I'm back to work and in full-swing. I'm mentally exhausted, though. It's been a whirlwind of issues going on in this hood, and I'm trying to keep it all from sinking.
I go to the courthouse down in SimCity everyday, trying to work out a deal to ship prisoners from there to Willow Co. Jail, instead. I'm doing a lot of speaking on my wife's behalf, because she has no authority in getting the monies needed and the agreements signed. We have a beautiful new facility that needs to be used.
Later in the day, I have to come back to the Hills and work in my own courthouse. You heard right, our new City Hall has a Courthouse! They don't call me Judge C. for nothing!
Our new City Hall is equipped with not only a courthouse, but a fine wedding chapel as well. The whole building sits as a 'sister-building' to The Magnolia. It's still very much "The Heart of the Hills".
What makes me most proud is when you walk in, you walk into Founder's Hall. Where all the Founders' Portraits are hanging, thanks to the commissioned works by Elmer Valdes. The Administration agreed to pay him $150 for each portrait. A nice commission for a teenager, right? He's got a lot of talent.
The courtroom is on the second floor, which also provides crafting rooms like sewing and pottery, and a music and ballet practice room for our future elderly...us, in other words. heh. Anyone can actually use them, if they want.
My first case was Guthrie vs. Sagacious. Seth and Lydia broke the law with public assault. Poking and shoving is just not tolerated.
Seth tried to plead his case, and Lydia was a witness. Then I switched them, so I could hear Lydia's side of the story.
In the end, I ruled that they were both "Not Guilty". The stress of being at Kent Camp, homeless and without our livelihoods would cause anyone to act out. Neither one of them has to pay the $200 fine.
I hope I made the right decision. After court was adjourned, I left them alone to sort out their disagreements like adults. I had to get to my Council Meeting which was on the first floor, in my office.
I met with Nick Michels alone...he had to talk to me about the Hood's budget. I sighed when I saw his face, because I knew he had some grim news. After telling me at Kent Camp that everything was fine, too. I really didn't want to be surprised in front of the other Hood Council Members, so I pulled him into my office first.
He's still working on all the final details of the budget, but we've lost a substantial amount of money, he told me. "Do we need a boost from the NPP?" Was the only question I had for him, but he still tells me, "No." So, I'm gonna go with that. He better get it right, before it's too late though. His job is on the line.
It was good to see everyone again, after getting settled into our homes again, and coming together in our official capacity, felt real good. The only person missing was Dr. Trinity Dalton, who's at home resting. Expecting her 1st baby any day now.
It didn't take long for us to get to business. I've detailed some more information in my NOTES on the website.
My buddy Cameron spent most of the meeting depressed that he lost his two pet cats, Princess and Patches in the hurricane.
Princess was an heir from our cats, Pepper and Snowflake. He wanted to know what we could do to remedy this problem? His kids are pitching a fit.
I completely understand. I love my cats to death, and if something happened to them, my whole family would be wrecked about it. Luckily for us, they made it through the storm.
After his plea, I was happy to tell him that Pepper and Snowflake had another kitten just for them! This time a male, but he looks just like Princess did, all white.
We named him "Prince", and I told him that I just so happened to bring him with me to the meeting! I've never seen Cam' so happy! I thought he was gonna knock me over on the table in front of everybody and have his way with me. And, that wouldn't be cool at aaaallll.