Monday, August 30, 2010

Like sands through the hour glass

This summer, the Roo-girl has developed a fondness for soap operas -- "General Hospital" in particular.
She finds it hilarious that, in my youth, I also was addicted to the hijinks of the denizens of Port Charles, as well as the folks of Pine Valley's "All My Children."

So Roo has made it her business to re-hook me on her soap, offering play-by-play and background information as we watched several days' work of "GH" reruns on the Soap Network on Sunday.

It's not working particularly, since there's very little of MY "Hospital" characters and plot lines remaining, and all the mob stuff is a little off-topic for a soap, in my opinion.

But it has been yet another opportunity for mother-daughter time, which of course I grab every chance I get.

And so it was that we were watching the Soap Network when some weird commercial/episode'ish thing came on.


It's called "What If" and seems to be a meeting of two characters from two separate ABC soaps -- in this case it was from Blair Cramer of "One Life to Live" and Tad Martin of "All My Children."

I was barely paying attention until the visual and the audio finally clicked in my head.


The Tad Martin dude on the TV screen looked like this:


Excuse me, but this guy? This guy has gray hair.

Now, back when I was young and watched "All My Children," Tad Martin was an orphan who was dumped in Pine Valley and was adopted by the Martin family.

AND HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD.

Can I say it again? This guy has GRAY HAIR!!!!!!

When I told Roo that MY Tad Martin was 10 years old or, at the most, a teenager or young adult, she burst into hysterical laughter.

"Oh. My. GAWD. MOM!!!" she gasped. "Do you feel old now?"

Yep. I totally fart dust.

Crossposted at Mid-Century Modern Moms

12 comments:

Indigo said...

In our defense (yep our), they tend to make kids in soap opera's grow up overnight. One day they're newborn, the next week they're toddling around. By the following year they're starting kindergarten already. (Hugs)Indigo

LceeL said...

Yeah. It's like the kid on "Ghost Whisperer". One season he's born. the next season he', like, SIX!

Fart dust, eh? Hmmm. Maybe that explains all the dust in my bedroom - I swear that's the dustiest room in the house. Not that YOU'VE been there - it's just that I'm older than you and ... oh nevermind.

Roger said...

if it makes you feel any better, I'm sure that the actor playing the ten year old was at least twelve. :-)

The Captain's Daughter said...

I feel the same way you do!

I've been watching GH & Y&R since I was 13 years old, (1979)! GH was the only thing that came on after school on the, "American" television (AFN) stations during the years my dad was stationed in Germany. I remember hearing my mom hum the theme song to her favorite, "Story", Love is a Many Spendid things as a young (3-4 years old!) child when we lived in the states. She also watched The Edge of Night!

Any way... In terms of GH, I've always wondered why Lila had to die, (on screen) while her husband, Edward Quartermaine keeps being recycled by new, older looking but younger actors. By my account, Edward would have to be 150 years old by now!

A couple of weeks ago Cricket Blair, (Lauralee Bell) returned to the The Young & the Restless (my fav) after many years away and although her face isn't as firm and glowing as I remembered it being 15 years ago, she's holding up well. But the REAL fun came when they pulled a flash-back to 1982, during a scene where she and BFF, Nina were fighting to find out where Nina's (stolen) baby was taken and I saw Christine (Cricket) as she was back then - Totally geeked out, with Frizzy brown hair, (she went blond shortly after that and stayed blond and chic-looking, as you would expect the daughter of the show's creator to be) and she was wearing those HUGE, round, dark framed glasses we all wore in the early 80's.

Why was this so funny to me? Because at 14-15, I thought she was THE girl to look like!

It was a GREAT moment, believe me! Better than the one that followed, which was... Damn! Are we really this old?

Too fun!

The Captain's Daughter said...

I feel the same way you do!

I've been watching GH & Y&R since I was 13 years old, (1979)! GH was the only thing that came on after school on the, "American" television (AFN) stations during the years my dad was stationed in Germany. I remember hearing my mom hum the theme song to her favorite, "Story", Love is a Many Spendid things as a young (3-4 years old!) child when we lived in the states. She also watched The Edge of Night!

Any way... In terms of GH, I've always wondered why Lila had to die, (on screen) while her husband, Edward Quartermaine keeps being recycled by new, older looking but younger actors. By my account, Edward would have to be 150 years old by now!

A couple of weeks ago Cricket Blair, (Lauralee Bell) returned to the The Young & the Restless (my fav) after many years away and although her face isn't as firm and glowing as I remembered it being 15 years ago, she's holding up well. But the REAL fun came when they pulled a flash-back to 1982, during a scene where she and BFF, Nina were fighting to find out where Nina's (stolen) baby was taken and I saw Christine (Cricket) as she was back then - Totally geeked out, with Frizzy brown hair, (she went blond shortly after that and stayed blond and chic-looking, as you would expect the daughter of the show's creator to be) and she was wearing those HUGE, round, dark framed glasses we all wore in the early 80's.

Why was this so funny to me? Because at 14-15, I thought she was THE girl to look like!

It was a GREAT moment, believe me! Better than the one that followed, which was... Damn! Are we really this old?

Too fun!

Tara R. said...

When I was in college, I had friends who scheduled day classes around All My Children so they didn't miss an episode I remember the Tad and Dixie story line. I'm old enough to fart dust too.

HalfAsstic.com said...

I know exactly what you mean! AMC was the only soap I watched for many, many years and I swear! Tad's hair got grey almost over night. And his weight fluctuates a good deal as well.
I don't watch them anymore, but it's always amusing to flip by the channel and see how everyone is changing.

Suzanne said...

Yeah, that.

I caught AMC on SoapNet a couple years back (my husband is a devotee of ABC soaps, I stopped watching years ago) and also was stunned when Tad had gray hair!

When I first saw 'Tad the Cad', the big thing was that Liza Colby was going to steal him away from Dixie Cooney.

Now I think he's got grandkids. Ouch.

Sarah said...

LOL! I feel totally old when I see the picture used by Comcast for Days of Our Lives that is a 'cast' photo and because it's the 'younger' cast I have no clue what ANY character on it is.

Not to mention that my favorite soap of my youth is long since cancelled (Another World)...and I still remember it fondly, and still remember the final episode. *sigh*

Flipfloppingmamma said...

Well MY Tad Martin is in his 20's and getting married to Dixie somebody.

I ran across One Life to Live a while back and couldn't beleive all the OLD men on there. haha!!! They were MY heart throbs.

Kaytabug said...

BWAHAHAHAHA! You totally fart dust?! Too funny!!!

I grew up watching GH with my Grandma. I had an on again off again relationship with that soap up until 3 years ago. I had to quit cold turkey. It's just not the same anymore.

Pamela said...

fart dust... bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ha ha

okay. I have to admit I remember the orphan TAD, too.

 
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