June's stupid life

The Floating June

Yesterday sort of kicked my ass in the feeling-bad department. There was a situation with so-called friends in real life, where I thought I was among my people, but it turns out I … wasn’t. This made me feel quite blue, and unloved.

I toiled at my desk all day like Bartleby the Scrivener, facing the wall of my outsiderness.

Yes, those were the kinds of feelings I was immersed in, where I was thinking things like, “The wall of my outsiderness.”

Part of what I had to do at work yesterday was call people to fact-check things. The other copy editors–and see yesterday’s post where I say I’m not like other copy editors–do not enjoy calling strangers to check facts, whereas I loves it. Oh, I do. Everyone I meet is so lovely.

“How do you do that?” asked another copy editor, after I hung up from yet another pleasant call. “My exchanges are so often tense. Maybe it’s the part where you sound friendly.”

Shy people have never made sense to me. Just FAKE BEING FRIENDLY. Why is that hard? Have the sun in your voice! For fuck’s sake.

But look. Since I teeter on the very edge of the introvert/extrovert line, I was getting drained as the day wore on. And plus also I felt bad about what had happened earlier in the day. Drained and unloved-feeling are not a combo that works for keeping the sun in your voice.

Then I got a text. From my friend Sandy.

From somewhere around 1978 to about 1984, everyone on planet Earth–except maybe you, the reader I’m now explaining this to–watched General Hospital. Seeing as it was on at 3 p.m. (on channel 12), I don’t know how we all managed to do so, although I seem to remember rushing down the freezing sidewalk in freezing Michigan to our freezing apartment to not miss a moment of it after school. Did I really get out before 3:00 in junior high? And why did I have to be a teen when there weren’t VCRs or whatever?

I like how the most modern recording device in my mind is a VCR.

Anyway, a big draw of General Hospital was Laura Vining Faulkner Webber Baldwin Spencer Cassadine Spencer. At least those were her last names when I left her, in 1984. She may have added a pearl or two in the ensuing years.

Another not-nearly-as-big-a-draw-at-all was a restaurant where they all confabbed, a restaurant across the street from General Hospital called The Floating Rib.

Why? Why The Floating Rib? And yet they all stampeded over there in between Lasa Fever outbreaks. “Bobbi and Jeff are at …The Floating Rib.”

Oh my god, I want this sound effect after everything I say from now on.

I guess I should not be surprised that writers who came up with the hospital name General Hospital can’t come up with a restaurant name better than The Floating Rib.

Anyway, it turns out that while most of us watched General Hospital all the way up through Frisco Jones’s shenanigans and then lost interest? Apparently the folks in Port Charles just kept right on going.

Imagine all the things you’ve done since 1984. In all that time, given a few years off for Bare Essence or whatever,

Laura Vining Faulkner Webber Baldwin Spencer Cassadine Spencer (aka Tyger Hayes) has been slogging over to General Hospital to work. And now she’s the mayor of Port Charles! Well deserved, I say.

I was given this crucial info yesterday from my old friend Sandy, whom I met in the dorms in 1984, making her, apparently, my Official Replacement® for General Hospital. I can honestly say, with all the dumb-ass shit we ever did together, including sitting on opposite ends of the couch reading gossip magazines for 20 hours at a time, we never watched General Hospital as a couple. A Current Affair? Oh, hell yes. But ever GH.

And yet, apparently it was part of our fiber, like Tara is to Scarlett.

My point of all this is that for some reason, the idea that The Floating Rib still exists somewhere, and that despite her fancy job and fancy house and fancy husband, Sandy is still aware of The Floating Rib with me, warmed m’cockles, is what it did.

And despite the fact that she’s in Michigan and I see her once every 10 years, I remember a time I needed her to do something awkward for me, and I called her and began with, “Can you do something for me?”

And her answer was immediately yes. Not, “What?” Just yes.

