"A single sunbeam is enough to
drive away many shadows."
~~ St. Francis of
Happy 21st anniversary! On July 19th, 1998, the
John/Andrew Bucket Brigade began! A lot has changed
since then but we're still here! Thanks for being a part
So two years
ago in honor of the occasion, I wrote up "Nineteen Hopefully
Interesting Facts about JABB's Nineteen Years." You can
read it in JABB
494. I figured I'd go ahead and update it and add on
so here goes...
(Hopefully) Interesting Facts and Musings about
JABB's Twenty One Years
1. My JABB files now take up 1.66 GB of space.
That's still not counting any back-up files or the files saved
in the cloud.
2. That 1.66 GB is made up of 45,200 files.
3. Unfortunately, the online tool I previously used to get
the word count for JABB's entire web site seems to have
disappeared. When I found one that counts word on only one
site, "The Carpenter," the longest page on the JABB site,
brought about an error message because it exceeded the program's
ability to count. :-)
4. The main part of the JABB web site consists of 6,361
files... and counting! That doesn't include the Photo
Gallery, Dyeland Map, or Episode Guide. Maybe next time
I'll get a count on all of those!
5. The JABB
Encyclopedia is the largest file at nearly 17
megabytes. "The Carpenter" is the next largest at just shy
of 10 megabytes.
6. At the time of this writing, this is how long it's been
since JABB began:
this is how long it's been since the first post was made to the
Thanks to the wonder that is http://www.wordle.net,
this is what "The
Carpenter" looks like as a word cloud:
9. And here's "Abide
With Me," one of the longest, Andrew-centric stories:
10. Just one more... I just think these are so
cool. Here's "Chrysalis":
11. Last time I mentioned how integral rawhide has become
to JABB... it keeps my dogs occupied so I can write. Well,
I now know that's about $564 worth of rawhide every
year... Yikes. But JABB is worth it! And the
dogs' contentment is, too, of course!
12. Speaking of my dogs, the Dyelander pets' names contain
references to my dogs. JenniAnn's dog, Fawn, is named for
my Danika whose middle name is Fawn. Ivy has a dog named
Leo which is a name I ended up using for my coonhound.
Andrew also has a coonhound named Ichabod... which is the real
Leo's middle name. Technically, Leo is named Duke Leo
Ichabod because he was named Duke at the pound and Duke was my
dad's childhood dog. So I wanted to keep the name in there
but not actually use it. As a result, Leo sounds like an
13. A lot of trial and error went into creating Joshua's
autograph. I'm quite fond of the end result which contains
the initials JD for Joshua Davidson, JC for Jesus Christ, and a
cross. The only reason the J is so pointed at the bottom
is because my J's are very rounded and I didn't want it to look
like my handwriting.
14. On rare occasion, Andrew's signature pops up.
This is based off the shot of Andrew's letter to the Mason
family in "Sign of the Dove." I don't know how many times
I had to write it before I got a decent copy. Probably a
15. "Jack" is a pseudonym that Joshua sometimes
uses. He explained to Kemara that it was an homage to C.S.
Lewis who also went by Jack but that Cephas/Peter thought it was
too plain-sounding so Joshua told him to think of it as an
acronym for "Jesus/Joshua, Almighty Christ and King."
But... there's another element to it, too. In high school,
myself and my friends were obsessed with the movie "Newsies" and
gave ourselves Newsie-nicknames. I can't remember what any
of them were but since we dreamed this all up in a convent, we
decided Jesus should have a Newsie name, too. Since Jack
Kelly was the leader of the Newsies, we decided Jesus could use
Jack if He wanted to.
16. Speaking of weird ideas one comes up with when
entrenched in Catholicism... Tradition holds that St.
Andrew was crucified on an X-shaped cross. So for several
years, the image below freaked me out and at least once gave me
a nightmare. So it doesn't pop up very often on the JABB
site even though, objectively, it's one of the cooler images of
While we're on the subject of photos that freak me out... here's
No, it's not the gun although that's not pleasant. It's
the fact that when you watch this scene, Andrew glides into the
frame in a manner that I've only ever seen done by Count Dracula
in Francis Ford Coppola's Brad Stoker's Dracula.
It's so freaky! I still don't understand why they did
that. It made Andrew scary! And, thus, this is
probably the one and only time you will see this image on the
JABB site (outside of the Photo Gallery).
18. Oftentimes when I have to name a character, I'll think
of what sort of meaning suits them and sometimes take into
account culture. And now you can see the work that goes
into that! I'll try to keep this updated: http://www.onthisside.net/DyelandNameMeanings.pdf
Please let me know if you notice anyone's missing!
19. And then I wanted a Wordle of those names so...
20. I really and truly have no idea when JABB will
end. For right now, I'm still happy writing it so it'll
21. God loves you! Again... not a fact exclusive to
JABB. But since TBAA started this whole thing, it seems
only right to end on the show's most important and truest
This newsletter is dedicated to John Dye for inspiring twenty
one years of jokes, stories, lists, and more! Thanks,
(Photo Credits: The photographs used on this page are
from Touched by an Angel and owned by CBS
Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon Water
Productions. They are not being used to seek