AiP 35 College

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Welcome back to Already in Progress Are you ready for another college chapter I can’t hear you Are you ready for another college chapter Woo Yeah What It took me ages to play this through – I’m excited it’s finished clears throat Well anyway it’s another college chapter and this picture shows just why I’m happy to have neatnik boys in college: they rake up all those pesky leaves and gain both fun and cleaning points for doing so. And now let’s rejoin our story: Already in Progress…

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Descartes Dante and Charlotte have headed off to college. They are all badly in need of the traditional wardrobe adjustment. I mean Descartes does an awful lot for an outfit but that’s an uphill battle if I ever saw one. And while Charlie’s not masculine she’s also not a ruffled-little-skirt kinda gal. Allyn Anderson in the back there doesn’t seem to have a problem with anyone’s looks. I believe I was concerned that there might not be enough redheaded girls at college for Don to choose from

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I needn’t have worried.

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In fact there are twice as many redheads as there should be. Each and every dormie has a doppelganger thanks to my adding a new custom college messing up big time deleting it and starting over. Adding a college generates dormies and I now have two of everybody.

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The easy way to fix that is to give makeovers to the ones I can get my hands on. I’d change their outfits too if there were any way to do that. Unfortunately all I can think of is to have my college crew open a business and sell them new outfits but I think that may have borked my game right after this rebuild. Perhaps it will be okay to sell them new outfits after Descartes Co. have graduated

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Descartes is a Fortune Sim and pretty routinely rolls Wants to Earn Some Money. That means that he gets to work in the cafeteria. TODD KNIGHT THE COOK: You gonna be okay kid DESCARTES: Yes sir Mr. Knight. Don’t you worry about a thing. TODD KNIGHT: grunts You can handle the menu DESCARTES: Mac and cheese or spaghetti served regular Cajun style or extra-crispy yes sir. TODD KNIGHT: snorts Descartes is sufficiently awesome that he makes the uniform look good too.

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Dante had some trouble making friends at first. CATALINA ENRIQUEZ: No I don’t want to play catch. Or even sit with you at lunch. DANTE bewildered: Why not CATALINA ENRIQUEZ: Because you’re a twink. DANTE: But I’m not blonde. I’m not even gay CATALINA ENRIQUEZ: rolls eyes Twink.

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The female upperclassmen in this dorm seem to have a bit of an attitude problem actually. DESCARTES: Got it DANTE: Yep yep – wait… LILLY HIATT: Thththpppppt You guys suck DANTE: No there it is. Comin’ atcha LILLY HIATT: Boo My granny is better at kicky bag than you and she’s in a wheelchair DESCARTES: Do you actually want to join in and show us how it’s done LILLY HIATT: Nah I’d rather heckle. Thanks anyway.

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Charlotte amused herself by starting fires mostly. She has a distinct tendency to start cooking Ramen walk away and only be reminded of her noodles by the fire alarm. Oh like you’ve never done that

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She also cheats heavily at chess just like her cousin. CHARLOTTE: Oh look It’s Bigfoot HAPLESS DORMIE: Bigfoot Here Where Where CHARLOTTE: moving her bishop several squares over and onto the wrong color You missed him. Too bad. It’s your turn.

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Actually it’s pretty hard to pry any of the gang away from the chessboard. DESCARTES: Don What are you doing DANTE: Oh hi Descartes. I just thought I’d get in a quick game with Abbey here. DESCARTES: You know I was going to play chess this afternoon. DANTE: You were Sorry I must have forgotten. ABBEY TSVURIKOV: Do you want to play I can leave… DESCARTES: No no that’s okay Abbey. You don’t have to leave. Don was just going. Weren’t you Don DANTE: Oh right. Yup. Sure was. Have fun Abbey. And watch out – he cheats.

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Abbey is a quiet Shy dormie who I’m pretty sure is a Knowledge Sim. Descartes spends a fair amount of time studying with her. Or just plain studying her. You decide.

