My Stories

May 28, 2016

Every Friday night I try to post another term of Soap Opera Jargon. Find more on the soap opera jargon page.

My Stories aka The Stories – To some extent “my stories” is just another synonym for soap operas, but there is more to how the phrases are typically used. Soap fans usually don’t watch every soap. “My stories” are the soap operas that are the particular soaps that are your main focus, most often the ones that were passed down in your family or the ones you’ve watched from the first episode. These are the soap towns where we feel we are part of the community. The characters from these shows are the ones we talk about as if they were relatives. For example, I’ve watched Passions, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital, but they will never be my stories the way Guiding Light and As the World Turns are.

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.

A Soft Place To Land Chapter 26 Part 1

May 27, 2016

Republisher’s Note: We’re still sharing the Manny parts of the Marony fanfic.

A Soft Place To Land Chapter 26 Part 1

Danny shrugged, “I got a text at the crack of dawn saying you weren’t coming into work today.  I get another text asking for me to taking you pick up Marah’s car at, of all places, the damn Roadhouse.  So I am guessing this is a story that make take time and time is one thing we don’t have this morning.  I have to go visit Carmen, then go into the office.”

Tony turned surprised eyes to his cousin, “Visiting Carmen?  What for man!?  She’s in a coma and hasn’t made any improvement in years.  Not to mention she tried to kill you.  She tried to kill your wife, a couple of times actually.  So I think she doesn’t need to remain of the Christmas card list if you get what I’m saying.”

Danny sighed.  It wasn’t the first time someone had asked that question, and it wouldn’t be the last.  “I don’t do it for her benefit, I do it for my own.  So that when I have to meet my maker I can say that even though my mother was a vile creature who made my life hell I got something beautiful out of it.  I am married to the love of my life, we have four kids who are healthy…”

Tony quickly held out a hand, “Four kids?”

Danny smiled but didn’t take his eyes off the road, “Michelle is pregnant again.”

“Wow man that’s great!” Tony lightly slapped Danny’s shoulder so he didn’t cause an accident, “Congratulations man!  But could you please have a boy?  Between Hope, Danielle, and Lanie we are going to have our hands full keeping them away from the dreaded male sex, I don’t know if we could handle another girl.”

Danny chuckled as he pulled into the Roadhouse parking lot, “We are the Santos family, we can take anything life throws at us.”  He pulled alongside Marah’s car and put the car in park.  Turning towards Tony he lifted his eyebrows in question, “So are you going to tell me what happened with Marah or are you going to stall some more?”

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A Soft Place To Land Chapter 19

May 24, 2016

Republisher’s Note: We’re continuing to repost the Manny sections of the Marony story A Soft Place to Land. I’m not doing all the chapters just the Manny part.

A Soft Place To Land Chapter 19

“Knock knock.”

Danny looked up from going over paperwork to see Michelle standing in his doorway.  He threw the pen down and moved around the desk towards his wife, “Best sight I’ve seen all day.”

Michelle laughed as she handed over the white bag she carried, “Arroz con pollo as requested dear husband.”

Danny gave Michelle a smacking kiss, “You are too good to me, you know that?”

“And don’t you forget it!”  Michelle closed the door and moved further into the office, “So where is Tony?  I peeked in to see if he wanted to join us but the light was off in his office.”

“He actually has a lunch date with Marah.” Danny sat behind his desk and opened the white paper bag.  The aromas alone wafting up from the takeout box made his mouth water. He looked up from the delicious delicacy his wife had brought him and noticed she hadn’t sat down with him.  “Aren’t you going to join me?  I just might have enough here for me to share.”

Michelle shook her head and smiled, “I already ate.”

“You should have told me that before I asked if you wanted to join me for lunch.”

Placing her hand on the shiny desk top Michelle leaned forward suggestively, “Maybe I just wanted to see your handsome face.”

Food be damned. Danny had another hunger that was much more pressing.  Moving the food to the floor he stood and bracketed Michelle hips in his hands, “Did you lock the door?”

