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Opportunity Knocks August 24, 2009

Posted by P J Sabados in Uncategorized.
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Opportunities come at unexpected times,  but after Krystal’s death, they provided a way to refocus some of the Starr children.

On one particular day, Fah Ling was given the chance to fix the school boiler.  He had been starting to get into handiness, and this would not only give him a chance to test his skill, but also to get a boost in his school performance as well.

 Opportunity Done

It was Fah’s day off, so he went in after school and worked at repairing the boiler.  It was almost dark by the time the job was done.

Tired Out

Fah was tired.  It had been a long day.  First school, and then the boiler.  He also was not in the best of moods; he could use a bit of fun.

Decisions, Decisions

He was trying to decide whether to go home or to do something fun, when he saw someone pulling up outside the school.

Coming and Going

It was Shai Ning.  After work, he had gotten a phone call to fix the school boiler.  One has to wonder:  just how many boilers does this school have?  Are the people handling maintenance so impatient that they couldn’t wait for Fah Ling to finish?  Or, is this boiler so tempermental that they can tell it’s going to break down again before someone has even had the chance to fix it (or maybe they just call their Psychic Friends…they know these things).

Shai Enters the School

While both were thinking how tired they were, Shai had a job to do, so into the school the ambitious teen walked, intent on fixing the boiler for the second time that night.

Opportunity Knocks for Wii ShingMeanwhile, Wii Shing had received an opportunity from the science lab on the outskirts of town.  They needed a fish specimen and asked her to provide one.  Wii went home after work, went into the refrigerator where some fish that one of her siblings had caught earlier that week were stored, picked one out, and brought it to the lab.

While she thought perhaps they might be upset with the fact that she did not catch the fish herself, Wii did note that they never mentioned that in their instructions.  She wondered if they would have accepted a fish from the refrigerator or even from the store  just as readily as one that had been a fresh catch.

Wii Enters the Lab









So, Wii entered the lab, hopeful that the lab would be satisfied with her sample.

Mission Accomplished


She needn”t have worried.  The lab was so impressed with the sample she brought, they couldn’t have cared less where it came from.  She came out as the stars were emerging in the night sky, her objective completed.







Turns out that Fah Ling decided not to head home right away.  He decided to play on the slides.  Perhaps he was making up for some of his ‘lost time’ from his much younger days.  Or, maybe it had something to do with the fact that he had the playground to himself at this time of day.

Tired Out

While Fah took some time to play and refresh his spirits a bit with some fun, Shai finished repairing the boiler (again).  He had been tired when he had gone in, and he was even more tired now.  No play time for him; he went home and went to bed.  Eventually Fah Ling also went home to bed.

Reading by the Fountain

While the guys went home for some rest, Wii found the fountain by the lab to be a rather tranquil place to read.  She enjoyed the sound of the water dancing about while diving into a good book.  Being a bookworm, Wii gained a lot of enjoyment from reading.

Bree Watches TV

Elle Hangs Around










Around this time, Bree and Elle both got the opportunity to join a Writing Club at school.  Both seemed to be taking their time with the task though; neither seemed to make it a priority.

Library Time

Rai, for the moment, did not have an opportunity pending.  So, he decided that he would take a night to go to the library and study.

Cab Ride Home

He actually stayed so late that he had to catch a cab home to make sure that he’d make it in by curfew.




1. Samantha - August 24, 2009

I’ve tried to give a fish to the lab from the store…it wouldn’t let me. I think it has to be caught but it doesn’t really matter by who I guess because I’ve also used a fish another family member has caught.

celara - August 26, 2009

Yeah…didn’t try the store bit, but I was surprised that she could turn in someone else’s catch and get credit.

2. Kansine - August 24, 2009

So hilarious that they had to fix the boiler two times in a row XD Very nice chapter anyway 🙂 It’s also a bit funny how they read in the darkness… certainly not good for the eyes 😀

HAB - August 24, 2009

Actually, I read on a website (www.mentalfloss.com) that reading in the dark does not cause permanent damage.

Just so you know.

kansine - August 25, 2009

Ok, good to know, but it still certainly causes headache XD

celara - August 26, 2009


Obviously the people at Mental Floss have never seen my eyeglass prescription. 😛 Perhaps it is totally unrelated (ditto for sitting close to the TV as a kid), but my nearsightedness is a heck of a lot worse than it was back in the day.

celara - August 26, 2009

As one who used to read in near darkness a lot as a kid, I’d have to agree.

3. Amalia - August 25, 2009

I love this blog! Thanks for keeping it updated like you do – its fun to read and not too long so I can usually catch an update before I go to work in the morning.

How on EARTH did you raise the five children so well? My sim just had twin girls and then triplet girls in a row, so I have two toddlers and three babies. She is going CRAZY.

Thinking of starting my own blog — not sure yet though. Meanwhile, keep updating yours!

celara - August 26, 2009

Well, there’s six kids total, and though Fah Ling was gone for the toddler phase, still had to deal with him as a baby. I used baby sitters all the time, pretty much ’round the clock. You can’t get enough sleep and time to teach toddlers (especially that many) that I can see without having constant help, even as a stay at home mom. Believe me, there were some crazy moments even then.

I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. I would encourage you to consider starting your own. It’s a lot of fun. 🙂

Trust me, I plan to continue. I’ve got a lot of material ready for the next chapters. 🙂

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