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At the beginning of Descartes Co.’s junior year a whole new batch of students showed up increasing the level of Potential Interest. Top to bottom left to right: Albert Adams the required child from my Polyamory Project Challenge Buttercup Shankel oldest child from my unOfficially Wacky Boolprop Challenge Edgar Miller Charlie and Don’s half-brother and Descartes’ cousin Louise Sanders in the lumberjack outfit friend of Buttercup and Descartes Myrna Sanders Louise’s twin and acquaintance of most everyone and Samantha Littledragon friend of Buttercup and Louise.

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Edgar’s siblings came over to help him settle in and Eddie wasted no time. EDGAR: Hey Louise can I introduce you to my sister I think you’d get along really well. LOUISE: You want to introduce me to someone Sure okay.

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EDGAR: Charlie this is Louise. Louise this is my sister Charlotte. I think you’ve got a lot in common. LOUISE: Hi. Nice to meet you. CHARLOTTE: Nice to meet you. Sorry about my brother. He couldn’t wait until I was finished – Hey Eddie Where are you going EDGAR: More people to introduce Gotta go Edgar is a ten-Nice-point nine-or-ten-Outgoing-point Popularity Sim.

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EDGAR: Don have you met Samantha yet Samantha has the room one down from me. Samantha this is my brother Dante. DANTE: Don. SAMANTHA: Hi Don. Good to meet you. laughs Golly Eddie’s introducing me to so many new people today. DANTE: Yeah he does that. So uh have you picked a major yet

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SAMANTHA: You want to be Mayor Oh that’s great Eddie You’ll be able to do so much good EDGAR: I will SAMANTHA: Yeah You’ll really be in a position to effect social change I think maybe I’d like to be a social worker so I can make a difference in people’s lives. DANTE: A social worker Like the people who come take away children SAMANTHA: No not Child Protective. Family Placement maybe. I was adopted and I’d really like to help other kids find good homes. Or maybe Holistic Wraparound. Those workers don’t have many clients but they get involved in every aspect of their lives and make such a difference. EDGAR: See I just want to be Mayor because I like having lots of friends and stuff. And parties are nice too.

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Eddie wasn’t so interested in Samantha’s plans. But she made quite the impression on Dante. DANTE: Hi Samantha. It’s Don Miller. Eddie’s brother SAMANTHA: Oh Eddie’s brother Hi How are you DANTE: Doing well thanks. How are you SAMANTHA: I’m just peachy. What can I do you for DANTE: I was wondering if you’d like to go out for dinner. Sometime this week maybe. SAMANTHA: I’d love to I have a bunch of questions for you actually. DANTE pleasantly surprised: You do Oh – okay then.

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SAMANTHA: I’m glad you suggested dinner. Separate checks DANTE: No no – it’s on me. SAMANTHA: Really Thanks that’s really generous So about my questions: What kind of stuff is Eddie into DANTE: Well I like – um. Eddie SAMANTHA: nods vigorously Uh-huh. I figured you’d know best since he’s your brother and all. I wanna know everything. Poor Don Not that everything in his life is going badly.

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DESCARTES: So Charlie Don and I were talking about starting a frat. You wanna join us CHARLOTTE: In the frat DESCARTES: Uh-huh. We could have parties. It would be awesome. CHARLOTTE: Descartes fraternities are for boys only. DESCARTES: Nah there are some professional fraternities that admit women as full brothers. Not that we’re founding one of those. But you like girls right

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CHARLOTTE V.O.: Um… Yes. DESCARTES V.O.: See I thought so. Although what you see in that snooty biyotch Lilly Hiatt I will never know. So that’s okay. You can join. Right Don DANTE V.O. mildly: She could join even if she didn’t like girls. You’re just nosy. DESCARTES V.O.: So I’m nosy. Are you in Charlie CHARLOTTE V.O.: Sure I’m in.

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Like all my Greek Houses Cham Hoh House is a stripped-down shell that will eventually be refurbished using scholarship money. In fact it’s the same shell I’ve used for almost every fraternity I’ve ever had. And like all of my previous frats it has nothing to do for either skill building or amusement the first few semesters. Hence the yoga.