And despite the fact that there was this time in college where a whole bunch of people didn’t like me? And what’s with me, anyway? How unlikable am I? Anyway, there was this time when all of my regularly scheduled college friends took a turn, like that chardonnay you leave in the fridge too long, and tens of people didn’t like me, but Sandy never wavered.

People come and go. But every once in a while, there’s another eyeliner-loving, gossip-magazine-reading, Floating-Rib-knowing pal who’s been there all this time, just like Port Charles and Laura Vining Faulkner Webber Baldwin Spencer Cassadine Spencer.

93 thoughts on “The Floating June

  1. Sandy looks and sounds like a fabulous friend. I never watched General Hospital (I was a Days of Our Lives girl), but remember hearing about Luke and Laura.

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  2. I was a Guiding Light girl myself (why did Reba look so much older than Josh), but even I broke out the old VCR to tape Luke and Laura’s wedding and subsequent adventures for a few months after. Yes, very good to know that time is treating Laura better these days. Awesome post Joobie.

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  3. I watched GH off and on from 72-74 and again 78-79. I remember being really upset when the Watergate hearings preempted it. I also remember when Genie Francis married Riker from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Somehow just being a fan of both shows made me vested in their personal lives.
    I’m glad you have a Sandy in your life, lovely June.

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  4. Oh! General Hospital! I haven’t really watched TV in a couple of years, but before my TiVo died, I still taped–ha–recorded GH. When I was home with my kids I watched religiously. My kids know all the people and on school breaks they watch and tell me all the goings ons. I am so happy to hear that Kevin isn’t Kevin. Amber filled me in in her Emily Quartermaine comment. Since we have no regular watching we were a bit confused by him. (We thought that it was a long lost twin though–of course it would be!)

    That whole “outsider” feeling sucks. The universe was kind by sending Sandy a reason to text you. The Floating Rib is an awful name for a restaurant, isn’t it. And Anna’s last husband that I am aware of was Duke Lavery, wasn’t it? Oh, June! It would be so fun to watch GH with you!

    Lovely post, lovely June!

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  5. I was in college at the time, but I remember the day Luke finally saw Laura after she had been missing for a long time. She was lurking around Port Charles wearing her hooded coat and dark sunglasses. There was a viewing party in the dorm lobby for that special episode. You could hardly walk through the room because so many girls were in there to watch that episode. When Luke finally saw Laura, there was a scream let out that could be heard throughout the whole dorm and possibly beyond.

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  6. Three weeks ago I saw, on social media, my friend group out without me. This is a group of women who I organized monthly breakfasts for our kids when they were in middle school and then monthly lunches for just the moms once the boys started high school. I’d noticed throughout the years that they’d go places without me; however, there were always other people there too so I always blamed it on the others. The most recent post it was just the group. They were all out together for what they labeled “a night out with the tribe”. It stung, I was hurt, I was angry, I was all kinds of things. So, I commented on the post “Looks like fun. I had no idea everyone was going out”. One friend responded “next time, friend 😘”. I replied back “nah, that’s okay” and haven’t spoken to her since. I’ve decided it’s easier, and less painful, to stick with my two childhood friends and my online friends here. I do wish I lived in your town because I’d definitely be your friend who’d answer “yes”.

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    1. That hurts my heart just hearing that story Karen in VB. I’m sorry that happened. Bad enough that they did it; worse that they thought it was OK to post it.

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    2. Karen in VB, that is terrible!!! If I lived close we could be friends. My childhood friends are always to see each other. Before Christmas my brother and I, along with our spouses met our childhood friends and their spouses for lunch. We had a ball. It’s like we just take up where we left off the last time we saw each other.

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  7. It’s sad to be an outsider (I went to twelve schools growing up and learned this at an early age). It’s even more hurtful when it involves people you thought loved you. I’m sorry you had to face the wall of outsiderness today.

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  8. Steve Hardy was the best. I always pictured him with Jessie Brewer in the ER doing all sorts of nasty things. I don’t think they ever hooked up on the show though, did they?

