It must have been almost one year ago when I signed on to be the Leader of the Florida Glambs group through adam-lambert.org. I don’t know what I was expecting when I volunteered for this but I knew it would be a way to connect with other fans in the area and I needed that connection. When I first realized how obsessed I was becoming, I went looking for an explanation of why I was feeling this way. Instead I found several support groups.
I understand that a person who has an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling or various other vices, seeks support groups to give them the strength and assistance that they need to be freed from their addiction. For those of us who have become completely hooked on Adam Lambert, we have no desire to be set free. We prefer to associate with others who will assure us that we don’t really have a problem, it is perfectly acceptable for a woman who may be in her 40s, 50s, even 60s to act like a complete fool at the very mention of the name Adam Lambert.
When I started building my group, it began rather slowly, a new member every other month or so. As Adam’s popularity grew, so did my group. The only time that membership showed any sign of slowing down was after the much discussed AMA performance. I don’t believe I lost any members but there were a couple who seemed to withdraw for a while. Most, if not all have come back with a stronger commitment than ever.
As Adam announced his Glam Nation Tour, things began to really heat up. There were members who were committed to seeing as many performances as possible. Keep in mind that many of these fans are professional women who have made their own way in the world, enjoy financial independence and have either raised their children and now have no one to whom they must answer or they are just strong-willed women who have husbands that would not dare try to stop them from pursuing their glittery dreams.
I happen to fall into the latter category. Never having had children, I have worked for well over 30 years. I have a wonderful husband who I happen to love dearly. He has been accepting, if not always supportive of my obsession. He has learned not to question the hours that I spend on the computer searching for Adam news, watching and downloading music and videos or corresponding with the Florida Glambs members.
He knows that the house will be filled with Adam’s music from dawn to dusk every Saturday and Sunday as I complete my household chores. He has even agreed to attend two concerts with me and the 30 other members of the group.
I have spent the past 6 months feverishly making plans for 30 of us to travel to at least 3 cities in Florida, getting tickets, finding hotels, arranging dinners, scheduling tattoo parties, critiquing each other’s selection of glam wear and fielding dozens of calls and emails to finalize arrangements. I have so many post-it notes around the house, I will soon forget what color my walls were. They are all now becoming a lovely canary yellow.
I never dreamed that I would work this hard for no money. If I could take what I have learned about the music business, concerts, travel and organizing dinners for 30+ people and turn it into a job, I think I would ask for a vacation. Then I would check to see what Adam Lambert shows might still have tickets available and I would hit the road. Oh, someone please grab the glitter and glow sticks as you head out and don’t forget the tickets.