Hello! Welcome back to Ruth’s (un)Officially Wacky BoolpropChallenge, the only challenge where you are both entertained andeducated about popular Victorian operettas! There’s not much inthe way of education this time around, but I hope that you are atleast reasonably entertained.You may recall that last time around we only had a new baby and aspate of birthdays in the extended family. Well, that’s what you getwhen you have a lull between setting up Plots. Hopefully onceBaby C is born and the heir poll is concluded there will be moreexcitement. (Er, pretend that picture up there is not, in fact up therefor one moment, okay?)
Let’s start with an update on the status of the business over thethree days of the rotation.Adam and Myrna are still mostly running the business these days.As you can see in the background there, Adam invited Rose downto the lot in an attempt to Pass Along various business rewards.After all, Rose and Dmitri have a business too.That tactic didn’t work -- apparently, you can only Pass Alongthose things to someone in the actual household. But I did learnthat a Plantsim exuding Spores of Happiness can make a businessgain stars like nothing else.
However, as you can see in this post-partum picture, Pass Alongworks fine on the business lot for Lisa. She now has all of Adam’sBusiness Perks. Eventually, I hope to spread certain of them --Head for Numbers and Perk Up -- throughout the entire ’hood,although that will require a little strategy.
For whatever reason, college students love to patronize the TackyFlamingo.As you probably remember, I have far too many doppelgangers inmy college.As you also probably remember, the business is at Level 10 andnothing needs to be done.Myrna is taking advantage of this by providing free makeovers toany dormies that stop by.
Including Kevin Cho here, who readers of 100 Days of Awesomecan be forgiven for possibly mistaking for Pong Dennis.This is why dormie makeovers are necessary, whenever andwherever possible.
We had yet another reporter stop by without giving us a review.The business did get a good review ages ago, but I’m hoping(perhaps futilely) for a Best of the Best Award.(mutters) I think the reporters just like getting comped their ticket.
And as long as we’re discussing work-related topics, I would liketo take this opportunity to point out that Lisa was able to poach theAdventurer career reward quite handily. This picture was takenwith the game on pause, and Jumbok was subsequently tucked intoLisa’s inventory, since he is verboten, just like the GootentagenAward.
Why, whatever can this be?Is it an empty carpool car, destined to drive away with no-one in it?
I do believe it is!GLEN: Hello. I just wanted to let you know that I’m quitting.GLEN: Because I have a toilet that needs fixing, that’s why.GLEN: No, I meant an actual toilet.
GLEN (V.O.): I’m very sorry to heat that your priorities are so outof whack. If my replacement has any questions about the job,please don’t give them my number.
After fixing the toilet, Glen embarked on the creation of moarrobots. He’s got to get his Gold badge sometime, and until then, hecan make robots until they come out his ears.
He also has to be abducted, but since the aliens don’t seem to beinterested in helping with that any time soon, Glen can just workon those robots.
Olga Grew Up on the first day of the rotation, and I took theopportunity to conduct a little experiment.You see, I created a little challenge a while back that involveskeeping a Sim in Platinum the hard way for their entire life.However, there was some speculation that age transition causes anautomatic drop to gold aspiration level. I have been able todemonstrate that no such drop occurs when going from Child toTeen, but Olga here is the first Toddler to transition since thetheory was proposed.Note the platinum plumbbob.
Which is now not-platinum, despite a fresh injection of aspirationpoints for Growing Up Well.This would appear to confirm the theory, and a modification willbe made to the rules of my challenge. Many thanks to Olga forassisting with advancing the cause of Science!
With a little assistance, Pitti-Sing Grew Up that same evening. Hertransition was significantly later, however -- even after a freshdiaper and a bottle.
She is apparently a clone of her sister in every respect, includingpersonality.Do you know, before I heard of the “first-born effect,” I never onceencountered it? Now that I know about it, it’s actually happenedrepeatedly!This, boys and girls, demonstrates why you should never ever learnanything and should instead make up your own facts.
As I suspected, there are no Everyday outfits with gloves forChildren. The options for Teens and up are also pretty limited, withmost of them being some variation on “Goth.” In keeping with this,I’ve given Olga the Gothiest hair and outfit I could find in theEaxis repertoire… that hadn’t already been used by Aunt Phoebe.(The hairstyle was used by Aunt Rose, but not at this age, so it’sokay.)I fear that Olga may be not fond enough of grunge for a true Goth,though. She did this autonomously, and gained Fun while she wasat it.
However, Olga does have every outfit I can find that has gloves ormittens as an option. Here, she shows of her stylish new Outerwearas she heads out to steal the gnome back two times in a row.
Like grandfather, like granddaughter, hey?And how is our Official heiress doing?
Oh, just fine. Everybody loves plunging the toilet, don’t they?
And this pregnancy is easy enough that she’s able to help Olgawith her homework instead of being on a continuous eat-sleep-peecycle.LISA: …So you just add that one to the other one, and there’s youranswer.OLGA: But shouldn’t I carry the two?LISA: No, because eeeeauuuuuuuuuugh!
LISA: Esme, this hurts! Why does this have to hurt so much?(screeches) Glen, if you want any more babies, you woohooinghave them!Lisa is the most successful member of this family at breakingEAxian conditioning: two out of three babies were not born in thebathroom!
Say hello to the readers, Casilda!CASILDA: brrrrrrrroo (sneezes)Casilda here is named after a character from The Gondoliers, whowas married in infancy to the King of Barataria, but who is secretlyin love with her family’s one remaining servant. Naturally, sheshows her affection in public by demanding that he be whippedand/or fired.But you want to see what the other households are up to. Let’s go!
The Buttercup-and-Albert household is doing quite well at themoment. The married folks still act like three-bolters, althoughboth couples only have two bolts. Skye is working on that FiftyFirst Dates LTW, and Penny has Learned to Study.
Phoebe and Chant have a new addition to their household:Nicholas Couderc! Nicholas has black hair and dark blue eyes, justlike his cousins. Well, that’s dominant genetics for you.Note to self: Marry in lots of Sims with recessive genes nextgeneration.
Both Fantine and Saigon aged up at the very end of the rotation.You should be able to tell them apart now, but just in case: Fantineis the one in the leaves, with the giant ears, who is cross with mebecause I wouldn’t let her Get Married Right Now, Dammit!I will buy them new outfits next time around.
And finally, Rose and Dmitri have welcomed little AlexanderShankel!You can’t tell in this picture, but Alexander’s eyes are brown.Genetically, this should not be possible, so he must have beenslated to inherit his father’s custom alien eyes that went missing inthe Great Computer Switch of 2012. When he is old enough, I willgive him alien contacts, just like I gave Dmitri.
The heir poll is up on LiveJournal, so don’t forget to go vote!(Technically, it should be up on Boolprop, but I’ve been having aheck of a time logging in lately. Or more accurately, I’ve beenhaving a heck of a time staying logged in. The site seems to log meback out within about ten seconds of my logging in…)Until next time, Happy Simming!
Notes, disclaimers, and other triviaThe title of this chapter is taken from an Act II song in The GrandDuke. It seemed to fit.Readers of Already in Progress might recognize a few pictures.Alas, that is the price of keeping things separate for the folks whoonly read one story or the other. Please accept my deepestapologies for the déjà vu.