The One-Armed Redheads Club

Ruby: Hi folks, I’m Ruby Shanley. This is what I looked like my first day at Sim State University. Behind me is my cousin Ginger Shanley, who hadn’t turned into a young adult just yet.

Shanley Family

Ginger: Wait, wait, WAIT…you can’t start out just like that. It’s been too long. You have to refresh their memories a little.

Ruby: Oh, yeah. Sorry. Well, I’m not sure if you remember me, but I’m from the 3rd generation of the second Shanley Legacy.

Ginger: Rube, why don’t you just say you’re a 12th generation Shanley? It sounds much more impressive.

Ruby: It does, but our grandmother Mia started her Legacy on a brand new lot, so I think of it as a brand new Legacy. Which is great, if you ask me, because…think of all the ghosts we’d have if we still lived at Shanley Manor. It’d be insane.

Ginger: True. Having Grandpa Marcel haunting us in his llama suit is bad enough.

Shanley Family

Ruby: Yeah, remember the time he scared my mom so bad she wet the floor?

Shanley Family

Ginger: Oh, your poor mom. I’d probably pee myself, too, if I saw a giant llama man floating towards me.

Ruby: I like llamas.

Ginger: That’s because you ARE one. Or were one.

Ruby: Oh, don’t remind me. I looked pretty weird, didn’t I?

Shanley Family

Ginger: Yeah, you and your boyfriend, Randy.

Ruby: He wasn’t my boyfriend. We just hung out together.

Ginger: Mm-hm. Yeah. Sure, Ruby.

Ruby: Come on, that was ages ago! Let’s get back to our years at Sim State.

Ginger: OK. Here’s me when I finally became a young adult. Aren’t I HOT? Haha.

Shanley Family

Ruby: Totally. I love the one-sleeve look.

Ginger: Yeah, that’s when we started the One-Armed Redheads Club. We were the sole members, of course.

Ruby: Technically we were the One-Sleeved Redheads, since we had full use of both arms.

Ginger: Yeah, but One-Armed sounds better.

Ruby: It does. We thought we were so cool. Especially when we got our new hairdos.

Shanley Family

Ginger: Hey, we were hot stuff! Especially me. Haha.

Shanley Family

Ruby: It was the hat.

Ginger: I LOVED that hat. I even slept in it.

Shanley Family

Ruby: You were hot stuff, Gin. Not so much when you ate, though.

Ginger: What do you mean?

Ruby: I love you dearly, Gin, but you’re the sloppiest person I know.

Shanley Family

Ginger: Hey, I can’t help it. I have a Neatness of 0. Zee-ro. Nada. Which really sucks, of course, but I do have some redeeming qualities, right? I mean, look at that face!

Shanley Family

Ruby: And the hat!

Ginger: The hat! My best feature. And by the way, it’s not my fault that I’m sloppy. It’s an immutable part of my personality.

Ruby: Kind of like my being shy, which you tease me about ALL THE TIME, you know.

Ginger: Well, your shyness makes you miss out on a lot of things. Like our freshman year. You spent the whole time either playing video games by yourself or studying in your room. You were like the hermit of Sim State.

Shanley Family
Shanley Family

Ruby: OK, so I was a bit reclusive, but I can’t help that anymore than you can help flooding the bathroom when you take a shower. Besides, I wanted to get good grades so I could get a good job someday and become filthy rich.

Ginger: I wanted the same thing, pretty much. I still do. I want to be a disgustingly wealthy businesswoman.

Ruby: Which is why you majored in Biology instead of Business.

Ginger: Aw, come on. I was fascinated by the study of living organisms.

Ruby: Especially organisms of the…male persuasion?

Ginger: You’re talking about Ocean, aren’t you.

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47 thoughts on “The One-Armed Redheads Club

  1. I haven’t finished reading. I’m just trying to comment before anyone else. Yay!!! Shaney update!!!

  2. OH wow!!! Shanley update! I love it! I love the Shanleys! I’m so glad to see them truckin’ right along! Woooooohoooooo!

  3. Just finished! I loved it! I wish you’d do more updates on the Shaneys! And it’s so cool that the evil cow mascot is getting some love! And yay for all the redheads!

  4. Oh my JEN! What on earth… a SHANLEY update! You can’t imagine how happy you just made me ;). T’was wonderful, though I only scarcely remember the ‘old’ times ;). I did in fact play my legacy family a bit this weekend, because I hade some free time, imagine that! We have 6 kiddos in the house now, and Yorick has just grown up. Time to get fond of Maura! And Oona is a pretty little girl with an unbelievable 10(!!!) in neat. My first neat one! She though has only one niceness point. Very individual Morrigan! So – thanks for wirting about you infamous Shanleys, it was great, and see you soon! Oh, and btw, I am not updating my blog, but my tribal pages is constantly updates. Greets!

