Celebration

When Alice isn’t working, she doesn’t really have anywhere else to go. Often, she ends up sitting on the bench outside the store where she’s employed, waiting for her next shift to start.

Gradually, she seems to have gotten a routine and begun to cope with her existence. Neither she nor I noticed the change happen, but she’s now coming in to work most days feeling mostly alright.

So it’s a surprise for me when she’s given a promotion one day. But not as much of a surprise as it is for her. Her traits mean she would never have thought herself capable or deserving of this. I have seen other Sims get a promotion. They’re pleased, but otherwise go about their day as normal. Alice is ecstatic, and she shouts in celebration as she leaves work.

For some time, she thinks about little else. Whatever she’s doing, she will periodically stop to punch the air or cheer.

After so many hours of watching Alice display only misery or numbness, seeing her loudly and outwardly express genuine happiness is startling.

Next: Kev and Yvette

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91 Responses to “Celebration”


  1. 1 banthesun September 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Whoohoo! Go Alice!

  2. 2 Cantras September 25, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Is she still sending all/most straight to charity, though?

  3. 3 Tappi September 25, 2009 at 9:18 am

    aww, grats alice๐Ÿ˜€

  4. 4 Jackrabbit September 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

    That is really, really heartwarming. The fact that a game like the sims managed to make me feel honest to God happiness for a digital character is astonishing enough, but managing to convey it with mere words and pictures, over the internet no less, is nothing short of astounding.

  5. 5 V2Blast September 25, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Yay. Alice is awesome.

    Kev’s amusing too.๐Ÿ˜›

  6. 6 AB September 25, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Oh, wow. That has really made my morning (is that really sad?๐Ÿ˜› )

  7. 8 cannibalkid September 25, 2009 at 10:54 am

    You go girlfriend!
    *note the lameness

  8. 10 neon September 25, 2009 at 11:08 am

    aw thats awesome for her!

  9. 11 Elfie September 25, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Cannot explain how happy I am for Alice right now. Which is kind of silly, but screw silliness. She deserves it!

  10. 12 ropo September 25, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Yay! Alice deserves a break.

  11. 13 SoupForOne September 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    My day is off to a good start.๐Ÿ˜›

  12. 14 marielle85 September 25, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Go Alice!! She totally deserves it! I’m so happy๐Ÿ˜€

  13. 15 Kinnakeet September 25, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    What Jackrabbit said. Never thought I’d feel so good about something so fictional.

    Thanks for continuing this, Roburky. I’ll be punching the air throughout the morning just thinking of Alice’s good fortune.

    (One aside: During the 1850s, thousands of people waited dockside for delivery of Dickens’ latest installment of “Little Dorritt” because they just couldn’t wait to hear about their favorite fictional characters. We really haven’t changed that much; it’s just easier to get the latest installment.)

  14. 17 Jeroxy September 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Hazzar for Alice! She finaly has a block of happyness to build the rest of her life from!

  15. 18 Putzy Von Putzingburg September 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Nice metaphor, Jeroxy

  16. 19 jungfrun68 September 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I just found you today – your story is wonderful and different, and shows just how much there is to do in Sims3.

    I just got myself the game for my birthday, but started off more traditionally, with my simself. She’s got four daughters now… I don’t know what to do with them all!

  17. 20 Chad17 September 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Excitable Sims usually yell the loudest. ROFL Yeah, maybe she will stay happy for the rest of her life and earn enough money to retire! Then buy a house! (Kinda late, but not TOO late) =D SHE SHALL LIVE ON FOREVAAAAAAA If you get her or Kev the death flower or life fruit or ambrosia, then they live longer! Vegitarians do too. =D

  18. 21 Chad17 September 25, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    No, Ambrosia and Life Fruit are expensive and time wasting. The death flower, however, isn’t available in stores. Go to the graveyard, and there should be one in there. Harvest it, and use it wisely. Save Kev now, or grow it and keep it for Alice? GASP YOU FORGOT TO TELL US IF ZED MARRIED SHIRLEY OR NOT!!!!

