January 24, 2006

Chapter 6b: More College

I caught Kasson browsing through the "Houses for Rent" ads in the Fiesta Tech Free Press just before he ran off to his sophomore final. Let's if he found any ads to his liking. Oh and clicking on the pics should pop larger versions.

"Kasson, where are we?"

"Bro! Do ya like it? It's our new digs man! We've so got ourselves our own place now!"

"Why do I feel there is some ulterior motive for this move?"

"Well... the Babe did promise me a bubbleblower for graduation if I gotcha to move."

Welcome to Chapter 6b: More college. Dorm life tends to go by quickly, but dorm life is boring for legacies. Besides, Kasson keeps spinning up that Greek want, so I figured I'd oblige him. Nice place, huh?

Oh, and for the curious, Cleveland rolled a "My Choice" when it came time for a new aspiration so he's now a knowledge sim. Have I mentioned that with the advent of Nightlife, I switched to my 8 sided gaming dice for aspirations now. 1-5 are the same as pre-NL, 6 is pleasure, 7 roll again, and 8 is my choice. I collect gaming dice, so I suppose I should probably use 'em now and then. These are my birthday set from a few years ago. Thanks Galen hon *blows kiss*

Oh, and according to Turbine, 8 sided dice have a creamy nougat center *chuckle*

"Kasson, what are you up to now?"

"Um... nothin'. I... thought I'd call Mom and tell her we moved. I'm not like calling the Greek department in the University Housing Office or anything like that..."

"Remind Mother to give Salina our new address. She just moved into the dorms and may want to visit."

"Cool! She can be our first pledge... er she can stop over any time."

And thus was born Cham Annya Hoh.

"Kasson, what are these letters doing on the house?"

"Dude! It means we're Greeks now!"

"I fail to see how a bunch of letters suddenly changed our nationality."

"It means we're like part of the fraternity system now! Though since we'll let chicks in, we're more kinda a co-edity, I think."

"And what do the letters mean?"

"Ah... er... Cham is for you, Cleveland. The second letter, Annya, is the second letter in Kasson. And the Hoh... ah... Is for Holldum. Yeah..."

"You just picked the letters out randomly, didn't you?"

"Dude! Would I do something like that for something as important as naming our fraternity? Babe, tell him I wouldn't do that!"

Sorry Kasson, you're on your own for this one.

So, I unpack their telescope and send the guys off to invite a few of their dorm mates over to pledge 'em into CAH and what should happen when I turn my back a moment? Cleveland scuttles himself over to the telescope and proceeds to trigger Cham Annya Hoh's first Vidcund beat-down.

Oh don't look so shocked Cleveland. You knew it was coming the minute you put your eye to the viewfinder.

I'd just moved Salina to college and hadn't had a chance to play her yet, so I had the boys invite her over so she could pledge. I'll move her into the house in a semester or two, once the guys are established.

Salina moved into the dorms with her main squeeze, Cirrus. As you can tell, she's having no trouble making the transition from high school to college life so lets take a quick look at Cirrus.

Why do my college sims have this frelling obsession with the wife-beater tank tops? Cirrus is sim #2 that picked one out of the college wardrobe. Ahhh...

Ahem... Anyway... Cirrus is a knowledge sim with a lifetime want to max all his skills . He has 2 neat pts, 8 outgoing, 9 active, 1 playful, and 5 nice points. He's a CAS generated sim with a genetic background; his grandparents are all members of the "multiple pollination technician" hack from MTS2. Not too bad looking a chap, eh?

Wait... do you hear screaming coming from behind the dorm?

They never learn, do they?

"So ya see, even tho mah mama's a famous see-leb-rety chef, I'm plannin' on making my millions by bein' a hot soccer chick. Or maybe I'll own a team. There's jes all sortsa ways you kin' make money in athletics..."

"Babe, did you know you're, like, green? That's so cool."

Ah, nothing cements a loving relationship like beating each other black and blue during a rousing good game of punch-me-punch-you. Can't you think of a better way to romance Cirrus?

"Well, Mama did tell me somethin' ta try but we ain't got no hot tub here."

Oy. I figured Texas would bring that up. I wanted you to save most of your money for the house, so that double bed I bought you will have to do. Maybe take him on a nice date first, before you break it in.

"Wined, dined, and time to make him mine. Do ya think ya might turn off the camera an' give us a little privacy? I done know how Vidcund feels now."

Ouch. I've beem compared to the mad poker of Strangetown. Fine, I'll leave you two alone.

Cirrus is not the only beau Salina has at college, however. Wife beater tank top #3 is worn by Euclid (though his is a more sporty model) He's already bordering on the obsessive with his calls and this date isn't going to help fend him off. Salina doesn't seem too excited to be out singing with him at the moment... or maybe it's because his brother is staring at her.

