Okay, in 1982, Dak-Ho was in an accident. I took the day shift at the hospital, his parents the night and Toni and Sumner took the weekends. Maggie was in throughout.
I note this because I was in front of the TV in his room from sunrise to sunset week days.
And back then, I could start the morning, as I remember it, with The Edge of Night (ABC), then flip to The Doctors (NBC), then catch half of The Young & The Restless (we called it "The Hot & The Horny"), flip over to catch 30 minutes (all) of Ryan's Hope, watch All My Children and flip, during the commercials, to Days of Our Lives and maybe As The World Turns, watch One Life to Life (Judith Light was Karen Wolek back then) and maybe flip to NBC's Another World and some of Search for Tomorrow (CBS), watch General Hospital and flip during commercials to Guiding Light and Texas. (And I may have then watched Edge of Night but I feel like the morning's started that way.)
Today, I was struck wondering, "What the hell happened?"
I woke up at 8:00 this morning, still sick, grabbed my pillow and blanket and tossed them on the couch, went to the kitchen and grabbed the box of Lucky Charms and then joined my pillow and blanket on the couch. I dozed off quickly. Woke up in time for The Young and the Restless (CBS) which I watched in and out of sleep, then? Days of Our Lives and . . .
Look, I knew All My Children got the axe but I didn't know it was this bad.
CBS only has Young & Restless and Bold and The Beautiful. ABC only has One Life To Live and General Hospital. NBC only has Days Of Our Lives.
You really can't build ratings as a network with only one or two soaps. They compliment and one will always have you pissed off -- as in, "I can't believe they broke up . . ." -- so you need the others to keep pulling the audience in.
I don't care for 'reality' TV and I hate the chat and chews. So what the hell am I supposed to watch when I'm sick?
I was all prepared to see what Nikki was up to on Y&R. She's been on forever and thankfully that show's still on. I remember when Nikki was a stripper and sleeping with Cash (male stripper), that's how far back I go. And how Y&R had lousy lighting because they'd use shadows to disguise the fact that they didn't have a set budget. I remember when Vanessa, alone on her balconey, staged a loud argument with Lori and then tossed herself over to frame Lori for her murder.
Guiding Light? That was Dak-Ho's favorite. And while he was out of it (coma) after the accident, I would frequently tell him, "If you open your eyes, we'll stay on Guiding Light and not go to General Hospital. Nola's on. You love Nola. Looks like she's going to steal Kelly from Morgan today. Open your eyes and we'll watch."
I had so many fond memories and thought today would be a self-indulgent day of kleenex and soaps. I brought the cold, the networks failed to bring the soaps. I really can't believe what passes for daytime TV. It's been destroyed as badly as Saturday cartoons.
I ended up watching something called Antenna TV which is nothing but old shows and old movies. And I was fine with that. They showed a Matt Helm movie at one point (Dean Martin as a spy.) I fell asleep lamenting the lack of soap operas.
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