  19. 22 MT September 25, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t care for the Sims 3 as a game. My daughters have been playing it and I find a lot of it quite disturbing at times. Robin’s experiences with it interest me, though, because he’s not doing a lot of manipulation, at least it doesn’t seem so. It would be interesting to hear from the developers who worked on the game to see how much of this they programmed in and how much is just happening.

    • 23 Tamalee September 25, 2009 at 6:06 pm

      MT –

      What exactly disturbs you about the game? I personally love the game. I love seeing how the different traits decide how my Sims interact with the people around them and how it affects their lives. I like sending them somewhere and seeing how they act when I’m not telling them what to do and it’s enjoyable to see how much like real life (and yet still fake enough to not be creepy)it is. I think you get more attached to your Sims in this game than you did in The Sims or The Sims 2 because they seem so much more like actual people and you actually care about what happens to them. I love seeing conversations in person and on the phone because what they talk about actually correlates to what they’ve been doing before the conversation. I think it’s fun to see the thought/talk bubbles and make up what I think they’re saying.

      Maybe you could try playing it once just to see if you like it better after you see what it’s all about?

      • 24 K.C. September 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm

        I wouldn’t be surprised that he was slightly disturbed by Sims. I remember when I discovered killing them off, I almost couldn’t stop. You should have seen me when I discovered boolprop and pulled out the Tombstone of Life & Death in Sims 2. I was adding everyone in the neighborhood to my family to kill them by flies, electrocution, satellite, drowning, and fire. And even crazier, in Sims 3, you can look in another sim’s house. Stalkerish and creepy. Plus in Sims 2, guys could get pregnant via alien abduction, so…

    • 25 E3 September 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm

      Due to the lack of specifics regarding your dislike and disturbance for the game, we don’t have a lot to go on. I will simply state that this is an adult game for the most part and at the very least, would require multiple discussions that real life is only shallowly approximated by the game. Real life is much more complex and difficult.

      Shallow approximation aside, I’ll never forget my burst of laughter when coworkers in cubicle land resembled the Sims telling a joke by tone of voice and hand gestures. “She-wa-wa, Rapidol” (or a bad translation of Simlish)

  20. 26 Cheshire414 September 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    WOOO! go alice!!,i was also wondering what you’re gunna do once kev dies. are you going to continue the story with alice? are you gunna turn it into a legacy of sorts? or just stop and make a new story?

  21. 27 Ryann September 25, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Alice deserves so much more!

  22. 28 Nicole September 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    That’s so great for Alice!๐Ÿ˜€

  23. 29 Maria September 25, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Yeah! Way to go, Alice!

  24. 30 suckhole September 25, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    This isn’t really a complaint. I think this blog is very cool, and I’m happy to read it whenever it’s updated.

    Having said that I still don’t get its collapse and now random updates. Each update is like 5 sentences at most, with maybe 4 screenshots pasted in covering at MOST a few minutes of in-game time. I fail to see how this results in lack of time to update it. Again–not complaining so much as wondering how it all adds up. I’m not going to complain about something that someone is volunteering their own time for. I am just curious.

    • 31 medleymisty September 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm

      My updates, counting time for breaks, generally take about six to eight hours. And I’ve been updating twice a week for three months now.

      But then I’m not a student – just have a regular old 8:30 to 5 job and not a whole lot of responsibilities outside of that. And I sort of love my story and it’s sort of become my life.

      I think roBurky has a lot of other things going on and also got burned out. And he also took some time to build up a buffer of updates.

      • 32 Nick Neutron September 26, 2009 at 1:45 am

        Hey, medleymisty!

        I just peeked at your blog and have subscribed to it via RSS. It looks great and I’ll go through the older posts at length when I have time. I’m also going to blogroll it on my budding Sims stories blog.

        Cheers!๐Ÿ™‚

  25. 33 Jessica September 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Hurray for Alice!๐Ÿ˜€

    Still hoping she finds someone, whether or not it ends up being Zedadias..

  26. 34 LiteratiTempo September 25, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    U – Go – Gurl!!!!

