“Tell me and I
forget, teach me and I may remember, involve
me and I learn.”
~~ Benjamin Franklin
Hi all! Well, I've
managed to put off yet another newsletter til the day
it's due. I'd feel badly about that but I've not
exactly been lazy. Just writing a story... that
will, hopefully, eventually see the light of day.
;-) Anyhow, so here's this... whatever it ends up
PS- No easter egg for the aforementioned reason.
First, we have a new
member who would like to introduce herself! If
you'd like to have an introduction posted here in a JABB
newsletter, please let me know. And if you've been
here for a while and would like to post an updated one,
that's cool! Please do keep in mind with these
that the newsletters do end up linked to the JABB main
site. Therefore, don't include anything you feel
uncomfortable about having put online. Thanks
And now to Pineapple Angel:
Hi! My name is Pineapple
Angel (obviously that's not my REAL Name, it's my
internet alias!) Before I go into a whole description,
I'd like to make it clear on one thing....It's clear
that many of the "Androolers" and JABB members are well
into adulthood, (no offense to anyone!!!) and I'd just
like to state that I am indeed MUCH younger than anyone
else on this site, probably!! I am actually a young
teenaged girl, and when I say Teen...I mean like High
school teen!! So, now that that's settled, I've been a
fan of TBAA and John Dye for about a year now, and I am
finally a member!! SO, I love writing fanfics, (My
account is PineappleAngel14, if you're interested). I
write TBAA, Psych, The Big Valley, The Fall Guy, and
other shows. I've only had my account for a short while,
so I've yet to post any of my TBAA stories, but you're
welcome to check my account out anyway!! Outside of
writing, I love to sing, play a few instruments, and
watch oldies tv and movies!! (that's really all I
watch!!) I am a Christian and a Conservative Republican.
My favorite colors are Teal and Purple, and one weird
thing about me is that I have "zoophobia" (the fear of
animals!!) I know it sounds silly, but because of
several unfriendly encounters, and a few bad allergies,
I'm scared of most animals!! Well...that's about it!!
Thanks for letting me be a member of JABB!
Thanks, Pineapple Angel, and welcome!
So because of this story writing issue
and assorted other obligations (I'm looking at you,
housework), something happened last weekend... I didn't
get to watch my weekly TBAA episode! Now, this is
rather a big deal for someone who has seen her TBAA time
cut down from marathons several times a week to an episode
a night for 4-5 nights a week and now to just one a
week. So I can't help but feel that it threw me off
just a little. So I present...
Top Ten Signs You
Have TBAA Deficiency Syndrome
10. You keep telling yourself that
soon you'll have time to sit back and enjoy
watching TBAA. But then you just start
crying because the word "time" made you think
of Andrew and his pocket watch... which you
don't have time to see.
9. You find yourself
forlornly perusing through the photo galleries
of episodes you wish you had time to
watch... Andrew looks so cuddly in "A
Rock and a Hard Place"... You want to hug him
8. You engage in a too long, too awkward talk with
Andrew the FedEx delivery man because then you can at
least tell yourself that you spent time with Andrew... too
bad it was the wrong one.
7. You have
managed to turn "Walk With You" into a torch song.
You have switched over to drinking tea because coffee is
just too painful in your Monica-less world. But then
you remember that Andrew seems to like tea. So then
you reach for a can of ginger ale and WAAAAH!
5. You stare spitefully at your laundry and
paperwork and dirty dishes which are keeping you from
TBAA. You name the laundry Kathleen, the paperwork
Monique, and the dishes Gregory because you are convinced
they are evil.
4. You start to dream that you are in a TBAA
episode! This is a wonderful thing until your alarm
clock goes off just as Andrew is starting to drag his hand
through that lovely hair of his and now you can't help him
deal with his distress!!!
3. You've started sleeping with your TBAA DVD
sets. All of them. Okay, I'm gonna have to
draw the line with this one. If you're doing this:
we need to talk. I just don't even think that seems
safe... or comfortable!
