Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day One: Meet and Greet (Part 2)

The next woman I met had a mystical air about her.
I was lulled into a hypnotic trance as she approached me.
"Hello, I am Natasha," she said, as she gave me a SimEarthy hug.
"Hello, Natasha. My name is Garrett."
"Garrett, your astral body is very blue. It means you care deeply for your family and friends and long to help them. That's wonderful, but your etheric auric body is quite red."
"That doesn't sound good, does it?"
She shook her head. "It means that you are very positive about the relationship you have to others, but the relationship you have with yourself could use some work.."
"Wow, Natasha. You are very perceptive. I really would like to talk to you about this further."
"Of course, Garrett. Please come find me when you get inside."
My palms started to sweat. I always thought that new age stuff was a load of bunk, but Natasha nailed me.
I turned back to the front to greet the final lady.
She was simply lovely.
She had a charming sweetness about her. I couldn't put my finger on exactly what drew me to her. She wasn't exotically beautiful like Nina. Natasha or Cassandra, or an overdone beauty like Jessica. Not even the next-door girl freshness of Tara seemed an accurate description of her. She jhad an inner light that made her shone, and I longed to bask in it.
Nervous: Again with the poety, Dude?
She approached me boldy but with grace.
"Hi, I'm Garrett."
"Hi, Garrett. I'm Florence, and I have a gift for you."
When I didn't move or speak, she hastily added, "It's a bouquet from my flower shop. I  thought that since you will be handing out a lot of roses during this process, it would be nice for you to receive some flowers too."
I laughed. "I'm sorry for staring dumbly. I wasn't expecting a gift. I'm very touched. Thank you very much, Florence. Why don't we head inside and enjoy the cocktail party?"
When I got inside, I noticed Cassandra playing pool,
so I joined her. I knew she was thinking our introduction hadn't gone well, so I wanted to reassure her.
Before I could get a word in, Nina joined us.
Cassandra wasn't pleased.
To make matters worse, Nina somehow derailed me into a conversation about fashion. She was so beautiful. I could listen to her describe a root canal procedure.I felt bad about abandoning poor Cassandra, and apparently someone else didn't approve of Nina monopolizing my attention.
"Where do you get off horning in on Cassandra's time with Garrett?" Jessica demanded.
"I know you aren't calling me out, Jessica Peterson! You're just jealous that Garrett is paying more attention to me than to your boobs. Don't get mad with me if they were a waste of money."
"Why you little tramp!"
"Takes one to know one, babe!"
The tensions were running high inside the house, so Chloe and  I sought solace outside. She looked so peaceful standing on the beach, gazing at the waves. I again found myself calmed by her presence.
We sat down on the beach and talked. I loved that she had no concerns about getting sand on her gown. "Chloe, I've never dated an alien before, but I want you to know I'm open-minded. My family is too."
Chloe laughed, "Your family will have to be open-minded to meet my family. We're a crazy bunch!"
"I do hope to meet them someday Do you come from a big family?"
"Big doesn't begin to describe it. Let's just say our relationships are complicated. I'll have to draw you a diagram."