    My grandmother and I would watch all the soaps, but she was a fan of Guiding Light and I couldn’t stand that one. I endured them just to hang out with her and eat all the Coffee Nips. She would call them her “stories”, like she had a roll in them. Whenever I think about the soaps, I think about her and it makes me happy.

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  9. This post and the comments are taking me back to some good times. Frisco Jones! I can see him as clearly as if it were just yesterday that I was watching afternoon soaps. Dark Shadows. One Life to Live. General Hospital. A World Apart in 1970 with young Susan Sarandon. Which show’s first episode had someone being pushed down a stairwell? Lucy Coe. Luke and Laura hiding in a department store. Tracy Quartermaine withholding Edward’s heart medicine. Thanks for the memories!

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    1. I never, ever, missed Dark Shadows. I wanted so badly to BE Angelique. Back in the day when ladies added wigs to their ensembles, my Mother bought a “Cassandra” wig. I was over the moon with that “do.”

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      1. I wanted to nane my future children Quentin and Angelique. Dark Shadows was MY all time favorite soap too. I had to sneak and watch it at first, I was in grade school and my mother hates horror.

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  10. I wasn’t a huge GH fan. I watched As the World Turns from forever because that’s what my mom, my aunt, my Nana, everyone watched. Then came Days of Our Lives. I, of course, picked up a few others like Search for Tomorrow, Ryan’s Hope, Young and the Restless, and even Santa Barbara when that was on. Cruz and Eden!!

    Ask me about old rerun game shows. I loved Name That Tune, Match Game, Password, Hollywood Squares as long as Paul Lynde was in the center square.

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    1. My grandmother loved all of those game shows. She was smart as a whip and needed the mental stimulation aside from her daily newspaper crossword puzzles.

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  11. I don’t have a soap opera name. I never watched them. If I was home after school the TV was not allowed to be turned on until after homework was finished and if I was at my grandmother’s the TV was never turned on until after supper (dinner). My grandmother always listened to her programs on the radio. I think it might have been As the World Turns and Dark Shadows. I was a kid running around, so I wasn’t into listening to the radio.

    It is great to have a Sandy. I have a couple of friends like that and they are treasures. It’s tough when you feel not a part of a group, that made me sad for you.

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  12. I also have a Sandy. Her name is Dinah and we have approximately one thousand nicknames for each other. It’s good to have a Sandy/Dinah in life.

    Yes I’m aware Erica Kane is from All My Children and not from General Hospital but I can’t remember any GH characters right now. AMC was the show my Sandy/Dinah and I watched during our college days.

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  13. The Floating Rib!

    Didn’t people meet up at the docks? It seems I remember shady business going on at the docks.

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  14. Luke and Laura’s wedding…how can I ever forget? I was out of town with my fiancee at that time. We were in Cherry Hill, NJ. While he was taking classes on how to service computer equipment, I was down at the hotel pool with my cool radio that could also access tv stations! I was in heaven, 90+ degrees…slathered in baby oil and iodine… a refreshing pool with an 8″ deep end, a radio playing General Hospital and my imagination! Included in all of that, was the hunky lifeguard who sat by me daily, listening to the nuptials! Ahhhh….to be in my 20’s again!

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  15. Days of Our Lives was my show. I started watching it when I was a little girl because my mom would turn it on after lunch to watch, but she’d nap on the couch while it played. I remember being mystified that she took a nap BY CHOICE. Ha! I did not understand the ways of motherhood. Now I could fall asleep in less than 10 minutes in front of the tv, and I know EXACTLY why she took a nap by choice.
    Occasionally I catch an episode if I’m home during the day (rarely) and it’s shocking how little has changed. Then I start texting a friend I used to watch with every afternoon in college “OMG, Marlena’s in the hospital again!” You know, riveting news.

