let me be normal!"
Luisa in Tom Jones' and
Harvey Schmidt's The
Due to my job and a
considerable amount of work on the JABB
Photo Gallery, I didn't have as
much time as usual to spend writing this JABB. Thankfully, a new
member kindly submitted an introduction and I then wrote another
installment of "Jenni and Jenni Write JABB." Remember, if you'd
like to submit an introduction just let me know! Be sure NOT to
include anything that would be bad to put online for security
Introduction from Katie
Katie is one of our newest
members and wrote the following list comparing herself to John Dye as a
means of introducing herself to us. So welcome, Katie!
...Share the same
...Do NOT like getting
our photos taken very much!
...Own a pool table at
...Like to read and paint.
...Have had brown hair!!
...Like Italian food.
...Are not chocolate
...Use Colgate toothpaste
...Both had hair very
long and very short heehee
...Like to eat Italian
McDonald's -- I never had Taco Bell :)
...Like to play tennis
and pool (I'm no good though haha)
...Believe a day off
includes a film, a book and definitely sleeping in! (I agree 5am is WAY
Total: 15 and more to
of "Jenni and Jenni Write
For our new members, I take
actual TBAA or John Dye related
passages from the journals I wrote during TBAA's original run. So
these are my teenage (in this case 15 year old) thoughts about
our favorite angel and his portrayer. ;-) Then I comment on
them. It's fun and embarrassing but, hey, it's healthy to laugh
at one's self, right?
Last time I left off with December 31, 1997 in JABB 199. So now I'm moving on
through the second half of season 4 and the summer that followed
it. Unfortunately, I didn't write as much about TBAA in my
regular journals during that time. Most references are in my
dream journal. While I don't mind sharing my conscious teenage
thoughts about TBAA, I do balk at sharing my subconscious ones so no
dream interpretations here!
Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy laughing at how much of a nerd I
(Here I describe what
followed after the New Year's Day party at my grandparents who were, at
the time, the only family members to have the Internet. Remember,
I decided to leave in grammar and spelling mistakes just for fun.)
"After they [my cousins] all left I got on the Internet
John Dye's web page. I tried to find Della Reese's but I'm not
sure she has one. I'm so excited Mom & Dad said as soon as
there a "year with no-interest" deal on a computer we'll buy a
computer. Hopefully there'll be one soon since the year just
My comments from February
Aww! I so
being excited to go over to my grandparents and check out John Dye's
page and read archives of the TBAAngel list! It's actually kinda
sad cause I couldn't interact with anyone yet. Anyhow, as it
happened that no-interest deal came to pass and by May of 1998 we had a
puter and by July of 1998 JABB was born!
One thing I find
curious about this was why I searched for a Della page but not a Roma
March 1st, 1998:
"A really great thing happened! I got my show back! After
sitting and staring at TBAA & complaining about the lack of Andrew
I finally realized what the show was really about. Some episodes
he wasn't in a lot and I was mad! Then with one single episode I
realized the show wasn't about a cute angel guy, it was about God and
love and each episode is jam packed with those two. After that
episode, "Redeeming Love," it was off for 3 weeks because of the
Olympics. Tonight it came back & it had the same quality as
the other. It was great and as an added bonus, Andrew was in it
most. Speaking of him on Jan. 30 I went to G & G's [Grandma
and Grandpa's]. I surfed the net and went to his website.
Since the day after was his b-day the site had a special page. It
said Happy B-day to him but what was really cool was that there were
really cool fireworks. I also visited the B & B ["Beauty and
the Beast"] & Christy sites. B & B was really cool &
I read fan fiction from that & Christy. This past Wed. I got
a reply from someone at TBaA saying she'd (or he'd) get my stuff to
them. I'm writing about some songs from the show & when
reruns would start."
My comments from February 25,
Okay, there's more
that entry but I'm gonna break there cause... wow! Had I never
heard of paragraph breaks or what??? Anyhow, where to
First, that entry
actually makes me feel kinda ashamed. I really did have it
figured out at 15. Now at 24 I still find myself complaining,
nearly 4 years after the show ended, about the lack of screen time for
Andrew. I guess may be I should focus more on the God aspect.
Second, oh for the
when animated gifs seemed like the epitome of advanced
technology! I still clearly remember thinking those fireworks
were utterly amazing. And I remember being on that site and
waiting forever to listen to the theme song that was loaded
there. It was a dial-up connection but I was so obsessed I waited
for like 30 minutes just to hear Della sing the theme! Also,
kinda weird that I seem to imply it was Andrew's page and not John's...
Third, here's something
really curious... I went to go check what episode aired on March
1st to see which it was that "Andrew was in it
touched.com has no episode with an original air date of March 1,
1998. A visit to www.goodsearch.com,
brought me here which says "Flights of
Angels" aired that night. It would fit given Andrew was in that
episode a lot and I do love that episode. But it seems very odd that
touched.com gives March 22 as its original air date. Course,
is the same site that says Charles Rocket was in "The Heart of the
Matter." Apparently he was invisible cause no matter how many
times I watch that episode I never find him!
Finally, the stuff
to the TBAA cast were little yarn angels and I did receive a note back
from a TBAA staffer that made my lil teenage self very proud!
"In the three weeks the shows weren't on I rented several movies.
There was Best of the Best
and Sioux City both with
JD... A couple weeks ago I
watched A Woman Named Jackie
with Roma Downey and last week Mom & Dad taped Campus Man with John
Dye. I just wish the tape hadn't run out. I missed the end."