Let's continue on in our visit to Salina's dating life and get back to her main squeeze Cirrus. Even from that brief glimpse, Euclid's obsession is starting to give me the creeps.

"Punkin', I gots sumthin' here for ya and I needs ta ask ya a real important question."

"A box! You got me a box! Omigod I've never gotten a box before! Oh, and it's all cute and fuzzy. I love it"

"Jes open it ya nincompoop."

(I did the same "you got me a box" routine one Xmas when my 8 year old nephew gave me a necklace in a fancy box. )

"Oh, and there's a sparklie inside!"

*sigh* "Cirrus sweetie, I luv you..."

"And I love you too 'Lina. Ooo a box and a sparklie..."

"As I wuz sayin' I luv you and wanna know if'n you'll marry me."

"Right now?"

"When we's done graduated. They won't let us marry in college and Keth won't let us do it with a hack."

"Of course I will hon. I love you and you give me boxes and sparklies and stuff."

Well, Cirrus can't move into Cham Annya Hoh with Salina without being a member, and since I didn't feel like switching to CAH to pledge him in from that side, I had him call up the boys to join. Since he didn't know either Kasson or Cleveland, this was more than a bit of a pain. Now I remember why I don't usually do it this way.

"Psst... hey bro, the green chick in front of us hawt!"

"Kasson, that's our sister 'Lina. She pledged the house a few days ago, remember?"


"You've been sniffing the oil paints on the easel again, haven't you."

"So Euclid, I'm sorry but I can't be seein' you no more. I'm engaged to Cirrus and we's gonna be happily married once we done graduate from here. If I keep datin' ya I'll be cheatin' on my sweetie."

"Really Salina, it isn't as if you'll be a criminal if you continue to date me. You won't be breaking any laws by going out with me even though you're engaged, or even after you're married. Our relationship isn't over yet."

Okay... let's get away from Salina and her freaky ex for a while now. Someone has future stalker written all over him.

To no one's surprise (except perhaps Cleveland's) our heir got a visit from one of the Secret Society rent-a-cops. From the expression on her face, she obviously remembers that she hauled Cleveland in for breaking curfew not too long ago.

"So your mother does the 'Grill of the Golden West' show on the Yummy Channel?"

"Yes, and she also has this Unified Grilled Cheese Theory that she predicts will bring world peace. My father also believes that there is an invasion fleet of noodlesoothers gathering in a secret base on the moon. Trust me, it was a delight to finally attend college where things are a bit more normal."

"Noodlehootchies, huh? Hey, do you think you could get me your mom's autograph next time you're home on break?"

"Phemey babe, I've been like meanin' to ask you this but like I keep gettin' caught up with stuff an' you're all like busy with class and all. So like, what I want to know is... will you marry me?"

You know, I don't think I've ever had a sim look as nervous while proposing as Kasson did during this whole scene.

"Of course I'll marry you Kasson. You silly man, how could you ever think that I wouldn't?"

"Aw babe, you jes made me the happiest dude in Strangetown."

"Especially when you offer a ring like this. How many carats is this? Is that a platinum setting?"

"What was that hon?"

"Nothing at all dear. I love you."

"Oh, and Kasson love, you will be buying me a pair of shoes to go with this ring, right?"

And here I thought Salina was the wealth sim.

"Ow! Dude! That is so wrong! Why are you like bustin' in here and wakin' me up. That post-engagement woohoo wore me all out; I've, like, got class in the morning and need my sleep."

"Babe, tell him he's got the wrong dude! I ain't done nothin'. I haven't even skipped class to go hang out in the underground bubbleblower lounge lately. He must be lookin' for Cleveland. He was the one the cops were always bringing back home at night."

Nope, this one's all yours Kasson. Welcome to the secret society.

In celebration of the end of the first half of their Junior year, Cham Annya Hoh throws their first ever toga party. DJ 'Lina puts down a mean track and the lure of the smustle cannot be ignored. Cleveland looks like he's having way too much fun.

Salina's stalker is back (actually, Euclid is a CAH member) but the DJ booth works as a fairly stout defense to hold him off. The party also worked well to introduce Salina, Cirrus, and Euphemia to other secret society members. We should be seeing some abductions soon, I hope.

"Bro! That was the most awesomest party, even if there weren't any bubbleblowers."

"I must agree Kasson. We pulled off one pretty rocking party."

"Sweetie, you know when you like had that accident at the party? That was totally cool. You rock babe."

Yes, Kasson congratulated Euphemia for having an accident at the party. I did a double take on both his queue and hers because I couldn't believe he was congratulating her on this.

Moving on to the rest of Junior year, it seems that someone partied a bit too late last night.

"Zzzzz... snork... zzzz"

This has to be my favorite thing that Nightlife added to the game. I still giggle like a schoolgirl every time I see this happen to a sim.

