"Measure your life in love."
~~ from Jonathan Larson's Rent
Here we are at yet another Valentine's Day! I hope you're all
surrounded by loved ones on this day. I know that you're
definitely surrounded by God's love! Ya can't have a better
valentine than God. He won't even eat your chocolate.
I don't really have much else to say...
Oh! I would like to invite any
new members to submit an introduction. The next JABB will include
an introduction from one of our newest members and I'd love to have
Or if you've been with JABB for a while and would like to re-introduce
yourself that would be cool, too! Just email me and remember not
to include anything you would be adverse to having put online since all
newsletters go online. If you have any questions, just let me
State of the
It's that time of year again!
I am to recap and celebrate the past 12 months of JABB. Last year
I began by excitedly listing off all the latest DVD releases.
This year is no different! November brought us the release of the
second half of TBAA's third season. We're now only weeks away
from the release of the first half of season four. Both "Once
Upon a Christmas" and "Twice Upon a Christmas" were released that same
month. Unfortunately, the movie "Lesser of Three
Evils" seems to have disappeared into movie oblivion. "Lesser"
had been listed on IMDB.com as a movie featuring John as
someone/something billed as "I.A., Officer." At the time of this
writing, all evidence of said movie has disappeared from IMDB. If
anyone hears about this enigmatic film, please let us know.
Last year I happily bragged about the JABB YahooGroup posting
stunning 337 posts in January 2006. That was only the
start! The group proceeded to top 100 every month in 2006
eventually hitting a whopping 1076 posts in the month of
November! Good job ladies, gentlemen, and all the Dyeland
counterparts! People can see bar graphs demonstrating these
wonderful developments here. I
have to thank everyone who has been a part of the YG during this
period. They're such a supportive, creative, and fun group!
One of my favorite developments for JABB this year was the opening of
the CafePress.com Store.
I'm definitely my own best customer! It was way fun to wear my
"Save the Turkeys!" T-shirt to the pet store and have the cashier
ponder the meaning of it. :-) And sipping coffee just
wasn't as much fun before I got my "I Heart Andrew" mug. It may
not be very lucrative but it's pretty darn fun and, I think, a nice way
to show the spirit of TBAA is alive and well!
Another of our recent, positive changes is the slowly but surely
Gallery. Thanks to a new computer and the program
PowerDVD, I can now take screenshots right off the computer. No
more struggling to set my digital camera to take a barely-decent photo
off the TV!
Among the additions to JABB I'm most proud of is the integration of
CABB. As many of you may know, CABB started as an April Fool's
joke. After Mr. Rocket's passing it became a tribute. And
thanks to the input of people at the JABB YG, this tribute will
continue as an annual tradition. In addition, we'll be
another 2 or 3 CABBs into our schedule every year. This is just
one of many ways I hope to keep JABB continuously engaging,
entertaining, and hopefully even inspiring.
So... I think that for a group that started on a whim, and that has
outlived its main source of inspiration (TBAA) by 4 years, we're doing
great! JABB will have existed for a full 9 years come July and I
certainly hope we have many more years left! Now, because it's
tradition, I'd like to end this with a quote from our beloved
Andrew. Since I've been talking about JABB's past, present, and
future this one from "My Dinner with Andrew" seemed appropriate:
"God sees those moments because, where He is, those moments have
already happened. God knows what your tomorrow looks like because He's
already there. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow- He holds them all in His
hand, all at once. And He holds you there too."
And now to slip into Dyeland mode for the remainder of this
Top Ten Most Romantic Events to Happen in
That time Vincent came to
Everknow Library and read Shakespearean sonnets.
9. Chimama and Chiwawa Jabbins' wedding day!
8. The day Lady JenniAnn stood outside Andrew's house and
a boom box over her head playing "In Your Eyes." Well... it *was*
romantic until she dropped the boom box on her head and yelled
"Freakin', flippin' blast it all crikeyness that hurts!"
7. When Andrew threatened to get his baseball bat and go
after anyone who hurt or offended one of the Dyeland ladies. It
was romantic... SWOON!
6. When Monica and Andrew... Yeah, sorry. No Monica
and Andrew romantic moments here!
5. That time Andrew gave a speech in French to the gathered
Dyelanders. Did it really matter that he goofed up and said "My
pants are purple and I eat sofas?" I think not... It
4. When Adam serenaded everyone with "The Music of the
Night" from "The Phantom of the Opera." Beat that, Erik!
