Jeffery’s Funeral

July 22, 2018

Revisiting Jeffery O’Neil’s funeral.

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Here is my write up from the last year of Guiding Light:

Jeffery O'NeillThings seem to be moving along in full wrap up mode. We got the scene we should have tying up things with a bow for Ava and Remy. Matt and Dinah seem to have reached an understanding and he is finally being the supportive friend she always wanted and needed him to be. Phillip is having it ground in to him just how important saying goodbye is for those left behind. I never thought I’d cheer something Olivia said to Phillip and lord knows she was really only thinking about herself, but “Everybody deserves a farewell.” Yeah! I hope he finally gets it.

Olivia and Reva seem to be back to where Olivia and Katherine were before everything that happened. Between that and all this love for Jeffery, maybe that’s something we can learn from soaps. Stick…

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Guiding Light in Italy

July 20, 2018

Today we’re appreciating Guiding Light fans around the world. Let’s visit Guiding Light in Italy.

Sentieri online is the first Italian Guiding Light internet resource. I’m the webmaster and I created it in 1996 as a classic website. Later I’ve added a mailing list that has been active till the end of Guiding Light in Italy in 2012. During the years, the website has been enriched by a Blog and later by a Twitter account and a Group on Facebook. During the last years the original website has not been updated and all the old pages are offline (but the domain name is still working). Both the Blog and the Group on Facebook are alive. Lately I created a new Facebook page to promote both the Group and the Blog activities to keep alive Sentieri/Guiding Light in our mind.
Facebook page:

Header Photo of Italian GL page

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.

Not Safe For Daytime: The New Yorkers

July 18, 2018

Enjoy a soap opera parody by the cast of The Bold and the Beautiful, doing some over the top characters of New York with really thick New York accents.

First up the commercial which yes, if they can do burger porn with women, why not with a gorgeous man.

They didn’t do many episodes, but they are fun if you know the actors and I think might be fun even if you don’t.

Another installment….

A blooper reel…..

The channel also includes parodies and comedy challenges for other daytime actors. Take a look!

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 Roundup 2018

July 17, 2018

Bauer BBQ Week drug on longer than I originally meant it to, but I didn’t have the reports from the real life Bauer BBQ done and I wanted to make sure I got those done correctly before I posted them and to share them so I got hung up. I hope you enjoyed it. I stopped working on the fanfic to finish the reports so I’ll have to get the fanfic posted after I finish it.

I hope that you have enjoyed celebrating the Bauer BBQ with me. I’m also very excited to already have four years already found for next year, but I’m always looking for more episode, more fanfic, and more memories please share.

Remember it’s never too early to start on Bauer BBQ fanfic for next year:


Bauer BBQs Through the Years

NOTE: If you aren’t familiar with my episode guide blog posts, expect to find a description of what happened (sometimes commentary mixed in, sometimes separately) then a link to the footage that I’ve found.

Bauer BBQ 1984 -Earliest year available on YouTube, Luau theme

Bauer BBQ 1987 – A-M jumps from plane, 50th Anniversary at Johnny’s Hanger

Bauer BBQ 1988 – Fletcher and Maeve Get Married

Bauer BBQ 1989

Bauer BBQ 1990

Bauer BBQ 1991

Bauer BBQ 1992

Bauer BBQ 1994

Bauer BBQ 1995

Bauer BBQ 1996 – Surprise BBQ when Rick almost gave up

Bauer BBQ 1998

Bauer BBQ 2001

Bauer BBQ 2002

Bauer BBQ 2003

Bauer BBQ 2005

Bauer BBQ 2006

Bauer BBQ 2007

Bauer BBQ 2008

Bauer BBQ 2009 – Last Bauer BBQ We’re Invited To On Air

Rick suprised by Bauer BBQ 1996

Information about the Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Scrapbook

Bauer BBQ Began

Why is the Bauer BBQ important?

What Makes a Bauer BBQ?

Bauer BBQ Locations

Video Greetings for Michelle at the Bauer BBQ 2014

Introduction and Awesome Michelle Quote

Kick Off 2014 with Manny Bauer BBQ Banner

Video Tribute to Bauer BBQs through the years

Soap Opera Jargon: Tradition

Bauer BBQ Episodes Available on DVD

When Did the Bauer BBQ Begin?

Traditions of the Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Food

Bauer BBQ Memories – Please share yours in the comments.

Bauer BBQ Collectibles

Springfield Insider Videos on Bauer BBQ 2009

Summary on the Bauer BBQ 2009

Bauer BBQ Speech 2009

Commentary on the Bauer BBQ 2009


Cast Group Photo

Cast Group Photo

Real Life Bauer BBQ

Real Life Bauer BBQ

Real Life Bauer BBQ 3

Reports from Real Life Bauer BBQ

Initial Report
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3 Part 1
Day 3 Part 2

Make Your Own Bauer BBQ

Bauer BBQ Meal

Tips for Photographing Fireworks

Bauer BBQ Recipes

Making Bauer Burgers

4th of July Header

Bauer BBQ Fanfic

Write Bauer BBQ Fanfic

Bauer BBQ 2017 by Robansuefarm (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)

Bauer BBQ 2014 by Robansuefarm (Chapter 1) (Chapter 2) (Chapter 3) (Chapter 4)

Bauer’s Fourth of July BBQ by SJ (Part 1) (Part 2)

Mindy Bauer Lewis tweets Bauer BBQ 2011

Passing Down the Hat (Part 1) (Part 2)

Roarah Standalone – Prelude to Love

What Matters Most (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)


Michelle and Rick Bauer BBQ 1987

Michelle and Rick Bauer BBQ 1987

Bauer BBQ Fanfic Highlights


Bauer BBQ Fanfic –  a selection of fanfic that has at least one chapter set at the Bauer BBQ

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.

