March 27th, 2007

Books hazy

popular drinks in Boston gay bar

Hi everyone,

this isn't the kind of question that can be googled effectively, so I hope you can help me out. :-)

What kind of drinks is a barkeeper usually called upon to serve in an East Coast gay dance club / gay bar? I'm assuming coke and beer (what kinds of beer would be likely?) will be the most popular, followed by some varieties of hard liquor (whisky? vodka?) and a few particularly popular, "trendy" mixed drinks (including, perhaps, one specialty of the house)... with more exotic longdrinks and cocktails being the exception.

What I'm hoping for is some idea of the basic repertoire of drink recipes a barkeeper needs to know for everyday purposes, and a notion of whether he'd basically just be mixing one or two drinks (screwdrivers? cuba libres? bloody marys? ...?) all night in between handing out beer bottles and shot glasses for whisky.

If it matters: This is a popular gay bar in a fairly good downtown location in Boston, present time. I was thinking that it could be in the Back Bay area, but this isn't fixed yet, so if you have advice on location, that would be cool, too. :-)

Any help is much appreciated - thank you!
flowers in palm

prevalence of tattoos in the early 1920s (in the US)?

i have a girl passing as a boy in 1920 in chicago. i would like her to have a tattoo. does anyone know the prevalence of tattoos at that time? would it be far-fetched that she might have a rather large back piece?

additionally, i'm considering having her GET the tattoo in the story, versus already having it when my heroine meets her. does anyone have information about what tattooing procedures were like then? or where one might have gone? i have several tattoos myself, but i suspect the places one went to procure a tattoo were drastically different back then.

all suggestions, replies appreciated, and thank you in advance!

ETA: Thank you all for your help. Sorry I wasn't aware of the new rules regarding posting which web searches have already been done. between your assistance and my own research, i think i'm satisfied. thanks again!
thinking positively

Powder burns

I've got a guy using a matchlock pistol. (The big, fancy sort you see pirates in the movies toting about.) I know the basic principle behind the mechanisms, which is enough, given that this is a fantasy setting, and I have a bit of room to play around. But while I've found plenty of information on the history of guns (fascinating stuff, all), I haven't found any information on powder burns.

I know they had to have happened, especially with inexperienced gunners, but I'm having trouble hunting out how they work, exactly. While I'm sure they would be concentrated on the hands, I'm assuming the face and neck would get spattered with powder as well. But I don't know.

Plugging "gunpowder burn" into Google gets me plenty of hits related to ballistics, which is fantastic, but unfortunately it mostly relates to modern firearms. "Powder burn" gets some really interesting hits on how quickly the powder burns, but is still not what I need. (It also finds some metalcore band from Texas, which is awesome, but useless.)

I thought "flash burn" might do the trick, but that's apparently a different kind of burn entirely. Oops.

So basically, what I'm looking for is this: What constitutes a powder burn, what causes it (aside from the obvious answer, gunpowder), how severe would it be, and where in the world is the powder and other debris going? Also, would that sort of burn come only from a misfire or backfire, or could they form in the course of repeated, rapid firing and reloading?

I'm also looking for information on guns backfiring. In movies, it's shown as a dramatic thing that usually causes the shooter severe injury. (The Tom Cruise movie Far and Away is a good example.) However, when I look for "gun backfire", "firearm backfire", "backfire" or even "blowback", the best I get in return is information on gun laws. I have the information I need on misfires and premature discharges, it's backfires that have me stumbling.

Thank you to everyone who responded! I think I've got a better idea of what I'm looking for now!
adjusted to everything

Drugs Used to Treat Schizophrenia

Setting: Upstate New York, the present
Searches tried: Various combinations of schizophrenia, drugs, and side effects.

So, I have a character who is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and, after a suicide attempt, is involutarily committed to a psychiatric hospital.

What drugs would be given to her to begin with, and about how often would she need to take them? (She's a teenager, if that helps) What side effects would said drugs have? If the drug didn't reduce her syptoms, what would be done? Would the dosage be increased, or would they try switching her to a different drug?

And, if she refused to take the drugs, what would be done? I assumed that she would be forced fed them - is that indeed the case?

German law policies

A 17-year-old American on vacation in Germany is caught shoplifting. He has to file a plea (guilty) and so on, but nothing comes of it. As a 25-year-old, he looks to immigrate to Germany.

My question is: Is this deleted from his criminal record? Would it cause problems with immigration/a job search (he has graduated from an American university and has no other criminal record)?
emblus & osbick

in need of a Swedish sentence

I posted that request over at linguaphiles yesterday, but had no luck; perhaps I find a friendly Swedophone here who would help me out?

I need a Swedish sentence which a minor demon creature could yell/splutter while escaping from a running washing machine. (I'm thinking along the lines "hot! wet! help!" plus some heavy swearing at the girl who's the perpetrator of his torture ("omgwtf you little pest what do you think you are doing §%&$?*§" or anything else really; should be very unfriendly but please without any sexual reference (no "fucking" etc.) and not the latest slang; it's present time but the yelling character might be considered a bit old-fashioned.)

No chance with google etc., sorry.

EDIT: thank you, I have what I need. How I love this community.