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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #200 on: September 28, 2010, 11:01:37 AM »
The Continuing Adventures of Sleuth Douglas:  Sleuth’s Wife Gets SWAPped

Life continues to throw challenges at Sleuth Douglas.  On the plus side, he gets his 6 BlackOps and walks out of the police station, vowing never to return.  Finally he can follow his dream of being an artist.  He is very proud of his two little boys, and the whole family helps look after them.  But he is feeling more and more stressed from trying to deal with his wife’s temper.  She is beginning to alienate the other family members, and he just doesn’t know what to do.  James comes up to him, muttering something that Sleuth has to lean in to hear.



James:  “Sleuth, my boy, something has to be done about Jenna.   She yells at people when they’re trying to be nice to her, and she really hurt Wimsey’s feelings the other day.”
Sleuth (miserably):  “I know, I know!  But I just don’t know what to do.  When I try to talk to her about it, she tells me my mother is a llama.”
James:  “I have a plan.”  (raising his voice) “Jenna, Sleuth and I are going for a drive.  It would be great if you’d join us.”



They pull up in front of the library. 



James:  “Jenna, Sleuth and I are going to catch a few fish.  There are some people in the library that are hoping to meet you.  They’re waiting for you.  We’ll pick you up in about an hour.”
Jenna looks at her husband but Sleuth just stands there looking at James, avoiding eye contact with her.



Jenna trudges up the library steps.  She wonders what her husband and his crazy old relative have gotten her into.  She is feeling angrier and angrier.
 
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #201 on: September 28, 2010, 11:06:44 AM »
Inside the library a group of people is waiting for her.  



They call out:  “Welcome to SWAP!”
Jenna thinks:  Swap?  What is this, some kind of wife swapping cult?  I’ll kill that old man!
Jenna recognizes one of the group members - Felisha, who tried unsuccessfully to snare Sleuth before he married Jenna.  
Felisha:  “No, Jenna, not “swap” - “S.W.A.P.”  It’s an acronym - Sims With Awful Personalities.”
Another person speaks up:  “We’re a self-help group.  Our mission is to help Sims with awful personality traits change.  But only if they want to change, of course.”
Jenna is utterly appalled.  Awful personality?  Her?  This is clearly a terrible mistake.  When she sees James again, she will make sure he dies slowly and painfully.  She is Charismatic and Family-Oriented.  How dare that useless old man send her here!
Out loud, Jenna says:  “I’ve never heard of your group.  How long have you been meeting here?”
The guy in the blue-and-white striped sweater says:  “This group is new.  The new owner of the library invited us to start a group.  I came over from France to help the group get started.”
Jenna is really fuming now.  James is responsible for this stupid group!  She might have known.

Striped sweater says:  “Time for the meeting to start.  Jenna, newcomers don’t have to share unless they want to.  Feel free to just listen.”



Jenna plans to spend the time plotting her revenge against James and her husband.  But despite herself, she finds herself being moved by the stories she hears.  She uncomfortably remembers times when she yelled at sims who were just trying to be nice to her.  And how she always left a puddle in the bathroom for someone else to clean up.  Her self-righteousness begins to melt away as she takes stock of her actions.  She feels ashamed.

When her turn comes, she speaks up loudly:  “My name is Jenna, and I am a Sim with an awful personality.  I want to change, but I don’t know how.  Can you tell me how to SWAP my personality traits?”

Striped sweater says:  “Wanting to change is the first step, Jenna.  But are you sure you really want to change?  Do you want it badly enough to give up your dreams of becoming dirt defiant?  Do you want it enough to do without a steel bladder?  Are you willing to let go of being a legendary host?  Change will cost you a whopping 20,000 happiness points.  Are you certain you want to take this step?”  

Jenna is certain.  Her self-respect and the love of her family matter more to her than any of those things.  “YES!”  she shouts, and everyone cheers and claps.



