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Monday, March 10, 2008

As the World Turns for the Young & Restless

Any soap opera fans out there? My Mom watched several as I grew up and to this day I still watch Young and the Restless and Bold and Beautiful. In fact, I have watched Young and Restless since it started back in the mid-70s when I was a tender teen.

When I was in the Air Force, I missed a lot of it, but my Mom always sent me the soap synopsis from the newspaper.

Some people scoff at soaps and say they are stupid, and if I glimpse one I don't watch, I think the same thing. But not for the ones I watch. And when you've watched them for a time, you know all the characters and want to see what happens next. It's not like a favorite prime time show that goes off the air and you then miss. Soaps go on year after year. Having TiVo makes things easy, because I can zip quickly through the shows whenever I want.

And when you think of it, we've all seen things happen in REAL life that rival any soap. So, tell us a story from your life that is soap-worthy. We know Dragon terrorized Nashville with his motorcycle "gang" in his much-younger years. Pam was a band chick. So tell us a soap story!

Now on to pets: There's a dog on Young and Restless that makes a regular appearance, Zapato, a yellow lab. There's also been a doberman recently on Bold and Beautiful, but it's been used to scare a character and I don't like that. However, I think soaps should have more pets. Better yet, show characters going to shelters to adopt. The send messages about other social issues, why not animal welfare?

Our recent saga with the Golden Huggs pups that were rescued from Waverly was a soap opera of its own.

The two pictures on the bottom are Bruiser at his foster home with Brigette. He had a nice visit with a black dog named Charly. His pending adoption is not final, so I can't let the cat out of the bag. The two top pictures are of CJ with her new dog brother and one checking out the resident kitty cat. The cat looks nervous :)

C.J. is doing great in her new home. Her new Mom Angela says: "CJ is doing so well. She cuddles with her brother (a golden named Louis) and they sleep like that. She is 98 percent house trained with a few accidents in between.We love her very much. She is a joy to have."

Will keep you posted on the continuing soap! What shall we name it: Golden Days of Our Lives? :)

posted by Sandy at 3/10/2008 11:13:00 AM


Blogger dragon said...

Sandy, Sandy, Sandy, Sandy. Tsk, tsk, tsk. The phrase “terrorized Nashville with his motorcycle gang” brings to mind pictures of the Hell’s Angels at Altamont. Crazed, doped out lunatics looking for trouble. That, my dear woman, was not the case. We merely looked the part, but we weren’t the part. Yes, I did have a 1956 chopped Harley Davidson with a dagger on the sissy bar. Yes, I did have long hair. Yes, I did wear the ratty ole blue jean jacket with the patch on the back. And yes, the people I ran with mostly had Harleys also. But, we were just a bunch of fun loving, adventure seeking, good hearted, semi dope crazed guys looking to pick up chicks. We were just out in the elements, enjoying the wind and the freedom, and the perks that came with hot bikes. Of course, we didn’t call them chicks or babes, but this is a family blog after all, so I can’t go there.

Just to give you a few examples of our civic minded community activist selves while in my “gang”. For instance, we would never pass a stranded motorist broken down on the side of the road. We always stopped to offer assistance. We changed numerous flat tires on the sides of interstates and country roads. There were many occasions of motorists that ran out of gas. We would offer gas that we had with us, and on more than one occasion, I personally went to the next station up the road, bought a gas can, filled it, and took it back to the stranded car. We never took a penny from anyone that we stopped to help.

I still carry this tradition to this day. Only a few weeks ago I was leaving Wendy’s on a cold, rainy day when a damsel in distress had a flat tire in the parking lot. A “yuppie” had stopped to help her, and I’m pretty sure she could have done it better by herself. I got my big golf umbrella out of my car, handed it to the damsel, and took over. All in a lunch hour’s work.

While we are correcting your mis-interpretations, Sandy, let me point out that my much younger sister Pam was NOT a “band chick”. Pam was a musician, not some groupie chick chasing the guys in the band. She was IN the band, and the one being chased. I don’t want any readers here to get the wrong impression of my sweet virtuous sister, Pam.

Now, on the subject of soaps. I was a huge, devoted, avid fan of a soap opera. In fact, I had my work schedule shifted around so that I could see my soap (this is the pre-TIVO days, Sandy). And, even when I went to work, the only topic of conversation was the soap, and what had happened that day on the soap. I was such a fanatical fan that I named both of my children after characters on this soap. Luckily for me, the ex didn’t realize that until it was too late to change it.

