The Royal Matchmaker on Hallmark

March 21, 2018

Back at the beginning of February we gave you a heads up that Bethany Joy Lenz (then credited as Joie Lenz), our dearly beloved Michelle Bauer Santos #4, had a new movie coming on the Hallmark Channel.

Now It’s Time!

Here’s the summary:

A struggling NYC matchmaker is hired by a king to find his son a suitable wife in time for a national celebration. As the clock ticks towards her deadline, the matchmaker finds him the perfect wife — only to realize that she’s fallen in love with him! Stars Bethany Joy Lenz, Will Kemp, Brittany Bristow.

Read more about the movie.

Check out the preview:

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


H.B.’s Pick Up Truck

March 19, 2018

I’m basing this on a blog post from March 2010. I’m recreating it rather than just updating because the second half of the post has to do with what was going on with links and property rights at the time. I didn’t want to erase that, but it’s no longer current so I’m adding this post with just the truck information.

A question popped up in the aftermath of the finale in the searches that led people to my site about what was the model of the truck Josh identified as H.B.’s in the finale. I checked with my brother, the antique vehicle expert and he identified it as a 1946 Ford pickup.

HB's truck from the finale front

HB’s truck from the finale front

H.B.'s Truck From Behind in the Finale

H.B.’s Truck From Behind in the Finale

Do an image search for 1946 Ford pickup for other examples.

This truck was used only in the very end of the series for the last month or two. I don’t remember a specific mention of the make and model of H.B.’s truck before, but I’ll keep an eye out for an earlier mention and I’ll report it here if I find it.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Soaps Support Strong Women

March 18, 2018

I love this quote.

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A recent book by Elaine Showalter has an interesting  descriptions of soaps in a section called Story Belongs to the People.

“One cultural contribution of the 1930s was the radio soap opera; daytime radio offered a rich choice of serial dramas about women, stories to brighten the lives of lonely housewives. Their shared theme, one historian notes, was women’s strength in the face of male weakness. ‘The men in their lives were handsome, but unreliable. They had affairs… they failed in business… or they were left helpless by blindness, amnesia, or some crippling trauma.’ Women had to step into the breach, save the family, and take over as breadwinners. These drastic solutions to female fantasies were deplored by male writers, as they had in the days of Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall. James Thurber complained that ‘the man in the wheelchair’ has come to be the standard Soapland symbol.” and…

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Guiding Light Cast Roundup 80

March 15, 2018

This is the eightieth in an irregular feature where we will report updates on what cast members of Guiding Light are doing now. I’m playing catch up on some soap magazine news. So as a reminder you can buy back issues:

The 20th Anniversary of Beautiful Women photo roundup in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth included Cynthia Watros (Annie Dutton #1), Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4), Karla Mosley (Christina Boudreau), and Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer).

The 20th Anniversary of Handsome Men photo roundup in the August 7, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. They included Paul Anthony Stewart (Danny Santos) – and an uncommon photo at that, sigh, Tom Pelphrey (Jonathan Randall #2) and, Matt Boomer (Ben Reade #3, who paired with Marina Cooper).

A roundup in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest names their choice for the best story ever told on each soap. Guiding Light is represented by the Nola Reardon/Kelly Nelson/Floyd Parker/Morgan Richards storyline. As the World Turns is represented by the Kim Hughes-Douglas Cummings stalker storyline. (Both stories featured John Wesley Shipp.)

Bethany Joie Lenz (Michelle Bauer Santos #4, part of Stenz Manny) will be in a new recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy this season.

Both Lenz and Brittany Snow (Daisy Susan LeMay Cooper #2 – during Susan’s first return) were photographed at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award. Check out the photos in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Don Stewart (Michael Bauer #6) was reported in the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV that “has been drawing hordes of fans whenever he sings (baritone) in night clubs. And after every performance, he sits in the lobby to sign autographs and greet fans personally.”

Rick Hearst (Alan-Michael Spaulding #3) announced he was going to be on the 12th episode of this season of the Dynasty reboot. Read more and see a photo in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Ellen Dolan (Maureen Reardon Bauer #1, Michelle’s adopted mom) was the subject of a feature in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth looking back on her roll as Margo Hughes on As the World Turns and the epic ToMargo coupling with Tom Hughes.

The March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth‘s All-Star Scrapbook Marj Dusay (Alexandra Spaulding) and Crystal Hunt (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #5 brought in Roxie the dog and romanced Coop)

Melina Kanakaredes (Eleni Cooper #1) is a regular on a new medical series called The Resident. Her character’s name is Dr. Lane Hunter.

The December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest gives a collection of most shocking returns including Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe) and Anthony Herrera (James Stenbeck on As the World Turns).

In the October 1972 issue of Daytime TV they describe Zaslow playing in the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof for a year. He’d been wearing himself out and losing weight so he’d left in June 1972.

Allison Janney (Ginger, one of Jenna’s comic relief maids while she owned the Spaulding Mansion) won a SAG award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the mockumentary, I, Tonya. See a photo in the March 5, 2018 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Janney commented on the Harvey Weinstein controversy.

Wes Ramsey (Sam Spencer, Olivia’s brother) came to General Hospital in times for November 2017 sweeps.

This fall Kassie DePaiva (Chelsea Reardon, Maureen and Nola’s little sister) returned to Days of Our Lives character Eve Donovan after a bout with leukemia. Read more about it with the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Vincent Irizarry (Lujack Spaulding and his sudden brother Nick McHenry) returned to Days of Our Lives last fall after his character’s death for recreated flashbacks. Read about it in the November 6, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Warren Burton (hospital administrator and Black Orchid restauranter, Warren Andrews whose greedy plan with the Dreaming Death lead to his wife’s death) has passed away at the age of 72. Burton’s death was reported by We Love Soaps and passed on to me by .

Emme Rylan (Lizzie Spaulding Lewis #6, part of the wonderful Bizzie pairing) had baby number three, a daughter, on June 26, 2017. Read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

From the October 1972 issue of Daytime TVChristopher Walken, who played Michael Bauer as a boy on the radio version of The Guiding Light, is in the new movie, The Happiness Cage.”

