Kev and Rhoda

Kev is feeling his age. You never know exactly how long someone has left to live in The Sims, but you can get some idea from the little green progress bar of their life. Kev’s is nearly full.

He has accumulated a lot of wishes in a short space of time. All of them are to say certain things to various people he’s met in his life. To tell them what he thinks of them. First on the list is Rhoda Bagley, who he wants to insult. Rhoda’s brother Sherman answers the door, and clearly remembers Kev.

Once upon a time, Kev had a job working for Rhoda. A job that got him a spell in prison more than once. It doesn’t look like Kev blames himself for that. He strides into her living room and starts a loud shouting match with his former boss.

When he leaves, Rhoda still has a scowl on her face. Let’s hope that anger and frustration doesn’t get passed on.

Next: Kev and Robert Newbie

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If you’ve found this tale of homelessness affecting, you might want to consider helping a real-world charity.

Charity spotlight: Homeless Truths

A while ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to appear on a local radio show because of this blog. That radio show was Homeless Truths, which is run and presented by a bunch of lovely people who are all homeless / ex-homeless / vulnerably housed.

Homeless Truths is the only radio show IN THE WORLD … produced and presented by homeless people for 209radio 105Fm in the Cambridge area. We have just completed a funded course teaching us all aspects of radio production and we’ve been broadcasting live once a fortnight giving voice to the stories and issues and talents of the homeless community in Cambridge.

We love making radio! and we want to carry on producing Homeless Truths … but now it’s up to us to cover the core costs so that we can continue to broadcast with 209radio. Our target of £3,500 will enable us to produce one more year of programmes and train up to 6 new team members.

Whatever you can spare – even £1 – will give us a huge boost. THANK YOU
– Kirsten Lavers

Update: Unfortunately, I’ve received word that Homeless Truths failed to raise their funds, and 209radio have shut down. But I have been told that many of the homeless people who worked on it are now participating in a venture called Homeless Not Hopeless, and I am sure they would appreciate any support you can give them.

98 Responses to “Kev and Rhoda”


  1. 1 Richard September 21, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Welcome back!🙂

  2. 2 Jackrabbit September 21, 2009 at 9:31 am

    It’s sad to think that, for all the wrong he had done, Kev will not be missed remembered by anyone except Alice and even then she’ll be bitter about it.

    Either way, good to have you back.

  3. 3 Declan September 21, 2009 at 9:32 am

    great update, thanks🙂

  4. 4 cannibalkid September 21, 2009 at 9:43 am

    BRILLIANT!

  5. 5 rogerdodger777 September 21, 2009 at 9:51 am

    It’s Great that your back!

  6. 7 Sarah Jane September 21, 2009 at 10:08 am

    🙂

    Thank you for the update.

  7. 8 Mr Gray Tiger September 21, 2009 at 10:10 am

    YAY
    It’s back.
    But I’m guessing it gotta end soon, Kev’s soon dead and Alice’s all grown up.
    *sniffle*

  8. 9 Lynn ♥ September 21, 2009 at 10:10 am

    To be honest I was expecting loads of comments heehee. Good comeback though I guess I need to run through everything again cause’ I forgot what’s been happening:( Oh dear me

  9. 10 melaniem September 21, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Interesting piece on Homeless Truths… I was wondering if you’d be doing any media about the success of the Alice and Kev story/homelessness awareness. Good for you!

  10. 11 Mea September 21, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Good to have you back, thanks for the update.🙂

  11. 12 Bethany September 21, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Welcome back!

  12. 13 dlyx September 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    finally my fav soap returned…

    well, at least kev wont have to blush when hes going to be judged in the end. he can stand up straight and and sing ‘my way’ …

  13. 15 Daniel September 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    There should be a real TV show made about this it is so amazing🙂

  14. 16 John Smith September 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I want to grow up to be like Kev

  15. 18 Jessica September 21, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I love your stories!!!!!! Are you going to let Alice marry someone or just die? I am a big fan of sims and tried to make Alice and Kev in my sims, but horribly failed. OH and what is Alice’s fifth trait that she got when she became a young adult?

