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It’s morning time at the Lloyd house and Jason is tormenting his brother Blake.

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It’s the day of the long-awaited (at least by Eldon) marriage ceremony and Clover Gates is thinking, “Who the heck is that crashing my wedding?”

It turns out that the waitress from the City Hall cafe really loves weddings and she wanted to watch the ceremony, even though she doesn’t know the bride and groom at all.

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“Dear friends,” Eric Lloyd said, “remember that these are troubling times and there is no magic lamp to help us through. But if we hold onto our faith, we will prevail.”

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Marcus Craig waved good-bye to his brother Tucker, who was leaving for college that day. “Have fun, don’t party too hard, and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do,” Marcus said.

Tucker ignored his brother’s words of advice. There were a lot of things Marcus wouldn’t do that Tucker definitely would.

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Aidan Smith was thrilled to have his son Zane home from college, although Zane’s moving in meant that Sarah and her son Ian had moved out. The townhouse was just too small for so many people and so Sarah had decided to move in with her other brother Zared a few blocks away. But still, Aidan was happy and now that Zane had finished school, Aidan could retire from his position overseeing Pine Hollow Public School and turn things over to Zane.

It was the morning of Zane’s wedding to Belinda Nichols and Aidan had a few last minute words of advice to give his son. “She is always right,” Aidan said. “Even if you know for a fact that she’s completely wrong and have evidence to back it up, she’s still right. Remember that.”

So where was the bride-to-be during the final preparations?

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Financials

I meant to comment on this in the Gates update but forgot to add it in. The Gates family is quickly becoming the wealthiest family in Pine Hollow. In one business day, from 9am to 5pm, Green Grocer sold over $10,000 worth of groceries. After expenses (paying Tucker Craig to run the register and restocking the items that aren’t grown by River) the family still had a profit of over $9,000 for just one day! I do set the fish and garden grown produce as expensive, so that gives a little boost to the profits. The items from the Maxis made grocery bins are average priced, but since gardening and fishing takes more time and patience I charge more for those items. I think of it as River charging more for the “organic” items.

Fresh Starts Bakery also does very well, often bringing in $5000 a day. They sell only birthday and wedding cakes from the catalog, everything else for sale is made by Carrie–pies, cakes, gelatin, and platters of cheese and chips.

The Gates farm family currently has over $50,000 in their household account, more than any other household. But Orion Gates isn’t too far behind his brother. Sunshine Art Gallery can usually make $5,000-$7,000 a day and he’s paid off his home loan (granted he has a very small home) and has about $20,000 in his household account. The gallery sells about half items from the catalog and half items made by Orion and Bessie.

The Gates girls aren’t doing quite as well as their brothers, but they didn’t inherit the family businesses or home so they had to start from the ground up. Sunny still has a $40,000 loan, but she and Cecil managed to pay off a big chunk of the total loan they took out to buy their home and business. She makes enough to pay her bills on time and keep her family fed, so I’m not worried about her. It’s just that when her girls are ready to go off to college, they’d better have a lot of scholarships! (Sending four kids to college would be hard for most of my families anyway, so this isn’t necessarily a unique reflection on Sunny’s situation. Besides, maybe Uncle River or Uncle Orion will decide to help out and cover some college costs, considering they now have only one parent…) Clover and Eldon still have $20,000 in loans, but considering they had a $117,000 loan (The Willow is a very expensive lot!) they’ve done a great job in paying it off. Neither Sunny nor Clover has a big bank account, but I still think of them as successful middle-class families.

Aging

I’m trying out some changes in the way my Sims age. I’ve always felt that the adult stage is too short. Adult Sims have to get married and have babies very soon after aging to adults or else they’ll turn into elders while their kids are still kids. But I don’t feel like all of my Sims would necessarily want to get married and have a family right away. As in the case of Clover Gates, it took her a while to find the right person and decide to settle down. I’d like for my adults to have a little more time in which to experience life and decide what they want to do. So I’m testing out using this hack to increase the adult stage just a little. I think the modder’s setting of 42 days as an adult may be a little longer than I want. So for now, I’ve edited the hack in SimPE to give my adults 38 days (the game’s default is 28). I also reset the elder values back to the default instead of the shortened span that the modder has. I don’t like for my Sim grandparents to die that quickly! I’m happy to have the grandparents stick around to see their grandchildren grow up some.

This doesn’t affect the Sims who have already aged. My current adults will still have the default age length, but the new generation of adults will live a little longer.

I’m also sending the teens off to college a little earlier. Previously, I’d wait until the last day before their birthdays before sending them off to college, but now I’m going to let them have only ten days as a teen and then they either go to college or become a YA in the main hood.

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Nathan Gates sighed. Summer vacation was so boring. Sometimes he thought summer vacation was even more boring than being stuck in school all day. At least at school, he could talk to his friends and flirt with all the cute girls.

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