March 13th, 2007


Kimono Questions

I've tried wikipedia's entry on kimono, and multiple google searches. I've gotten some of the answers I wanted, but there are still two questions I have. The timeframe really doesn't matter, since the story is in a fictional, Japan-based world, but I am looking for more traditional kimono.

Anyway, my questions are:

1) Most of the articles I've come across say that adult men's kimono are subdued colors, such as black, carcoal grey, seaweed green, ect. Would it be appropriate for an adult man to have a kimono that is a dull purple in coloring?

2) At what age do boy's stop wearing child kimono and start wearing adult ones?

Thank you in advance for all of your help.

EDIT: I think I got the answers I need. Thank you to everyone for all your help.
PA Blue

List of Major Countries

I have a plot nibbling at me that's giving me headaches. The basic idea involves young representatives of Earth's most influential countries, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what those are. (The most I get is a 'Top 5,' usually comprising European nations. I'm looking for variety.) I am also trying to keep the cast list at a bare minimum, so twenty is the absolute limit. Fewer, if possible.

The kids thus far represent America, Britain, China, Japan, India, Ghana (for rather sentimental reasons), Brazil, Russia, and Nigeria. Who should be added to the list and who should be voted off? If you're advocating a country I don't know much about, is there a likely character trait I should look out for? Keep in mind that it's present day, the age range is between fourteen and eighteen years old, and that these kids have been hand-selected by very smart aliens to serve as diplomats. In other words, no blatant morons here, although residual prejudices could slip under the radar. Earth will remain ignorant of this visit for a few years, so no politician's kids, either.

For extra credit: A character from one of those small, oft-forgotten countries hardly anyone knows about is included in the group, for no real reason other than a clerical error. Where should she/he be from? Think places like Tuvalu or Moldova.
sn // impala - thunder road

law school - family member orientation

Searched - Wikipedia under law school, the LSAC's webpage, google under "law school family orientation", "family members of law students", and similar terms

Question - My character's partner is beginning his first year of law school, and my character is going to go to the orientation they offer for family members, spouses, etc. I really want to write a scene about this because I think it has potential to be very interesting, but I have no idea what goes on at these except in the very general terms that it's supposed to help the family understand what the law student is going through. So what I'm hoping someone will be able to provide is as many specifics as possible (or where I might find first-hand accounts). I'm interested in things like what's said ("your spouse will try to kill you and/or himself over the next year..."), whether it was helpful and gave an accurate idea of what the student would be going through, what kind of format it was (question and answer? speakers?) and basically anything that you can think of.

Takes place in the US but is law school and region non-specific. The school is in a city and is most probably a public school.

Thanks in advance!

Medical problems/prescription pills.

Alright, so I'm writing a story which takes place in present day San Fransisco. Condensedly, a man's wife dies and he ends up overdosing on her pills (he doesn't die, though).

So my question is this -- what are some relatively common, non-life-threatening medical conditions that could be easily controlled by pills? I've tried searching and asking around, but all I've gotten so far was depression medication and anti-psychotics, and that's not really what I'm looking for. I was thinking of something that was more of a bodily problem. This person was most definately not depressed or psychotic.

Thanks in advance!