“The more that you read, the more things
you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
-- Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Short newsletter cause yours truly has been straddling two
wildly different worlds: IRS tax filing and Dyeland.
(Guess which is more fun and interesting?) And also
not sleeping. So I hope you enjoy this and I hope I
get a tax return. And sleep. ;-)
Ten Random Factoids
Especially with the research for
stories I've written for JABB, I've ended up with a bunch
of truly random factoids in my head. Then, of
course, there were things that happened in TBAA episodes
and such that aroused my curiosity enough to send me to
Google. I thought it was high time I share some of
this very useful knowledge with you all. Kudos to
anyone who can match the factoid with the
story/newsletter/John project it came from.
Unfortunately, my concentration is totally shot so I know
as soon as I send this, I'll think of way more. Oh
well. Maybe I'll make this a recurring
thing. We'll see.
1. Amaretto is made from apricots... not necessarily
2. The frontal lobe of the human brain (or the brain
of an angel in human form) is responsible for managing
attention, emotions, and judgment.
3. There are many, many ways to create stage
blood. And a three ounce container of blood powder
is gonna run ya about $20 U.S.
4. You can make red velvet just about anything.
5. It was apparently common in Puritan times to have
female Jr.'s. Interesting.
6. Daffodils represent eternal life.
7. The average height of a U.S. male is 5'9".
8. Universal Studios offers Coke brand pop/soda...
not Pepsi. There are two reasons it's sad that I had
to look this up: 1. I'd just been there so really should
have remembered and 2. I'm actually nitpicky enough to
feel the need to get that right.
9. Hydroplaning is when a wet surface (like pavement
after the rain) causes a car to skid. It is
bad. And Andrew wasn't being a dolt when he brought
10. Andrew's lame shoes are called loafers.
Well, my own insomnia has been pretty well documented on
these pages through the years. But I know I'm not
alone among JABBers in dealing with sleep issues. In
all seriousness, I know I need to get better about
sleeping as many of you likely do, too. But then
this isn't a serious newsletter so I give to you...
Top Ten Ways to Make that Insomnia
Work for You!
list is not approved by any medical authority or, for that
by anyone not hopped up on caffeine and running on three
hours of sleep)
10. Just start making up words
for JABB. We might need them. I still
think the English language has room for "ungether."
9. Make yourself a JABB
soundtrack. Or seventeen. Or twenty
8. Call Jenni. She's probably up and
more than happy to discuss the awesomeness that is
John's filmography with you.
7. Peruse men's clothing stores online and
plot out Andrew's wardrobe for the next year.
Or decade. Or century. Eon even.
6. List all TBAA episodes in alphabetical
order. Then reverse alphabetical order.
Then in order of most favorite to least
favorite. Then in order of most tear-inducing
to least tear-inducing. Then separate them
into two stacks: episodes in which Andrew looks
really great and episodes in which Andrew looks
really, really great. Repeat.
5. Invent a drinking game to go along with
every single John Dye project you have on
hand. Play the game with a mug of soothing
herbal tea. Still end up not sleeping.
4. Have an exhilarating conversation with
Andrew... realize the next morning that "Andrew" was
actually a plaid throw pillow.
3. Write fanfic late into the night.
Then finally get to sleep only to jolt awake one
hour later with the realization that you forgot
something in your story. Get up. Get to
the puter. Write more. Realize the
missing element really wasn't that vital. Fall
back into bed only to find yourself obsessing over
the minor detail again to the point you can't
sleep. Get up again and watch segments from
musicals on YouTube. Hey, at least ya got some
2. Ponder the great unknown philosophical
questions of our age like... Can Andrew dance
on the head of a pin? Why would Andrew be
dancing on the head of a pin? If Andrew is
dancing on the head of a pin then can I join
him? Sounds fun!
1. Pray. Okay, I've decided I get
one serious item on this list and I'm going with
All joking aside, my insomnia is largely of my own
doing (I'm looking at you chai and coffee).
But I know it can be all too easy to get hung up
on the world's problems and our own and lose sleep
over them. I've had several nights like that
and sometimes it's in thinking about John's
portrayal of Andrew... and the real angels that I
hope are much like him... that I start to settle
down. So this newsletter is dedicated to
John for nights in which his compassionate and
peaceful presence on screen made it a little
easier to relax and get some sleep.