2. You've wondered if breaking an episode into tiny
segments and watching while you brush your teeth makes
sense... but then you realize that would mean taking
nearly a month to watch a single episode.
1. You've made up a disease called TBAA Deficiency
Syndrome and proceeded to write a top ten about it OR you
read said top ten and found yourself nodding a lot...
So... don't let that happen to
you! One way that I've found to ensure I have some
TBAA time is to tie watching it to an activity that I feel
is important or at least beneficial to someone else.
That way, I can tell myself that by not watching I'm
cheating someone else and not just me. It's a good
incentive to watch. So below I've listed out the
months of a typical school year. For each month,
I've suggested a TBAA episode that we might really, really
wanna watch and then tied it to a related random act of
kindness. So watch that TBAA episode guilt-free and
give a lil back at the same time!
How to Make This School Year
Watch "A House Divided" while putting together fun school
supply packs for a local school. Even if school has
already started where you are, these will still come in
handy cause we all know pens break, pencils get lost, glue
gets used up, etc. Either keep them somewhere to
dole out yourself to students in your life or ask a local
school if they'd like to store em until needed... and they
may even need them right away.
September- Don't forget about the older students!
While watching "Bringer of Light," maybe make starry care
packages for a high schooler in your life. Kids are
never too old for warm fuzzies brought on by receiving a
gold star... especially if that gold star is an iced sugar
cookie shaped like a star!
October- Enjoy "The Sky is Falling" while making up little
bags or such for your trick-or-treaters. Maybe
instead of going for all candy, include pencils, those
little crayon boxes, erasers, stickers, or the like.
November- Happy Thanksgiving! Settle in with "The
Homecoming" while looking into options for helping
families in need during the holiday season. Some
schools put together food packs for their poverty stricken
students and hand them out prior to break.
December- Watch all the Christmas episodes! Trust
me, you can think of plenty of ways to give back at this
festive season. As I said above, some schools do
collect food for their students who will be on vacation
and, thus, cut off from government-funded breakfasts and
lunches. You could also look into making small thank
you gifts for local teachers (check with schools to see
what's allowed as sometimes there are policies).
This might also be a good time to check with any teachers
you know to see if school supplies have run low among
their kids. Some schools also post holiday wish
lists for larger classroom needs. Maybe you can get
some friends to pitch in on something.
January- Watch "Millennium" and plot out ways you might
like to support education in your area as part of your New
February- Enjoy "And a Nightengale Sang" while making up
valentines for your children, nieces, nephews, cousins,
siblings, parents, etc. who are teachers and/or
students. Let em know how much you love them and how
proud of them you are.
March- While viewing "Life Before Death," investigate
student leadership programs in your school district.
Maybe you could volunteer or help fund a scholarship.
April- "Fighting the Good Fight" can inspire several good
deeds... and some lovely glimpses of a white shirted
Andrew. ;-) Check and see what sort of
anti-bullying laws are in place in your area and if you
see a need for improvement, write to your
representatives. You could also research what after
school programs are around and what they do to help keep
kids out of trouble. Look into how you might be able
to lend a hand.
May- It's almost summer! Watch the "The Pact" and
start planning out care packages for kids you know who are
headed to camp. Also look into opportunities to
sponsor a student in need who wants to take part in a camp
or other summer program.
An important thing to remember regardless of the time of
year: Every little bit helps! If you can only put
together two school supply packs, do that. It'll
matter to the two kids who receive them! Sometimes
it can be overwhelming to consider how much need there is
versus how much we can afford time and money-wise to
do. But don't let that paralyze you into
inaction! As Andrew said: "We all serve God in our
own ways. What matters is that we serve Him."
So do that and have fun! :-)
This newsletter is dedicated to John
Dye for pretty much keeping me from ever being
bored. Stretched for time... yes. But never