  16. 19 southchiks September 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Months for that?

  17. 30 Alex September 21, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Guess we’ll just call this blog “Alice”, I’ll miss Kev and his shenanigans. But did we ever see the outcome of what happened when Kev messed with that big Grocery Guy?

  18. 32 Jackrabbit September 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Today is United Nations Peace Day.

    I maintain that a group hug must be had, whether or not you love Alice and Kev. Prove that something as trivial as a blog will not make you hate your fellow humans and net-hug people!

    I don’t know how to net-hug. I assume that you do.

    Hop to it!

  19. 37 Dryad61 September 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    So Kev’s bucket list in his twilight years is just people to tell off? Good for him! No hypocracy or false repentance – he’s living his life the way he wants until the very end!

  20. 38 STTU September 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    yay keep ’em coming good to have them back…

  21. 39 Dsc September 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Crap, reading this whole thing makes me want to buy the sims, but I hate that game…

  22. 40 SimEve September 21, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Roburky. I first read this story while doing the B-n-S challenge. I just wanted to come back and catch up! I really love your characters and I can’t wait to see what happens next.
    Congratulations on your radio spot. Your story has touched the lives of the truly homeless and that is special.
    SimEve

  23. 41 Lobster September 21, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Woo, it’s back!

    Kev’s such a great guy. Terrible, lonely life drawing to a close and what does he do? Lets everyone know he still hates them.😀

  24. 42 alex September 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    i feel a bit sorry for kev, i think something made him this mean. i hope he sorts himself out before its too late

    welcome back roburky!

  25. 44 anit1983 September 21, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I’m glad you’re back!

  26. 45 Kiara September 21, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Welcome back🙂 Thank you so much for doing this for us and don’t mind them haters.
    This is a great blog!
    I’m sorry for my English, I’m Dutch.

  27. 46 PKM September 21, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Every time I see something on the Internet about “the Cambridge area” I mentally dismiss it as Cambridge, Massachusetts. Then I saw the money goal in £ and realised that you mean Cambridge, Cambs- I live just around the corner from these people. Thanks for making me aware of what was going on on my own street :$

    Welcome back- time to tell all my friends to resume reading.

  28. 47 Brina September 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Glad you’re back!

  29. 48 Ollie September 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Robin, I decided that since I derive so much entertainment from this blog, I would donate the money I might have spent on some other form of entertainment (say, buying a book, or going out to the movies) to Habitat to Humanity. Thank you for your story. I may decide to even buy my own copy of the Sims 3 soon.

    Thank you and happy studies.

    • 49 Ollie September 21, 2009 at 4:59 pm

      Whoops, I meant Habitat For Humanity. I volunteered with them once and enjoyed the experience, and this also lead me to pick them from your list.

    • 50 Chris September 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm

      Good show–Habitat is one of the few charities that I’d trust enough to donate to (unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of spare $$$ for that, but I do try to get stuff from their Resale store when i can)–they have demonstrable solid work, rather than some of the song and dance you get from other charities.

      Plus, it still amuses me that when one of the hurricanes came through a while back, one of the news stories was about how professionally-built houses collapsed…but the Habitat-built ones withstood the storms just fine.🙂

      • 51 Karen September 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm

        I’m not sure “amusing” is the word you meant… good for the Habitat houses, but I bet the owners of the “professionally built houses” that collapsed didn’t find it very amusing.

        Karen

      • 52 RainingTeal September 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm

        The irony of your hurricanes statement may have a reason behind it. Perhaps the Habitat-built houses withstood hurricanes because they were built with the intent of helping others rather than the professionals’ intent of making money.

  30. 53 Kinnakeet September 21, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Hope your summer was great, RoBurky! So happy to see Alice and Kev moving forward!

  31. 54 sylvanna September 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Glad you’re back.🙂 Been checking every once in a while to see if you posted anything. Hope your summer was great~

  32. 55 berrybetty September 21, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Welcome back😀

  33. 56 Breegan the Freegan September 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Welcome back…

    In true form Kev is out to wreak havoc before he dies. Because of this, he may die a happy man.

