Business Savvy

Round 3
2010-2014
Hopson Residence
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Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 07-20-24-50

Let’s start of with a neighborhood update.  The empty house is the old Gibson house with toy store front.  Very, very small.  The Russell’s have the hated narrow house and will hopefully get to buy a new house this round.

Scott Hopson is 26, Ellen Hopson is 29, Michael Hopson is 5, Sabrina Hopson is 2
(Visitors:
Olive O’Hara, Fern Fayers, Jordan Russell,
Business customers:  Everyone in the world)

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 07-53-21-18

Last time, Michael aged up to child, Sabrina was born and made it to toddlerhood, and Ellen took an open spot in one of the careers.  They also owe about $70,000 in loans and have $900 to their names.

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Olive stopped by earlier that day and hung around for a while playing chess.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 07-48-45-79

Sabrina interrupts Ellen for some much needed mommy/daughter bonding time.

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Wow.  I thought they were already best friends.  Oops.

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Immediately after the family portrait, Michael runs up to bed, while Ellen cuddles with Sabrina.  I was HORRIFIED when Fern showed up and Scott and her kissed.

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It doesn’t stop there either.  Ellen is heartbroken.

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That bastard falls in love with Fern while he gets smacked.  Then I notice Fern.

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She’s enjoying this!  Omg!

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This just pushed Ellen further over the edge.

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And down they go.

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Olive cannot believe what Fern has done.  She gives her the evil eye for about an hour.

Olive:  You better not have touched my man!
Fern wisely keeps her mouth shut.

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The goal is to keep Scott and Ellen away from each other so they do not do more damage.  Everyone sighs with relief when Fern leaves and Ellen goes to work.  Scott prepares an early dinner.

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And teaches Michael to study before going out to serve his time in punishment.

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His punishment is to dig until the snow gets too deep.

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Ellen is too upset to stay in the house.

Ellen:  I need a taxi to come to this address.
Dispatcher:  Yes, ma’am.  What’s your destination?
Ellen:  The nearest bar!
Dispatcher:  Okay, ma’am.  The driver will be there shortly.  Due to the icy road conditions, it might take longer than normal for him to get there.
Ellen:  I understand.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 08-20-33-57

Ellen heard the screeching of tires just seconds before the loud crash happened.  She ran outside and found poor old Scott dead under the taxi.  She half-assed pled for his life, but was not successful.

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She left him lying there before deciding to just bury his body in the front yard.  She was so glad he had already been digging his own grave.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 08-22-25-87

It took about a year, but Eric’s life insurance was finally paid to the family.  Ellen received $10,000 and the kids got $5,000 each.

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Ellen wasn’t sure what she was going to do.  Her job did not pay enough to support the family.  She ate her omelet quietly and thought over her options.

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The first thing she did was open bank accounts for both children and deposited their inheritance.  She then took out another loan for $100,000 and then bit the bullet and quit her stupid job.

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Welcome to the Hopson Arcade!  Where everyone can have a fun time for only $48 an hour!

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 08-44-39-30

Olive showed up to check the new place out and loved it.

Ellen:  Can you believe that bastard up and got killed before I could beat him up and divorce him!
Olive:  Yes, but then you wouldn’t have had your inheritance.  I think we should just be glad he didn’t change out your name on the policy for that Fern’s!

Eric Gibson didn’t even pretend to not be listening.  He figured he should warn all the men in town that Fern will out them. He just wasn’t sure if she was doing it on purpose to upset the whole town or not.

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Luther Hanson:  I can show you the world.  Shining, shimmering, splendid….
Ellen:  You can?  Will you make all my troubles melt away.
Luther:  Sure, as long as you’re paying, of course.
Ellen: Scram, loser.

That one interaction had Ellen crushing on one bolt wonder, Luther.  It was icky and it shows that the woman is just desperate for love.

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It wasn’t too long after that Ellen was able to exchange the vending machines for a buffet table that she can run for a few hours every night.

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Sales were going up and Ellen was making friends and connections left and right.  Ellen knew she couldn’t take the job, but it was sure nice of Joseph Bradley to offer it to her.  Just as she said no, the arcade reached level 3.

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Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-13-18-07

I saw this and I was pissed.  That Luther guy has go to go..or ACR does…lol

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-15-55-19

The arcade is so popular, that the local bank wanted to install an ATM machine.  Ellen starts off by paying $10,000 on her loan.

