Monday, January 26, 2009

Round 1: Oldie 1

Round 1: Oldie 1
The Happiest Kid on SimEarth

Coral and Herb Oldie, the adoptive parents of Mary-Sue Pleasant, have had an empty nest for several years now. How will they finish out their golden years?
Me: Hello, Miss Coral. My, what a pretty flower arrangement you're making.
Coral: Thank you, dear. That lovely Florence Delarosa from Bluewater, such a sweet young lady, came over yesterday and gave me a lesson.
Coral: I made a bouquet for my daughter Mary-Sue. Herb and I took it to her house yesterday evening when we went to meet our two new grandbabies, Emma and Emily. Oh, they are so precious! And Herb and I are tinkled pink because Mary-Sue and Daniel told us they are adopting another child.
Coral: After Mary-Sue and Daniel told us they were adopting, I got to thinking. "Herb, dear" I says to my hubby, "Herb, why don't we adopt another child?"
I think I gave Mr. Oldie the shivers there, I did. Here we are in our golden years, fixin' to have another child. But we got such a joy from raising Mary-Sue, our dear sweet precious baby girl. The adoption agency we worked with in Takemizu was wonderful, such dear sweet people, and very professional.
Anyway, Herb says to me, "Well, Mrs. Oldie, we do have the space. If you reckon we can keep up with a youngin, by golly I think we can too." So Herb called up the agency this morning. They were thrilled that we wanted to adopt again. They said they would bring the little tyke by tomorrow morning.
Now, dear, can I fix you a cup of tea or a glass of lemonade before I leave for work?
Me: *snoring* Oh, excuse me, Miss Coral. I must have dozed a little. Um, burning the midnight oil at work, you know.
Coral: Oh, yes, work. I must be on my way, dear.
Later that day...
Me: Welcome home, Mr. Herb. Congratulations on your promotion to Piano Tuner.
Herb: *grunts*
Me: Welcome home, Miss Coral. Congratulations on your promotion to...Numbers Runner? Um, Miss Coral, do you know that is illegal?
Coral: Oh, yes, quite illegal, dear, but I'm so good at it. I've always had a head for numbers.
Me: *facepalm* You could be in big trouble with the adoption agency if they hear about this, not to mention the Wrightsville Lottery Commission, and the SBI.
Me: Given your advanced stage in life, I think it's wise that you've chosen a child. I just hope the Social Worker doesn't ask for employment references.
Coral: We used the income from our part time jobs to fix up a bedroom for the little tyke.
Me: It's very cute.
Me: Welcome to the Uberhood, Larry!
Larry: Hiya.
Me: I'm sure you'll like it here. Mr. Herb and Miss Coral are very nice people. Just don't get on Miss Coral's bad side, though, ok. I wouldn't want to see you sleeping with real fishes.
Larry: 'Kay.
Me: *struggling to resist a Diff'rent Strokes reference*
Larry: Wahoo!
Me: Enjoying your helicopter, I see.
Larry: Miss Coral, it's always been my dream to play the violin.
Coral: Is that so? My Herb was a concert master in his day. Mr. Oldie played the sweetest concertos, he did, such a talented dear. Why I remember once he performed in Simnegie Hall...
Me: Make a run for it, kid!
Me: You're pretty good with that thing, Larry.
Larry: Mr. Herb has been giving me lessons.
Me: They are paying off.
Me: It's so sweet of Herb to read Larry a bedtime story. It's also safer. One of Coral's stories would make the poor kid comatose.
Me: Do you like your new playground, Larry?
Larry: Miss Coral, you and Mr. Herb are the best parents in the world!
Me: I'll take that as a yes.
Me: Congrats on reaching the top of the Music career, Mr. Herb.
Herb: *grunts*
Me: Is it me, or do you just not say much?
Herb: Sorry, it's a habit. You've met my sweet Coral, right?
Me: Yes.
Herb: I love her as the day is long but that woman is a motor mouth. This is the longest two- sided conversation I've had in fifty years.
Me: Larry, it's very late to be selling lemonade. I'm sure you'll attract more customers in the morning.
Me: Awww....
Larry: Mr. Herb helped me with my homework last night, and I got an A+.
Me: Way to go, Larry!
Larry: I bought a friend home from school, too.
Me: Why, it's Chloe! She is becoming quite the social butterfly. You couldn't have picked a better person to share in the news of your good grades, Larry.
I think these two would be a cute couple. Too bad the alphabet twist won't let them be together.
Me: Miss Coral, I hope you don't expect me to congratulate you on reaching the top the Criminal career!
Me: Uh-oh! Looks like Chloe stayed too long. Brandi has come to fetch her.
Me: The poor kid is pooped, but he had a fantastic week. He is definitely the happiest kid in the Uberhood!
The Oldies were fun to play. I'm glad Herb and Coral both made it through the week. I was worried they would pass on before Larry became a teen. If you're not from the South, you're probably wondering what all the Miss Coral and Mr. Herb was about. I was brought up to speak that way to my elders. I'm well into my thirties, but I still refer to older people this way.
Larry is a really sweet kid. Herb and Coral spoiled him rotten, and he was in platinum mood nearly all week. I think he's going to be a Fortune Sim because he kept spinning up wants related to the lemonade stand.

Yay! We made it through Pleasantview! It's hard to move on to Strangetown because I am very attached to the Pleasantview Sims. Will Don win over Dina? What will Chloe be like as a teenager? Will Daniel get his boy? Will Cass find a guy whose name starts with C or will she have to wait for Christopher to grow up? So many questions that can't be answered just yet. Anyway, the Curious Brothers are up next. Stay tuned!


  1. Aaawww, the Oldies are too cute. I'm from the South and it felt very natural to read their names like that with the titles! I think it's safe to say that Larry is the most spoiled kid in the world! A helicopter, playground, full under-the-sea bedroom...that kid has it made! Also, I sung at Carnegie Hall with my highschool choir many moons that was cute when I saw that reference!

  2. Wow, here's a high five for completing your Pleasantview sims! I don't quite have your drive and won't be playing all of mine at my hood ;-) Really love your narrator's voice, guess you aren't called "snarkysim" for nothing!

    Question: How'd you get Herb read Larry a bedtime story? I can't quite do that myself and would appreciate a tip

  3. Arcadata,

    The option to read a bedtime story will be available only for the first half hour (or maybe it's an hour) that the child is in bed. Have your adult click on the sleeping child and the option should appear (Sorry, I can't remember the exact name of the option right now). Since the option is only available for a limited time, you'll have to stalk your children and watch when they go to bed.

  4. LOL at Cora being the head of the Criminal career, hehe. Also, loved the Diff'rent Strokes reference, too funny! :)

  5. Yeah, hi!
    I'm a bit slow in discovering your Uberhood - but it's great!

    I think I saw a glance of my husband in the future in Mr Herb! He's just as talkative already now, even though I'm nothing like Miss Coral myself :D

  6. Welcome, jungfrun68! I think I may end up being the Herb and my husband will be the Coral! :)