Michelle reached up and began undoing the buttons on Danny’s shirt, “But of course.  Though Tony being called to his own lunch date worked perfectly into my wicked plans for you.”

Danny smiled lecherously as he pulled her in for a kiss, “So devious wife.”

“I learn from the best.”

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Helen Wagner’s Last Interview – Working with Irna Phillips Described

May 22, 2016

Helen Wagner (Nancy Hughes of As the World Turns, Trudy Bauer of Guiding Light) gives a last interview.

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This was the final interview with Helen Wagner. Wagner played Trudy Bauer (Meta’s little sister – the one she was visiting in Nova Scotia when Meta was last heard from on air) on Guiding Light before taking on what the Guinness Book of World Records cited role as Nancy Hughes (longest time playing a single role by any actor).

Nancy Hughes was the matriarch of the show and had the very first line on the show. “Good morning, Chris.” She is also known in the non-soap world for being in the scene just before they cut away to press coverage of the Kennedy assassination. Nancy was the wife of one of two patriarchs on the show lawyer Chris Hughes. She had edges in the beginning, but smoothed out over the years. Her final big storyline was when her second husband suffered through dementia. After that she became everyone’s grandma and…

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FAQ: Why use jargon?

May 21, 2016

Revisiting soap operas and jargon.

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One of the things reported in my site states are terms entered on to search engines that lead people to my site. I often wish I had a way to contact people because I want to make sure their question is answered. Sometimes I answer these questions in hopes that will look again. For instance I’ve posted about H.B.’s pick up truck from the finale and answered a question about the existence of a Bauer living room. I’m answering another question today, but as I read it could mean two different things, so  I’m answering both.

1.       Why do soaps us jargon terms from various professions in their dialogue?

As perceived reality has increased on primetime shows, soaps feel the pressure of dialogue expectations to also “be real.” One way they do this is by using jargon from professions. However, this can cause problems. Sometimes the actors don’t understand the…

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A Soft Place To Land Chapter 12

May 20, 2016

Republisher’s Note: We continue to post the Manny selections from the Marony fanfic “A Soft Place to Land.” I’m not doing every chapter. Good news. This time we got a little Roarah story.

A Soft Place To Land Chapter 12

Marah held her side she had been laughing so hard.  After Michelle and her had scarfed down Buzz’s famous burgers and fries Michelle had shared some tales from the “Santos Zoo” as she called it.  From the sounds of things Michelle and Danny had three precocious children that kept them on their toes.  It was also clear that Michelle loved every minute of her chaotic life.  Her smile was megawatt as she told a story about Robbie’s continuous courting of Sarah Randall, who Marah also learned was her niece.

“That boy has done it all to woo that girl.  Last year he let the air out of her bike tires just so he could walk her home.”  Michelle smiled as she thought about her son’s ingenuity.  He had to have gotten it from his father that’s for sure. “And when he came home that afternoon he had this scared look on his face.  Guess your brother Jonathan gave him the evil eye and told him that Sarah wasn’t dating until she was at least thirty.”

“Guess Robbie didn’t like that answer.”

“No.  But he won’t give up.  I swear he plots out new ways to woo her on a daily basis.”

“Got to love his persistence”, Marah went to the fridge to grab the iced tea pitcher to fill their glasses, “Aren’t you worried about him getting so serious so young?”

Michelle waved off Marah’s concerns, “Robbie was born serious.  Once he sets his sights on something he won’t stop until he gets it.  He’s like his father that way.” She smiled coyly at Marah, “I think all the Santos men are born that way.”

Marah sat back down and sighed, “I try Michelle.  I try so hard.  I look through the photo albums, I listen to the stories, but I still can’t remember.  Even worse is that every morning Tony looks at me with hope, hope that some spark of a memory has surfaced and every day I have to watch as that hope is snuffed out.

Michelle reached across the table and held her friend’s hand in comfort, “I know the feeling.  The pressure to remember when you just can’t.  And all I can tell you is that it will happen when it’s supposed to happen…..”

