March 31st, 2009

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Handguns & Neopolitan Endearments

Question 1:
One of my characters needs a handgun -- a rare handgun, with hard(er)-to-find and/or expensive ammunition. She's inherited the gun from her grandfather, a WWI & WWII veteran, so it could just be that it's a very old gun that's no longer in production. It needs to be the kind of gun a gun collector would ooh & aah over, and be very impressed that it's in full working condition. It needs to be functional, though, so not one of those ivory-plated, gold-barreled, whatsits a Hollywood lah-dee-dah might carry for show.

My initial thought was a Luger P08 and the ammo be 7.65x21mm Parabellum, but according to Wikipedia the P08 is being produced again as of recently (for a crazy amount of money, but still being produced). This really needs to be an out-of-production rare gun.

Setting: urban/large city USA (Los Angeles, Denver, or Baltimore), present day
Research: Googled combinations of "rare", "handgun", "pistol", "expensive", and "ammo". Wikipedia article for Handgun and various specific models (ex. Luger P08).

Question 2:
Another of my characters is a upper-middle-class, well-educated, well-spoken, middle-aged man, born in Naples (Italy), living in the US and fully fluent in English. In the course of the story, he takes two lovers, and I need terms of endearments he would use for each of them, preferably in Neopolitan though I can fall back on Italian. Both lovers are younger than he is, one is male and the other female.

When I asked in multilingual, I got some general Italian endearments as a starting point (and their Neopolitan equivalents, though as none of the repliers were native Neopolitan-speakers they couldn't tell me if my character would actually say it). From that community I have: cuore (heart; nap.: còre); stella/stellina (star/little star; nap. stella); cucciolo/cucciola (puppy); dolcezza mia (my sweetness); gioia mia (my joy); and bello/bella (beautiful).

If anyone is from Naples, knows someone from Naples, has ever known someone from Naples, has a best friend whose sister's daughter's boyfriend's uncle's dog walker's eighth cousin twice removed is from Naples -- can they pretty please tell me what endearment my character might use? Or point me towards a reference that might help me?

Setting: Miami, USA, 1986-1989
Research: Asked in multilingual, got general Italian terms; various foreign language forums, Google "Neopolitan endearments"

Experience of bypass operation and recovery

My character, in his early 40s and very fit. He has an emergency coronary bypass surgery after a heart attack, due to unknown and thus untreated high cholesterol.

The research around this (background, causes, surgery, treatment, recovery, etc) is fairly straightforward, yielding rich data, but alas, what I am looking for are personal insights into such a procedure, and that's from the patient's and the caregiver's/family's point of view.  I might be able to find the facts out there, but that still doesn't mean I can sufficiently write the feelings.

So, if anyone on this community is able to give me any feedback at all on the experience of dealing with a triple bypass operation (especially pain, breathing, tiredness, recovery, sleeping, etc) I'd be extremely thankful. The same goes for experience with aiding a recovering patient. What does it feel like?

Thank you very much in advance.


Arrest procedure for US Army personnel currently off base

X-posted to military_beta 

I've got a character in a story, a US Army General who is currently active duty, that I need to throw in the brig. He's currently at the FBI HQ in LA.

As it stands, he's accused of raping two junior officers, one less than a year ago, the other ten years ago (plus another assault a few weeks previous, although by this time the victim's a civilian.) Both the junior officers are male, if that makes a difference. The first victim, X, kind of loses his marbles and becomes a rapist himself, one who targets civilians. The other, Y, gets out of the Army and into the FBI. By some quirk of fate, he's assigned to the FBI/CID team investigating X's raping spree. CID, already underpowered by operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, sends over the General as a consultant (based on other events in the story I won't get into here.)

Now, my questions are as follows:

1. Since both the perpetrator and victims are military, who would issue the arrest warrant? Would a civilan judge have the authority to do it?

2. It's present day, and DADT applies. However, I couldn't find anything that about what happens after discharge. Both soldiers were active duty when the rapes happened but are currently civilians. Would that have any impact on the proceedings?

3. After the arrest, would he be remanded to the Federal Detention Centre in LA (or whichever is closest) or would MPs be asked to take care custody of him right away for transport to Monterey?

Terms googled: army cid procedure, army cid arrest procedure off base, army cid warrant, dadt army rape

Thanks in advance for all your help!