Thanksgiving – The Definitive SHOULDJA Guide


I’m not in a subjective mood today. The idea was to write a “SHOUDLJA” about the Thanksgiving update. But, we just got word this morning about a tragedy in my daughter’s boyfriend’s family, that has me not only distracted, but really “not feeling it.”

While we wait, in that awful limbo between finding out about something, and being able to help, I find it is best to stay busy. Which I will do. But, again…please be aware that my opinion of buying digital baubles…in general…is being tainted by my emotions this morning.

BUT…the blog must go on. Right?

So…a Thanksgiving Update Shouldja it shall be.

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Thanksgiving 2014 –Complete Cheat Guide With Walkthroughs


As always…I am shocked at how fast the hacker/fracker types get this stuff posted. They show absolutely no shame in doing so…even though breaking into the game files is illegal. But, I am equally unashamed to steal it from them, and repost it for all of you. What are they going to do? Turn me in for plagiarizing their hard work as thieves?  I think not.

It’s something to be Thankful for…because it saves me a boatload of time. So…whatevs (do the young people still say whatevs?).

This update is the second in a row (a trend forming?) that has staged parts, that are triggered by dates, and don’t allow you to just rush through them.  I like that. It kind of renders STOLEN DONUTS useless in rushing.

But…if the Southpark expose’ on Freemium games is valid, then the 1% of players who spend money on the game, will have PLENTY to choose from, as 99% of the content in this update is Premium.

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Thanksgiving 2014…and the first Glitch of the Season..that isn’t a glitch.


After a weird start with Homer’s bad joke about Black Friday… we jump right into Flander’s quest to enlighten the world about Thanksgiving…as Puritan Flanders….which is placed into your inventory. You will also get Sacagawea Lisa skin…if you didn’t already have her.

LISA and Homer start an entirely unrelated quest…one to get Lisa a reed for her Sax-a-ma-phone.

IMMEDIATELY…we are faced with a problem of Too Many Homer quests…as both Ned and Lisa require Homer to move forward. I know. This gets confusing quickly…

But…the confusion is short-lived. The Homer-Lisa part is only two quick quests, before stalling to make us wait.

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Thanksgiving Update Drops Like A Thankgiving Balloon…

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a bunch of balloons and your mother-in-law.  Why? Because they are both gas-bags!  (*rim shot).

OK…my mother in law isn’t a wind bag. But, that’s beside the point…
Mrs. Bouvier is here…to remind you that you don’t do anything right…and aren’t good enough for her daughter.

There is also a TON of premium offerings…at full-blown premium prices…(EA’s version of the anti-black Friday)

MORE TO FOLLOW… Check back soon!

Another Milestone…EEEEK!


I get GoDaddy renewal notices almost every day. We manage more than 160 markets of radio station web sites and content, and most of our clients use GoDaddy as their primary hosting service.

But today, I renewed one that wasn’t associated with a radio station. It was just labeled, “Deluxe Hosting package” with “Web Hosting Add-On Resources.” But, I knew what it was. I remembered setting it up last year, when the concept of “starting our own blog” and leaving the old place to wither and die, became reality.

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Why the Drive-In Movie Is the Best Halloween Artifact Ever


When we look back at Halloween 2014, there is going to be one item that stands out as the seminal memory from Halloween 2014.  It is without question, the Drive-In movie. If you didn’t get the Drive-In, I pity you.  If you have never BEEN to a Drive-In movie…well…I REALLY pity you.

The Drive-In movie is a uniquely American phenomenon that provided the very best in family entertainment, with the clear choice of pants being optional.

Let me explain…

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Level 47 Update – Complete Cheat Guide With Walkthroughs


As per always, I start with a disclaimer:
I don’t condone cheaters, hackers, frackers or any other sort of rapscallion who steals information off of the game files. However…once that information is stolen, it can often benefit others…or completely ruin a good thing (think Edward Snowden).  For that reason, I am always hesitant to post the walkthroughs.

However… I KNOW that you guys like to know what’s going to happen before it happens (the last update must have killed some of you!). So, I will do so.

There are walkthroughs for all three Level 47 characaters… Freddy, Cashmir, and the Waiter with the Chowder problem.

