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If You Leave a Light On…

I am lucky enough to write this blog post on Friday afternoon due to a much-needed and much-unexpected snow day!  Normally, I write the Friday blogs on Thursday nights.  Fridays usually mean work for me followed by running some errands and making my weekend to-do list.  Every once in awhile, I have something to look forward to.  When I’m really lucky, I have something to look forward and the energy needed to enjoy them.  Today is one of those days.  What do I have to look forward to?  I have a Skype conference scheduled with my partner-in-crime.  While some might argue that a “conference” does not sound like fun, I would disagree.  Well, yes, some work will get done (it has to!), but it also gives us a chance to catch up, too!

What is on the work portion of today’s conversation?  Our list is rather lengthy, actually.  Most importantly to many reading this blog, we have some convention tasks to deal with.  Most specifically, we must get a little Kickstarter campaign up and running.  The goal is to get enough funding to meet the down payment for our convention location, the home base for our convention, happening during Duran Duran Appreciation Day/weekend.  This, of course, is key for us to move forward with our planning.  Be on the look-out for that!  The other big topic for us is about the Pop Culture conference we are presenting at next month! EEEK!  Next month definitely makes it sound like it is right around the corner.  We have planning to discuss, in terms of our travel, but, more importantly, our paper and presentation demand our attention, too.  Believe it or not, I’m looking forward to all of it.  For me, none of that feels like work even though it takes time and energy.

Beyond all that, I cannot wait to simply catch up.  I have to admit that I have not been that good of a friend lately to Rhonda or to my other friends.  When I have had a chance to check in, communicate with my friends, find time for them, I just haven’t.  I could describe the reasons for this, but I’m not sure how much any of you really would be interested in that.  I’ll say it this way.  It has taken the vast majority of my energy just to get work related tasks done along with required household chores.  (Let me just ask right now.  Why can’t my cat do the dishes or laundry or pay bills?!  Why is he so useless?  Apparently, he thinks his job is to just be cute!  The outrage!)  Now, I’m hoping that my snow day along with today’s conference helps to push me back to normal.

Once that happens, I’ll be better able to keep up with any and all news in the Duran sphere of the world.  I know that Simon is going to be a grandfather and that they are going to be playing in Dubai soon. Other than that, I feel like I have been in the dark, which is unacceptable to me!  After all, the blog needs me to be somewhat in the loop.  My happiness requires that, too!

-A

Shake up the pitcher*, the lizard mixture: Planning for Durandemonium 2018

*Yes, I spelled the word incorrectly. ON PURPOSE. See what I did there?

It has been a couple of weeks since I gave any sort of an update on convention planning.

First of all, we are still moving forward with plans! If you haven’t already marked August 9-12 as Durandemonium 2018 on your calendar, you should! We have been emailing with our contact at the Hard Rock Cafe (shout out to Jason!), thus begins the number crunching portion of convention planning….stay tuned!

What I am looking for currently, however, are any ideas that past DD convention goers, planners, etc, might like to see and do in August.

Yes, we all know we’d like the band there. Maybe they should just do a Vegas show over the weekend of Durandemonium 2018. Problem solved! 😀

Note to all Duranies and anyone else out there: pretty sure there’s not a Vegas show anywhere on their 2018 calendar…but I just figured I’d throw it out there to anyone who may be reading. Can’t get anything if you don’t ASK. For that matter, I’d take any one or more of them, including the touring band – Dom, Anna, Erin, Simon W. or even their road team or someone who has worked with the band – to appear for an hour, take some questions, and do photos/sign stuff. (If I’m gonna ask, I’m going to go BIG.)

Oh and yes, we’re willing to pay. We’re not kidding. Email us. dailyduranie@gmail.com 

In all seriousness, what activities sound like fun for Durandemonium 2018? We’ve brainstormed about a vendor area for sales/trading, games and trivia, a video party similar to what we do online each year for DD Appreciation Day, perhaps even a guest panel. Is there anyone you’d like to see/hear from? Do you have a burning desire to plan a specific activity? Talk to us!  A Vegas show you’re dying to see? A specific video/interview/etc you want to see? Let us know!  As exclusive as this invite-only event will be, we want it to be fun.