  27. 35 alex September 25, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    thats great for alice!
    lets hope her luck stays

  28. 36 Lobster September 25, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Maybe she’s super excited, or maybe the incongruity has driven her completely insane.๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  29. 38 Esther September 25, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    congratulations to Alice! she deserves this! I’m so glad her life is turning around.

  30. 39 Alisa@Foodista September 25, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    hooray for Alice!!!Best.Day.Ever!

  31. 40 Delinda September 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Great post! Thanks.

  32. 41 Julia September 25, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Hooray for Alice! Is she not hanging out with Zed any longer? Did Shirley kick her out?

  33. 42 โ™ฅMikaylaโ™ฅ September 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Woooo!! Go Alice! Now she will have more money to do things.๐Ÿ˜€

  34. 43 Punkerbelle September 25, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Yay Alice!
    I know that you’re trying to keep it realistic and let the characters do what they want, but can’t you get alice an actual house?
    Just thinking.
    =]]

  35. 46 Kite September 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I’m pleased that Alice has accomplished something she never thought possible๐Ÿ™‚ Brought a smile to my face even if she is just a Sim.

  36. 48 Dylan September 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Now go ahead and whoop Shirley’s ass!

  37. 50 Team Alice September 25, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Love the posts so far, but what happened to the little comedic punch line/ending line? I’d love to see those come back, but nontheless awesome.

  38. 51 Nicola September 25, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    I can’t help but think that maybe, just maybe, it is because Kev is nowhere in sight that she feels good. *is not evil*๐Ÿ˜„ just kidding about my being evil. =)

  39. 52 NikkiBee September 25, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    thanks! =) i luv this i missed it soo much! o and thnks again

  40. 53 Owen Blacker September 26, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Oh wow. That’s genuinely lovely.

  41. 54 CK September 26, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Yayyy, Alice and Kev is back in full force.๐Ÿ™‚ Great to see Alice happy for once. I’ve never really seen Sims react so positively to a promotion, even my excitable sims. I can’t remember… is Alice excitable? Either way, that’s a big reaction. I guess when you’re life is that hard when you finally catch a break you just can’t keep it to yourself.

  42. 55 Rain September 26, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Oh yea! Alice and Kev are BACK!

    THANK YOU ROBURKY!! I LUV THIS BLOG!

    (calms self and prays she dfoesnt sound obsessive.)๐Ÿ˜„

  43. 56 Coop September 26, 2009 at 1:38 am

    go Alice!๐Ÿ˜€

  44. 57 Nick Neutron September 26, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I’m SO stoked about Alice finally showing signs of lasting happiness. I hope she still isn’t donating all her salary to the charity, though. That girl needs to look after herself, too.

  45. 58 Amber September 26, 2009 at 2:04 am

    When I saw the word Celebration, I thought, Oh good, Kev’s finally died.

  46. 60 Sarah September 26, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Thank goodness! Go Alice!

  47. 61 Lorraine September 26, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Yay! The post is back up! I’m glad Alice got her promotion. Hopefully that way, she can still afford to send at least 100 simoleons (the minimum amount you can donate) to charity and still be able to afford a decent place to live sometime soon.

  48. 63 Erin W. September 26, 2009 at 6:01 am

    I literally wanted to cry when I read this. YAY ALICE!!

  49. 64 westiedog123 September 26, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Yah for Alice. But please get a real job. You can’t kick kev and Shirley’s butt by working in a grocery store. Now police enforcement or athletic career….you might have something with that….

  50. 65 RitiKnight September 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Wow, this is great. I am not entirely certain what gave you this idea, but it’s wonderful, and starting to take on a happier end.

  51. 66 Ray September 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Yay! GO ALICE WOOT!

    *throws partay, invites everyone… except Kev.* : D

  52. 67 Miko September 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    this blog sucks now, seriously make us wait for like what two months and then roll out this crap. you used to do so much more than this lame excuse for an entry…

    • 68 Jackrabbit September 26, 2009 at 11:41 pm

      Miko! You’re back!

      *EPIC HUG*

    • 69 Ryann September 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

      I am SO sick of you being so stuck up and rude!!!!!