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And like all my Greek Houses it’s infested with cow mascots. You know for every one that you see there’s fifty you don’t. And they’re the only thing that will walk away from a direct hit with an atom bomb. Or is that cockroaches Meh what’s the difference This particular cow mascot came in and made poor nine-Nice-points Dante cry. DESCARTES: Hey I really like your technique. COW MASCOT: You think ‘Cause I wasn’t sure if I should use the sudden shove or the poke in the belly… DESCARTES: Nah it worked well. Just let me give you a quick pointer okay

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DESCARTES: Don’t mess with a man who has a one-Nice-point cousin and a SimVac.

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In contrast to the Greek House there are plenty of things to do at the dorms. Like spontaneous Smustle parties in the cafeteria. It looks like Louise’s practice sessions in high school paid off.

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Admittedly not all the activities are as successful at Rossi Hall as they were at Gilbert Hall. Makeovers take three times as long fires are bigger and not all the residents approve of each other’s preferred leisure time activities. Oddly Samantha and Albert have near-identical personality point spreads – but Samantha being more Playful will always pick the stereo over the chessboard to raise her Fun meter. And although the pool is not actually at the dorm it is how I found out that Myrna is afraid of heights. MYRNA: Whoa Nelly that water’s a long way down I think maybe I’ll just use the ladder to get in…

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One activity that is universally popular however is the robot bench. Any time I can’t think of anything else for someone to do they’ll be on it. Some of them occasionally roll the Want for a Bronze badge though that tends to go away after a square meal. I think we can all agree that Edgar is the best-looking robot enthusiast particularly given his tendency to work shirtless. Unless your autonomous gender preference is for females of course. Then that statement was both presumptuous and rhetorical.

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Eddie’s Nice points do get him into awkward situations sometimes. BUTTERCUP: Come on Eddie. What does he like What will it take for him to look at me as more than just the girl who cheats him at chess every day EDGAR: I don’t know. It’s never come up. …Do you really cheat BUTTERCUP: I would never cheat my dear friend and most favoritest cousin Eddie. Especially not when he’s going to ask his friend Albert what he looks for in a woman so that I can make adjustments as necessary. Because you are going to ask for me aren’t you Eddie fake sniffle and puppy-dog eyes Pwease EDGAR: sigh Okay. I’ll ask. BUTTERCUP: Thanks Eddie You’re the best. – Hey look It’s Bella Goth Behind you

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EDGAR: So Albert my man – what kinds of things are you attracted to ALBERT: Boobs. And other body parts you haven’t got. Why Have you just figured something out EDGAR massively embarrassed: Oh no no no I’m not asking for me I totally don’t think of you like that I mean we’re best friends but – I mean – Look I know a girl who likes you and she asked me if I would ask you what you like so that I can go back and tell her. ALBERT: What is this junior high Glasses and custom hair. EDGAR: Pardon ALBERT: Glasses and custom hair is what I like. But if you show up here tomorrow sporting both we’re going to have to have a serious chat.

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Edgar was not the one who showed up with a new look the next day. And the rest as they say is history.

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Greek Houses mean toga parties and Cham Hoh House is no exception. DESCARTES: Hey Abbey are you having any fun at all ABBEY: Oh yes yes I’m having fun. I just have this assignment… DESCARTES: It’ll keep. Come on have some pizza dance a little. ABBEY: Oh well I… I don’t much like large groups of people… DESCARTES: They’re all good folks. Everyone’s here to have a good time. It’s just a pity you’re not in a toga. ABBEY: Neither are you. DESCARTES cheerfully: Nope. Shall we dance

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ABBEY self-consciously: On a bright cloud of music shall we fly DESCARTES: See the problem with that reference is that I don’t know how to polka. Do you ABBEY: Um no actually. Okay I’ll stop the Rogers Hammerstein references now. Sorry.

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CHARLOTTE: Louie – LOUISE: Louise. CHARLOTTE: Louizzzzze you are just about the prettiest girl I have ever seen in my whole hic life. LOUISE: Aw really CHARLOTTE: Yup. You’re really hic really pretty. And you skin is really hic soft. Do you mous– mois– use something on it LOUISE: No nothing special. CHARLOTTE: Well whatever you’re hic doing works because you’re really hic really pretty. LOUISE: Well thanks Charlie. I like that nightie you’ve got on. CHARLOTTE: Aw thanks See that’s what I like about you – you’re really hic nice. And pretty. hic Excuse me I have to go throw up now.