Laura Wright (Cassie Layne Winslow #1) talks about the problem she had playing Cassie staying with Edmund after finding out he’d artificially inseminated Dinah. Read all she said in the December 4, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest. Cassie and Edmund’s beautiful wedding is featured in a roundup of photos in the

Judi Evans (Beth Raines #1) is the feature about her new double role on Days of Our Lives. Read it in the August 7, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. She also was in a feature article about it in the September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

The October 1972 issue of Daytime TV reported: “I’ve been trying to locate Lyle Sudrow, who played Bill Bauer on The Guiding Light until he was succeeded by Ed Bryce. And I’m told by Theo Goetz (Fredrich “Papa” Bauer on TGL) that he believes Lyle is in Hollywood, working in a helicopter factory.”

Lawrence Saint-Victor (Remy Boudreau, one of the last great couples on the show with Christina) and his real life wife Shay are pictured at the Daytime Emmys. See it in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth. Saint-Victor hasn’t been on The Bold and the Beautiful since August, but he was back filming in mid-November.
Saint-Victor also has a short interview about his recent storyline on The Bold and the Beautiful in the February 5, 2018 issue of Soap Opera Digest.

Karla Mosley has also gotten a side job. Mosley will “headline a fashion show by Gert-Johan Coetzee, a highly regarded fashion designer from South Africa. Karla will be walking the runway for him during a special show that will take place on October 26 during South African Fashion Week….Her co-stars Jacob Young (Rick Forrester) and Heather Tom (Katie Logan).”

The October 1972 issue of Daytime TV reported that Fran Myers (Peggy Fletcher) has been dating Roger Newman (Ken Norris on the same show). It was early days, but they were married until his death in 2010.

Gina Tognoni (Dinah Marler #4) is featured in an article in the June 26, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth because of her frontburner story on The Young and the Restless where her character has just moved in with her recently ex-husband’s brother.

Laura Bell Bundy (Marah Lewis #5, the one who started Marony) recently appeared on the October 21, 2017 episode of Good Behavior.

Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne Lewis) and Robert Newman (Josh Lewis) are reunited in a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? It’s a workshop in Nantucket. Workshop’s sometimes go on to regional or Broadway runs, other times they disappear. Here’s wishing them a long run.
The September 11, 2017 issue of Soap Opera Digest includes a set of photos of female imposters including Dolly aka Cleva aka Clone Reva. The shot is one of her in the replica of the Cross Creek wedding dress.
Zimmer‘s Reva and Wendy Moniz (Dinah Marler #3) characters were on a list of people with their own sense of style in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

Ricky Paull Goldin (Gus Aitoro) had their second son, Rio, on June 12, 2017. Read more in the July 24, 2017 issue of CBS Soaps in Depth.

In November 1971, Daytime TV reported that Chris Sarandon who played Tom Halverson on The Guiding Light has been touring with the play Othello.

Reported in the November 1971 issue of Daytime TV that Barbara Rodell (Leslie Bauer Norris, Rick’s mother, Ed and Mike’s ex-wife) and her husband Cy Epstein had just had their first child, a boy named Jonathan.

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Guiding Light Cast List September 1977

March 14, 2018

This list is from Soap Opera Serials the September 1977 issue, vol. 2, no. 9, p. 64. I rearranged it by character first name and reversed the order so the character name comes first.

  • Adam Thorpe (Robert Milli)
  • Ann Jeffers (Maureen Mooney)
  • Barbara Thorpe (Barbara Berjer)
  • Ben McFarren (Steven Yates)
  • Bert Bauer (Charita Bauer)
  • Billie Fletcher (Shane Nickerson)
  • Ed Bauer, Dr. (Mart Hulswit)
  • Emmett Scott (Frank Latimore)
  • Eve Stapleton (Janet Grey)
  • Holly Norris Bauer (Maureen Garrett)
  • Hope Bauer (Robin Mattson)
  • Jackie Marler (Cindy Pickett)
  • Justin Marler (Tom O’Rourke)
  • Katie Parker (Denise Pence)
  • Mike Bauer (Don Stewart)
  • Peggy Fletcher Thorpe (Fran Myers)
  • Rita Stapleton (Lenore Kasdorf)
  • Roger Thorpe (Michael Zaslow)
  • Sarah McIntyre, Dr. (Millette Alexander)
  • Steve Jackson, Dr. (Stefan Schnabel)
  • T.J. Werner (T.J. Hargrave)
  • Viola Stapleton (Kate Wilkinson)

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2017 End Notes

March 13, 2018

Well, how great was THAT!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed this year’s Bauer BBQ. My plan was to create a story that was like a Bauer BBQ on the show over a couple of episodes with a group of characters that would be playing out stories. I tried to make it like we dropped in on important plot points within larger on-going storylines with some tied up and most leading into more. There are, of course, other storylines for other characters, but these are the ones we focused on during the Bauer BBQ.