SPOILERS FOLLOW… If you don’t want to know….DON’T click below!

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Add Friends and Neighbors for Level 47 and Beyond!


OK…time to start a new thread, kids!  Halloween 2014 is pretty full!

Put your Origin Username in the Comment Box if you want new friends.  No. We aren’t going to break this up into people who don’t want graffiti and those who do…that’s just SILLY!

Tagging is fun…and let’s your neighbors know you’ve stopped by…right?

Doling Out The Eggs…Who, What, When?


This is one of those updates that can really create problems if you want to be an upstanding, thoughtful and fair neighbor. And don’t we all want to be just that?

If you have played…and built up your collection of friends and neighbors, it is even more difficult. Why? Because EA/TSTO is being REALLY chintzy with the eggs.  I tap plenty…believe me. I just got the hovercraft…a couple of days ahead of schedule…so I AM tapping regularly. But, I am only averaging 10-15 eggs a day. Once in a while, I’ll score big…and get as many as 20…but most of the time, it remains just barely above single digits.

Oh…and I have 100 neighbors. I shuffle some around here and there…but for the most part, I maintain 100. Let’s see…100, divided by 15 eggs.


So how do I deal with it?

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Why This Site Survives…


In the middle of the week, I had a note from my favorite Troll, a guy from Beverly Hills, no less…who is one of the freaks that writes every once in a while to let me know what losers we are. He changes his ID email all of the time…but, because I can trace route his IP, I know who he is.

Of course…the sheer illiteracy of his posts are self-evident in their ignorance…but they are entertaining nonetheless. Here’s his latest:

From Joey1234: I get you are a cranky old man who lost the little following he and his bye bye former partner once had. Who r u kidding? You really think once tsto is gone you’ll still be here? There’s a reason you don’t show your site hits lol. Cya never to return.

Oh…but that were true. The never to return part. But, it was ironic that it showed up, just before I once again had clear validation as to WHY we’ll still be here…long after TSTO is gone.

This week…we once again, proved that we are WAY different than other TSTO blog sites.
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Toilets Two Worlds Apart…Two Solutions

I woke up this morning with the muscles in my neck and shoulders aching. This is a rare occurrence, even at the age of 60. I am strong. I am in relatively good shape. But this was my first introduction into the world of “Toilet Yoga.”

Don’t expect to see “Groupon” specials for Toilet Yoga online anytime soon. I don’t recommend it. Oh…and I made it up…with the help of the folks who made the old toilet seats I had to change out as part of our “get ready for company” preparations.

I had to change out two toilet seats. “No big deal,” I said…”should be a 20 minute job, tops.” And then I realized that the two seats (which we had installed about 7 years ago at the same time) both had corroded plastic washers and nuts that were very difficult to reach. The “special toilet loosening tool” I bought at Lowes did not work. At all. The socket wrench did not work. At all. Pliers only broke the edges off of the plastic nuts….and still…they didn’t move. Finally…using a combination of a wrench, as well as pliers, I was able to muscle the bolts off, and change out the seat…a half hour later…in the FIRST bathroom.

The second bathroom, upstairs…is a small guest bathroom…with the toilet crammed into the corner…beside the sink…under a counter. As in very little space to move. I am a big guy…big shoulders…big arms…the bathroom is small.

The bolts were even worse…and I was having to do it “blind” as I could not wedge myself close to the bathroom bowl to see what I was doing.

This was not going to turn out well.
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It’s Time to Redefine the Word, “Hero.”


The world has become a crazy place. The disparity between those who live a life in the rarified air of the upper 1% in income, and those who live in the lowest 1% in income has never been further apart.

Through all of it, the “common man,” those of us who work hard to maintain a semblance of a shrinking middle class, end up passing our time, and seeking entertainment, by deifying “heros” who represent a strata of performers who can do something we can’t.  We love our music, movies, television and sports figures. We typically measure their success by box office receipts, record sales, or net worth (in the case of wall street or tech billionaires).  But in the case of sports, are as likely to make them heroes in our minds, for statistics as inane as Yards After Contact, Yards per Game, or how they boost the stats in your fantasy football league.

