best portion of a good man's life is his little,
nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”
20th is once again upon us! So I thought we should
check in on the folks in Dyeland via their newspaper and see how
they're celebrating the
birthday of one of our very favorite angels of death! Enjoy!
Also, I'd just like to note that at the time of this writing, I've
already begun work on JABB 229 making this one of the few times since I
became gainfully employed that I've started work on a JABB long before
it was due. Yippee!
PS- Since the last newsletter was sent we've learned that TBAA Season
4, Volume 2 will be released on December 4th. It's about time!!!
I've changed the JABB site's main
page to mark today's special occasion. But hurry if ya wanna
check it out as I'll be removing it this weekend.
Ponder Buying Gifts
LaLa Land, Dyeland-- This past
Dyeland's shopping establishments, particularly the mall, were flooded
with anxious Dyelanders searching for that perfect gift for Andrew on
Sighing, Lady JenniAnn perused the men's department of JD
Plenty's. "I so want to get Andrew this red and black flannel
shirt but would I be buying the shirt for him or just so I could see
how devastatingly handsome he'd look in it?" An involuntary sigh
from her shopping companion and kinda-boyfriend, Eliot, interrupted her
musings. "Well, you'd look devastatingly handsome in it, too,"
she covered for his sake and then agreeably departed with him to the
In kitchenware, Lady Beth was torn between an ice cream maker and bread
machine. "Andrew's really getting into cooking and food
preparation since I gave him
lessons. He's not burned anything in months." She smiled
proudly. "I know he likes ice cream but it's going to be getting
cold so may be I should go for the bread machine. Then again,
can't he just use a pan?"
Near by, Adam could be seen scrawling "Not for use with turkeys" on
tags attached to assorted pots and pans. "I already got
Andrew a new football so I figured I'd leave these reminders since I
have time to kill." He then grinned at his pun.
Meanwhile in another wing of the mall, Yva and her guardian, Nigel,
busied themselves perusing sheet music at Tess' Tunes. "I decided
to give Andrew a gift with a definite personal touch. So Nigel
and I are recording a song for him. Now if we could just decide
Just outside the music store, Vincent was spotted sitting on a bench
looking daunted. "So many, many stores... Where does one
start?" he muttered. Happily for him, his wife exited Bed, Bath
and the Great Beyond soon after and rescued him.
Rose and Henry were both waiting in the check out line at the Godyeva
Chocolatier where the prevailing opinion seemed to be best voiced by
Rose who said, "When in doubt you can never go wrong with chocolate!"
Many shop owners have extended their hours for the week because of the
special occasion. Inventory lists from previous years indicate
most often purchased gifts include green shirts, tool belts and hair
products. Whether this year will follow the trend remains to be
One thing is for sure: whatever gifts Andrew receives, he's sure to
know that he's loved.
Celebration Spans Two
York City, New York-- This
birthday celebration proved to be a surprising one for Andrew.
Busy on assignment in the district attorney's office in New York City,
Andrew expected only a few greeting cards and phone calls on the
20th. Instead he got so much more when assistant district
attorney and cousin of Lady JenniAnn Chandler, Catherine Chandler
Wells, had a cake and ginger ale catered into the office.
"It was great. Nice, really. I was just overwhelmed," was
the angel of death's initial reaction. "It was kind of
embarrassing but sweet. Even the perp we're investigating sang
'Happy Birthday' to me. That was... special. It's not every
day I'm serenaded by a tax evader."
Joe Maxwell, district attorney and Andrew's supposed boss, had this to
say: "I expected Cathy to do something like this. She's always so
considerate. I was confused, though. When I asked how many
candles I should light she said to nevermind them. Then her
cousin made some comment about not wanting to burn down the
building. I really don't think the poor guy looks more than
thirty five so I don't know what they're talking about."
Unbeknownst to Mr. Maxwell, Andrew was quickly taken to Dyeland's
Monica's Cafe after the office closed. There he was inundated
with hugs, more ginger ale, and a big sloppy kiss... from his pet dog,
"This is great. I was afraid I wouldn't make it to Dyeland
today." Andrew beamed as Tess handed him a dish towel to wipe off
dog slobber. "But I guess I should have known the Father would
make sure I got a chance to celebrate my special day... observed...
The evening closed with a raucous performance of "My Guy" by various
Dyelanders. Adam, Henry, Gloria and Monica then took to the stage
for a performance of the Beatles' "With a Little Help from My
Friends." Tess was last seen covering her ears near the door and
has not been seen since.
Perhaps the mood of the day is best summed up by Andrew's fellow angel
of death, Adam. "There was cake. There was ginger
ale. Tess got a little bugged. What could possibly make
this day any better? Happy birthday, Andrew!"
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page are from
an Angel" and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon
Water Productions. They are not being used to seek profit.)