  • Danny’s overprotectiveness towards Michelle makes sense now we know a baby is on the way, but Michelle will continue to chafe under it. He’s right to be concerned though with their history of miscarriage and Michelle’s inability to stay out of dangerous mysteries and there is definitely one of those around with the mystery painting.
  • The mystery painting is the key to something, something worth attacking people for. What is the story behind this painting? What will the woman whose hair is in a bun do to get her hands on it? Is she the only one interested? What will that mean for Vanilly who have ended up with the painting for now?
  • Mattessa fans got a brief ray of hope, but let’s all just admit Vanilly always were endgame. They were always fiery, but that’s all this was – not a serious fight. Vanessa is going to retire and step back from day to day at WSPR. WSPR has improved a lot since the days when interns where editing stories on laptops in restaurants, but since their network was stupid enough to cancel half their soaps things may not be all wine and roses at the station. With Vanessa retired a power vaccum will form and who will fill it? Will it be a character currently on the canvas, a returning old friend, or a brand new character? As they struggle to make their own mark on the station will Vanessa be able to stay out of it and admit she’s ended her professional life?
  • Alan-Michael and Lucy are solid, but their different opinions on how to best support Molly will continue to be a sore point. Alan-Michael’s concern for her safety and future, fed in part from his inability to protect his mother, will continue. He does make some progress there as Hope Bauer will be moving back to Springfield. Molly has set her eyes on Kevin Marler. He isn’t looking for something serious right now, having enough issues in his life, but Molly is providing a bright spot and considering just what her parents went through to get the one they wanted, just what might Molly do to keep Kevin by her side?
  • Mindy and Rick have both been struggling with regret about not having more kids, but Rick’s son with Annie isn’t really going to help. He’s there to get to know his father, but has no use for stepmother Mindy. Will this cause more turmoil for Mindy and Rick? Will Rusty be making some more visits to Springfield this year and what will be drawing him back? Also remember, Matthew Wilson is also Annie Dutton’s son. Does he have mental health and addictions issues, too? Has he been in contact with Annie?
  • Buzz and Lillian will be dealing with a return of their own now that Rocky has returned to town. He’s got a score to settle with his father. Just how does he intend to even things up?
  • Now we’ve met up with Kat again and met her sons will we be seeing more of them? What’s their dad like and will he be coming to Springfield if Kat returns?
  • Even though he has a new sudden son, Rick is going to continue in an honorary uncle role. Blake, as she often is, has been economical with the truth about the many scandals of when the twins were young and the twins have been away at school most of their lives so they don’t yet know about things like the paternity question with Ross and Rick and Rick and Phillip’s roles in Ross’ death. Now they are back in Springfield how long before they learn the whole messy story?

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 9

March 12, 2018

Author’s Note: Well, today is the final episode of the Bauer BBQ 2017. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this event and I’m going to get a start on Bauer BBQ 2018 and so should you!

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 9

Scene 32

The dripping men attested to the fun both teams had with the tug of war. The games were tappering off and everyone gathered around again for the ice cream contest. Both churns were getting hard to turn. Rick had taken over for Team Bauer and Billy had taken over Team Lewis. It was a hard thing to call because it took time to open the churn and check it might be the difference between winning and losing if it wasn’t done. Finally Rick finally called it. Lizzie came to check Rick’s ice cream and the chocolate was finished. Billy’s continued to churn for a couple of minutes until he too called it and then the vanilla was done.

Lizzie grabbed Rick’s hand and held it up: “Team Bauer wins!” Everyone cheered and rushed forward for the ice cream.

The ice cream brought out more storytelling. Wanda’s laugh boomed out. Alan-Michael had sworn Paul and Hamp to secrecy and told them about how he had messed with Hamp’s batchelor party in exaggerated form that had them laughing loudly. Bridget and Kat had their heads together in one corner. Dylan was talking to Billy consoling him on his loss eating vanilla ice cream. Katie was telling Michelle stories about her aunt Hillary and talking hospital. Rusty was talking police stuff with Frank. Danny had broken out the plastic lids and straws and was sending people on their way with an ice tea or lemonade or a water bottle to go.

Lillian and Buzz had creeped out back into the woods where Buzz had earlier hidden an air mattress for their own Bauer BBQ tradition.

Scene 33

Rick headed into the kitchen to do one last fill up on the food before everyone who took one more plate before they left or grabbed some snacks for the road. He started digging around in the refrigerator trying to decide to bring. Kevin Marler followed him into the room. “Rick? Can we talk a little bit?”

Rick turned around stopping what he was doing to give Kevin his full attention, “Sure, Kevin. What do you need? You having problems since you got back from college?”

“In a way. I want to thank you for keeping in touch while Jason and me were away at boarding school and now college. It really has meant a lot….during that bad time when Mom was in a coma especially we felt kind of forgotten about, but you always kept in touch. It was appreciated.”

Rick gave his half-smile. “Well Kevin there is a lot of history between us…” silently Rick thought more than you’ll ever know Blake hadn’t felt it was a good idea to fill them in on a lot of the drama that has spun around them when they were young “….I’ve always felt that in a small way you belonged to me…I mean all the baby sitting our family used to do for you guys and everything.”

“I don’t forget it….right now I have another favor to ask you though.”

“What’s that?”

“While I’m back here this summer I’m hoping to get a little hands on experience in the hospital. I’m really looking at research within neuroscience, rather than practice, but how things fit together with patients might really be helpful.”

“I’m sure I can arrange that.”

“I know you’re probably too busy today, but I’d like to bounce some ideas off you for my honors thesis. Can you think of a topic that would be useful from your perspective as a practioner?”

“Hmmmm.” Rick thought for a couple of minutes. “Something that has been bothering me has been the problem of addiction and heredity. There has been a lot of adicts in my family, my Grandpa Bill, my dad, and I’m an addict, I’ve had two bad periods of addiction even though I’ve been clean for decades now. On the other hand, Danny has self-medicated with alcohol at a couple of bad points in his life, but he’s never become addicted. As my kids have gotten older, I wonder if I have to worry about them because of our genetics. If you’re interested I’d be glad to collaborate with you on a project, if you’d like.”

“Are you kidding? That would be great! Thanks, Rick. I know I can always count on you.”

Scene 34

The party was breaking up. Billy picked up Vanessa’s new painting to carry it out to their car.

Bill came up. “Don’t worry about it, Dad. I’ve got this.” He took the painting and lead the way to the car.

Danny was taking out his first load of stuff to take home out to his car.

A man none of them knew started working his way towards them through the parked cars. He seemed a little drunk weaving a little bit, but presumably heading for the door. He wore a polo shirt and cargo shorts and big sunglasses that covered half his face. Suddenly he veared and quickly ran up behind Bill. He hit him with something on the back of the neck, knocking Bill to his knees, and yanked the painting out of his arms. Billy grabbed Vanessa and spun her around to keep her out of the fray.

Danny dropped the box he was carrying and ran over. He yanked the painting back, tripping the man who stumbled back. He quickly revaluated the situation and ran off.

“BILL!” Vanessa was only a few steps behind Bill and she dropped to the ground. “Bill, are you OK?”

Bill groaned and raised a hand to his head. “What hit me? A truck?”

“Don’t move, darling, something might be broken.”

“Hell woman, don’t smother the boy. He knows how to take a fall. Here.”

Billy extended his arm and Bill clasped it and pulled himself up to his feet. Shaking his head, “Yes Mom, I’m fine.”