By now, almost everyone in the world is aware of the “Very Incredibly Bad” week the NFL has had. Several cases of domestic violence, and a couple of child abuse charges just don’t say much about the caliber of people playing one of our national pastimes.  But the story of Adrian Peterson shook me to the core to such a degree, that I woke up this morning with a fire in my fingers to tell another story.

We need to know REAL heroes when we see them. And as a society…we have lost our way.

Let’s start with how much Adrian Peterson is making WHILE suspended from his “job” of running a football, while avoiding being tackled by other highly paid man-children.  Adrian, the highest paid running back in the NFL, is making close to $700,000… a week. That is not a typo. That is also before all of his endorsement deals. That’s $23,000 dollars a day.

Adrian Peterson is also known for fathering as many as 7 children with as many mothers. Adrian Peterson must love kids. Or making kids. He certainly has a penchent for “guiding” kids.

Now…I am going to introduce you to three REAL heroes, who I would offer, do REAL world-changing work, and earn between all three of them, less than 1/1000th per day combined what Adrian Peterson earns…while saving children.

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Turning Giving Into a Game…and Giving Credit Where It’s Due!


It’s time to give credit where credit is due. And in the case of our community’s work to help the children of the Rural Ugandan Village of Buyijja, the list is small…but growing.

I have said before that the majority of the gifts of love given to these projects are coming from less than 1% of the overall number of readers who come here. After doing some math…and seeing MULTIPLE names on several projects, it is far less than 1%.  But for the sake of alliteration, I will continue to use the 1% figure.

The reason is that during the huge hubbub that surrounded the “Occupy Wall Street” a couple of years back, the big deal was that less than 1% of the population controls most of the wealth in the world.  I have quoted “giving facts” before as well…the fact that 85% of all donations are given my less than 5% of the population.

Here’s the deal…I don’t know how much money any of you have…but I know that a handful of you don’t have much…but continue to give. I am amazed and humbled. To date…this community has raised close to 8,500…and we are approaching the halfway mark toward another $4500. AMAZING…

But again…WHO is giving…often repeatedly…must be noted. It is easy enough for us to see how much digital stuff our neighbors have. It’s easy enough to see what kind of digital dollars they have amassed. But, in this case…nobody has been given proper due for DOING SOMETHING THAT REALLY MATTERS.

That changes today.

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Why I am still tapping…

On October 1st…just a little over three weeks from now (and still not done with this silly CoC update), I will have been a regular tapper for TWO YEARS…

I’m not really sure what to say, as the emotions involved are truly mixed.  I don’t even want to begin to imagine the hours I have dedicated to this silly game.  There have been hundreds of posts…tens of thousands of comments moderated…an almost 300 page BOOK…and more personal tapping time than I care to admit.

All of this was done while running a company that services more than 160 radio markets, being a husband, father and grandfather, and playing far more golf than any active man of 60 deserves.

I have almost quit at least 4 times over the past 6 months. The futility and “time sink” (drain if “Life Currency”) has taken its toll…and apathy becomes my worst adversary. But…there is a reason that I still tap…and write…and moderate…

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Dear EA… You Need Help. Let US Give You An Update Idea!

It seems that of late, I am getting a reputation for being TOO cranky about EA and TSTO. I am reminded to “Stay on Topic,” which means, “you have derailed this site from its original purpose…giving us TSTO information and entertaining us with TSTO related posts!!!!”

Moi? Au Contraire!  I just happen to dislike this update. So shoot me…with one of Lisa’s pointy little arrows.

If you love this update, so be it! Go for it! Have a blast!

But, the reason I dislike the update, is because EA is OFF TOPIC… and there is no good reason for it!

Here’s the proof!
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LEGO Simpsons Creations!


Ryan here, and did someone say LEGO Simpsons Creations?! We have a very exciting break from the usual nonsense and quite frankly, a breath of fresh air. Too much TSTO is not good for the soul. We try to have our fun, but it’s also nice to just enjoy the community.

And our community has provided us with something extraordinary today. The timing is incredible, considering the recent release of real life LEGO Simpsons, tomorrow’s long-awaited LEGO episode and well, the Blocko Store in the Easter update I guess. Our great friend and invaluable community member KookyKerry is an artist, an entrepreneur and a pretty genius lady in her own right.

