Do you enjoy receiving the JABB
Do you spend time perusing the web site, pondering the awesomeness that
is Andrew, Adam, the actors who played them, and more?
Do you wish you could have a more proactive role in JABB but you're
just not sure where to start?
Do you value my sanity? ;-)
If you answered yes to any of the above then I have an offer for
you! Join the JABB Squad!!! Why the JABB Squad?
Because I can't think of a better name for it. So your first
mission as a member of the JABB Squad: devise a better name.
The JABB Squad will be very much like what the JABB Sisterhood used to
be. Membership is always open and it's not just for certain
members. If you feel you have something to offer, we'd love to
have you! You'll receive your own virtual JABB Squad "business"
card that you can print and show off to your friends and family... or
hide in your sock drawer along with your drool bucket.
My idea is very open-ended. Basically I'd just like to have some
people that would be willing to help out with the newsletters or web
site here and there. And if you join, you can come up with your
own title! Ya know, just so long as it's not hurtful to anyone or
anything like that. You know your talents and gifts best but off
the top of my head here are some slots in the JABB Squad I was able to
come up with and would like to have people fill:
1. Supreme Proofreader- Basically this person would just have a
good grasp of the English language and be willing to proofread JABB
newsletters and maybe the occasional non-newsletter web page.
Bonus: You could get to preview stories and such.
2. Official Checker of the Gloriously Adorable Photo Gallery-
With Hallmark hopefully starting to air Season 5 of TBAA again soon, I
hope to get back to updating the photo gallery. It would be great
to have one or more people who could just glance through those pages
and make sure I don't repeat a photo, have a broken photo, etc.
3. She Whom Spots the Dead Links and Reporteth Them- So sometimes
I get going a little quickly with updating the web pages and
occasionally I might mistype or incorrectly copy a link. So this
person would just be on the look out for links that don't work and then
report any dead or broken ones to me as they find em.
There's three but I know the possibilities are endless. If you
think you'd like to do something, run it by me.
Here are a few general notes that apply regardless of what "title"
1. Accepting a role does not mean you'd be expected to do it all
the time. If you volunteer for, say, Supreme Proofreader that
does not mean you'd have to proofread every single newsletter. In
many cases that wouldn't even be possible cause they're written too
soon before I send them to everyone to have time for
2. That being said, please don't volunteer just to get a title
and business card and then do nothing.
3. I suppose I better just fess up and admit that I'm starting
this because juggling all existing aspects of JABB, a full-time job,
and being a home owner is starting to become impossible. So,
really, if you can think of anything you might like to do with JABB
then I would love to hear it.
So that's it! Any comments, questions, ideas, offers, etc... I'd
love to hear em! I hope to count you among the members of the
possibly-to-be-renamed JABB Squad!
Now for something funny... I hope...
Last year I gave
tips on how to work
Andrew into your school days for those of you that were headed back to
those hallowed halls. But this year I thought I'd take a bit more
whimsical, dreamy approach. If you were like me, TBAA inspired a
whole heckuva lot of day dreams concerning Andrew. Since the
show's no longer being produced, I thought I'd try to inspire some of
those day dreams here on JABB. With this being back to school time for
many, I decided to zero in on more work/school related day
dreams. Here goes...
1. The Substitute Professor Day Dream- Your calculus prof just
got called for jury duty. Your classmates are all cheering,
hoping the dean will have forgotten to call in a sub. And then
*he* walks in. He's wearing slacks and one of those cute, cuddly
shirt, tie, sweater ensembles. He announces that Professor What's
His/Her Face didn't leave their lesson plan so he's just going to sit
in the class room and if people have any questions about recent
homework or anything, he'll be happy to help. Otherwise, they can
leave. ALL your classmates leave and since Andrew did say he'd
answer questions about homework OR *anything*, you spend the afternoon
talking to each other about your lives. Your professor gets stuck
deliberating for a full week and so every day it's just you and
week's end he reveals who and
what he is and you're
completely understanding and he's so psyched to have a human friend
whose initial reaction isn't "AH! Death! Get away!" that he
continues to visit you long after Prof. What's His/Her Face is
liberated from the jury room.
