Ask a JABB Co-President
Well, since we have some newbies, I felt it was time again to answer
some questions people may have about JABB. Remember, if you have
a question about JABB you’d like answered in a newsletter please email
Or heck, ask anything. We may not answer if it’s really
off-the-wall but feel free to ask! Also we’re not gonna guarantee
it’ll be a good answer. Put “Ask a JABB Co-President” in the
subject line. Or don’t. Really doesn’t matter cause we’ll
probly answer it anyway.
Oh and just FYI, Jenni is answering all these. Opinions expressed
may not be those of her co-president, Karen, or past JABB people.
;-) This particular set is based on questions members have asked
me in the past. I figure might as well make em public.
Question: Why in some
newsletters does it seem like Andrew’s
supposed to be real (he even writes the occasional issue!) and others
Answer: That’s simply because when we started there was no
no blueprint. At least for myself, I assumed in the beginning
JABB would just be a bunch of jokes about *real* fannish life.
Y’know, like top ten things we thought about John’s pre-season 5 hair
cut. Or quizzes telling how devoted a fan one was. But it
was quickly apparent that was really difficult to do all the
time. So we have Andrew referred to as if he were real and from
there on out the blurring of fiction and reality became a staple of
JABB. Like with Dyeland.
Question: How long do
you see JABB going for?
Answer: Boy, that’s a tough one. The Yahoogroup I
on indefinitely. As long as there’s even just one person to chat
with me on that, I’d keep it going. The newsletter… Probly
doesn’t have as long of life span. I’ve had some idea since
TBAA’s finale of trying to keep it going for nine years to match TBAA’s
nine seasons. So if we went with that, JABB wouldn’t end until
July 2007 at least. But a lot can change in two years. JABB
is dependent on John’s career and what time its authors have available
to write JABB and who knows what will happen with either in the
future. I’ve not even decided whether, if I were to leave, I’d
pass the baton on or since I’m the last of JABB’s four co-founders
still regularly writing JABB, that I’d end it then. I probly
won’t decide until the time comes and I’ve consulted with some
Question: What would you do if
John retired from acting?
Answer: Depends on how much of a fan base there was left
we still had anything to say. Based on the fact that TBAA’s been
off for two years and I still keep writing about Angel Boy, we could
conceivably keep writing JABB with out additions to John’s
filmography. But let’s all hope we don’t hafta find out.
Question: Can I write
Answer: Sure! Please give us some advance notice,
though. Don’t just send us something with a note hoping it’ll be
in the next newsletter which we may have all ready written. Also
we ask that it not be anything above a PG level and we do have some
length limits. Obviously we would want it to somehow tie into
John Dye or one of his characters or your experiences as a John Dye
fan. Finally, we need to feel comfortable including it as part of
JABB. If it’s something that we feel could get us in legal
trouble or that just doesn’t gel with our established story line, we
may not accept it. When we write about Andrew as if he were real,
we try to stick with the character Martha Williamson and Co. gave
us. However, that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t link to your
work. For example, we’ve clearly stated in past JABB newsletters
that Andrew is incapable of feeling romantic attraction (much to
certain Dyelanders’ chagrin, natch!). So we could not include a
shipper fanfic as part of “our story” but we would be perfectly willing
to link your webpage of shipper fanfic. Basically if writing
something for JABB is of interest to you, let us know what you have in
mind and we’ll get back to you.
Remember if you have a question for a later installment of “Ask a JABB
Co-prez”, let us know!
Finally, in honor of April 15th which is Tax Day here in the States…
Some of you may remember Andrew’s stint as a tax man in the episode
“Made in the USA”. Given his previous experience, it’s only
natural that if Dyeland had a taxation system (it doesn’t), he’d be
asked to help his fellow Dyelanders file. But if he did I wonder
what he’d be overheard to say…
10. “No Monica, I don’t think you can claim all those Starbucks
stops as business deductions.”
9. “Adam, 20 turkeys do NOT count as dependents.”
8. “Gloria, thank you for that play-by-play on the history of
taxation. That bit about salt taxation in ancient China was
fascinating. In fact, this has been the most thrilling 2.5 hours
of my life. Now, can I please just see your W-2’s?”
7. “Okay JenniAnn, let’s look at this. You see,
a box marked single. One marked married. Another marked
divorced. The tax payer is to check one. You see, I don’t
think the government is going to accept that you added in ‘In one-sided
committed relationship with completely disinterested (because is angel)
6. “Aww Tess… I just realized this is the first time
in a long time you won’t be claiming Monica as your dependent.
Here. Here’s a Kleenex.”
5. “Vincent? Is Vincent there? Hi Vincent!
Listen can you come get JenniAnn? She’s crying in my
Again. And I’m trying to help everyone with their taxes and
that‘s hard enough!”
4. “Amazingly you’re the fourth person to try this today.
No. Drool buckets cannot be written off as business
supplies. Androoling is a hobby. Not an occupation.”
3. “Phil! I didn’t think you had any reason to file here in
Dyeland! What? You’re supposed to be in Hawaii? Ah
right, directionally impaired. Here, let me help you out.”
2. “Wait… Did you just ask about Form 1098? You mean
you actually have a legitimate tax question? Hallelujah!”
1. “4:30, time to close up! I think I deserve an orange
juice and ginger ale today for sure!”
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