“Well, let’s head back in and let Rick take a look.”

Bill ignored that one and turned his attention to Danny. “What happened?”

“A man came up and hit you and tried to grab that painting. I saved your bacon as usual.”

Bill snorted. “Oh, don’t make me laugh, my head isn’t up for it.”

Ray had come up in time to hear the exchange. “Why would anyone go to all that trouble for a painting nobody knows anything about? This was the ‘mystery’ painting, right? It shouldn’t be really worth much.”

Billy said “Shoot! That guy was probably just drunk. You saw him weaving. You think a lot of stupid and dangerous things are funny when you’ve downed a few. Trust me. I have the scars to prove it….We probably should tell Frank about it though. He should put out a call to round him up – wouldn’t want him driving in that shape.”

The suggestion to report it to Frank and get some sympathy from his wife struck a better chord with Bill than seeing Rick so he let the group lead him back to the house.

Danny thought back over what he’d seen. Danny had been relaxed and focused on his task to really click in before the attack, but as he thought back now the man’s movements had been too deliberate for him to have just been pulling a drunken stunt. Danny picked up the painting from where it had fallen in the driveway and dusted it off. He looked it over carefully. He felt around the frame. He sniffed it to see if he recognized any drugs. He didn’t. He didn’t see one thing would make this painting worth stealing. He had understood Billy and Matt competing for it to get Vanessa’s attention, but that woman who had given him such a danger signal had bid on it too. $10,000. He was sure she intended to get something other than a pleasant painting for her money. Was she connected with this attempted theft? Either way, what did they know about the painting that none of the Lewis family nor their connections did not? Danny scanned the driveway area and slowly carried the painting back in the house. He had a bad feeling that this wasn’t over yet.

Scene 35

Buzz was leading Lillian out of the woods hand in hand. Before they broke from the tree line, Lillian laughed. “Buzz, stop a minute.” Buzz paused and turned around. Lillian laughed again and pulled him around to kiss him again. “And they always say that marriage drives the passion out of a relationship.”

“Not if you do it right, honey.”

“You’ve certainly proven that.” She pulled him in for another kiss and then they came out of the trees.

Just then there was a very loud motorcycle coming up the road. A rider in black leather came up weaving between the parked cars. It pulled right up in front of Buzz and Lillian. He stopped and pulled off his helmet. His focus bored in on Buzz.

“Hello, Dad.”


Scene 36

Rick had checked Bill out and while he had a nasty bump on his head, he didn’t have a concussion. He left them fussing over Bill and headed out to the side patio. He wanted to get the flag down and properly folded away before they headed out for the fireworks. He walked over to flagpole and looked up at the flag he thought he could feel his family his Grandma Bert, his Aunt Meta, his mother Felicia. He was proud he had pulled off another great event to help the town to celebrate the great country they lived in.

As he started lowering the flag a young man with sandy blonde hair stood by the side of the house. Almost seeming to hold his breath. Rick unhooked the flag off the pole and the kid approached. “Do you want some help folding that?”

Rick grinned at him and said, “sure.” They folded the flag.”Thanks for the help. Glad you just happened to be here.”

“I wasn’t. I mean I spent most of the day trying to get up nerve to talk to you.”

“Well, I AM awfully intimitating.” Rick smirked.

The you man took a deep breath. “Are you…..Are you the Frederick Bauer who was married to Annie Dutton until October 1995?”

Rick sobered. “Yes, I am. Who….”

“My name is Matthew Wilson and… I think I’m your son.”


Friday’s Episode Ends


Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 8

March 11, 2018

Author’s Note: Problems blew up at the Bauer BBQ.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 8

Scene 29

Jason Marler stood facing the Spaulding pond. He pitched a stone in it, as hard as he could, and then he picked up another, and another, and another….

Molly Spaulding watched from about 50 yards away. Slowly she walked up to Jason. “I saw you take off, what’s wrong?”

Jason gave a hollow laugh. “What isn’t wrong? What isn’t wrong in the entire freaking world?” He threw another stone.

Molly remained silent. So silent that with another person there it got akward. Words poured out of Jason to fill it. “I’m a Poly-Sci major. I really thought I could help save the world. I even had a Congressional internship, you know?” He broke off to throw another stone. “But after this last election, both sides, politics is broken, what can one person do? What’s the use of trying? Am I going to waste my life fighting a battle I can’t win?” Jason threw another rock.

Molly stared out at the pond, too. “You know I never met your dad. He was dead before we moved back here, but I’ve heard about him my whole life. He helped so many people in this town. He really made a difference you know. Michelle and Danny, they were talking right before you took off? He saved both of them from a phony murder charge. Maybe that’s the way to make a difference, not at the national level, but here in one place. Maybe if a whole bunch of people each in their own place make a difference, that’s how you change the whole country?”

“You know you’re pretty smart for a kid.”

Molly frowned. “I’m NOT a kid.”

Jason turned around and looked in her face. He really looked at her as if he hadn’t known her for years, as if he’d just seen for the first time in a class or across a bar. He lifted his hand to cup her cheek. “No, I guess you’re not.”

“Just what THE HELL do you think you’re doing? Get your hands OFF OF MY DAUGHTER!”

The immerative came out of nowhere and both Molly and Jason froze.

“I SAID get your hands off her!” Alan-Michael closed the rest of the distance between them and grabbed Jason’s arm pulling it off Molly and then shoved Jason whose reactions still slowed by shock fell to the ground.

“Daddy! What do you think you’re DOING?”

“Sweetheart, he’s so much older than you. I don’t want to take advantage of you and after what happened with your boyfriend Tom…..”

“God Dad! What part of back off, I’m a grown up now, aren’t you getting? Yes, there was an issue with Tom and I HANDLED IT. It’s what grown ups do! I know what I’m doing! I can make my own decisions and I can HANDLE whatever comes along. I’m so out of here.”

Molly sped off heading back across the Spaulding yard towards the Bauer house she nearly ran into Kat, Dylan, and Lillian on the way. Alan-Michael stared after her until she was almost out of sight. He shook himself, shot Jason a glare for good measure as he picked himself up, and took off after her calling, “Princess!”

