks and a party.  If you were at Durandemonium, what did you think of those activities?  Which did you like best?  If you weren’t at that convention, what sounds good to you?  What are some other suggestions you might have?

We would like to get the ball rolling for whatever we do in Vegas as quickly as we can for various reasons, including to reserve a space, start planning the activities and make sure that everyone knows that they should come in on Thursday to party with us!  Nothing is obviously definite as there are lots of factors that we need to consider before we totally commit to it, but I am feeling optimistic.  Maybe, it is just my desire to use those organizational skills but I don’t think so.  Is there anything much better than a bunch of Duranies hanging out together and having fun?  I don’t think so!

-A

Duran Inspired Cocktails

Happy Friday everyone!  As you are reading this blog post, I’ll be on my way to the Chicagoland area to attend an anniversary party for my aunt and uncle.  This kind of event doesn’t necessarily scream excitement or fun for me, but I appreciate being able to see family and, more importantly, take my parents to see their siblings.  That said, the event begins with an hour of cocktails, which is generally up my alley.  Unfortunately, these cocktails should be pretty standard unlike what Duran Duran posted yesterday.  Did anyone see this post about “Taylor Made Cocktails”?  If not, go here now.

The idea is simple.  The author of the post shared how she fell in love with the band in the 1980s and even had the good fortune of meeting John Taylor at one of his book signings.  In response to her birthday (and John’s), she is finally creating a list of Duran inspired cocktails.  On top of sharing her first name, I also share the belief that this is a fabulous idea.  In fact, Rhonda and I have been lucky enough to have some Duran themed beverages at a couple of our events, in fact,  including a Sing Blue Silver and a Stolen Leopard to name a couple.  So, what kind of cocktails were created?  Let’s take a look.

Taylor Made Cocktails:

  • Planet Earth
  • Girls on Film
  • Vieux to a Kill
  • Dance Into the Fire
  • Save It ‘Til the Morning After
  • Last Chance on the Stairway
  • Sing Blue Silver
  • Try Not to Bruise It
  • Lonely Satellite
  • Secret Oktober
  • Ragged Tiger
  • Where Is All You Angels?
  • Meet el Presidente

Single Pours:

  • I Suppose That’s Very Nice
  • Waiting for the Night Boat
  • Room 7609

One of the things that I love about this list is that credit is given to the bartender who created the drink as well as the ingredients and how to make it.  This means that every Duranie out there can make these for themselves!  In looking through the drinks, I would like to try them all, but I can tell that I would need to hit the liquor store first and to practice!  That said, I always appreciate learning something new so I would be definitely open to finding out how to make some new drinks.  Of course, I need a special occasion to make these, which has me thinking.

It seems to me that it has been quite awhile since we held an online party.  Now, I’ll admit that I have not been in much of a party mood lately.  The news has been anything but pleasant.  Yet, I am reminded that it is important to celebrate what matters to you especially when times are tough.  So, what do the rest of you think?  Would you be up for an online party?  We could create a YouTube playlist and hang out on social media like we have in the past.  Of course, I’m open to other ideas, too, if you all have any.  Then, we would have to figure out a date to hold it.  July?  August?  Duran Duran Appreciation Day?  Obviously, I would want Rhonda to be in on this, too, so we need to see what dates work for her.  I know that I could use a little fun and a few hours loving Duran Duran.  What about the rest of you?

-A

A 2018 Duran Convention??

There is one question that Rhonda and I have asked ourselves a lot over the last week or so.  That question is:  Have we lost our minds?!?  Why are we asking this?  What else would we be asking ourselves considering that we are seriously thinking about organizing another Duran fan convention.

To catch people up who might not have been around a few years ago, Rhonda and I organized a weekend long convention in 2013 in Chicago with the help of some good friends.  We called that little love child, Durandemonium, and featured various activities, including an author’s panel, Duran games, a banquet, a dance, clubbing at an 80s club, watching A Diamond in the Mind at a movie theater and more.  While we didn’t have a huge crowd, it was very successful in that those who attended had a great time!!  Many people there met many other fans who they are now good friends with.  As organizers, we could not ask for more!

Sounds fabulous…so why would that make us crazy?!  Well, as organizers, you can imagine that there is work to organize and create such an event.  On top of that, we experienced some stress as we had to sign various contracts that put us in some financial risk (well…a little more than some but…thankfully, we were able to pay our bills!).  Despite whatever stress we had, we recognized that we had learned a lot from organizing that convention and that, at some point, the time would be right to plan another.  A few factors weigh in our decision:  Are we in the right place and time for us to carve out a huge chuck of time into doing this?  (Not really…but I have learned no timing is perfect!  Plus, it is good to have something to look forward to!).  Do we have a location that might work well?  Last time, we loved having it in Chicago but some details weren’t ideal.  So, if we could find an ideal place…that might be a sign.  Is there interest in the fans?  Are people willing to pay enough to cover the costs of putting something like this on?

Well, we are trying to figure out the answers to those questions.  We think we would be able to squeeze in the necessary time and energy to organize another convention despite having other things on our to-do list.  As for the location, we are working on that.  Right now, we think we might have a perfect place at a perfect time.  What about the fans?  Last night, we put out a poll on our Twitter and our Facebook page to see if there is indeed interest enough to pursue this idea.  What exactly was the poll?  Simple.  Would you be willing to spend about $200-$250 for a 3 day Duran Duran convention over a weekend during DD Appreciation Day in Vegas?  We also explained some of the ideas we are thinking of:  author panels, video viewing, our DD Appreciation Day online video parties but in person, games, possibly live band(s), a banquet, a full-40th anniversary celebration for fans, with a recreation of the Rum Runner and/or Only After Dark.  Obviously, these are only initial ideas.  As we move forward (assuming we do) and develop more specifics, including a schedule, we will definitely keep all of you in the loop!

Right now, the response says that we should move forward, which is both exciting and a little nerve-wracking.  All in all, it is pretty exciting!  If you haven’t voted, there is still time to do so!  To vote on twitter, go here:  https://twitter.com/DailyDuranie For facebook go here:  https://www.facebook.com/dailyduranieblog/.      

On that note, I have to work on venue specifics!  Until then, go vote and share the info with others so they can go vote!  We appreciate it!

-A