March 10th, 2008

archer heights, chicago, il in the 1970s

Context: I'm writing a due South fanfic (there's a Mountie and a Chicago cop, that's really all you need to know) that's going to revisit Ray Kowalski's old neighborhood. My friend, a Chicago native, helped me pick out Archer Heights as the likely neighborhood where he would have grown up, given his background, family situation, etc. Google Maps hasn't gotten around to photographing Archer Heights/Brighton Park, but I've looked at some real estate photos, etc. and have a general sense of the neighborhood as it is now, and plus my friend can answer a lot of my questions.

The Problem: My friend can't tell me what Archer Heights was like in the '70s because, well, she wasn't born yet!

The Question: What was Archer Heights like in the 70s, when Ray Kowalski was growing up? What are some likely events/activities that he would remember, or things he would have done with his friends? (Ray will meet an old friend from the neighborhood and they'll reminisce about old times.) What are some specific things that would have changed that he would notice? Any landmarks that have been torn down/remodeled, favorite shops that have closed/been replaced? Bear in mind that this is 1997/98, so if the library closed in 2001, he won't know about that yet. :)

Thanks! You guys are the greatest!
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Walking on a wounded leg

When: present day/slightly futuristic

Where: England, one of the larger cities (most likely Birmingham).

Searched: different combinations of "morphine", "walking", "standing" and so on. Read a few military first aid guides, but most of them were from WWII.

Situation: My MC has been shot in the leg. The wound isn't very serious, it has been treated by some experienced friends. Although it hurts and will most likely become infected in a couple of days, there is no immediate risk of complications.

He is arrested, and wants to hide his injury from the police (at least for a few hours). He's used an auto-injector with morphine to dull the pain, and bandaged his ankle to try blaming his inability to walk on that leg on a sprain.

He has to walk down a flight of stairs and into a waiting police car, most likely handcuffed since he's wanted for murder.

Besides trying to seem uninjured, he is cooperating fully with the police.

Question: Will he be able to put any weight at all on that leg? Just enough to limp? Or will he have to skip or lean on someone to get to the police car?

Legal Guardianship Rules/Legal Guardianship by Siblings

Setting is modern day US (not sure exactly where in the country, probably somewhere in the northeast/midwest part).

Already googled: legal guardianship requirements, legal guardian, legal guardianship rules

I have two brothers. Their parents are killed (I'm not sure if it's a hit-and-run or something else), and they have no close family (I'm thinking they're either overseas somewhere/don't care about that branch of the family) - basically, the kids are on their own. One of them is six years older than the other (though this can be tweaked, if needed - I don't want to go over a ten year difference, though).

I'm not sure at what age the parents should be killed off, because I don't know what the rules about siblings becoming legal guardians are. The older sibling is pretty smart, and would likely have researched the laws about it.

So basically, at what age can a sibling become another sibling's legal guardian, and what would be required?

Manly Booze

I have no idea where to even start looking for this.

Setting is a dance club with bar, modern-day urban fantasy. So more looking for a type of drink than specific brand names.
My MC is something of a tomboy, and as the story will not provide much opportunity for this to be shown in other ways, I'd like for her to ask for a sterotypical "manly" drink of some sort. Only I have no clue what that'd be. She's there mainly for the dance floor and is mostly hitting the bar because she's interested in someone who happens to be sitting there, if it makes a difference.

Also, any ideas what said drink tastes like etc would be great.
I'd go out and do my own research, but I have the alcohol tolerance of a gnat and no local friends to get me home if I get wasted.

Thank you.

EDIT: Very grateful for all the answers, you've been marvellously helpful. Sounds like I'm going with whiskey for the good girl. Mainly because I'm personally having trouble percieving beer as manly (living in university town and playing WoW with a beer-loving German lady will do that).



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Normal ages for Detective ranks (Britain)

OK, I know this could go to ask_a_cop, but it's a bit trivial. Also not American.

What's a normal pattern of rank in CID versus age and time in the police? What would be consider young for the rank? Eg, my 31/32-yo guy who's been in the police about 10 years, what would he be doing?

Modern-day. Large city, but not London (I assume that would make a difference?)

Googled: minimum age CID ranks, age detective ranks, combinations of age + names of various ranks
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