  34. 57 Shenandoah Hartley September 21, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Great to have you back, Robin! I’m sure the story will continue awhile longer, as Robin was building up espisodes for us… and Kev’s not dead yet!

  35. 58 LiteratiTempo September 21, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Yey You’re back… you were missed.

    I hope that Kev thinks back on his life… and makes some good decisions about his last impressions on people.

  36. 59 Noelley September 21, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Welcome back!!!🙂

  37. 60 Annie September 21, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    so lovely to have you beck I have so missed this blog!

  38. 61 Gnermo September 21, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Tuned in to Homeless Truths, like the radio station!

  39. 62 GerandLer September 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    its great that a & k is back, BUT CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHAT THEIR LAST NAME IS?
    sorry, its just that you have so many posts and never once have you told us what it is.

  40. 63 Yolanda September 21, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Their last name is Bin Diver, GerandLer.

  41. 64 Team Alice September 21, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    That was short and sweet.

  42. 65 emily September 21, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    awwww as much as i dont like kev i will miss his insanity!!!😦
    is there a ressuerect-o-nomitron like in sims 2????

  43. 66 Kisa September 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Welcome back!!

  44. 68 Julia September 21, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Oh, lord, poor Sherman looks TERRIFIED.

    In other news, SO glad to see this is back.

  45. 69 A Little Disappointed September 22, 2009 at 12:06 am

    I love this blog, and I am very glad you are back. I do have to say, and I’m not saying it to be mean or be a “hater” lol, that I wish there had been more to the update. I don’t think anyone expects for you to have spent an entire month on the post or anything, but I think perhaps at least some of us expected for you to do more than a few sentences and three pictures. I know how much time and effort go into a blog like this, but it has always been my opinion that I would rather take a few extra days to make a post worthwhile than post just because I said I would post on this day. It might be better to just post a longer entry once a week than try to do three times a week if they will all be this short. It’s just really hard, for me at least, to get into the story when it’s this short, you know? I hope I’m not coming off as mean about it, just thought I’d let you know how it might be for some readers. I’d hate for the blog to lose readers especially now that it’s becoming linked with charity and needs those readers.

    But at any rate, I am really glad you’re back and also that you’re doing great things in RL as well.

  46. 70 Dee September 22, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Glad you’re back RoBurky!! Forget about the whingers, they’re a small minority. We all understand the time it takes to make this. Poor Sherman, it looks like his trousers were about to become a bit damp!!

  47. 71 Madison September 22, 2009 at 12:28 am

    You have no idea how excited I got when I got a Twitter text this morning saying you had updated😀

    Welcome back, Kev and Alice.

    And for what it’s worth, I’m gonna miss the ol’ guy when he’s gone. He may be a crazy old man, but he sure has grown on me.

  48. 72 Kuks September 22, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Is this like the “bucket list” for Kev?

  49. 74 Emore September 22, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Great to have you back!❤ And nice update.🙂

  50. 75 Ray September 22, 2009 at 3:13 am

    A radio show? Go you!🙂 That must’ve been way past cool. And welcome back, to. I was happy to see an update! But… whose the kid in the Bagley house, anyway? I don’t remember him…:/

  51. 76 EmberLight September 22, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Yes. I’m so happy that its here, but it was not worth the wait.

  52. 77 Franica September 22, 2009 at 3:37 am

    OMG! Is that Kev’s SON!?

    • 78 Sciffy Circo September 22, 2009 at 4:15 am

      Considering these pics might have been taken months ago, before a certain patch, we may still be seeing spontaneous kids/ clones with only one parent, thanks to “story progression”.

      I’m still very close to being homeless myself, spending all my time going to job fairs, and investigating colleges, wondering which will be the better path for now. I think I’m out of the running for one job; they asked for a list of current residences for the last 10 years, and I’ve had 6 different addresses just for the last 5 years, as well as 2 companies which are now listed as “formerly known as”. Every time I’ve lost a job/ been laid off/ downsized/ outsourced, etc., it usually includes more couch surfing.