I’m also thinking about theme. We have a general idea that may or may not involve costumes. Who says DD fans can’t/don’t do cosplay?!? If you have any light bulb moments you want to share, we are open to ideas!

I don’t have specific information regarding ticket costs yet. Amanda and I just got some information from Hard Rock Cafe that we need to go through, and some figuring to do. We want to treat our guests to a weekend they’ll be still be talking about through the next tour, but that information is coming soon.

 

Amanda and I chose not to assemble a volunteer committee as early on this time because much of the decision-making comes down to the two of us. However, there will come a time when we are reaching out to those who are willing to be an integral part of the weekend.  That said, we are very open to hearing ideas, so fill our inbox!

Hoping to be posting concrete information very soon….

-R

 

Please Don’t Think Twice or Be Afraid

Thank goodness it is the weekend and a long weekend for many of us, at that.  My head is reeling about a variety of topics, but I figured a little Lyric Day blog might help me focus.  What song did I land on with my search?  Arcadia’s Say the Word.  If you are unfamiliar with this song, it was featured on the Playing for Keeps movie soundtrack.  Using this song for the blog made me really look at the lyrics, probably for the first time ever.  I could sing along with this song but never really studied what the heck it talked about.

Right away, the lyric that grabbed my attention was, “Please don’t think twice or be afraid.”  Wow.  I’ll be honest.  That lyric really speaks to me.  I used to have a colleague that would talk about how each person had an emotion that ruled over them.  She explained that this emotion would be the dominant one, the one a person would fall back on.  At times, of course, the person would feel a different emotion but s/he would always return to the dominant one.  I found the theory fascinating despite not knowing if this was a legitimate theory studied by science or psychology.  Heck, for all I know, it could be something she made up.  No  matter, it got me thinking and often got us talking.  As teachers, we would talk about kids’ dominant emotions.  As an individual, I wondered what my emotion was.

Years later, I think I know my dominant emotion.  To be honest, it is probably fear.  Don’t get me wrong.  It isn’t a shaking in your boots kind of fear.  No, it is more like an underlying anxiety about what could go wrong.  I mask it well and have learned to compensate.  At work, it makes me a perfectionist.  I am over-prepared as far as my lesson planning goes.  Despite having taught for two decades, I still worry the most about what my lessons are going to look like as I worry about falling on my face.  (Seriously, people…imagine facing judgmental little teenagers everyday.  You, too, might worry about lessons.  Ha.)  On top of that, I recognize that if I appear as someone with utter confidence, that way I’ll be more likely to be successful at something.  I have become a good actress in that sense. During social situations, that fear results in me often sitting back and watching before I jump into a friendship or even a conversation.  To some, then, I appear less than friendly or even cold.  Nope.  I’m just making sure that I won’t look like an idiot.

While this quote makes me think about all of that, right now, it makes of think of this possible convention Rhonda and I are planning.  Between the two of us, I go in sounding more positive, more sure of our success.  In reality, that underlying fear is there with something like this even though I know that we can organize well and that the last one was successful.  Like with everything else, I recognize that having that confidence makes it more likely to work.  Every positive or encouraging comment really helps.  It is harder, though, when people put down the idea because the band won’t be there or won’t play there or that our timing is bad, etc.  Each time, that fear gets a little bigger and I work really hard at pushing that negativity down.

Therefore, as we go forward through this process, I am giving myself a lot of positive self-talk to reassure myself that there are many fans who like the idea or even love the idea.  I’m going to remind myself that we can and will absolutely do this, if at all possible, and make it a success.  I won’t let fear dictate my actions or my reactions to others.  Nope.  I will move forward with my head held high and confidence even higher.  I refuse to be afraid.

