So... I've literally had this sitting on my screen as a pending post for weeks after I wrote it, because I was hesitant as to how it may be received. I wish now, that I had posted it, so fuck it I'm just gonna put it as a post in here.
"I have never been a part of the DF. I'm really sad about that. Not because I'm upset it's exclusive or because it comes with extra benefits. I'm sad because when I discovered AFI, I was 13 years old and I wasn't allowed to have my own computer, or supportive guardians who would pay for random rock band things or take me to concerts. I was just born a little too late for that DF lifetime membership perk.
But I did get a little peek at the DF forums sometimes, while it was up. I've heard about some cool merch/experiences. It seems pretty sweet. But the DF is not "open enrollment" as it were. You can only "buy in" when the window opens. Which seems random and poorly advertised at this point. Feels like insurance in America lol.
I do not doubt that the band has their own reasons for this (Miss Murder Girls, at times rabid or declining fanbase), but it seems a shame to put up a wall to those who would be willing to climb it to be part of that community.
Maybe I'm out of the loop and missing something, so if I am, set me straight! But if feels like the chances to becomes a DF member have declined, the hurdles to jump greater, and the rewards offered smaller. I wish I could have been a part of the glory days, but that's life.
Is there any experience you'd like to share about the DF from haydays til now? I put this in afi everything because this isn't for those just in the DF, but about the evolution of the df. Just move if appropriate!"
Lmao. Anyways I was super excited about this. I'm about to move to Germany within the next month tho so idk how much advantage it'll bring but I've always wanted this.