I first started watching OLTL back in the '70's when Vickie was married to Joe (tells my age, but I was a teenager). A couple of times I stopped for a while due to working/school. But I had to stop for GOOD when they started that time travel crap (wasn't it Bo and lightening at the fence?). That gave the city of Eterna fiasco a run for its money!
It's just not been the same for me since. Just how many times can a person be impregnated and not know who the father is, get run over, get kidnapped, brought back from the dead, discover you have a child you don't remember, etc.? Over Christmas, I turned it on with my fingers crossed...and there were John, Natalie, Jessica, Todd, Blaire, etc., all having the same conversations (it seemed) from when I saw them six months earlier.
In fact, I'd watch reruns of the older OLTL's if they were on.