"Praise the bridge that
carried you over. " ~~George Colman
Hi all, Well, normally I'd feel bad about Adam's birthday
issue being so short. But considering I spent most
of the weekend doing this
I think I'll cut myself some slack. ;-) But,
yeah, October 10th is Adam's Observed Birthday so his
friends will be sharing some wishes. If you'd like
to add on, please lemme know.
Also in this issue, we'll poke a little fun at the
government shutdown those of us in the U.S. are dealing
with. Let's just say Dyeland would handle things
differently... Have a good week, everyone! God bless, Jenni
A Glimpse at a Very Different
Well in "honor" of the U.S.
government shutdown, I was thinking that now would be a
nice time to live in Dyeland. Sure, they may not
have much of a government. But I have a feeling
they'd get things done...
Instead of a Department of Roads, they'd have Andrew and
Adam wandering around the very few roads they actually have
with a bucket of wet cement and a couple spades fixing
potholes. This would probably be more effective than
you find in most cities including my own...
JenniAnn would be the Department of the Interior. She
would, of course, interpret this as "Department of Interior
Decorating." I hope everyone likes flannel print
couches because that is what they're getting.
Monica would head up their version of the FDA. This
just in... no one is getting enough caffeine in their diet
and must proceed to the Cafe pronto for supplements aka
Tess is in charge of the Department of Education.
Because she said so and no one wants to argue. Musical
education will NEVER be defunded.
Instead of the FBI, they have Ronald, Gloria, Logan, and
Mick. Now there's an interesting group... The
first two will track wrongdoers down, the latter two will
freak them out with their fangs and super human speed... and
awesome gaming skills. Andrew will tag along at times
because who doesn't like seeing Andrew be tough and
no-nonsense with do-badders?
You've heard of Obamacare? Well, they have
FatherCare. That's right. Just wander on over to
the Tunnels and Father will fix you right on up. And
then you can have tea and hear Vincent read Shakespeare.
Kemara would run the newspaper office and never once would
the words/phrases "shutdown," "stalemate," or "refusal to
compromise" have to appear in her articles about life in
Dyeland. The following most likely would appear: "The
meeting came to a halt when Andrew entered the room wearing
his tool belt and everyone gawked for fifteen minutes
straight" and "After amicably agreeing to a new yard waste
pick-up schedule, everyone sojourned to Monica's Cafe to
gulp down lattes and enjoy each other's company."
Sigh... If only...
If you lose power, don't worry about the lack of a
Department of Energy. One of the angels will be right
over to glow and give ya some light! If you're lucky,
maybe it'll be Adam or Andrew and they can glow while
utilizing their handyman skills to get those lamps, lights,
and electronics functioning again.
needs the U.S. Mint when you have Joshua? Why is
Joshua running their banking? Well, he's not
really. But Joshua saves. ;-)
If those health and fitness initiatives the U.S.
government's promoting go belly-up, no worries! Just
come on over to Dyeland and Rose and Max will get you right
into shape! Just don't be surprised if their idea of a
workout involves bicep curls while holding The Goblet of
Fire or engaging in an aerobics routine set to music
by the Weird Sisters.
You may not feel inclined to have anything to do with the
Library of Congress currently so check in with Vincent who
will be happy to help you find a great book to enjoy.
Of course, you may end up distracted and listening for hours
as he recites poetry but, really, is that such a bad
thing? It's at least better than listening to a
Disappointed because the shutdown has cut you off from your
local wildlife refuges? Stop by Tourkia where Adam
will regale you with tales about his noble turkeys.
Just watch out for Alexander III. He's been in a mood
ever since he overheard Tess referring to him as "a third
generation Thanksgiving table escapee."
Just because you can't get into Yosemite or the Grand Canyon
doesn't mean you can't enjoy the grandeur of nature.
Join Andrew on a tour of Dyeland's wild beauty. Hike
up and down the hills of the Glen of Goodness. Run
through the kudzu forest on Serensylvana. Explore the
Crystalline Caverns. Bask in the beauty of the sea
life in the Indigo Ocean. Or, ya know, just admire
your tour guide. He's pretty beautiful, too. :-)
to celebrate Adam!
Birthday Wishes for Adam
I hope you have a truly wonderful birthday! Thank
you for all the humor, caring, and wisdom you've brought
to all of us. Oh and the TLS, too. ;-)
Dyeland just wouldn't be the same without you. Your
friendship has meant a great deal to me, especially in
this last year. I'm so glad that you'll be here for
Halloween. You deserve a fun, yummy, and relaxing
one after last year. But even at dark times like
that, your spirit has always shone through. I'm
gonna steal Andrew's line but I figure ya can never hear
it too often: I'm glad you were born!
I'm so looking forward to celebrating with you on
Thursday! Dyeland certainly knows how to party and
your birthday is a wonderful occasion for
celebration. I'll bring you more chocolate covered
coffee beans. I was so sorry to hear the turkeys
mistook the last batch for feed. I do hope that
Alexanders III and IV eventually stopped frantically
trying to fly... I guess now we know how caffeine
See you soon, my friend!
You don't look a day over fifty five, baby! If
only those girls knew how old you really are!
Don't you worry. I have no intention of telling.
Happy birthday, Adam! I love you and am so
looking forward to spending time with you on
Thursday. I've got a song saved up just for you!
I'm totally psyched that you get a birthday,
too! Thanks for being a great friend and
especially for all your help after Andrew and I got
back home and during my first days in Dyeland.
During those long, lonely days; Andrew told me
stories about you. Don't worry! All
good! But even they couldn't measure up to who
you really are which is a great guy and a great
angel. Happy birthday!
All the best,
You're my buddy, my mentor, and the orange juice
to my ginger ale. I don't know what life
would be like without you and I'm grateful to
God that I never have to know. You've seen
me at my worst (and dustiest) and never stopped
being my friend. I'm not quite sure what
these next years will bring but knowing you'll
be around to face them with me means more than I
can say. I'm glad you were born, that's
for sure. I'm also glad we met, glad we
became friends, glad you believed me when I told
you about Dyeland, glad you could be there for
Violeta (and everyone it seems) when I couldn't
be, and I'm glad that you were my voice of
reason and calmness last year. Thank you.
I hope you have a really great birthday (wait
til you see what we have planned!) but I hope
even more that you know that every day that goes
by that you're thought about with appreciation
Your friend always,
newsletter is dedicated to John Dye and Charles Rocket for so
lovingly portraying Andrew and Adam in "The Sign of the Dove"
which, as I wrote above, I spent A LOT of time with this
weekend. I've always loved the episode but this time I
was struck by the depth of friendship the two portrayed among
characters who in actuality we never saw together too
much. However, I think they drew attention to two of the
most important aspects of friendship: forgiveness and
understanding. True, Andrew acts like a snot. Also
true, Adam probably went a lil too heavy with the
jealousy. But you could tell they really cared about
each other and weren't gonna hold their faults over each
other. I think we can all learn from that!