  5. Sweet!!!!!!! a Shanley update finally! Oh I love those redheads! I love the shanley’s so much I really enjoy their adventures (stories). Although I still am hoping the next will be an Annabel island one! Great update! Sorry i’m such a pest.

  6. I love you forever! ;)

    I’m seriously giddy about the Shanleys. They’re just such a goofy bunch. Your other stories get me all hooked on the cliffhanger endings and dram and mystery.. but the Shanleys make me giggle. But anyway! Wonderful update! Looks like Ruby and Ginger has a wonderful time at college. I’m looking forward to the next generation, y’hear? ;)

  7. Wow, I missed the Shanley’s. By the way, hi, I’ve been reading for a while and finally posted! I loooove Ginger’s hat also ^^;; Do you think you could tell us where you got it? I would really love that ^^ I also can’t wait for a Revolo update. I love your Legacy stories!! Great job!

  8. Whoa the Shanleys are back!
    I loved the dialog it was really neat….. looking forward to see what you have planned for these two. ;)

  9. A Shanley update! You just made my evening. And I really liked the way Ruby and Ginger told us the story together.

  10. YAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH, a Shanley update!!!!!
    You rule Jen!!!!!
    I just love the car, don’t know why but i love it!!!!

  11. Shanleys! SHANLEYS! Shaaaanleeeeeeys! :D Yay yay yay!
    Man, I’ve missed them!
    I think Ruby should be the heir. I heart the Rube!

  12. The Shanley’s still have it going!!
    Great to see they haven’t been forgotten in the great sim-bin well of forgetfullness!!

  13. Yayyyy Shanleys! I missed them so much. This is actually my first comment but I’ve been lurking around since like forever. :)

  14. Yay! The Shanleys! That was a great update the way you did it between Ginger and Ruby. I hope you post some more Shanley updates in future because I love reading about them their family is so long and interesting :)

  15. Juan of the Dead!!! I love that guy. That was a splendid update. Splendid! Right O! :) I loved it. Loved it! I’m going to throw in a few more exclamation marks for good measure!!!!! Maybe a little more. This update deserves it!!!!!!! :)

  16. I also want to know where you got the hair! This update was AHmazing! I loved it! Made me laugh, fo sho. I do love the hat hair though, if you could give us the place you got it it would be so great! Thanks!

    I can’t wait for more updates!!

  17. Hee! I like that one line about smustling. “I thought we were drunk.” “That’s because we can’t smustle.”

    Man. Sheldon /is/ pretty. Even with the fauxhawk. And I usually don’t like mohawks of any variety!

    I’m with Some Random Girl on liking Ginger’s hat– but, I think I like Ruby’s post-makeover hair even better. And premnakeover hair, a lot, too.
    Man. Every time I read your blog, it makes me want to go on hair-downloading sprees! I don’t know whether to thank you, or be mad at you. *blink*

    Maybe they’ll both take middle-aged naps? :D Hey, it could work!

    It’s weird, though. Last night, around when this entry was posted, I was all thinking “gee, I haven’t checked Mt. Geneva in so long. How long has it been since a Shanley update, too?”
    I guess my answer would have been “about two and a half hours”, eh? :D

  18. Squeeeee! Huzzah, a Shanley update! If I had my way, you only update with Ravelos and Shanleys. I LOVE them! *ahem* Anyway, way to go Jen! Keep up the great work!

  19. Oh it’s so good to see The Shanleys! They will always be near and dear to my heart. Very, very funny, and a fun ride through college! Great job, great personalities, and the girls are gorgeous. And I loved the Llama ghost… that might give me a few ideas! Loved It. Loved It. Loved It!

  20. You know, I forgot to mention that I kind of liked the casual, kind of conversation thing with the update.
    But I mentioned it now!

    And, congrats, Jess! :D Hope you and your Sims have lots of downtown group outing fun!

  21. Jen, I absolutely love your hairstyles and clothes! What sites would you recommend for hair and what sites would you recommend for clothes? This would be a great help! Keep up the good work with the blog: I LOVE IT!

  22. I ADORED this update and–myghod, Blu, you and I must be kindred spirits or something. I agree with everything you’ve said: Sheldon’s pretty. I like the style of the update. I love the hair. Etcetera.

    On a different note… Just found out something awesome that I’ve gotta share. My mom’s friend’s sister works at EA and gets 10 free games a year but never wants them, so Bruce said that he’ll ask her to get me OfB! (And Uni Mac for a friend’s birthday gift.) I’m so happy, YIPPEE!!

