So here we are celebrating another made-up birthday!
:-) While I know we all love John's performance as
Andrew, many of us also have a soft spot for Charles
Rocket's Adam so we celebrate his (observed) birthday on
October 10th. Once again, this newsletter is about
them both. It's short, hopefully kinda sweet, and
sent from your shivering co-founder. I do love the
fall but... brrr!
Top Ten Ways the AODs Celebrate
10. Using their special angelic mode of travel
to restaurant-hop and collect all the free birthday
desserts worldwide. This leads to...
9. Staying up until 3 in the morning due to
sugar highs and prank calling all their former
8. Hanging out in one of
their kitchens experimenting to see what else, other than
ginger ale, goes well with freshly squeezed orange
juice. Cause that can't get scary... Hide the
vodka! Screwdrivers belong in their tool belts only.
7. They will allow Adam to play the piano as
loudly and as long as he wishes and clap after each
and every tune. And Tess is just gonna have to
deal with it... or else. She ain't the only one
who can give a mean stink eye.
6. Playing Whack-a-Reaper. Surely one of
their friends has enough tech savvy to put together an
arcade game that will allow Adam and Co. to release
all that pent up frustration over the popularity of
the Grim Reaper. Who doesn't want to spend their
birthday bopping ghouls with mallets???
5. Getting matching tattoos of cow bells in honor of
their fondness for the song "Don't Fear the Reaper."
4. Visiting amusement parks and playing those games
where the park employee has to guess your age within 5 years
and, if wrong, you win a prize. As no one will be likely to guess that Adam's at least
5,000 years old, they'll amass quite the collection of plush
carnival toys. They will then hand these out to
children. Park employees will be forced to scrape
swooned AOD admirers off the pavement.
3. Joining in on the "80s Party" craze and throwing
Adam's party accordingly. However, their human friends
won't realize until it's too late that the AODs meant the
actual 80s, not the 1980s. Andrew, Adam, and Henry
will spend the evening sauntering around in robes and
sandals amid women with giant shoulder pads and neon leg
warmers. Weirdest party photos ever! Joan Jett
2. Adam will finally be allowed to indulge his inner
dairyman and perform the entire role of Tevye in Fiddler
on the Roof, not just a couple bars from "Sunrise,
Sunset." It will be the only production of Fiddler
ever in which "Tzeitel" has a complete meltdown during the
wedding scene and refuses to marry "Motel" because "Tevye"
is just plain too awesome to be left behind.
1. Picking up chicks. Literally. I could
totally see Andrew volunteering to go with the birthday boy
to some turkey rescue place to adopt some baby
turkeys. I could also see their female friends tagging
along because, really, what could be more adorable than two
handsome dudes cuddling baby turkeys? Not much!
And then I
realized I was running out of time and only had a half-done
newsletter so this happened...
An Ode to the AODs
It was 1994 and I was twelve, a not-so-fun age
With homework done I was bored so turned on the TV.
That angel show was airing so I decided to see
what this evening's assignment would be:
Broken cars, Thanksgiving, and adultery hid.
Not exactly relatable when you're just a kid.
Yet I'm glad that I sat there and watched as I did.
When I think about what may have happened if not...
Adam made me laugh and forget the trouble of being
I admired how he stood up to Tess when she was being
He defended his friend and kept Alexander from being
In coveralls and suits, I was sure he was the best
angel I'd ever seen.
I cried when Adam talked to sweet Serena and held her
When Christmas was past, Adam was gone and soon came
He didn't stay long but his smile so kind was lovely
Then he went away and Monica was left to play AOD.
A new year began and the date was now 1996.
The new guy came... I wished for the power to nix.
Shoes truly awful... cocky... flirty... a terrible
No AOD was better than this guy getting into the mix.
And yet... he was cute.
He had good hair to boot.
And so wearing that beige suit...
Oh no... I had a crush most acute.
Eighteen years have passed since that fateful night
when I turned on the TV and watched 3 angels alight.
The AODs changed over the years but each was just
If I could go back there's not a moment I would
I thank Charles as Adam for all of the joy and glee
and the reminder to have respect for the humble
I thank our Andrew, dearest John, so loved and lovely.
Without him I really don't know where I'd be.
And so this I've learned since the year 1994:
Vampires are in and "reality" rules the ratings score.
But my heart and favor remain with those AODs of yore.
I'll hold onto their messages of hope, faith, and more
and remember that death is never truly the end.
It only means going Home with an angelic friend.
In our hearts and our memories this message they send:
God's love is a love that will every grief mend.
So that ode was *extremely* thrown together
but it got me thinking. The truth is that if
either John Dye or Charles Rocket were still here
and starring in some show about a convenience store
clerk who hunts zombies, I would watch it. But
I'm very glad that the show they shared was Touched
by an Angel. The messages the show held
out were and are affirming, comforting, and
challenging. It was not mindless TV, it was
not filled with gratuitous violence and... thank
God... we did not have to sit around pondering which
character was going to sleep with whichever other
character next (Hello, ER... and gobs of
other shows!). I am so grateful to them both
for being such important and beloved parts of Touched.
In portraying angels of death, they held out an
image of beings far lovelier and sweeter and let's
admit it... vastly more attractive... than any
death-type character I have seen before or
since. So... this newsletter is dedicated to
two men who completely schooled the Grim
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