But for the most part, the second half of Cleveland and Kasson's junior year was much like the first. Lots of studying...

And lots of beat downs. Vidcund is quite actively stalking the Cham Annya Hoh house now.

We did have one minor mishap during the time. Kasson got obsessed with the poker table and nothing would shake him loose from him. Finally I boolprop teleported him to the mailbox, hoping that would unstick him. When that failed, I shift+click and force errored him to reset him. Unfortunately, his needs were a bit too low so he promptly keeled over in a small ball. Luckily his beloved Euphemia was there to beat back death and save him.

Yay! The gormless one has shown up finally. He's the only cop we haven't had make an appearance for the secret society yet.

Oh don't look so disgusted Salina. Feel lucky; if you were the heir you might be marrying this guy.

And the gormless one returns the next night for Cirrus. We have been twice blessed. Kasson's obviously excited about it. Oh, and Kasson, go put some clothes on. Running around in your undies... I think we get a good idea what you and Phemey have been up to.

I figured it was time to get some new clothes for everyone, or at least for Salina, Phemey, and Cirrus. I was getting tired of seeing the boy run around in his undershirt. I didn't realize until after I had Phemey dressed that the side panels in her shorts are the same color as her skin. Heh


Ahem.. Okay... Back to the blog

"I don't know who you are mister rent-a-cop, but we don't have any donuts here. And if you don't stop staring at my chest soon I swear I'm going to deck you."

No Phemey, he's not here for donuts...

He's here to bring you to the secret society. Of the five of them in the house, she was the main one I was waiting to get into the society (and she would have to be the last inducted). And why did I want Phemey in particular inducted?

So that she could slap her face in the plastic surgery machine. That whole 'no nose' thing was really starting to get to me. Yes, it won't override her genes but from the look of things Waylon's nose may hold reign for several generations.

Hold your breath... here come the results...

A little tweak to the eyes, a bit of lip manipulation, and some serious rhinoplasty has resulted in a very lovely Euphemia.

That wraps up this chapter. I had hoped to be able to wrap up Cleveland and Kasson's college career in this chapter, but thing get... interesting... in the senior year. And I promise I won't keep everyone waiting too long for it

Onward to Chapter 6c: 3 Dates for Brother Cleveland

Back to Chapter 6a: Dorm Life


Chapter 6a: Dorm Life

Freshman orientation is over and it's time for Cleveland and Kasson to knuckle down with their textbooks. Let's take a look and see how college life is treating them... clicking on the pics should pop larger versions.

When we last left our intrepid adventurers... er... sorry, wrong genre. When we last left our intrepid Holldums, Cleveland had just discovered that even at college he could not escape his family.

Let's take a closer look at the boys, now that they've grown up.

Our heir, Cleveland. Dorky, kinda gangly looking... lotta Waylon in the boy (it's the nose). I think he'll look a little less awkward once he's got some decent clothes on (red is just not his color)

Oh, and a nice backside shot of Kasson there

Kasson seems to have aged into Young Adulthood a lot more tastily... er gracefully than his brother, despite also having inherited Waylon's nose. Like his brother, he too is in desperate need of new clothes. For Stinky Pete's sake Kasson, a stained wife beater? What happened to the fashion sense you and Cleveland displayed as kids?

"I was, like, hopin' to meet some cute chicks at the mall, ya know Babe? An' maybe check out the latest models at 'Bubbleblowers 'n Stuff'."

Fine then. Off to the mall with the both of you. But no bubbleblowers! Shoo!

Well, that's a lot better. I'm not sure if I handle both of them wearing stripes (especially Cleveland... hello, someone looks like a knowledge sim waiting to happen) but it's far better than what they arrived in.

Life in the dorms is boring, so lets sit back and enjoy the boys' highlights. Please make certain your seatbelt is fastened snugly and keep your hands inside the blog at all times.

Cleveland spun up the want for a telescope (or maybe to stargaze… I disrecall) Anyhoo, no sooner had I dropped the telescope down than Kasson had his eye glued to it.

"Yo Babe! Didja know we can see that creepy Vidcund guy all the way over here at Tech. He'll like never know who's watchin' him now."

If you seriously believe that Kasson, you've got another thing coming.

"Whoa! That is like soooo wrong! Didjoo see what he's doing?"

You know Kasson, your mom makes that same face when she peeps on Vidcund too.

"But Babe! You gotta see this!"

No, the only thing I'm planning on seeing is a beat-down real soon here. Count with me folks. It should start in... 3... 2...


See Kasson. Never underestimate the mysterious power that is Vidcund.

"Ack! Babe! Like, help me here!"