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 3 Part 2

July 16, 2018


Bauer BBQ Banner

Bauer BBQ Banner


The last event was the Bauer BBQ. These comments are my own and don’t express the opinions of anyone else. It’s also fair to say that I went into this with high expectations. They were bouyed not only by what a big deal the Bauer BBQ was and by the fact that GL fans talk about hosting a version of the Bauer BBQ. I even hosted one myself. So I had lots of ideas. Also, it’s fair to point out that a lot of events suffer a sophmore slump. It isn’t the first year when you’re keyed up to make sure everything is right. It’s not after you’ve been doing things so long you can do it in your sleep. It’s sort of in the middle. I think it probably will be a better event this year — I wish I could be there. 😦

The nicest thing about it was that the actors were so happy to see each other.

Peter Simon (Ed Bauer) and Michael O'Leary (Rick Bauer) Hug

Peter Simon (Ed Bauer) and Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer) Hug

This was the best hug, but almost without exception they all were just delighted to see each other again. “Rick” was serving as host and did the welcome to the BBQ. He also mentioned in passing that Jerry verDorn had the inside scope on the history of the BBQ so I took a chance later to snag him later and got the information for my earlier post.

Michael O'Leary Greets Guests

Michael O’Leary Greets Guests

Next up they announced it was time to eat.

"Josh Lewis" Fills Up His Plate

“Josh Lewis” Fills Up His Plate

Here’s the meal.

BBQ Meal

BBQ Meal and Gift Bag

The area where the Bauer BBQ was held was a patio outside the hotel lobby. The area was divided by a brick half wall roughly 1/3 to 2/3. The actors and the people who run the event, they call themselves angels and wore blue shirts, were in the 1/3. Everyone else was in the 2/3. Non-actor participants were strongly encouraged to stay on their own side of the wall.

The Reserved Actor Area Behind the Wall

The Reserved Actor Area Behind the Wall

My Second Favorite Soap Couple EVER!

Now I’m sure what you want to know if a member of Manny, Paul Anthony Stewart, Joy Lenz, or Nancy St. Alban came. WELL ——- they didn’t.

However, while I was eating I suddenly stopped! I gasped and I just might have clapped my hands! Who came in the door, but HOPE BAUER SPAULDING! Manny is my all time favorite soap couple – ‘natch – but Hope Bauer and Alan Spaulding of Hope and Alan on the Island fame is my second favorite couple. It wasn’t REALLY Hope of course. It was her actress Elvera Roussel, but still HOPE! She was later than the other people and looked a little lost when she came in. I don’t think she knew quite what to do. I think she saw me react to her and she waved at me. I did get a chance to go over and talk to her before they got her in the actor area.

Me and Hope Bauer!!!!!!!

Me and Hope Bauer!!!!!!!

A Panel of Light

Next up they gathered everyone up in a row and had a panel discussion about the history of the show and the current situation on soaps. I was really surprised that several people expressed the opinion that General Hospital had really hamstrung Prospect Park and in doing so had torpedoed the best change yet of a traditional soap to break free of a network. This was really opposite to what soap twitter in general seemed to think so it gave me a lot to ponder. It was also really powerful to hear the fans finally get the chance to tell the actors how much the show and their characters meant to them.

Guiding Light Cast Members

Guiding Light Cast Members

Elvera Roussel (Hope Bauer Spaulding #7), Michelle Ray Smith (Ava Peralta), Michael O’Leary (Rick Bauer #5), Liz Keifer (Blake Thorpe Marler #5), Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler), Jennifer Roszell (Eleni Andros Cooper #3), Peter Simon (Ed Bauer #4), Robert Newman (Josh Lewis). Simon’s wife Courtney Sherman who he met when they played Scott and Kathy on Search for Tomorrow was also there. She went on to be a well respected soap writer.

Crowd For Panel

Crowd For Panel

After listening to the ear splitting karaoke on Friday night. They had major problems with the sound equipment so we had to gather up close.

