Some people might describe me as intense. When I am into something, I dive deep no matter how much it seems to others that I’m drowning. I don’t have a half speed. It is either all or nothing. One can see this aspect of my personality in everything I do. When I’m focused on teaching, I’m really attentive on whatever needs to be done. At work, I rarely even take a minute or two to think about much else. When I’m working on a political action, it is all I can think about. I start dreaming about it. Then, when I’m on tour, I won’t let work or politics invade my fun.
Lately, fandom has been on the back burner. Part of this, of course, is because it is quiet in Duranland. The other part is that I have been in the work and politics zone, not thinking much about Duran. Yet, even when I have narrowed my focus, it doesn’t take much to bring me right back to my Duran fandom. I have had a few moments like this in the last couple of weeks that I just have to share.
The first return to Duran fandom was last Friday. A week ago, I found myself at work sitting around a circle with my colleagues having a structured discussion as part of the school’s professional development day. Usually, these discussions center around some topic related to education. Instead, though, the questions this time were more personal. For example, everyone had to share a passion of theirs. Another question had to do with a time in which you made “lemonade out of lemons.” As soon the question was asked of the group, I chuckled remembering a certain trip to the UK in the spring of 2011. This, of course, was the UK trip of non-shows. Rhonda and I had traveled there to see four shows with a couple of friends. Instead, all of those shows were canceled. We had a choice then. Be upset or make the best out of a crappy situation. Instead of being angry, we used the time to see some sites, to walk around Birmingham to get a real sense of the band’s history and more. I think we even wrote a blog with the title of making lemonade out of lemons. I, for one, am glad that we pushed ourselves to make lemonade out of lemons. Did I share this story to the group at work? You better believe I did!
A second example of a moment that recently brought me back to thinking about Duranland was last Monday. Rhonda wrote a little blog to celebrate my birthday, which was super kind of her. The blog featured a ton of memories and experiences that we have shared together in this fandom. I laughed and/or smiled with every example. It reminded me of all of the truly great times that we have shared together and have shared in the name of fandom. Rhonda definitely picked out some amazing examples and even better is the fact that we could probably come up with about fifty more examples. Of course, the best part is that we aren’t done with this fandom yet. I would like to make more memories in the future!
Speaking of touring, as I drove home from work yesterday the song “Last Night in the City” came up in the shuffle. Like the other two moments, this song instantly reminded me of being a Duranie, of the best part of being one, which is going on tour. I remember when I was trying to bond with the Paper Gods album. This was the song that did it. It isn’t because it is my favorite on the album (even though I enjoy it). No, it is because I connected with the lyrics. To me, it describes life on tour perfectly. After all, how many times have we been up all night partying after a show? Being on tour is always our time. It is where we get connected.
As I sit here on a Saturday morning about to head out to a political meeting, I’m thankful that I have moments like the ones I described here. As much as I love my job and being involved, politically, fandom provides the fun that gives me the energy to do the rest. This blog keeps my fandom alive. Heck, even the daily questions help remind me of this aspect of my life. I’m thankful that I have something that keeps bringing me back to Duran fandom.