My comments from February 25,
::snort-giggle:: Good gosh! Eventually I ended up
renting The Billionaire Boys
Club and catching Mother,
Mother and The
Perfect Weapon on TV. Not sure if I recorded those events
somewhere along the line or not. Strangely, I have no
recollection of watching a cut-off version of Campus Man. Still,
I'll have to show this entry to my parents whenever they suggest I need
to move on from my A/J obsession. They totally fed into it by
supplying even a partial version of Campus Man! ;-)
I wish I'd included more about my thoughts on seeing JD in those
films. Oh well, probly woulda been dorky comments, anyhow!
(For some reason in this
entry I was writing as if to myself. So all "yous" mean me.
"Hello! It's me again. TBaA really is the
Andrew's not just your fav. male character now but your
fav, character period. You have now named a fish after him
and are considering naming a bird and later son after him. The
first half of the season was pretty rocky. In all the hype over
Andrew you forgot about what the show really was about.
God! Now, after 5 minutes of "Redeeming Love" things are back on
track. He's still your favorite but you realized he didn't need
to be the center of everything. Or even should be. You
still tend to worry when 5 minutes go by and he hasn't appeared or when
he's not on the scenes but its better. Monica & Tess are
still really great in it. For a while there were salary problems
but hopefully it will all die down. Only a few more episodes of
this season left. G'night."
My comments from February 25,
Good gravy! That sounds like the world's craziest and longest
fortune. Still, it's a lil humbling to read about how
much I had
hyped Andrew. I think getting online (which I did very soon after
this was written) was probly a good thing. The other fans, even
the Androolers, tempered my over-the-top devotion to Andrew.
As for naming a fish
after him, yes I did and he lived a very long time
for a goldfish. I never did name a bird after him. If I do
choose to have children, I would like to name my son James Andrew but
that remains to be seen. Personally, I love the leap from fish to
bird to child in that entry, though. It cracks me up.
Anyhow, after this my journal goes silent regarding TBAA until
June. I think it's because when we got the puter in May I started
posting my TBAA thoughts to the TBAAngel list and not my journal.
Yay for the Internet!
"So finally I sit down to write. Its late and I realize this is
the last page [of my journal]. This page I meant to dedicate to
TBAA. It seemed fitting that a journal started on T.V. should so
end on T.V. I meant for it to be about the finale but instead,
finally this journal will have what fills the pages of most girl's
journals... a guy."
My comments from February 25,
Okay... I only included that entry so I could give a lil PSA
announcement. But first, I think it's kinda amusing that A. I no
longer speak to the guy I swoon about in the rest of that entry and B.
I didn't even remember his name til I read it just now. Yet I
still talk about TBAA on a daily basis. Andrew wins!
I do cringe at my supposition that "most girls' journals" just gab
about boys. May be so, may be not. Anyhow, what ended up
happening was I IMed and spoke on the phone with that guy for several
weeks. Then things got weird. This was back when I had AOL
and you could locate other AOL members in whatever chat room they were
in. This guy started following me into TBAA chat rooms and just
sitting there even though he had no interest in the show.
Lurking. Then he got all snotty when I told him that, given he
had no interest in the show, I liked to have some time online to chat
with my TBAA friends. He did not take kindly to that. His
reaction made me so glad we'd never met in person. So I guess the
reason I'm telling ya'll this is that I think everyone needs to listen
to that still, small voice that tells em something is awry. Also,
it's totally okay to take some time to chat with your TBAA friends and
if someone begrudges you that just give em some Tess-style
attitude! ;-) Moving on...
"I really like talking to the people from TBAA. I guess you know
about our little "episodes" in the chat rooms. The one last night
got particularly out of control. I'm sorry if any of it offended
you. I really wish there was something I could have said to make
them stop but I guess it probably wouldn't have helped any way."
My comments from February 26,
Those were taken from a journal of letters to my guardian angel.
I'm thinking he doesn't mind my sharing em. Anyhow, I wanted to
include that cause as far as I can tell it's the first reference in my
journal to being part of the TBAA fandom! I was so excited to be
able to chat with people about the show! It's unfortunate that
the entry specifically has to do with a negative event. What
happened was some flamers came to an AOL chat we went to after the show
aired and said some nasty things.
Also, I should probly clarify that "people from TBAA" actually meant
members of the TBAAngel list. I was not then nor am I now in
communication with people from the show.
"I've been doing a lot more writing which is good. My story is
shaping up pretty well, I just worry about the characterizations.
I don't want to make any of these three seem "unangelic" but its
hard. Maybe you could help me. You should know a lot about
all things angelic. Well bye for now!"
My comments from February 26,
Cute. I like the very personable and childish way I talk to my
angel in these. However... what the heck was I writing?! I
have zero recollection of it and I know I didn't release a proper TBAA
fanfic until three fellow JABBers (Karen, Sara, Mieke) and I wrote "Becca's
Story" back in 2003. So... I have no idea what I was doing to
our poor trio or how unangelic they were behaving. Yikes.
Well, looks like that's about
it. Strangely, the only reference
to an Andrew for the rest of the summer was about a friend's same-named
jerk of a boyfriend. Next time I'll start up with entries having
to do with Season 5, however, I do worry that the TBAA-related entries
will become less frequent since I was more apt to write about my
thoughts on TBAAngel or JABB as my online fandom activities
increased. But, hey, clearly that wasn't a bad thing! :-)
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