14. When JABB began, we were
anxiously awaiting the premiere of TBAA's Season 5. So
what better way to celebrate the anniversary than making
preparations to (finally!) enjoy the Season 5 DVDs! I am
so scoping out the ads on the Sunday before!
13. Make yourself a drool bucket! True, as JABB has
aged we don't tend to focus on that particularly goofy subset of
John Dye-related humor. But as it is our logo it only
seems fitting to celebrate our big day by creating one.
Just... if you use it for the designated purpose... please don't
tell me. That's kinda gross. ;-)
12. Various characters on TBAA bestowed nicknames on
Andrew and through out JABB's time, we've heaped on tons
more. So have a little one-person game trying to see how
many of Andrew's nicknames you can come up with!
11. Celebrate Andrew-style! Get yourself a red
velvet cake and enjoy! I've been asked before what the
origins are of Andrew's favorite cake being red velvet.
No, it's no where in TBAA. That lil tidbit came straight
from JABB. I don't entirely remember the origins but I
believe at one point I needed to work in his favorite cake and
I'd recently watched Steel
. Due to the groom's cake in that film,
I started to associate red velvet with the South. So I
think I threw in the red velvet fixation of Andrew's as a nod to
John's heritage. Or maybe I was just craving it. ;-)
10. Where would JABB be without technology? Probably just
a few jotted notes in a spiral notebook jammed into my filing
cabinet. So in honor of the technology that's got us this
far, spend a few moments thinking back on your technological
state in 1998. Remember the AOL dial-up tone? IRC
chats? Floppy disks, anyone? Did you wait for twenty
minutes to get the TBAA theme song to load when you found it on
a web site? Now we have wireless, flash drives, and high
speed connections. We've come a long way!
9. Drink lots of caffeine! Trust me, JABB would not
exist without caffeine so what better way to toast its continued
8. Go study the JABB
. You never know when JABB trivia just
might come in handy...
7. Go read old JABB newsletters and bask in the
cringe-inducing awkwardness of some of them. Okay, so
maybe they're only awkward for me... But
6. Figure out your top fourteen favorite John Dye
projects/episodes and watch them all. Feel free to call in
sick to work. I'll send your boss a note. I just
can't promise they will accept it. ;-)
5. Take out a "Happy Anniversary, JABB!!!" billboard and
see how many people you can really, really confuse.
4. Get JABB some chocolates and champagne or ginger
ale. Then realize JABB is not a person and thus cannot
enjoy the treats. Consume them yourself.
3. Pretend you're in Dyeland and flounce around for the
day in a princess dress. Bonus points if you go out in
public and photograph yourself in such a state.
2. Well, I'd say go buy yourself something in the vein of
the traditional 14th anniversary gifts but apparently that would
mean buying ivory which makes me just a lil bit nervous.
(I rather prefer that tusks remain on elephants.) So the
suggested alternative is gold. Holy cow...
Pricey. So I guess just spend this day being glad you're
not actually married to JABB and, thus, do not have to buy it
jewelry. Or hey... just go watch your favorite TBAA
episode showing off Andrew's lovely golden hair and one of his
immaculate ivory suits and call it good.
1. You wouldn't be a member of JABB if not for your
admiration for John. So go back and, if you can, revisit
the very first thing that made you love him. Maybe it was
seeing him do his turkey impersonation (imturkeyation?) on Tour of Duty
you fell head over heels the moment he hopped off that log in
"The One that Got Away." Maybe you still think Todd is the
coolest guy ever. Whatever it was... go back. And be
happy. Even with all that has happened, he can still make
As I think back on these 14
years, a lot of goofy memories pop into my mind. Some of
them are entirely too embarrassing! But some... well,
some are sweet to think back on. So... I'd like to
dedicate this newsletter to John for making my high school
locker utterly and completely handsome. Seeing his
beautiful face plastered onto that horrid olive green metal
took a little of the sting out of having to grab my Geometry
book. So to John... 36, 10, 16 and hullo Mr.
Studly Awesomeness! To everyone else... is it weird that
I still remember the combination?
(The photographs used on this page are from Touched by an Angel and
owned by: CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon
Water Productions; Tour of
Duty and owned by: New World Television; and Campus
Man and owned by: RKO Pictures. They are not being used
to seek profit.)