Dustin Broke - Fortune - LTW to Own 5 Top Level Businesses (three down, two to go). First Wishes: Invite Diva Caryl Knight over, play with Caryl, appreciate Caryl, play with Lucy Burb, appreciate Lucy, make some money.
Angela - Popularity - LTW to Become City Planner. First Wishes: Get nature hobby plaque, have a party, entertain, play with, talk to Sandy Bruty, go swimming.
Anna - Grow Up. First Wishes: Tell and inside joke, get logic 8, play with, gain a skill point.
All those wishes Dustin has for Caryl night is interesting. He had a date with her last round. Yes, he stepped out on Angela, although he didn't sleep with Caryl. heh I think he is bored with Angela.
Dustin is chomping at the bit to win 5 Top Level Businesses. Last round, he ran Pleasantview Pets up to level 10, 3 times. Heh. So he starts this round with his store called The Robot Guys. He is running it by himself for now. Every now and then he brings in a couple of employees to build robots, and lets Diva Caryl Knight come in to run register. Sometimes. The robot builders are the same employees he had at Pleasantview Pets, Jihoon Hsu and Bruce Rauscher. Dustin runs wishes to date and whatnot while he is working, and Caryl comes in handy for that. Here he gets his gold in restocking. Wanda Tinker is in the store looking at the toy robots, sizing up the competition.
Everything is uber expensive so Dustin can run in the back and put together a robot every now and then without compromising customer service.
Eh, Dustin didn't need another employee, he already had three working part time. But he threw a wish to hire garden club lady Tiffany Zarubin, at level 5. He immediately sends her home. The only badge she possessed was a gold in gardening.
Level 6: Dustin steps out side to exercise his nature abilities, and Dina Caliente stops by for a helping of Dustin eyecandy. *wolf whistle!*
By level 7, Dina became a regular visitor to The Robot Guys store. Over and over Dustin shows the now rich Dina Caliente the Sammy Servo sitting in the corner waiting for a new home. There is an outrageous price of $20,000 on him. Dina accepted all selling techniques with excitement, including Dazzle, but she never bought it.
Thinking maybe she isn't buying it because it is the only really super-duper priced item in the store, Dustin set everything else to astronomical prices. Cleaning bots were now $5,000, and the ever popular Sentry Bots were raised from $1,800 to $5,500. The plain little toy robot was now $900.
Level 8. This style of running the store now means Dustin doesn't need his robot builders working at the bench so much. Bruce takes a day off. Working at The Robot Guys has earned Bruce a gold in robot making. Dustin takes a mental note to give Bruce a raise the next time he comes in.
Dustin isn't selling any merchandise, but being that he is a Fortune Sim, he is getting $10K + every day in the stock market, so he has plenty to pay his manager Jihoon when he comes in. He also keeps racking up customer stars with his superior sales techniques which is the point of this LTW, to get a Top Level business. Keeping up with wishes is almost impossible. He spins up to do business related things with people who aren't even in the store.
Tiffany Zarubin shows up for work on her own, as Dustin never calls her in. He lets her work the sales floor, and was forced to give her a raise when she earned a bronze in sales. She is actually good with the customers and generates a lot of customer satisfaction stars.
Dustin gets a good review, a second one. Dustin thanks Mairelle Sell for the review, then tells her a joke. She likes this so much...
He gets Best of the Best. Erm, yeah....it still says it is the Corner Shop. I never bothered to change the name of the business.
Level 9 brings Mark Landchild into the store, and Dustin still trying to sell Sammy Servo. Mark is Nina (Caliente) Landchild's husband. He didn't buy it either.
Yay! At last!
Dustin had his level 10 store. He was ready to cash out. He set everything at rock bottom prices, and called Diva Caryl Knight in to cashier. She is no good. Very slow. There was a run on the register, and customer satisfaction started falling like a rock.
Wednesday night, it was time to grow up. Dustin had spent the day cleaning up the remnants of the garden, after all, it was now the first day of winter. He also spent time on the phone making friends, fulfilling wishes. Angela took time out of working toward cleaning 9 to see Anna grow up.
Anna rolled Pleasure. :) I need more of those in this hood. Dustin turns to give Angela a big 'ol hug...but look at Anna's face. Do you think she knows what a two timing schmuck her dad is? Anna had decided not to take after either her mom or dad. No running businesses or becoming a magazine editor. She wants to become a celebrity chef.