I wanted to hear more about Chloe's family, but I noticed Florence sitting by herself. With an elimination coming tonight, I felt pressured to spend as much time with each lady as possible. I excused myself from Clhloe, and headed over to Florence.
"That's a very impressive piece of art you have there, Florence. If there is a sandcastle-building competition, I think the other ladies are in trouble."
"Thanks." She smiled shyly. "Arranging flowers really boosts my creativity."
"I think creativity is a wonderful trait to have. I'm good with the exterior design of my home, but there's nothing like a woman's touch for the interior."
"The floral design work is my favorite part of my business."
"That's right, I forgot we had that in common; we're both entrepreneurs. I value that in you, Florence. You must be a responsible and self-motivated woman to run your own business."
She shook her head, "Well, I am, but that's not the main reason I do it. My parents started that shop. I lost them to a car accident when I was in college. The shop meant the world to them, so it's like having a piece of them, you know?"
I was so glad I had come over to talk to Florence. She truly seemed like a woman I'd want to get to know further.
I heard a commotion coming from inside. Nervous was gathering the ladies together.
"Ladies, you've had the opportunity to mix and mingle with our bachelor Garrett here, but I'm afraid we have some serious business to attend to."
I felt sick to my stomach. "Um, Nervous, could I speak to you outside for a minute?"
"Whatever, Dude."
Nervous followed me out to the patio. "What's going on, dude?"
"Nervous, I just met these women. They all seem to be wonderful women. I just don't know enough at this point to send one of them away."
"So let me get this straight, Garrett. You're asking me if we can skip the rose ceremony tonight?"
"Please, Nervous, I don't want to make a mistake and send my wife away."
"Dude, you're putting me in a precarious position with the producer..."
"Please, Nervous. I wouldn't ask if I was certain who I wanted to send home."
"Ok, dude. Because I think you're sincere, and I'm actually starting to like you, I'm going to help you out."
"Thanks, Nervous-"
"There will be no rose ceremony tonight," he continued, "but you'll have to cut two girls tomorrow. Count 'em. One. Two."
"Thanks, Nervous, I owe you, man."
"You better believe it! Ok, we'll go in and I'll tell the ladies what's happening. Best of luck to you, dude."
I followed Nervous back inside. "Ladies, I apologize for the interruption," he said. "It's quite obvious that tensions and nerves are sensitive tonight. Garrett and I think it's in everyone's best interest to forgo the rose ceremony tonight. No one is going home."
Natasha said, "I think you have chosen wisely. The whole feng shui of this room is not conducive to Garrett making a good decision about his wife. There is a lot of negative chi."
"I have no idea what that means," Nervous said, "but take it up with the set designer. I'm just the host. Anyway, ladies, let's put tonight behind us and look ahead tomorrow when the dating will begin. There will be two dates tomorrow."
"How is that going to work?" Tara asked. "There are seven of us."
"You're right, Tara," said Nervous. "One of you will have a one-on-one date with Garrett, and the rest of you will go on a group date."
"Who gets the one-on-one date?"
"The lady who won the reader contestant selection poll."
"That's me!" Florence exclaimed.
"Congratulations, Florence. Ladies, it's time for Garrett and I to bid you good night. Sleep tight and see you in the morning."