Cast Close Up

Cast Close Up – They seemed to enjoy it

Cast Group Photo

Cast Group Photo

Trivia Contest

There was a trivia contest which I was really looking forward to, but I was kind of disappointed. I got a couple of the early questions right, but they questioned my answer whether Meta and Bill’s sister’s name was Gertrude aka Trudy. Now I have a thing about properly structured questions because of my background in education and these were very poorly organized. Let me give you an example, “What Bauer died in a mental institution?” They were looking for Hope’s mother, Julie Conrad Bauer. Now I know she did, but it never occurred to be you’d consider her a Bauer. I mean it would be exactly the same as asking what Spaulding was a cop, meaning Harley or what Spaulding was a romance writer, meaning Blake. All three women were briefly married into a family and Harley and Julie had kids within the family, but weren’t strongly connected like long term to be considered part of the group Blake was to the Marlers or Beth was to the Spauldings.

There were two guys who came from some place out east that I wish I had gotten a chance to talk to them because they really knew their stuff and somehow their brains must have worked the same as the people who wrote the questions because they nailed them all hard and fast. If I do get back to an event again I hope they are there.

"Ava Peralta"

“Ava Peralta”

And We Head to the Fireworks

Every Bauer BBQ episode ended with the fireworks. We didn’t have them, but sadly the Bauer BBQ was coming to an end. Slowly people began to drift off. I hung around pretty much as long as possible until the hotel employees started to stand there looking pointedly. I want to give a big shout out to Michelle Ray Smith (Ava Peralta). I must admit that I never cared for Ava. She messed with Sandy who I liked and broke up my beloved Cozzie just to give her something to do until they were ready for the Olivia is her mother storyline which they telegraphed from about Day 1. However, as a person she is delightful. She stayed there longer than anybody else and talked with the attendees as long as they wanted. She’s left acting, but she was utterly charming.

A couple of the actors moved to the lobby. Michael O’Leary was there and I got a chance to talk briefly to him in passing. Back when he was doing Steamboat, I did enough to promote that I won an hour phone call with him. It’s been some years ago, but he didn’t even seem to remember anything about the contest.

Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler) hung around too and he brought along his Emmy and for a donation you could get a photo with an Emmy. They are bigger and heavier than I thought it would be.

And sadly I headed off to bed, said goodbye to Elizabeth, and the next day flew home.

There were almost literal fireworks. Hurricane Nate’s remnants were rushing up the East Coast. I thought maybe I’d have trouble with the storm in Atlanta where I transferred, but the problem was actually there in New Jersey/New York. I was worrying I should have baid the extra and taken an earlier flight, but turns out I did the right thing. Earlier flights were cancelled, but mine went even through I was nervous. In fact they let one of the earlier flights that were scheduled to Atlanta about an hour and a half before leave like 5 minutes before us. It was the connecting flight in Atlanta that was a couple of hours late while the flight crew had to fly in to fly us out.

With a Jerry verDorn Emmy

With a Jerry verDorn Emmy

What They Didn’t Do

One of the features of the Bloss Bowling was that the stars divided so there was one with each team. I assumed they’d be split up among the tables which is pretty normal for this kind of event. They weren’t. As I mentioned I got shooed away from the one-third part of the patio and other people were too. So if they didn’t want to mix during eating what could they have done?

They could have had the actors do a pass to each table after they finished eating. They could have had the actors pass around and hit the tables or stand around the edge of the room and let the people pass. At another event I’ve done they set up the cast members for photos and then ran attendees in hit the mark took the photo got a digital copy and paid $25 for it. They could have done that.

If they didn’t want to take as much time as getting photos with attendees would take, they could of set up photos of the cast we could take. For one thing they could have picked a spot for the group photo that had a better background. In the post I did about the 2019 Bauer BBQ I used a photo from their website of “Rick” wearing the hat working the BBQ. How many got that shot? I got a version of “Rick’s” back and I don’t think anybody else even got that. How many wanted it? I’m guessing everyone who was there. Then they could have had “Ed” give “Rick” the hat. They could have had a Bauer family photo shot, a Ross and Blake couple shot, and I’m sure they could think of some more.

OR if they didn’t want to do anything extra with the actors they could have photo ops set up for attendees. Have a hat and an apron that said Bauer BBQ maybe with a Bauer Power Grill standee, have a firework backdrop, you could even have a contest where your took something – maybe homemade playdough so you could afford it – to see how many Bauer Burger patties you could shape in a minute. Stuff where we could take cool photos of each other.

And I’d have paid twice as much if Rick would have done the Bauer BBQ speech from the final year. Ed and Ross did them too. It wouldn’t be too hard to get transcript of them. I’d have done that myself if it would have helped.

Anyway from what people said who had been to both said they had a lot more detail work and cool things at the first one. I hope this one was just a somphmore slump and the future ones are great.

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.

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 3 Part 1

July 11, 2018

Day 3 of the Bauer BBQ event was the best. There was the Bloss Brunch, the Bauer BBQ, and quite unexpectedly got independent verification of the Bauer BBQ history my mother had told me.

A Blossful Event

Ross and Blake Marler

Ross and Blake Marler

The day started with the Bloss Brunch. The Daytime Stars and Strikes weekend had some changes to its schedule for 2017. It had started out life as an event called Bloss Bowling. Stars, at first just from Guiding Light, but later from other soaps too, would each captain a team. Fans could buy at ticket to watch or pay more to be on a team. This lead to a lot of good interactions for fans. However, as the event expanded to different events it got hard to transport fans back and forth to a bowling alley when the other events were all at the hotel. So they finally decided to faze it out and bring in other events that could be held in the hotel. Since Bloss was the start of the whole thing they wanted to make sure they still had their own special event. They introduced the Bloss Brunch to take that place in 2017.

