"Call it a
clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family.
you call it, whoever you are, you need one."
It's that time of year again! Our two annual addresses are
below. I for one am glad that this is a short issue!
of the JABBers Address
you may notice that
I've changed the title of this address
(formerly the State of the Androolers Address). While we may all
be Androolers, I think it's about time I start using our proper name
for this: JABBers. Cause we may be a small subset of
but I think we're a pretty awesome one!
year I like to take a
few moments to reflect on the highlights we
at JABB have experienced. Traditionally, I start that reflection
off by listing the John Dye-related DVD releases. Oh boy...
Yet again I hoped I'd start the address with the happy news of the DVD
release for Season 5. Instead we got themed sets with a measly 4
episodes a piece. I'm just going to come right out and say that
I'm ambivalent to unhappy about this development. On the plus
side, they actually saw fit to include extras and, I suppose, some post
S4 episodes on DVD are better than no post S4 episodes. But
still... I wanna see "Beautiful Dreamer," "The Sign of the Dove,"
and more on DVD! I'm also a lil peeved by how many pre-S5
episodes are on these sets. Yet, their existence is proof that
TPTB haven't fully given up on TBAA and that's something to be grateful
for! So enjoy them, if you want. But, please, continue to
press for the full seasons on DVD by following the advice listed here.
I have been able to
move on from S4 and prior episodes on the TBAA
Photo Gallery and Episode
it's pretty annoying to discover that the
Hallmark Channel edits the episodes and then, ya know, regularly drops
TBAA from its schedule. But still... as much as I like Andrew's
long hair it's been nice to finally have some short hair photos to use
around here! And the Hallmark weirdness has inspired some fun...
and some ranting from yours truly to the YG. Thanks YG members
for tolerating that!
with last year, I remain
grateful that JABB itself continues to
thrive. I don't think I've been this excited about the goings on
the YahooGroup for
quite some time! Not only have we had new
members join us but we're having a lot of fun playing JABB
can't dole out the money like Alex Trebek
can but I think it's given us all some unforeseen rewards! Not
only has the trivia itself been fun but it's prompted discussion of
TBAA and aspects of Mr. Dye's career that I haven't thought about in
the fun, the
YahooGroup continues to be a supportive,
interesting, amusing place that I turn to for both escape from the
frenzy of life and cathartic discussion of it. I hope others feel
the same way. Even though this past year has brought many of us
stresses, responsibilities, losses, and worries; we've hung in there
and I'm really proud of that. I hope my fellow YGers are, too.
the point at which I
generally talk about new aspects of the web
site. But that would involve actually remembering what new things
I added and I don't! At least not beyond the
additions to the Photo Gallery and Episode Guide and then
Jeopardy. So instead I'm going to go on for a bit about something
I've gained a new appreciation for: Dyeland. I think it started
as a way to get through the summers between TBAA seasons and other
"droughts." If someone would have told me that it would one day
become one of the central focuses if not *the* central focus of JABB, I
would have told them they were insane. Maybe it turns out I'm
just insane! :-) But, really, it's been a joy (even if
sometimes an exhausting one) to see these characters grow and to be
able to explore issues both funnily mundane (unwanted
cell phone calls) and
achingly serious (attacks on
big thanks to everyone who did any of the
the Dyeland stories
and gave feedback... It really means so much
to me and does encourage me to keep going!
create and populate
this awesome world... It's been a pleasure
getting to know your characters.
me down after I had
to kill characters off... When I hit the
lottery I will pay you some sort of counseling fee. [NOTE: I
don't play the lottery so don't hold your breath.]
me deal with my
Andrew angst and even joined me in it...
Are we absolutely sure we're not masochists?
give Dyeland a sense
of a family, joined together by love if
not genetics... May their tribe increase!
that last bit that has
become most meaningful to me. Every
time that I look back on JABB's year with these addresses, I seem to
pick up on a
theme that stretches through the stories and even to JABB as a
whole. I think this year it's
pretty safe to say that theme was the value of family. Not
necessarily of traditional family but family however you count
it. I look forward to continuing to see not only Dyeland's family
grow but ours, as well. It's been an amazing, inspiring
year! Let's make sure the next one is, too!
you and God bless you.
of the Dyelanders Address
Wow. It's hard to believe a
year has passed since I last did
this. But this year... this year has brought me so much to be
grateful for and I hope it has all of you, too.
I have cherished every moment
filled with laughter. I've had some
memorable Easters but one featuring a helpful robot rabbit was
definitely new! I love that some of you were able to turn
something as annoying as solicitation calls into a cause for creativity
and amusement. And I don't think I'll ever forget how a stormy
night helped me discover that not only is my name Andrew but also
apparently 'Crush of Crushes,' 'Amish Boy,' 'Poor Love,' and many
more. I think I'll need a larger driver's license in order to
list all those names! I have to say I'm surprised I didn't pick a
new nickname up at the Renaissance Faire. I think Sir Andrew the
Valiant has a nice ring to it. Uh oh, JenniAnn's taking notes and
whispering to Rose. Ladies, I was just kidding. And now
it's going on the third edition of the shirt. OK...
There's that saying: "A family who
plays together, stays together." If that's true then I think
we're all going to be together for a long time (at least as long as we
have football, pool, Spin-the-Bottle: Dyeland Style, Andrewopoly,
etc.)! But I believe that having the courage, trust,
determination, and love to pull through the more difficult times is
also what keeps a family together. I've seen those qualities a
lot in my line of work. And I've seen them here. The
strength and affection you all lent me in November will never
forgotten. I carry that memory with me forever now. I hope
you, too, never forget your own bravery and selfless love. You
have shown the best... the very best... of yourselves as the Father
It's been a joy and a blessing to
have spent nearly ten years now in this place. You all make me so
proud and so happy to consider you my friends and my family. I
thank God every day for letting me be a part of this. And I thank
Him for His promise that I'll be able to grow with you and be with all
of you for many, many years to come. Whether it be the hug of a
friend at exactly the moment one is most needed or hearing the
happiness in the laughter of a Tunnel child or seeing hope rise again
in someone at the Phoenix, you all have given me and each other so many
wonderful, beautiful moments. Let's all look forward to more of
those moments to come.
Thank you. I love you. God loves you.
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