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We Danced, We Laughed, We Chatted!

I’m not going to be around much tomorrow, so I’m writing this on Sunday night.  With any luck, I am going to be at a day spa, relaxing and “balancing my qi”…as my youngest likes to say.  There will be no dancing on the valentine for me tomorrow…hopefully just some lavender-scented bliss.

Every once in a while, I tend to get so caught up in the motor that runs Daily Duranie (and my house) that I actually forget to BE a fan. I forget to take time to stop and smell the roses much beyond the occasional “listen to Paper Gods” in the car. That bugs me, too, because here I am, trying to write a blog about what it is really like to be a fan, and yet sometimes I am hard pressed to even know what to say!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that being a DD fan is drudgery. Far, far from it. It’s the peripheral stuff. You know….life: taking the kids to school, trying to put together a lesson here at home. Catching up on Twitter only to find that a couple of friends had a fantastic (and yet way way way over my head) conversation about a group I know next-to-nothing about, but very much want to learn. I catch DDHQ posting a question about favorite lyrics from Paper Gods…and my mind goes completely blank. (I truly sat back and had to think for a few minutes. “What in the hell is ON that album anyway???”) In the interim I realize I’ve shot away 30 minutes that I should have been reading my world history textbook in order to teach a lesson to my son. There’s not much time for watching videos. For laughing. For enjoying being a fan.

This (school) year seems a bit worse than previous ones as far as time goes, likely because I’ve taken on some added responsibilities by deciding to homeschool my very youngest. Sometimes I question my sanity with that decision. (like right now in this moment) Even so, I miss feeling like I can sit around and chat with my friends on Twitter or Facebook…or even on our message boards without facing some pinnacle of crisis later in the week for not spending that 30 minutes doing one of the other 10,000 things I was supposed to do during that time. I am sure I’m not alone.

That’s why last night was so precious. I was able to spend four beautiful hours just watching videos and chatting with friends, both old and new, on the Daily Duranie boards. We have a “shout box” built into the boards, which acts as a chatroom – and it’s open all the time. (I noticed a few people saying they couldn’t find the shout box – when you get to the message boards, scroll all the way down to the bottom and it’s there.) We made it into a party, called it “Dancing on the Valentine” and even gave it a theme drink. (because why not?) We made up a video playlist and hung out watching videos and chatting. I can’t even tell you how much I needed a night like that. That’s the  thing about Daily Duranie, we do this as much for ourselves as we do everyone else.

It isn’t ever very hard to remember why I became a fan. I’ve been told that this blog shows just how much love Amanda and I have for the band, even underneath all the blogs where we’re kicking their asses about one thing or another. It’s just that sometimes, I forget to actually be one.

Then there are the friendships. Oh, the friendships. It is easily the best part for me…I love seeing fans find other fans, connect and build a friendship. Hosting chats and online (and in-person) parties brings people together. Giving fans a place to meet and cultivate friendships begins to grow a loyal community, so anything that I can think of to make that happen is exactly what we’re going to do next.

Hosting chats isn’t exactly in my comfort zone. I’m really more of the type to sit back with my beverage and watch the scene unfold in person. You’re far more likely to find me in a dark corner talking to one person at a time than in the middle of a crowd. But, when it comes to Daily Duranie, somehow…I find a way to make it happen. And really, I need those moments.

Even more? I loved watching a lot of videos from Live in London, or smiling at the video for What Happens Tomorrow. I even saw clips I hadn’t seen before (there are a lot out there!!), like the band covering Starman, or the interview they did with Howard Stern back in 2006 (or something like that). In fact, I’m hoping to squeeze in a few more videos before bed tonight. (don’t tell anyone!)

Those moments, however far and few in between, renew my spirit and rejuvenate my fandom.  I hope they do the same for you, and that if you missed our little party last night, that when we announce the next one, you’ll find your way to hang out with us.

-R

Dancing on the Valentine Party!!!

I was hoping to review/give highlights/commentary on the latest Katy Kafe featuring one Mr. John Taylor, but…I cannot get the video to work for me despite trying on three different devices.  Hopefully, I will be able to do that for tomorrow.  Yet, I hope this post brings something better…or….just as good…or kinda good.  Well, at least, Rhonda and I think it will be good and VERY FUN, which is news of an online party!

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about how this winter has been getting me and lots of other people down, which you can read about here.  Yes, obviously, there is good reason for this feeling.  Instead of focusing on all that has been lost, it seems to me that this would be a good time to celebrate.  We can celebrate our fandom, our friendship and what is to come.  It can remind us why we love Duran Duran and that within that love is fun and friendship.  Therefore, Rhonda and I will be hosting the…DANCING ON THE VALENTINE PARTY!  No, it isn’t a super original name but it fits since it will take place on Saturday, February 13th.  Here are all the details:

What:  Dancing on the Valentine Party!

Who:  Everyone, Everywhere!

Where:  It will take place online!

When:  Saturday, February 13th starting at 8 pm central/6 pm pacific

Why:  To have some fun and to celebrate our mutual love of Duran and our friendships!

How:  This party will work like many of our other parties.  There will be a YouTube playlist.  “Attendees” will click on the playlist.  Then, we will comment, laugh, sing along with whatever we are watching!

Some other important details to note!

  1. We need people to send in suggestions for what to watch.  Everyone knows what Rhonda and I like to watch!  We want all attendees to have a voice in what is played!  Therefore, please send video requests to us through email, comments here on the blog, comments on our Facebook page, tweets…It doesn’t matter how–just send them in!  As people send in their suggestions, we will find them, put them on a YouTube playlist so that we will be good to go!  Now, I realize that some of you will say:  “I don’t know what I want to watch!  I can’t think of anything in particular!  Everything is good to me!”  Try this.  Decide if you would be in the mood for live footage, interviews, documentaries, videos.  Then, figure out what years or eras you would like to focus on more.  That usually helps me narrow my thinking.  🙂
  2. There will be a drinking game for this party!  Once we have our playlist set, Rhonda and I will come up with things to watch for to have a sip/drink of the beverage of your choice.  We are recommending a little Vodka and Cranberry for the evening.  In fact, on that day, we will declare the official drink title to be Valentine Stones.  Fitting, yes?
  3. A Facebook event page will be created once I have some time after grading my semester finals.  People can then get the details, RSVP for the party, share with other friends and other Duranie groups they might know of/belong to.
  4. The other important detail that we will be sharing later is where/how we are going to communicate throughout the party.  In the past, I have focused on talking to people on the Facebook event page and Rhonda has tweeted about it from our account.  The problem with this is obvious.  It starts to feel like 2 different parties are going on and the whole group doesn’t get a chance to “hang out”.  We would like some online place in which everyone can be on together!  It would be WAY more fun!  So, watch this space for details!!!

I think I have covered everything!  I will update this post once the event page is up.  More details about the drinking game will follow as will where the party will be held, in terms of an online location.  In the meantime, start thinking about what you want to watch and send us your suggestions!!!!  Suddenly, those semester finals don’t seem so tough to finish grading since now I have something to look forward to!

-A