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Despite Charlie’s difficulties in regulating her juice intake Louise agreed to go out with her. Once Charlie got over the hangover of course. The date was only Okay because you should never ever take a non- controllable date to a lot with a poker table. They will not leave it. Not even if the controllable Sim offers to make out with them right then and there.

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But did you know that two Sims in love will kiss while twirling on the skating rink Isn’t it the cutest thing ever

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During senior year Cham Hoh House got a karaoke machine. DESCARTES: I like big butts and I cannot lie DANTE: You other brothers may deny DESCARTES: When a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face you get – DANTE: Sprung They had fun with it even if the motivation for buying it was a little unclear. I mean they don’t even have walls around the toilet

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And Samantha and Dante still get together on a regular basis for bowling study sessions lunch coffee…

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…stuff like that. Purely on a friendly basis of course. SAMANTHA: Heathcliiiiiiiff it’s me a-Cathy come DANTE and SAMANTHA together: Hooooome SAMANTHA: I’m so DANTE and SAMANTHA together: Cooooold SAMANTHA: Let me in-a-your windooooooow DANTE: This isn’t really a duet. SAMANTHA: Who cares Are you really going to get a machine for the House DANTE: Eh well… SAMANTHA: Wow if you had a one of these I’d be over there every single day

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But things couldn’t go on that way forever. SAMANTHA: So what’s up guys Why the formal meeting EDGAR: Well Sam I think that maybe there have been some misunderstandings that are causing some problems for people I care about. So I thought that we should sit down and talk things out. SAMANTHA: I don’t get it. What kind of misunderstandings EDGAR: I’ll start. Right now I’m just looking to be friends with people. I like having friends I like having fun and I like seeing people happy. I’m not looking to date anybody. Anybody Don. to Dante Maybe you have something you’d like to say to Sam now DANTE hesitantly: I won’t be stepping on any toes EDGAR: Nope.

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DANTE: Okay. to Samantha I like spending time with you. A lot. SAMANTHA: Aw I like spending time with you too Donnie DANTE: I like going out with you. “Going out” as in actually going out. But the first time we went to dinner you asked about Eddie so I thought that you were interested in him. Not me. SAMANTHA: Well I was… DANTE: So I didn’t say anything because he’s my brother. SAMANTHA: But I’m interested now Donnie I thought you weren’t DANTE: Ah. Well I’ve always been “calling with serious intentions.” SAMANTHA: unsure whether to be amused at the phrasing: “Serious intentions” EDGAR: Don and I are both pretty Serious. So you’re good now DANTE and SAMANTHA: Yes.

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SAMANTHA: I’m glad we had this talk Donnie. DANTE: Me too Sam. Me too. So… I’ll call you in a couple days You know officially Now that we’re on the same page SAMANTHA: I’d like that. smiles I’d like that a lot.

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Don graduated not too long after that along with Charlie and Descartes. They all graduated Summa Cum Laude and they spent their final grants in a highly responsible manner: Behold the party pavilion Well what would you spend your money on if you wanted to leave behind the coolest Greek House ever Cham Hoh is now in the highly capable hands of Eddie by the way.

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Charlie and Don did okay in the Transition Lottery considering but Descartes’s legendary Awesomeness and Win deserted him completely. There is no redeeming that outfit.

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And right after Descartes Co. left three new students arrived. This looks like drama waiting to happen… but this is also where I’ll leave you for now. Until next time Happy Simming Descartes and Dante are singing “Baby Got Back” originally by Sir Mix-A-Lot although I prefer the Gilbert Sullivan version. You’re welcome. Samantha and Dante are singing “Wuthering Heights” originally by Kate Bush although I prefer the Pat Benetar version. Descartes and Abbey are referencing “Shall We Dance” from The King and I which is indeed a polka – unusual for a Broadway show tune.

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