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What is going on here?
Ellen:  He tried to make out with me!
Do you even know his names?
Ellen:  No!

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Hahaa.  Even the game knows how desperate for a man you are.
Drew Sullivan:  Hey, Fern puts out at her business.  I just thought all you playables wanted to service us!
Ellen:  Ew!  Never mention that name around here again!

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-24-21-35

Speak of the devil! Omg.  I am so glad she chose a townie and not a spouse to do this too.  Next time Clarence, leave Fern at home!

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-25-45-00

Hey!  It’s Donald the Reviewer!  I was happy to see him because Ellen has wanted a good review since she first opened the doors.  Too bad Donald just walked in, paid the new asking price of $175 an hour and left.

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Ellen can now dazzle the masses into paying the larger price!  I am not sure where her inner businesswoman is coming from, but she gets to use the energizer every time she gains a rank in the business.  She has been almost constantly platinum since she opened the doors.

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With high ticket prices and monetary perks, Ellen is able to make a $20,000 loan payment.

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We already had the same tv on the wall, so Ellen sold this one for $8,000.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-29-21-42

I have not been keeping up on the time Ellen spends here, but this is her second energizer.

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Ellen:  You’re my favorite brother and rich!  You just have to pay the new ticket price of $1,000!
Russell:  I’m your only brother!
Ellen:  Who cares, just give me your money!

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Russell:  Okay!

I am still baffled at how she cons these people out of the money!

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With the new rank, Ellen runs over and pays another $50,000 on her loan.  To date, she has paid $80,000 of $169,000.

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They all flock to the arcade!  Ellen, make Frank go away!  He cannot afford the pricetag!

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Instead of sending Frank off, Darrel interrupts with a blind date proposition.  Ellen said yes, of course.

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They guy dropped in but never paid any attention to Ellen.  Ellen just shrugged it off and made another loan payment.

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Ellen decides that if Frank wants to come to the arcade, who was she to tell him no!  Money is money!

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-39-11-28

Having some fun during a lull in the in customers.

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See this face?  This is the face of a debt free Ellen.

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Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-44-50-09

6,000 aspiration points and a trip to the energizer just as Ellen rolls the next want of a level 7 business.  I love that she keeps herself platinum this way.

*snickers*  The look on her face is almost orgasmic.  Poor thing needs a man, STAT!
Ellen:  No man can make me feel as good as this machine does!

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-51-53-06

Since there is no mad rush for money right now, tickets are down to $5 an hour.  Ellen read up on physiology and maxed athletics, only to find out that she needed two logic points instead.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-53-47-16

Yes, Ellen is going to meditate the ranks away.  The ranks are taking longer, so she meditates after hitting the energizer.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-56-41-67

She only stops to clean the bathroom and then it is right back to meditating.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-58-19-07

She has decided to meditate indoors so that she could keep her third eye on the place.  Louise Ratner makes her first appearance, while Clarence makes his fourth.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 09-59-57-61

The sink and toilet break at the same time, thanks customers!

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Ellen persuades Bobby Farmer to pay $5,000 to hang out in the arcade.  Penny Ramsey will also pay, but not before offering Ellen a blind date.

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It ends up to actually be a date this time and with Charles Walter, our mailman!  Yay!  He’s cute in a weird ugly sort of way.

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The date is going well, too bad Luther seems a bit upset.  Also, don’t worry about Frank in the bathroom back there, he came and paid $5 just before the three 0’s were added.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 10-16-33-70

Things are going so well, that Charles already wants to get engaged.  We lock that in for him.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 10-22-03-10

Donald makes another appearance, paying the $5,000 entrance fee, walks around and leaves again.  Chump!

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This is the face of a mother who has just snuck into her kids’ bank accounts and added $100,000…each.

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With each child set for now and with $165,000 left for herself, Ellen lowers the entrance fee to $1.  This signifies that we only need 19 stars for rank 10.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 10-26-36-20

I had to laugh!  There are about 5 people who are still paying $5,000 an hour.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 10-30-55-40

The super funny thing is that, she now has $470,000 cash.  The high rollers stayed and stayed paying that $5,000 fee, while 20 others were only paying $1.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 10-31-12-15

Ellen:  Well, Russ, that’s a wrap.  Time for me to hit the energizer and head home!

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 10-33-28-91

Ellen hasn’t even left the lot yet and she already wants another.  This is okay with me because she has had the good review and best of the best award wants since she bought the first lot.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 10-40-30-59

Ellen finally arrives home and sends the towns first nanny on her way.