Monday, March 10, 2008 8:45:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Soap---well, I remember Momma used to watch "The Secret Storm" and "the Edge of Night". I got hooked on "Guiding Light" during the 70's. "All In The Family" used to come on at 2:30--and I turned it on too early. There was blind girl named Eve who was in an apartment that was on fire, and this guy named Adam was trying to save her. Well, I was hooked--I had to find out if the blind girl got out! I stayed with it thru the classic "Roger thorpe and Holly" kidnapping story line. But it gave way to other things later on--like Gilligan

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 7:48:00 AM  
Blogger tina said...

the last episode for my part will be tomorrow night when i transfer baby to glenda. love these updates but happy the soap opera for us is ending-and relieved too! wish the new families best of luck with their sweet puppies!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:17:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

I got caught up in the Soaps during the summer days when school was out. One grandmother watched, "As the World Turns" and the other watched "Days of our Lives"

I kept up with “As the World Turns” (Ah, Dr. Bob and Kim) for about 25 years and also picked up on “Guiding Light” (Ah, Josh and Reva) while in Germany. Hey, when you live in a country where you only get one American Speaking TV channel, (AFN) you watch what ever is on! I watched them both until we moved into this house. Then I had 2 and half acres and other things that needed my attention so I stopped watching them both cold turkey! I flip through and find them on occasionally and it is funny to see some of the people still on with practically the same story lines! LOL...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Ops, forgot to say love seeing the pups in their new homes!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 10:22:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Dragon, Dragon, Dragon. I didn't not say Pam was a band groupie, I said she was a band chick. A chick who is in a band can be called a band chick. However, I am sorry if I ruffled any Dragon scales.

And if I remember correctly, it was YOU who said you "terrorized" Nashville in a biker "gang" when we were playing that Truth game. Am I right pet people?

Dragon, what soap did you watch? My dad always made fun of my mom for watching soaps. Then he retired, was home and got hooked BIG time on Young and Restless. They had to plan their activities around it (days before VCR) so he wouldn't miss it. He was worse than my mom about it.

One day I asked him to let me know what happened, as I was going out before the show was on. When I came home, he had EVERY detail written out on notebook paper. Victor said," blah, blah, blah..." Nickie said, "blah, blah, blah. "

When he was on his deathbed in the hosptial, he was out of it, but kept asking what was happening. Now that's a "die" hard fan!

And where are your soap stories? I'm sure you all have some story of your life that is soap worthy? I'll think on mine and post it later!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Tina, I forgot to post BABY's update. I've been mostly updating on Bruiser and CJ and I know Baby will be leaving Thursday. A home has been approved for her. This is what Deb says about them:

"I went and met the most wonderful family in CT. They have always loved their dogs like their 2 children. One in college, one in high school they are a true to form dog family.

"The last dog they rescued came to them so abused at 6 months her jaw had been broken and left like that. The only way they would have been able to fix it would have been to rebreak it. The vet indicated to them it didn't hurt her, so they left it. After a couple of years she developed hepatitis. It was never known how or why, but it cost them $300.00 a month for her medication, every month for the next 6 years.

"She had separation anxiety in the beginning and they came home once to find the recliner open and pushed to the middle of the living room, the entire foot rest part shredded.

"Luckily for Abby the husband works nights, the Mom works days, the dog was never left alone again.
Ed & I left there knowing baby will be loved, cared for and will continue to thrive."

Tina, I know you had a stressful time with all the pups and didn't expect such an ordeal. You are a true angel! You had told me that you had considered being a foster home for the Humane Society. I hope you still consider it. They lost about five of their foster homes, which means they can't save as many dogs because there is no place to put them.

Think of it this way: After six sick puppies, one healthy adult dog will seem like a breeze! I hope you think on it!