Jenna walks out into the sunshine with a smile on her face, feeling like a new woman.  She looks for James, to give him a friendly hug and thank him for starting the group to help her.  She thinks how much fun it will be to go home and clean something.  And she even feels smarter than before - perhaps she may even be a genius!  She is glad she has been SWAPped.


 
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #202 on: September 28, 2010, 06:19:03 PM »
So what are her new traits?
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« Reply #203 on: September 28, 2010, 07:22:46 PM »
So what are her new traits?

Read the last paragraph again.  The clues about her new traits are there.

@Schipperke:  Awesome update!
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #204 on: September 28, 2010, 07:30:54 PM »
So what are her new traits?

Pam's right - I dropped a few hints.  Her new traits are Neat, Genius (because her LTW is to reach the top of the Law Enforcement career), Schmoozer, Bookworm, and Eccentric (because I want an inventor in the household).

Pam, thanks very much for the comment.
 
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #205 on: September 29, 2010, 07:55:17 AM »
That is so cool how you put that twist in there.  So many minds, so many stories.  Great update.
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #206 on: September 29, 2010, 10:33:21 AM »
The Continuing Adventures of Sleuth Douglas” or, “Deceived!

James goes down to the basement and finds Sleuth sitting alone drinking nectar.



James sits down and takes a glass.
James:  I wouldn’t say anything against Wimsey, she’s a fine person and an excellent sculptor, but these ice chairs definitely weren’t one of her better ideas.  It always takes me a couple of hours to warm up after sitting on one of them.  So, is there some particular reason why you’re down here, freezing and drinking all alone?
Sleuth:  Jenna lied to me.
James:  Oh?
Sleuth:  I thought she was younger than I am, and I just found out she’s a lot older.  She deceived me.  I don’t think she ever really loved me.




James:  Steady on, there, lad!  So you didn’t know she was a mature student, but that’s hardly Jenna’s fault.
Sleuth:  I think she just married me for my money.
James, sharply:  Now, that’s pure self-pity, Sleuth, and you know it.  Why, Jenna gave up a lot of happiness points to be the kind of wife you wanted, and she was a very good sport about that SWAP business that we sprung on her.
Sleuth:  But why didn’t she tell me she was older than me?  I wouldn’t have cared.  It just hurts that she wasn’t honest with me.
James:  Sleuth, when Jenna came to live with us, she had accumulated zero happiness points.  What does that tell you about what her life must have been like before?  That poor child had no happiness at all before she came to live with us.  She was probably afraid you’d reject her if you knew she was older.  You are being much too harsh on her.  She needs you to understand her, not judge her.
Sleuth:  I guess.
James:  That’s better.  Now, what about those two fine lads of yours, eh?  Christie ‘s been looking for you to help her teach them to talk.  Off you go!



[Editor’s note:  If anyone is wondering what this chapter is all about, please see the Immortal Dynasty thread in the Challenges section, page  94]
 
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #207 on: September 30, 2010, 10:53:05 AM »
Late at night, after the mortal members of the household are asleep, the Immortals hold their meeting.  This meeting is a happy occasion, for they are celebrating the induction of another Immortal.  Christie passes with flying colours and finally will get to eat some of that tasty Ambrosia she has been preparing.



Christie Douglas, Immortal #3



Traits:  Good, Friendly, Photographer’s Eye, Natural Cook, Bookworm
LTW:  Culinary Librarian
Occupation:  Five-Star Chef
SuperMax Skill:  Cooking
BlackOps:  2 school opportunities, 4 Culinary track opportunities
Unique LTRs:  Food Replicator, Collection Helper, Stone Hearted
Purchases:  Little Corsican Bistro, Sunset Institute of Modern Art
Immortal at age 73 days.
 
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #208 on: September 30, 2010, 03:17:17 PM »
The Terrible Twos

The title is just a term often applied to two-year olds.  It does not say anything about these particular two-year olds.  I think.

