What are black, red & WET like drowned rats??

That would be the Daily Duranies today!! (we were wearing black coats, Amanda’s hair is red…and yes, we were soaking wet)

Today was a better day. We met up with a fellow Duranie for some coffee and snacks, and then did a tour of some Duran Duran related things in the London area. We traveled by tube, bus (I lost my travel card because I’m awesome like that….) and walked. Again. 🙂 (If I don’t come home 5 pounds lighter from this trip I will be shocked!) As we walked closer to each Duran related site, it was as if we were angering the gods, because the sky would grumble, open up, and pour. At first, I was not amused. Where I am from, rain is an occasional thing – and something you stay inside to view. Frolicking in the rain is not my idea of a good time, and especially not here in London where my house is a good 11 hour plane ride away. As we would walk away from each site, the rain would stop and it would even get sunny. Then I’d put away my umbrella, and sure enough it’d start raining again. It did get funny after a while, and admittedly, I finally stopped caring about my hair getting wet, unruly and wavy.

At our last stop, which happened to be the cemetery where Nick walked around in the AYNIN video, the heavens completely opened up and it started pouring. My little striped umbrella was no match for either the wind OR the hail that went along with this storm, so we ran and sought refuge in some sort of mausoleum type structure while it hailed and thundered. I have to say, it’s the first time I’ve ever really walked in a cemetery, much less one with as ornate of headstones as this….and most certainly not in the rain. Regardless, we did get some pictures, and at some point when I’m less concerned about how I look to the rest of the viewing planet, we’ll post ’em. 🙂

In case anyone is wondering, yes – I’m still hoping for that O2 show. It would be really nice to end our trip on that kind of a positive note, so we’re hoping for the best! In case someone from the band is reading (don’t I wish!), 4th row…Dom’s side…look for the screaming and probably crying crazy women. It’s been a very long road to get here, that is for sure. *crosses fingers*

Since this is my last blog while I’m here in the UK (next time you read something from me I’ll be well into my jet lag at home), I wanted to give you all a few observations:

* Whenever planning a big trip, it’s a good idea to have a back up plan. Just in case!

* The UK Duranies are among the nicest people I’ve met in the community so far. They have all been VERY kind, supportive, thoughtful and willing to include us. You girls know who you are, so I won’t mention names here, just to protect the innocent and otherwise! We owe ALL of you, and any time you come to California – look me up!

* I have never been to a city as busy as London. I live near Los Angeles, and we’ve got nothing on London. They always seem to be running twice as fast as I am, and yet they all seem calm, cool and collected, whereas I look like, well…a foreigner! 🙂

* The tube is the greatest invention ever.

* The Reflex Club is a great place to gain a sense of humor about the 80’s, and it’s not a bad way to spend time with friends, either. The name is the icing on the cake.

* One of the best sights I’ve seen on this trip (prior to seeing Duran Duran on the stage at O2 – which has GOT to happen!!!!) is watching people handle the news that the tube line they needed to travel on had severe delays. The entire platform was completely jammed with people (they had to close the platform due to the traffic), and yet all they did was get into very neat lines, pull out a book or reading material, and start reading. The platform was almost completely silent. If this happened in LA – well, as I told Amanda – it would be enough to cause a riot. People in London really do take the saying “Keep Calm and Carry On” to heart.

* Pubs, while a lot of fun, do not cater to vegetarians well.

* I love Strongbow cider. And Stella. 😀

* Volcanos can sometimes be a nuisance, and if they’re going to erupt – I wouldn’t mind it if it grounded me for a couple extra days so that I might get in a couple more shows. Shhh…don’t tell my husband! *wink wink*

While it is true that I am looking forward to tomorrow night’s meet up at The Reflex club, and hoping like crazy that Saturday’s show happens, I am also looking forward to getting home. I miss my family. 9 days is a long time to be away, and while I don’t regret one single second of this trip, it’s always good to go home. This trip didn’t turn out anything like I had expected, yet I think it’s been a very good lesson. I guess Amanda and I could have gotten very angry, and we could have used the blog to convey messages about the band – but you know, what good would it really end up doing? I know there’s been a lot of discussion about whether it’s really true that Simon is ill, or why Berlin was really postponed and so forth. Does it really matter in the end? The shows are still postponed. I still have tickets to the shows I wanted to see. The band is still planning to reschedule those shows. Shit happens. A lot of people feel they could have handled it differently. I have to ask, as someone directly impacted by all of it – how? If they had canceled it all right away, that would have given them absolutely NO chance to play. That’s a lot of lost revenue on their end, and a lot of dashed hopes on ours. If they wait until the last minute, yes – it’s harder to change plans, but it does give them time to see if whomever is ill will get better or so forth. As far as an open line of communication goes – haven’t they been up front?!? It’s not up to me to decide if they are telling the truth, and I don’t know why it would be of concern to anyone else. The end result is still the same. Shows are postponed. Personally I feel like they’ve done a very good and fair job of being up front about everything. No, it hasn’t gone as I’d hoped, but I guess I figure that everyone goes through a time where shows are canceled/postponed or whatever – and this was just my turn. Next time, should I be so lucky to have a next time, maybe it’ll go my way.

Until then, I’m off to enjoy a Thursday night in London! See you all next week from the US!

-R

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