Snapping Up Fish

When I started up the game tonight, I saw that Joey has ducked out of town. I received his goodbye letter in the mail.

Sorry, Jeff, I'm writing to tell you I left Forest secretly, so don't bother looking for me. See, I... Well, I just had to leave, OK? Let it lie. And if possible...send me fruit! -The Hungry Joey

While the best time of year for making money just ended in ACCF (catching summer bugs on trees), the best money-making time in this game is right now! In early September, there are no sea bass (or jellyfish) in the ocean. So any ocean fish you catch will be worth at least 3,000 bells (as long as you don’t fish near the mouth of the river, since salmon can be caught there). For more information, see my September Fishing guide.

So I emptied my pockets and took my rod to the sea. I fished until my pockets were full. It wasn’t raining, so I didn’t catch any coelacanths. And of the two remaining types of fish, I only caught one of the more valuable (barred knifejaw) fish. The rest were red snappers.

My pockets full of fish (14 red snappers and one barred knifejaw).

But still, in under ten minutes of fishing, I earned 47,000 bells. Not bad.

Tom Nook: If I add it all up, my price comes to 47,000 bells. You will sell, yes?

I ran into Tom, and he thought he smelled raviolis? Maybe he just smelled my cologne. I’m wearing Eau de Chef Boyardee. 😉

Tom: Hmm? Sniff, sniff... I smell raviolis!

I bumped into Hank, and he asked me for a new catchphrase to replace “on my beak.” So I told him to say “in a cage.”

Hank: All right! do I sound now, in a cage!

I was trying to get him to use his new phrase in a funny way, but I didn’t have much luck. But he did offer me a new shirt for free, a fish bone shirt. Since it’s such a good fishing season, I decided to put it on.

Jeff changes from a paw shirt into a fish bone shirt in Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube.

After that, I pulled some weeds, did some more fishing, and stopped in the post office to mail a fossil away. I also checked my map… Surprisingly, Joey’s replacement has not moved into town yet. But I’ll surely meet him or her next time. Happy fishing, everyone!

Meteor Shower 2017

Claude the rabbit has hopped out of town. I got his goodbye letter in the mail tonight.

To my pal, Jeff, I have a hunger...and while I normally just grab a snack to fill up, this hunger will only be satisfied by exotic foods from far-off lands. So, I'm now a wanderer! -Snackily yours, Claude

The meteor shower was going on tonight, so several animals joined up near the lake to watch the shooting stars go by. However, Belle wasn’t very happy that Tom was sitting next to her.

Belle: I'd totally be enjoying this more if Tom weren't sitting next to me, in a tutu. Seriously.

Interestingly enough, Tom didn’t seem to happy that Belle was next to him either! Maybe one of them should just move? Or is that too simple of a solution? 😛

Tom: I'd rather just watch the meteors by myself, to tell you the truth...

Ursala, Tortimer, and Genji were also at the event. I stopped for a few minutes to watch shooting stars and enjoy the serene, peaceful music that plays during the event. The music is the best part, really.

Belle, Tom, Jeff, Ursala, and Tortimer watch the meteor shower at the lake in Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube.

Genji: The meteors are bright and flashy... fiery... powerful... Just like me, right, Jeff? Huh?

I enjoyed my time at the lake, but I eventually continued on. Maple wanted me to buy a pear for 1,240 bells. I declined the offer.

Maple: Um, this is kind of embarrassing, but would you mind buying this pear from me?
Pear or bear?

I found the tent of a summer camper in acre D-3. This is the first summer camper I’ve seen this year.

A summer camper's tent in Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube.

Inside, I found Tad the frog. He wanted to play a game in which I had to guess which animals he took pictures of while he was camping. But if I guessed incorrectly, he would take all of my money. I was a tad uncomfortable with those terms, so I did not play his game.

Tad: But if you're wrong, then I get all the money you have on you!

I found a new house near Kody’s place, and I met my newest neighbor, Joey the duck. He was disappointed that I didn’t bring him any snacks.

Joey: Your name's Jeff? Uh, nice to meet you, bleeeeeck. Even if you don't come bearing snacks.

I checked out the inside of his house, and it was surprisingly simple. It just had four sprinklers, a pool, and a red boom box.

The inside of Joey's house in Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube.After a stop at the post office and dump, I returned home for the night.

If you’re interested, check out my video of the meteor shower that I recorded two years ago.


4th of July Fireworks 2017

Today is the 4th of July (Independence Day in the USA), and that means the fireworks festival is held tonight. On my way to the lake, I got bit. The game said it was a mosquito that bit me, but I’m not so sure. Snake sure looked pretty guilty.

Animated GIF of Snake looking guilty right behind me after I supposedly got bit by a mosquito.
I’m feeling snakebit.

I then stopped at the pier to get a sneak peak at the fireworks.

Watching the 4th of July fireworks at the pier in Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube.

I worked my way around the lake, though I made a quick stop at Nookington’s to check today’s store inventory. Interestingly, there was a detour arrow and a detour sign, right next to each other. Much to Beyonce’s dismay, they were both pointing to the right, to the right.

A detour arrow and a detour sign on sale in Nookington's.

I then walked a bit south to the lake, where the fireworks festivities were being held. Kody was whistling and fanning himself as he enjoyed the fireworks exploding overhead.

Kody fans himself and smiles as he and Jeff watch the fireworks festival in Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube.

Belle, meanwhile, was acting like a beast.

Belle: Hey! Stop pestering me! Why don't you go watch the fireworks, in a tutu!?

I bought a yellow balloon from Crazy Redd’s stand for 480 bells.

I hold a yellow balloon that I bought from Crazy Redd's stand at the fireworks festival on the 4th of July.Static was also at the lake to enjoy the show.

I bumped into Tortimer, but not where you’d expect. He wasn’t at the lake for the festival, nor was he over at the wishing well. Instead, he was over by Ursala’s house for some reason. He encouraged me to take a train trip, and said otherwise, we may lose the train station! But I knew he was bluffing…or just very, very confused.

Tortimer: I'd hate to lose our train station because you're not riding the train enough! Take a trip, sprout!

At the dump, I found a grass model and a pad of paper. I took them both.

After making my rounds, I returned to the lake to enjoy some more fireworks. When I was done, I let my balloon go and watched it soar up into the sky. Happy 4th of July!

Animated GIF of Jeff letting go of his balloon during the fireworks festival.After that, I returned home and used a feature I almost never use: the journal.

July Entry: Tonight, I watched fireworks and bought a balloon.