Hi! (waves vigorously) Finally! A chapter! Pretty cool, huh? On a
more serious note, it’s been ages since the last college chapter.
That’s really a shame, but at least the deficiency has been fixed
Because there is only one household to follow, there is no
Goldberg & Silent Lady episode this time around. I hope you aren’t
too disappointed. Also, partway through the rotation I changed my
picture-taking technique, so some of the pictures are not as high
quality as others. For these deficiencies, I apologize.
And now, without any further ado, let’s join our story, which is
Already in Progress…
Skye was the first of our three Teens to make the transition to
Young Adult. She actually aged into her face well, with less
’splodey-face syndrome than either Jo or Cecil exhibited. (happily)
Aren’t genetics interesting?
The clothes, though, have to go.
You may have noticed Bryan in the midst of his own set of
sparklies in the last picture. Apparently, his custom hair doesn’t
transition nicely, since this was the result. Oddly enough, I rather
like the look on him. I may let him keep it generally, although I
think that he needs a top that isn’t purple. Fortunately, there are
plenty of other colors available.
Was this look popular in 2004 or something? I don’t remember it,
but nobody would ever mistake me for a fashionista…
Tamara ended up with an outfit and hairdo that absolutely screams
“TOWNIE!” and that will be changed as soon as is humanly
Seriously, I played some other households after sending the college
crew to college, and when Tamara showed up on the same
community lots, I though “Huh, that’s weird. That townie
randomly has the same name as one of my Sims!”
So a trip to the clothing store is definitely in order.
First, though, everyone had to claim dorm rooms. They’re all in
Gilbert Hall, and their rooms are all nice and close to each other.
BRYAN: What? I wanted a lot of windows. I didn’t know that
would leave you with the small room!
There’s a fair amount of money in the household: both Tamara and
Skye earned the Sim City Scholar’s Grant, and Bryan earned both
that and the Tsang Footwork Award.
They can afford plenty of decent clothing, is my point.
I know I’ve mentioned before that my campus has a lot of
doppelgangers. I’ve been making over the ones that come within
my reach using the makeover chair, but it still isn’t enough to help
me tell them apart. However, I recently downloaded christianlov’s
Sim Boutique Clothingrack, and here is the proof that it works: this
is a cc outfit, and no self-respecting dormie would have generated
It looks like this self-respecting dormie doesn’t like it, either, but
that’s just too darn bad.
With the Sim Boutique Clothingrack and the makeover chair, the
Uni crew -- mostly Bryan -- have been busy differentiating the
Bryan’s not very good at it.
Bryan’s not the world’s most successful Pop Sim, either. I have
decided to try playing according to my Sim’s Wants this time
through, instead of simply forcing them to get good grades. It does
make things more interesting, I suppose. Anyway, Bryan has
basically autonomously permalocked the Want to Be Friends With
Colby, but every time I send him over to talk to the guy, Colby
goes to class. Or starts talking to someone else. Or goes to the
bathroom. This was a rare success… and then Colby went to class.
I suspect that the main motivator for wanting to be friends is the
For the two semesters of Freshman year, the main interesting
things happening were all about Skye. I was initially hoping that
she would end up liking this guy, but nope -- negative chemistry.
(I have my reasons for wanting her to like him. They are very
She was attractive to certain of the ladies, but since ladies are not
attractive to her, that didn’t work out all that well.
Skye paid top dollar for a nice matchmaker date because she is a
Pleasure Sim and wants fifty of them if at all possible. She ended
up with Venkat Jalowitz, whose portrait you can see on the date
meter there. Notice that you can’t see him anywhere in the actual
room, because no sooner had the matchmaker introduced him then
he disappeared into the dorm.
Since I couldn’t find Mr. Jalowitz using normal methods, I went
into Buy Mode, which lets you actually see into dorm rooms. And
there he was in Colby’s room, with Colby, headed straight for the
Skye was eventually able to retrieve Mr. Jalowitz, but the date
never got above “Okay” and he refused a hug at the end. Skye was
somewhat less than devastated. Mr. Jalowitz was Date #4, and
Skye’s next mini-goal is Five First Dates, so it’s all good.
See the stylish young lady back there in the maroon jacket and the
That very stylish young lady is Tamara. The boots were a must,
naturally, and the hairstyle (Maxis-matched by amylu1988) was
one of the few that didn’t make her look like the spitting image of
her mother. Tamara keeps rolling up Wants to study, preferably
with someone else.
DON SCOTT THE DORMIE: Say, do you know how much torque
you apply to a nine millimeter adjustable spanner when you’re at
After finishing her studies, Tamara rolled the Want to Throw a
Party. (happily) I love the way this game will throw stuff at you,
even after seven years!
Tamara strongly approved of Don Scott the dormie, and I approve
of the match.
Skye vetted him, and seemed to approve as well. (Fortunately,
Skye has zero bolts with Don. Having best friends fight over a
dormie would be Not Cool.)
Everything was going swimmingly, until at the end of freshman
year, I made a mistake.
I allowed Skye to have Date #5.
SKYE: I’d like a date, please!
MATCHMAKER: (in mystic tones) Cross my palm with silver, and
I will provide you with your perfect match. (normally) For today,
anyhow. And for a limited definition of “perfect.”