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  16. I remember at some time while I was living in Los Angeles we drove past the big hospital there and I was amazed that it was the one they used in the intro to General Hospital. It was very impressive for this transplanted Australian sheila, and yes I did take photos to send back home.

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  17. I remember watching the soaps with my mom and my aunt. I want to go back and re watch them from the very beginning. As for the feeling blue about being unloved thing? I am sorry. I also fall in between that introvert/extrovert line. That stinks. Sometimes people are too shitty for words. With the recent move, I have taken it as a challenge to avoid meeting new people. I am sifting through moving box after moving box and I just cannot entertain the idea of meeting new idiots. I just really want to delete all of my facebook friends except for family and forget I know about 75% of people in my life.

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  18. My best friend and I never got to bond over soap operas. She watched the wrong channel – who cares about Asa what’s his name!

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  19. OK… I have no clue about GH. I exclusively watched Dark Shadows and Gilligan’s Island. I hopped off the school bus and scurried down a country lane and then threw myself down on the floor in front of the tv. Note: my mother watched Dark Shadows from the sofa in a darkened corner of the living room …not sure that she even noticed me. Original episodes and a 1970ish revival of DS can be found on YouTube and other sites. SpOoKy and weird.

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  20. I continue to DVR General Hospital, and semi-regularly have extended conversations with my mother and best friend from high school about it (don’t judge, in these trying times one needs mindless levity where it can be found). Laura’s last name is now Collins. She married Kevin Collins, but he is currently being impersonated by his serial killer of a twin brother who is divorcing her. I don’t believe the current Floating Rib is in the same location as the original. The current one used to be called Jake’s; it was renamed after Elizabeth’s son was mowed down by Luke and died (but, of course, he didn’t really die. He was kidnapped by Helena Cassadine). Fortunately, while the proprietors change, Kelly’s remains the same.

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  21. From the one year I was a girl scout, we sang this, “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other’s gold.” So glad you have that golden friend.

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  22. I’m feeling your outsiderness here in Tennessee, it’s really hard. I’m standing in your doorway and would go have wine with you if I were in your town.

    Devry

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  23. My best friend and I would rush home from high school to watch General Hospital every afternoon. I was not allowed to watch tv in the afternoons, so we would make a note of what channel the set was on and what the volume level was at and turn it back to that after GH was over so my parents wouldn’t know we had watched anything. Now I know that they probably wouldn’t have remembered any of that by the time they worked all day, came home, dealt with three kids, dinner, homework, etc. and it was all a waste of time for us to worry. But why do I not remember that the place was called The Floating Rib? I watched GH for years!

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  24. Yay for friends like Sandy who make our lives better. Of my two best friends, I met one in grade school and the other in high school and we’ve been friends ever since.

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  25. A. Grew up watching Dark Shadows! And listening to my mom discuss Another World characters like they were our family.
    6. I wanted Luke and Laura’s wedding. Did not get it but mine has lasted so there is that.
    &. So sorry you are having work drama. I do not miss that since retiring. It was definitely one of the perks of working from home 3 days per week that I missed work drama.
    M. How wonderful that you have Sandy! Of course she is another beautiful person, all of your friends are!

    Curious. Who took that picture of tiny June checking out the artistic mobile on your header? It is a very good picture and you are perfectly dressed like a tiny doll. I love that picture!

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      1. Because you mentioned that you worked while staring at the wall…so we all assumed it had something to do with work. And because we like to jump to conclusions – it’s our cardio.

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    1. P.S. My father took that picture. He’s a photographer, you know.

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  26. I have just decided that all comments should be left in the name of a General Hospital character for the rest of today.

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  27. I’ll always be there for you too June, just like I have been since 1990? 1991 maybe? If you called me and asked me for something my auto answer will always be Yes. But I’ve never watched General Hospital even once.

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    1. Thanks, Sleeping. I know that is true. Also, really? What the hell were you–oh. Pom-poms. You were at pom-pom practice or something, weren’t you?

