October 31st, 2006

Firefighter Ranks

Okay, so I'm hunting down information on firefighters. I've been insanely lucky that every other search term I've used has worked.

I'm trying to find the ranks for Firefighters in California, USA. I know some of this stuff varies, but the city this is set in is fictional, so I have some minor leeway.

I found one for New York that goes: Chief of Department, Chief of Operations, Assistant Chief, Deputy Assistant Chief , Division Commander, Deputy Chief , Battalion Commander, Battalion Chief, Captain, Lieutenant, and Firefighter.

Is this close enough to be usable? Or are there key differences.

Also, on a slightly related note. How long would a college/uni semester last? Four months?

Edit: Okay, the semester question's been answered, so thanks. :) Still looking for the firefighter ranks!
  • furikku

Disappearance of landscape features- effect on weather

Say there's a large city, mostly made up of really tall skyscrapers. It's essentially the equivalent of a bunch of foothills clumped together, sizewise.

It essentially vanishes overnight.

How would this impact the weather in that area? I'm somewhat familiar with the effects that mountains have on weather, but I can't really find enough that tells me what I'm looking for.

Edit: ESSENTIALLY ESSENTIALLY ESSENTIALLY OK I think I put it in enough times there...
Innocent (redhead)

Travel routes and methods, late 1920's

I have two characters journeying from London to Cairo in the late 1920's (anywhere between 1925 and 1928 works).

I originally wanted the route to be by sea, from Southampton to Marseilles, and after a brief stop there, onward to Alexandria and then on to Cairo. Is that route plausible? Was it more commonplace to travel by land across France by the late twenties? The characters are on the run after stealing a rather precious item, so would the sea route confuse their pursuers, if travel by land via train would be the usual method? The ship they would be travelling on wouldn't necessarily need to be exclusively a passenger ship, they could probably talk their way onto a cargo/mail ship just as easily.

I've Googled, Wikied, and even checked real live actual books, but nothing gives me definitive answers or specific detail about that precise route on those dates -- the closest I've found is information about the Indrapoera.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Minute Maid Cranberry Grape

Ohhh, NaNoWriMo.

Anyway, it's 33 minutes in and I've hit a snag: How long has Minute Maid cranberry grape juice been in production? When was it "released"? I know they just started with orange juice, but I can't find anything beyond that. And if you couldn't buy it in the mid 1980s, was there a brand of cranberry grape juice that you could?

I don't particularly care if it's in concentrate form or whatever, but cranberry grape is, I think, inherently funnier than just grape and, obviously, has a whole extra word built in every time I write it.

I've dug around the Minute Maid site and done a few Googles with various word combos but can only find the history of the company. I don't need exact dates, if you can just remember from personal experience that it has been around for a good twenty years or whatever, that's more than enough. Or, if you remember specifically not being able to buy it in the mid-eighties, that's good, too. Just making sure a basic time line works out before I go much father with this bit.

Edit! Thank you everyone! Ocean Spray it is, which isn't so bad because that's still two words. ahaha. So my next question would be this, I know Minute Maid is only 25% actual juice because I buy it myself quite frequently from the school cafeterias/markets etc. But we're Coca Cola products all the way around here, so Ocean Spray doesn't seem to be an option. I'll run across the way to the little store on the way to my next class to be sure. Anyway, I don't have a bottle handy and if it's on their webpage it's very hidden, so how much actual juice is in Ocean Spray Cran-Grape?

I've managed to write an entire chapter about this juice, people, 1762 words, and I am not about to lose bits and bobs just because I had to switch juice brands!