Happy Holidays, friends! We realize that this should have been written a hair earlier, but the truth is that this list applies for all times of the year for anyone with a Backstreet Boys loving guest in their house.
While we normally writing FOR Backstreet fans, this one is for the friends, family, and anyone who doesn’t know what to do with one of us for an extended periods of time. If a fan has shared this with you, take a hint and read it for your own safety…we mean, pleasure.
If you find yourself needing a few guidelines, here’s a few tips…
1. DON’T ask us when we’re seeing the Backstreet Boys next.
If you haven’t seen us post about it on social media, chances are we don’t know. If we don’t know, it’s really a toss up of what reaction you’ll get when you ask. While you are no doubt well-meaning in your question, our response could range anywhere from reasonable (because thank God our bank account is getting a break) to anger (because they’re doing things but NOWHERE near us) to a big mopey mope answer (because IT’S BEEN TWO MONTHS AND TWO MONTHS IS TOO LONG, OKAY?). You’ve been warned. It’s best to let us hint before you ask.
2. DO ask us about the album, the tour, etc.
This is a pretty safe question for the BSB fan in your home. We will talk for days about the events we have been to recently, the album (and all of the stats), and all of the like (while trying not to sound crazy). It’s not that we have nothing else to talk about, we just know a lot and we’re excited about all of it! We appreciate your interest (or at least an interest in talking about what we like before talking about what you like), but be warned – we’ll smell it if you’re only asking to lead into our #3 tip.
3. DON’T be condescending about the amount of money or time you think we’ve spent on the band this year.
We didn’t ask how much you spent on your knitting material or your ugly shoes you insist on wear everywhere, Susan. This question is the fangirl / fanboy equivalent of “when are you getting married / having children?”
4. DO gift us anything we can use while we’re on tour…er…traveling.
From bags to comfy plane clothes to travel size anything, we will definitely put it to good use! And if you’re really down to make some brownie points, head to the BSB merch store.
5. DON’T make too many jokes about the other boyband.
We’ve heard it allllll and while we’ll laugh politely for a few jokes and maybe even joke back, please, we beg of you – balance your “jokes” with intelligence and know when to stop. Also, please know the difference between Justin Timberlake and NSYNC because if you want to battle, we will battle and you will lose.
6. DO know that we do have a sense of humor though.
While we might not find the unoriginal “Bye, Bye, Bye” jokes funny, we can definitely find the humor in some / most things and we have some pretty ridiculous stories – trust.
7. DON’T worry — we know love for a band is hard to understand for some.
It’s a Backstreet thing – you wouldn’t understand. Just kidding! In all seriousness, the love someone has for a band is something that we would love everyone to understand, but sometimes it’s personal and sometimes it’s just something that we don’t expect anyone else to “get”. It’s tough out here! When in doubt, just pass us the mashed potatoes and alcohol!
8. DO feel free to join in!
We’d love for you to want the new album (we all have 14 extra copies thanks to concerts) or come with us to the next concert — just ask! We’re always looking to recruit….if you can handle it.