Mojo, the heir and intended Immortal:



Radar, the __what?___  The spare, the embarrassing mistake, the unfortunate younger brother whose only destiny is to die, preferably as soon as possible to free up space for someone more important?  I hate this.



This is the first time I’ve ever zoomed in close enough to really see the baby bottle.  I always thought the bottle was just green, but if you look closely, the top of the bottle is clear - it is the liquid in the bottle that’s that revolting colour.  Which begs the question:  what on earth do they put in Simmy baby bottles?  Maybe this is the reason Sims act so strangely at times.



Mojo on the left, Radar on the right.  Jenna was supposed to bring red hair into the line, but we have more black hair.  Oh well.  (Yes, I know I can change the colour of their hair, but I prefer to let them have their natural colour.  The only time I change their hair colour is when they become elders and suddenly look decrepit and ancient.  I figure they‘re entitled to a little dye job at that point.)

At this point, the only difference I can see between them is that Mojo’s skin colour is a little darker.  If they continue to look a lot alike as they age up, I may have to stop dressing them the same.

 
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #209 on: September 30, 2010, 04:19:36 PM »
My heart is already breaking for poor Radar.  Those boys are so adorable.  My "other" dynasty, (playing for fun in BB), is currently preggers so I'm hoping no twins although her spouse has constantly had the radio on playing Kidz.

I LOVED the way you got the better traits for Jenna.  She is definitely going to be a big asset to the family now.  Poor thing.
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #210 on: October 01, 2010, 09:59:36 AM »
One evening, while Rhett and Jenna are playing chess, Rhett suddenly begins to glow:



Everyone is quite distraught except for Christie, Rhett’s wife, who stands in the back beside the desk, apparently oblivious to what is going on.  At first I wonder what’s going on with her, then I remember that Stone Hearted was one of her LTRs.  Well, now we know it works - she shows not the slightest concern over her husband‘s death.  Or maybe it’s because she never really forgave him for that daughter in France.



If you look closely at the right side of the picture where Wimsey and Sleuth are standing, they appear to be occupying the exact same space.  Wimsey looks like she has three feet, and look at Sleuth’s arm - is he picking his grandmother’s pocket?

Wimsey and Grim have a discussion about good versus evil.  Neither is convinced by the other’s arguments.  I think their life view is fundamentally incompatible.



Rhett is laid to rest in the family plot in Summer Hill Springs.



Rhett completed his LTW of Physical Perfection including the Marathon Runner Athletic challenge, which doesn’t seem to have extended his lifespan significantly.  He also maximized the Painting and Sculpting skills, and completed several items for the Immortals’ Museum.  Rhett was 92 days old when he died.
 
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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #211 on: October 01, 2010, 12:23:12 PM »
“The Continuing Adventures of Sleuth Douglas - Burglar!”
… In which Sleuth demonstrates his potential to be a hero.  Guitar hero.


One night while the Douglas household is sleeping, the peaceful night is suddenly rent by the loud clanging of the burglar alarm.  Somehow the twins in their cribs manage to sleep through the noise but everyone else hurriedly leaps from bed and runs out to confront the intruder.

They rush out to watch the police officer attempting to subdue the thief.  Well, the women do.  Wimsey, Christie and Jenna are here.



Where are the men?  

James is off the lot fishing, as he does every night.  He knows nothing of the intruder.




Where is Sleuth?  I finally found him:



It seems that when times get tough, the tough get out their guitar.  Poor Sleuth, is that noisy alarm interfering with your music?  

Sleuth was right all along - he really didn’t belong in the Police force.  This boy is a sensitive, artistic soul.  Who lets the women deal with the burglars.
 
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« Reply #212 on: October 01, 2010, 01:30:03 PM »
“  Who lets the women deal with the burglars.


