new neighbours for Christmas?
Christmas Special - part II, December 21, 2002
Are you curious
to learn about other neighbourhoods? With SUN's new Family Exchange program
this is possible! Two host neighbourhoods exchange Sims who develop
skills and interests and then return home. Pack your
stuff and leave your key at home!
of us used to believe that a neighbourhood is the same wherever you go.
The growing member section at SUN has proven how wrong we were, and starting
this Christmas SUN want to give us all a chance to live in other neighbourhoods!
You can be next in line for participating to their new SUN Family Exchange
program where two Sim households from different neighbourhoods switch addresses
for an agreed period, and with a possibility of getting to know each other's
friends as well! In addition your neighbourhood will meet a family from
another neighbourhood staying in your home.
the SUN Core Group member who initiated this all, and who will be the co-ordinator
for future exchanges, Mr George Phillip Martin.
- The idea behind the Sun Exchange program
is really very simple. It is to strengthen the bonds between Sim neighborhoods.
The way I see it, the program is just one of many ways to encourage a relationship
between our Sim communities. Any community that wants to participate in
the exchange just needs to make their intentions known by having their
spokes person contacting me directly or by posting on a SUN bulletin board.
If I get this right, it will not only involve the two Sim households
who moves to another neighbourhood?
- The participating neighbourhoods will be host neighbourhoods
because they will be extending their hospitality to a Sim from another
community. The two neighbourhoods will also grow closer as a result of
the program because the two neighbourhoods will be interested in the progress
of their exchange Sims. The two neighbourhoods would provide every opportunity
for their exchangee to grow and develop while he/she is there.
Sim when he is ready to return will definitely be different than when he
left because of his life in the host community. And the hope of the exchange
program is that their experiences in the host neighborhoods will enrich
their communities not only when they return, but through the information
generated during the exchange between the host neighborhoods.
How did you come up with
Sims migrating to other communities is a well established fact in Sim history.
I guess that is the basis for the Family Exchange idea, which also owes
to Simbille Ballong because through our discussions I saw that to be the
genesis of something entirely new. An exchange for a limited time. Sims
enriched by their experience in an exchange neighborhood returning home
to contribute to their home with a renewed vigor. We will be breaking new
ground. It will be a first. Born of the contact between two neighborhood
spokespersons for SUN. A SUN family exchange program. Where two communities
can not only enrich each other thru their contact, but the whole SUN community
thru their contact by their news events and reports on the exchange. Who
knows what greater ideas may be contributed by future host neighborhoods.
What would you say is the
greatest advantage for anyone joining the Exchange program?
think the greatest plus will be the contact between the host neighborhoods
involved and the entire SUN community. They will gain a Sim from another
community who will enrich their own neighborhood. And when their exchange
period is over, they will gain a Sim enriched by all s/he has experienced
in another neighborhood. The Sim in the exchange program will learn new
skills and develop new interests and have a rich experience which s/he
will bring home to her/his community when returning. The exchange Sim may
bring home a wife and family, who knows?
I have volunteered to write a newsletter about the progress of the exchange
Sims in their host neighborhoods. I know all the host neighborhoods will
want to know what is going on with their friends and family while they
are gone into the host neighborhood. That is a plus because it will bring
the communities closer together in a common interest.
Has anyone signed up yet?
If so, who are the first 2 households to
brother Christopher Martin who lives in Simmerset is the first to sign
up. We are still waiting for another host family to accept him. Whatever
neighborhood he goes to, Simmerset will accept a family from that neighbourhood.
That is the way the exchange will work. These host neighborhoods will be
breaking new ground and starting something new in Simmish history.
If I want to switch home
and neighbourhood for about 3 months, how would I apply?
neighborhood spokesman will post on the SUN board or contact me directly,
see the SUN main page. Your community will
already have decided on a Sim to exchange, or maybe you just want more
info. I believe in our new program and I am willing to facilitate any exchange.
Just contact me and I will be happy to discuss any concerns and details
on the exchange.
When accepted, could I influence
on the progress? Such as a minimum style and size for my new home, and
a certain class or interests from those moving into my cool home while
neighborhood exchange committee would accept the Sim from the neighborhood
you are moving into. You will already know who will be moving into your
home before you leave. It would be up to your neighborhood whether they
are accepted or not. Just because they may not seem compatible to you at
the time makes no difference because they will be living their own lives
as an exchange Sim. They will be living in your home, building skills,
reading magazines to enlarge their interests.
Could I ask them not
to put up new (and probably less trendy) wallpapers in my base home? Could
I risk that my old home was to be totally rebuilt while I'm gone?
neighborhood exchange committee will be in full charge of your
while you are gone. Nothing can be done to your home without
consent. They will oversee your home while you are away. So you will not
have to fear that your home would be changed unless you gave
express permission to your exchange committee before you left.
Say I would like to join the
Exchange, but my house mate doesn't want to. Could I still join?
but it will be easier if the household wants to participate.
brother, Christopher, was hell bent on participating and he finally
with the help of the community to move into a house of his own. His new
home will also serve as the host home for a Sim/family while he
What would happen to my existing
friends, will I need to rebuild my local contacts when returning back home?
you know how it is. If you just stayed at home and did what
wanted without calling any friends your relationships would diminish. The
same thing will happen to you after the exchange. You will have been gone.
But when you return, neighbors will come to greet you as you will hold
a special place in Sim history, and you will build your friendships back
again. Because it is far easier for us remain at home with our friends
and family than to risk it all and take a chance, it really takes something
special inside a Sim's heart to volunteer.
time, this may become a common event, with SUN's co-ordination not even
being necessary, but now it is something totally new to the Sim community.
And with all new things it might be viewed with some
Can you guarantee that I
would be able to return to the neighbourhood that I came from? Or the opposite;
if I like it very much and want to stay in my new neighbourhood, but the
family I switched with want to return, how would that be solved?
would be an agreement between the two host neighbourhoods that you will
return. If circumstances involve you in the life of your host community
so much that you feel you want to stay you will need to petition your former
to stay. Remember they will be hosting a Sim from your community also.
Have you visited many different
I have not. But this becomes of increasing interest to me. The possibility
of spending time in another community. Getting to learn from their customs
and bringing it all back home. I imagine if this will be what I want I
will need to resign as the Simmerset spokesperson and take up a growing
dream. But I hope that I will get to stay for the time being and help with
the SUN exchange program. Maybe after the exchange gets on its feet I may
want to participate myself.
Merry Christmas, Mr Martin,
and best wishes for the new year and the SUN Family Exchange program.
- Thank you, and Merry Christmas to all!