3. This morning when Andrew rode up on horseback in a billowy
shirt, carrying a bouquet of flowers, and... Oh...
::blush:: I'm sorry... Apparently that happened in my head
and not Dyeland.
2. The time Andrew first showed up.
1. The time Andrew first spoke. Sigh... I love his
with Bill Morgan
Because this is Valentine's Day, we
decided to interview John Dye's most romantic character. So we
sent one of our star reporters, Andrea Friend of the Dyeland Daily
Gazette, to Bill Morgan's office
to interview Mr. Miss Claus himself!
Andrea: Thanks for meeting with
me, Mr. Morgan. Especially on
Valentine's Day when I'm sure you and Kristin have special plans.
Bill: It's no problem at
all. Kristin said I should help you
ladies out by granting this interview. She feels bad that more of
you haven't found that special someone.
Isn't that sweet?
Bill: Kristin's nothing but
sweet. I love her so...
agitated:: Okay, can it,
Morgan. This isn't about you. I
came here for one reason and one reason only.
::uncomfortable:: Umm... for inspiration for "Thrice
Upon a Christmas?"
enough for me. I need to
Andrea: How do I
immortal to fall in love with me? I
must know. I need to know...
Bill: Oh... well, with
Kristin I... Wait... what immortal?
absent-mindedly humming the TBAA theme song and
rocking back and forth::
Umm... does Andrew know you're here?
wonderful... ::snaps to
attention:: So spill it, Morgan. Immortals in love.
How's it happen??? GO!
Bill: Well, I think Kristin's a
different sort of case than Andrew
is. Uh, I don't think Andrew can...
Andrea: But I love
::starts pacing the room wildly::
Bill: ::panicked, has a sudden
burst of inspiration:: Oh no,
look! It's Rudolpha! RUN!!! ::flees the room::
was no help... ::finds her way to
the nearest staircase and begins to cry::
Voice: Hey, that's my crying
::bounces up and hugs the angel::
Andrew: Hi Andrea, what's wrong?
wanted Bill's advice but it turns out
he's a pretty big wimp... He ran outta here like you wouldn't
Andrew: ::chuckles:: I'm
sure he just wanted to get home to his
wife. It is Valentine's Day after all.
Andrea: ::groans:: It sure
Andrew: So what did you want to
ask Bill about? May be I could
help. I am an angel after all. It's what we do!
Andrea: Oh... I don't think
so. I, umm, was gonna ask him...
Andrew: ::raising eye brow::
Andrea: ::takes a deep breath
Howtomakeanimmortalfallinlovewithme. ::glances pointedly at the
Oh... Wow... That is a tough one.
Andrew: Well, you know, there are
all different kinds of love.
There's no reason you need to be in a romantic relationship to
celebrate Valentine's Day.
Andrea: I know
but... It would be nice. And you'd be
such a good boyfriend...
Andrew: ::shakes his head
emphatically:: You don't know
that. I could be a horrible boyfriend. I might forget your
Andrea: ::not convinced::
Okay, what is my birthday?
Andrew: ::automatically:: April
26th, 1975. But I only remember
because it's exactly 110 years after I was promoted to angel of death.
Andrew: ::struggling then smiles
brightly:: I... I might steal
your car! I know you love your car... It's such a beautiful
blue. It'd be a shame if I stole it and trashed it like I did
Andrea: ::laughs:: Okay,
you just might do that.
Andrew: Definitely. Now
let's get back to Dyeland. We'll
get some coffee, my treat.
Andrew: Oh wait, one more
thing. I have a message from
someone for you.
beatifically:: Yes, from the Father. He
wants you to know He loves you so much.
Andrea: Aww, I know that
but somehow I never get tired of hearing
it. Thanks for the message.
Andrew: You're welcome.
Andrea: ::as they pass Bill's
office she glances back inside and spots a family photo on the man's
Andrea: Do you think Kristin has
Andrew: ::jesting:: Yes and
I think his name is Frosty.
Andrea: Very funny. Now
let's go get that coffee before Bill gets
back. I'm pretty sure he thinks I'm nuts.
Andrew: ::innocently:: I
wonder what would give him that
And so ended Ms. Friend's
interview. I sure hope Bill isn't
traumatized for life... Oh well! Happy Valentine's Day to
one and all!
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