Now its my turn to *snort*. That's too funny ;D

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« Reply #213 on: October 02, 2010, 03:18:08 AM »
Now there is a true, thrifty, Scot!  He knows his place and it isn't getting in the middle of a muddle when he has the females of the clan to do the dirty work.  lol  I loved Grimmy's conversation!  He is really getting way too chummy with the folks left behind.  Is he getting a life? lol
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« Reply #214 on: October 02, 2010, 09:13:40 AM »
Now there is a true, thrifty, Scot!  He knows his place and it isn't getting in the middle of a muddle when he has the females of the clan to do the dirty work.  lol  I loved Grimmy's conversation!  He is really getting way too chummy with the folks left behind.  Is he getting a life? lol

Yes, Joria, Grimmy and Wimsey always seem to have a lot to talk about.  I think that old girl likes the challenge.  Or maybe she's just bored with sculpting day after day.

"in the middle of a muddle" - I love that phrase!  Will have to remember it.

Thanks for the comments, Joria and ladylaw.
 
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« Reply #215 on: October 02, 2010, 10:29:32 AM »
I just got caught up!  WHEW!  You've had a crazy week, haven't you?  I'm so glad you're continuing with your Dynasty!  It's one of my favorites. :)

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Re: Clan Douglas Dynasty
« Reply #216 on: October 02, 2010, 05:15:28 PM »
Just some pictures of the twins as children.  First, Mojo, the Immortal-to-be:



Mojo’s favourite colour is seafoam, which seems an uncommon favourite for a small boy.  I didn’t have the hex code and had to guess at the colour for his shirt.  Will try again now that I have the hex codes written down.

Here is Radar, the younger brother.  His favourite colour is yellow:



They do everything together.  Homework:




Playing chess:



 
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« Reply #217 on: October 02, 2010, 11:30:44 PM »
Uh oh, looks like Mojo wants to be a body builder when he grows up. lol

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« Reply #218 on: October 03, 2010, 03:57:33 AM »
I love it when I see the kids doing stuff together.  Every time I see one of your guys in a kilt though I start humming, "Donald, where's yer troosers".  Cracks everyone in the house up. 
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« Reply #219 on: October 03, 2010, 06:05:33 AM »
Every time I see one of your guys in a kilt though I start humming, "Donald, where's yer troosers". 

OMG, I remember that song from when I was a kid. NMy mother loved Andy Stewart

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« Reply #220 on: October 03, 2010, 09:44:35 AM »
Uh oh, looks like Mojo wants to be a body builder when he grows up. lol

Are you psychic?   ;D
 
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« Reply #221 on: October 03, 2010, 12:29:41 PM »
“All for one and one for all
My brother and my friend
What fun we have
The time we share
Brothers 'til the end.”
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Mojo and Radar go to the Consignment Shop on Saturday afternoon.  Radar chats with the clerk.  Mojo can barely be seen at the back of the shop, on the right.



What is Mojo doing behind that clothes rack? 



They leave in a hurry.







That evening, Jenna sees them playing with new music boxes.




Jenna:  Where did you get the music boxes?
Mojo:  Friends at school gave them to us.
Jenna:  Really?  Those look like expensive music boxes to just give away.
Mojo:  They didn’t want them any more.

Later, Jenna and James are talking and she mentions the music boxes.



Jenna:  I’ve never seen a ninja music box before - I didn’t know you could get them in SV.
James:  Sometimes they have them at the Consignment Shop.  I saw one there yesterday.
 
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« Reply #222 on: October 03, 2010, 02:13:03 PM »
Oo, so Mojo might be a klepto, or just a rebellion boy nearing puberty :D I love how you develop a story on details that would otherwise be unnoticeable!

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« Reply #223 on: October 03, 2010, 03:21:18 PM »
Uh, oh!  BUSTED!!  Mojo, you are in BIG trouble now!  *Unless of course it is part of an unfortunate, but useful nature*
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« Reply #224 on: October 03, 2010, 11:58:03 PM »
Ha ha!!  For SHAME Mojo!