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          1. I can’t do that because I don’t know any names from General Hospital. Sorry. However, literally yesterday I was thinking I’d love to finally come visit you sometime soon, Leslie. Do you have a spare bed or sofa I can sleep on if we make a plan? Since I am Sleeping Beauty and all. Plus also too, I didn’t do pom-poms until 1986.

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            1. You know, I don’t. I have a chair in the second bedroom and the world’s smallest love seat that was a mistake. I should never have bought it. There are three luxury dog beds, though.

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  28. I couldn’t love this post more! Oh, GH, my mom and sisters and I watched religiously after school every day. My younger sister and mom still do. My roommate in college taped it every day (with our VCR) and we all ended up watching it together at night (the boys too).

    You should ask Sandy to the Nurse’s Ball!!

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    1. Anna Devaine!! Wait. She eventually married Frisco? What happened to lady of my heart, tell me who you are? He was all up in her. All he NEEEEEEEDed was just a little more TIME to be SURE what he FEEEEEEEEEEELs isn’t all in his mind.

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  29. P. Do the peeps at work know where you go when you work alone with your pillow or do they think you are “not working”.
    6, Maybe they are afraid of your knowledge.
    l. maybe they think you are a millionaire and not sharing
    3. the bad thing about a job …they hire people for their job qualifications not for their ability to be good people
    U. they could be jealous of you
    7. maybe they think you should retire so they can have YOUR job
    1. Sandy is the bomb and so are you.
    8. Maybe they have crap going on in their lives and it comes to work with them.
    xyz. Your fly is open

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      1. Give me their names ….maybe we can find a “rubber outer”.
        Well , too, I have been thinking about stuff that happens in my life and why some people act the way they do toward me.

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  30. Yesterday was just a sucky day. Glad it turned around for you. Those are the days I need pets. This summer I fostered my neighbor’s chickens and on a crap day once I came home and cuddled a chicken. Totally turned me around. A chicken.

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  31. The bar across from the hospital where I worked was The Recovery Room. It opened early which we night shift workers were thankful for. I had passing knowledge of General Hospital but the inaccuracies and the roles of the nurses bugged me. My scene was As the World Turns.

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    1. I’ve found myself wondering if Nurse Jessie is still on staff at General Hospital, although she was long in the tooth in 1979 and they limited her character to saying things like, “May god go with you. All of you” during Lasa Fever and never giving her any affairs or anything good like that.

      In retrospect, she was probably 53 then. Goddammit.

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      1. That is the only character name I recall besides Luke & Laura. My mom watched it when I was small and my sister watched it during the Luke & Laura wedding episode. There was a cable outage the day of the wedding. So many people called freaking out it was rerun the next day, front page news story. I only watched it at my sister’s house once in a while. I was a Young & The Restless, Search For Tomorrow and As The World Turns watcher during lay offs and when I worked the 4:00 to 12:30 shift. VCRs existed but cost a fortune and very few people had them.
        Was the doctor with Nurse Jesse Dr Steve Hardy?

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  32. I’m so glad Sandy texted when you really needed it.

    The TV in our house was on NBC for soaps, so I grew up watching Search for Tomorrow, Another World, Days of Our Lives, and Santa Barbara (later on.) I kind of shudder to think how many hours of my youth were spent watching. Days was my show, though.

    Recently the TV was on in the living room and there was an incredibly cheesy Hollywood holiday parade on. (I had no idea this existed.) One of the hosts? Erik Estrada! Ponch from C.H.I.P.S.! Singing on the show? Donny & Marie! I had their records and the Barbie dolls with them in their purple costumes! (I was in elementary school.) And then? A car full of stars from Days of Our Lives! Deirdre Hall! Thaao Phenglis (once played Tony, but then they killed off his character, so then magically he had a long-lost twin. . .) The whole parade was like a “this is your life” extravaganza.

