February 25th, 2005

random useless information

Hey, I'm new to this community, and I have a few questions that I need to know the answers to.

I'm writing a story generally based on real life, and because the people in it are just 'normal, average' people, these are details I need to get right to make it believable.

1. What month did CDs come out. I know they came out in 1981, but if anyone knows the date it'll be very helpful.
2. When did floppy discs start being used.
3. When did home computers first start appearing
4. How much money does Bill Gates have
5. Is there any age restriction when travelling by plane from one country to another
6. Does anyone know of a site where I can find a music time line- in other words a time line of when certain bands/ types of music/ songs came out.

I think they're all I need at the moment, but there could be more later.
  • Current Mood: curious
  • Current Music: 'no nagging anymore' Froggymix (love that!)

Being a caregiver spouse - emotional aspects

(xposted to my own journal)

Can anyone direct me to personal narratives/stories/support sites/biographies/etc that talk about this issue: what it's like to be the spouse of someone who is chronically ill/disabled/incapacitated somehow?

Most of the stuff I've found addresses elderly people. The two people I'm writing about are middle-aged, and one is in perfect health. They are also both religious people/pillars of the community. The sick one is a very important person (though not president or anything like that), and has reasons not to reveal his growing debility to the greater public - although the cultural context is such that it might not get revealed *anyway* (the culture has a taboo against discussing/admitting illness). I'm wondering what kind of factors will be coming into play here; I imagine his spouse will feel very much alone, like she can't share her frustration/pain with anyone, and like she has two full-time jobs. At the same time, they live in a small, tight-knit community that they are leaders of, and I imagine people might come forward and quietly take over some of the work.

Nobody in my immediate family or circle of friends has been in this position, so I don't have the personal experience with it.