This page is designed to help new members of the John/Andrew Bucket Brigade.  In its ten plus year history, JABB has changed and grown.  So I hope this page will help our newer members to understand where we came from, what we do, and what we have to offer.  I've broken this page into four sections covering different parts of JABB: History/Administration, Newsletter Delivery, Web Site, and YahooGroup.  If anyone (newbie, veteran, or visitor) has any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

God bless,
Jenni
Co-founder, Head Writer, and Web-Mistress for JABB

History/Administration  Newsletter Delivery  Web Site  YahooGroup

History/Administration

JABB was founded on July 19th, 1998 by Touched by an Angel fans Audrey, Barbara, Jarrod, and myself.  TBAA had aired earlier that evening and, as was customary, we gathered in the TBAA AOL chat to discuss the show.  As the hours dragged on our fellow chatters left until there were only the four of us.  Unfortunately, my memory of that night is all ready a little foggy.  What I do know is that by the time we parted for the night we had written the 12 Steps for the John/Andrew Bucket Brigade.  We emailed that out to interested parties with in a couple of days.  People seemed to enjoy it and so we continued with biweekly "newsletters."  Of course, these newsletters weren't so much about news as a chance to show off our fannish creativity.  However, newsletter was the word we used then and still do to this day. 

Regretfully, Barbara was only with us for a short time but JABB continued on with Audrey and myself as the co-presidents and Jarrod assisting.  In June of 2004, Audrey stepped down as JABB co-president and was replaced by Doc.  Doc had a brief tenure as co-president with myself that extended from JABB 140 to JABB 143.  Longtime JABBer, Karen then stepped in as co-president starting in August of that year.  In July 2006, however, the entire co-president system was abolished and JABB was run by a group called the JABB Sisterhood.  The members were:

Jenni (Me)- Co-Founder, Head Writer, and Web Mistress of the John/Andrew Bucket Brigade
Jess- Homeworld Security, Director of Photography, and Creative Collaborator for JABB
Liz- Editor-in-Chief and Head Solutions Master for JABB
Karen- Consultant for JABB

However, in January 2007, it was decided the JABB Sisterhood should be abolished and the way made for a more inclusive way of running JABB.  So now I welcome help and support with JABB from whomever is willing to give it.  :-)  I'll even give ya a cute title and business e-card if ya want!  Thankfully, I am assisted by several JABB members at various times.  It's my hope that this current setup will allow JABB to continue to grow!

Newsletter Delivery

Though JABB has changed in some ways over the years, we still send our biweekly (or nearly so) newsletters.  As stated above, these often contain little actual news.  Were any actual news to become available, I would first post it on the JABB News and Reminders page.  So if the newsletter isn't news, what is it?

A JABB newsletter can contain any number of things ranging from top tens, short jokes, and poems about Andrew and other John Dye characters.  Occasionally, a newsletter may even feature a more lengthy, serious story about Andrew and Co.  Essentially, it's a very mixed bag.  We hope in this way to reach as wide an audience as possible.  If you don't like the current newsletter perhaps the next will be just what you're hoping for!

The newsletter is sent from the address newsletter @ onthisside.net by Jenni.  In the event I am unable to send JABB, another member (designated by myself) will send it from jabucketbrigade @ yahoo.com or it will be postponed.  Only a very limited number of people have access to the membership lists.  They are always sent blind copied so the other members will NOT see your address.  We try to shoot for sending one every 14 days by sometimes as few as 10 days pass between newsletters or as many as 20.  Basically we try our best to get them out but we do have other commitments to maintain.

Just a brief note: As of October 2009, I am no longer sending the newsletters in text-only emails.  Instead, you'll be sent a link to a web-based (and decorated!) version.  Should you ever require a text only version, please ask.

I serve as head writer of the newsletters but if you'd like to see about submitting something you wrote, please contact me.  We do have a few stipulations relating to content and may not be able to accept all submissions but it never hurts to ask!  If you should need to leave JABB or need your email address changed, just send an email to the first email address listed here
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Web Site

After a few years of putting up with various free web hosting services, I finally moved JABB to its own domain name and its own web
space in 2004.  So now every newsletter we ever sent (barring the most recent which take some time to add) and lots more are available at www.onthisside.net.  The domain name was suggested by a longtime former member, Sara.  It comes from my favorite TBAA quote: "I want you to know there's nothing... nothing to be afraid of. On one side, there's life. And on the other...there's life, too."  That was spoken by Andrew in the episode "Random Acts."  I like to think of it as our way of saying that while we're living our lives *on this side* of the Great Divide, Andrew has increased our hope for what is to come on the Other Side.  Additionally, that line took on even greater importance when we learned of Mr. Dye's own journey Home.
 
So what's on the web site?  Lots and lots of stuff!  The best way to get acquainted with it is to start with our Main TOC.  The top half of that page will lead you to our original 12 Steps, our guestbook, and all of our newsletters.  Please note the link above that which begins "First time visitor?"  If you read nothing else, please read that.  That tells you, briefly, what we can and cannot do for you or tell you.  Below the newsletter section, please note the flying dove.  Click on that and you'll be taken to the Contact Info page.  I keep that up-to-date with JABB's various email addresses.  Before we move on from this section I'd like to draw your attention to the rainbow logo on the upper left corner.  Click on that to reveal JABB's hate-free mission statement.  We feel it's very important.

We then move into the "Our Other Stuff" half of the page.  The first link will lead you to JABB's CafePress store.  There you can order T-shirts, mugs, pins, and more with various JABB, TBAA, and John Dye related designs on them.  Proceeds from the store go either to keeping the JABB site running or, on occasion, supporting various charities. 