Elizabeth and I were both really looking forward to this event and we arrived early. As in earlier than the people setting it up early. It was in a large conference room there at the hotel. I’m not sure how many people were there, but it was around 10. After the guests of honor arrived we still had to wait outside for awhile. When they did let us all in there was a really good pastry/fruit breakfast. I think you’d enjoy it.

Jerry verDorn (Ross Marler) and Liz Keifer (Blake Marler) sat at the head of the table. It was wide enough that both of them were along that edge. Elizabeth and me each scooped up the closest seats. A lot of the other fans that were there seemed less interested in Bloss and more interested in supporting the event as a whole. So we got to have a very interesting conversation on the history of Guiding Light and where the soap industry is going.

I Stepped into Springfield

Back on Day 1 of this report I told you that one of the reasons I wasn’t really into fan events as some people was that I knew the people I would be seeing the actors and while you can admire their work and actively support them, they really aren’t the family who come into your living room every day. That’s the characters and as disappointing as it is they don’t exist in this reality. So for reasons about my background I explained in my initial reaction posts I’m really not all that impressed to meet professional actors. To them it’s a job, it may be a cool job, but it’s just a job. So I really went into this experience thinking I’d get some cool photos of the actors, get to take part in the Bauer BBQ activities, maybe get some autographs (see below), and mostly talk to fellow fans. That was what I expected. That’s what happened at the Karaoke event on Friday night (except I got to sing 2 songs) and at the Venice event. That’s what I thought would go on this morning.

I was wrong.

At this event for just a couple of minutes there I really did somehow step through the TV screen and into the real Springfield. It was kind of surreal. I had seen verDorn and Keifer arrive no big deal, but when we came into the room and found them sitting there I walked towards the table. Do you know at the eye doctor when you are doing the part where they put the adjustable lens thing up to your face and the eye doctor turns a knob and suddenly one image turns into two images? Just before that your vision kind of contracts and blinks? That’s what mine did just for a second. It was like my mind couldn’t believe my eyes were working properly because this time they weren’t on a screen they were RIGHT THERE. I think it might have been that by the end their characters had become so like them, that it was like they WERE their characters – at least a little bit. This was the third event of the weekend, but somehow they seemed the most real. For a just a flash there while we were talking I honestly felt that somehow I had stepped through the TV and had some magical way ended up in Springfield. Oddly it felt really normal as well. I had heard them talk on the TV for years and often talked back to it (I tend to get a bit vocal when I watch – see my YouTube comments). Only this time they could hear me. It just was natural, but in a wild dichotomy it was also absolutely amazing.

Me and Bloss

Me and Bloss

After the vision snapped back into shape it didn’t do it again. But we were able to have a good conversation. We talked about historic plotlines and I will be quite unmodest and say they seemed impressed what I could remember. Then we talked about the current state of soaps. We talk about that a lot on soap twitter, but it was interesting to see what two people who worked in multiple soaps in the industry thought.


When I went I carried along a brand new autograph book. I wasn’t really sure how this would work and my previous experience with TV show based fan events were centered on autographs. Standing in line, having things signed, photos, props, clothing is normally a big part of this kind of event. I know that’s often true about soap events too. I often see photos, props, scripts, etc. covered with signatures. I kind of expected that to be true here. It wasn’t. There were some people asking for signatures on scripts they had for the Karaoke night, but that was about it. I didn’t get any autographs. I could have, but it wasn’t a big deal for me. I’ve got scripts and stuff signed by them already I picked up online. The main reason I brought the book is that if they’re running you through a line you sometimes get a minute or two extra to talk while they are signing. Still there really didn’t seem to be an atmosphere for getting autographs so if that’s important to you, this might not be the event for you.


One suggestion I would have is to look and see who’s coming and think ahead of time what you might want to ask the actors. I really didn’t do this. I don’t know why not after all the time I spent looking forward to it, but I didn’t. Now though I can think of things I wish I’d have asked when I had the chance. So think now and don’t be me….I guess that’s just the excuse I need to justify spending the money to go back, right? 🙂

Tune in Tomorrow for the Bauer BBQ itself.

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.

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 2

July 8, 2018

Remember when I said under the basics that it really didn’t feel like one unified event, more like a series of one-offs? Saturday defined this. Saturday morning Elizabeth and I took advantage of there being nothing on the agenda until mid-afternoon to sleep in which I don’t think is something that either of us normally get to do. I’d also like to take a minute and publicly thank Elizabeth. Having her be willing to split a room and just basically show be around and show me the ropes really helped make the event a really great time. Thanks, Elizabeth!

I’d also like to thank all the actors and actresses who took the time to come and participate with people. We had a couple of actors with transportation issues that caused them to be late or to cancel so I know it was a bother. I’m very glad they came and both the actors and the fans helped raise a lot of money for the American Autism Association.


