The Andrews Give Back Reply

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!”

Le Petit Shark Pool Center Re-Opens Reply

June 2000 — Summer has arrived in Sunset Valley and Local Representative Vita Alto wants residents to know that Le Petit Shark Pool Center is the perfect place to cool off. “It is imperative that we re-vitalize our community areas to make them attractive places for families to visit. We would hate for our residents to feel the need to travel outside of Sunset Valley’s borders when they can enjoy themselves right at home,” says Mrs. Alto.

Upon entering the pool center, guests will first notice the new grill. Mrs. Alto explains, “People were already bringing their picnic baskets to the pool. The grill will give them additional lunch options.”

A shower was also installed near the restrooms so that guests can rinse the chlorine off their bodies before moving on to their next activity. “Le Petit Shark is a family-friendly environment,” Mrs. Alto reminds us, “so please remember to shower with your bathing suit on.”

During the dog days of summer, guests can find additional shade under the new umbrellas in the patio area. Or, if they don’t mind absorbing the UV rays, they can relax in the pool itself on the new loungers, available for hourly rental at the kiosk.

Perhaps the biggest attraction to Le Petit Shark Pool Center will be the new diving board.

Guests may have to be patient to wait their turn at making a big splash.

Mrs. Alto says opening weekend at the pool was a success. “I have not seen this many Sims at Le Petit since I was a young girl.It’s nice to see the residents pull themselves away from their tvs, computers, and video games and enjoy some good, clean fun at the pool!”

The pool is located at 520 Mirabello Road. Come take a dip today!