I plan to foster in the future when I don't have as manay dogs and if The Boss will agree. The problem there is I work nights, so he'd be on his own with the foster from the time he came home until he went to bed 5 nights a week. I don't know if he'd go for it!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

What sweet photos and they all look happy even though the cat looks a little unsure of what to think.
My dear brother , aaaawwww, thank you so much for taking up for me! You know I will always do the same for you!It is so good knowing I have you to look out for me. You are such a sweetheart and I am so proud of you for being the good guy that you are. You might have some fire breathing going on but your precious heart is truly tender and sweet and I'm thankful to have you in my life! I'm glad that you didn't inherit all of Daddy's wilder traits too even though you got most of them,ha. Daddy did have a tender heart too so glad that part got passed down. Aren't we lucky to have each other?
Sandy as for my band days I'm afraid I can't tell anything or it would be censored,ha, just kidding, we were a mild group even though we played wilder hard music. Well the last band I was in was the mildest group that is. Can't say that for the previous ones so much,ha.
On the Soaps, my Mother watched As The World Turns when I was just 10 years old and during the summer I sometimes watched a show with her so to this day I am still a fan. And Skeeter, Dr. Bob and Kim are still there and the icons of the show. Oh even better, Dr. Bob's Mother Namcy is still there and gets around great, she's a tough old lady. I also watched Guilding Light with Mom then too and still watch that. When we first got to Germany the TV didn't come on untill 12:00 noon and for the first two hours you watched whatever had been on the night before on the only American channel we had, AFN. After we had been there a couple of months it started coming on at 9:00a.m. but you still had to watch what was on the night before for two hours. We had one soap opera and that was General Hospital but it was a month behind. A friend of mine had a sister who took the Soap Opera Digest and she sent it so we would get all excited about the stoylines that would be coming for us to see, it was fun anticpating it all. I had to give that show up after Luke and Laura left the show and it came on at the same time as Guiding Llight, well I did have to choose and so went with the better storyline at the time, been with it since.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 5:20:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I'll be thinking on a story to share.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 5:21:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

Yeah- I haven't seen Alice in awhile--Nessa hasn't been blogging either. Maybe when the weather finally warms up we can all come out of our own little shelters and have a summer get together. Jeremy just bought a new camera that does good video. I'll see if he will post something. Just remember, I can't promise the house will be clean in the videos -LOL.
For those of you I didn't tell, I have a job for another five years as we got the contract and I got a nice raise to boot. But the work is still tedious and I am still dealing with folks who don't want to do their jobs so that I can do mine. Unfortunately, they are all attorneys, and they look down their noses at the rest of us.
Four years ago today I was lying in the emergency room with my ruptured appendix. That was the beginning for my four month nightmare of two hospital stays, the big cut, and being laid up in bed for two months recovering from paratenitis (SP?)But God got me thru, and here I am! Another year older and deeper in debt! HAHA

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 12:50:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

Roger and Holly, yes those were the days. I loved GL and General Hospital too. I remember as a young lassie rushing home and lying on the floor in front of the TV to watch the latest escapades of Luke and Laura. Remember when Port Charles was going to be frozen or something like that?

Now I am dreadfully hooked to Desperate Housewives. I have been nauseus every Sunday night since the writers strike. I am desperate for some housewives. My kids and pets don't give me enough drama hah!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 1:41:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Yes B,
Where is Alice, Nessa and others?

Hi Omalley, good to see you again. How are the eyes coming along? I had forgotten about General Hospital but picked that one up in Germany also as it was the Soap that came on in the middle of the world turning and Light shining! Armed Forces Network, Loved having it while in Germany but am glad to be without it now! One channel does not compare to the many we now have. I still like to watch commercials too as I missed them while in Germany. Some one use to tape the Super Bowl commercials and send them to our friend in the mail… LOL…

We watched the first two seasons of Desperate Housewife's then it got a bit too out there for us so we dropped it. The only thing in a series we watch now would be Las Vegas or Boston Legal...

Hey B, the Saint got me a new camera also! An early Birthday present since I will be under the knife the day before my special day! Arggg, the tonsils are coming out and that will be a big ouch week for me… Anyway, love the new camera and it has a nice zoom too! I had one video to share with yall but it would not download for some reason. Then I realized it did not tape as I did not push the button all the way down. Duh factor on my part but I am a producer in training here! It was a perfect video that I am sure Sheba will never repeat for me…

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:16:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

You guys go check out Tina's Garden blog today. She has a great picture of her son with the last Golden puppy, Baby. CUTE!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2008 2:27:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I saw it! It's adorable.

Saturday, March 15, 2008 8:35:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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