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Michelle Name Drops During her testimony

May 19, 2016
Michelle Testifying for Danny

Michelle Testifying for Danny

Michelle drops the name Jose Marti during her testimony. Marti is the one actual name dropped during Michelle’s testimony to the beauty and richness of Cuban culture, that no matter what people in Springfield think there was more to Cuba than Castro and the mob.

See Michelle’s testimony here:

Jose Marti, Revolutionary and Poet

Jose Marti (Work also found under Martí y Peréz, José Julián; Martí, José Julián) was an essayist and poet in addition to leading Cuban’s independence movement and is considered the father of Cuban independence from Spain’s colonial rule. His Manifesto de Montecristi outlined the goals and “rules of war” for the rebellion. Despite falling fairly early in the war, which lasted from 1895-1898, his influence continued to be felt. This is the war that featured the explosion of the USS Maine (of “Remember the Maine!” fame). That incident brought the United States into the war on the side of the revolutionary movement and helped defeat Spain. Sadly instead of working at building up Cuba with its own democratic government the United States stepped in as a new colonial power. The ramification of that terrible decision are still felt today.
Today Marti is generally considered one of the greatest authors from anywhere in South America. His first poem was published by a newspaper when he was only 16 and his life included attending a university in Spain, marrying a fellow Cuban exile (named Carmen), and moving all around Latin America in hopes of raising an army to fight for freedom in Cuba before he did just that. He packed a lot into his all too short life, January 28, 1853 – May 19, 1895.

What They Read

Since Michelle specifically mentions poetry and reading to each other, I’m thinking maybe this is the book they read of his poetry in Spanish and English. I could picture them reading to each other out of this and it came out in the late 1990s. Check out Marti’s words in this or other titles.

Major Sources

These two were the major sources I used in writing this, but they do require a log in.

Cuba, War of Independence Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture Ed. Jay Kinsbruner and Erick D. Langer. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2008. p709-711. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale, Cengage Learning

“Jose Marti.” Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 May 2016.

For Some Free Information

Also, find some examples of his poetry here:

Scroll down to the second part of this article for more on Marti’s effect today:

Find a more in depth biography:

Recently I came across this list of books about Cuba and Cuban culture, you may enjoy reading to drive Michelle’s point home more fully.

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.

A Soft Place To Land Chapter 11

May 19, 2016

Republisher’s Note: We continue our Manny highlights from the Marony fanfic “A Soft Place to Land.” We’re not doing the whole fanfic or every chapter, just the Manny highlights. In the story Marah is married to Tony, but suffering from amnesia.

A Soft Place To Land Chapter 11

Standing at the kitchen sink Michelle nearly jumped a foot in the air when Danny’s arms came around her from behind.  But that momentary fear was replaced by a whole different feeling when her husband lowered his head to nuzzle her neck.  Danny always knew how to get to her. “I never thought doing dishes was sexy, but you may change my mind of that Mr. Santos.”

“Hmm.” Danny breathed in his wife’s scent.  Her signature floral perfume and Apples from the dishwashing soap.  But it didn’t matter what she smelled like, it was the woman underneath all of that which called to him.  And he answered, every time. “Everything you do is sexy, Michelle.”  He kissed the side of her neck since he knew that was the spot that got her toes tingling.  And with a slight slap on her backside he went to go get his morning cup of coffee.  “So what are your plans for the day?”

Michelle dried off her hands with a dish towel and turned to face her husband who was sitting at the table perusing the front page of the paper, “Well the clinic is closed today so I thought I may stop by and see Marah today.  I have been trying to give her time to heal but she probably needs someone to talk to.”  Michelle paused as she thought back to her own time spent in the shadows.  Uncertain about her past and the pressure she felt to be who everyone kept telling her she was.  “Do you ever wonder?”

Danny looked up at his wife and smiled, “Wonder what?”

Moving over to the table Michelle sat by Danny and looking at his handsome face wondered ton herself how she could have ever forgotten what they had together.  But she continued, “Wonder what would have happened if I never remembered who I was.  What we had.”