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  33. I love that you have a lobster, a ride or die person like Sandy. Those who knew us way back when are the best, sometimes. (Mine is Debbie. She knows it.)

    Also and KISMET, I was JUST talking to my coworker about letters I’d sent to my sister in the summer of 1975. She was at the beach working and I was (2 years younger) stuck at home. Since this was 1975, it was before VHS, much less DVR — so I faithfully described for her all of the goings-on on The Young and The Restless, and Days of Our Lives. Like, the show should call me for their archival history, such is the detail I provided.

    (I also repeatedly asked her to bring me back my belt. Bc apparently I only had one? Or it was some cool belt, that neither of us could now remember… But I digress.)

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      1. We think it was actually a beaded belt that said “North Bay Ontario,” where our dad lived at one point. You know, those belts you could get that “Native Americans” made (but likely had a stamp somewhere that read, “Made in China”? I LOVED THAT BELT.

        Seriously. I asked for it in EVERY LETTER.

        Also of note is that I am 60, my sister is 63, and she’s moved umpteen times in the past 43 years, yet she’s carried those letters with her, each time. 🙂

        (I’d switch to a GH character name but I don’t remember any other than those who’ve already been named)

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  34. I never got the allure of the daytime soaps – other than Dark Shadows, which seemed not as soapy and I started watching only because I was forbidden. My mother, on the other hand, was a HUGE fan of her soaps – she still is all these years later, and will frequently start telling me things about someone from her “stories” as if they are real people. Very confusing. I was named Lisa after Lisa Grimaldi (née Miller; formerly Hughes, Eldridge, Shea, Colman, McColl, Mitchell, and Chedwyn) on As The World Turns. And gosh, I am JUST like her in absolutely zero ways.

    If you have a Sandy, who needs the rest of them?

    Lovely post lovely old lover June!

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  35. Work (and the people thereat) can just suck the life right out of a body. You’re so lucky to have a Sandy to adjust your attitude. Cats just aren’t the same.

    I and every other woman in Eugene, OR cut class to watch Luke and Laura get married. SOOO exciting! Years later, when I worked in a mall, I would take my lunch break at Sears and watch All My Children. Susan Lucci was da bomb. A teeny tiny, oft-married bomb.

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  36. I can’t believe General Hospital is still on when so many of the rest of them have been yanked off the air. I wonder how much better I would have done in college if I had spent as much time in the books as I did in front of the screen watching GH? So sorry you had a rotten Thursday – aren’t days like that the WORST?!?! That’s when we need a basket of puppies at work!

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  37. In the 1980s GH was everything. I too rushed home from High School to watch and had viewing parties with my friends after school I just never understood how you marry someone that raped you.

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  38. “You feel unloved, Arthur, welcome to the world. Everyone is unloved. Now stop feeling sorry for yourself. And incidentally, I love you.” (Replace “Arthur” with “June,” and “I” with “Paula H&B.” Awwwww.)

    I never watched General Hospital. But I am several years older than you, would that matter? I watched Another World until the twins went away to summer camp and came back ten years older and completely different people. I can put with that crap on Bewitched, but not on a soap opera. I do have some integrity. Then Dallas started while I was in college. A night time soap opera! Oooooh, I was hooked on that one. “Bubby.” “Soowellen.” “Miz Ellie.” And that tart, Charlene.

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  39. Oh my God, Luke and Laura’s wedding was the event of the century for me. I grew up on soap operas. I still cry every Christmas Eve when the people of Salem put their Christmas ornaments on the tree with the names of all the people who have died over the years. Of course, being a soap opera sometimes they have to take those names back. I haven’t watched regularly for over 20 years. Every now and then when I do catch an episode of a soap opera it is amazing to me the difference in the way some people have aged. Some of them have not changed at all, and others look so old it makes me sad. Rachel Cory from Another World was the most glamorous woman on the planet. If she is still alive I would imagine she looks pretty haggard by now.

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