Scene 30

Rick was talking on the phone in the Bauer Kitchen, “Yes, Dad. Everybody is missing you and Holly….No, nobody expects you here every year, but I’m glad you called. I hope you call tomorrow so you can talk to the grandkids they’re all scattered right now.” Rick puffed up with pride,”Yep, big success again this year. New record in number of hamburgers served, everyone loves them…..Give Holly my love, Dad, and Dad, don’t forget I love you too.” Rick ended the call.

Phillip walked in carrying a glass of iced tea. “There you are, buddy. I thought you’d be out there taking victory laps. It’s been a GREAT BBQ.”

Rick held up the phone, “I was talking to Dad.”

“How are Ed and Holly doing? I haven’t heard from them lately. The last time I heard they had just taken a cruise on the Queen Mary.”

“They loved it. I don’t know that we’ll ever gt them settled back here, but at least Dad hasn’t disappeared again. He’s sure to check in regularly now.”

“You know, it’s funny, this was so NOT Alan’s thing, but how many years did he’d say he wasn’t coming and then did? It’s almost been 10 years now…and you know…you know I STILL find myself expecting to find him somewhere here. I keep ranging around……all those years I was always trying to get away from him and I, and I’d give almost anything if he was still here.”

Buzz stuck his head in the door. “Rick, we’re out of Bauer Burgers and the crowd is getting restless.”

“OK, Buzz, I’m on it!” Rick opened the refrigerator, grabbed out a tray of prepped Bauer Burgers, and headed out to the patio.

Phillip stayed leaning up against the island and took a drink when suddenly his niece Molly came rushing blindly through. Phillip put down his glass and caught her by the arm. “Hey, what’s the trouble?”

Molly was vibrating with frustration. “Uncle Phillip…URRRGGHHHH! It’s Dad. He’s IMPOSSIBLE! He just totally humilated me in front of Jason Marler and everyone! Why can’t he see he’s a grown-up?”

“Well,” Phillip made a grimace and swallowed. “He can’t because he’s your dad and it’s a horrible thing for a dad to deal with. I’m sure you have every right to be mad, but I was just sitting here thinking that as crazy as my dad always drove me, I’d give just about anything to have him back. Be mad, but forgive him and keep that in mind.”

Alan-Michael came skidding into the kitchen. “Molly, stop let’s talk. I….”

“URRRGGGHH! Just give it a rest, DAD!” Molly pulled away from Phillip.

Lucy came in. “Molly, honey, come here. Dads, right? Come with me, let’s go talk about it.” Lucy put an arm around her shoulders and leading her off towards the living room. Alan-Michael started to follow.

“Hey,” Phillip wave Alan-Michael over, echoing Lucy by putting an arm around Alan-Michael’s shoulders. “Let the girls work on this.”

“Phillip, you just don’t understand, man! How am I supposed to NOT be there to protect her?”

“Peyton and Emma may not be there yet, but I went through all this and worse with Lizzie and Michelle. Look at them now. You WILL get through this. I didn’t handle it particularly well, but we’ll get through this. Together. That’s what family is for right?”

“I guess.” Alan-Michael walked over to the sunporch and stared out over to the garage apartment door where he’d once lived. “I certainly wouldn’t have guessed I’d have lived through all I have since I came back to Springfield at that Bauer BBQ. This is an anniversary of sorts I guess.”

“I know. Parachute into ONE party and people never forget it.”

Alan-Michael turned and found a geniune smile for his brother.

“I liked the piece of your mom’s you bought. How was your visit with Hope?”

Alan-Michael lost his smile and turned back to the window, but didn’t answer Phillip.

“How is she?”

Alan-Michael turned around again looking grim. “Not good. It’s been almost 10 years since Dad died, a lot longer since they were together, and she’s still not dealing with it. You saw that picture, sure it’s a beautiful piece, but it’s back to when they were on the island. All her art is about them. She still owns that island you know, Dad gave it to her as a present, put it in her name. She’s had a little cabin built on the island and she’s been spending time there. It’s dangerous, she’s fixated on it, and it’s so FRUSTRATING I can’t seem to help her move on.”

“You know I owe your mom a lot. Hope was always there to support me and to look out for me. I wouldn’t have known Justin and Jackie at all if it hadn’t been for her standing up for me. I wish I could do something.”

Alan-Michael turned suddenly furious. “Well, there isn’t! Not every thing in life can fall into place just because the GREAT Phillip Spaulding orders it to.”

“Whoa! Turn it down a notch. God if I could, (Phillip makes a click noise with his tongue) I’d change a lot of things. Don’t fall into the same trap I did. Don’t let your fear get control of your life. That cost me years! And it might cost you your daughter. (Click noise) I really meant I’d help if I could I’d be glad to visit Hope or you know, ask her to come and stay here. She can stay in the mansion or I’m sure Rick wouldn’t mind if she stayed here or in the garage apartment or we could buy her a condo. Being around family might be good for her.”

Alan-Michael looked for a minute like he might be willing to talk reasonably with Phillip, but then Danny came trotting in.

Danny asked, “Phillip, can I talk to you a minute?”

Alan-Michael flared up again. “Great! Just what we need. Another one of Dad’s pets. Have fun at your mutual admiration society. I’m out of here.” He stormed out looking for Lucy and Molly.

“What was that?”

“Alan-Michael. He’s all worked up. He just got back from a trip to see his mom, you know her Michelle’s cousin Hope. Apparently she’s not doing very well. She really hasn’t been overly well since Dad broke her heart. I think Alan-Michael is afraid he’ll lose her and he’s holding on too tight to Molly. I hope it works out. But you came in here for something.”

“Yes, I wanted to point out there is a woman here. She’s in a business suit with her hair pulled back. Have you seen her?”

“I’ve been busy, but I saw her a few times. Dressed like she was, she was pretty hard to miss. What about her?:

“Do you know who she is? Have you seen her before?”

“No, but that’s not unusual. You know today is an open house. There’s always people we don’t know.”

“I know, but there was something….off about her. I pointed her out to Frank and Ray, but I wanted to make sure you kept an eye on her, too.”

“OK, Danny. I trust your gut. Let’s take a look.” Phillip lead the way out to the patio.

