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Here Comes Success

Pressure. Nerves. Stress. Anxiety. We have all felt those, I suspect. Those feelings are pretty common when it comes to buying concert tickets, right? Strange that what I have learned buying tickets now help in the middle of a pandemic.

My usual tactics before buying tickets include doing some research. What is the venue like? I try to find a map with individual seats, if possible. Usually, then, I print it out, make notes about where I would want to sit the most. Then, I even try to find pictures of what the stage looks like from that spot. Next, I make sure that I have all information for the pre-sale. Is there a password I need to use? If so, when will it be released? How many tickets can I buy? (This, of course, requires a plan with my friends.) What ticketing operation will be used? Do they have a way to line up early, virtually speaking? After all that, I make sure that the ticketing agency has my information recorded with an account of my address, credit card, etc. Anything that I can share ahead of time will make it easier at the moment the sale goes live. Lastly, I ask around about how the pre-sales on that site works. Is it a situation where I need to refresh frequently or need to be prepared for refreshing a lot more than just five minutes? I try to get as much information as possible.

On the day of the sale, I try to get ready a few minutes ahead of time, making sure that I’m logged in. Of course, I also bring out my credit cards in case the pre-saved information did not work. I make sure that I have all of my passwords handy for the weird situation that a credit card would not work. Then, I take a lot of deep breaths, check in with Rhonda or any other friend who is also trying for tickets. I give myself a lot of self-talk about how I can do this, how I have done it successfully in the past while reminding myself that getting in the venue is most important. This statement is usually followed by another reminder about how I could always try for better seats later with the secondary market. Overall, I tell myself that it will all work out as I take many deep breaths and will my stomach to settle.

In thinking about pre-sales, I cannot even begin to count how many I have done over the course of my life. All of my experience came in handy this past week and not because I bought concert tickets (oh, how I wish I could!). No, it helped me to buy groceries! Yay, groceries. Oh, how much things have changed!

Here’s the deal. I will not let my parents go to the grocery store right now. On top of the fact that they are elderly, my dad is immune-compromised. He is in the greatest at-risk group. So I could go for them but…I worry that if I get sick, I cannot help them if they need something. This led us to try to figure out a different way. Through research, we discovered that our grocery stores allow customers to order online and pick up the order. Cool. That would work. My mom decides to try it. She fills her cart with groceries she needs, proceeds to pick out a time and nothing. It was exactly like that moment when you refresh for concert tickets and the VIP package you covet is sold out. Frustrating. Upsetting.

The next day, Mom and I do a little research. She calls the store. I look online for tips and suggestions. Is there something she could or should do differently? The store tells her to just keep trying and that tomorrow slots might be available. This leads us to wonder if the slots get filled earlier in the morning than when she has been trying. Brainstorm! What if midnight is like the time when tickets go on sale? We decide to try it. Again, she filled up her cart and waited for the magical time to select a pick up time and….drumroll..success! Yes! So, yesterday I picked up her order and after our Zoom party today, I will pick up mine.

Speaking of our Zoom party today, remember that it is at 11:30 Pacific, 2:30 Eastern. If you have the Zoom app, click on it at that time and you will be prompted to enter a meeting number, which you’ll need to contact us on either Facebook or Twitter to receive. Once you are in, you will see everyone else but will be muted. Please find the chat on the toolbar to talk to all of us and this will allow us to hear the video playlist. Then, we can “talk” about what we are watching as much as we want. Feel free to bring friends and a beverage or two of your choice! I, for one, am looking forward to it! It will be the best way to spend the last day before I go “back to work”!

-A

Silver Linings?

On Monday, I return to work. No, I’m not physically entering the school building but I will be trying to figure out how the heck I’ll be teaching 120 students virtually with lots of online meetings. I honestly cannot say that I’m looking forward to it. Don’t get me wrong. It has been over two weeks since I last saw my students and I’m genuinely missing them. No, I’m happy to reconnect with the kids but I’m struggling to concentrate on anything and wonder if the focus right now should be grades and content.

As I try not to stress out about that too much, I do want to acknowledge the weird silver linings, though, that have come about as a result of being “safer at home.” While, yes, I do appreciate the time spent with the cat and the extra sleep, there are other things that come to my mind. First of all, I have communicated a lot more with various friends than I would have normally. A number of friends seem to be checking in with me daily or almost daily. In some cases, it is to talk about the spring campaign or work related emails. In other cases, they are just checking to see how I am doing. Even Rhonda and I have “chatted” more than we had been. I love each and every message and I love each and every friend I have personally heard from. Likewise, my family also “checks in” everyday. In many cases, we meet virtually to play games and have agreed to watch a movie “together.” All of this helps me feel not so alone and keeps my anxiety as low as possible.