Other than Elizabeth and Candice  and the actors I didn’t have permission to use other people’s names and so I haven’t used them.


What to Wear

Elizabeth and I had different philosophies about what to wear. If you are at one of the events, look for the sharpest dresser in the room and that’s Elizabeth. Those who have looked at my old lighthouse collecting posts will see that I added t-shirts. I had a collection of 4 or 5 Guiding Light t-shirts and when else would you wear them? So I took along my Guiding Light t-shirt collection and that’s what I wore.

Most attendees didn’t do either of these things. They wore sort of the dressy end of summer casual. Most wore something along the lines of nice shorts and pull over tops, etc. But it was a mix so you probably would be fine whatever you wore.

3 t-shirts with Guiding Light logos

Some of my Guiding Light t-shirts (forgive the wrinkles)

Smile You’re on Camera

One of my other interests is Disney and a big part of going to Disney parks is getting your photo taken with the various characters. As people do that so much they’re really big on getting nice photos which means not just standing there and smiling, but having some interaction that can be in the photo. Looking like they’re laughing with you or singing with you or whatever. A picture of you and a character/actor/somebody famous just standing there smiling is, let’s face it, dull. So I tried to get some of the actors to do something like that in my photos with them. For all of them being actors and should know how to improv it was a totally foreign concept to them. Even though the size of the crowd would have totally been small enough to have time to do something like that they seem to have only done the smile, step in, click, step out version. So that’s probably all you’re going to get too. Props to Hillary B. Smith who gave it a go even though I don’t think she really understood the kind of thing I was talking about either. Maybe I need to work on my explanation before I try again.

Hillary B. Smith

Hillary B. Smith interogating me as Margo Hughes

I mean honestly which of these photos would you rather have?

Formal With HIllary B. Smith

Formal With HIllary B. Smith

Unscheduled Time

After we got up we decided to explore the area around the hotel. This is when I would have had some dine around sign ups or something. You could even set it up online ahead of time. A dine around is where you have lists of restaurants for people involved in an event and you sign up by restaurant to eat with other members of the group. They are a lot of fun.

We did run into some other Star & Strikers, but it could easily not have happened. One of the best things about the event was talking to other fans. I wish there could have done something to encourage more of that.

An Afternoon in Venice

In the afternoon was a Venice event with Crystal Chappell  (Olivia Spencer) and Hillary B. Smith (Margo Hughes #2 on As the World Turns). This was the one event I hesitated getting a ticket for. I haven’t ever seen Venice and although I appreciate the hard work Chappel and crew have put in basically inventing a new branch of the industry, it’s not anything I have an emotional attachment to. However, I did like Hillary B. Smith‘s version of Margo Hughes on As the World Turns – hers was my 2nd favorite Margo so I was very glad to get to see her and she was willing to give my photo idea a go.

I also want to stop and say I was amazed watching Chappell work the room. It was just masterful. I mean you could tell that was what she was doing, but I’ve never seen anybody in person as well in person. I was really blown away and honestly gift bag, fan conversations, and “Margo” aside, it would have been worth the price of the ticket just to watch that. I wish I could do it as well.

Another big plus that I went was that I met Candice  of . She’s the one who organized the Guiding Light 75th Anniversary brunch. I was very glad to meet her in person and so pleased that she said she read my blog. I ran into a couple of other people who recognized the blog name too. Everyone I talked to who knew it, enjoyed it I’m pleased to report.

Michael O’Leary also briefly stopped by.

Hillary B. Smith, Michael O'Leary, Crystal Chappell

Hillary B. Smith, Michael O’Leary, Crystal Chappell

I Gave My Regards to Broadway

When two of the other Strikers found out I’d never been to New York City they invited Elizabeth and me to join them at a restaurant where they had a reservation that they were able to stretch from 2 to 4. Elizabeth had very cleverly found out about the New Jersey Transit Authority buses to get into the city without paying any tolls when you go borough to borough. There was a bus stop on the far side of the mall block and down a block or so. You had to get to the far side of the hotels and then down about another block. Ask at the hotel for directions.

At the bus stop they had a ticket machine that took credit cards. The bus came and I was totally blown away. I was expecting the kind of bus that looked like the inside of subway cars on TV, instead we got a tour bus, a KNEELING tour bus (hydralics keep the bus so high that it’s set up for the front to go down to make the steps close to the ground). It was immaculately cleaned and taken care of. I didn’t have any idea anything that good would ever be used as a city bus, but they had a whole fleet of them.

New York City from the Bus

New York City from the Bus

The difficult part was making your way through the Port Authority building, getting your bearings coming out of it and then finding where you wanted to go when you came back. Elizabeth had mastered this on her first trip to New Jersey and she did a great job. We got to the restaurant in a brownstone.

Me on steps of a genuine New York City brownstone

Me on steps of a genuine New York City brownstone

They recommended ordering something with bread because New York bread tastes unique, but I wasn’t hungry enough to eat a big meal so I just had salad. I’m sorry I missed it and honestly I should have asked for some bread with it. I’d also like to apologize again to my copatriots because since klutzy seemed to be my theme this trip, I managed to spill my water glass all over the table causing a lot of trouble for my friends and the waitstaff. Honestly I’ve never done that before or since. I’m sorry.

