Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Hamiltons: Round 2 / The Girl That Disappeared

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Hooray, seeing eye pet! Wait, aren't you a little short for that job, kitty?



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Rose gets her first kiss. Red Hair Ponytail Guy is giving Blond Hair Leather Jacket Guy some competition in the First Kiss department. If you remember, RHPG was Zoe Tucker's first kiss as well.

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Acorn is a stunt double now. Careful there, kitty - that could be dangerous work. Don't let anyone set you on fire, OK?

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Forrest got another promotion. Why so glum? He almost looks like his head is on backwards from the angle I took the picture - from underneath when he was walking upstairs.

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Maybe Forrest is unhappy because his seemingly sensible, knowledge-seeking daughter is now on the couch making out with a boy - seeking the kind of knowledge that makes fathers crazy. What happened to his daughter's brain?

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Well, he's about to get more upset. Violet is the baby - his other daughter, and her crib is upstairs. Apparently, there is some flaw in how the house was built that is not obvious to me, but it's not weatherproof. I've never noticed anyone get cold up there before, even though Forrest and Beverly sleep up there too.

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Anyway, from past experience I know that if you get a notice that your child is freezing it is too late to do anything prevent your child being taken. They may as well say, "We're coming to get your kid now, loser." Nevertheless, I moved the crib downstairs and cued up a bunch of "cuddle" actions.

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DUN, DUN, DUN. I knew it. Crap, crap, crap crap!!!

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Forrest isn't trying to talk to you, he's holding the baby so you can't take her away. And bite me, you judgmental witch.

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A few minutes later, Social Worker 1 locked up and quit moving at all, so her reinforcement showed up.

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Apparently, Social Worker 2 was feeling a bit more flexible. After several hours of watching Forrest cuddle Violet it seemed that her suit was getting uncomfortable, and her feet were getting sore. Whatever the case, I didn't expect this. I didn't even know that it was possible to prevent the SW from taking the baby without that "Plead With Social Worker" option, which they don't have. I figured the baby would just teleport away, but no.

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Tired from grueling hours of cuddling, Forrest handed the baby over to Beverly for a turn. SW1 was still frozen in place. SW2 was in her blue van waiting. No cars could leave or arrive on the road. There was only one thing to do - delete the SW1 and the cars. Eventually, things went back to normal. I figure since SW2 gave them one more chance, that they had legitimately beaten the system.

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Beverley became best friends with the man maid, so he started staying after work. He really loved cats.

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These two missed work because of the stuck Social Worker.

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A free flatscreen TV sample!

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It's time for the luckiest baby in Apple Grove to become a toddler.

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Violet looks a lot like her mother Beverly.

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Good for you, Badger - helping that cranky old bat despite all her protests. And thanks to your promotion, you won't have to deal with Mrs. Wapple anymore unless some natural disaster foists her upon you again.

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Yay, a rescue pet. Good job, Badger!

One down, and five pets to go for Forrest to achieve his Lifetime Want of having six pets reach the top of their careers.

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Beverly looks stunned. I really wonder what the point of this message is - unless they really do get a discount. Hmmmmm...

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Cute little Volet drinks her bottle. Meanwhile, Acorn has a real hankering for a grilled cheese sandwich.

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Instead of the sandwich, Forrest convinces Acorn to try for some kittens with Badger. This will help him get his Lifetime Want, and hopefully the little furballs will all be quick learners like their parents.

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Wow, it's like déjà vu. Last week it was exactly the same situation with his boss. I think it's funny to imagine that Forrest would be so dense as to go looking for those stupid ants again after what a problem it was last time (4 hours of shopping at 22 stores, and then the toddler chokes on the toy and has to go to the ER). Thankfully, dinner was much simpler and got him a promotion.

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Forrest is an executive now. That sounds a bit generic, like an "associate" or something. But the closest I get to an office is watching The Office.

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Awww, toddler hugs for Acorn.

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"HALP! I R IN CLUTCHEZ OV SLOBBR HANZ!"

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"MAH BEOOTIFUL FUR IZ MATTD NAO, THX."

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Acorn recovers from her ordeal only to have another: being taught to play dead from the silly human Beverly who is doing it all wrong.

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"OH NOEZ, MOAR WET FUR 4 ME!"

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Time for Violet to become a child...

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And she is cute for now. Only, now you see her...

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...now you don't! She must have found Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. I think she's hiding so the Social Workers can't come back and take her.

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At least we know she's getting clean.

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And I like seeing the dishes wash themselves.

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And pictures are being magically drawn.

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And somebody seems to have gone to bed on time.

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Forrest finishes up the training with Acorn so she can finally play dead.

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And Violet is now apparently - or not so apparently learning chess.

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Wow, 3 kittens, yay!

I hate naming pets, so I look on pet naming websites and pick a name from the next letter of the alphabet. I did not put much thought into it, I promise.

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They all look alike as kittens.

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Forrest received a plaque for his Arts and Crafts enthusiasm, even if he doesn't look enthused.

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And last of all, we see - or actually don't see - that even though she isn't good with the muffin baker yet, Violet is not starving.

Scoring: 1 point for Forrest's Arts and Crafts plaque.

9 comments:

DebC said...

I have noticed with AL, that older Maxis houses which don't have ceilings on the very top floor, those floors stay cold during the winter months. I don't know if this was your problem, but it could be.

The Plead for children is an interaction that comes with the Family Aspiration, I think as a secondary one.

I'm glad the SW did not take Violet. I am, however sorry she's vanished on you! I hope she comes back.

ASimWen said...

Hahaha I have never seen that social worker message. WOW! But then again, the social worker has only shown up a couple of times in my game. I must try this sometime.. NOT!!!

Funny invisible Violet!

Mel said...

Poor invisible Violet! So, how often do you get free stuff from those wearhouse folks?! LOL

Minty said...

Invisible Violet is awesome! I can't wait to see how long she stays invisible for.

Melissa said...

I solved the cold upper room problem that debc describes by just adding in ceiling tiles to the top floors. That seems to do the trick.

ciyrose said...

Wow...never had a baby "saved" from the social worker like that...how interesting. Your game seems to bug on those "guests" quite a bit. So Violet turned invisible...I wonder how long it will last.

Twoflower said...

Yeah, I had actually read somewhere that if you don't put the baby down, they won't take it. I thought I'd give it a try, and it seemed to work. I can't remember why I kept getting stuck guests, but eventually I was able to solve it.

Gwenelan said...

OoO! I'm very happy that you managed to keep the baby, but I never saw that happen! Good to know... I also love how you always explain your bugs and mods, so one with the same problem can resolve them too :)!

Twoflower said...

Thanks, Gwenelan! :) Yes, I try to pass along tips because I love it when I can learn new things myself. It's a really complex game, and there is always something new to learn about it.