I’m probably the last person to start playing The Sims, but…

I created a Sim Ryan last night, and built him a small one-bedroom apartment with cheap furniture, a computer and a TV. As soon as the neighbors came around to say hi, he latched onto Bella Goth and started chatting her up like crazy, much to her husband Mortimer’s annoyance. After Mortimer stomped off in a huff, it was all going well for SimRyan… until he tried to cook a romantic meal for two, and set fire to the kitchen. By the time he’d stopped panicing for long enough to call the fire department, practically everything was destroyed.

Once I’d persuaded him to clean up (no easy task) I replaced the oven with a microwave. He seems to be able to deal with that better. I don’t know what I was thinking giving him a gas oven in the first place…

Career-wise, he started as a mail-room boy, and somehow through demonstrating the ability to fix the photocopier he’s wangled a job as an executive assistant after just over a week.