February 6th, 2008


American Christian Weddings

time: circa 1988-1990
location in the US: Maryland/Virginia-ish? A day's drive from DC at most.

- the wedding is taking place at the groom's home, which is a large mansion, in the summer.
- the characters are all caucasian.

Hi, I'm not American, nor am I a Christian and all my research (and years spent watching American movies) has not yeilded a conclusive answer.

I'm writing a really upscale wedding kind of thing, the son of a VERY wealthy utilities mogul is getting married, they're not really religious but I guess it's still a christian wedding since there's a priest and stuff? They can be Catholics or Episcopalians or something else if it matters, I don't care.

I need a scene where the groom talks to the bride about sort of last minute thoughts, kind of like "wow we're really getting married OMG!" or "enjoy your last 5 minutes of freedom" kind of thing. I originally had them talking in her dressing room (is that what it's called) 5 minutes before the ceremony but have since been told that that would be virtually impossible since it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride and it's a big enough deal for there to be 20 people trying to stop him from coming in.

I'm fine with him sort of sneaking in and being rebellious about the whole thing, but she defenitely wants to have a perfect wedding that would go off without a hitch so she wouldn't approve of too much messing about on his part and generally wants to kick him out anyway.

So, any suggestions as to WHEN a conversation like this can take place? When's the last time the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony and can exchange a few words?

last edit
Ok, I think I have what I need, thank you EVERYONE for such speedy replies and so much useful info!

smoking a cigarette

Hi, first time poster here. Anyways, I'm trying to write a charater who smokes. Only problem is I don't nor do any of my friends. So i have a few questions for any smokers out there.

1.) What's the first thing that you do when you light the cigarette? You inhale, right?

2.) How long does an average cigarette last?

3.) Are there differnt steryotypes for different kinds of cigarettes, like girls smoke this kind or rich people smoke this?

4.) How smoky does a room get if there's just one person smoking? What if there's a window open?

5.) Where do most men carry their packs? Back pocket?

I googled, intro to smoking, how to smoke, begining smoking and etc . Thanks for any help! 

Edit-Thank you everyone for the quick, detailed response. I have now learned you do NOT keep them in your back pocket lol.

Disarming an Injured Cop in the Emergency Room

The situation is: A police officer is injured in the line of duty and is transported by EMS to the nearest emergency room. At what point would the officer's gun be taken from them and how would it be kept for them?

I've read that, usually, the officer's gun is handed off to their partner -- but that cannot always be the case, since often police officers work solo. I'm wondering if the paramedics would have a procedure for disarming the officer, or if it would take place in the hospital. 

Please don't refer me to 'ask a cop,' because I've had problems in the past getting accurate information there. 

I have Googled several different variations of: injured cop, ER, disarming, disarming procedures, hospital weapons policy, and several related terms. (All to no avail.)

I can 'fake it' if I have to, but it would be wonderful to have some solid information on what really happens. I know it's a bit different for every municipality, but a little info can go a long way.

ETA: Thank you for the responses. I now have what I need and am very grateful for the information!
Buffy Cookies

Latin - Will Of Many

The divine forces in my novel have several names, ranging from crude references to really vague titles. What I'm looking for is a translation of '(The) Will Of Many' into Latin as their common official title.

However, I don't know the first thing about Latin. I've Googled a few different searches and tried some of the basic translators, but they're all kicking back different answers and since the language is one I'm not familiar with, I don't want to make some odd mistake or end up writing a name that equals gibberish.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.