      I barely had money to buy Sims 3 in the first place. I noticed it was coming out, and saved for about 3 months, just to have the $50 to buy it. I downloaded Alice & Kev, and moved a self-sim onto the bench with them. I was rather surprised and amused and saddened and shocked by the results.

      I’d donate to the homeless cause if I could, but considering my own situation… I’m trying not to turn my self-sim on the bench into a reality. I’m already far too close.

      Glad to have a new update though. YAY!!! 🙂

      And because I’m spending so much time looking for work, I’ve hardly been updating my own blog. I really do understand the need for LOTS of time off, and random schedules.

      • 79 Amber September 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

        No, the Bagleys are a premade family. Sherman is Rhoda’s brother. I assume either he or Rhoda is the parent of that child.

  53. 81 Erica September 22, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Yay I am hooked on this!

  54. 82 celara September 22, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Hmmmm…just how many Sims will Kev insult before he kicks the bucket?

    Why do I think he’s going to save his own sweet daughter Alice for last?

    Hoping he might have it all out of his system before he gets to her and actually says something kind before the Reaper takes him…but I have to remember this is Kev.

  55. 83 Karen September 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    This is a nice Sims journal, but I don’t know if people realize that this isn’t the first – so if you like this kind of thing, Google “Sims 2 legacy livejournal” and you’ll get hundreds of sites that have followed Sims families through 10 generations, sometimes longer.

    Note: I’m not saying this isn’t good, it’s very entertaining. Just wanted to let fans of this kind of thing know that there’s a *huge* community of storytellers out there, and lots to see! There are legacies, “uglacies”, all sorts of challenges, etc.

    A good place to start is

    http://community.livejournal.com/legacychallenge

    Have fun! Hope more Alice and Kev comes, too!

    Karen

  56. 84 Karen September 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Hey all – people who are wishing it were longer of an entry are not “haters”… they’re fans. They wish it were longer because they like what they read.

    It’s a compliment, although sometimes that’s not obvious. 🙂

    Karen

  57. 85 stefani. September 22, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    i’m going to download the teenage alice and adult kev and play right now🙂

  58. 86 farha September 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    great to see the story of alice and kev continue🙂

  59. 87 Jens Rydholm September 22, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Good to see the old crazy man back in action! I think this list of wishes is foreshadowing the end of Kev, but I am sure he won’t go away without a fight😉

  60. 88 Meg September 22, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Glad you’re back!

    I imagine a lonely old man wanting to put things right before passing away… only instead of telling his children he always loved them, he has a list of people to insult before he dies.

  61. 89 Go Cat Dave September 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Welcome back, Roburky! I know how much work this can be. I’m glad to see you are back at it!

    Go Cat Dave
    http://www.teenagersfrommars.com

  62. 90 A_J_9_8 September 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I hate Kev…I mean his character but his plot-point is really good!

  63. 91 Krystal September 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Ha, wow, I was actually surprised to see a post! It was short X 100000000000, though…doesn’t matter, though. Good to have you back!

  64. 92 BLeH blEh!! September 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    yay, you finally posted!! although im REALLY happy that u finally posted, i expected a little tiny bit more considering it took u a while.😉 BUT, dont get me wrong, im glad you’re back!!

    oh, and Jackrabbit, you are a jackass!!🙂

  65. 93 Westiedog123 September 23, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Hahaha. Kev is about to die(happy dance!) and sherman’s scared of him. Ha! That’s right sherman. Fear that white-haired wookie thing! He’ll be gone soon, anyway. Best to get our laughs in while we can. And the post are as long as always BLeH blEh!! Otherwise i agree with you. (interpret that anyway you want jackrabbit.)

  66. 94 ♥Mikayla♥ September 25, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Good to have Alice and Kev back!😀 and also awesome post!

  67. 96 kev4ever September 28, 2009 at 5:32 am

    They’re so sweet together! I hope they get married.

  68. 97 izdelava spletnih strani November 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    So glad your back, and hopefully more of your posts to come.

  69. 98 Epic204 September 9, 2010 at 4:09 am

    THE CHILD SHALL DIE!!!hahaha! that was priceless! keep up the series DONT END IT NOW!


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