Below the store is a box that enables you to join our YahooGroup.  I will discuss that in greater detail in the final section of this page.  Click on the graphic below that and you'll go to our Photo Gallery.  I add snapshots from various John Dye projects as the DVDs become available to me. 

Then we get into the various sub-categories!

The next section, I think, is potentially the best for new members.  The links listed in "Stuff that's Useful..." will hopefully give you a better sense of JABB's history and development.   Updates lists all the changes that have been made to JABB's web pages since March of 2000.  The JABB Self-Help Pages are largely about technical aspects of JABB.  The JABB Encyclopedia is a very lengthy page that lists all (or at least the majority of) references to various characters, themes, and objects in the newsletters.  It's also pretty well packed with graphics.  So if you're reading a newsletter and wondering who the heck Chiwawa is just check out his entry on the Encyclo.  Useful Links gives various online sources related to John Dye and TBAA.  Next, you'll find another link to our Contact Info page.  The JABB Calendar lists important dates: real and Dyeland.  Dictionary of JABBerisms teaches you our lingo.  Things You Should Know... tells you a bit about the widespread beliefs and sentiments of our membership. 

Next comes "Stuff We Wrote or Made."  The Easter Egg Cheat Sheet can help you get the most out of the web-version newsletters.  Poems and Stories gives you access to works created by your fellow JABBers.  Some of the other poems and stories are pre-existing ones that were submitted by JABBers because they reminded them of John, Andrew, TBAA, or the JABB group.  The "Author's Cut" is my answer to the director's commentaries and cut scenes available on DVDs.  There we give our thoughts on various issues and post the occasional cut or alternate scenes from stories or offer Dyeland stories that were not part of a newsletter.  JABB Member Links is your source for web pages created and maintained by members of JABB.  If you have your own web site you'd like added, just lemme know!  JABBers' Fiction Page is home to fiction written by JABB members which reflect some aspect of John Dye's filmography, generally TBAA.  Dyelander Info Database will help clue you in on our creations and also tell how TBAA and other existing characters fit in.  Then we come to JABB's TBAA Episode Guide where we give our views on the episodes.  Finally, we started Andrew's Historical Timeline wherein you can read about where all Andrew's been and when, from both TBAA and JABB material.

"Stuff About Stuff We've Done" is mostly informative.  The Green Pages are a sort of short resume for the group.  They're also the only professional looking pages on JABB!  Our FAQ answers some more common questions we get about our group.   JABB News and Reminders is a good page to keep on hand.  If we hear any news regarding DVD releases for John Dye projects or TBAA or related subjects (that we have good reason to believe), I will add it to that page just as soon as I can.  Disclaimers and Credits is where we stress (yet again) that we were never affiliated with Mr. Dye and also thank those who have helped us along the way.  That section finishes with the About Us pages where you can learn about various JABBers and some of the fictional characters that figure into JABB's Dyeland stories.

"Stuff You Can Do" is for those JABBers who wish to be more involved.  Contribute to JABB lists specific ways you can join in on the fun of writing newsletters.  Contest Rules and Information is a must-read page for anyone intending to participate in the JABB contests that occasionally occur.  JABB Contests and Games makes all former contests and Jeopardy games available to you.  While they are out-of-date and prizes are no longer awarded for completing them, they do make for some fun on a rainy day!  The Dye Scouts are JABBers who wish to make their love of Andrew/John even more blatant. You can earn virtual badges and a spot on JABB's web site by completing various tasks.  Finally, JABB's To-Do List contains time-sensitive deadlines for submissions requested for particular, imminent JABB newsletters along with general ideas.  Please note the deadlines as I cannot accept submissions past
the dates listed.  Again, this page is for members only.  You must be a member of JABB to make a submission to these newsletters.

And now for our final section...  "Stuff We'll Probly Get Committed For."  Here are what I think are JABB's craziest offerings.  The Dyeland Map and Info page hosts an ever-growing map of the world we wished we lived in as well as info about it.  Dyeland is populated by the fictional counterparts of many JABB members.  It's also a sort of second residence for some very special angels.  Dyeland is the setting for many newsletters.  There's also our Graffiti Wall.  There you can tag a brick wall with your most deeply felt Andrew-related sentiments!  Finally, you can get inside Andrew's (or Violeta's) head at AndrewBlog.

And that's it for our site!  If you're ever perusing the site and notice dead links or broken graphics please contact me, Jenni, so I can fix the problem.  Thanks!!!

YahooGroup

The YahooGroup is by far the most interactive part of JABB.  The JABB YahooGroup is an email list that our members can join to get to know each other.  It's here that JABB members can talk to each other about a myriad of subjects.  While threads related to Andrew, John Dye, and TBAA are very common, the list is open topic.  We've talked about everything from our pets, favorite foods, childhood treasures, religious beliefs, and much more.  Pretty much the only rules on the list involve showing respect for your fellow list members.  The YahooGroup is also often where I bounce ideas for future newsletters around.  Content of posts to the list should never go above a PG-13 level unless you have first cleared it with me.

If you'd like to join our email list please just click the box below.  Myself or another moderator will answer your subscription request as soon as possible!

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I hope this has helped to answer questions or concerns you may have.  If not, feel free to email me!

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(Photo Credits: The photograph of John Dye in a black shirt is from "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" photos and property of New Light Media.  The one where he has facial hair is from "Best of the Best" and property of Best of the Best Films, Kuys Entertainment, SVS Films, and The Movie Group Inc.  The second, fourth, and fifth photographs are from "Touched by an Angel" and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline Productions, and Moon Water Productions.  They are not being used to seek profit.)