"And when the storm comes crashing
on the plain,
I will dance before the lightning to music sacred and profane."
~ Yonah, "Stranger to the Rain" from Children of Eden
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
This has been
quite a couple weeks for me and I'm just glad I'm getting this sent
now. It's not exactly what I'd intended to write. In fact,
it woulda seemed kinda masochistic to write this since my city was
experiencing drought conditions. But then the downpour came and
this seemed like the thing to do! So I hope you enjoy and you'll
be hearing from me and some others again on August 24th when I'll be
sending CABB 6.
Ten Things for Androolers to
Do During a Storm... on Earth
10. Curl up in a comfortable chair with a blanket and
reading Moby Dick.
Andrew said it was his favorite book so get
9. If you're getting bored and stir-crazy, list all
episodes in order from least Androoler-friendly to most
Androoler-friendly. If ya do this, I'd love to see the list!
8. Some people say thunder is when the angels go
So imagine Andrew bowling. Or just watch "The Perfect Game" and
see it! And by "The Perfect Game" I mean the Season 6 one, not
the Season 8 one. Strange...
7. Start working on your very own Andrew
me, it's fun! You, too, just might end up with a Volume II
somewhere down the road. Ya just may wanna hide the finished
product from teasing family and friends.
6. Bake gingerbread Andrews to enjoy as ya watch the
downpour. They're not just for Christmas! And if you can't
imagine gingerbread outside of the holiday season, use a sugar cookie
5. Settle in for a TBAA or JD movie marathon.
But be sure
to listen for a warning siren. If a tornado's headed your way,
seek shelter immediately. Do NOT remain because Andrew's crying
on the stairs and you're afraid he'll feel lonely.
4. As long as your computer's not at risk from power surges,
peruse old JABBs and play our drinking game. Ponder the political
rise and fall of President Andrew, laugh at the uber-lame graphics on
the earliest newsletters, weep over issues that refer to anticipating
new TBAAs. Run the gamut of Androoler emotions all from the
safety of your desk chair!
3. If your roof is leaky, get busy placing all those
drool buckets that you haven't used since 2003 under the holes to catch
rain. Sigh... they might as well be put to some use...
2. Go stand in the rain screaming "Hey, batter, batter!
10! 10! 10! Do I hear 10?!" If a neighbor pokes
their head out and asks what the heck you're doing, calmly explain that
you're trying out your Andrew-as-Auctioneer impression, bow, and
re-enter your house. Just don't blame me if ya end up with a
reputation as the neighborhood crazy person!
1. Be like Monica for the time being: make yourself a
to ward off that chill and put on a flowy dress! Then imagine all
the ways TBAA woulda been different if you *were* Monica. For
example, may be Andrew wouldn't have been left alone during "The
Journalist" or perhaps the finale woulda ended not with Andrew
disappearing but instead being given a lovely homemade BFF bracelet and
pledge to stay friends for, like, ever!
Now lemme put on my tiara (just kidding) and morph into Lady JenniAnn
to bring you...
Top Ten Things for Androolers to
Do During a Storm... in Dyeland
10. TBAA marathons
don't need to be limited to Earth. Watch some with Andrew.
May be even write about it a la JABB 206! It was awesome watching
"The Journalist" with him even if I totally wanted to hug him through
storm is a perfect time to tell scary stories. But...shhhh...
don't tell Andrew. Unless ya wanna hear him whine about
Okay, since may be Andrew isn't the best for this, go visit Vincent
and have him read Edgar Allen Poe and such with you. My
cousin/godfather has a totally awesome voice...
to locate Tess and ask her to tell you about the Great
Flood. She probly knows lots about it!
6. Head to the Cafe for
a warm drink and lots of Dyelander
company. With some luck may be Andrew will be there and will tell
stories about past assignments while you wait for the storm to blow
over. Kinda like "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" but with out the
worrying about Randy Travis bit!
Help Adam wrangle all the turkeys into safe locations.
They'll probly seek shelter on their own, based on natural
instinct. But I bet it'd still be fun to run around the yard
gobble-gobbling with Adam.
lightning isn't a danger, go dancing with Andrew in
the rain. Aww. Just think, it doesn't matter if ya look
like a drowned sewer rat... Andrew won't care! And I'll take any
excuse to dance with Andrew.
3. Since Adam's
fond of Ben Franklin, ask him to reenact the famous
kite-flying-in-a-storm experiment with you. Just, uh, let Adam
the kite since he's immortal.
inside and play
games with certain very attractive AODs. "Twister" seems
given the weather. Just don't be surprised if Tess shows up in a
because your right hand on blue is ever so close to Andrew's left foot
on green. ;-)
1. Finally, you could
always pull a chair up to the window, sit back, enjoy the beauty of the
storm, and thank God for the rain. And if you're lucky enough to
do this in Andrew's company, I'd thank God for that, too.
So there are just a few ways
(real or imaginary) to weather the storms that may come your way!
I hope you enjoyed
these, I'm just glad I could finally get this sent even if it is two
days late! Have a good one and remember the sun'll be shining
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