June 24th, 2007

Looking for a quote on the US presidency

I'm looking for a quote I heard I don't recall when. It was probably a comedian, and was something along the lines of:

Why would anyone run for a second term as president? It's the greatest job in the world to retire from.

I tried searching on Google and Ask.com, with several variations on those phrases, but couldn't come up with anything. Sadly, I think it's a fairly new quote (like within the last decade or so), so it isn't in any of my books of quotations.

Thanks in advance,

Choice of Reading Material for LD Adult. USA Present-Day.

I'm currently writing a fanfiction. One of my minor characters is roughly 19-20 and has a severe reading handicap. Part of it is due to her upbringing. She was raised without exposure to spoken or written language. (For those familiar with DC Canon, it's an AU Batman story, and the character in question is Cassandra Cain.)

EDIT: DC Canon took a bit of a departure from reality when they had the character meet up with a telepath who fixed the part of her brain that processes spoken language. Nothing was done for her written language however. Her "mother tongue" as it were, is body language.

At the time that my question becomes germane, Cass has been struggling to learn to read. I found some basic texts aimed at dyslexic children and adults via Google. However, at this point, I'd like her to go into a library and sign something out.

A few things to keep in mind:

1) She abhors being called 'stupid' or thought of as 'stupid'. I don't honestly think she'd be comfortable walking into the childrens' section and flipping through picture books.

2) Her spoken vocabulary is fairly basic, although her comprehension is pretty high. Think of it as though she's been studying a foreign language for a few years--there's a pretty big gap between what she wants to articulate, and what actually comes out of her mouth. So if she were to screw up her courage to to ask someone for help recommending a book, she'd be more likely to ask for "something with short words" than "an interesting book for someone who's studying English as a second language."

3) She'd be going into the library on her own, rather than taking a friend along to make suggestions.

4) Gotham City is pretty much like Newark or Trenton NJ in terms of resources. So if well-appointed urban libraries nowadays have an ESL section, or something like that, I could have her stumble across it.

Anyone have any idea what kind of titles she might feel confident enough to sign out in the adult section of the library? 

I've Googled: "Adults with Dyslexia" and "Reading Texts Dyslexia", but these links are showing me resources that would be wonderful if I needed to research the condition further. Or texts like these: http://members.aol.com/vangarnews/dansample.html

Any help would be appreciated.

Bull riding

So I've gone to Wiki, and gone to the Pro bull-riding sites, and I've googled, and I can't find the answer.

How tall are these guys?  More specifically, how tall is too tall?  One guy that's 6'2" says that his height hurts his form and balance.  The rest that I found were between 5'6" and 5'10".

I want a guy who is 6'1" to tell a guy who is 6'5" 
"You're too tall for this sport.  Hell, I'm too tall for this sport."
Does that work?

Any help finding more personal accounts of the sport would be great too.

Las Vegas Homes with Basements

Greetings! I'm looking for help regarding residential homes in Las Vegas. I've done a little bit of internet seeking, and found that basements weren't very popular in residential construction, though I read a notation that there were some homes built prior to WWII that had basements. It also looks as if some newer homes are being constructed with them as well.

Is there anyone out there who can give me more information regarding this? What style of homes were built with basements in the early years (I'm much more interested in the older homes as it would make sense for the characters to have an older home as opposed to one of recent construction), how big are they, where in the city (or even outside somewhere close - the characters could certainly live out on an old farm or piece of land somewhere) they are located, whether it's a full basement or a walk-out...basically any information would be appreciated!

Thanks much!

Mental patient gone walkabout

Minneapolis, USA, present day. Character is a 21-year-old male with severe depression, receiving Social Security (disability payments), who is getting ECT (shock therapy) on an outpatient basis. The question is: what happens if he just disappears?

What sort of inquiries might be made if he doesn't show up for his next treatment or therapist appointment, stops cashing his SS checks, and abandons his apartment? If he's reported missing, are the police likely to look for him? If they do find him, what are they likely to do about it?

As you can imagine, this string of hypotheticals is pretty hard to Google. The general impression I'm getting is that, while he might be reported missing, no one will look for him, and when his rent comes due his stuff will end up on the sidewalk; he'll pretty much be able to vanish without comment. But if y'all have more info on the topic, lay it on me. Thanks much!