May 1st, 2005

Sister Death

A Day's Work

In America in 1902, what would be the averages wages for say, a blacksmith or carpenter? Either weekly or yearly would be helpful. The region need not be specific.


(Actually, if anyone knows of a website that contains this sort of general wage information for various points in history, it might be useful to many people on the board, since I know I'm not the only one who has this problem. I know there must be such a site somewhere, but be darned if I could find it.)

how happy is the blameless vestal's lot

Monkeys

What kind of monkeys live in India? My main character has a pet monkey that her older brother brought back for her--I need something small.

eta: also, this is the 1800's and yes, I was inspired by The Grand Sophy. She would have had a parrot(sp?) but all her birds have met untimely deaths.
and such a long journey, the heart expands to claim this world, bring me that horizon, anywhere but here, I need things on a grander scale

Strong, cheap drinks?

I've got a character who's pretty much an alcoholic. I'm looking for something for him to order that's simple, cheap and strong. He wouldn't want anything complicated or flashy- just a good old-fashioned drink that'd get you wasted quick and easy.

What might he drink?

ETA: I suppose I should mention that he's a mid-twenties, West Coast American, and probably less inclined to wine coolers or other bottled mixed drinks than he would be to things he could make himself with a few ingredients.
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Driving jobs for teenagers in twos.

What's a job for two teenagers that involves a lot of driving and can possibly be done together? Characters in question are 17 & 19, one male and one female, and have some pretty normal work experience. They live around New York, and.. Well, that's it. :D Realism can be tweaked a little bit depending on the circumstance, but yeah. Any help is much loved. Thanks in advance.

Emergency room hypothetical

Let's say that a couple of adults come in a private car to a typical American hospital emergency room. One of them has had the shit kicked out of him in a major way. He's alive and conscious, but only just barely. Would the hospital staff accept “He, um, he got into a fight. No, we don’t want to press charges” as enough of an explanation that there wouldn’t be any awkward questions, or would they want/be obligated to dig deeper into the situation or contact the police, anything like that?
We're all dead

Chevron!

Oooookay. Chevron...with TECHRON! My question is...what exactly is this mysterious "Techron" put into the Chevron processed gasoline? Could you possibly make Chevron...WITHOUT Techron?

It boggles the mind.