No. Some days I enjoy watching the neighborhood crank shove people around. If I were living in a sim neighborhood, I'd probably be the crank too. In fact, I've been temped to drop a self-sim in all new neighborhoods I create, just so I can be the crank (since it seems like in my game the computer always chooses the playable sim with the oldest creation date in the neighborhood to be the crank)

Okay... nothing more to see... move along

In spring, the young family sim's thoughts turn to marriage... any way he can get it. Sorry Cleveland, but I will not allow the matchmaker to bring you any women. I don’t think I've had a successful blind date from her yet.


Trust me, I'm saving you heartache and embarrassment.


Oh stop the sighing. I've got a hot redhead waiting for you back home.

Yeesh, Kasson too? Has spring semester gotten everyone's hormones in an uproar? Good thing Euphemia is getting ready to join Euclid at college. Get inside boys and do your homework.

"But Babe! She says she can get me in this excellent club where the bubbleblowers have the most awesome suds!"

No buts. No suds. Homework, ya little addict.

Despite being a family sim, Cleveland has spun up a lot of knowledge sim type wants (people have commented that they've seen their sims spin up aspiration inappropriate wants a lot since Nightlife) Nothing makes him happier than slaving away over a term paper. I just hope that when it comes time to reroll his aspiration that he doesn’t end up with family again (or something worse, like romance or pleasure)

Kasson, however, is not a fan of the homework. We can see what's obviously on his mind. That's okay Kasson, you're a Poli Sci major and a Pop sim just like your mom. You'll find that college is mostly one big party.

"But Babe! All this thinkin' hurts."

Suck it up and do your homework. It's ungodly easy for you guys to get a 4.0 in college. I wish it had been that easy when I was at university.

"And did ya have to walk to lecture uphill both ways, in the snow, Babe?"

Ha ha. Funny. Actually, yes I did. Iowa State girl here. Keep it up and I'll download an engineering major hack and see how you like 6 semesters of calculus. Theoretical polynomial calculus with imaginary numbers.

"Ewwwwwww... Okay, I'm doing my homework"

Heh... Moving right along...

Vanity, thy name is still Kasson. In truth, I am beginning to really hate the "primp" action from Nightlife. The least little bit of drop in hygiene and they're futzing in the mirror.

If you're stinky Kasson, go take a shower. If not, quit fussing with your hair and go get dressed. Your woman is coming over.

Finally he got around to getting dressed, just in time to meet Euphemia. She at least got some decent default clothes when she wandered off to college.

Meanwhile Cleveland, being the neat-OCD sim that he is, went out to get the bills from the mailbox immediately upon waking up just now. Other sims use the bathroom, take a shower, grab some breakfast. Not our Cleveland. *roll eyes*

Oh hey, the taxi's here for Kasson and Phemey's date! Quick, let's jump in the hatch and tag along to see what happens.

Red's Diner. Not a bad place to go for a date, if you can keep 'em off the pool table. This doesn't seem to be an issue for these two, however... they've only got eyes for each other. Which was promptly followed by 'hands all over each other' once the got up from the table. Luckily Crumplebottom seems to be elsewhere today.

"Kasson is just like the most awesome kisser, Old Mr Pervy Dude. Let me tell you all about our make out session in the photo booth."

Discretion Phemey... you really need to learn to watch you say and whom you say it to.

"And then he does this this thing..."

Kasson, do you have anything to say about this?

"Whoa Babe, I've got like all these spots in front of my eyes from like the flash in the booth. Cool. If I close my eyes and rub 'em the spots change color. It's like almost as awesome as the bubbleblower."

"So... um.. Phemey hon, is there anything ya want to do before we head back to campus?"

"Kasson, I thought you'd never ask. I really want to..."

Euphemia Elena Retrorocket, what did I say about discretion? That's your stepmother Genesis right there behind you. Is that the sort of thing you want to be blurting out in front of your parents?

Apparently it is. You know, comments like that are the sort that come back to haunt you at family gatherings later in life.

Lets go back and see what Cleveland is up to...

Poor loveless Cleveland spends his evenings in his pajamas, rocking out in the empty cafeteria. He does a lot of stuff in his pajamas I've noticed. If I didn't think they were adorably cute, I'd make him change into normal clothes. The critters on the pants look a lot like little sheep :)

Oh, and the rockin' gestures? They'd be much more appropriate if he were listening to something other than classical music.

Ah, that's better. That's the sort of face I'd expect for classical music. It's just as well that Cleveland is getting into a serious mood since a critical moment is swiftly coming down the turnpike towards him. 2nd semester sophomore finals are approaching, and after that a chance to change his aspiration. With luck we'll score something more appropriate for the boy.

And with that I think we'll wrap this chapter up. Stay tuned for the next chapter, which will throw Salina into the mix and wrap up university for these two.

Onward to Chapter 6b: More College

Back to Chapter 5: Tail End Teen-hood