Scene 31

The rider had one more stop before heading to the Bauers. He hadn’t been there in person since he was a toddler, but from the time Google Earth had come out he’d used it to go past this white church and into this cemetery. The clarity on Google Earth wasn’t good enough to pick out a particular grave, but his brother had told him where it was. He’d spent hours looking at it on various screens and now he was standing here in person. His eyes darted to the right and then he dropped to his knees. “Hello, Mom,” he whisphered.

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Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 7

March 10, 2018

Author’s Note: It’s time for the Bauer BBQ speech.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 7

Scene 27

Rick took Phillip’s place on the dias and gave a loud whistle. Calling back together people’s attention after they had wandered off after the auction.

Rick began, “Can I have your attention? It’s time again for that time honored tradition. The Bauer BBQ speech where we take a minute to think about what we’re celebrating today instead of the celebration itself….You know it still feels funny for me to be the one giving the speech because I feel like it should be a grown up like my dad or Uncle Mike or Aunt Meta giving this speech. I still feel like I should be a kid trying to filch Grandma Bert’s apple pie off the dessert table — which is probably because I still do that.”

Everyone in the crowd chuckled.

“But then I look around and I see my kids, my nieces and nephew, all my friends and family, wonderful little sister, Michelle, her husband, Danny, and my beautiful wife, Mindy, and I realize I am a grown up who has built a pretty great life here in Springfield. Not just my family, but I have been instrumental in making Springfield better and keeping it a great place to live. Everyone here can say the same thing.”

“I’ve made my share of terrible mistakes, things I wish I could take back, and I’m sure that you all can say that. I turned my back on Springfield for awhile thinking it would make my problems go away, tried to live in other places for awhile, as some of you have done, but Springfield always calls us back home. We find our answers here among all of us, as part of the community because truly ‘no one goes his way alone.'”

“The community in Springfield IS extra special, but that sense of community is all across America from, New York to LA, and oh I don’t know, from Oakdale, Illinois to Genoa City, Wisconsin to Port Charles, New York. It’s that sense of individuals pulling together to form communities of respect, dignity, hard work and perseverance and then pulling together more to form one country is what makes this country great. It’s what made it possible for a man like my great-grandfather, whose name I proudly bear, to come to this land, and with the help of his wife to create a family and to help to build this town into what it is today.”

“So here’s to friends here and gone, to our children, and to Springfield may it continue to be the special place it is.”

Everyone lifted their glasses in toast, “To Springfield!”

As Rick was stepped off the box , Danny rushed up. “Michelle, Robbie, Hope, Danielle, come on up here….I can’t hope to top Rick’s speech, but I have something I need to say. I know some of you might have thought I was being rather short with Michelle lately, but those of us who know Michelle know how she can take risks and I’ve been especially worried about her lately. You see….”

Michelle interrupted, “We’re expecting a baby!….We wanted to wait until we passed the first trimester to tell people, but we want you all be the first to know!”

“So have a celebratory piece of watermelon or Bert’s apple pie that Michelle made. It’s time to get cutting.”

Everyone rushed over to give congratulations….Everyone that is except Jason Marler who stalked over disgustedly to the Spaulding Mansion yard. Molly Spaulding hesitated a moment and then jogged after him.

Scene 28

Vanessa was sitting by herself off to the side of the pool area. She caught Billy approaching out of the corner of her eye and she turned her back on him. Billy walked up carrying two plates of watermelon. “Here. I got you a piece of watermelon, too. It doesn’t seem like a summer day without watermelon, does it?”

“That’s quite alright. MATT went to get me some.”

“Well, I wouldn’t wait on Matt, darling. Maureen’s going to be keeping him busy for awhile.”

“Maureen?,” she turned to face him and took out the plate of watermelon he handed her.

“I might have asked her to keep him busy for me for a little bit. I MIGHT owe her a Chicago shopping trip with Mindy and my credit card.”


“Because I figured it was time I told you that you could quit trying to show me.”

“Show you what?”

“I think you got it in your head today that you had to show me that you were beautiful and vivacious and that you could have any man here today.”

Vanessa sniffed haughtily.

“Sugar, you don’t have to show me that. I know how gorgeous you are and hell, except for a few men too in love with their wives and few who bat for the other team, I already know you COULD get any man here if you wanted him. You don’t have to prove it to me with Matt. I know JUST how lucky I am; how lucky I was that I happened to stretch out in just that room at Quint and Nola’s engagement ball. Did you ever pay for that vase you broke?”

Vanessa fought to keep back a smile. “Daddy did, it was under the miscellanous damage entry on the bill.”

“And I’m lucky that when I picked you up and said I wasn’t moving until we got married that you didn’t give me a good kick in the family jewels followed up by a good right cross.”

Vanessa quirked an eyebrow.

“And I’m lucky you forgave me all the stupid times I hurt you and I’m MOST lucky of all that you agree to marry me again this last time and that you were willing to build such a great life with me.”

Vanessa softly said, “You called me old.”

“I did no such thing. I just suggested that it might be time for you to retire from the day to day at WSPR. If it had been your dream, I’d be supporting you, but your dream was for Dinah to come back and step back in as manager because that was one of her dreams and I’ll admit she was damn good at it. But, darling, she ain’t coming back, not without a pardon, and even if she came back tomorrow she might have a different dream now, it’s almost been 10 years that’s a lot of time to change a person. She might not even want it anymore.”

Vanessa turned back away. “You never did understand about Dinah.”

“You’re wrong there. I understand all about it. I experienced something similar with Dylan, you know that. You loved her with everything that’s in you. You wanted to make it up to her for you letting her go when she was a baby. You were too hard on her, but only because you were terrified she’d make the same mistakes you made. You saw too much of yourself in her, more than any of the other kids. You love her and as part of you, I love her too. If I could wave my hand and bring her back right now I’d do it for you, but I can’t and I think it’s time we took our lives off hold. I want time with you; time to visit all those places we talked about going all through the years, I want to take you to England and show that old queen what true regalness looks like, I want to visit some of those places Josh and Reva did, I want to take you riding in Oklahoma and down the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. I want you to take me sailing off New England and in the Carribean. I want to spend time with our kids and grandkids. I want to spend days doing nothing and making love with you on sandy beaches…..scratch that on really comfortable beds.”

