out the TS2 espresso
7, 2004 - by Bimbo NL
In just one week Simmerville
and many other hoods will convert to the Modern Times, also known as TS2.
Thanks to scientists we already know a lot about our new existence, but
a few details are not yet revealed. Such as how cool will the espresso
be? I made a journey into the future to find out!
We will soon be counting
our fingers and exploring our wants and fears. Sim Nation's greatest event
since generations! Sims and scientists everywhere are discussing DNA and
ageing. New clothes, hair styles and makeup will be available to all. But
hardly anyone pay attention to the coffee of the future! It has worried
me sick; will the espresso be cool enough? I checked with local scientists,
but none of them could calm me down.
That's why I decided to make
my incredible travel into the new TS2 world, to check the espresso of the
My journey to TS2
Thanx to modern technology
I was offered a limited transmit that would give me just enough time to
find an espresso machine.
heard of a Maxis scientist named Lucy, one of those scientists who has
done a lot of research on our future. She is said to know everything there
is to know from studies and my contacts said she might even live in the
future already, in a hood named Pleasantview. And the best thing - she
seems cool enough to be nearly as addicted to espresso as me, so I decided
to pay her a visit on the other side.
Such a journey would even
allow me to check out my own new appearance, created by the local Body
Shop clinic and chosen by regular Simmerville web visitors like yourself
as part of Simmerville's ongoing Transformation
Let me get one thing straight;
I was not afraid at all to travel like this, I mean... okay, hands down
- I was pretty shaky. Except from Mortimer Goth's family, Daniel Pleasant
and a few scientists, hardly any Sim had ever before travelled between
the TS1 world and the TS2 world. You would have been shaky, too!
Dream house of Pleasantview
I can't remember much from
the actual travel, somehow I just appeared there. In the street right in
front of a huge house surrounded by a tall, white fence. The fresh air
made me think that the ocean was near by. The huge iron gate was open and
soon I walked across a wooden bridge leading up to the large house! It
was all totally new and different from Simmerville. The environment looked
so much more... alive! Butterflies on flowers, the grass, the water under
the bridge, a bird singing, and right there was the house.
And what a house! A fashionable
two story mansion, the stone walls made it appear like a castle. Definitely
the home of Lucy, the scientist! I made notes in my little book, thinking
of my own house to be built in a couple weeks. There was smart exterior
like I never saw before. I remember being told that our new houses can
rage 5 floors (or 4 floors + foundation) and that a chimney will go all
the way from the fireplace until breaking through the roof with real smoke!
There was no smoke from Lucy's 3 chimneys. Perhaps she was out?
Missing Lucy's pool party
There was no front door
but an arch, which made sense as TS2 doors can't be locked anyway. I hesitated
quite a while... okay, perhaps for a full second... before I walked right
through, into the courtyard with palm trees and a swimming pool. I was
all alone, and even when I whispered "hello?", everything remained quiet.
Next to the pool there was
the outdoor bar counter and what looked like remainders of a buffet. Quite
a few emptied champagne glasses on the tables, a dish with food remainders
that I had never seen before. It looked like Lucy gave a party there last
night. A celebration of the TS2 research going gold? It seemed like I had
missed the fun.
I looked around. A nice Moroccan
sofa looked more than comfortable. More notes! What a great home - I mean,
so impressive! And... what was that... it looked like a tree growing Simoleons!
I was speechless for a long time... okay, for just another second... then
the stereo got all my attention. Some hardly noticeable latin music flowed
through the courtyard, and when I checked Lucy's music collection I realized
these things will be real great in the future!
Finding the espresso machine
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I noticed a door, almost
closed. I couldn't help myself, I peeked inside - it was a bedroom! Although
the room was pretty dark I made more notes in my book... walls, floor cover,
colours, and... and there... in the trendiest bed that I ever saw someone
was still asleep, snoring gently! Lucy? She must have been exhausted from
both last night's party and all her hard work lately. I left the room in
a hurry because I had no intention of waking her up like that. I was more
interested in her espresso!
I soon found myself in the
kitchen. I checked the wall clock, it showed the exact time and I realized
there wasn't much time left until I would be drawn back to the Old Days,
TS1. I had to check out her espresso machine right away! And there it was,
on the kitchen counter! My heart went boom as I walked closer. Oh my, way
cool! I touched it, I looked at it, I tried to calm down but I totally
lost control - nothing could stop me from preparing myself a cup of espresso!
So I did, pulling the handle, watching the steam, smelling the aroma -
oh, espresso greatness! The filtering and run through process was fine,
colour was perfect, and turning the cup left no clear coffee line inside
As the coffee filled me up
I felt my energy level raise like never before! Boy, I got buzzed! I felt
cooler than ever! Was the espresso stronger? A perfect balance between
consistence and heating? It tasted yummy!
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So there I was, drinking
espresso in Lucy's kitchen. As I realized that my time was up, I heard
sounds from the bedroom followed by some joyful singing. Lucy was about
to wake up! I decided to prepare a nice cup of espresso just for her to
find in a minute when she walked into her kitchen, not having a clue about
my visit and that I had just left in a hurry!
1: My new portrait, created by the local Body Shop clinic, and voted by
2: Lucy's photo, one of the winning entries in a contest held July. If
you created it you ought to be credited right here!
3: The house - excerpt from photo by simszone.de
4-5-6-7: Me testing out the espresso machine of the future. Yummy!
to Ms Bradshaw and Ms Shaw for help with my travel & photos 4-5-6-7!
U girls rock!