She has created something pretty cool involving Simpsons LEGOs that we wanted you all to see, and if you’re able and interested, to support. There is nothing more fun than when we get to share in something with a member of the community of Friends. TSTO is all well and good but real life is (or should be) happening all around us and we’re always flattered when someone shares a bit of theirs with us.

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TSTO Friends Community: AboutChoo!


Ok so here’s the deal…

We here at TSTOFriends have an AMAZING community of readers, commenters and genuine friends. We laugh, we cry, we yell, we poke fun and celebrate the good times while propping each other up in the bad times. So in some ways it’s more like a family…a big crazy family; but without squabbling over inheritance (who gets rich Uncle Zeke’s gold!?) Before you start thinking this is going to be another sappy, “lets hug” post let me clear things up: it’ll only be like, half that.

We’ve had some pretty cool projects and opportunities for community participation. There are the amazing array of Guest Posts, the always fun Poll Results and Discussions, that fantastic Holiday Writing Contest we had and a smattering of other things in the Community Art and Writing Center. A personal favorite of mine and Patric’s was the TSTO Community World Map and Downloadable Travel-Brochure project.

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TSTO Community World Map and Downloadable Travel-Brochure



This place is amazing…no doubt about it.
When people ask me what makes it so unique and different than other TSTO Blogs/Forums…the answer is easy- THE COMMUNITY.  We continue to be blown away by the interaction, civility, intelligence, and desire to share.

Nothing proves the point better than our Put A Pin In It map experiment. Well…TAKE A LOOK. More than 75 pages (and growing) and close to 37,000 words (and growing) this document is a testament to the power of the Internet and a “Silly Little Game” to cross boundaries, borders and differences- to become a single community.

THE DOWNLOADABLE .PDF Version of our Incredible TSTO Community World Map is done.

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Holiday Limbo…a Great Time To Decorate!


I know that I am taking a chance…as the second I post something about lag time…another update is going to hit. But, I might as well take the time, as it also might NOT hit today, or even tomorrow…as we are clearly STUCK in the netherworld of the Great Holiday Shift.

I realize that in many of the big box stores, Christmas decorations were being sold right alongside of Halloween decorations.  There is a special place in hell (if there was a hell) for store executives like that.  And while I am usually steadfast in clinging to my “Christmas doesn’t start until Santa is in the Thanksgiving Macy’s Parade” beliefs…I’m BORED.  Really bored.

So I have jumped the gun a bit with my Springfield.  Pooh and Piglet and their friends won’t be placed in our real front yard until the weekend after Thanksgiving. This tradition has been going on for more than 20 years now, after I fashioned the first figures out of plywood and paint in our garage when the kids were little.

But TSTO makes it EASY to decorate your towns…and so I did.
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Stuck in the Middle of Garbage Time? It is what you make of it.


It has been said here before, but I will admit it in plain, clear writing… I miss the Halloween aliens. There was something about waking up to a town overrun, that required my immediate help, that got my blood moving in the morning. At my age, it takes more and more to get my blood moving…aliens helped.

Now, I find myself opening the screen…searching for something green that is moving fast…and then being disappointed when I remember that my only options are to find where I am in the update dialogue (I am still playing both Freddy’s and Kashmir’s update, as I didn’t, and most likely won’t buy the waiter), or go and drop handshakes for FP in my neighbor’s towns. I DO the latter…and admittedly TAG any available graffiti options left to me, because it also gets my blood moving to be a “bad boy” while leaving “my mark” (which is not to be confused with marking my territory, which is disgusting…especially at my age).

And since the update…the interface is REALLY laggy again…and jumpy. Like an old guy who needs a boost.  What’s up with that?

So…what are we to do as we count down to Thanksgiving?
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Where’Dat Come From? Level 47 – Inclusive


Rather than tease this stuff out for days, as other blogs do, I prefer to get it out of the way. Kind of like eating your vegetables first, before dessert…which will be happening a lot in the near future, sans the dessert. Preparing for the Holidays…ergh. But I digress.

The items/characters from Level 47 seem to revolve around a single episode…but Au Contraire, as our French waiter would say. The items actually come from several episodes, all classics in their own right.

The back-stories do help some of the items/dialogue make more sense.

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