42nd Street Sign

42nd Street Sign

On to the restaurant and back – with a detour to Times Square we saw streets from movie/musical fame like 42nd Street and Broadway.

Broadway Street Sign

Broadway Street Sign

And finally got to the heart of Times Square, although I didn’t see the George M. Cohan statue which I always wanted to, we got to see lots of Broadway theaters with marquees labeled with stars names.


In Times Square

In Times Square

Here is what surprised me about New York City. No offense to people who live there or love and understanding I just saw this section of NYC, but honestly the place stunk of urine and garbage. We used to have a hog confinment that would incorporate their waste on the field across from our house. — I would rather smell that a couple of times a year than this all the time. I expected NYC to be full of people, but it was even busier than I thought it would be, State Fair in front of the beer tent on Saturday night busy. I felt a little sick looking at the cars not even inch but milimeter forward. I kept thinking if you had to get an ambulance or fire truck through here (my brother is on the volunteer fire department so I think things like that) there would be NO WAY. I mean even if you saw them and wanted to move over there is literally no place to go. It often looked like some cartoon supervillan had frozen the cars mid-turn even. However, I heard a lot more excuse me, thank you, pardon me than I expected from always hearing that New Yorkers in public are rude, but I have been told that might have been because I was in a tourist heavy area. I also discovered that I put my arms akimbo with my hands on my lower back when I’m just waiting a lot more than I realized I did because people were constantly running into them as I waited. So I have to be careful about that. The buildings were shorter than I expected too. Apparently the whole place isn’t skyscrapers after all. 🙂 Finally I learned that tourist trap gift shops look the same even in the big city.

Anyway I’m very glad I got to go. It was a really interesting experience and if you get to go to the Bauer BBQ, plan on heading into the city just to say that you did. That you to everyone who came with me.

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.

Prep Day

July 5, 2018

Since Matt had claimed the Bauer garage apartment, the gang of kids were all staying at Manny’s Laurel Falls house the night before the 4th. It had been a busy, noisy day. They had broken up into groups. Clarissa had been playing with Mickey. Michelle was sitting on the floor by the couch surrounded by the rest of the pack of kids. They were watching Mikey crawling around the floor. Danny walked into the room. (Note: I’m not sure that the timing of this story fits development wise, but it works well for the story so swallow if you need to.)

“What’s going on in here?” He cocked his eyebrow at the group.

Little Billy jumped up and down, “We’re having a baby race!”

Dani interrupted, “Lily isn’t a baby anymore!”

“Close enough! We’re racing Mikey and Lily and see who can crawl to the end of the couch first!”

“Lily will always win because she’s a girl.”

“She’s bigger.”

“You just said she’s a baby.”

“Cut that out.” Danny reached down and picked up Mickey. “I don’t think I want my son…”

“OUR son….,” Michelle cut in.

“OUR son to be raced like a horse.”

Hope giggled, “Daddy is afraid of horses. He didn’t want me to have riding lessons.” (Note: See A Typical House fanfic)

Dani turned on her sister. “Daddy isn’t afraid of anything!”

Danny told his children, “There are some things that it makes sense to be afraid of, but while Daddy and Mommy are around to take care of you, you don’t need to be afraid of anything. Daddy will take care of you.” He repeated to Mikey making baby faces, “Daddy will take care of you, yes, Daddy will take care of you.”

Mikey looked at him, smiled, tilted his head, and said, “Da-da.”

Danny looked with wonder at his son and then his wife who had jumped up beside him. “What did you say, Mikey? Say that again.”

Danny tried to get him to say it again. “Da-da. Say that again Da-da. Da-da.”

Mikey chewed his fist and then laughed. Then while everybody held their breath to listen he said, “Da-da.”

Everybody cheered and clapped.

*****Commercial Break*****

Meanwhile Robbie had taken Sarah outside to walk over to the falls.

“Robbie, are you sure it’s OK we’re out here? Your dad is always so strict about knowing where you are.”

“That happens when two of your kids have been kidnapped. He’s just worried about us. Over protective…but I wouldn’t bring you out here if I didn’t think it was safe.”

“I know you wouldn’t. I trust you.”

Robbie smiled shyly and “You know my folks built the house here because when Mom was a little girl Grandma Maureen used to bring her here. She used to dream of a handsome prince coming to marry her and then my Dad did. They got married here – twice. They dreamed of building a house here and they finally did when they moved back from California.”

“That’s very romantic…..Do you miss California ever?”

“No, I’m glad we moved back here. Springfield is special. I’m glad to be back here with family ….and if I we hadn’t moved back I wouldn’t have met you.”

“I’m glad you moved back.”

Robbie took Sarah’s hand and turned her to face him. Slowly, softly, sweetly, he leaned in and kissed her on the lips.

Just then Clarissa came running down from the house to tell Robbie the good news about Mikey saying his first word. At the sight of Rorah kissing her face fell, and blindly she ran back to the house. She found Michelle choking back the tears she said, “Please take me home. I just want to go home.”