Don't blame Garrett for not doing an elimination tonight. I felt like he and I both needed more time to decide which girl should go. I've already played through the first day of dating, and there will definitely be an elimination afterwards.

As far as Garrett is concerned, I think he has already made his decision. He's even rolled a proposal want. I was shocked that it came up so fast. Garrett is smitten with this girl. He's constantly seeking her out for autonomous interaction. He could be on the second floor of the mansion and she could be out on the beach, and he will pass all of the others girls to talk to her.

And speaking  of "autonomous", I have to keep Garrett frozen with the Freezer Clock most of the time, because the girls keep trying to get him into the bed or hot tub. LOL, horny wenches! I know I can turn autonomy off, but it I'm using it to help me decide who the final lady will be.

Finally, I have to say that I had a blast dressing the girls in their formal attire. It was the most fun I've custom content hunting in a long time!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day One: Meet and Greet (Part 1)

Nervous: Garrett, there are seven gorgeous women anxiously waiting to meet you. How are you feeling, you lucky son of a gun?
Garrett: To tell you the truth, I'm a little nervous, Nervous.
Nervous: Dude, what do you have to be nervous about? You're a hot guy. The women are smokin'! It's taking all my self-control not to deck you right now.
Garrett: This may be a competition to you, but this is serious business to me. I could very well meet my wife tonight.
Nervous: Ok, Dude. I see this is important to you, so let's not delay any further. Head on outside and greet and the first lucky lady.
 * * *
Me: For the introductions, I'm going to switch to a first-person narration from Garrett's perspective. I think it will make the events flow more smoothly.
While I waited for the ladies to arrive, I practiced my smile and some greetings in my head. I felt like a complete dork.It didn't matter how much academic and professional success I had. Whenever it came to meeting women, I reverted to that lanky, pimply fourteen-year old dweeb.
I took a deep breath as I heard the first limo pull up.
The first woman took me by surprise. It wasn't her green skin that captivated me; it was her air of confidence. She seemed to be sizing me up, and I reminded myself that this journey was a two way street. Though I could possibly propose to a woman at the end of this show, she also had right to turn me down.
Our eyes remained locked as she approached me. She offered her hand, I offered mine in response...
...and she faked me out!
She laughed melodiously. "Forgive me, I couldn't help myself. You looked so serious, I had to loosen you up."
"I'm glad you did," I said, "I do take myself way too seriously at times. I'm Garrett, by the way."
"I'm Chloe."
She leaned closer to me, and I got a whiff of her citrus-scented body wash.
"Have you ever been with an alien?"
I felt my face turn fifteen shades of red.
She laughed again. "My Will, lighten up! You come find me when you get inside. I'll have a nice, stiff drink ready for you."
"Thanks, I'm sure I'll need it!"
Chloe had barely vanished inside the mansion when the next lady appeared.
My heart nearly stopped because she was gorgeous, perhaps the most beautiful woman I had ever met.
She greeted me with a light kiss on the cheek.
"Excuse me, I need to catch my breath," she said. "I'm so nervous."
I was floored that any woman could be nervous meeting me. "It's ok. I'm Garrett. What's your name?"
She finally smiled. "I'm Nina, and I'm not normally such a basket case! I've had a rough week."
"Well, I hope you'll feel comfortable telling me all about it when I get inside.Just relax and have some fun tonight." 
"Thanks, I will." I watched her go and reflected on how I was able to calm Nina down just as Chloe had calmed me down.
The third woman was a dark, exotic beauty. She had an air of mystery that transfixed me....
Then she opened her mouth. "Oooh, thank Will! You are so cute." She screamed in a decibel that would make any 'tween girl envious.
She ran up to me and gave me a high five.
"I can't believe I did that," she said. "My big chance to make an impression on you, and I high five you! I'm such a twit."
I laughed, "You're a lovely twit. What's your name?"
"That's a beautiful name. I'm Garrett. I look forward to getting to know you better when I get inside."
She smiled and headed into the mansion. I'm positive I heard her arguing with herself as she went, "High five? What were you thinking? Get a grip, Cass!"
Laughing to myself, I turned my attention back to the walkway where the next lady was approaching.
Her smile was infectious, and a warm friendliness emanated from her.
I couldn't help but wave a greeting to her.
The material of her dress swished as she stepped, the sound reminiscent of the nearby waves.
Nervous: Good Will, Dude, you're killing me with the poetry! Can't you just say, "She walked up to me"?
Me: We're trying a new style here, Nervous. Silence from the peanut gallery!
"I'm Tara," she said as she enveloped me in her warmth.
"Hi, Tara. It sure is a pleasure to meet you. I'm Garrett.I'll be sure to see you inside."
The next lady wasn't shy to make her presence known.
"My, my, my. Aren't you a cutie?"
She sashayed towards me, her head held high. She had the poise of a Paris runway model.
"Nervous was right," she said. "You look nothing like him. Praise Will!"
"I'm glad you're pleased. I'm Garrett."
"I'm yours, handsome, anytime."
"Why don't you save these others broads the time and heartache and send them home now?"
I laughed. "You're confident. I like that." It was hard not to stare at her cleavage, especially when she was determined to use it to get my attention.. I am a man, and she had a body that screamed woohoo. "I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name."
"I didn't throw it, sugar. My name is Jessica."
"Jessica, I will definitely see you inside."
I waited until she was gone and gave a fist pump. This night was getting better and better, and there were still two more ladies to meet.
To be continued....

Off-topic Note: I live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia where the promises of snow usually fall flat. Well, we woke up this morning to about 3 - 4 inches of snow on the ground, and it is continuing to come down. They are forecasting about 12 inches which will paralyze this area! Since I'm not likely to be going anywhere today or tomorrow, that means lots of time for Sims! :)