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Ellen:  Woohoo!  Guess who just bought a new business?
That is not what is so exciting!  Liar!
Ellen:  So what?
Ellen is actually cheering Michael who is playing the piano.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 10-55-06-72

Welcome to Hopson’s Motors, where you can get a $100,000 vehicles for $20,000.  Ellen, being the sole employee will have a hard time this time.  No meditating, no ticket machines.  Just hard, hard work.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 11-02-26-28

The first few hours were so bad, that Ellen stooped to hiring Fern because she had a gold sales badge.  That backfired when they lost two ranks because Fern is a bitch!  Ellen fires her and Fern runs off crying.

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This is how bad it got before she got the rank want done (not sure if it was rank 2 or 3 at this point) and was able to use the energizer.

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Ellen’s key to success?  New cars everyday!

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She literally sold all four cars within an hour and got rank 4.

Ellen’s key to success 2:  Make sure to close the store so that everyone leaves.  They come right back ready to buy more cars.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 11-47-11-43

Ellen restocks and cleans the bathroom during closing times.  With only four cars, it takes forever to get a restocking badge.  I think she will be at bronze forever.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 12-05-45-42

The store was not much fun for Ellen.  She headed home when she reached rank 5.  Almost immediately, Jordan Russell walks right in.

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The only way to get Charles to visit was to get rid of Ellen’s party want.  She only invited Charles.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 12-10-19-09

I was uber creeped out at Jordan just staring at the little girl that came home from school with Michael.  The little girl never left either.  I later saw her sleeping in Ellen’s double bed.  ew.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 12-11-12-60

Aha.  There she is.  Evangeline?  Angeline?  Not sure.  We saw her during the Gibson household.

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Even though Ellen only had Charles as a guest, Jordan was there and Louise Ratner crashed the party.  A couple of woohoos, and everyone had a blast.

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Maybe too much of a blast.  Good thing she had convinced Charles to move in!

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Charles rolled family to go with his popularity aspiration.  He also rolled and was found to be younger then Ellen by 8 years.  He does seem to get along with Michael though.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 12-33-58-42

We have officially made the switch to the regular rules!  Ellen got a job in business the moment she came home from the car dealership.  She started at level 2 and came home today with a promotion to level 3.

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She needs to head back to both businesses for a few minutes each, but first she needs to spend some quality time with the kids.

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Charles did not wait for Ellen to want to get engaged. He much preferred his child be born in wedlock.

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Charles wanted a wedding party, but Ellen rolled the want to just get married.  With the baby due any minute, we went with Ellen’s want.

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Ellen:  I really want a baby!
Charles:  Good thing you’re going to have on in like an hour.

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The time finally arrives and we have a boy!  He is named Nathaniel and will be the one to continue on with the Walters last name.  At some point, Ellen will also give him $100,00 for his bank account.

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Charles got his makeover, but I forgot his eyebrows.  Whoops.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 13-02-23-26

Saturday is the end of the round, but Ellen still had to go to work.  She comes home early with a promotion to level 4 and heads right back.  She needs two charisma points, so she will not get another promotion.

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I stayed with the family a little extra.  Nathaniel ages up to toddler and really, really takes after his dad.

Sims2EP9 2015-04-06 13-32-11-52

Sabrina had some issues.  She was 2 at the end of the last round.  I just noticed that it said she had 5 days to childhood.  This is wrong because toddlers are only 4 days.  I reset her to max days (which set to 4 days to child) and then aged her to child since she should have been 6 already.  I sure hope that doesn’t happen again.  Also, Ellen ran off to both businesses to hire managers.  At some point, she will head back to the dealership to get it to rank 10.

Notes:

  • I was pretty sad that Scott rolled to die in a car accident. It seemed almost poetic that Fern pulled her stunt and got everyone angry at him.
  • Ellen left the arcade after what was probably a couple of weeks with 17 friends.  Other than the weird Luther crush, she really had no interest in anyone until Charles fell down in front of her. I can’t wait to see how they are next time around.
  • Next round is going to have a lot of teens.  I am still so excited for that because Ellen got knocked up within an hour of Nathaniel being born and I really need a break from toddlers.
  • Ellen’s second business brought the SM multiplier to 3.  The population is now 135.

Taxes:  $5,000
Fees:    $3,000 Immigration
$500 marriage

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