Danny pursed his lips as he thought about his wife’s inquiry.  “Oh I’d probably be miserable.  Be with someone who didn’t get my heart racing just by washing the breakfast dishes.”

Michelle smiled wryly, “Of course you would be miserable without me.  No one else would put up with those ratty boxers like I do.”

Danny leaned forward and kissed his wife gently, “I would be miserable because it’s you, Michelle.  Even when we didn’t make any sense to anyone else in this town we made sense to each other.”  He kissed her again before going back to reading the paper.

Michelle smiled at her husband’s gushy remarks. “You say all the sweetest things.”  She paused again before looking at Danny, “Do you think they’ll find a way?”

Knowing she was talking about Tony and Marah he set the paper down and turned towards her, holding her soft hands in his.  He hated when she got that look in her eye, the look that said that she was remembering when she couldn’t remember, when they were apart.  The look didn’t happen often but since Marah’s accident they had become more frequent. “I hope so, for both their sakes.  But even if they don’t find their way back to each other we did and nothing is going to tear us apart again.”

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Abby’s Cochlear Implant

May 18, 2016

Rabby On ScreenIf you have watching the Manny story, you know about Abby Blume Bauer and her important role on the show. Right before the bomb in the church sequence Abby gets cochlear implants (which is actually a huge story that sadly doesn’t make the highlight clips). Right after they get turned on Rabby (Rick and Abby) go across the street to Company and so go with Michelle and Danny to the church so Abby can hear the bomb and save them all.

This storyline was written in after the actress got the procedure in real life. I didn’t know anything about the operation, but one day I said to my mom, “What’s going on with Abby? She’s suddenly talking so much clearer?” What had happened was she had the operation and could now hear herself and other people so it impacted how she spoke.

I hadn’t found this sequence, even though it must have already been online when I did the bomb in the church sequence, but it’s such an important scene, even though this is a short clip, I wanted to share it now and add it to the episode guide.

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.

A Soft Place To Land Chapters 8 and 9

May 18, 2016

First 2 quick bits of Chapter 8, both of them Danny says to Tony:

“Now there is the new Santos way, which thankfully doesn’t include threats of jail time every three months.  Less hazardous to our health.”

“Well there is no better way to say this but I have decided to run for mayor of Springfield in the upcoming election.”

Now on to a truly great bit in Chapter 9.

A Soft Place To Land Chapter 9

Danny let himself in the back door and stopped dead in his tracks at the sight before him.  Michelle was bent over taking something for dinner out of the oven and although he knew his stomach was in need of food he liked this sight better.

Hard to believe that after all these years, and three kids, that his wife still had the ability to take his breath away.  Not to mention she had some great, um, assets he enjoyed immensely.  Danny leaned against the door jamb and just watched her.

Her hands encased in oven mitts Michelle turned with the casserole to greet her husband and seeing the expression on her face she smiled saucily, “Why Mr. Santos what has that look on your face?  See something you like?”

Danny placed his briefcase beside the door and went to wife, gathering her close after she put the casserole on the kitchen island, “Well Mrs. Santos ‘like’ is just too tame a word for what I see.  I love every single inch of what I see.”  He moved his hands towards the object of his earlier fascination, “But what I was just thinking is that you look fantastic in these jeans.”

Michelle playfully slapped his chest, “You are such a sweet talker husband.  And I will show my undying appreciation later tonight, but for now grab some plates before the horde swoops in ready for their dinner.”  Michelle moved around the kitchen and gathered the silverware, “So how was work?  Did you talk to Tony?”

Danny sighed and went to grab the plates like she asked, “I did.  I could tell I threw him through a loop.  And I know he and Marah are going through a lot right now, but I held off as long as I could to tell him.”

Michelle nodded as she helped set the table alongside her husband, “You did the right thing honey.  Besides it was better that you tell him yourself instead of Tony finding out in tomorrow’s Journal.”

“At least this time I won’t have Jeffery ruining all the good that can be accomplished.”

Michelle walked up and gathered her husband in her arms, “Mayor Danny Santos has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?”

Danny tightened his own arms around his wife and smiled, “It certainly does.”

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