-A

Durandemonium is coming. Again.

So what is this I hear about a Durandemonium convention in August? Whose crazy idea was THAT?!?

I hate to say it, but I think I might be the guilty party.

Imagine the scene: we’re at the Daily Duranie “Late Bar” party in Vegas, everyone is having fun and a few people have asked when we’re going to do a convention. I look around and realize that yeah, we probably could have a pretty rocking convention right here in Hard Rock Live. It’s a very versatile, exclusive yet open, space for meeting, partying, dancing, etc. Could we pull it off?

I mention it to Amanda, who I think may have threatened me with bodily harm. I can’t really remember now, come to think of it! I do know she did ask me several times if I meant it, and I played it off. It’s one thing to suggest it in jest, another to say it and mean it. I needed to think.

I drive home from Vegas, go through the New Year, and really start considering whether or not the idea is even worth discussing further. A few people ask about it, which does nothing to quell the idea. Amanda and I talk about it on Friday night, and we agree to throw it out to the community by way of a poll.

A poll isn’t very scientific, and the results are only as good as the sample size. Even so, a poll generates discussion, and the reaction might tell me whether or not it’s worth looking into. Amanda and I chuckle as we post the poll on Facebook and Twitter. We assume we’ll get less than 50 people to even answer.

Wrong.

We had fifty people respond by late Friday evening, and most were positive. This was a surprise, particularly since we made sure to indicate that ticket prices were likely to be over $200 a person for a Thursday evening through Sunday noon convention.

Nope, conventions are not cheap. They’re absolutely not free. I know that we do our meet-ups for free – and we really shouldn’t, because even those require some menial things that Amanda and I have just agreed to pay for over the years and not mention it, but a convention is very different.

It is a finely tuned balance. The risk is enormous, because we have to choose a city that Amanda and I can easily get to, as well as somewhere that fans WANT to visit. When we are planning, we have to consider how many tickets need to be sold in order to break even.  One way we encourage people to join us, is by having conventions in places that people already want to go.

That typically means sticking to larger cities, and those big cities cost money. No matter what city is chosen, we read posts from people who want to come but insist that the convention be closer to them, like in their own hometown. No matter where we choose, there is always going to be a city that is cheaper, a time of year that is better, a place we haven’t visited, etc. We do our best, and so far, we haven’t had a convention in the same city twice.

With all of that taken into consideration, is it any wonder why so few conventions happen in this fandom?

We soldier on because the one truth that Amanda and I hold most dear is that being a die-hard fan of Duran Duran is about far more than just the band. There is certainly room for those who care little about making friends and are just around to see Simon, John, Nick & Roger – and there’s something to be said for those people. They buy the same tickets and support the band in the same way we might. However, the friendships made along the way have made my  journey far sweeter.  Amanda and I believe that so fervently that we want to help facilitate more of those opportunities for fans to meet and befriend one another outside of a concert setting. In turn, those friendships are what create and maintain the community. It isn’t what Amanda and I post here on the blog that does that.  Not even  the events we plan create community. The friendships and bonds between people are what do that. Sometimes though, these conventions and meet-ups help to bring people together, and that is why we plan them.

Those who have been to other conventions and even meet-ups like the one in Vegas with us know this to be true. Somewhere along the way, it really does become the friendships that matter most. I met my best friend at a fan convention. I know other people met their closest Duranie friends at our last Durandemonium convention.  I saw a group of people who had mainly interacted online become better friends in Las Vegas, bonding over the band, karaoke and late night pizza. It wasn’t due to Amanda or myself that those things happened, but it sure gave me joy to witness it. That’s why we keep going. I love seeing people come together over the love of a band. The music is between us, and it bonds us. That’s worth celebrating. With this year marking the 40th anniversary of the very beginnings of Duran Duran, I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be than with people who love this band as much as I do.

That thought is what will keep me going until August.

Durandemonium is coming.

-R