      Stop being a jerk! If you don’t like it STOP READING!!!!!

      Does it make you feel good to post such crap?

      • 70 Jackrabbit September 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm

        Hey now, I’ve learned my lesson and been born again! So to speak.

        Okay, I haven’t really been born again.

        But anyway, deal with trolls by being better than them. Shower him with affection! He won’t know what the hell.

        Trust me on this. Seriously.

  53. 71 Jackrabbit September 26, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    Hey, does anyone else find Simlish very similar to Huttes (the language of the Hutts, I’ll be damned if I know how to spell it)?

    If I remember correctly, one Huttes sentence went as follows: “Achupa nowalya!”

    Doesn’t that sound like he’s trying to tell a joke in the Sims?

    Bantha Poodoo is just hilarious, in my opinion.

  54. 72 tipix7 September 27, 2009 at 12:46 am

    I wonder what she’ll spend her promotion money on.

  55. 73 celara September 27, 2009 at 5:09 am

    I’m so happy for Alice. It’s about time something went right for her.

  56. 74 Tina September 27, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Woot! Go Alice๐Ÿ˜€

    As much as I love updates, like some I’ve noticed a difference. As a suggestion perhaps you could have a proof reader? Would take off some stress.
    A second suggestion would to do a profile post on the main charicters; so far being Alice and Kev and maybe Zed. Would be great filler when you don’t have something else to post. Just listing all their traits, your opinions, and such.
    Wishing you the best.

  57. 76 hayley September 27, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    YAY!Go Alice๐Ÿ™‚

  58. 77 Anna September 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    That’s wonderful. I’m so happy for her.

  59. 78 Rosie September 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    More!More!More! It looks like Alice’s unlucky trait is doing something funky! I can’t wait to tell my friends about this!

    P.S. I’m a new reader just started reading today.

  60. 79 kittykat September 28, 2009 at 12:53 am

    you go alice YAY

  61. 80 vigilantsims September 28, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Other people have been a little rude about this, but I agree a little witha few of them. Since your hiatus, this blog just hasn’t been as good. I don’t know if it’s because Alice is grown up and Kev is getting ready to die, but it doesn’t seem as interesting.

    Not that I don’t love it. I do. And when I saw that Alice got promoted, I was like, “Yay Alice! You go girl!” And apparently some people dislike Kev, but just think about it from his point of view.

    Maybe he fell in love, got married, and then his wife died in child birth. Maybe he blames Alice for her death. And he’s homeless. He’s a single parent living in an old abandoned park. Just think how hard that must be for him.

    But maybe that’s just my opinion… Ah well.

    • 81 Julia September 29, 2009 at 1:39 am

      Also, he’s insane and inappropriate. That can’t make life easy, especially the insane part.

      • 82 vigilantsims September 29, 2009 at 3:43 am

        Exactly my point! I’m glad someone agrees.

        RoBurky: What was your original idea of Kev and Alice’s history before the start of the story? Did the mother leave them? Die in child birth? etc.?

        This question popped into my head recently, and wouldn’t pop out, so I just wanted to know the answer.

  62. 83 Yaminya September 28, 2009 at 1:47 am

    I LOVE THIS!๐Ÿ˜„

    Sorry, been a fan for a while. Great to see this back. Anyways, I really want to know what Alice’s last trait was. I don’t remember finding out…

  63. 84 Mariia September 28, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Wow, the posts are getting so short and boring, but I still love Alice and Kev! Please check out my new blog http://agrandmothersstory.wordpress.com/

  64. 85 zworg2 September 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    wow finally some just reward for a life of despair!

    go girl!

  65. 87 Deryk November 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Great! I’m so happy that Alice is excited and happy finally after the tough life she’s had. You made my day reading this after having been away from it so long.

  66. 88 West Palm Beach criminal attorney November 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I enjoy that Kev’s bucket list is nothing but a list of people to yell at.

  67. 89 Amiee B March 28, 2010 at 4:23 am

    What trait is it that makes her not think much of herself?


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