Beyond the personal connections I have been loving, I have to admit that my attention to Duran Duran and Duran Duran fandom has also increased, which I would have never imagined. I have had a lot of Duran activities that have popped up in my schedule, including watching Sing Blue Silver, following the Friday chats, hanging out with an amazing DJ Set by Jason and more. On top of that, Rhonda and I are hosting our own party tomorrow, at 11:30 Pacific or 2:30 Eastern. We will be using the Zoom app so if you have not downloaded it on either your phone, tablet or computer, you definitely should. Once you log in, you should be able to see our YouTube playlist playing. While you will be muted so that people can hear the playlist, everyone should use the chat function to share ideas, thoughts, comments, etc. That will be the fun part! I will share the Zoom meeting number for everyone to join in just before. I’ll edit this post, share it on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/430201534462995/) and on our Twitter. I, for one, am looking forward to it! The zoom meeting number is: 456-745-218

So despite this truly awful time, I, for one, am finding some joy. It doesn’t totally outweigh the horribleness but it helps. It makes me think that once this is all over (see my positive thinking there!) I want to keep many of these silver linings in place. After all, I have learned what really matters to me.

-A

Daily Duranie Zoom Meetup!

During a time when video meetings are quickly becoming the norm, Daily Duranie has jumped on board the train! As we brainstormed of ways to try and connect with other fans, even while concerts and tours are being cancelled. We thought about how we could incorporate videos and chat together in one single place.

Previously, we’d have these video parties by putting together a YouTube playlist, then chatting on Twitter, making sure to use a hashtag so that others could follow along. It wasn’t easy, particularly if you only had use of a single screen. We found that we could either watch the videos OR chat, unless we had a phone and a laptop or some other combination of screens.

Suddenly, it hit us that maybe we could use Zoom, particularly now while it is free for people to try it out. So, we are going to set up a meeting on Zoom for next Sunday 3/29. The party is scheduled to begin around 11:30 am PST so that way perhaps we can reach at least some people around the globe (we’ll start the meet up by explaining how to use Zoom for video viewing), and we’ll go from there. Our plan is to have a 3-4 hour video party, same rules as always – participate, have fun, and if you’re so inclined – have a cocktail or two! We’re trying to give everyone notice so that if you do not already have Zoom on your laptop, you can get it downloaded. Once we have the meeting details (there’s an ID number and password for each meeting), we will post those details on our FB event page that is going up this afternoon.

Hope to see many of you on Sunday – what better way to spend time than with Duran Duran and friends?!?

– A & R

There’s No Sign of Life

I live off a main street that leads from the outskirts of my city into more of the downtown region. On top of that, the view outside my window includes the far off expressway that one would take to cross Wisconsin. Both have seen a significant decrease in traffic as more and more people are ordered home or choosing to shelter in place to keep themselves and others healthy and safe. When I think about the lack of traffic or the fact that I have not talked to anyone in person in almost a week, I get a little weirded out. Or a lot weirded out. But, for the most part, I’m doing okay. I consider myself lucky. While I am not at work this week (or last), I have what I need at home and means to communicate with others.

Since this whole situation has started, I have found myself seeking out my friends and family in a much more consistent fashion. I am asking my family members to check in on a daily basis. Yes, I’m obsessive with the idea of making sure that they are staying healthy, especially my parents. On top of that, there are a few friends that I look for on social media so that I know that they are okay, too. If I don’t see them, it is not uncommon of me to send a message to check on them when in normal circumstances I wouldn’t. On top of knowing that everyone is as good as possible, having that contact, even though it is electronic, matters to me. It makes me feel like there are signs of life and that I’m not alone.

Last night, I participated in an interview with a reporter out of New York City who is doing a piece about people living alone in this pandemic. One of the questions she asked me was ways that I have been coping. It is a good question. One of the things I stressed was the need I have to look forward to something. My family, for example, has been playing games through the use of Zoom. It has not been perfect as there are, at times, miscommunications and a struggle to figure out how to adjust and adapt the rules of various games. Yet, not only does it offer a distraction but it also gives me something to anticipate in a positive way. That matters. I am also making plans with friends to do “virtual” happy hours in which we have a drink at our respective homes but chat via FaceTime or whatnot. Every little bit helps.

Speaking of that, Rhonda and I have been chatting. (Scary, I know!) We are planning on doing something ourselves to help give people something Duran to look forward to. Likewise, it sounds like Jason has something cool as heck up his sleeves, too. Details are still being worked out but I am excited just thinking about doing something fun and Duran related! (In typing this, I recognize that not everyone will think this is what we *should* be doing because this is a serious situation. Let me be clear. We are not trying to minimize or belittle what is going on. It is our way of coping, of having hope, of making a horrible situation a little more tolerable. It isn’t to disrespect anything. If this is not something that works for you, we get it and will understand when you choose not to participate.) I know that I need it and am willing to bet that I’m not alone in that. So on that note, watch this space along with our social media!!!

-A

P.S. We are going to be using Zoom for our festivities so we recommend downloading/getting the app if you don’t already have it.

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