Michelle hugged her. “Sure, honey, I’ll take you home.” She cast troubled eyes at Danny. Who shrugged puzzled. “Go on, take her home. I’ve got this.”

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.

Real Life Bauer BBQ 2017 Day 1

July 4, 2018

My family has long been Guiding Light fans, but honestly none of my relatives are really traveling to fandom events type people. I do way more of that than they do, but honestly Guiding Light was always such a basic part of our lives that it literally never occurred to me that I could go to a fan event.

Not Meeting the Characters

Even after Daytime Stars and Strikes became big and I thought I might want to go it wasn’t really a priority. I knew that if I went I would only be meeting the actors when who I WANTED to meet were the characters who sadly you can’t meet.

BUT then they announced they were having a REAL Bauer BBQ! There was no way I was going to miss that. I missed the first one – which I’m sorry it sounds like it was cooler – because I had a schedule conflict, but I was definitely going to be there for the second one.

Plane with a Skyramp

Changing Planes in Atlanta

Getting There

I hadn’t ever flown by myself anywhere. So honestly I was hesitant about going because of that too. I ended up flying into the Newark Airport. I recommend doing that. It was a reasonable size and was just down the road from the hotel. It was an easy straight shot. Be sure to have your camera ready coming in you circle around to see the Statue of Liberty and the big skyscrapers in Manhattan. I learned on this trip that they actually make you pay a toll to drive between boroughs that you have to pay if you take a taxi, car service, or lift service. You don’t have to if you take a bus so if you are going to go into or out of the city, strongly consider a bus.

The hotel said that the estimated costs of a taxi and a car service were the same. I’ve always seen people take car services on TV and the movies, so I decided to take one. I even decided to spring the extra for him to have my name on a sign, but it didn’t really work out. I wouldn’t pay the extra another time. It really worked well though other than the point of initial pick up.

Road with power line and large office buildings across the water.

Driving in From Newark Airport, See NYC across the water

Residence Inn

The hotel was nice. The rooms were all double. They had a regular bed and the sofa converted into a second. There was basically a full kitchen with plates, glasses, etc. and one bathroom. There is a small pool and a business center computer in the lobby. There are a couple of other hotels right there, several good restaurants including a Starbucks, and assorted stores all within very easy walking distance. It was a nice place to stay. If you’re looking to save money see if you can find someone to share a room, there is definitely enough room, but understand you’ll either have to share a king bed or one of you will have to use the pull-out.

I was meeting my friend Elizabeth of Guiding Light Central. We met at the room, but had to request a different room because the air conditioning wasn’t working. Do a quick look around to make sure the room is OK before you start moving things around. We had supper at the restaurant with the outdoor seating right across from the backdoor of the hotel.

Event Basics

Even after I got the tickets I still kind of thought of it as one big weekend, but it really was more of a series of events without anything – not even a hospitality area – between events. So know that in your planning. I bought tickets to all the events basically since I was coming anyway and if you’re coming from a distance, unless you have something else to do, you’ll want to do all of the events.

At each event you checked in and got a gift bag. There were all sorts of good, unique stuff for give away – mostly photos but other stuff too. Each and every bag is unique and frankly super, duper cool! You want a bag for each event. I really don’t understand how they still have such good stuff this many years after the show was cancelled. If anybody wants to share scans of what they get, I’d love it! That’s a big advantage to staying on site. After you get checked in and get your bracelet style ticket you can come and go as you please so you can go dump your stuff without having to worry about it.

Although there was an auction on the schedule it really just sort of spilled over all the events. It was the least formal auction I’ve ever seen. They started and stopped kind of randomly and rules seemed to change with very little notice, so if there is something you want ask about it early, stay on your toes, and hope.

And take LOTS of photos. I thought I was, but when I tried to find images for these reports I was surprised what I didn’t have.

Sing it for Autism Karaoke Event

Karaoke Set Up

Karaoke Set Up

The Karaoke was in outdoor patio area of the hotel. It was unseasonably hot and they still had the fire on. We were literally sweating. I asked and FINALLY (like 20 minutes later) they did manage to get it shut off. If it is unseasonably warm again – speak up! In previous years there were other stars. Last year it was Robert Newman (Josh Lewis) and Lauren B. Martin (Camille Bennett on As the World Turns). The karaoke guy came in with several big books of possible song titles. You can also ask if he has them because not all the songs he had listed. The system was incredibly loud and even after Newman specifically asked him to turn it down twice, he didn’t. I was especially interested in what had happened to Martin because she looked so different. Honestly Camille was one of my favorite characters ATWT characters even though I must admit I didn’t know her actor’s name and I truly didn’t recognize her until I searched her name online to confirm it. Apparently she’d been involved in a car hitting her walking accident and that had lead to some health issues. She still had the same beautiful smile. I recognized that OK (which is why I searched) and she was super, super nice. I should also mention that Newman for the second time (the first time was on a podcast) listened politely when I told him I had never really gotten over Josh destroying Morgan and Kelly. He even seemed pleased that a story he had worked on had stuck with me for so long.

