October 2000 – Rumor has it that local pastry chef Molly French is heating things up with Pizza Man Torgo Pendragon. The two met at a dough convention in Monte Vista last month and have been inseparable ever since. If these two make it down the aisle, you can guarantee that their wedding cake will be to die for.
I recently asked my 34-year-old son to move out, and I feel horrible. He and my husband (his dad) were constantly fighting, and I needed some peace. Did I do the right thing?
The right thing would have been to push that baby bird out of the nest ten years ago. At 34, your son should be more than capable of taking care of himself. To continue to allow him to mooch off you and your husband would do him and yourselves a disservice. Sonny boy needs to get a j-o-b ASAP if he doesn’t have one already, and he better learn how to do the laundry and cook mac and cheese. It is perfectly reasonable for you to have him over once a week for Sunday dinner, but other than that it’s time for him to sink or swim.
Best Wishes, Anna
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September 2000 – Ten years ago Beau and Victoria Andrews were on top of the sports world. Beau, a star quarterback for the Bridgeport Bears, had just renewed a multi-million Simoleon contract with the team. Victoria, an ace correspondent for the Sim Sports Programming Network, had just landed an anchor position on the station’s flagship program, “The Nightly Huddle.”
Then disaster struck.
During the final play of the 1990 SimBowl, Beau sustained a hit from an opposing linebacker that not only cost him the game, but his career as well. Beau recalled the moment the doctors told him he would never play again. “It’s like my world ended, man. I didn’t know what to do with myself. Football was my identity. I slipped into a dark depression. I stopped taking care of myself. I wouldn’t work out. I wouldn’t eat right. I isolated myself from other Sims. I don’t know how Vicky stuck with me.”
Instead of leaving Beau, Victoria shocked the nation by resigning from the news desk. “A lot of Sims had criticized SSPN for giving me the job. They said the only reason I got the job was because of my connection to Beau.” Even worse, some called her a gold digger. “I loved working at SSPN, but I loved Beau more. I couldn’t let him go through the darkness alone.”
Victoria and Beau were humbled by the support they received in the beginning. “Sims called and came by all the time,” Beau said, “and they always brought food with them…lots of food. I don’t think Victoria had to cook at all in the first year after my injury.”
“Then the calls stopped coming,” Victoria said. “We were old news. Sims thought Beau should have been over it already.” Not only did Sims stop calling, they started avoiding. “We were outcasts. We would go to a restaurant or a club, and Sims that we used to socialize with regularly wouldn’t make eye contact with us. It was like we didn’t exist anymore.”
Victoria said the treatment she received opened her eyes to the daily plight of others. “There are Sims in our community who are ignored on a daily basis, mainly the elderly and the emotionally disturbed. Sims pretend they don’t exist. We’ve felt their pain. That’s why we’ve started our feast parties.” Beau and Victoria have a once-a-month feast party where they invite over the other “outcasts” of Sunset Valley.
“Someone has to look out for them so that no one can take advantage of them,” Victoria said.
“Other Sims tend to think they are dangerous, but there is nothing wrong with them.”
After the feast, Beau and Victoria engage their guests in a little dancing. Victoria said, “We’re teaching them ballroom dancing now. You should really see Buster Clavell. He’s got some smooth moves!”
September is shaping up to be a wet month. This week starts off with a major hailstorm, but the rest of the week will be dominated by rain. Make sure to keep your umbrella handy!
The following residents are celebrating a birthday this month.
Tori Kimura – 24
Rhett Funke – 27
Zelda Mae – 34
Gus Hart – 44
Erin Kennedy – 45
Gunther Goth – 48
Yumi Sekemoto – 70
August 2000-Leisure Days signals the beginning of a new school year, but one student wasn’t ready to return to Sunset Valley Community School. Someone broke into the school over the Leisure Day weekend to do some interior decorating.
When the principal’s staff returned to work this week, they found the office blanketed with toilet paper. “It was a mess,” said the principal’s secretary. “I’ve never seen so much toilet paper in my life! It took us the whole day to clean it up.”
When asked if there were any leads in discovering who the vandal was, the principal said, “Our security team examined the tapes from the weekend. We did detect a figure entering and leaving the school. Unfortunately with the rain and the darkness, we weren’t able to make out who it was. The best we can determine is that it appeared to be a teen-aged boy.”
The principal vowed that the toilet paper will not be going to waste. “The vandal actually did us a favor. There’s enough toilet paper here to cover a couple of weeks, so I’m going to reduce the school’s order with our supplier.”
August 2000-The threat of heavy rain kept all but Sunset Valley’s most faithful away from the festival grounds today.
Marley Williams didn’t let the rain scare him away. “This is my daughter Malika’s first Leisure Day. We wouldn’t have missed this for the world.”
Miraj Alvi and Lawrence Lum enjoyed a water balloon fight.
Down at the beach, Clark Sauer found he had the entire ocean to himself. “I can’t believe there aren’t more Sims here. It’s Leisure Day, for Will’s sake! Where’s the community pride? I mean, it’s just rain, right? Sims act like they’ve never seen rain before.”
Back at the Festival Grounds, the annual hot dog eating contest went off without a hitch. This year’s franks were provided by Hogan’s Deep Fried Diner, conveniently located at the corner of Mirabello and Main.
VJ Alvi grinned from ear to ear while chowing down on the hot dogs. “I hate hot dogs, but I know this is killing my old man. He thinks eating pork is a sin.”
Editor’s Note: Hogan would have you know that his franks are all-beef.
Despite VJ’s enthusiasm, Pauline Wan is this year’s hot dog champion.
Unfortunately, Mother Nature made good on her threat of rain, so the fireworks display was cancelled.
Iqbal Alvi tried to shoot off one bundle of fireworks, but the rain put them out.
Mr. Alvi said, “Even though there were no fireworks, I still had a good day. I got to spend time with my sons. They are growing up so fast, and I don’t know how many more Leisure Days I will get to spend with them. That’s what these holidays are all about anyway, spending time with the Sims you love.” Well said, Mr. Alvi. Wherever Sunset Valley’s residents spent their day today, hopefully they spent it with their loved ones.
August 2000 – This summer couldn’t be going better for Tori Kimura. Her chief political rival resigned last month over allegations of a misappropriation of funds. Now, Tori herself has found love in local handyman, Clark Sauer. If I were Tori Kimura, I’d be buying a lottery ticket next!