January 16th, 2007

Protective layers

If someone was going out and thought it was likely he would be shot at, would it be a good idea to put on more layers (e.g. extra shirts, sweaters, coat)? Would this help lessen the impact of a bullet, or just make it worse? Is there any other kind of thing that might be found around a typical house that would help protect them? I'm thinking bicycle helmet, but I'm not sure about that, either.

The setting is current day US.

English-Colonial America Relations?

I have a question related to my last post:

The time period is late 1670's thru the early 1680's. My family's youngest son is going abroad to study to become a priest (Douai to be specific and, yes, I realize his timing sucks) My question is this - what were English (and French) attitudes regarding colonists? I've tried Googling and Wiki-ing this but have only found info on colonist-Native American or modern relations between the countries. So. Were there any gross stereotypes/wild rumors flying about? Were colonists seen as social inferiors? Would he be the "token American" at school and, as such, maybe pestered with questions from his peers about life in America? Anything else I'm not thinking of that I should be aware of?


As always, any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Inheritance Letter, modern day

I must not be cafinated enough this morning for my Googlefu to do it's usual magic. What I need is the type of wording that would be in a letter sent to tell someone about an inheritance. I'm thinking "You may have just won...." not so much.
Situation:
Set in the United States, present time, a young woman, who has always believed all her family is dead, has recieved a letter telling her that she has inherited a rather large house and land from a Great Aunt she didn't know she had. What would the language, legalese, in the letter be?
Thanks in advance.

Graduation exams in New York City, ca. 1966-67

Google has failed me, and asking friends of an appropriate age hasn't given me a clear answer either.

I have a character attending a public high school in Manhattan in the mid to late sixties. Was there a graduation exam in place during this period, including all major subjects in one test with a central proctor (a la the Regents used currently), or were exams only given in individual classes (or not at all)? When I was in high school, we took a graduation exam our junior year which included all subjects, and then had individual class exams for the class credits in both junior and senior years. I've managed to find that having a graduation exam in addition to individual class exams is a relatively new phenomenon that varies by state, but I haven't been able to pin down how new the Regents are, or, if the Regents don't go back that far, if any similar incarnation did.

If the Regents/no similar exam existed, would it be too much of a stretch for this character to sit her exams all at once, considering she's missed a metric ton of school due to hospitalization? She's kept up with her work and is back in school now, but may have missed the first (only?) exam date.

Essentially, what I'm trying to find out is - if there is no graduation exam, would it be conceivable for her to be taking exams in two subjects back to back, and would she be in a room with other test takers or alone with a proctor?

Thanks in advance.

Feudal Japanese Views on Mixing Gender Roles

I have read that in kitsune legends, even male kitsune tend to be rather feminine in dress and manners. One story I'm working on involves a son of a kitsune/human marriage who starts developing kitsune-like abilities, so I figured that he would pick up these traits as well. The question is, how did the 16th century Japanese, especially samurai, view this sort of behavior? Was it tolerated? Not tolerated? Accepted (or even encouraged) in young boys but not in grown men? In this case, the character in question is about 14 in a minor samurai family, but hasn't celebrated his passage into adulthood yet. Thanks for your help.

Cars in WW2-era New York

Scene: New York City, 1943

What would be the typical automobile choice for the following?

- Jewish Mob lawyer, married to millionaire banker's daughter? (So far I have him driving a black 1942 Chevy)

- Irish-American police detective? (Honest, working class but college-educated, wife and three kids; so far I have him driving a blue 1930 Hudson Essex)

- German-American police detective? (Honest, middle-class background, stock market player, heavy drinker, divorcee and father of four; so far I have him driving a red 1939 Chevy)

- Italian-American gangsters? So far I have one driving a Cadillac (eldest son and heir), and his kid brother driving a red 1937 Packard Darrin (young, hot-headed, thinks he's the coolest and God's Gift to women).

Thanking you all in advance...
  • Current Music: "Chickashay Gal", Roy Rogers

Tories vs. Rebels

If Tory or Loyalist was the proper name for those supporting the King during the Revolutionary war, what were the rebels called (besides Traitors and Patriots, that is)? I'm looking for the "formal" name, as opposed to what might show up in the average leaflet...

Edit: it seems I'm looking for a "neutral" name -- If it's 1777, do they call themselves Americans yet? What do the Torys or Loyalists call them (in polite company)? And what would a neutral 3rd party call them?

Thanks folks!
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" the drunken concubine " a japanese equivalent and english phoenetic translation???

Hello and hi, it's the kitsune kimono lady again :D with another question this time for any of the asian opera connosuiers in the crowd. It's a bit of a two-parter.

I came across a most tantalizing reference in a Chinese opera to an aria(?) of sorts titled " The Drunken Concubine " and unfortunately aside from finding it also referred to as " The Drunken Beauty " and " The Drunken Empress " I have found precious little about it, not even any lyrics to go through.

However I was curious, somewhere out there would there happen to be a Japanese version along the same line of a traditional comic song about a drunken courtesean or high-born lady? Or well I'm not terribly picky. Something about a drunken female would work just fine.

Part 2 of my question: If I happened to locate this marvelous creature would it be too much to ask if it had a English phoenetic (I think that's the word) translation tagging along beside it?

thank you thank you and thank you, I appreciate anything I can find :D