Lauren B. Martin at Karaoke

Lauren B. Martin “Camille Bennett” at Karaoke

Both stars sang separately and talked a little bit. In between songs you could talk to them. People could sign up to sing. There were few enough people that I signed up twice (“Cheap Seats” and “I Feel Lucky”). It was a much smaller group than I expected and also almost everyone seemed to know each other. I think I might have been the only first timer. They were very friendly, but be aware that’s what to expect.

Robert Newman "Josh Lewis" at Karaoke

Robert Newman “Josh Lewis” at Karaoke

Apparently when it had started it had been a much bigger event. Recognizing it needed some revitalization. They had been going to move the date and location of this event. It was supposed to be in the spring 2018 and at a place downtown to make it easier for performers to get there, but it must have fallen through. I had a really good time.

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.


Previously on Guiding Light

July 4, 2018

Since last year’s Bauer BBQ:

Again there are other stories going on and I’m sure your favorite characters have a juicy one – please write it and share – but these are the ones that will be touched on at the BBQ this year.

Last BBQ people were concerned about how controlling Danny was being towards Michelle, but we discovered that he was just being overprotective because Michelle was pregnant. Christmas 2017 Michelle had Michael Ross Santos at the Bauer Cabin. Since she had been born at the Bauer cabin too, Clarissa was chosen as Mikey’s godmother. Rick is the godfather (another child connection and another child that Rick had that Mindy didn’t). Clarissa had taken her job seriously and had spent a lot of time babysitting. Robbie and Clarissa were getting closer just from spending time together. A month ago she made a move and kissed Robbie. He kissed her back, but then broke it off and said he wanted to just stay friends for now.

Beth had hosted an art auction as a fund raiser for the Lizzie Spaulding Cancer Foundation. One of the paintings was from the Spaulding attic. It featured a painting of a lighthouse. A woman with black hair pulled into a tight bun named Obrecht was after the painting. After a lot of excitement we learned that Alan’s father Brandon had gotten ahold of a map showing where the Germans hid the famous Amber Room. He had hidden it in the canvas of the painting. Eventually it all came out, but the expert that the FBI had brought in to confirm the find had stolen it instead, refusing to let it be returned to the “criminal government” of Russia. He’s still out there and with him probably the last chance to recover a masterpiece.

Vanessa and Billy were on the outs because he’d suggested she retire from WSPR. She took that to mean both that she was old and that she should give up on Dinah. They talked it out and Vanessa promised to think about it. Since then she SEMI-retired and after some wrangling with other contenders. Kat Speakes Frazier had gotten the job of station manager. Originally it was supposed to be a short term position while her husband Paul and the boys stayed in Chicago, but now Kat wants to stay in Springfield, will her husband follow her or not?

Matt and his wife Joni, Maureen’s old drama teacher, were separated, but reconnected. They renewed their vows in a destination wedding at the Chicago Skydeck (courtesy of a partnership with Choose Chicago – their tourism bureau). They had a tour around Chicago honeymoon. In the same episode Kat and her husband Paul had a fight in front of the Chicago “bean” aka Cloud Gate.

Rocky Cooper has made a big hit with Towers. He’s still closest with Lucy, but has grown closer to Frank and has become very protective with Frankie and Hank even though he doesn’t trust Marina. None of that means he’s given up on his plan to destroy his father. It’s been slow going, but the hatred is still there and he’s still determined.

TPTB totally dropped the promising romance between Jason Marler and Molly Spaulding…. Gotcha ya! No TIIC here and the romance is developing right along. And while Jason Marler has still been struggling to find a new plan for his life and Molly has been struggling to redefine her relationship with her father as an adult they have been growing closer. They’ve been meeting at Laurel Falls with Michelle’s full knowledge and consent, but without their parents’s knowledge. If there’s anything Michelle knows about is falling in love with someone your family doesn’t approve of.

Kevin has been mostly off screen this last year. He has worked with Rick on research, but we haven’t seen him very much while he was off at college. There are rumors he’s coming on contract – will he?

Rick and Annie Dutton’s son Matt Wilson moved into the Bauer Garage Apartment. He and Rick have slowly been building a relationship. However, Matt has only given Mindy a cold shoulder. Rick suddenly having another child has been hard on Mindy particularly because this son doesn’t want anything to do with her. It’s also been hard on Jude as Rick is making extra efforts to make up from never having been a part of Matt’s life, Jude feels that he should be getting that sort of attention since Harley had taken him away to Greece. Mindy hoped that with Harley still out of the country that Jude would turn to her for parental support, but Mindy has leaned on her relationship with Rusty and Jude hostilely suspects she is getting ready to cheat on his dad.

After the November food fight at Towers Cyrus and Marina continued to finish the project they were on. They were more circumspect and formal in their relationship trying to avoid being alone together. They each have worked on reconnecting with their respective spouses, but the pull is still there.

Like other couples, other years Blake and Frank are finding themselves at odds going into the BBQ. Although they’ve been living together in a new house with a yard and raising Frankie as a team, they’ve never married. Lately Frank has been talking about marriage more and more, but Blake is resistant.

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