2. The Campus/District Wanderer Day Dream- This one's for the
altruists or "need to be needed" crowd. You're walking around
campus or the area surrounding your work place. You see
*him.* He looks distressed and side-tracked. You approach
him and ask if he needs help. He assures you he's just fine and
gives you one of his "I'm saying I'm fine even though I'm not because I
have problems opening up emotionally" smiles. After some
prodding, you're able to get him to your office, dorm, the chapel, or
some other at least semi-secluded place. You then shock him by
announcing that you know exactly who and what he is and since his
people have been helping your people since time immemorial, you want to
help him. It's only fair. And if he doesn't let you, you'll
play the "What if..." game the rest of your life and does he really
want to saddle you with that??? Andrew will be swayed by your
logic and emotional appeal and open up. Thus begins a beautiful
friendship that gets you through many a long work/school day.
3. The Delivery Man Day Dream- Yes, it's totally cliche.
But you can work with it! It's around noon and you're just
exiting the campus book store or cafeteria or you're at the front desk
of your work place. A FedEx, UPS, etc. delivery man walks in and
you recognize him immediately. The "Andrew" emblazoned on his
uniform doesn't hurt, either. Dazed and massively swoony, you
watch him and may even sign for the packages he's delivering, squeaking
out your name for verification. Then, heart still racing and
still dazed... you watch him leave. All the while screaming at
yourself inwardly for not saying anything. Luckily, his truck has
experienced some sort of breakdown and thus he must wait at least an
hour for the tow truck to arrive. Now's your chance! You
offer to buy him lunch and at first he resists. This is when you
sneak in "I know who you are and I'd really, really love to talk to
you." He'll be so struck that he'll agree and thus you will spend
the best lunch hour of your life in Andrew's company. Now this is
the part where daydream you will need to seek help from dedicated
and/or friends: obtain a large box. Make sure Andrew is
distracted while talking to the the tow-truck driver or
something. Place the large box in the front of the truck, near
where Andrew will be seated. Climb into the box, bringing
scissors or a box cutter with you. Ask your helpers to tape it
up, label it, and punch a few air holes. Sit tight while Andrew
drives away (after being told by your helpers that they definitely
need that box delivered and they thought they'd help him out by loading
it in for him since he's obviously had a tough day as is). Once
he's at his next stop, get out of the box. When he returns to the
truck, declare your undying love or friendship or both or whatever
eternal bond you want to (just as long as he's not left to think you're
looking for something he can't give cause that would be bad and
hurtful). The truth is, he's probably still going to drop you
back off at your work place or school. But you'll be sending
Andrew out into the world knowing that, far from being reviled or
misunderstood, there's at least one human out there that loves him
enough to spend some time in a FedEx box. Aww.
4. The Bohemian Wonderland Day Dream- For the artsy, romantic
folks. A personal favorite. In this one you arrive at your
dorm or office to discover
there is a newbie among the group. Your heart soars when you
recognize him as Andrew. This day dream requires a bit more tact
and patience than the previous ones. In this one you spend some
time with Andrew, never letting him know that you know who he is.
You work together on lots of awesome community-building projects like:
organizing poetry readings, volunteer outings, trips to the theatre,
etc. Andrew eventually moves on, leaving your group transformed
and closer, and that memory of humans and angels working together will
stick with him. So much so that after his next upsetting
assignment, God will more or less drop him off at your door step.
This is when you tearfully let him know that you knew from day one who
and what he was and loved him anyway. Then you tell him how much
everything he helped bring about at your work place/ school meant to
everyone. He hears from the Father then that this was the plan
all along and the both of you are supposed to start some angel/human
task force bringing joy, love, good will, generosity, and culture to
other groups in need of a sense of togetherness. Also, at some
point you end up sharing a house filled with mismatched furniture,
tie-dyed items, lotsa music, and lovingly handmade bric-a-brac.
Feel free to
turn this one into a musical.
5. The Dream I Will Likely Actually Have- You're in a huge room
filled with people. You see Andrew and try to get to him but
can't make it through the crowd. Or you're walking around
town. The sidewalks are teeming with people. You can see
Andrew half a block ahead of you. You run to catch up and nearly
do but he turns the corner and disappears just before you reach
him... Sigh... One day you'll catch up!
6. Just Go to Bed- Seriously. Go to sleep. I'm
beginning to think an alarmingly high percentage of our membership are
sleep-deprived. So maybe try to sleep and actually dream!
Who knows, he just might show up!
(Photo Credits: The photographs
used on this page are from "Touched by an Angel" and owned by CBS
Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon Water Productions. They are
not being used to seek profit.)