I started watching soaps in high school as a means of escape.
It was a way of pretending that I was popular, that I made the cheerleading squad and that the cute trombone player in the band was my boyfriend.
In reality, I was a band nerd, playing my French horn in the marching band during football games instead of leading the cheers in those much-coveted saddle shoes. And that cute trombone player; you guessed it; he didn’t give me the time of day.
So I’d come home from high school, turn on the soaps and pretend that I was Erika Kane – that bitchy, scheming, beautiful siren who always got the guy.
Fast forward 30-plus years later and I am still watching the soaps to escape – but for different reasons.
Much of my job is reporting on topics that are complicated, serious – and sometimes downright sad.
So after work, with the help of TIVO and SOAPnet, I decompress by escaping into fictional towns like Llanview and Port Charles.
I always loved soaps, but I wouldn’t call it an addiction – that is until Kara suggested we attend Super Soap Weekend in 2005.
Kara and I are very different. For one thing, she’s kinda quiet and well, let’s just say I burst out of my shell after high school.
That first SSW was beyond our greatest expectations. It fueled my interest (although my husband uses the term obsession) in attending other fan events and actor encounters. More about those later.
Kara and I are gearing up for our third SSW in November. For me, meeting the actors behind the fictional characters brings a whole new dimension to soap watching. Going to fan events is the ultimate escapism and it’s a way for me to be a bit wacky and far away from my very serious job.
I have Kara to thank for that.
So although I started watching to escape the dreaded high-school blues, soap watching these days is fueled by my friendship with Kara, actor encounters and the advent of the internet, which allows us to share our experiences with other soap lovers.
So how about you?
How did you get pulled into the addicting world of soaps?

2 thoughts on “Blame the trombone player

  1. Joyce
    August 24, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Congrats on the new blog, Michele and Kara! I fell into the soaps after getting hired for my first newspaper job. All My Kids and OLTL were the only things on while I’d be getting ready for the 3-midnight shift … never thought I’d get hooked but I was for a couple of years. Have fun! I’ll be reading.

  2. Sheri
    August 24, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    I started watching GH when I was hmmmmmmmmm????!!! maybe 9 years old????!!! (yes probably not great for a nine year old but hey!! everyone was watching!! :)) My mom and I would watch together!! (side not I have the COOLEST mom ever!! We are the BEST of friends!! Maybe GH is what kept us so close all these years!!! hahahahahah!!!! We would make sure to be somewhere were there was a tv at 3:00!!Luke and Laura had run away and I was hooked!!!! Who could forget the adventures and the wedding!!! I remember my mom and I SCREAMING when Scotty caught the bouqet!!!! He is still causing trouble now!! Another side note!! 🙂 LOVE the Lulu and Logan thing!!! LOVE IT! I have watched ever since!!!
    Right now I love like I said the Lulu& logan stuff also LOVE Jason and Elizabeth!!! LOTS of Chemistry!!! ok I could really go on and on but I am not very good at Gramar or Spelling BUT I love GH!!!! 🙂