Anna headed downtown to fulfill wishes to buy a phone and get a hand held game. And to get a nice makeover. There she met the teen throb of all teenage type female Sims everywhere, George McCarthy. They had a good chat, but returned home without a high personal score. When she returned home, she studied logic, fulfilling another wish, then rolled the above. Ask Sim out on an outing , ask Sim out on a date, flirt, and play. Off to the wishing well she went!
Ugh. Not one of my favorite Sims to play. The well throws her Ricky Cormier. (Puh-lese only like him a little! Only like him a little!) They have two bolts. Anna immediately asks Ricky out on a date, and of course he accpets. The date proceeded without incident, and she never had another thought about him again. *whew*
Ouch! One of Dustin's Sentry Bots goes haywire and shocks him. Haha...look the expression on Anna's face. That is enough to get her nose out of the book where she was studying cleaning. Of course, after working in her 5 wishes for the day. :)
Right about this time Dustin receives a nasty report from Pleasantview Pets, his first business. I didn't realize he didn't sell it. It made zero simoleons because he didn't show up for work. So off he goes...
Aha. Dustin simply ignored customers at the register until enough stars were lost to make it drop to level nine. He then quickly rang everone out that bothered to hang around, then threw a couple of stellar sales pitches. Customer generates a star, and Dustin gets his 5th top level biz. LTW number three! What is number four??? Graduate three kids from college. I don't think so. We are stopping here.
Friday afternoon, Anna comes home from school and decides it is time to hit the well again. She has spun up a wish to ask a Sim out on a date. Ahhhh...the well sent her someone that was halfway decent. John and Jennifer's boy, Joseph Burb.
Ha! Looky at that. It is a three bolt relationship....he is a Romance Sim. Looks like a Sim Match made in heaven to me! Now let's just hope Anna or Joseph thinks so too! Saturday morning came round, and the perfect couple had a perfect date, racking up 5 perfect wishes for Anna.
Saturday also found Angela at Sue's Kitchen. She finally started spinning up wishes a little more exciting than 'blog about...XYZ'. She won against Sue, who cooked the same thing she did! Lookin' good, Angela! Upon winning the cooking contest, she spun up 'ask Sim on date'. Dustin, get ready, Angela is on her way home!!!!
The date went well, with even a little woo-hoo thrown in. Angela had an excellent day, with lots of wishes fulfilled.
Sunday found Anna and Joseph dating again. That night, he leaves her a nice present.
The piano went straight into Anna's backpack, as her mom and dad already have a piano.
Monday morning, 7 am. Dustin hits Angela with conversation about hobbies, fulfilling a wish for him. It is now the first day of spring, and Dustin has cut his large garden in half, and put in three of each orchard tree. He has already planted a new crop of vegetables. Everyone in the house is maxed out on skills, thanks to eggplant juice. And this is where we leave the Brokes for this week.
Angela: Go hiking, smustle dance, get hobby plaque in Music and Dance, blog about nature, blog about Music and Dance, and catch a butterfly. Angela was pretty dry this week, wanting nothing but nature type wishes until the end of the week, then she started throwing different wishes. She did go on one outing with friends. She managed to get a job in architecture, she is a master architect. Her LTW is to become a city planner. She did get her plaque in Nature.
Dustin: Anna gets scholarship, go hiking, blog about nature/tinkering, catch a firefly/butterfly. Dustin was loads of fun this round with working up to his LTW of 5 top level businesses. Then he fooled around with his side squeeze Caryl Knight a while, even inviting her to the house for some fun. Angela didn't notice, she was sleeping. Strange, he has never spun up to woo-hoo with Caryl. During the time in the store, Dustin's wishes were difficult to keep up with, he constantly wanted to do things with/for people who were not in the store. Otherwise, he threw 'make friends with' wishes, and to do things with Caryl. Toward the end of the week, he started throwing nature wishes again.
Anna: Ask Sim out, ask Sim on date, have 3 first dates, and go downtown. As a child, she wanted to call her friend Frances quite a bit, who is now in University now. Once she grew to teen, she spun up date every day, so it was quite easy to keep up with her wishes. I love that the game brought her Joseph Burb.
Keep on Simmin'!