Vanessa couldn’t help herself, she laughed.

“Darling, that health scare I had a few years ago, it was a reminder that we don’t have all the time in the world. I don’t want to waste another minute with you. I’ve wasted enough time.”

Vanessa grinned. “How do you do that? How do you make it so hard to stay mad at you?”

“So you’ll semi-retire?”

“I’ll THINK about it.”

“Darling, that’s all I ask.”

On the other side of the yard across the pool Matt stood holding two pieces of watermelon watching Vanessa smile and realized that a door that he thought might reopen had been closed and sealed a long time ago.

“Hey, is one of those for me?” Matt’s estranged wife Joni came up.

“It is now. I thought maybe you wouldn’t come today.”

“I almost didn’t. This was always more your friends, your connections. I figured they’d all side with you.”

“Joni, they’re your friends, too. If you knew how many ex-es were here….”

“Anyway, Maureen texted me. She said she needed a ride because she’d been parked in. Have you seen her?”

“Yes, she’s right over…..she WAS right there. Huh, I have a feeling she wasn’t parked in.”

Joni laughed. “She is something of a matchmaker, isn’t she?”

“Somehow she still believes in happy endings.”

“So how have you been.”

“I’ve been pretty good. I admit I’ve been spending most of today remembering an old dream. But seeing you…it reminds me that the present is just as good, maybe even better. Maybe Maureen’s not wrong.”

“Would you like to go get a cup of coffee somewhere, talk some things out?”

“I’d like that. I’d like that a lot.”

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 6

March 9, 2018

Author’s Note: The fun of the Bauer BBQ games has began.

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm Part 6

Scene 22

The ice cream churning contest continued with Robbie on the Bauer side and Sarah Randall stepping in for the Team Lewis. Beth was working on the final details before the art auction. The woman with her hair pulled back tight in a bun approached Beth, all smiles.

“Beth Raines, isn’t it? Oh, yes I see it is. I’m so pleased to meet you.”

“It’s Beth Spaulding, has been for awhile now, Ms. …..?”

“Ah, but it’s still Beth Raines as the signature on your art work and I appreciate your work so much.”

“Thank you. I really only picked it back up in the last 10 years or so,” returning the smile, but it was a very business smile. Once Beth would have assumed the best about people. Life had literally beaten that out of her. She was still kind and helpful, but she no longer trusted people by default. This woman seemed nice enough, but some instinct tugged at Beth’s gut about her. Beth took shook the woman’s offered hand, but used the motion to take a step back.

“And the world is a poorer place that you didn’t keep up painting all along, but life has a way of getting in the way, doesn’t it?”

Beth gave a short bittersweet laugh. “Yes, it does. Speaking of which, I’ve got to finish setting up the auction, was there something you needed, Ms. …..?”

“Of course I don’t want to take up too much of your time and it’s all a question of time in a way, isn’t it?”

Beth hesitated. “I suppose.”

“As you can see I’m not properly dressed to be out in this terrible American sun and I thought perhaps it might speed your auction up if I just pre-emptively bid on a couple of pieces. It would shorten up the sale list, perhaps get some people to bid more if there are fewer lots. Yes?” The woman sensed hesitation and pushed her request home. “I’d like one of yours, of course. The one with the plane crash behind and the lovers on the beach….and I should take something else to make a big enough contribution, something that probably wouldn’t have brought much….perhaps that picture with the wave rushing into shore with the lighthouse over there. I don’t see an artist’s signature, but it’s a pretty frame. How much would that be?”

“The plane on the beach isn’t mine, Hope Bauer Spaulding sent that one in.”

“Then another one of yours….”

“I’m sorry the catalog has been advertised, no pre-sales. I’m afraid you’ll just have to wait. The auction will begin soon.”

Beth turned her back on the woman, but could still feel the woman’s icy glare. The woman bit out, “Then I will just have to wait.”

Scene 23

Beth had a row of easels on the patio beyond the pool the crowd gathered around. A small platform had been put there with room for a speaker to stand and one easel. Beth brought up the first item to go up for bid.

Phillip took the stand. “Now you all know me. Some of you probably wished at one time or another that you didn’t.” Phillip chuckled, “But you know me and I’m a businessman. We’re here today in honor of the Lizzie Spaulding Cancer Foundation.”

Bill called out from the crowd “Lizzie Spaulding LEWIS!”

“Uh, I stand corrected. The Lizzie Spaulding Lewis Cancer Foundation. As you know this disease has touched more than one person in my family. At the foundation we seek to provide funding for treatments,  for research, and for support for families. We’ll be having our normal fundraisers this year, but Rick offered us a chance to do this auction at the Bauer BBQ, how could we refuse? Now if you want to know anything about the art, that’s all my beautiful wife, Beth. But the money…that’s all me. So make sure you bid a lot on it.”

Beth stepped up, “The first item up for bid is from Jesse Blue. It’s a small scale version of his famous Nighthawks parody that used to be on the wall at Millennium. It includes a portrait of Michelle Bauer. Michelle? Michelle? Where is Michelle? Oh well.”

Phillip stepped up. “OK, what am I bid…..”

The auction continued with a series of photos by Reva Shayne Lewis; a shot of the sunrise coming up behind the Pyramids on her and Josh’s adventure, a photo of a beat up old cowboy hat sitting on a saddle on Rusty’s ranch near Tulsa, and one of Roxie – finally freed from the mental hospital where she’d been institutionalized for decades. They were followed by Trish Lewis’s contribution – a drawing of the Blue Room in the White House.

“The next lot is this color penciled drawing of plane crash on a topical beach was submitted by Hope Bauer Spaulding.”

“What am I offered for this lovely piece?”

Alan-Michael stepped forward. “That’s my mom’s. I’ll bid $2,000.”

“We have $2,000. Do I hear any other bids? No?” Phillip winked at A-M. “Going, going, gone! Sold to Alan-Michael Spaulding!”

Alan-Michael grabbed Lucy’s hand and they went up to collect their prize.

