March 8th, 2007

tv and Japanese hotel rooms

What's the earliest date that televisions would be commonly found in Tokyo hotel rooms? My characters are usefully immortal, so I can set the scene whenever I want, but the earlier the better.

What kind of programming would be on late at night (after 10 PM)?

Are there any differences between a mid-line Japanese hotel of that period and an American hotel that I should know about?

Soldiers, War, and Roadside Bombs (oh my!)

Weirdish question here. I've attempted google, and I've attempted wikipedia, but I'm trying for a very specific situation and, well...that just doesn't work with them, or so it seems. It also doesn't help that my computer is only letting me see Google and Wiki in languages other than my mother tongue. Jerks!

So...Cut for length and ramble...Collapse )

US adoption and contact.

Setting: California, modern day.
Situation:

I have an adopted minor (17) who has been contacted (preferably by telephone, though that can be fiddled with) by a third party on behalf of his birth mother.

Bit of backstory (most of this can be fiddled with as well): Placed in an orphanage when he was a baby, adopted out as a small child (no older than five). Placed with an adoptive family, parents were killed at approximately age nine, given a guardian. Relocated at age 17 (without guardian) and enrolled in school, presumably where the search located him.

The hows and whys have all been basically figured out, all I need to know is who the third party might be. I've been looking for an organization but all I've found is a 'post adoption social worker' from a private company. I'd like a government-sponsored or, at the very least, a non-charity organization who may do this kind of work. Also an option is the orphanage itself contacting him, as he may be able to leave contact details with the orphanage (therefore reducing a lot of this backstory to pointless ramblings).

Google searches: 'adoption US contact', 'contact adopted minor', 'adoption organizations contact', 'orphanage US contact' and all other various variations.

A Catholic Question

EDIT: I think I've got what i need. Just to clarify, the choir robes were not being used as choir robes, it was an emergency and they were handy, although if there aren't like;y to be choir robes i suppose i could use altar robes. Although i wanted all black. Ah well. I think I've got what I need, though. Much thanks.


This is really more for confirmation than anything, because google and television stereotypes have been pretty helpful for this project.

Setting: United States of America, LA, Modern Day

A decent sized parish has a couple of priests running around, one of the more junior ones comes into the church on a wednesday, very early in the morning. 5:00-5:30 ish. He's wearing the standard black outfit, right? With the little white collar thing? Does that have a name? or is it just generally called clerical clothing? Also, its July or August. In muggy LA. Does this change his outfit? Even just, uncuffing the sleeves if he thinks he's alone?

Also, is it completely ridiculous 1. That he's there. and 2. that he's the only one there? Or, if there are other people running around the administrative offices, not that early maybe but at least through 7:00 AM, that he is the only one in the main sanctuary?

Also, choir robes. Any standard color, or just generally choir robe colors? And are they likely to have crucifixes on them anywhere? Even just the logo on a tag from the company, inside?

My Catholic church experience is limited to attending one church service, and being touristy in Cathedrals. So help is appreciated.