  23. Wow, a lot of lurkers came out of the woodwork! A hearty hello to all of you, and thanks so much for commenting. I’m glad you guys liked the update; it was fun to play and write about the Shanleys again.

    As for Ruby & Ginger’s hairstyles, Ginger’s hat hairstyle is by Lola and can be found at The Sims Resource (the style is called “Claire”). I think Ruby’s first hairstyle is by Sunair and was available on the Sunair website, but it seems to be down at the moment (or is no longer up and running — Sunair does have some great hairstyles at TSR, though).

    I’ll write up a post about my favorite sites for downloading clothes and hair, so stay tuned! And yay to Jess, for getting Nightlife, and to Keely, for maybe getting some free games! Woot!

  24. Hey Jen! I can finally talk to you ^^ I acctually finally downloaded the hat hairstyle from TSR. It’s great! I love it ^^ I can’t wait for your next Legacy update! They are so fun to read ^^

  25. this is gret the shanley was my favorite when you first started writing.and they still are.but now they look different because you did not write a story about them in a long time

  26. Haha, ok. I forget these people. They tried to help me out by reminding me about the Zombie and Ruby making him one..but I’m still dumbfounded. Haha, I dont even know who these kinds are. I have a vague idea of who they are, but you know I always mess things up haha. Oh well, it will come to me eventually. Nevertheless, this was a great update. Filled with love and new stuff and growing up..twice. And dumping and slapping and everything that makes an update great.

  27. Hey Jen, you’re getting OFB, right? :D Do you have any plans as far as owning businesses go for your different families?

  28. YAY, it’s the Shanleys! :D I loved this update, especially the way you did it (the conversation between Ginger and Ruby).

  29. I have heard rumors about OFB that I’m not sure are true and I was wondering if anyone could clear them up for me. According to a few members at, OFB will contain pets. They believe this because the creators of TS2 have said that owning pets will not be a main ep and will slipped into another. They figure that since you can own businesses, you can own a pet shop, too. Anyone know if this statement is true?

    Eva: The family trees that Jen created might help you catch up on things!

  30. Surely – No-uh. They might be confused because Maxis has said there will be one ‘pet’ of sorts in OFB. A pet brick. ;) Seriously!

  31. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that pets will come with the next expansion pack. I heard that the last survey mentioned rideable horses and farm life and such.. I’d love for all of that to be rolled in with pets and more family-oriented things (ie: more interactions for kids/toddlers/elders, etc).

  32. It didn’t let me finish…..I LOVED the one armed red head club! LOL! Because you guys are as sweet as pie here, I have another see-if-you-can-find-this kinda deal. I think you all know about the original barretted hair from maxis, but lately i have been seeing people in stories and such withe the barretted hair longer and twice as cute. Someone directed me to the mod the sims 2 site, but i have yet to find it! Will someone please help me!!!! I will be eternally grateful!!

    PS: Here is a link that will show you what the long barrette should look like, but its on kids only!!

  33. . Simaddicts, that’s a link to Natrobo’s page at MTS2. I believe that if you scroll down, you’ll find the hair you’re looking for.

  34. I found the one for kids, but i was looking for the long barrette for young adults and adults. If n e one can find that one, i will be in sooo much thanks!!

    Thanks for everyone else for helping! u r sooooo sweet!!


  35. Sorry because I’ve never seen a version for young adults and adults but you might find something similar if you do a search like Surely said. Sorry! I thought you were looking for that exact hairstyle that’s on Natrobo’s page! Stupid me!

  36. simaddicts, this isn’t quite the same hair, but it’s similar: Fashion Barette Hair on MTS2. I’ll let you know if I come across anything else!

    I’m working on several updates and not sure which one to post first, but I’ll have something for you guys very soon, I hope. The Shanleys seem to be the most in demand at the moment, so I plan on posting about them, at least, but I also want to get back to the Ravelos, Brayton-DeGroffs, and maybe even Maude’s Tales. I just need another 10-12 hours in my day. :-)

    To answer Kay’s question, I definitely plan on buying Open For Business! Maxis totally owns me, you know. Pets would be cool, but I can wait for them — I actually got kind of tired of them in Unleashed. Crazy, I know. ;-) I’m sure they’ll be more fun in Sims 2 and hopefully won’t slow down the game too much.

  37. Just thought I’d say hi and long time no see people! I finally got my computer back up and running, but have yet to get the sims…I seem to have misplaced my CD cover and with it the serial number. I wanted to say great job as usual Jen and that I’ll keep on working on my silly (to be kind) computer until I can play again!