“Next we have a set of restoration blueprints that Matt Reardon donated. These are the set that he used in the most recent restoration of the Springfield lighthouse. The lighthouse is well known to all of you I know. It’s been owned by the Bauer family for years.” Phillip shot the room at large his crocked grin. “Some of us have even lived there. How about you get in on this, Alan-Michael? It will go nicely with the piece you already bought.”

“No thanks.” Lucy shivered. “We’d be just as happy never to see that place again.”

“Now that is just the wrong attitude. You want to remember the good and not let the bad destroy it.” Danny came forward holding Michelle by the hand all smiles as he pulled her around in front of him and wrapped around her. “If $2,000 is the going rate I’ll open at $2,000 for our lighthouse.”

“We have $2,000. Do I hear $2,500?”

“I’ll bid $3,000… For Matt’s work.” Vanessa spoke up looking pointedly at Billy while standing by Matt.




“Will you raise again, Vanessa. Danny has it at $5,000.”

Vanessa smiled, her point made. “No, Danny and Michelle enjoy it in good health.”

They went up on and got their prize and took it out to their car.

A selection of fashion drawings by Mindy and Marah fell under the gavel next. They were followed by a selection of Beth’s paintings and a couple of lesser works from the Spaulding collection.

Beth called for attention. “This is our final piece up for auction today. It’s the one you have been waiting for. It’s the mystery painting we found in the attic of the Mansion. We have no idea about the painting’s origin. It’s unsigned. So it’s not just a piece of art, it’s a challenge. What can you find out about this piece or will it remain a mystery. Phillip?”

“And for the last time here we go! What do I hear for an opening bid?”

Matt stepped forward confidently, smiling at Vanessa. “$2000 has been the normal opening bid today, right? I’ll open it up at $3000.”

“We have, $3000. Who will give me $3500?”

Billy stepped up on the other side of Matt. “$5,000.”

Matt responded, “$6,000.”





Billy hesitated then, “$85.”

The woman with the tight bun entered the fray, “$10,000.”

Matt went a bit pale, but then confidently said, “$12,000.”

Phillip turned to Billy, “The bid’s Matt’s. Will you give $12,500?”

Billy again hesitated for longer this time. “Let him have it.”

“And you, ma’am?”

The woman narrowed her eyes at Matt. “No, let him have it.”

“And that wraps us up today, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for your bids and come over here and pay Beth. Give yourselves a round of applause for all the money we’ve raised today.”

Scene 24

Buzz pulled Billy off to the side. “What was that all about?”

“What do you mean?”

Buzz made an annoyed noise. “You making a run up on that painting and then just letting Matt win the painting. He made it real plain he was bidding on it to give to Vanessa.”

“Well now, it did seem like that didn’t it?”

“You know damn well that’s what he was doing. Come on, you could buy and sell Matt Reardon. Why did you let him win?”

Billy looked across the yard at Matt talking to Vanessa about the painting. “You know, I hurt ‘Nessa really badily. I messed up. I messed up again with Nadine and then I shot Roger thinking I was protecting the family and I nearly destroyed it instead. ‘Nessa needed Matt, needed to be in charge and have that support for awhile and he was definitely there for her. What they had was real, of all the people on the Internet they found each other again, but Matt he never did understand ‘Nessa the way I did. He wronged her, stealing her money? He might as well of called her stupid, underestimating her business acumen. Sleeping with her daughter? Some people could get over that, ‘Nessa couldn’t. She wasn’t jealous or anything, but he slept with Dinah when she was in a bad place. No way ‘Nessa would ever forgive him taking advantage of her daughter. Besides, Vanessa isn’t all THAT mad at me. Let him think he’s won.”

“You just set him up?”

Billy laughed. “He won a small battle to spend a lot of money for a painting I’m going to be spending a lot of time looking at.  I won the war a long time ago. Besides, just because I won the war doesn’t mean Vanessa doesn’t deserve to be shown I’d fight for her every know again. It’s all for charity anyway.”

“Just what did you do to get her so reiled up anyway?”

“All I did was….”

Scene 25

In a dark corner of the yard the woman with the bun was on her phone. “No, I didn’t win the auction. Two fools ran the price way up over what the other paintings were getting. Bidding any higher and it would draw unwanted attention. We don’t want anyone to know that there is anything special about that painting. Besides I have another idea….”

Scene 26

The rider rode down the hill into Springfield. Needing to collect himself he pulled into the near deserted parking lot of a bar on the edge of town called Outskirts. There were only two customers in the bar. The rider walked over to the bar.

“What can I get you?” the bartender asked.

“I’ll take whatever you’ve got on tap…. It’s sure dead around here for Fourth of July weekend.”

“You must be new to town.” The bartender pulled a beer and set it in front of his new customer.


“This is the Fourth. About a third of the town is out on the lake, another third is out at Laurel Falls State Park, some are out of town and the rest are up at the BBQ. Most of our regulars are up at the BBQ. Most of the trade we get today is just hit and run.” He jerked a thumb at a handwritten sign written on the brown inside wall of a case of beer. It read Burgers and Beer. “We make up one stop to go bags for people hitting the road. Then there are always a few people just passing through town.” He shrugged. “It’s enough to make it worth being open.”

The rider set the beer aside untouched, setting it aside to let it warm up. “What’s the BBQ? A whole town couldn’t be at one party.” He already knew all about it, his brother had told him, but he wanted to hear what the locals said and not to arouse suspicion when he asked for directions.

“The Bauers, a local family of doctors, have a big BBQ every year. Everyone’s invited.”


“Ya, it started out just family, then it went to friends, now pretty much anyone in town can show up. It’s the damnedest thing. Even people they don’t like show up and they don’t make them leave. One year an old girlfriend of mine was there and the DA that was trying to put that deaf chick one of them was married to for awhile away for murder showed up and pulled right up to the table like he belonged there and they let him. Anyone can go.”

The rider took a drink of his beer. Still too cold. He swallowed anyway. “Sounds like a thing to see. Where is this place?”

The bartender was disappointed having hoped he’d had a sale of one of his to go bags, but feeling that hope of a new regular was too much to pass up and he gave directions to the Bauer house, up on Skyline Drive.

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Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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