I know that many of you, like me, are deeply touched by
the TBAA episode "Til Death Do Us Part." Of
particular note is the part where Andrew tells Jordan
that he's glad the man was born. Well, I'm very
glad that Charles Rocket was born. From the
smallest things to significant parts of my life, he has
had influence. So I present...
Reasons I'm Glad Charles Rocket
- Every Halloween I get to
spend 90 minutes pretending to be a kid again and
kept in thrall by Dadcula, the Sanderson Sisters,
and that dratted virgin who lit the black flame
candle. Also a talking cat. And a
zombie. And Erin from "The Pact." Not
- I know some people thought it was paternalistic
and prudish, however... I'm glad for the scene in
"Fallen Angela" where Adam is troubled
by Monica's strapless dress. I found my way
back to that episode right around the time I was
facing pressure to dress a bit more flirty.
It just wasn't my thing. And Adam gave me
the push to stand up for myself and keep wearing
my hippie stuff... and straps.
- Whenever something goes wrong in my house, I may
still be frustrated and even weepy. However,
I can (and do) comfort myself with the knowledge
that (Hallelujah!) I do not have a Steve
Moscow-type involved. It brings a lil moment
of gratitude and a laugh to an otherwise whiny
- His performance in "An Unexpected Snow" just
adds a lil more hilarity to all my turkey
sitings. This was especially so the time
turkeys literally crashed my date. Weirdly,
I'd had the thought before that were Adam real, he
would not have approved of that particular
would-be relationship. So it just made it
all the more amusing when his beloved birds walked
right into the date. It was the last date.
- While John certainly made a massive impact in my
life with his portrayal of Andrew, there are
occasions when I find myself needing to imagine
AODs a bit more like Adam. Maybe it was the
fact that he seemed so tall. Maybe it was
that he was so handsome and dignified
looking. For whatever reason, I found Adam a
bit intimidating when I was younger and sometimes
that's exactly what ya need to have in mind to
keep ya from doing something stupid.
- While we can never be entirely sure how things would
have worked out "if only", there is no way to guarantee
that I would have been a TBAA fan let alone helped found
JABB if not for Charles Rocket. My earliest
memories of TBAA involve
the episodes "An Unexpected Snow" and "Fear Not!"
I was highly amused by Mr. Rocket's portrayal of Adam in
the first and his gentleness in the latter. Had
those episodes not featured Adam, would I have kept
tuning in? I honestly don't know. But
there's a chance that I wouldn't have and that, as a
result, JABB as we know it would not exist. And
because of JABB...
- I have friends all
over the world and JABB has given others the chance
to connect and befriend, too.
- I've traveled to
places I would not have otherwise traveled.
- I know way more about
computers than I ever did before... also way more
than I ever wanted to know but that's okay!
- Every two weeks, I get
to help spread the messages that God loves us and
that Life with Him goes on forever.
So, yes, I'm very glad Charles Rocket was
born. Happy birthday to him!
So as with last year, even though we're
commemorating Mr. Rocket's birth, I'd like to give a lil
attention to John Dye's work on TBAA, too. Those
of you on the YG got to hear about my misadventures with
family members just stopping into my house... sometimes
when I was there, sometimes not. Because of that,
I got to wondering just what sort of mischief might
happen if the TBAA AODs started to feel comfortable just
"borrowing" our homes. True, they're much too
polite to actually do that but supposing they did,
Ten Signs AODs Have Stopped By Your Place
10. The obvious: You walk
in one day after work to discover Andrew and Adam
sitting at your kitchen table sipping orange juice
and ginger ale. They inform you that it's been
a rough day and this is how they unwind.
You're definitely cool with this. Especially
since they saved a glass for you. Aww.
9. Your Pandora.com account suddenly has a
"Don't Fear the Reaper" station.
8. A men's flannel shirt
is left draped over a chair. You promptly
steal it, of course! Your house, your shirt
7. They wouldn't only get
up to mischief! Eventually the tool belts
would come out and, over time, all those squeaky
cabinets and sticky doors would be a thing of the
past. So there's that!
neighbors report to you that twice some unshaven man
in glasses walked into your house and left shortly
thereafter... After that, he's never seen
When you go to pack your lunch, you can't find the
sliced turkey. You then notice a freshly dug
hole in your backyard and discover Adam has buried
4. All cakes and cookies in your home now
have marks in the frosting where *someone* decided
to sneak a taste. Because apparently someone
trying to clean your face with spit is gross but
sticking your finger in someone else's cake is
just fine. Good thing the offender is darn
3. One day in October, you walk in to find
that your Halloween candy has been discovered and
someone has taken each piece and tied on a
handwritten note reading "Abolish AOD
prejudice! Just say no to grim reaper
propaganda!" You decide this is adorable and
leave it be.
2. You left a strapless dress or top out for
a quick change for the evening. You come
home to find someone has added a shrug or shawl
and a note reading "Just to be safe?"
1. You feel much more peaceful and happy in
your place than ever before.
Congratulations! You've been entertaining
Okay, so Andrew and Adam (and Henry?) aren't
really going to be crashing at our homes.
But time and again we've invited them and the
fellows who brought them to life into our
homes. For many of us, that happened first
via broadcast television, later via cable reruns,
and now, thankfully, courtesy of DVDs.
Regardless of how it happened and when it started,
Charles Rocket, Bruce Altman, and John Dye changed
so many people's views of death and dying.
This newsletter is dedicated to them for coming
into our homes and reminding us of the even better
Home to come.
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