SKYE: I don’t have any silver. Would you accept folding bills
MATCHMAKER: Oh, absolutely! I take anything except
And Skye got Professor Creepy here.
SKYE: Gee, are you really supposed to be dating students? I
thought that was against the rules.
PROFESSOR WHO SHOULD REALLY KNOW BETTER
(disgustedly): Oh great, another one who’s read the handbook.
Skye ended the date and said goodbye, and I thought that the
professor left the lot. I quit the game, and came back later, only to
find that Professor Questionable was still on the lot.
Even worse, everywhere Professor Sleazebag walked, he appeared
to leave a trail of invisible objects. All of a sudden, dormies were
stealing invisible gnomes, playing with unseen remote control cars,
dancing to incorporeal stereos that all played the salsa station and
that could not be picked up and deleted. I used the Stuck Objects
Remover from MATY and… well, you can see the results.
Nobody could get the professor to leave the lot -- any time they
tried to Say Goodbye or Ask Him To Just Leave, Already! the
action dropped out of their queue.
Then there was this fellow. When they moved into the dorm, his
name was Blake and Skye had two bolts with him. (That’s actually
why I took this picture: it was supposed to be Tamara vetting Blake
just like Skye vetted Don.) After Professor Skeevy, his name was
something that wasn’t Blake, and Skye only had one bolt with him.
Blake was still in the phone book, and could be called over, but
somehow the one that was living in the dorm was switched.
As you may recall, the last rebuild left my Uni full of
doppelgangers, so having two Sims that look exactly the same is
not necessarily a danger sign.
But swapped dormies, glitched professors, invisible stereos, and
some other symptoms have convinced me that this ’hood is on the
verge of exploding. I’ve had the jagged-lines gossip thing for a bit
now, in the main ’hood, there’s a Sim who has the option to call the
Social Bunny on the phone, and before I restored from backup I
had kids taken by the Social Worker who then were not
I did lose a food in the switch from Hobbes (who could handle
Happy Holiday Stuff) to Novo (who refuses to acknowledge its
existence). I also tried putting in Rebecah’s animated farm animals
and then pulled them from the game six months before we found
out that was a Bad Idea. I knew a rebuild was going to be
necessary, I just didn’t think it would be this soon.
Naturally, the first thing I did after realizing that I couldn’t get rid
of Professor Glitchypants was move the crew to another dorm.
I’m sure you’ll understand that I didn’t feel much like documenting
things for a little while. It does feel sort of pointless when you
know that whatever you do for these Sims now won’t actually
matter, since after they graduate, you’ll be playing their clones in a
clone of the ’hood.
Although if you want to be strictly accurate, the clones won’t show
up instantly after graduation. I think Sandersville will hold together
long enough for me to finish the rotation, and they’ll go home
partway through that. So I let them finish up Uni and gain skill
points, which I will restore to the clones using one method or
But I did resort to speed three a lot. And for the first time ever, I
played according to the Want my Sims were rolling up rather than
what would earn them a 4.0.
Pleasure Sim Skye almost never Wanted to earn a skill point. She
steadfastly refused to Want to write a term paper, and only rarely
chose to do her homework, although she went to class without
complaint. She declined to pick a major, and was shunted into
Wearing her jammies at all times, playing darts or chess, and slap-
dancing to the stereo in the upstairs lounge, though? Count her in!
Skye did not pick anyone specific to go out with, and I was not
inclined to give Skye any additional matchmaker dates, especially
since I will have to start her LTW of Fifty First Dates over again.
Tamara, being a Knowledge Sim, had no problems with choosing
her major: Mathematics. She cheerfully rolled up Wants to Write
Term Papers and Go To Class and Do Some Homework Now,
Please. Make Dean’s List was autonomously perma-locked until
first semester senior year, when it was replaced by Graduate With
Once in a new dorm, Tamara appeared to lose all interest in poor
Don Scott. But if she had to go to bed before she finished her
homework, the first thing she’d do in the morning was go finish it.
Bryan chose to major in Drama, and I have to say that it was pretty
apropos. He did manage to make friends with Colby, and ended up
on fairly friendly terms with multiple dormies in the new hall.
This unfortunate fellow was not one of them. I have no idea why
Bryan took a dislike to him, but take a dislike he did. Their every
encounter ended with person-person minus-minuses flying left and
Like his mother, Bryan rolled one or two Wants a semester for
learning new skills or doing homework, generally the minimum of
what was needed to fully open the progress bar.
The second half of senior year still did not bring Twu Wuv, or even
any crushes. The gang finished up clases and graduated
I do admit to forcing Skye to earn one skill point she didn’t want
to, just so she wouldn’t go on academic probation. I couldn’t face
an extra semester of Uni.
Tamara graduated Summa Cum Laude, with an A+ average. Skye
and Bryan both managed C+ averages.
The girls did pretty well in the Clothing Transition Lottery.
Bryan… not so much. He’s not a member of the Brotherhood at all,
let alone a full brother!
Please accept my apology for such a rushed chapter. You will see
our Uni crew again (briefly) in the next Already in Progress
chapter before the rebuild. After that… (conspiratorially) you’ll
just have to wait and see!
Until next time, Happy Simming!